Thursday, July 28, 2011

Happy Birthday, Lia Amanda!

Yes, it has been a whole year since Lia joined our family! She is such a happy cutie, full of smiles and personality.

It's official! I'm heading East.

 G has been transferred. His company is opening a new branch in New Brunswick, and he's been chosen to move there and open and run it.
 I have such mixed feelings about this. I can see the "leading" in it, how God has been slowly paving the way. I can't WAIT to live where I can go to the beach, have so many bible conferences close by, and just be "down east". I am also dragging my feet, because in spite of having wanted to go back since I left, I have my sister and so many great friends here. It's hard to go to a new place and start over, especially when you are leaving behind people you love.
 It will be nice to raise my boys in the east, but they too will be leaving their friends, and really what they've always known. We've been in Ontario for 9 years now!

 I am proud of my husband, that he works hard and it is recognized.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Look at what has taken up residence in my mailbox. I'm not scared of snakes, but it sure startled me to see this guy and his pal when I checked my mail!

Friday, July 22, 2011

I woke up early today. The bedroom was hot and stuffy, and i just couldn't sleep. I got up and went outside. What a glorious cool feeling it was! the sun was shining, the birds were singing their hearts out! They've been pretty quiet during the day lately. I think it must be too hot for them to sing much. I've missed their happy noise and greatly enjoyed just sitting on my back porch, basking in the coolness and sunshine and birdsong :) I even saw a bunny!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

*cue music*... nah nah nah nah HEAT WAVE!

 It's been an odd weather year. Yes, I'm Canadian, I talk about the weather. it seemed to rain for three months, and spring was not a fun one. It was so cold and windy and wet. Then, the switch flipped to "off", and it has been hot and dry ever since.
 Today is the hottest one yet, with the humidex it's at 46. I know some people from down south may think that isn't so bad, but trust me, for us northern people used to a much cooler climate, it's very hot!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summer is here in a big, hot, sunshiney way.

 It has been a while. Poor blog and readers, I apologize for neglecting you! What a lot of happenings! I'll bullet post some of them so I don't have to go into detail, since I don't want to take all day.
~ My friend and I went to Alberta in April, to see my baby niece Faith Rebecca come into the world. I actually had the privilege of being in the room as she was born, by c-section, on April 18th.Baby Faith makes the fifth birth I have been present for. (not counting my own three, obviously I was there!) babies are so exciting, and i do love welcoming my new family members into the world.

I also got to meet my niece Abigail Joy while I was there.  It was so nice to see my "western" family, and spend time with them all.

~ While in Alberta,I was in a car crash. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt. Just bruises and sore muscles. My Dad did have a cracked wrist from the airbag, but he's much better now. I had an impressive bruise on my hip from the seatbelt, but God sure had his hand on us :)

~ Ryan, my oldest, graduated from elementary school. He'll be in grade 9, high school next year.
~ went mountain climbing and spelunking with Liam and G in the blue mountains. It was such a nice adventure! I found the entry fee to the park a bit steep, but the caves and trails were interesting.

~ Kyle went to Alberta for a fishing trip with his Uncle and Grandpa. He didn't catch any fish in the rockies,but he did see some grizzlies close up  and got to know his aunts, uncle, cousins and grandparents better. It was also his first time on an airplane that he can remember. He's been on before, but he was not even 2 years old.

That's all I feel like typing out right now. Hope I can post a bit more often!

Friday, February 25, 2011

something yummy

 I love a roast beef dinner. complete with roast potatoes, carrots, onions, yourkshire puddingd, horserdish and grave.
I also love the left overs the next morning, fried as hash.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New Baby

 Not mine! My sister Rebecca is having a baby in April, and I am planning to fly out to be there when baby Faith is born! I am really excited about this. I've been to all four of my sister Cindy's births, but this will be my first cesarean experience. It is scheduled for April 18, so I am hoping to fly out on the 11th or so and spend two weeks out west.
 Can't wait to see my nephew and three neices out west!

Friday, February 18, 2011


As winter drags on, I start to get a bit of cabin fever. Yes, there IS lots to do, but it's all the same things I've been doing all winter. Guess my friend was feeling the same way, because we did a silly shoot with her computer camera.It was a nice distraction from our everyday normal!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

i have a wonderful valentine

 I truly do have a fabulous husband. I won't gush about him, I'm not the gushy type and neither is he haha.
Look what he brough home for me this Valentine's day.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Black light dancing

Last night i went to a club. Don't get too excited, it was just my friend's shed, done up with a blacklight. The two of us were out there in white clothes dancing away. Well, she was dancing, I was flailing around pretending to dance haha. Yeah, I'm not really much of a dancer. It sure was fun, though. It was dark so I didn't feel self conscious about my snappy flailings.

I loved how tanned we looked hahaha

Friday, February 4, 2011

Happy 14th birthday!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


 My "Yay, spring is on the horizon" post was premature, apparently. I looked at the weather network page, and what do you know, 'winter storm warning' for this evening and tomorrow.
 The disappointing part about it is that my children already had tomorrow off for a teacher development day. (yes, I know, snow day, PA day, what's the difference) I like to wake up to wild weather and then snuggle back under the covers for a few extra minutes of unexpected coziness!
 The news is telling people not to be on the roads tomorrow, if they can help it, which makes me a bit nervous after what happened near Sarnia. I think I'll pack some extra lunch and a blanket or two for G, who has a 45 minute drive to work on country roads.

Spring WILL come, God promised!

Monday, January 31, 2011

It's getting lighter YAY

January is cold. and snowy. There is something I like about January, though.
 It gets light out earlier, and stays light a little longer. This makes it feel as if spring is almost, almost, maybe still coming. Yes, I know, warmer temperatures won't be here for another five or six weeks, but that extra bit of daylight brings hope to an almost frozen body!
  This morning, as I got up to prepare lunches and breakfasts for four hungry young men (I have my little neighbour here for 10 days) the sun rising was so beautiful. God had frosted each tiny branch with a coat of fur, which sparkled and glittered in the pink, purple, and yellow light.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


You may want to check out the exciting news of my brother and sister in law over at Adventures of an excitable gardener! It was exciting for me as well :)


 I finally got a cell phone. I have resisted getting one, as I don't need one, but I am likely going out west this spring, and my two older boys are going on a school trip this year as well, so I felt maybe it was time to get one.
 I do like it, it's shiny blue and has a keyboard so i can text!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Anna the Prophetess

Luke 2: 36: And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;

2:37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
2:38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

I was reading the account of the Lord Jesus Christ's birth in Luke chapter 2 the other day, and I was sidetracked by the three verse account of Anna. If anyone had asked me before about Anna, I would have been confused, and not remembered anything about her. I mean, it's only three little verses, and she's not very important, right?
 or is she?
All this account tells us is that she was an old, old woman, aged 84 or 105, depending on how you read the "widow of about fourscore and four years", she had been married, was from the small, scattered tribe of Asher (son of Jacob and Zilpah the maid) and her whole life was given to God.
 Can you imagine what it would be like to fast and pray ALL THE TIME? We aren't told how long Anna had been staying at the temple, but I get the impression that it had been a long while, and that her heart ached for God's people. Her dedication, care and love to her people and her faith were all consuming, day and night. Even as Anna didn't forget about God, and God didn't forget about Anna. He sent Anna his son, in a physical form, and allowed her to see, with her own eyes, his redemption for her beloved Jerusalem. She knew immediately that the infant she was seeing was her long prayed and fasted for redeemer.
 Anna didn't faint, or go into hysterics. She simply thanked God, and told everyone she knew about the answer to her prayers, that redemption had come.
 Even now, that redemption is available. You don't need to fast and pray day and night, or be very old, or live in a temple, or even go to church. God's salvation is offered freely to every person, no matter who you are.The baby Anna saw grew to be a man, God in human form, who freely laid his life down so that I, and you too, could find redemption from our sin!
~But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (John 1:12, KJV).

Happy New Year!

1.1.11 :)
just sayin'
A friend of mine says that new year's resolutions are a pagan practice. Ah well. I'm making some anyway. I don't think this counts as pagan!
 Having (sort of) done my 10 new things in 2010, This year, my resolutions are a bit different.

1. Memorize  John chapter 1.
2. attend three conferences
3. and the standard lose ten pounds heehee