About

I fell in love with Jared on a missions trip to Grenada in grade 11 as we bonded over our picky eating tendencies. I still remember him telling me where I could buy some fries and Pepsi (I can be pretty easy to please). We were pretty much inseparable after that and got married in December of 2006.

October 2, 2010 our daughter Raeca entered this world, ten days late, showing she seems to have gotten the stubbornness trait from both of her parents. Raeca was born with craniosynostosis and had surgery in July of 2011 to re-open one of her soft spots. Thankfully the surgery went well and besides her scar, you wouldn’t even guess it ever happened. She is one of the most extroverted children I know, making me believe that God gave us (two very strong introverts) an extroverted child just to push us out of our comfort zones.

We have been involved in the international adoption process for over two years and are adopting from South Africa (read about our journey here). We hope to have our little one home this year!

Last year Jared was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, you can read about some of our process to go gluten free. Since his diagnosis we have begun to eat so much healthier and I’ve been trying my hand at a variety of different gluten free recipes.

In this last year I’ve really felt God asking us to start living a simpler life, a life of less, it has been challenging in many ways and yet it mostly feels freeing.

That’s a little bit about me, A Harvest of Blessing has really just been a way to document all that God has been teaching me so I blog about all of the above and more. I love meeting people through this space so please leave comments and let me know you are here.

with love,
Chantel

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good.
At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
Galatians 6:9

Want to know more about me and this space? Here are some posts to get you started:

  • check out my list of twenty-eight things I want to do while I am twenty-eight
  • I am on a journey to learn the art of hospitality and am documenting it through the hospitality project
  • what it’s like to be an introvert with an extroverted child
  • I recently made the decision to go no (sham)poo

above photo taken September 2013 by Sara Unger

photos above taken July 2012 by Rachel Penner

photos taken August 2011 by Matt Ramage