Pie Recipe Sneak Peek

The other day was amazing, a day spent with my Mom, making one of my favourite desserts from childhood. The smell of this dessert as it’s being made doesn’t just make my mouth water – it brings back memories, many of them with my Grandma or my cousins as we made short work of the finished product! Continue reading “Pie Recipe Sneak Peek”

Girl Time

My girls are hilarious. I’m learning more and more about how important it is to have fun with them and how important it is to “let down my hair.” If you knew me, you might think “letting down my hair” comes naturally – but it doesn’t always, especially with my girls. Continue reading “Girl Time”

Nettie Goertzen

Today I was blessed. I did something that I really value, but rarely find the time to do. As we drove up to the familiar home, I wondered how I could bless and be a blessing to my friend. Friend doesn’t seem like quite the right word – Auntie? Grandma? – someone that I deeply admire. Nettie has become like family to me. Continue reading “Nettie Goertzen”

On Being Lonelier Without God

I’m sitting here on my couch in the basement with my feet propped up, a quilt wrapped around my legs (yes, it really is that time of year), with the Pride and Prejudice soundtrack playing in the background (if you haven’t listened to the soundtrack, it is so relaxing and beautiful). Darryl is prepping for his university classes and I can vaguely hear my kids playing upstairs… They all seem to be getting along – or at least that’s what I choose to believe for the time being!Continue reading “On Being Lonelier Without God”

It’s a new day dawning


The first week of September was stressful. I don’t know how many of your houses have been affected by the dry summer, but ours has. Seven years ago we were hit hard in regards to our, at that time, brand new house. We poured thousands and thousands of dollars into our basement… steel beams installed, basement floor dug out – there is no way our house could shift after that, right? But alas, it has – not like it did, but noticeable – hey, who needs the bathroom door closed while going to the bathroom anyway?!Continue reading “It’s a new day dawning”

On Fear

Today as I was walking to pick my daughter up from a school event, I marvelled at the place God has brought me from. I noticed the cooler autumn air, the leaves crunching under my feet, the world around me changing colour, the neighbour that had painted his house – my eyes were wide open to the beauty around me, and I was actively noticing. 20 years ago, walking by myself, I wouldn’t have noticed anything. 20 years ago, I was crippled with fear, too busy noticing every car or person that passed by me, too preoccupied with every noise that made me jump, to notice anything else. Continue reading “On Fear”

Welcome to Sequoia!

Welcome here! Sequoia Journal is a quarterly digital magazine that will be launched in December 2018. We invite you to come explore life, faith & beauty in the everyday. As we prepare to release our first issue, follow Sequoia online to begin connecting with each other and to experience encouragement and inspiration in the everyday.

Curious about Sequoia Journal and how & where it all started? Visit the about page to learn more!Continue reading “Welcome to Sequoia!”