Mamas Mess Up Too


Mommy guilt is something I wrestle with often.  I think it’s partly to do with Facebook and the masked lives people like to display, which I tend to compare with the reality of my own. But for the most part, it’s because I believed I would always be so good at motherhood and I have […]

Dinner With The Magician


She called just a day before she would be rolling through town, hope dripping round the corners of her question. Was there a chance I might be available for a visit when she passed through? It would be a quick stay, just overnight, but wouldn’t it be lovely? Gratefully, our days are wide open as […]

In Praise of Those Who are Out There


One image from this past week keeps coming back to me: My neighbour, this big smart guy, standing under the cherry tree with his daughter, picking. He’s holding the bowl and she’s reaching up, beaming. That daughter, let’s call her Grace, has been dealt a rough hand. She’s on the autism spectrum but also suffers […]

Young Mother, Thank You for Showing Up


By Olive Chan Before having a child, no one warned me that it would profoundly change my experience of church. For the first few months, we hardly made it out on Sundays. But after we got into a routine and started attending relatively regularly again, I was surprised by how different church was. Not only […]

The Magic in Our Mess


Back in May, I wrote about the notion that we, like our plants, can become root bound. That post came to mind later that month when I finally dug out my gardening gloves and crouched down to face my neglected garden. For far too long I’d been looking out at a sea of brown–dead plants, […]