Welcome to the creative world of musings that I began for YOU!

I’m Angela and I’m so glad you have stopped by to wander around my site. I wanted to create a safe place for all parents to find kinship and laughter through stories and moments they can relate to. But I also wanted to help remind everyone that through the years of taking care of our children, it’s still important to be childlike ourselves and stay in the moment without always worrying about all the many responsibilities adulting brings.

What's New?

Latest blogs are posted below, but explore the rest of the website for so many other reads. Check out the newest addition - Creative Stories. I've begun to finally share the short story writing that I've done over the years. Fiction writing has been my passion since childhood, but I spent time in University taking writing courses that helped me with Non-Fiction storytelling that I wanted to also share. I can't wait to hear what you think!

Growing up, I always had a passion for reading and writing. I began with poetry, then evolved into writing chapters of a fiction novel I would never finish. Reading books were my escape into another time and place. It fostered my imagination and creativity when I wrote stories of my own. I was always stuck in the pages, floating away with words.
When I had children, I always read to them. I would rock them to sleep singing a lullaby or telling them a story. My kids still have their favourite books tucked away, even though they are faded and falling apart at the seams. Reading together was the time we spent as a family. I would watch them gaze at the pictures and I could see their tiny faces wander through all the emotions a book can stir up. Because I made reading seem like every day practice, it simply created a love in my children too. All four of them read still every night. It is part of our bedtime routine even today and they are 9-12 years old.
Reading has no limits. Stories are ripe for the taking. Of all the things I taught my children that were good, reading was the most important. They get lost in the pages... and it reminds me of the days when we would all curl up to hear the story of...

An Oxymoron Life of Organized Chaos

The ache to freeze time in its tracks is constant. A pause button would be ideal. If only I could just take a few minutes to write down the silly shinanigans that make my world go ‘round. My biggest fear is forgetting.

So many times since becoming a mom, I have wished for the tick of time to halt so I could write down my thoughts and feelings when I first experience them. We all swear that even the life changing events will never be forgot, but it doesn’t take long before details blur and recall memory gets weak.

I am that mom that other people point and roll their eyes at. You know the kind; those moms who carry an SLR and video camera around her neck and over her shoulders to every big or small life event. I am the mom who desperately tries to capture any and all perfect moments that may take place. Problem is, sometimes I feel I’m so busy catching my children in the lense that I actually miss out on enjoying the sandcastle creation or the bubble bath fiasco. I tell myself that one day when my children are all grown up that I can look back on all those captured moments and laugh, cry, and experience it all over again. But is it enough?

I am not unique in my ‘pause button’ pursuit, but with four children born to me in 37 months, there is definite merit to my ‘lack of time’ excuse. My first daughter, Madelyn was born on May 24, 2008, missing my own birthday by just an hour. Only 15 months later on August 27, 2009 my set of fraternal twins, Emily and Carter arrived. On July 2, 2011 my last and incidentally, unplanned baby, boy Cole graced us with his presence. Two boys and two girls make up our family of six.

And so four years have flown by since my adventure in motherhood began. To say our household has been chaotic is in essence the truth, but it’s lacking in real clarification. So out of recent reflection emerges a truth of substance. Our life has become an oxymoron of organized chaos.

Latest Blog Posts

My Infertility Story

By Jessica Nardone | May 11, 2022

The Emotional Rollercoaster Cliché that is IVF Looking back, I can only laugh at how easy I thought it would unfold. In September 2016, my husband and I decided to move ahead with IVF after 3 failed IUIs (intrauterine insemination) over the course of the past year.  I remember thinking confidently, “OK. We start the…

Time to Get Pregnant – There & Back Again: A Surrogate’s Tale

By Angela Pickering | May 5, 2022

I’m going to carry a child for people I didn’t even know existed 10 days ago. Cool. Wrapping my head around the fact that I’ve never actually met them and have only video chatted twice wasn’t hard at all actually. When you click with people, you just click.  You agreed to carry for them, now…

Surrogacy – an Intended Parents perspective on why agencies provide an important service.

By Angela Pickering | March 28, 2022

Surrogacy wasn’t the plan. Then the surrogacy didn’t go as planned. I didn’t know what I didn’t know. Surrogacy wasn’t even on the radar for us. When it became a reality, I still hoped that each step of the way, somehow my fate would change and that by some miracle I wouldn’t need to go…

There & Back Again – An Intended Mom’s Tale

By Angela Pickering | February 25, 2022

The Beginning Written by one of our Intended Mothers Never in my life did I think I wouldn’t carry my own child, especially not after the fight I was giving infertility. To say my uterus was inhospitable is an understatement! I have had the pleasure of dealing with a myriad of issues, a perfect storm…

There And Back Again – A Surrogate’s Tale

By Angela Pickering | February 1, 2022

The Beginning – Matching Phase Written by Chantale Chevalier When I decided to become a surrogate, I had so many questions. This was all so new to me. One of my biggest concerns was not being able to match with a couple that was in my area. It was important to me to find someone…

Mindful Body & Soul – Part 2

By Angela Pickering | March 18, 2021

Today, the world of food looks very different than it did even one generation ago. Grocery stores are stocked full of cheap, processed foods. It’s easier for people to buy things pre-made or pre-cooked because we are a society always in a rush. Both parents are often working outside the home. Mealtime has become a…

Mindful Body and Soul

Mindful Body & Soul

By Angela Pickering | January 19, 2021

Mindful Body & Soul 3-Part Series On the cusp of retiring my uterus, my mind is shifting towards my body image, and a great deal of self-awareness is coming to pass. As a woman who has now delivered 7 babies (4 of my own children, and 3 surrogacy babies), I have battled a love-hate relationship…

Great Books & Cafe, Williamsford, Ontario. Musings of Organized Chaos

Discovering ‘Great Books & Café’

By Angela Pickering | May 31, 2020

The story of the Williamsford Mill Fostering A Love for Books When you were little, what do you remember about the pastimes that you enjoyed? Did any of them help define who you became? Maybe you had such a love for nature that you followed a path in conservation or environmentalism.  Maybe you just loved…

Survival of the Fittest - Isolation 101

Survival Of The Fittest – Isolation 101

By Angela Pickering | April 20, 2020

These are strange times my friends, and we are all feeling the stress of our worlds being completely flipped upside down. Humans are not meant to be isolated and by nature we revolt against what we need to survive. We need space and air and love and socialization. But this isn’t a blog for debate…

Pregnant Belly

The Truth About Pregnancy – What is Fact and Fiction?

By Angela Pickering | March 29, 2020

When you are part of an ever-growing industry like fertility, you make it your job to always be researching and fact-finding about the latest advice people give. I’m always speaking with interesting individuals, and professionals in the health field that intrigue me and challenge my current mindset. One such individual was a client of mine…

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