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Remembering, Celebrating, and Life… Currently

Since a new month is upon us, I want to take some time to share some of the things that have happened in January, as well as what’s going on… currently.

Since a new month is upon us, I want to take some time to share some of the things that have happened in January, as well as what’s going on… currently.

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On January 2nd, my maternal grandmother died. It’s been a rough month of grieving. She would have been 99-years-old today. I miss her greatly, but I’m slowly transitioning from grieving over what I’ve lost, to celebrating all the years and memories I’ve had with her.

Grandma's birthday.


January is a big month for celebrations.

On the 7th of January, we celebrated the 8th birthday of my oldest daughter. I have no idea where the time has gone. Every day she grows into this amazing, creative, caring, little person. She never ceases to surprise me and I love her more than words can express.

My birthday girl.

Then on January 20th, my husband and I celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary! If you want to have a glimpse of our wedding day, check out my wedding day flashback post HERE.


I know it’s the rage right now, but I just love colouring in my adult colouring book. It’s a relaxing activity, and I delight in the time I spend sitting with my girls, colouring pictures. It’s one of my favourite ways to connect with them.


I’ve been incorporating a lot of learning through play experiences into our days (which is especially important for my 4-year-old). I’ve done a baby washing station, a letter writing station, a grocery store, and so much more! Follow us on Instagram to see the exciting things I set up for the girls.




Last week we went to one of the coolest places ever… an ice castle! There were slides for the kids to go on, mazes of ice rooms with niches and passageways, a central fire pit area, a waterfall, and ice thrones to sit on! They piped the Frozen soundtrack into the castle, so let’s just say my girls were in their element!

Our family at the ice castle!


My oldest daughter woke up Monday with a bad cold. We were supposed to do week 4 of our 4-week homeschool schedule, but I rescheduled our week “off” to this week. It’s unfortunate to spend our week off this way, but that’s one of the reasons why we do year-round homeschooling… so we can have flex time.


This month I launched my new blog… Deliberate Homeschooling and a year-long parenting series here on The Deliberate Mom. What a way to kick off the new year!


I am thankful for many things but lately, I had a moment that was so good… so overwhelming, I had to share it with you.

I was having a rough day. The girls were fighting, I was tired, the house was a mess, and I felt like I hadn’t achieved much. That’s when I got this love note from God. I get these often, but this was a first… I reached into the potato bag and pulled out a heart-shaped potato. Another love note from God.


Something happened to me yesterday… my daughter asked for a particular toy and when I went to look for it (but couldn’t find it) I turned into a cleaning tornado! I sorted, organized, and labelled… which left the toy storage area of the basement (and my youngest daughter’s closet) looking pristine.


I am almost done my first book in the Parenting Resolution challenge.

I decided to finish reading Loving Our Kids on Purpose: Making a Heart-to-Heart Connection by Danny Silk. While I love the Christian parenting perspective in this book, I am struggling with some of the concepts. They go against some of my early childhood training. However, I’ve caught myself losing my cool with my kids far too many times — which also goes against my early childhood training, so I figure I should still read it all the way through.


It’s no secret. I love worship music. Lately, Lauren Daigle’s version of How Great Thou Art has been on repeat. I just love her voice.


Speaking of music… I’m going to see Chris Tomlin in concert during the month of May! I can’t wait! I love his music, and I’m certain it will be an awesome experience.


I can hardly believe my oldest daughter is just three months away from starting grade 4, and my youngest is just three months away from beginning kindergarten! I’m planning like crazy right now. I like to have an idea of what curriculum we’re going to use and a rough outline for the year figured out by the end of March. That’s coming up quickly!


These homemade granola bars have been a staple in our house this past month. My kids love them, and they’re a wonderful, healthy snack!

Well, that’s what’s happening here… currently. What’s going on in your life right now?


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Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, Deliberate Homeschooling and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care. 

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23 thoughts on “Remembering, Celebrating, and Life… Currently

  • Mrs. AOK

    I’m sorry for your loss, Jennifer. Wishing you and your family peace and love.

    Happy Birthday to your daughter and Happy Anniversary to you and your husband! I love the potato heart :)
    I remember seeing that snow castle on IG- I hearted it right away! So cool ;)
    Wishing you and your family a lovely weekend!

    • Jennifer Bly Post author

      Thank you for the condolences and well wishes my friend. It was an odd month of grief and celebrations.

      The ice castle was amazing! I’m so glad we got to see it.

      Wishing you a lovely weekend as well.

  • Julie @ Logger's Wife

    How did I miss your wedding flash back post? My husband and I celebrated 8 years on the 12th. We’re only a year and a few days off from sharing an anniversary. :)

    I do that with cleaning too. I call it my cleaning ADD. I’ll go to pack something for a weekend away and at the next thing I know, I’m chipping ice out of the chest freezer and cleaning the washing machine. But for me, it only happens when I’m on a time crunch and suppose to be doing something else.

    • Jennifer Bly Post author

      That’s so neat! You got married 5 days after my first daughter was born!

      I like the term cleaning ADD – I’ll have to use that in the future! lol

      Have a great weekend Julie!

  • Carrie

    I’m sorry about the loss of your grandmother. Loosing that generation is such an emotional loss. That ice castle is awesome!! Excited to check out your new blog as well. I love the idea of being deliberate in our purpose as a mom and homeschooler.

    • Jennifer Bly Post author

      Thank you for the condolences Carrie. I miss her greatly – it’s odd not to have a grandmother in my life anymore.

      The ice castle was amazing. We had a wonderful time.

      Yes, please stop by Deliberate Homeschooling – I’m having a great time putting all my homeschooling thoughts and ideas over there.

      Wishing you a lovely weekend.

  • Tamara

    I always look for heart-shapes in nature. It’s awesome!
    Also awesome about eight years for your daughter and nine for your marriage. We’re like that too – Scarlet came only a little over a year after we were married.
    My grandfather would have been 103 last week. I can’t help reflecting on these birthdays still. I always will.

    • Jennifer Bly Post author

      We decided on our honeymoon that we wanted to get started on our family as soon as possible (I was 32 when we got married).

      I think I will always reflect on birthdays too. It’s hard not to.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on what’s been happening…currently.

  • Janine Huldie

    It will be 6 years on February 3rd that we lost my grandmother and 17 years on Valentine’s Day that we lost my grandfather, too. So, trust me I get it and as much it has gotten a bit easier as time has gone by, I still can’t help but miss them when this time of the year rolls around and still have my moments. Hugs to you and most definitely thinking about you today xoxo <3

  • Jen

    I am so sorry for the loss of your Grandmother. I think you needed that little love note. Isn’t it amazing how much he loves us?

    I wish we had an ice castle to visit! I think my children would want to move in. Although me and the cold…. My theme song is, “The cold always bothers me anyway.”

    • Jennifer Bly Post author

      God is so good Jen. I needed that love note – and He gave it to me. It reminded me that this is my temporary home and that one day I’ll be in permanent residence with my heavenly father.

      Your song sounds a lot like mine but I have no choice but to deal with the cold. The ice castle takes the sting out of it though.

  • Amanda || Growing Up Madison

    Currently I’m trying to take everything one day at a time. It’s been 5 months since I lost my mother and I guess I’m still in the grieving process as well. I still have to check out your deliberate homeschooling site but will do so. We’ve been incorporating a lot of activities during our days and turning them into learning experiences for Madison. I know that you are totally going to rock in 2016 and btw that Ice Castle is amazing!

    • Jennifer Bly Post author

      The grieving process is so different for everyone and every loss. I wish you peace, healing, and comfort my friend.

      Yes, please stop by Deliberate Homeschooling – I have lots of fun stuff going on over there.

      The ice castle was awesome – I’m so glad we got to see it before the warm weather hit this week!

      Thank you for the kind and encouraging words, Amanda.

  • Bonnie

    What a busy month January was. Sorry for the loss of your grandmother sending you peace for your loss. Congrats on your anniversary and your daughter’s birthday. Love that mailing station you set up for your girls and it looks like you had fun at the Ice Castle. We haven’t gone yet but hopefully soon. Kids grow way too fast.