The story of spirit.

I honestly can’t remember if I have ever told the story of how I came up with my blog name. As mentioned in my newly updated “About” page, Light and Spirit are my two daughters, Reika and Reese. Before Reika was born, my husband was searching for baby names on the internet. He had Googled names meaning light when he found Reika. Her name meansĀ being or embodiment of light in Japanese, although he has had a hard time finding that particular meaning again. Talking to Japanese friends, the modern meaning of Reika is little flower, although a couple of Japanese friends were trying to breakdown her name, and said it did actually have a deeper meaning to it.

Now comes my daughter Reese. Reese’s personality is very free spirited to begin with, so there is no doubt she is the spirit in my blog. Before I even had Reika, my husband and I had been pregnant and had a miscarriage. While we were dealing with the miscarriage we decided to go for breakfast at a favorite spot near our house. We walk into the restaurant, and the entire place was filled with moms and babies. Ryan looked at me and said we could go someplace different, yet I really loved this restaurant, so we stayed. While we were dining, I kept feeling a little poke in my right shoulder. I looked over my shoulder, and there was a cute little boy who kept poking me. I asked the mom the typical questions of how old he was and what his name was (as I was still thinking of baby names since we knew we wanted to try again). The mom said his name was Reese (not sure of his exact spelling).

Shortly after our miscarriage, Ryan and I took our Level 1 Reiki course together. While we were meditating, I kept thinking of this little boy and I nicknamed him my baby angel. He helped cheer me up and helped keep my hopes up of having another baby. It wasn’t long after, we were pregnant again. We had decided if we were having a girl, we would name her Reika. If it was a boy, we were going to name him Rhys (this was the spelling I had chosen for a boy). Our little being of light, Reika, entered our lives in September 2008.

While I was on leave with Reika, we found out we were pregnant again. We let the sex of the baby be a surprise once again, and once again, we needed to pick names. We had gotten a bit exhausted trying to pick a name for the first child that we decided to name this baby Reese/Rhys regardless of whether the baby was a girl or a boy. We would simply spell the name differently depending on the sex of the baby. Well, our little well spirited girl, Reese joined us in February 2010.

That in a nutshell is the story behind Light and Spirit.

Have a fantastic weekend!


Our children are precious!

I wanted to share this posting from


Our children are so precious. Take time out of your busy day and actually spend some quality time with them. This includes turning off the “screens” as I had seen on another pin on Pinterest. I have been just as guilty as I half listen to my toddlers while checking Facebook. Who’s more important, your own child hitting a milestone, or receiving the text, tweet, status updat, etc that your bestie’s kid just hit a milestone.

Another friend of mine who developed the Conscious Pregnancy & Parenting Guide for the BodyMind Institute (, had tried not to use her laptop in front of her child. When I started my blog, she asked how I was able to juggle everything. I said half the time I would write with one of my girls on my lap.

I have been guilty of telling my girls to wait a minute while I’ve been checking Facebook or Pinterest. The so called “Smart” phones are making it even easier for us to remain distant from one another.

I realized the other day I need to limit the usage of my phone in front of my kids. My 2 year old is obsessed with using anything as a phone. At least she pretends to be actually talking to people. While I caught my 3 year old playing with a toy that resembled my iPhone. She was off by herself while a friend was over for a play date. I then had to encourage her to socially interact with her friend. What a wake up call that was!

Get outdoors and play with your kids. Read to them; that is actually pick up the book and read it yourself. Turn off the tv, computer, smart phone, etc and actually ask them about their day. I love hearing about what adventures excited them, even if I can’t always understand what they are saying.

All I ask is to love your children! Be grateful they were blessed into your life! Now stop reading this, and go build a fort!

Light and Spirit

Some of you may wonder how I came up with the blog name, “Light and Spirit.” It is quite simple, it symbolizes my 2 daughters, Reika and Reese.

Reika’s name is of Japanese origin, and when my husband found the meaning, he found it meant, “the embodiment of light.” We both instantly fell in love with the name. Reika has definitely lit up our world.

The story behind Reese’s name is a bit longer. Truthfully, Reese does not directly mean spirit, although you could stretch your imagination to see spirit. Reese is a Welch name meaning “enthusiasm.” Reese to me is my baby angel. When my husband and I started trying for a baby we got pregnant nearly immediately. We weren’t quite ready, and we ended up having a miscarriage. Please make note that I view a miscarriage as a blessing and hold with it the knowledge I know I can get pregnant.

During one of the first days of our miscarriage, my husband took me out for breakfast. We walked into the restaurant, and it was filled with moms and babies. He asked if I wanted to go elsewhere, and I said no. He had to go to the washroom, and while he was gone I felt this little poke in my shoulder. Then I felt it again. I turned around and there was a little boy who was enjoying poking me. His mother immediately apologized. I asked what his name was, and she told me Reese.

Reese then became my inspiration to hang in there and I knew we would have our own bundle of joy soon enough.

On an interesting side note, Reika was born the day before our one year anniversary of our miscarriage.

Reika is the light and Reese is the spirit.