Happy New Year (and it’s great to be blogging again)!

Well, it’s about time but I’m finally back!

Happy New Year to you all!


I decided to extend my Christmas break into the New Year, since my husband wasn’t going back to work until this Monday. It’s been wonderful and relaxing, and we’ve had so much time together as a family. Christmas was a special time, and so was our trip to Seattle. We’ve been back for over a week now, just working on various projects, enjoying time with the kids, visiting with friends, working on New Year’s goals, etc.

I wish I could share specific memories and events (or even photos, but guess who forgot her camera this Christmas??? Thankfully Grandma and Auntie took a few for me!), but what with all the snow, both in Seattle and when we arrived back home, we haven’t really gone and “done” too much of anything specific. Most of our time these past two weeks was just spent talking, playing games, eating, laughing, reading, watching family movies and thoroughly relaxing together. It was really, really good.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my blog in the last few days, and I’m so excited to let you know about some of the things that are coming up:

* A review of spud!, an organic grocery delivery company located in BC, Canada as well as Washington, Oregon and California. I will be trying out their services for the next two weeks, and giving you detailed reviews of what I think and how the service is working for me!

* Healthy Pregnancy series (due to popular request) instead of the digestion series I had been planning (though digestion is such an important topic, I’m sure I’ll get back around to it)

* A fantastic line up of 6 guest posts, starting this week and going until early February

* Simple-to-make sandwich sprouts- an easy way to grow your own “greens” in the winter

* Links to a few recipes we’ve been enjoying lately

* The truth about what we’re really working on in home educating (please, pay no attention to my sidebar- it’s terribly outdated and needs to be refreshed!) We’ve been having so much fun together, and I can’t wait to share what we’ve been doing.

* My New Year’s nourishing foods and practices goals (a la the Nourishing New Year’s Resolutions carnival this Friday)

* The ultimate BPA-free sippy cup review (including Klean Kanteen, Sigg, Avent, Born Free, and Foogo- I’m awaiting the last cup in the mail so that I can try it out and start putting my thoughts together)

* The start-up of Living Simply Saturdays again, starting this week (Jan.10). I’ll be diving into the second half of From Clutter to Clarity: Simplifying Life from the Inside Out
, which gets into so many practical areas like saying no, busyness, time with God, possessions, physical clutter, money and more. Be ready to join in with a post of your own, on; a way that you pursue simplicity in your own life (or your thoughts and reflections on Ch.8 if you’re following along in the book).

* More exciting stuff that I can’t wait to share with you all!


So tell me, how were your holidays? What were the highlights? What are some of your plans as you step into this New Year?

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  1. Glad to have you back to blogging! But I am glad you got a nice rest too.

    Our holidays weren’t what we expected but there were some good times and lots to be thankful for. My daughter got really sick for about a week, starting Christmas eve. I am thankful she was not throwing up, but she is still getting over the extreme runny nose, and she had a high fever over Christmas time with lots of wakeful nights etc. We were still able to have some visits with family who came and also get a lot of things done on my to-do list to get ready for the baby coming soon. I am very thankful for my family helping me get some things done and also very thankful that it was only my daughter who got sick and not me or anyone else as well. THe highlight of my holidays was having my mom suggest to and then help me (she did most of it…) cook and puree 6 pumpkins (yes I know…) that were still in my basement from my garden and the market…that otherwise would have been wasted since I don’t have time or energy anymore.

    This year I am planning on working more on my relationship with my husband and daughter, especially in the area of how my discontent affects those relationships. So far its been encouraging to see God working on me.

  2. I am glad you and your family had a nice Christmas and a nice trip. I look forward to a lot of the future posts that you have listed.
    Have a blessed day.

  3. spud! looks very interesting. I live in Seattle so I will be interested in your review. I use AmazonFresh sometimes but often the produce is less than acceptable. Also, I love reading about home learning. Your children are about the same age as mine. I write about the many books we read for learning.

  4. It was my 13 year old daughter’s turn to spend Christmas with her father this year and they went to Florida (she was gone 17 nights, oh no!). I missed her a lot but instead of being mopey, I redid her room (like there isn’t enough going on during the holidays, ha ha!). We painted it dark lilac, installed new baseboards, new curtains and new bedding. She also got upgraded from a single bed to a double. It was a complete and total surprise for her and a delight for me to see her ecstatic face when she came home.

    That was the highlight of my giving I think.

    I enjoyed speng time with my family and am so bummed that it’s back to the daily grind!

    Happy New Year everyone.

  5. Hi Stephanie,
    I’m the one from up in PG, we ‘spoke’ a while back…
    Just wanted to say again that I’m so blessed to have your blog. It is so comforting to have other christian stay-at-home moms who care about natural health, homeschooling, and simple bible-based womanhood. Your posts are of such high quality, inspiring, and always contain valuable information. And what a bonus that you live close to me, making your reviews and info all the more applicable. I’m sorry that I don’t have time to post comments more often!
    Blessings to you, sister.

  6. We’ve had a nice relaxed few days to welcome in the New Year also. My resolution this year is to be more gracious in my giving (both of time and money) and not feel resentful when I have to go out of my way to help someone. This might also mean learning to say no when I am asked to take something on which I may not have the time or energy to do.
    Looking forward to your pregnancy series – it will be very relevant to me 🙂

  7. Oy, yes please a natural pregnancy health series; I’m expecting and having sciatica as we speak, and sooooo do not want to medicate something that is not a medical problem. So any info you have on getting a 6-months baby boy to stop sitting on your sciatic nerve would be great. 😀

    Just kidding; I’m interested in healthy diet and environmental stuff too, which is probably what you had in mind. 🙂 Looking forward to it. It’s always nice to find a natural-living mama who’s a Christian vs. say, a fundamentalist pagan (which I’ve run into!)

    Happy new year!


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