Random Bits and Pieces

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Every day I add write a blog post to my to-do list, and every day I don't get around to it. Then every day I feel sad about it. Today, I have no brilliant ideas, and the writing muse has gone on hiatus. Being back at school, reading textbooks and … [Read more ...]

What I Learned in February 2014

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So it turns out that it is not only March now, but March 5. Once again I am, in fact, overdue for my monthly review. I didn't want to let it go, however, because monthly reviews are one of my favourite traditions. Here's how it works - every … [Read more ...]

Some Weeks Are Like That

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I love Judith Viorst's children's classic, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The picture of the mother just looking down at the floor with no words left as Alexander destroys his father's office slays me every single time. … [Read more ...]

Hannah + Nine


Nine years ago right now I was sitting in a bed on the maternity ward, making phone calls. "It looks like the baby is coming early. I won't be able to come to the event tonight. No need to worry. Can you bring me apples? I'd love apples." When I … [Read more ...]

Forgiveness and Love

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I'm a day late on Forgiveness Friday this week, due to technical issues with this site yesterday. Fun stuff! I refuse to let a little glitch get in the way, though, so once again I'm thinking about forgiveness - just 24 hours later than I planned. … [Read more ...]

You Might Be a Hippie Mama If (Part Three)

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I sometimes refer to myself as a hippie mama. It’s a sort of short-hand way to tell you something about who I am. For example, I breastfed my children for over two-and-a-half years each. I own stainless steel straws, and I carry re-usable shopping … [Read more ...]

Forgiveness Starts With Me

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It's Forgiveness Friday here at Strocel.com, which means that once again I'm thinking about forgiveness. You can find my other posts on forgiveness by checking out the Forgiveness Friday tag. In my very first Forgiveness Friday post I shared that … [Read more ...]