This Dusty House

This Dusty Bookshelf: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

It's been a while since I've read a whole book in a day. Growing up, it was a fairly frequent occurrence, but since adulthood, reading takes longer. I don't have the time I used to, I guess. Studying literature in university distanced me from the act of reading for pleasure, and I sometimes wonder if I still feel the long...

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This Dusty Bookshelf: Trickster's Choice

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

So many of my peers cite Tamora Pierce as one of the foundational authors of their youth. I can't blame them. Pierce writes strong female characters stepping boldly off the path patriarchy has laid out for them. Her books have helped girls see themselves and their role in the world in a whole new way. Her contributions to...

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This Dusty Bookshelf: Where The Mountain Meets The Moon

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

It's been a while since I've written a proper book review. In fact, the last one I wrote was full two years ago. I miss writing book reviews. They help me reflect on a book I've just read, to think about it critically and allow it to settle into my mind a little more fully. I don't make New Years resolutions, but if I did,...

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A Personal Reading Goal for 2016

Authors: Jeanette deBoer


At the beginning of school year back in September, I gave myself permission to read. On one hand, I was disappointed with the number of books I had read – a measly 6 at the end of the summer. I missed reading for pleasure so much. On the other hand, I’m in library school; while my heavy course load provides me with a myriad...

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Make-up, Beauty, and Raising a Little Girl

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

(A little while ago, an old friend of mine approached me to see if I wanted to try the mascara she sells – Younique 3D fibre lashes. I was hesitant, but she’s a friend, and I want to support her, so I said sure, I’d give it a go. And guys? It’s amazing. I love it. But it also got me thinking about make-up and beauty and cons...

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Back To School

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

I have been back to classes for two weeks now. Two sessions of each class. Four days of daycare drop-off.

Four baby-free days.

This year feels different than last year. Last year, I was still so new to motherhood, so new to Isabel. She was a different baby, still unaware of the world around her. It was easy to pop her in...

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Porch Update: Tickety-boo

Authors: Jeanette deBoer


Yesterday morning, a concrete truck pulled up in front of our house. As I snuggled and entertained Isabel before her daycare drop off, I watched them lug bucket after bucket of wet concrete into the trenches around the front of our house. Our footings are officially poured!
These footings are the whole reason this work has...

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I ran a half marathon!

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

Remember a few weeks back I mentioned that I was maybe training for a half marathon, but I wasn’t sure I was ready to admit it because – let’s be real – I can’t run 21.1km? On Sunday, I proved myself wrong. I ran 21.1km. And I even ran them really well!

I don’t really know what to say about all my training this summer. It h...

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Let’s Talk About Yesterday

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

I was so excited when they showed up and unloaded the mini excavator yesterday. Isabel and I sat in the front window and watched. I texted excited, terrible pictures of the orange machine to Mark at work. The first pile of dirt grew in front of our house and I started dreaming about our new porch. Two weeks, I thought. Two...

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The Front Porch

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

When we moved in, we knew our front porch was lacking. The railing was wobbly. The spindles were set too far apart. The supporting post - while stable - had a crack down the middle of it. The tiles were slippery, and the floor was leveled incorrectly, sending all the rain water pooling against our front door.

We did a few...

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