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The Big Pancake

The Big Pancake

I need to be reminded that though life looks different now, it is still good. And I can celebrate that goodness with sugar and ice cold milk and saucy fruit. I can slice through the soft centre and know we have a special something that is just ours, that reflects this season. This season of jammies until noon and simple food and Mommy locking herself in the bathroom for just a shred of peace.
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Is Cheeseburger Soup Enough?

Is Cheeseburger Soup Enough?

I love simple food. I could live off warm toast smothered with creamy butter. Tangy crisp green apples. Field cucumbers sprinkled with salt. Ice cold milk generously poured over crunchy cereal flakes at 11 pm. And cheeseburger soup. Cheeseburger soup is a liquid hug. It’s ground beef and chopped celery, shredded carrots and melt-in-your-mouth potatoes, … Continue reading

Fat Tears And An Inflatable Dinosaur

Fat Tears And An Inflatable Dinosaur

I thought I was done writing about death. Since my father-in-law passed away suddenly last March, I’ve poured the full gamut of feelings out onto these pages. But last Saturday my Oma passed away. It was a different kind of loss altogether. She was in her eighties, and had suffered at the cruel hand of … Continue reading

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Happy Christmas Eve morning my friends. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas as you celebrate over these next days. May God reveal moments of beauty and goodness whether this season finds you feeling broken or festive, joyous or hopeful. Or perhaps all of the above. Much love to you all. Many thanks to my sister Shannon … Continue reading

Finding Hope In A Slice Of Lasagna

Finding Hope In A Slice Of Lasagna

Late one evening, the night before a glorious Easter morning celebration, we received a phone call. The worst kind of phone call. I rubbed the sleep out of my eyes and padded to our little office. My husband was standing there, phone still warm in his hand, all colour drained from his face. He stared … Continue reading

Warming the Bench

Warming the Bench

Shannon Delmonico Photographs As my little family crested the grassy hill, I felt my courage leave me. In front of us was a massive spray park, metal tubes jutting out of the ground from every angle, gushing buckets of water out onto dozens of little ones, their shrieks piercing every eardrum within a one mile … Continue reading

May You Feel Seen

May You Feel Seen

Happy Mother’s Day to you who have who have labored To you who wipe away snotty noses and salty tears with your ratty sweatshirt To you who read the same dog-eared story (with voices) each night like it’s the first time To you who stay up late because he just needed to talk And then … Continue reading

The Labyrinth

The Labyrinth

My Opa was quite a craftsman. Even in retirement, he spent many hours in the wood shop of his condo complex, creating all sorts of beautiful pieces – we even have a few in our home. One smaller piece I remember him making was a wooden labyrinth. Perhaps you’ve seen one of them before. It’s … Continue reading

I’m Worried about Monday

I’m Worried about Monday

Hey Dad, Even in heaven, I feel like you’re probably busy right now. I imagine God gave you a pretty kick ass project the second you arrived; he wouldn’t want to waste your giftings, even for a moment. There is something strangely comforting in envisioning you trucking around heaven in your work boots and Kirkland … Continue reading