Steve “THE ROCK” Brandsma

This week we find ourselves saying a lot of good-byes. While we can’t wait for that final bell to ring, signalling the end of another year and the start of the lazy days of summer, it’s bittersweet. Because every year we grow attached to another set of amazing teachers. They’ve guided our kids, gone above […]

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Farmer Boy

At the top of my all-time favourite memories as a kid was going to Uncle Cecil and Aunt Sylvia’s farm. They owned and managed a dairy farm in Cobourg, Ontario (they moved to Listowel, Ontario when I was much older). Uncle Cecil was one of my dad’s younger brothers and they were good friends. We […]

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Pea Pods and Whipped Cream

School is almost done for another year and I think the teachers are trying to do me in. They’ve had to put up with the Brandsma boys for 9 months now and they are exacting their revenge by putting every field trip, every celebration, every project, every special day, EVERYTHING into the last month and […]

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Footloose and Fancy Free

I remember waiting for my 16th birthday with a mixture of fear and anticipation. I knew my life was going to change drastically. Freedom and independence were calling my name and it all hinged on whether I could pass that formidable test…the driver’s test. I hopped into my parents’ big blue suburban and off I […]

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Clean Enough, Dirty Enough

My mom had a plaque hanging in her kitchen that read “This house is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy.” It is one of my favourite sayings and one I quickly adopted as my motto after getting married and having a home of my own. When life gets busy and […]

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Squirrel!

Last week was exams and I thought life would be kind of quiet as the older boys buckled down and really applied themselves to their studies. Levi and I would respect their need for silence and stay busy in the kitchen and living room while the boys holed up in their bedrooms and studied the day […]

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Flying Turtles

Since the day Caleb was born, people have been telling me to hang on to each moment because time flies. This was the first I was hearing of this ‘time flying’ phenomenon. As kids, we tend to look ahead, anticipating each exciting milestone. And whenever you are waiting, time seems to act more like a […]

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