Friday, December 26, 2008
Today was a wonderful day. We had Christmas at home. We were home by ourselves with only Grandma(hubby's mom) here. It was much quieter than it is some years...especially those spent with my family!! We missed them all today! We had some friends over...7 of them. So altogether we had 14 people for Christmas dinner..It was fun and the food was yummy! We finished off the day singing Christmas carols in livingroom, accompanied by Lindsay on her guitar. Everyone sang along and seemed to enjoy themselves. After that the kids brought in the karaoke machine and everyone had fun singing along to Frank Sinatra, Julie Andrews and some others. It got quite lively with Louise taking the mike and singing "New York New York" with Frank. :) All in all it was a good day filled with lots of fun and laughter and good food. We are so thankful that Jesus came to this Earth to die so that we could live! He is so gracious and merciful to each one of us and I am soo thankful for that!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones!
Have a wonderful time this Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour.
will post some Christmas pictures for you -- hopefully tomorrow...but maybe the next day..I think we are having more friends over tomorroww....from now til New Years...party party party....well actually ...truth be told..it's more like visit visit visit~ It's so nice for everyone to have time off to be able to spend time together and just soak up the togetherness of it all!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Please take a moment and read on...it's a captivating read.
I found this story in my journal last night... its fairly old but still has the same meaning. As you hold the ones you love this Christmas, please keep in mind those who have no one to hold them.
Darling Rita, now sponsored - Shout out to the Littleton family!
Monday, December 1, 2008
(Scroll down..there is another new post below this one)
You Are Easter
You are an optimistic, hopeful, and genuinely sweet person.
Sensitive and affectionate, you are easily touched.
You love nature, animals, and anything cute or cuddly.
For you, every day is a new chance - no matter what happened yesterday.
What makes you celebrate: Almost anything. You love most holidays and celebrations.
At holiday get togethers, you do best as: The peacemaker. You can prevent any squabbles that might break out.
On a holiday, you're the one most likely to: Remember to include everyone
Saturday, November 29, 2008
We had a great time on the boat! It was a neat experience. The boat was a summertime tourist boat....all set up for summer parties. It was a very pretty boat on the inside.
We should have left earlier in the day so that it wouldn't be so dark by the time we got to the other end of the run....oh well....it was a fun experience.
Once we got to the other end our friends talked us into staying overnight. It was great! We left in the morning so we could get back in time for church but ended up missing most of it....oh well...all in all it was a great experience and a fun weekend!
The walkway to the boat.
It was a chilly foggy day on the water.
Our windblown selves on the boat.
This picture shows the crack...sort of...too bad it was so dark by this time. Anyway...along the right side of that orange fence is where the crack goes...right down to the road--it goes across the top and then back down the other side to the road again...nice clean break..but WAY too much material to come down at once as it would land in the lake and cause a mini tsunami!
If you look you can see the smoke coming up from the drills...you'll also see the lights. They're drilling and blasting across the top of the crack. They blasted a bunch of rock etc. -pushed it over the edge and up against the bottom of the crack. This was to hold it up enough so that it would stop sliding! C-r-a-z-y!! Not my idea of safe! But I guess it's temporary and they say that if it does decide to let go and slide that there will be enough warning for everyone to get out of the way. I sure hope they're right!
If you look-you can see a mountain goat that fell down into the crack. They were able to sedate him and lift him out...apparently he was okay.
**I got this picture off Google**
Friday, November 28, 2008
Well..there's nothing wrong with any of this really...but then this morning I read this:
As you know, a major earthquake hit the Sichuan Province in China in May. This earthquake killed over 50,000 people and left man more homeless. Save the Children says that, “3 million infants, children and teens have been among the worst affected”. This was a disaster of immense porportions. School buildings, orphanages and small village towns were completely destroyed along with hospitals and office buildings.
As you can imagine, recovering from a disaster that destroys EVERYTHING you own is not easy. However, if you are living at or below the poverty level. . .it becomes nearly impossible. Today, many children and families remain homeless. Many others are lfet without basic necessities. And. . .it’s getting colder by the day. Winter is fast approaching with overnight temps already at freezing. Children remain without blankets.
Doesn’t that just break your hearts? As you tuck your children into bed covered up with multiple blankets in a home that has heat, can you remember these children? Would you like to do something?
Our KidsLake’s project for the rest of this year is. . .
BLANKETS FOR CHINA!!!
For $10, you can provide a warm blanket for a child that needs it!
Not only can you meet a need for a precious one, but you can teach your precious ones in the process! Use this opportunity when you put your children to bed and snuggle them up, to teach them about children who do not have what they do. Teach them to pray for the children who are cold that night. Teach them to be thankful for the blankets they have. . especially during this season! Then, help them to do something!
- Allow them to ask for a blanket for Christmas and forgo a toy in favor of supplying a child with a blankie!
- Have a hot chocolate stand in your neighborhood to raise money!
- Have them do chores to earn money. . .possibly making beds!
- Forgo a fast food lunch or dinner and have pb&j at home and donate the money
Whatever you do, get creative and involve your kiddos. Help them expand their vision of our world by teaching them about the children of China. Help them be a part of the solutions!
Blankets for China!
PS: We’ll have a paypal button on the kidslake site soon! The organization we are working with would love to receive donations as your kids earn them (instead of waiting until the end of the month) this way, they can buy blankets as it gets cold! Feel free to blog about this too. . let’s spread the word!
I copied this from Red Letters Campaign blog....go take a look at the good things they're doing! Maybe YOU can help a shivering little one be able to snuggle up in a warm blankie tonight. Tucking my kids into bed tonight won't be the same. :-\
Monday, November 24, 2008
I then headed for my next stop and had a very important thing done! My eyebrows!! :P My next stop was the drugstore for a passport photo and one canNOT have one of those done with big bushy brows!! :-D I then got the photo done..for a great price too! -$9.99! I picked up passport applications and lunch and headed to Randal's office to have lunch with him and give him the forms...It was a nice little visit that we don't often get to enjoy in the middle of the day.
So this was my first day of many to come (me thinks!) spent running around with paperwork.
Well will keep you posted on the journey. Have a great evening.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
thanks so much!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The girls have already been looking up baby names and have started a list. When we've been out shopping we have all been over in the baby section...ooohing and aaaahing over how cute this and that would look on her. We have no idea what she will look like but it doesn't matter..she will be absolutely adorable whatever she looks like!!
Our current youngest is 10 years old...so we are going to have to start over collecting baby furniture and all the incidentals that go along with having a baby in the house. We're excited to get her room ready for her too....that will be fun picking out colours etc.
This reminds me of all the work we have to do around the house before she gets here! Two other bedrooms need to be painted, as well as the entryway, bathroom and hallway! We've also got bits of trim here and there that we somehow missed when we did our last painting project..the kitchen, diningroom and livingroom. We are either going to have to add a bedroom somewhere downstairs or two of the girls are going to have to share a room. That is yet to be decided.
And all of that is just the physical work ....
All we've done as far as paperwork goes is submit our application and retainer. So as any of you know, that have already adopted or are currently doing so, there is a TON of paperwork left still to do! I welcome any comments or insight you can give me if you have already been through this or are currently doing so. I would like to figure out how to find people in my area(or even in my country!) that may be going through the same process. I'm not sure that there will be anyone though(in this area), since our agency is on the other side of the country over 4,000 kilometers away!
Well time to get off here and go get another load of laundry on and get some homemade soup in the pot to simmer for supper.
Have a super great day!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
You Are an Audrey!
You are an Audrey -- "I am at peace"
Audreys are receptive, good-natured, and supportive. They seek union with others and the world around them.
How to Get Along with Me
- * If you want me to do something, how you ask is important. I especially don't like expectations or pressure
- * I like to listen and to be of service, but don't take advantage of this
- * Listen until I finish speaking, even though I meander a bit
- * Give me time to finish things and make decisions. It's OK to nudge me gently and nonjudgmentally
- * Ask me questions to help me get clear
- * Tell me when you like how I look. I'm not averse to flattery
- * Hug me, show physical affection. It opens me up to my feelings
- * I like a good discussion but not a confrontation
- * Let me know you like what I've done or said
- * Laugh with me and share in my enjoyment of life
What I Like About Being an Audrey
- * being nonjudgmental and accepting
- * caring for and being concerned about others
- * being able to relax and have a good time
- * knowing that most people enjoy my company; I'm easy to be around
- * my ability to see many different sides of an issue and to be a good mediator and facilitator
- * my heightened awareness of sensations, aesthetics, and the here and now
- * being able to go with the flow and feel one with the universe
What's Hard About Being an Audrey
- * being judged and misunderstood for being placid and/or indecisive
- * being critical of myself for lacking initiative and discipline
- * being too sensitive to criticism; taking every raised eyebrow and twitch of the mouth personally
- * being confused about what I really want
- * caring too much about what others will think of me
- * not being listened to or taken seriously
Audreys as Children Often
- * feel ignored and that their wants, opinions, and feelings are unimportant
- * tune out a lot, especially when others argue
- * are "good" children: deny anger or keep it to themselves
Audreys as Parents
- * are supportive, kind, and warm
- * are sometimes overly permissive or nondirective
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
...the Autumn photographer
these are the fall photos that you had requested...I waited too long to take the pictures and most of the trees were already bare. Hope you enjoy the ones that I did get.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Our church just had a 60th anniversary this past weekend. It was really busy for me! I was in charge of getting the place decorated. I had my girlfriend help me out with it~she's amazing! I told everyone that she was the brains in the operation and I was the brawn! haha.. She came up with alot of the ideas and I did alot of the footwork...which is hard for her as she has arthritic knees. We had a ton of fun working together. We used to do this together in years past but it's been quite awhile.
Two girlfriends and I got together last weekend and made 96 meals! We made meals for the freezer for a month!! That was a really long day. We were at it for about 11 or 12 hours. The day before the "big cook", we did the shopping for the food.
I've tried about 6 or 7 of the meals with our family so far and they've all been quite good and some were delicious!
All in all it's been a busy fall! The trees have changed colour and I have pictures to show for it...I just have to get busy and post them!! So hopefully I'll get it done tomorrow...or the next day. ;)
Have an awesome week friends!!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Have an awesome week.
Update: I will be helping in Janelle's class a few times a week...so that should keep me busy in between keeping a house for a family of 6!
Friday, August 22, 2008
The kids are bugging me to take them to the city tomorrow so they can spend some of their hard earned cash! I'm not really excited about this prospect...but I think we'll head up that way anyhow. One last trip before school starts. I guess we should probably pick up school supplies while we're there. The cousins that were here are gone(all except one) and it's been pretty quiet. That will soon be ending, as my mom and grandma and 3 more cousins arrive on Sunday! I'm not sure how long they will be staying--probably for 5-7 days. School starts in 11 days, so they will need to be home in time to finish preparations for school. It will be nice to see this set of cousins, as it's been since last summer that we've all been together with them.
Today I took my eldest in to the clinic where they removed some kind of a "thing" from her leg. I think it's either a cyst or some type of wart. They're sending it to have it analyzed. We will get the pathology report back when we go in for stitch removal next week. If you can believe it, I watched while the dr. froze her leg with about 8 or so pokes of a needle, then watched whilst he removed it with his scalpel. There was a hole there after he removed it and you could see her blood pumping up from it...sorry if that was too graphic for you. I then watched him stitch it up. I have to say that I really surprised myself! I tend to be a bit squeamish about incisions and the likes. Aren't you glad I didn't take my camera?? She wanted to take pictures of it as it happened but forgot the camera. THank goodness for that!!
Anyway I hope that all is well with you all!
I'll leave you with a couple of pictures of the girls and the cake they made. They just did it for fun. It wasn't for anything special. They finished it and we had it mostly eaten within an hour or so! It not only looked great it ~ it tasted great too!!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Aaaaah...time to start looking to the new school year and the next step in our lives. Everyone starting a new grade...new teachers...little bits of anxiety over how Janelle will do with her new teacher. I'm trying to look toward that part with a positive attitude...one of not dreading it but of being proactive in her education this year. I tell myself that she will be fine. I hope I'm right!!
We've got some plans forming for this coming year that are of a very different nature. We will spend some time planning and working at it. Then when things are firmed up I'll let you all know what we're up to! Please pray for us that things will work out for us......I know that's pretty vague, but that's as much as I can say right now. Like I said, I'll give you all the details when I can.
Well it's time to get ready for church..well actually it's pretty much time to leave! gotta run! Have a super day!
Friday, August 15, 2008
My brother, Paul, got sucked into a game of charades with all of us. He dropped the cousins off and then headed back home...it's a 4 - 5 hour drive.
"See ya in a week, Uncle!"
The kids brought a snake in to show me....I decided to be brave and hold it...
Not the best plan. It tried to head up my arm and just seconds after this photo, I had an involuntary arm thrust! :P The poor snake went flying and hit the floor. You should have seen our uncle move! Apparently he doesn't like snakes. Hee hee.
"I'm not so sure about this!" :D
Can a snake be cuddled??
The girls trying to get away from the other kids who were trying to "show" their snakes to them. ;)