This Dusty House

How To Make a Ring Sling

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

Years ago, my brother went on a trip to India and brought me back a beautiful length of cloth. I tucked it away at the time, lacking faith in my abilities to sew something I would love forever. It moved with my twice, living in totes, and bags, and finally, tucked in a corner with my stash of yarn. I assumed I would always...

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A Garage Sale Day and Some New Treasures

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

Our neighbour is moving. (Sadly, not the neighbour that caused all the drama a couple months ago. The neighbour on the other side.) They are neighbours who welcomed us onto the street with open arms three years ago. Neighbours who invited us to backyard barbecues and shared flats of vegetables for our gardens. Awesome...

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This Dusty Kitchen: BBQ Meatloaf

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

The very first time I had meatloaf, I was in university. It seems late, I know, for a first taste of something so many consider comfort food. Meatloaf can be inconvenient, time-consuming, requiring far more preparation and effort than my mother, a hard working dairy farmer, had the patience for. Meatloaf may be a classic,...

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Waking Up

Authors: Jeanette deBoer





Mornings are my favourite time of day now. Isabel wakes up slowly, often content to coo and stretch in her crib for a few minutes while I pull on pants and tuck fresh nursing pads into my bra. She's slowly teaching me her night time schedule: eat from 9 to 11, then sleep until 2 am, or 3 if I'm lucky; up again at 6, 7 if...

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Garden 2014: Neglectful Success

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

Back in May, during planting season, I dragged my pregnant self into the garden and, after some half-hearted prep work, planted my vegetables for the year. I didn't plant a lot, especially in comparison to other years, but I planted enough to feel like I had a garden, while acknowledging the very high likelihood that...

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News! Hitting The Books

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

I've been keeping a secret. It's kind of a scary secret. Well, scary for me. I'm taking a big jump, a risk. I'm making a bit of a sacrifice now, in the hopes that it pays off at some point in the future. It's only a secret because I've been too nervous to talk about it too much.
I'm going back to school.
I am enrolled to take...

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Faking It: A Stair Solution

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

Because our attic is brand new living space, one of the things we needed to address during our renovation was a brand new set of stairs. Have you ever looked in to new stairs? Even low-end models made with cheap wood and no extra details go for thousands of dollars. Of course, that includes measurements, manufacture, and...

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Isabel's Baptism

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

Isabel was baptized on Sunday. She didn't sleep well at night or during the day for two days before hand. She was bright eyed and fussy; I was stressed and running on 5 hours of sleep and caffeine.
But this event was so important to us. From a theological standpoint, baptism is one of only two sacraments celebrated in our...

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When Your Dogs Are Your Babies, Until You Bring Home A Human One

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

Anyone who has read this blog for any period of time knows that the Husband and I are dog people, through and through. True, we have a cat too, whom I love nearly as much as Mocha and Kingsley, but there is nothing quite like the relationship we have to our two four-legged canine fur-babies. We even used them to announce...

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So Much Progress: Attic of Awesome Update

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

It's been a while since I properly updated about the attic. In fact, it's been a while since I've updated about our house at all. But, believe it or not, there has been a lot going on with our attic renovation and our little dusty bungalow. With the help of a cuddly baby carrier, I somehow managed to clean up and finally...

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