Melinda Joy Kidd

January 2nd, 2015

Update Jan 17, 2015: Baptism Day Photos (picasa)

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With deepest joy and gratitude to God for the safe arrival

of our precious baby, we would like to announce

the birth of our fourth child (and first daughter),

Melinda Joy Kidd

born at 6:40pm on Monday, December 29, 2014

weighing 6 lbs 9 oz.

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Baptism

Melinda will be baptized at

2:30pm, on Sunday, January 11, 2015

at the New Horizon Church in Scarborough.

See www.newhorizonchurch.ca/wp/map for directions.

All are welcome to attend.

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Melinda with brother Justin, 5 days old

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the baby’s birth specifications? A: weight: 6 lb. 9 oz. (2.7kg);  length: 20.5inches (51.5cm), dark hair, blue eyes.
  2. How long was Kristin’s labour? A: 2 hours from start of established labour to birth.
  3. Were there any complications? A: due to a pregnancy-induced liver function disorder, the OB considered it best to induce labour 2 weeks early.  Apart from breaking the waters to induce labour, we’re thankful that the birth was all natural without complications.
  4. Where was the birth? A: The baby was born at Scarborough Grace Hospital due to having to be induced on account of Kristin’s liver function problem.
  5. How is breastfeeding? A: Melinda is feeding very well and is thriving.
  6. Why did you name the baby Melinda Joy?  A:  The name Melinda means “Gentle” or “Sweet.” The name Joy means, well, “Joy.” [You could say she’s our “Sweet little bundle of joy.” 🙂 ]  The proximity of her birth to Christmas had an influence on the choice of names. Christmas is a time of joy, of rejoicing, a season to celebrate the coming of our Saviour. Hence the middle name Joy. Furthermore, it is our prayer that our daughter, as she grows and matures, will aspire after the mother of Christ, Mary, a young woman who found favour with God, who humbly trusted His word, and who offered herself as a willing servant to the Lord (Luke 1:30, 38).
  7. What is the baby’s theme verse? A: The theme verse is taken from Mary’s song, the Magnificat: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation” (Luke 1:46-50).  
  8. Why are you choosing to baptize your baby? A: We do not believe baptism will make the baby go to heaven automatically.  But just as male babies received the covenant sign of circumcision in the Old Testament, we believe that God requires us to put His mark of ownership on our children, and in baptism He promises to save our children as they grow up to receive the covenant promises, repenting of their sins personally and learning to love and obey the Lord Jesus.
  9. Do you need meals or anything for the baby? A:  We are fairly well supplied with meals at the moment, thanks to family and friends. However, we would gladly accept donations of hand-me-down baby and toddler girl clothes, so Melinda doesn’t have to wear her brothers’ baby clothes. 🙂
  10. Donations in honour of? If you want to give a gift in honour of Melinda, we might suggest sending a donation to the Christian Blind Mission.   CBM provides eye operations and life impacting treatments to children in the third world who are truly in need.   International Justice Mission also does good work and it accepts international donations.

Thank you all for your love and prayers for us at this precious time!

Christmas Newsletter 2014

November 13th, 2014

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to all our friends and family!

The year went so fast. It’s hard to believe it’s the Christmas season again already.

It was a long, cold winter. The ice storm that hit the GTA a few days before Christmas in 2013 knocked out our power for two days. Thankfully, between a large kerosine heater and some generators we borrowed from Ryan’s brother Joel on the second day, we were able to manage the inconveniences of no electricity with little discomfort.

Come the new year, the weather was bitterly cold at times and the winter seemed to last forever. Needless to say, we stayed indoors a lot. Ryan and I tried to keep the boys busy with some preschool and woodworking activities.

In March and April, we celebrated Justin’s 5th birthday and Oliver’s 1st. During those early spring months, Ryan and I made some plans and began transforming two small rooms in our basement into one large playroom for the boys. Ryan took out the partition wall, added some new drywall and pot lights, and painted the room a beautiful sky blue. Together with my sister Danielle, I painted some big fluffy white clouds on the walls and painted the doors and trim white. Over the course of the year, I added a toy organizer and a small table and chairs. Later in the year, Ryan built a jungle gym for the playroom with two towers and monkey bars for the boys to climb and swing on. If another harsh winter strikes, we are well prepared!

In May, we were thankful and joyful to discover that we were expecting another child. Baby Kidd #4 is due to arrive in January 2015!

Summer brought a buzz of activity. I was gardening again this year, as well as spending hours preparing for homeschooling Justin in the fall. On top of that, I volunteered to help my sister Danielle prepare for her wedding, as she had only a few months to get ready. Many hours of planning and crafting went into making it a beautiful event. I also took the kids and their cousins to the Reptile Zoo in Vaughn for a field trip in June.

Over July and August we attended three weddings and a wedding shower and went camping/cottaging with both sides of the family. What an exciting summer!

In September, we celebrated Patrick’s 4th birthday. We also acquired a 50 acre parcel near the Beaver Valley in Grey County, about a 20 minute drive from Ryan’s parents’ house. Over the next few months, we spent many weekends there, camping out in the cabin and, with the help of family and friends, doing a lot of work in the fields and bush, cutting back the growth at the edges in preparation for a neighbouring farmer to come and cultivate the land for us.

The boys and I have been enjoying homeschooling for the most part. Some days they are excited for school and other days, well, they are not-so-excited about their work.

Justin is my star math student. He loves math, and really has a head for numbers, surprising me at times with his understanding. He is obsessed with Legos, and can disappear for hours at a time behind those little blocks and minifigures in the playroom. He is also becoming quite a help with little tasks around the house, such as washing dishes, caring for Oliver, fetching things for me, and cleaning up toys. He is a bright and happy boy, whose smile and giggle can really light up a room. He likes to ask a lot of questions, and can really test the extent of my knowledge with his insatiable curiousity.

Patrick is more quiet and sensitive than his older brother, but nonetheless a sweet little boy who loves time and attention from Daddy and Mommy. He has faithfully remembered the new little baby in his prayers during the course of the pregnancy. One of Patrick’s favourite things to do is spend time with Daddy working on some project or machine. He also loves tigers, and likes to dress up in a tiger costume whenever he has the opportunity at Grandma’s house.

Oliver is our resident cutie-pie. Now 18 months old, he is energetic and enthusiastic to be involved in what everyone else is doing. Whether it’s washing dishes or sweeping the floor with Mommy, playing Legos or colouring pictures with his big brothers, or hitting keys on Daddy’s laptop while Ryan is typing, Oliver is an irresistible companion — in more than one sense! His infectious giggle would cause anyone to break out in a smile. He loves his teddy bears and stuffed animals, and can’t go to bed without them.

Between three lively boys, a pregnant wife, volunteer positions, and hobbies, Ryan has been keeping very busy once again this year. He had the boys helping him with the tandem bike business again this summer. Though he did not participate in any long distance bike rides this year, he took all of us on a number of rides down the Don Valley trail. We attracted a lot of attention from passerby with our bike for five (kangaroo baby seat + tandem bike + tandem bike trailer = 5 riders). The conundrum he has yet to solve, however, is where to add on a seat for a sixth passenger once the baby graduates from riding inside Mommy!

We are thankful to God for all His many blessings, and for the strength He gives us to face the trials and challenges of each day. We rest in peace, knowing that God guides and governs the future,  and that even in the midst of troubles and distress, we can trust Him to see us through dark days and over a difficult path. Not in our time, but in His time. Not by our plans, but by His wisdom.

A Blessed Christmas to all of you,

Ryan & Kristin, Justin, Patrick, Oliver, and Baby

A Work in Progress

February 26th, 2014

I was fresh into married life and housewife-ry, and, I must confess, I was almost a hopeless case.

I knew how to make a few simple pasta dishes, had some experience in house cleaning, and I could compose a 50 page thesis on the philosophical justification of Christian beliefs — although admittedly, the latter wasn’t helping me very much with getting my homemaking together.

I would be up at 10:30pm, washing a sinkful of dishes due to a shameful amount of procrastination. Cleaning the bathroom happened…when I remembered to do it. I was tripping over baskets of dirty laundry and clean laundry which had been sitting around for half a week. Houseplants were dying for lack of water (I have since then accepted my inability to keep a houseplant alive). My office desk was a disaster. In my defense though, I did have dinner ready on time….Sort of….Okay, maybe once in a while.

I’ve come a long way since then. I’m more confident now about my abilities as a keeper of the home. Laundry, dishes, and cleaning are completed in a much more timely and orderly manner. And I always have dinner ready right on schedule…(Okay, okay. Most of the time).

And I’m still improving. Slowly but surely, everything is finding a place of its own, clutter is being cleared away, new tasks are being added as old ones become habits, and routines are falling into place.

As I look back and remember the chaos of yesterday, there are a few little tidbits of advice and words of encouragement I would like to offer to young women embarking on married life and motherhood. This is for young women who, like myself, have struggled with “not having it all together.”

#1.  Don’t Compare Your Homemaking Skills to Others’

Especially not those of an older or more experienced woman. Remember, she probably started out much like you, and over the years was able to build up her home to the standard it is at.

That said, it is helpful to gain ideas and inspiration from how other women keep their home. The issue comes when you view another woman’s house and, instead of rejoicing in your friend or neighbour’s successes and learning from her, you compare her strengths to your weaknesses and put yourself down, or worse, resent her.

#2. Form Reasonable Expectations for What You Can Accomplish in a Day

This is especially important once you have young children. Between feeding them, clothing them, cleaning them, and otherwise caring for them, some significant hours of your day are spent. There’s only so much time, and everything seems to take longer than you would expect. Allot only a few “big” tasks to yourself each day, and leave yourself plenty of additional time for each one. At the end of the day, you will feel encouraged that you were able to accomplish what you set out to do — however small — as opposed to feeling defeated by the long list of chores that remain undone.

#3. One Step at a Time

More than once I resolved to get my homemaking act together by making a long list of the tasks I wanted to accomplish. My determination to implement those changes would typically last about a week and then fizzle. It was just too much. I could only get about a quarter of it done, and then I would think of the mountain of tasks remaining and give up.

Having gone through it, this is the advice I would offer to someone in the same shoes:

When you want to add some additional tasks to your schedule, go ahead and write down a list of five, and then select one or two, preferably something with a reasonable time commitment. Choose a day of the week on which to do this task, and then for a month or two make a determined effort to get it done every week on that day.

Say, for example, you want to get into the habit of cleaning the floors regularly. Tuesday is one day of your week that you typically don’t have many other commitments on. So make a note, mark your calendar — whatever you need to do to remind yourself — and on the day, make cleaning the floor one of your first tasks. Over the course of that month or the next few, if you keep at it diligently, that task will start to become routine. Once you are confident of this, you can move on to adding another task, always keeping in mind to make it reasonable. (Adding two hours of daily workout to your schedule is just not going to happen. Trust me on this one.) Each small success will serve as an encouragement to you and will help you to move forward with the confidence that you can get it done.

#4. Establish Routines and Schedules

Some of you may be thinking, “I don’t do well with schedules. They’re too restrictive.”

I once thought the same. Schedules didn’t seem to make sense. I thought I could accomplish so much more, and have so much more freedom, if I didn’t lock myself into boxes of time. Since then I have discovered that schedules are actually more freeing.

Before having a schedule and routine, I found that the “basics” didn’t get accomplished on a reliable basis. Sure, there were some random tasks and projects which saw completion during the week. But dinner time was random. Laundry was piling up. The kids’ baths were being neglected. And on and on it went.

Furthermore, once I had finished a task, I couldn’t think of what to do next, and so much time was squandered on non-productive activities (read: “Youtube”, “Facebook”, etc.) because I thought my work was done. And at the end of the day, I would be kicking myself for the lost time when I remembered all the things I should have done but didn’t because I had forgotten.

What helped me in organizing my day/week was establishing a routine one task at a time, as I mentioned above. After I had been able to keep up some routine for over a year or two, I eventually became convinced that I should try a schedule too. So I divided my waking hours into 4 or 5 blocks of time, and allotted myself a few tasks or activities in each. In practice, you would probably say it works more like a flow chart, but regardless, it has been an immense help in organizing my day: chores are being completed more reliably, I’m spending time with the kids every morning — which has led to a significant improvement in their behaviour, by the way! — and I’m finding that some days I even have a spare hour in the afternoon to tackle some projects. I keep one printed copy of my schedule in the kitchen and one at my office desk, so if ever I need a reminder as to what to do next, my schedule is never far away!

#5. Never Call Yourself a Failure

Recognize that this is truly a work in progress. Like any other skill, good homemaking takes discipline and practice. You will have hard days and setbacks, and seasons when routines and schedules are lost (e.g. a difficult pregnancy, health problems, moving house, etc.). This is life, and one day the cloud will pass. You can start over again, and/or adjust your routine as needed. The important thing is to see improvement over the years.

May God bless you as you seek to be an excellent keeper of the home for His glory!

-Kristin

 

A Valediction Forbidding Mourning by John Donne

February 10th, 2014
As virtuous men pass mildly away,
   And whisper to their souls to go,
Whilst some of their sad friends do say
   The breath goes now, and some say, No:

 

So let us melt, and make no noise,
   No tear-floods, nor sigh-tempests move;
‘Twere profanation of our joys
   To tell the laity our love.

 

Moving of th’ earth brings harms and fears,
   Men reckon what it did, and meant;
But trepidation of the spheres,
   Though greater far, is innocent.

 

Dull sublunary lovers’ love
   (Whose soul is sense) cannot admit
Absence, because it doth remove
   Those things which elemented it.

 

But we by a love so much refined,
   That our selves know not what it is,
Inter-assured of the mind,
   Care less, eyes, lips, and hands to miss.

 

Our two souls therefore, which are one,
   Though I must go, endure not yet
A breach, but an expansion,
   Like gold to airy thinness beat.

 

If they be two, they are two so
   As stiff twin compasses are two;
Thy soul, the fixed foot, makes no show
   To move, but doth, if the other do.

 

And though it in the center sit,
   Yet when the other far doth roam,
It leans and hearkens after it,
   And grows erect, as that comes home.

 

Such wilt thou be to me, who must,
   Like th’ other foot, obliquely run;
Thy firmness makes my circle just,
   And makes me end where I begun.

Making the Most of the Little Things

February 3rd, 2014

by Kristin

Sometimes I find myself wondering whether I’m doing the right thing.

When you are a mother with multiple young children, you don’t have a lot of free time. Your days are taken up with the essentials — clean ’em, clothe ’em, feed ’em — and all the other myriad tasks that naturally fall to you as a homemaker. You are caught up in a monotonous repetition of little chores — dishes, laundry, cleaning, etc. — and are at the beck and call of little people who seem to need your attention every 2 minutes and 47 seconds…at least, some mornings it seems that way.

You ask yourself every once in a while: Shouldn’t I be doing something bigger and more important? Volunteer opportunities come up, and you are eager to jump on board and help, but your husband reminds you that you don’t have the time. So with a sigh, you settle back in your chair and think of the basket of laundry that needs to be sorted and the dishes piled in the sink.

It’s easy to forget what lies in the little things. It’s easy to forget just how important the little things are.

Think of that sinkful of dishes: There are dirty bowls and plates, dirty cutlery and cups, dirty pots and pans. This big job has to be broken down into several little tasks: clean this plate, then that plate, and then the next one; this cup, that cup, and each piece of cutlery; this pot, that pan, and so on. Each of those little, individual tasks adds up until — voila! — you can step back and survey with satisfaction the stacks of clean, shiny dishes in the cupboards and drawers.

Life is made up of the little things. Little tasks adding up into big accomplishments. Little moments adding up into years. Little decisions steering life’s course.

Oftentimes when we look back on our lives as a whole, it’s the accumulation of the little things which largely determines whether we view our life experience as mostly positive or negative: a smile, a hug, a small word of praise, a fun game, a good laugh, versus a scowl, a critical remark, a slammed door, and a promise unkept.

So what does that mean for me as a mother, wife, and homemaker? Simply this: That by doing my best in the little things, I am laying the foundations for life. A little sweep here, a little scrub there, a picture frame hung on the wall — I am creating a home and a haven. A smile here, a hug there, and time together — I am nurturing the souls of my family and endowing a treasure chest of memories to share and enjoy for a lifetime. A Bible story here, a prayer there, and grace extended — I am planting the seeds to grow a faith which will move mountains.

Making the most of the little things is no easy task. Such an undertaking requires, among other things, cheerfulness, patience, graciousness, willingness, diligence, wisdom, self-control, a servant heart, faithfulness, understanding, humility, and unconditional love.

Making the most of the little things means choosing patience over frustration, hope over despair, forgiveness over resentment, hard work over laziness, humility over pride, and selflessness over selfishness. Consistently. Faithfully. Minute by minute. Day in and day out.

Let us not despise the little things. God grant us wisdom to recognize the eternal value of our work as mothers, and give us grace and strength to meet our calling.

 

Television, The Great Life-Waster

January 26th, 2014

An admonition for all of us from John Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life (2003):

Oh, how many lives are wasted by people who believe that the Christian life means simply avoiding badness and providing for the family. So there is no adultery, no stealing, no killing, no embezzlement, no fraud — just lots of hard work during the day, and lots of TV and PG-13 videos in the evening (during quality family time), and lots of fun stuff on the weekend — woven around church (mostly). This is life for millions of people. Wasted life. We were created for more, far more.

Television is one of the greatest life-wasters of the modern age. And, of course, the Internet is running to catch up, and may have caught up. You can be more selective on the Internet, but you can also select worse things with only the Judge of the universe watching. TV still reigns as the great life-waster. The main problem with TV is not how much smut is available, though that is a problem. Just the ads are enough to sow fertile seeds of greed and lust, no matter what program you’re watching. The greater problem is banality. A mind fed daily on TV diminishes. Your mind was made to know and love God. Its facility for this great calling is ruined by excessive TV. The content is so trivial and so shallow that the capacity of the mind to think worthy thoughts withers, and the capacity of the heart to feel emotions shrivels….

We have lost our ability to see and savour the complexities of truth and the depths of simplicity. Douglas Groothuis explains the connection between this weakness and television: The triumph of the televised image over the word contributes to the depthlessness of postmodern sensibilities….One cannot muse over a television program the way one ponders a character in William Shakespeare or C.S. Lewis, or a Blaise Pascal parable, or a line from a T.S. Eliot poem, such as ‘But our lot crawls between dry ribs / to keep its metaphysics warm.’ No one on television could utter such a line seriously. It would be “bad television” — too abstract, too poetic, too deep, just not entertaining….[Not only that] but the images appear and disappear and reappear without a proper rational context. An attempt at a sobering news story about slavery in Sudan is followed by a lively advertisement for Disneyland, followed by an appeal to purchase panty hose that will make any woman irresistible, etc., ad nauseum.

Therefore the man who stands before God with his well-kept avoidance ethic and his protest that he did not spend too much time at the office but came home and watched TV with his family will probably not escape the indictment that he wasted his life. Jesus rebuked his disciples with words that easily apply to this man: “Even sinners work hard, avoid gross sin, watch TV at night, and do fun stuff on the weekend. What more are you doing than others?” (see Luke 6:32-34; Matthew 5:47).

Unexpected Challenges

January 15th, 2014

by Kristin

I never knew when I first had children just how much they would challenge my skill and wit as a philosopher.

Patrick especially seems to be gifted in testing the limits.

At the breakfast table….

Me: “I need to go shopping today.”

Patrick:  “Can me and Patrick go with you?”

Me: ? ? ? ?

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Another day in the boys’ bedroom…

Patrick: “I want the nightlight on.”

Ryan: “But it’s daytime.”

Patrick: “No, it’s nighttime.”

Ryan: “No, look out the window.” *Holds up Patrick to window* “See? The sun is shining. It’s daytime.”

Patrick: “No, it’s not. It’s nighttime.”

*Long pause*

Patrick: *With a laugh* “Oh, it’s daytime.”

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And today, Justin posed this question at breakfast…

Justin: “Mommy, can I have hemlock milk on my granola?”

Me: *amused smile* “It’s called hemp milk. Hemlock milk would be poison.”

Justin: “Oh, okay. Can I have hemplock milk?”

Keep trying, Socrates.

 

Christmas Newsletter 2013

December 5th, 2013

by Kristin

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope this newsletter finds you all well.

What a wonderful year this has been for us! We are so very blessed, and give thanks to God continually for His mercy toward us, both in saving us in the midst of our sin and rebellion and for granting us such abundance when we are in no way deserving.

In January and February we were enjoying the snow. The boys and Ryan had lots of opportunities to shovel off driveways together, both for ourselves and for our elderly neighbours. Ryan also did some little woodworking projects with the boys just for fun, such as building a birdhouse, some rough wooden boats and cars, and a jointed crocodile from scraps.

March saw us preparing for the new arrival. Ryan built a small bunkbed for the boys with some help for me, and I built a shelf for the baby’s room with some help from him. I also made some curtains and a crib skirt to add some finishing touches. Then the hunt was on for a bigger vehicle to move the growing family around. We settled on a 2008 Toyota Sienna with low mileage, and thus far have been blessed with its reliability and performance.

End of April, our precious little Oliver Truman Kidd made a surprise arrival. I developed a pregnancy-related liver condition which necessitated inducing labour two weeks before the due date. Praise be to God, the complication and the early introduction had no ill effects on Oliver, and my liver returned to normal levels quickly.

We spent May in wonder and awe over this tiny little person (and he was tiny! Born 5lbs 14oz!). Ryan was home for two weeks on paternity leave, and his mom and sister came and helped us for some time too.

June, July, and August saw us adjusting to life with three little ones, getting in some vacation time and weekends away with extended family, attending church picnics, playing at the neighbourhood park, and enjoying some family bike rides. Ryan once again went on some long distance rides this summer, biking to Haliburton and the Blue Mountains, and doing some 100+ km loops around Toronto.

We spent September and October trying to enjoy to the fullest what we knew to be the last warm days of the year, getting outside with the kids as much as we could, and trying to finish every last painting project we could think of. Don’t ask me how it happened, but I ended up urethaning three dining tables, and then staining and urethaning a 5′ x 6′ bookshelf. Needless to say, I was pretty tired of painting by the end of it!

We had wonderful Thanksgiving celebrations with both sides of the family, and had the opportunity to make and can lots of applesauce, thanks to the productive apple tree in our backyard. The boys and I dropped in on the local fire station for a visit, and were given a first class tour of the firetrucks. We also enjoyed a whole day at the Toronto Zoo with Justin and Patrick’s cousins from the Kidd family.

These last couple months we have been working on a variety of projects and have been making preparations for the winter and the coming year. Ryan did quite a bit of volunteer work this year for various kingdom ministries. The last couple of weeks he has been editing sermon audio files during his available evening hours. In addition to his numerous volunteer activities, Ryan still loves getting out on his bike, tinkering on industrial arts projects in his garage, and spending time with his boys. Ryan hired on Justin and Patrick again this summer as his assistants in his tandem bike business. They earned a few dollars for helping to remove packaging and fasten pedals and water bottle holders to the bicycle frames.

Justin turned four in March. In the summer we took the training wheels off his bike, and after a tempting bribe and about 15 minutes of practice — not joking! — he was riding like a champ – except it took a little longer to learn to use the brakes!  He is obsessed with Lego, and will often be found making spaceships and cars, or acting out a battle between his Lego men forces. He is an outgoing kid, and loves to play with cousins or other children at church. He adores little Oliver, and has told us that he wants more baby brothers to play with!

Patrick too loves his baby brother. Patrick turned three in September. He has a beautiful smile and the cutest giggle. Patrick is enamored with firetrucks, backhoes, and other construction equipment. He loves to spend one-on-one time with Daddy or Mommy, whether it be working with tools, doing household chores with me, sitting on Ryan’s knee watching backhoe videos on Youtube, or having a storybook read to him. For the past month or two, we have been reading through the Thornton Burgess bedtime book series, which is a real favourite of both the boys.

Oliver, our sweet little baby, is growing too fast for us. He is seven months old now, and is starting to crawl and get into things. He popped his first tooth at 4 1/2 months and now boasts four chompers. He has the most adorable squeal and is loads of fun to play with. He is a pretty happy and easygoing baby most of the time.

I have been pretty busy and happy too. Early in the year, I was busy preparing the baby’s room for Oliver’s arrival. More recently, I have been making a school room for our boys in the extra bedroom, complete with a child-sized table and stools. I have some Montessori and phonics materials, lots of timeless storybooks, and some great ideas in store for teaching them in the new year. As for other interests, I upgraded my camera this year after our point-and-shoot broke. I’ve been enjoying learning about the fundamentals of photography and experimenting with the camera settings to catch great photos. I’m also interested in learning more about canning and food preserving and trying some different recipes and techniques.

We pray God’s blessings upon each and every one of you this Christmas and for the New Year.

-The Kidds

 

Out And About In The Big Smoke

October 15th, 2013

Here are some pictures from the recent trips we made to our neighbourhood fire station and the city zoo.

And now for the animals:

 

Ah! The joy and freedom of homeschooling… 😀

A Baby’s Room on a Shoestring Budget (Pt. 2)

July 6th, 2013

by Kristin

In between working on the sewing projects for the baby’s room, Ryan and I made a wall shelf and a matching wooden railing for the change table dresser. We were able to use scraps of wood from the garage for both of these woodworking projects, so apart from our time, the cost of the poly-urethane, and a few hooks, nails, and screws, the shelf and railing were almost free.

Here are the pictures of the baby’s room:

The three matching frames over the baby’s bed I scrounged from a box of picture frames in our basement storage room. They were black, and I painted them a light blue with acrylic craft paint. The mobile’s ‘arches’ are off of a baby play gym my mother-in-law gave me, and I made the mobile’s clouds with cotton balls and the rainbows out of tissue paper and cardstock.

The crib and the dresser were given to us by neighbours, so all told, this baby’s room probably cost us only $100 – $200, but I’m very happy with how it turned out.

I love the bright colours in the room (yellow, blue, and green), and the throw blanket on the glider chair determined the theme (Noah’s Ark), which wonderfully ties together the rainbow-and-clouds mobile, the stuffed toy animals lining the wall shelf, and the safari animal change table pad.

I would like to add a pillow and make some art in keeping with the Noah’s Ark theme, but for now this is how the room will be. 🙂

[See “A Baby’s Room on a Shoestring Budget (Pt. 1)]