I am many things. Aren't we all? Wife, mom, daughter, sister, aunt, child care provider, artist, giver, writer, cook, plumber, cleaner, etc. 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. This way of being is who I am.
I am The Deliberate Mom.
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!
I am the mother to two little girls. My eldest was born in January 2008 and my youngest was born in July 2011.
I am a Christian and love the Lord with all of my heart, soul and mind!
My oldest daughter is anaphylactic to dairy (she also has egg and peanut allergies). 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.
I'm employed as an Early Childhood Educator. I have been working in the child care profession since September 1993. I love my career and I am fortunate for the insights it has given me into parenting my own child.
I have a diploma in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration degree. I am a consummate learner. In a couple of years when my little girl is in school, I plan to pursue a Masters or PhD.
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.
When I go to sleep at night, I turn my pillow a few times so I can find the coldest part to sleep on.
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!
If I cook without an apron, I will make sure to splatter grease or oil on my clothes... hence ruining them forever.
With waves of inspiration (and lots of coffee), The Deliberate Mom opens a door to her heart and home.
Come in and enjoy the delicious recipes, activity ideas, as well as personal stories about the life of a Christian, wife, mother, and early childhood professional.
Okay... my sewing machine is falling apart. Of the 20 stitches it used to do, it now only does one stitch (and frequently goes on strike for days at a time). Please consider making a small donation towards my sewing machine fund.
Woah... I've been blogging for three years? Weird. I work hard on my postings. Please do not copy images or content from this site without my permission. I can be reached through the attached Contact Me page. Some photographs on my site are from PicApp - please obtain those photos directly through their site. Other images are from the Creative Commons archive on Flickr. Thank you!