Monthly Archives: July 2012

Sparkling Waters

Spent some time working from the lake this week – what an enjoyable perk of having a portable job!  Recently, I read a post by Sarah Bessey ‘In which this is saving my life right now’ where she talks about what is getting her through. It made me pause to reflect on all that I am thankful for.  I have to say that having this retreat is a saving place for me.  Gorgeous nature, sparkling waters, dreaming about changes to my website and editing photos of Miles’ birth while breathing fresh air, are all renewing to the spirit.  I even had time to read Eat, Pray, Love where I read, “I want God to flow in my bloodstream, like the sun dances upon the water” E. Gilbert. YES!   Even the Hitchcock-like birds that creepily watch me in the evenings, nor the racoon scratching at the BBQ, can detract from my enjoyment of this space.  And now friends are coming to join in!  I am a very grateful woman today.

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The Bishop

The other night I got to meet another newborn – puppy Bishop!  My cousin bought a Great Dane puppy who has been staying with family while he awaits cooler weather to fly out home.  I had no idea you could get a plane ticket for an unaccompanied dog.  You learn new things everyday.  With this heatwave, they cancelled his original flight as it was just too hot for the animals in the cargo hold.  Which worked out perfectly for me!  I was able to go for a little visit and get some time in with this very sweet and enormous puppy.  Love little Bishop!  Cap, my Aunt and Uncle’s black lab has been patiently tolerating the puppy and even fetching him toys. I love the one pic where he’s kind of rolling his eyes as if to say ‘can you believe this kid?’  Sadly, I won’t see Bishop again until he is almost horse size (I’m guessing he’ll be big by the size of his paws).  I’ll just have to take more pictures then.

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Amazing Women

This is one of my favourite moments from yesterday’s birth of Miles.  Really, there were so many very beautiful, intense moments… but I love this capture between mother and daughter in front of a birth painting during a particularly hard contraction, just before Kaelyn entered the pool.  The strength and support of her mom’s presence, constantly encouraging her and telling her she can do it!  A few years ago, Kaelyn and her mom got matching tattoos on their forearms partly in memory of Kaelyn’s dad who had passed away.  In a way, he was there too cheering her on.   I love that their symbolic remembrance is also a sign of solidarity, courage and strength.  Amazing women.

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Welcome to Miles Bailey McFarlane!

Today I had the wonderful privilege of seeing baby Miles enter the world!  I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing it was to witness the strength of Kaelyn as she birthed her son.  I am in awe of this woman who laboured through a fast progression of 4 hours of contractions and safely delivered at home with her midwife colleagues at her side.  When I arrived this afternoon at 3:30, I began to cry – what beauty!  With Adrian and her mom as supports, 3 hours later baby Miles arrived. There were moments ofsuch calm and serenity as well as excitement  and immense struggle as we cheered on her pushing at the end.  Everyoneis doing amazingly well and are very healthy.  There is so much to share as I reflect on today, which I will share in upcoming posts. For tonight though, just a few quick images from today’s amazing and life altering experience.  Welcome baby Miles!

Miles Bailey McFarlane, July 14, 2012 @ 6:31pm  8 pounds, 1 ounce.

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Road Trip!

It’s time for another road trip!  I’m packing up my gear and hitting the road.  A little music.  A little Guinness.  A LOT of sunshine. And hopefully a whole bunch of laughs as we travel the highways of life.  We’re outta here  for a little break to enjoy the summer for a few days – hope you enjoy it too.

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Goallll!!!

My little 4 year old nephew is involved with soccer.  I went yesterday to go see the little timbits run around on the pitch and stick to the ball like glue.  It was HOT!  Those poor guys did their best though, despite the heat.  The coaches and ref were great giving many, many water breaks when they could see the kids needed it.  So fun to watch!  I love that Micah was explaining to the ref which way he was supposed to go with the ball.  He got bored while in goal as there wasn’t much action and started to climb the post, or talk to it, not really sure. His little sister didn’t want to miss out on the action and kept running onto the field to join in.  During the snack break, one of the coaches asked them what their team name was – The Fairies!  The Avengers!  The Marshmallows!  Gotta love 4 year old humour.  For a treat afterwards we went for some ice cream – perfect for the hot summer night!

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Hypno-Birthing

I had an interesting experience a while ago… My friends Kaelyn and Adrian invited me to come along to their Hypno-Birthing class to learn what it was all about and to be better prepared for their birth.  Kaelyn is a midwife and has had some experience witnessing the effect that hypnosis can have during birth.  We went to see Lara at HypnoBirthing Hamilton, who is such a peaceful and caring instructor.  Not knowing anything about Hypno-Birthing, I was an eager student to learn about how self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques can be used to eliminate fear and tension and to have a positive birth.  It’s not just about avoiding pain though, it’s about creating powerful moments and deciding the way in which you want to approach the entire experience.  No pain scales, no clocks to pressure Kaelyn – just the experience of the birth for what it is.  I’ve explained to people that it’s similar to how professional athletes use visualization techniques to improve their physical game.  In the same way, the mind is taught techniques to help tell the body to be calm, be relaxed, be open, and help to guide the body’s own natural anesthesia.  We watched a few videos to compare hypno and non-hypno births.  So fascinating!  It actually makes a lot of sense to me and reminds me of life in general.  We can be in a tense moment, straining with effort, but can choose to accept it and go to the deeper experience that is offerred.  What you seek you will find – and if you focus on the pain you will certainly find it.  Now, that’s not to say there won’t be pain.  Of course there will!  Anything that’s of value requires effort and pain on the journey.  But I love that through it we can choose to be grace-filled, positive people in the midst of struggle.

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Fireworks!

Spent last evening down at the Hamilton Pier 4 Park sharing a picnic with the folks from The Commons for Canada Day. We chose to  eat when it was the most blustery, which made for some mad dashes before the geese caught our plates!  After some sammies at the picnic, we partook of some delicious smores and took in the fireworks – always a treat.  Happy Canada Day!

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Happy Canada Day!

Today I thought I would take stock of one of the things that I am thankful for – my home.  I am seeing it with new eyes and am just loving the old character details that, while not perfect, give the place a personality and charm. I kind of like the old scratches and worn out bits.  Tells the tale of a life well lived.  And yes.  Those are hockey sticks.  They are part of my Gretzky glider chair that I picked up a few years ago. What are you thankful for on this Canada Day long weekend?

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