Locally Grown

This summer has been going by so quickly. We have had a beautiful mix of sun and rain. I have hardly had to water my vegetable garden and my green house is flourishing. As I watch my garden grow and the tender care it takes, I think of my children and the tender care they need to grow. I recently read a post about how Kindergarten means “garden of children” and how flowers are much like young children. Watching flowers grow, “they grow at different rates, have their own agenda, fight for the sun, take a backseat to other flowers..some are strong, some are weak”  they are all unique in their own way. Flowers are definitely like young children and watching both flowers and veggies grow in my garden is such a perfect metaphor to how children grow. As I garden and think about all the care and attention it needs, it reminds me of how our children also need that care and attention DAILY! (but that could be another post all in of itself)

My journey to vegetable gardening started from the joy of visiting farmers markets when I lived in BC. I always knew I wanted a garden of my own to grow my own fresh produce. Then when I moved up north, I had the chance to do gardening with my mother-in-law. For my first few northern summers she showed me the ins and outs of gardening. Her garden was very successful and it was such a treasure learn this skill from her. My grandma also had vegetable gardens in the north since the 1960’s, so YES northern gardening is possible and I couldn’t wait to start one of my own!

I started my own garden when we bought our home in 2012. Before we even moved in, I planted flowers right away. I was so excited to have my own flower beds and to make this house our home!

Gardening 2014

I didn’t start veggie gardening until 2014 when we did some backyard construction and removed an old tarp shed.

Shed Removal May 2014

Once we removed the shed, the soil was so rich underneath so that is where we decided to build our raised garden beds.

Building Raised Garden Beds

Here is our first vegetable garden, and I was so pleased with the results. Especially since I actually got zucchini to grow up here. These plants were not started from seed, I cheated and got them as a set from the local garden center.

Planting Our First Garden

Watching it Grow..

July 20 2014

Harvest Time!

Gardening 2017

By 2017 I had my little garden helper! We continued to used the raised beds and we made a structure with pipes to go over one of the beds to create a greenhouse effect. It was such a joy to slowly grow and adapt our garden to this space. I love being able to share this joy with my kids and teach them to grow their own food.

Me and Garden Helper 2017

Gardening 2018

The next year we got a full greenhouse, I wanted to extend the growing season up here. It seems over time with the weather changing, it has gotten harder and harder to grow veggies. I also tried my hand at square foot gardening, I separated the 6×6 beds into sections with twine and planted accordingly. (print out link) I researched companion plants and started most of my plants from seed, specifically zucchini, cucumbers and squash.

Despite the extra work, it was so rewarding to be able to grow these plants from seed in preparation for the green house. Best of all was being able to harvest the veggies together! My little loves were getting bigger and when it came to gardening, watering and picking the veggies, they were such great little helpers! Overall, 2018 was a fun year of trying new things.

The rest of the veggies were pretty tiny that year, but I was so excited the greenhouse worked out and I got some nice sized zucchinis and cucumbers too!

At the end of the season in 2018, we decided to remove the raised garden beds. The wood was breaking down on the raised beds and the soil was ready to be replenished so we just went for it and started with a clean slate. It was fun using our UTV for the work.

Gardening 2020

I decided not to plant in 2019, so I couldn’t wait to plant this year and get my garden going again. Gardening is such a joy for me! There is so much more to share about my journey gardening this year. We have continued to make more improvements and I am always learning new things. Stay tuned for that post, more to come!

Greenhouse 2020

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Blessings!

Created to Create

Whit

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Kindergarten Means “Garden of Children”

This is a post written by another blogger and it just captivated my heart so I wanted to share it!

As my little guy approaches entering into Kindergarten I am caught between excitement and sorrow. It’s tough to work through but I look back and see how fast those 5 years flew by and my heart aches, but I’m excited because he is moving onto the next stage, the next season and I know he will do great! The comparison of children to flowers in this article warms my heart and gives me peace in the crux of my mixed emotions.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and I look forward to sharing more on this topic! Gardening is on my heart a lot lately!!

-Whit

My garden is a new venture every year.  We bought an older home with an established flower garden in 2002.  When summer arrived I couldn’t wait to …

Kindergarten Means “Garden of Children”

Celebrate Mother’s Day 2020

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and what a different Mother’s Day it will be this year. Much like Easter we will be engaging in video chats with our families on Sunday to celebrate the Mom’s in our lives.

As a Mother of two little ones, I have grown so much over the past few years. I am so thankful for my children and the gift of Motherhood. Some days are tough as a Stay At Home Mom, the jobs at home can feel repetitive, however, the ability to be at home and choosing to cherish those special moments makes all the repetitive tasks worth it! It has taught me to find joy in the little things, and to rely on myself for affirmation, to believe in myself and press on with a servant heart and attitude. Even while being at home during this pandemic, I am affirmed that this is right where I am supposed to be.

Whether you stay at home, or work out of the home, a Mother’s job remains the same. To love and care for our children. If you are blessed with little ones, or your kids are grown up, I want to say to you:

Happy Mother’s Day!


These were taken last year on Mother’s Day, my kids are now, 3 and almost 5. I don’t know where the time has gone! As they grow and become more independent, I have experienced a little more freedom. No more nursing, no more diapers, the evolution of Motherhood at its best, filled with #momwins. The added freedom has allowed me to engage in creative activities. I soon realized this was not just a want, but a need. Creativity is such a wonderful outlet for me to unwind and to do something for myself.

I started Scrapbooking in 2018 and it has helped me, as a Mother, to reflect on all of the wonderful moments I have had with the kids and all of the fun things we have done. The pictures I have taken remind me of how blessed we are. It has helped me get through the hard times, and encourages me t rejoice in the good times. Looking through finished albums reminds me to continue to cherish the every day moments! We never know what tomorrow will bring. Currently, life has changed so much for us all, and it happened so fast. But one thing for certain, is that we can all benefit from cherishing the moments we have, and why not get creative in the process!

Being at home and creating is what has helped me maintain my sanity! I am so thankful to have a husband who supports my creative side and a big part of that is because he has seen what I have been able to make! In addition to my Scrapbooks, I use my Cricut Explore Air 2 to make birthday decor, cards, iron-on shirts, wood signs and more!

If you’d like to see some of the stuff I have made check out my portfolio!

On another note, I am so excited to share that Cricut is having a Mother’s Day Sale! The Cricut Explore Air 2 is on SALE! The one I have is in the picture below.

*Disclosure: If you click on the links you will be redirected to an affiliate site where I will receive a commission upon making a purchase. Opinions and reviews on this site are my own.

If you are crafty and love to create, and already have a Cricut then you might be interested in the other sale items featuring 30% off select mats, Infusible Ink, and vinyl! Its a great time to get started on your Cricut journey during this time at home, and what better time to get it than now during this Mother’s Day Sale!

Some other creative mamas share their creative stories in the “Life Handmade” podcast series! Check it out here!

Close To My Heart has a really cute Mother’s Day stamp, card ideas and a FREEBIE layout plan. Check it out on their blog!

I hope your Mother’s Day is filled with joy and happiness. I hope you are made to feel like a Queen, because you are!

Enjoy your day, and make the time to get creative!

We are Created to Create!

-Whit

This image can be used as a cut file for your Mother’s Day projects!

My Story

If you want to change the world, go home and love your family

Mother Teresa

My name is Whitney and I live in Northern Manitoba, Canada. I am a Christ follower, a wife and stay at home mother of two who has a lot of love to share. All my life I have wanted to change the world, to somehow make it a better place and spread love unto others. When I became pregnant with my first child in 2014, I felt the calling to stay home. My original plan was to change the world through medicine, but God had other plans for me. My son was born in 2015 and my life was changed forever. As I followed this calling and left my job to stay at home, I invested my heart in growing and teaching my son with the desire to show him the greatest love he could ever imagine. Then in 2017 I was blessed with another child, a daughter. They have opened my heart to experience an unimaginable love and led me to grow in ways I never thought possible. They have given me strength and purpose in this world and God has used me to change the world through them.

As I continue this journey of Motherhood I seek to be the best version of myself so that I can always be there for them and to serve my family well. My calling to stay home has proven itself righteous over and over. Although it has had its challenging moments, I am thankful for the personal growth its given me. The next step of my journey was to discover how I could use the gifts and talents God has given me, and I have received the calling to create! My creative desire is inspired by the love I have for my children, they are my Wild Little Loves and I love documenting our journey together. I believe we are ALL created to create! From creating a beautiful garden, to cooking, to recording memories through photographs and memory books, to painting or writing, whatever it looks like, we all have the ability to create in some form.

I am excited to share this creative journey with you and I would love to hear about what inspires you to create! If you haven’t discovered that yet, I hope this site inspires you to try something new and to harness that creative side within you!

We are all created to create!

-Whit