Friday, April 30, 2010

Something Random

 My shamrock plants are in full bloom :) I love them! they grow like mad, and bloom often, even in winter!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

There's something quite satisfying

 I love it when the lawn is mowed. It takes a solid day and a half of mowing with a push mower, but when it is done, it looks so nice! short, lush, green, with the lines from the wheels looking all neat and tidy.
 Too bad it only lasts a few days and needs doing again!
 someday, I will have a ride-on mower. I will love it.
small things.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sometimes, I love auction sales.

 yesterday, G was home sick from work, so I had the van. I know I maybe should have stayed home like a good wife and made him some chicken soup and tucked him in and taken care of him, but he is pretty self sufficient when he's sick. I went to the auction instead.
  We do alot of camping, since hotels are way too pricey for our *titewad* mentalities, we camp. it's about  $150 a night at a hotel vs 20-30 a night to camp. We don't rough it much, no rubbing sticks together and rolling in a blanket on the ground. We keep our eyes open, check at yard sales and thrift stores for the things we need to make camping as much fun and as comfortable as possible! A few years ago, we bought a queen sized blow up bed at an auction sale for $20. It lasted 5 years, with much use, until last summer one of the screws holding the legs gave way which tore an enormous gash in the mattress. we woke up resting on the straps that held the mattress.
 At the auction yesterday, I snagged an even posher bed. $45! (is posher a word? can I use it to describe a camp bed? LOL) It's a Woods brand B.Y.O queen sized with memory foam, has an electric pump which blows it up AND sucks all the air out when you are done!best part? it's regular 269.99~ 349.99 at canadian Tire!
 I do love me a bargain!
 It sort of looks like this (it looks a bit different as the one in the photo is smaller)

Monday, April 26, 2010

I've lost

 I've lost my wee Fergus..... I can't stop crying.
 he was hit by a vehicle on the road and died probably instantly. I already miss his beautiful black eyes peering at me, begging for a tummy rub, his long lovely nose with his nose that always had a smudge of dirt from him burying something in the dirt. His quiet, gentle way of taking a doggy treat from baby lexie, his enthusiastic welcome of visitors to our home.
 I will truely, honestly miss you, my fuzzy black Scottish Terrier.

Sunday, April 25, 2010


everyone is sick! It seems to hit at 4 am and causes vomiting and diarrhea. It's been through most everyone except Hubs, Ryan and I. Even the neighbour kids that I have been watching since wednesday.

Friday, April 23, 2010

It's a.....


She's due July 30th. Not sure what her name will be, but my sister invited me to see the ultrasound. I was happy to go, and was blessed to see the wonder God has created... tiny, perfect hands, her small mouth opening and closing as she yawned. Her mini feet, each toe in it's  complete wonderful order. It reminded me of a line from a children's book~ "This tiny world your two hands could span, like the far off mountains and hills, God planned"
 Here she is!
 I love you already, little snuffaluffagus!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A life changed by Christ alone

 A very good friend of mine recently wrote down her conversion an dshared it on facebook. I am now sharing it here with you :)

This is Marie's story!
 I was born into an average home in Toronto with a very beautiful mother and a strikingly handsome father. Mom stayed at home, while my father worked as an actor in the theatre. My sister Kathleen is 9 years older, and my brother Joseph is 4 years younger.

Toronto was also the city where my maternal grandfather, a postal worker was brutally murdered, on July 14, 1946 and tossed into a ditch, left to die 40 hours later.

Although I never knew a mother’s love, affection, or touch in my 16 years with her, I respected her in a strange sort of way. I was clearly an unwanted child.

 Dad left when I was about 4 years old to eventually marry a woman from the theatre. How it came about I do not know, but shortly thereafter we were moved to Nilestown, not far from London, to spend the next 11 fearful, abhorrent years with a step-father.
My earliest memories of that place are a two storey, older house with knee high grass, and no indoor facilities. An old dilapidated lean-to type garage housed the out-house that would soon become a very real place of fear and dread for me.
Memories of ; alcoholic adults engaging in sexual immoralities, regular house fights, smashing beer bottles whizzing overhead, and then being taken from our beds into the night to begin a hitchhiking venture, in order to escape, and finally arrive at a women’s shelter, mission services, or some unknown’s apartment, have left their scars.
Scenes of routine sexual assault still haunt me, that began at age 5 by my step-father.

Joseph, my brother listened, and at times saw enough to produce anger and rage over not being able to protect his sister, that to this day remains unsettled.

 In my step-father’s perverted thinking, a night spent with mom, Joseph and I sitting outdoors, on lawnchairs, while he held a gun on us for the night, was but one of his corrupt tactics to prove he was morally debased.

 Hunger, humiliation, embarrassment, and guilt were my closest companions.

 In my confusion about adults, life and trust, God sent little things my way, in order to tell me that there is more to life, there is a God that does care and will intervene, if I could only trust.

 A little United Church in our community was where God led me to be a part of the Nativity play one Christmas. It was there that I memorized;
“For unto you is born this day in the City of David, a Saviour which is Christ the Lord”  Luke 2:11

 My maternal grandmother, came to live with us, and what she saw and heard frightened her also. She would sit and have little chats with me, and sometimes we would go to the Catholic Church on special occasions together. It was there that I realized a man cannot forgive my sins that are against God.

“…who can forgive sins, but God only.”Mark 2:7

 My step-father had a born again, Bible believing, praying mother that had proven the reality in knowing God. In an attempt to appease their conscience, after the night before, mom and my step-father would listen to aTV. or radio evangelist, and bit by bit, God was planting seeds in this heart of mine.

 I was married at the age of 18, and 10 months later became a mom. I was overjoyed and loved to mother a child of my own. I needed a place to invest love that I had never known.

 My husband of 36 years now, was an alcoholic. We married, and because his family seemed to provide the stability I longed for, I was a happy person…most times.

 We would have 4 children of our own, and eventually also take on the care of two of my sisters children; one for 6 months and one for 3 years. At the close of 3 years, one of the social workers asked if we would consider becoming foster parents. I told her that I didn’t know what that was about, and she explained it to me. Twenty-five years later we would have fostered over 100 kids that I could name and remember. From those kids, we would adopt 4 special-needs kids. I loved the work, and I was respected in the system for the work that I did with the kids and the families, but it took its toll on me. In some ways working through the kids problems, with their various supports, helped me to begin the healing process from my own past. I found it very therapeutic.

 Unfortunately there were problems in our marriage and house parties were common place. I did drink occasionally, but I preferred the feeling that goes with smoking pot. I would smoke it openly, and even purchase it and hide it in a tea pot for those times that I needed something to get me over a bad day.

 Adultery would be one of the many sins that I had to come face to face with. When confronted with this, I was overwhelmed so much by the thought of my sin, my unfitness to be someone’s wife, or a child’s mother, that I decided to leave, and walk out into the unknown. My husband then came behind me in the car coaxing me to return home. I did so knowing that my mother-in-law was at the house, and would hopefully disown me, thereby justifying my reason to leave. She didn’t disown me, and that was more than I could stand. Why would I be forgiven?? It made no sense at all to me.

 How Deep the Fathers Love

How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

On April 19,1988 I trusted Christ as my personal Saviour, after much opposition from evil forces,and while the Ultimate Samaritan has poured in oil and wine to heal those wounds,scars remain.

 Three years ago I was operated on for a partially ruptured brain aneurysm as well as an artery repair deep in my brain. I have still got 2 more aneurysm’s in my brain that are monitored by MRI”s every 2 years. I know that God has given me a second chance at life and I intend to live it to His honour and glory!

 I graduated from gr. 12 last year and this year I am graduating from 2 years at college as a “Certified Teacher’s Assistant”

God is able to make something good of something bad!

“And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.”  Jeremiah 18:4