Why I’ve Disappeared Again…


Photo by Luca Cucchetti

It seems I am destined to be away from this blog for awhile yet.  I have wanted to return for quite some time, and post again more frequently.  But life continues to get in the way.  My smartphone ins’t working.  My laptop cord isn’t working.  I really don’t have access to a proper and reliable computer at this time.  And so, I can’t really post regularly.

I hope to get back (again) as soon as I can.  I really want to post more frequently, but until I can, please know that I am thinking of this blog and looking forward to posting again.  🙂

Christmas Break

Just wanted to let you all know that I am going to take a brief break for a few weeks as I enjoy celebrating Christmas with my children and family.  I likely won’t be back to blogging til after January 6th (the last of the 12 days of Christmas).

Wishing you and your family all a wonder holiday season, and may God bless you and your families!


The Sheppard Family

3 Fashionable Ways to Stay Warmer This Winter

What’s more dangerous to your spendthrift ways than a frugal mama?  A frugal hippy mama!  I didn’t want to turn that thermostat up a single degree until we absolutely had to.  We didn’t want to turn it up til the first of November this year, but after all four of us came down with colds, we decided that we’d better turn it up.

Even still, I don’t want to have to turn it up too much yet — it’s not even December yet!  So here are some very simple, very easy ways to keep warm throughout the winter without being terribly inconvenienced or uncomfortable.

Only The Toes Knows
Photo by Vox Efx
1. Wear socks. Two pairs, if you don’t have slippers.  This is coming from a diehard barefooted devotee.  But once the temperature starts to fall, I start breaking out my deliciously warm socks.  I have a fondness for Smart Wool socks, myself, but who could resist a pair of soft felted woolen socks handmade by someone you love?  If you’re lucky enough to have a lovely pair of slippers (we each have a pair of these sweet things on their way to us right now!) that will just add to it.  Keeping your tootsies warm, and not in direct contact with your cold floor, will help to keep the rest of your body warm and toasty as well.


Time For The Longies
Photo by outdoorPDK
2. Break out your long underwear.  And by the way, there’s no need to go out and buy new skivvies if you can’t afford them.  Even a comfy pair of yoga pants will do just fine.  But under your regular clothes, throw on a pair of thermal underwear and you will hardly even need a sweater throughout the day.  I break out mine the instant the leaves start to change color.  My daughter starts wearing a pair of leggings under her jeans as well.  It keeps us both toasty warm and ready to take on the day’s challenges.

BTW, if you buy a simple pair of black cotton ones, they can go under a knee length skirt or maxi skirt as well — modest, warm and comfy!


bandana cowl
Photo by Eunice
3.  Knitted anything is awesome.  Break out your knitting needles (did you know you can start learning to knit for next to nothing?) and create something luxurious and warm to keep you cozy.  On my list of things to knit (as if that list ever gets shorter!) is this gorgeous Bandana Cowl by Purl Bee.  Not only is it gorgeous and cozy, but it would work double duty to keep my neck warm, my head warm, my face warm, and just look so sweet.  But if cowls aren’t your thing, try a hair scarf or headwrap to keep your thoughts warm and comfy.   There are a little million ways to knit yourself a beautiful and warm headscarf.

What ways do you dress to keep warm at home during the colder weather?  Share your comments!

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This morning, what I hoped my readers said to themselves was, “What happened, Nada?!  You were here, and now you’re gone again!  It’s been 84 days since you posted anything!”

Well, I’ll tell you what happened!  Our whole family got a horrible case of the flu!  We were out of commission for a whole week.  It was nothing but sweaters and chicken broth and soda crackers for us while we waited for the demon bug to pass through our systems.

Well, it took awhile for Michael to bounce back.  Naomi, resiliant little firecracker that she is, bounced back in an instant.  But me?  Well, I just struggled.

This flu was unrelenting for me.  I was nauseated all the time.  I had no energy, no desire to eat, I could barely get out of my own way.

A few weeks went by and I wasn’t getting any better.  Nothing was happening for me — no desire to eat, no desire to move, no period…

Wait a sec… no period?

A quick pregnancy test revealed the truth — the flu tricked me!  I was over it weeks ago.  Now I was pregnant!
pink and blue
Our family was of course beside ourselves with joy!  Naomi will turn three tomorrow (tomorrow!!!) and we are so glad that by Hallowe’en we will have a second soul to share all our joys and celebrations with!  So excited!

Unfortunately for me, I am one of 75% of poor women who suffer extremely unpleasant morning sickness.  It was the same with Naomi and with our second baby as well.  I got up, I dragged myself to work, I came home from work, and curled up on the couch for the rest of the night, til I dragged myself to bed at night.  Oh the misery and torture.  I just kept thanking Jesus for the pregnancy, and for the reassurance (through the nausea) that everything was okay.  I’m one of those worry-warts who would’ve been picking myself apart wondering if everything was okay, if it wasn’t for the nausea reassuring me daily that my baby was happy and healthy.

So for the last 19 weeks I’ve survived on lemonade, lemon popsicles, lemon ice cubes, and macaroni and cheese.  I am finally starting to get myself back to something resembling a functional member of society — I even participated in the March Against Monsanto here in Halifax last week!  Here’s a couple clips of our march (warning — language of videographer in first film is a little harsh).


So I thought I’d try to get back to things here at miniMOMist.  In my absense I haven’t really taken much time to think about the blog or where I want to take it, but I figure it’s a great place for me to have fun, express myself, and detail the fun stuff of our lives, including the growth of our sweet new baby.

Any prayers and encouragement are welcomed.  We’re only 21 weeks away from holding a precious new baby in our arms.

boy meets girl ;)