We all think we know what’s coming when we sign up to become a parent… Jill is a nurse, she knows how to handle pressure, to care for those whose lives are placed in her hands, and she was mature enough not to have delusions that motherhood would be easy. And yet, as we have probably all learned, you can never truly be prepared for how challenging this role will be. Whether it is in the ordinary challenges of adapting to giving of ourselves SO completely, or extra-ordinary challenges like unexplained childhood illnesses. Jill and her family have dealt with their share of both, and she will be the first to admit that she still doesn’t have it all together. And I absolutely love that about her.
Let's face it, winter in Edmonton would get awfully dreary if it weren't for the joy of Christmas, New Years, days off together, and the rest of this fun stuff. What I love most about the holiday season (other than EVERYTHING) is the way that the traditions of this time of year connect our past, present, and future. This time of year we can bring our childhoods to life by revisiting some of our own traditions, live vicariously through our children as they experience the magic, and vividly imagine how these traditions will change as these little ones grow.