About Me

My little family

Welcome to my home away from home. I am many things. Aren’t we all? Wife, mom, daughter, sister, aunt, child care provider, artist, giver, writer, cook, plumber, and house cleaner. I wear many hats but my most important role is that of being a mom.

When I first started this blog, I made many lists of what it should be named. As I deliberated, I realized that I, for the most part, am a deliberate person. I take my time, I ponder, I reflect, I negotiate, and when I act, it is with deliberate intent.

As a mother, I am especially deliberate. I am intentional in how I raise my children. From the activities I do with them to the food I provide for them, much of what I do is with loving intention. I have also learned that being a deliberate mom is not about perfection but rather intention.

I am on a journey to become The Deliberate Mom I want to be.

Will you join me?




Want to know more about me?

The Basics

  • I married the love of my life in January 2007 – my husband is my best friend and partner in all things!
  • My husband proposed to me on Christmas Eve. You can read his six-page hand drawn comic strip about our proposal HERE.
  • I am the mother to two little girls. My eldest (Big G) was born in January 2008 and my youngest (Little H) was born in July 2011.

My Girls

  • I am a Christian and love the Lord with all of my heart, soul and mind! Postings about my faith can be found HERE.
  • My oldest daughter is anaphylactic to dairy. Her allergies have inspired me to seek out and create delicious and safe foods for my entire family. Some of my recipes can be found on my blog page entitled, In The Kitchen.
  • After 20 years of working as an Early Childhood Educator, I became a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. I have the BEST job in the world!
  • I have a diploma in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration degree. I am a consummate learner. I love to learn.
  • My hobbies include sewing, baking, yoga, reading and writing. I am passionate about education, enjoying nature, protecting the environment and living life to the fullest.

Me and my girls

The Quirky
  • When I go to sleep at night, I turn my pillow a few times so I can find the coldest part to sleep on.
  • Unusual, weird, odd, and/or uncomfortable things happen to me all the time. THIS is an example of one such moment.
  • My eyes squeak when I rub them.
  • I would never purchase a lint shaver, as I get a euphoric “high” from picking the lint off of things.
  • I am so organized yet I frequently misplace my keys. Although my husband would argue that it’s not that I misplace my keys, it’s that I freak out BIG time when I can’t find them in less than ten seconds.
  • I am obsessed with office supplies… in fact an hour or two in an office supply store can be just as invigorating as a day at the spa (but don’t tell my husband that)!
  • When I eat rippled chips (and I’m not visiting or in the company of others) I like to eat one ridge/ripple at a time.
  • I love the smell of campfire (but can’t stand the smell when I’m in the comfort of my own home).
  • I am obsessed with numerical “oddities”. Like if it’s 11:11 and I happen to glance at the clock at that time, I make a wish. In fact, on 11/11/11 at 11:11, I made a point of making my whole family look at the clock at that time (because how many other chances in our lives will we get to do that)? I know… I’m weird.
  • Bad hair days are a norm in my life. That’s why my favourite hair cut is the shaggy bob… that way I can look fun and funky but have unruly hair!
  • I couldn’t do a push-up if my life counted on it. Okay… maybe I could do just one.
  • Despite the lack of upper-body strength, I can open almost any jar given to me.
  • Belly buttons disgust me. Moreover, someone’s finger in their own (or someone else’s) belly button makes me want to puke.
  • I’m in denial of my nail biting habit. I prefer to consider it as personal grooming.
  • Speaking of nails… the sound of someone filing their nails makes me want to puke.
  • I love, love, love (I mean L-O-V-E) a really good pen.
  • I have an obsession with journals. I buy them but I rarely write in them.
  • I can never hide a good deal. If someone compliments me on my $10 sweater, I’ll make sure to tell them I spent $10 on it.
  • I love Scrabble tiles. I especially love when people spell something with them and take a picture of it.
  • I am the fastest six-finger typist I know. Don’t tease me… it’s better than two fingers!
  • The feeling of sand between my toes makes me want to puke.
  • I know I’ve mentioned lots of things that make me want to puke but realistically, I’m rarely a puker. Rather, I’m an intense, full-body, dry-heaver.
  • Spiders in the great outdoors are fine but in my home… I completely FREAK out!!!
  • I hate underwater ocean photography (especially of shipwrecks). The appearance of barnacles makes my skin crawl.
  • I practically live in my pajamas.
  • My favourite snack is toast with peanut butter and dill pickle. Trust me it’s delicious (and it’s not just a pregnancy thing either)!
  • Once every few months I make an awards acceptance speech in front of the mirror. I’ve received numerous Nobel Peace prizes and awards for my amazing invention, writing, singing, acting, even for my ability to curl eyelashes!
  • I don’t have an interest in celebrities or celebrity gossip. I think it’s a waste of time. They’re just people!



I can be reached at:  deliberatemom {at} gmail {dot} com


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The photos on this page are courtesy of Loft50 Photography – Edmonton