Food for Thought

Here, we step back and reflect the big pictures and purposes of life to explore the meaningful. There’s lots of mess and challenge, but beautiful things can come out of it. Search with us.

Justin here:) This March, we're cutting meat from our diet. Why? Because cutting meat from our diet is one of the single biggest things we can do as individuals to prevent global warming. Wait... what? Did you know that the animal agriculture industry is responsible for more emissions than the exhaust of ALL global transportation? Yeah, neither did we. Sarah and I love meat. We're meat eaters, and I was personally extremely challenged when I discovered what you're about to read....

I'm obsessed with childbirth stories. Every new life amazes me. The power and strength God put in a woman amazes me. The beauty, the anticipation, the perseverance, the pain, the joy, the magic of life. In our culture we sort of have this "fear" of childbirth... but I get giddy-excited about the potential joy of it. Yes, it's uncertain. Yes, it's challenging. Yes,...

  Sometimes when I'm looking for a dramatic change, I do something dramatic. So... here I go again... I tell you this so I'm accountable. No changing my mind now! Beginning 01/01/19 I embark on my second 1-year spending fast. It's a full year. No buying anything new. I lay ground rules, I challenge my spending habits, and I change. Both on the inside and the outside....

A lot has to go right in a day to have another one. Ever think about that? From a pure risk-management standpoint, how many risks land in your favour when you stop for coffee, drive to work, climb the stairs, stand in the shower, get kids on the bus? Or what about everything that needs to go right environmentally? How did the weather roll in? How were today's wind-speeds? How did the ocean rise and fall? Did the tectonic plates under your feet stay put? Did the sun warm the globe to temperatures...

  This Canadian mommy of two is going to wear a dress every day of December! Brrrr. Seems weird, right? There’s a good reason. It’s called Dressember. It's about fighting an issue that bothers me deeply. It’s the fact that there are over 40 million slaves in the world today, at least 25% of whom are children. (according to the United Nations and International Labour Organization) That number almost doesn’t compute into lives when we hear it. It’s like, in my sheltered, middle-class, North American...

I'm not really a worrier. I've never really been one. My mother used to joke that I never worried enough... she probably still would. I used to pride myself on a carefree, chase-the-wind and embrace-life spirit. Skydiving, bungee jumping and white water rafting were my idea of recreation and adventure. And then I became a mom. And this unspoken shift happened. A shift I never expected. The worry. The fear. They can be something fierce. Sometimes...

Sex is for marriage. This statement is contrary to a lot of our culture. This statement is even frowned upon. Prude. Square. Boring. I would substitute those words with something else. Healthy. Freeing. Life-Giving. I understand this blog post isn't going to be a popular one. In my teen years, this view was a joke. No one thought I would really "save myself" for marriage. In my early 20's, this view was shocking. No one could believe I really...

Today is a guest interview with one of the most fun couples I know: Crystal and AJ Martin! From navigating time changes with littles, to puddle jumping, to marking special milestones and throwing parties, these guys know how to infuse fun into family life. But why does this matter? Think about the last time you had a good laugh. What did it do to you? When was the last time you had a good belly laugh. Ever laughed so hard that you cried? Fun does...

What kind of faith do you have this Easter? I love Easter. I love the power Easter demonstrates. I love the love Easter celebrates. I love the Jesus at the center of it. But don't get me wrong, I'm not always super spiritual. These days, just finding some quiet reflection space is a task-and-a-half, and my cellphone battles for it. My belly is bulging as our next baby is just weeks away. Our toddler is bursting with energy before the sun rises. I have a job I...

    Today is a guest interview with the lovely Melanie Faris! Melanie is a young mom with two babies at home under the age of 3. She's passionate about creating a healthy home, putting healthy food on the table, and building healthy habits into regular life that are actually do-able during this wild phase of parenting. But... it can be incredibly challenging to "do everything" we find on Pinterest from mom-blogger-extraordinaire types. And while it would be wonderful to have access to all the...