About Kathleen

Hi! I’m Kathleen. This is my family:

Quiring family

I like to think of myself as an intellectual because I have a Master’s degree in literature, I wear glasses and I smoked a pipe one time. It helps me to feel better about the fact that I’m almost completely unemployable.  The apex of my academic career was having a paper published in the John Donne Journal, which I’m sure was read by at least a dozen people.

I’m in my early thirties and I’ve been married to my entrepreneur husband, Ben, for ten years. We live in Ontario with our two children.

Our daughter, Lydia, is four:


Our son, Felix, was born in November, 2014. At two weeks old, he was diagnosed with severe combined immunodeficiency, and was hospitalized for most of the following year. He underwent gene therapy in July of 2015. Currently, I am using this blog to document his journey.

Felix 8 weeks

My Story

Ben and I started dating when I was 17 and he was 19; we married three years later while I was still an undergraduate. We welcomed Lydia into our family in 2011, after several years of not-so-patient waiting, with a wonderful and memorable home birth. It took a few more years of trying before we were blessed with number two.

For a while, I worked as a lackey for minimum wage at a local publishing house. I really, really sucked at it. I’m currently a stay-at-home mom, with plans to stay home indefinitely.

I’m now a bit of a crunchy, cloth-diapering, baby-wearing, attachment-parenting mama. I make my own shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, and laundry detergent. And I clean my face with oil. I’m also into raw milk and cultured dairy.

Some of my passions include natural living (including natural childbirth and traditional foods); anything handmade and homemade; gardening; YA fantasy and science fiction; and everything written by C. S. Lewis.

I also collect garden gnomes. Their names are Bradley, Chad, Dennis, Raymond, Bruce, Charles, Gary, Kyle, Geoffrey, Milton, Phil, Reggie, Eddie, Richard, Stevie, and Tollers.

Someday, Ben and I hope to own some land and grow all our own food. For now, we live on the outskirts of town, where we keep a modest garden in the front yard during the summer and tap our gigantic maple tree for syrup in the spring.

Well, I’m glad you stopped by! I look forward to getting to know you, too!

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