Adventures of Parenthood

Challenges, reflections and life-lessons gleaned from the adventures of parenthood. Share yours with us, too! We’re in it together.

Expecting? Know someone who is? Pass this on... I hope it delivers encouragement and strength. We found out we were pregnant on our 1st anniversary. I thought so, but I was waiting to take a test until our anniversary because – how fun is that? That morning, I could hardly wait to get up and pee on a stick. Sure enough, I returned with a grin on my face and a plus sign in my hand to say "happy anniversary!" A moment I will never take for granted....

Don't hate me. Childbirth was easier than I expected. I had heard a lot of things. A lot of dramatic stories. I was hoping for the best but preparing for the toughest. This is a positive birth story. Although there were a couple serious surprises, my labour and delivery of Isaac was one of the most beautiful, powerful and memorable experiences of my life!! Every childbirth story is different and there are so many factors at play. Given how many "horror stories" are shared (loud and proud) that perpetuate...

I'm doing my best. I'm trying to care for my child the best I know how. Aren't we all? I'm trying to raise him well, make informed decisions, love him to the very ends of my human limits. And somehow it's not enough. And too much. All at once. The comments started the day he came home from the hospital. Or, more truthfully, the day I found out I was pregnant. At first, I appreciated different perspectives and anything off-colour just rolled off my back....

RThe Hidden Fear Of Going Home

Dads, let's be honest - have you ever faced a secret, shameful fear of going home at the end of the day? A quiet, back of your mind resistance to the drive home from the office? I've been there, and sometimes I'm still there. But it never used to be that way. I used to love the drive home. I'd put in a long, focused day at work. Often I'd be a little bagged. I'd have about 20 peaceful minutes before arriving at a quiet house. Sarah and...

We all have good days and bad days. Happy days and sad days. Some really sad days. Some really bad days. But there are small, incremental ways to make any day a little better, a little brighter. They're also the small, hidden things that are almost always included in every good day. Here's what I've noticed... When I'm having a bad day – these are the ways I make it better. When I'm having a good day – these are the things...

The Chemex. I look forward to it every day - the sound of the paper filter as I unfold it and place it in the top of the chemex. The scent of the beans as I crank the first couple turns on my grinder. The steam of the arc of water coming out of the kettle wafting in the morning sunlight. The aroma as the coffee is infusing in the water. The steady, circular motions, and the quit drip of coffee into the carafe. Then finally, raising that cup of carefully crafted goodness to my lips....

Here it is. The nitty-gritty, nakedness of how we try to be wise with money day-to-day. This wraps up a 3-part series on how sharing finances makes our marriage stronger. If you missed the first two, catch up with; How Sharing a Bank Account Makes Your Marriage Stronger and How to Enjoy Budgeting. Why does money management even matter in your marriage? Because it's one of the top 10 reasons why couples get divorced, according to Huffington Post last fall. You could almost conclude that half...

  This is will be short and sweet. It's the eve of our baby's 1st birthday and I'm feeling all nostalgic. How fast can a year possibly go? Does every year go this fast?? Parenthood has made me realize a few things. I can function with less sleep than I thought I used to love sleep. I still love sleep. And as amazing as our boy is, I wish he loved sleep a little more! The...

I've been there. You've been there. I was on my first-ever solo vacation in the east coast. This was going to be a super cheap trip because I was going to camp all the way. I didn't really budget, or create any plan for that matter... I just went. Of course I wanted to hit a seafood spot or two in every province.. and camping wasn't quite as cheap as I expected. I pull my borrowed, black Toyota up to a gas station on a sunny day. I fill up my car to the...

You work hard for the money you make. At least, most of the time. Yes? Maybe you're getting married. Or you are married. Or you're thinking about it. But you want to keep your finances separate. After all, what you make is yours and what your partner makes is theirs. Yes? Plus, you want the freedom to buy what you want. Who wants to "ask" their spouse if they can buy something. Are we all 13 again?? Actually – we've realized that...