Thursday, 31 May 2012


Well we did it! We managed to sell our house and move all of our possessions either to storage, or to our temporary residence in Richmond Hill where we are going to be for the next six months.....all in 37 days.

All things said and done, if I was given a choice, I would have preferred perhaps a longer closing, however as Parkinson's law states, “work expands to fill the time allotted for it” and well, I think we would have been just as frantic if we had 100 days to close.

Everyone always says that they never realize how much stuff they have until they move...and that is all the more true when you have seven kids, six of whom are of collecting in collecting rocks, twigs, and various other flotsam and jetsam of the sea of life. There is a certain indescribable feeling one gets when they discover that their child has been collecting tiny bits of gravel because they are “pretty” by moving the shelf and having that collection fall on one's head. It is not necessarily the calm serenity that a rock garden usually inspires.

Anyway, things are going to be topsy turvy over the next few months as we settle in and wait for our new place to be built.

This years journey has been pretty surreal, but we are in the final leg of our transition, waiting to move into our new house! In the meantime, we will continue to pray for everything to fall into place according to God's will.


Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Packing the TiPSI D Way

So life is a bit crazy right now, with packing well under way and bits and pieces of stuff turning up all over the place. I am finding the most unlikely things in the most unlikely places!

Its been a while since I have posted an actual tip so I figured I would post one that is both a money saver and space saver....using plastic bags instead of vacuum bags! Here is how it works:



Here is the math:

A box of 30 clear blue recycling bags costs $9.99

A box of 6 official vacuum bags cost $22.99

Which is a cost savings of thirteen bucks, which is just enough to get the perfect moving food.....PIZZA!

Untill next time




Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Dont worry be happy!

Man has it been busy lately! If you have been following along, I apologize for the infrequency of posts as of late, but as can be expected, life can be a bit busy....funny thing is life is busier than the kids! Like I mentioned a few posts ago, we just sold our house and are in the middle of boxes upon boxes of stuff. Its funny how everybody says when they move, “I didn't realize I had so much stuff!” and while we have culled a whole bunch of stuff in the past few years, we still have a ton of stuff.

How many times can I stuff the word “stuff “in a paragraph?

In the mean time the sun is shining and the birds are starting to sing, which is a welcome change. I am really liking this working from home gig.

When I started this blog, I had no idea where it was going to go or what I was going to write about, only that I wanted to share the adventures of two parents raising seven kids on a single income. But while a certain amount of financial discipline and managing time on the fly is involved, I think that our biggest secret to it all is being fully reliant on God....or F.R.O.G.(ing) as I sometimes put it.

The other big secret is to take is to take things day by day. You can spend a lot of time trying to plan for the future, and while I am a big advocate of thinking in the bigger picture (I myself think in five and ten year plans) you run the risk of losing the gift of the present moment when you stay too focused on what things may come.

Its been a while since I referenced scripture in one of my posts, but I have been reflecting on Matthew 6: 25-34 lately.

Especially Verse 34, “so do not worry about tomorrow, tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today's trouble is enough for today.

Better yet:


Saturday, 5 May 2012

Tipsi Dad Pushup Challenge Month 5

I am usually not really a big fan of those ubiquitous motivational videos that everyone shares on thier facebook walls, however, I did find the following video particularly apropos for the fifth month of the pushup challenge!

Keep it up! And remember, if you forget, just start again where you are, no need to try to catch up.