When he was small, my youngest son had a habit of filling his pockets with treasures he encountered in his daily adventures. I didn't always understand the value he saw in his chosen objects -- really, how many rocks and sticks could one boy keep? In his eyes, though, each one was beautiful and important. Life is just like that on a larger scale, isn't it? We gather up the precious bits of our experiences and save them all to learn from and enjoy later. Perhaps you'll find a little something here that you'd like to keep in your own pockets. Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Meet the family

The seeds of our little family started back in 1988, when my husband Matt and I were just a couple of high school kids. We met at a school function (a big-haired 1980's-style Band-o-rama, to be exact!), hit it off, and the rest is history.  Many years later we find ourselves here, happily married and raising two wonderful boys. We've had our share of obstacles along the road: years of long-distance dating while we pursued our post-secondary educations, work stress, interesting moves and real-estate escapades, and the many challenges that come with parenthood. Through it all, we've grown both as individuals and together, always sharing ideas with each other, truly caring for one another, and remembering to have fun. We're proud of having made a joyful, fulfilling life for ourselves. I also heartily thank my parents for showing me through their love for each other and their children that family is what matters most.

Our world is never dull as the parents of two energetic and inquisitive boys! Noah, our oldest son, is confident, articulate, thoughtful and even-keeled. He's an incredibly avid reader who devours any book he can get his hands on, a creative writer, and he approaches everything in life with maturity, sensitivity, and a positive attitude. Our youngest son Will is a firecracker, bursting with intense feelings (and a very big heart), insatiable curiosity, and a great sense of humour. He can make an ingenious craft out of anything, can argue better than a lawyer, and asks myriad meaningful questions about the complexities of life. Our house is teeming with Lego, books, collections, and ideas, and while their unbridled enthusiasm sometimes drives me crazy, I love that the boys are so motivated to learn and to talk about anything and everything. Someday I might even get a chance to get a word in edge-wise at our dinner table!

In addition to Matt, Noah, Will and I, there are two furry members of our crew who should be mentioned: Maggie is our affectionate, quirky old cat and self-proclaimed queen of the house, and Butterscotch is our guinea-pig, a cute, social, carrot-loving little critter. Both of them have added great fun and happiness to our home.

These are the characters behind the stories that unfold day by day in our little world. I hope you'll enjoy turning the pages with me as we find out what comes next!

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