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    I'm glad you're here in my little corner of the web. Just a little to introduce me: I'm a married stay at home momma of 5 kids from 11-1. My family is very important to me. I love them. My hubby and I are raising our kids in a small southern Alberta town. I love to cook and bake for my family and anyone else. I love to document our lives through my lens because I think it helps me to be a better mother and wife. It helps me see the beauty in my everyday life and in the world around me. I love to craft with my kids and on my own too. I hope you'll stay a while. And that you'll come back again and again. I'd love to hear your thoughts so send me an email or comment on a post.

    And... if you haven't noticed, I'm changing things up a bit right now so there maybe a few funny gaps here and there.... excuse the dust as I tinker around! :)

I have known Teri since we were young. She moved into the small town where I lived when we were both 13. So it’s been a while;)I’m so happy for her. I think a wedding guest summed it up the best when she said we were all glad that finally someone was going to take care of Teri. She deserves happiness and to be taken care of. Yup. On both accounts. The biggest thing I noticed while spending some time with them is how much they laugh together. That is wonderful. Huge congrats guys!


Just Rhonda

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I follow Ali Edwards on Instagram and I’ve read her blog for over 10 years. She just did a rebrand of her website. On her instagram she was asking people why stories matter to them. And since I read that it’s been on my mind. I’ve been thinking about it on and off for a week almost.


Stories matter to me because I want to remember. I want to remember family. I want to remember who I was. I want to remember where I’ve been. I want to remember what I’ve overcome. I want to remember good memories and hard memories and special memories so that one day when I’m old I can look back and remember. I’m a fairly forgetful person and often when I try even remember small details in my life it’s hard and I don’t it’s not something that comes easily to me and so because of that I want to remember. Stories matter to me because I matter.  I matter and my family matters and my individual outlook on life matters.

Stories Matter to Remember

I have lots of stories recording in various ways. Traditional scrapbooks. Blurb Books.
Stories preserved
And Project Life albums now. All these stories matter to me. And to my kids.
Looking at PL
I want to remember stolen moments how my children spoke when they were little phrases they used. Recently I found a little notebook that I had used when Alden was small. In it I had just written down funny things he said. The same kind of silly things I wrote down for Eli in his Eli-ism mini Album.  I wish now that I had done that for the two oldest. But I will do it for Oliver and Norah when they get that age.
 The notes left on my pillows in the mornings.
love notes
And found in my sketch books. These are the moments that help me when Im feeling overwhelmed or things are hard. And they are the things that will bring my happiness and joy and a smile to my face when my children are grown and gone.
Love notes 2
I want to remember the first time Lucy made cookies all by herself. And that she decided all on her own to do it. Then she did it and as soon as she was done she got plates and delivered them to the neighbors.
I want to remember spiritual experiences how it felt when I got an answer to prayer. I want to remember quiet moments of testimony that grow. I want to remember how my children reacted when we told them something exciting with happening or when there was a big change in our family. I want to remember inside jokes and conversations with Regan.
And small experiences with each child.
Remember when
 All of these little moments big and small that make up my life for all of the things that I want to remember and through writing down my stories and preserving my life through words and pictures and objects I can keep my stories and my life documented. Stories matter. It is one of the things that gets passed on from generation to generation.  I think it’s fun to make them pretty and add stickers and cute paper. But that’s not the only way to tell stories. Just get them written down.
Stories matter. All of our stories matter.
Just Rhonda
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  • August 30, 2014 - 8:54 am

    Karlene Perez - I LOVE this and completely agree. I’m also a scrapbooker (traditional) I take pictures of everything to document it. My husband teases me because my kids have so many pictures but I love it


Dear Norah,

You are such a sweet little thing. Lately your personality is starting to emerge even more. And it is so sweet to see. Kind of like a little sweet package that is opening up more and more. I love it! You are really starting to love books. The cutest is when I am sitting on the floor and you do your little backup move to sit onto my lap. It makes me smile every time. You also love to be tickled. Like you will stick your foot out over and over and over so that we keep doing it.  You are understanding more and more when we talk to you. You still don’t have many words. Only about 10 or so. But you understand a lot. I can get you to do things like taking out your soother so I can take your picture.

Speaking of soothers, you love to have one in your mouth and one in each hand so that if Eli or Oliver steal the one in your mouth you can quickly put another one in. (I don’t know why they do that….) You don’t get upset at all, you just put in a different one. You’ve learned to work with those energetic big brothers of yours!


You are really loving following Oliver around lately. He is getting into it too. You two will go downstairs in the mornings and play for little bits of time. (Which I love) It gives me hope that when school starts next week that you two will enjoy each other more and more.

Also in the last month you have decided that Lucy is pretty awesome. I love it. And I think it makes Lucy so proud! She loves to randomly announce “After Mom, I think I am Norah’s favorite!”. Often then an argument breaks out between the kids about who you love best. It actually reminds me of when I was a kid and the boys would argue about who Aunty Kelly loved the best.


You are still TINY! You still fit in some 6-12 month clothes. You still weigh 19 pounds. So you really haven’t put on any weight in three months. I am a little worried about it. We went to see a Pediatrician about it, just to be sure everything is ok. I’m sure you are just lucky and ended up with those tiny little girl Steed genes. (Lucky you!)

I keep trying to pretend your hair is long enough for piggy tails. It is a lot of work. I can distract you for one but the other one is a lot more tricky. That and the rest of your hair is so fine and it grows totally right into your face. I love it’s blonde color!


You are very much in a MOM stage. You want me to hold you and put you to bed, and read you stories, and sit on my lap while I eat supper, and feed your your bottle, and hold your hand, and everything holding you. For that reason I am glad you are so small! Easier to carry around!

I got you a doll for your first birthday and I have been putting it in your bed since then. And just recently  you have decided that it is your baby and you love to hug it when you sleep and lots of times you carry it around with you. It is soooo cute. That and you love to have a blanket with you.


I love you norah. I can’t image our family with out you. You bring love and sweetness and we just all love having you around. Can ya just put on a little weight to make me not worry? That and sleep more?

Love mom.


Norah’s shoes are Fledge Feet  Nutmeg & Eden Flower and her little jacket and pants are both from Baby Gap. 

Just Rhonda

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  • August 28, 2014 - 7:16 am

    Tisha - So sweet! Norah reminds me a lot of Kezia! Same fine hair that I pretended was long enough for pigtails (until her brother chopped it off, that is!) and tiny! She’s 3 and still fits in 12 months things. She’s a whopping 22 pounds. (And despite several trips to the doctor where they say she’s ok, I’m still a bit worried!) Lol!


If you don’t follow me on Pinterest you might not know that I kind of have a bit of a pining ….. problem. I love finding new recipes. I’ve always loved that so now it’s just online and I can access them easily later! Anyways, I do try and use a lot of the recipes of there. I mean that’s the point! So here are 5 different ones we’ve eaten lately.


1. Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers. We had these last night and they were amazing!! Loved them. My kids didn’t really. But both me and Regan loved them a lot.

2. Macaroni Grill inspired Teriyaki Salmon. Alden loves, loves, loves, salmon. And this was a big hit with him. Served with a side salad and rice. Perfect!

3. Monterey Chicken. My SIL introduced me to this dish first and then I went and found it on Pinterest. I looooove it. It’s one of my new favorites.

4.  Churo Muffins. Love them and so do the kids.

5. Lemon Chicken Pasta. So yummy and fresh!!! The kids all really liked this one too!

Any recipes you’ve tried off Pinterest lately that you loved?

Just Rhonda

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  • August 27, 2014 - 7:16 am

    endogrutarif - Thank you for sharing it looks delicious.

  • August 27, 2014 - 8:51 am

    Carmen - Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to try them. We also love salmon at our house. Can’t wait to try that recipe. I should send you our fav salmon recipe. It’s very similar.


Close to the beginning of the month Regan and I went to Waterton for the weekend. Just one night. It was great. We did a hike on the Saturday up to Bertha Falls. I did share some night pictures from the Friday night for my 5 on the 5th but I wanted to share some more from our hike on Saturday. And I just wanted to say again how much I love being out in nature and capturing the beauty of it. The colors and the light. The creatures and flowers. All of it, I love it. And I especially love doing it with Regan. And especially in Waterton!






If you’ve never been to Waterton or it’s been a long time, go! You’ll love it! As you can see…. we do!

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