Hi, my name is Laura.

I am wildly outnumbered by children and animals. I’m a Christian, wife, and mother. I live in southern Manitoba, somewhere south of Winnipeg and north of Ile des Chenes and Niverville. When I can eke out the time, I love to sew. When I can’t, I’m often cooking or folding copious amounts of laundry. I try and find time to be creative every day, so when I’m not sewing I am generally doodling, writing, taking pictures, or using Instagram @lgvonline as a microblog.
I haven’t blogged very much in the past few years, but have recently put some thought into blogging more frequently. I’m aiming for something a bit different this round. I’d love to be a craft blogger when I grow up, but unfortunately I just don’t have the self-discipline or foresight required when doing projects to cut it as a craft blogger at the moment. However, I would like to take the time to write out some thoughts.
There will be Christianity… it’s the center of my life, so if it doesn’t spill out all over the place then I’m doing something wrong. There will be some pondering on motherhood… I’ve been in the depths of it for over ten years and five babies now, and while I can hardly fathom that some days, there is no escaping the fact that if you need someone to change a feisty toddler or calm a fussy baby I’ve got some street cred. There will be some anecdotes… anecdote is pretty much my middle name, if people actually used words like anecdote in real life. When you have five spunky kids, three dogs, two cats, three llamas, occassional cattle, a really weird sheep, and who even knows how many chickens (at least 12 of whom are named Brenda) plus a really enthusiastic-about-life type of husband, there are bound to be a lot of anecdotes available. And there will be some crafting, home decor, and DIY stuff, because we do that kind of thing with vim and vigor around here and sometimes it’s nice to take a picture before the kids break it.

This picture is of a family with four kids, because we haven’t got much for family pictures since becoming a family with five, but we’re planning to fix that this spring.