Sunday, 27 May 2007
Wednesday, 23 May 2007
Allison age 10 at the Berry Barn. So so sweet!
Allison and I at the Midtown mall playing hookey from school - one of the drawbacks of being a homeschool Mom for so many years. When your daughter says 'can I take the morning off and lets shop' you say "Sure sounds like a great idea" cause you know the time spent together that morning is way more valuable than hanging out at school. Beside - we had fun and we wouldn't have these cute pics if we didn't. Journalling reads...orthodontist appointment, Midtown mall, coffee and cookies, skip morning classes, shop a little, photo machine, $5.00 - why not? Ham it up! Feb 2007 Used the new Precious Metal line by We R Memory Keepers
Thanks for looking!
Monday, 21 May 2007
Now I want to urge you - especially you who claim to be Christians (or even 'fundamentalist Christians'), to listen to Mark Driscoll speak at a conference at Willingdon church in Vancouver this past spring. Get yourself a cup of coffee, water, milk, get comfortable and click on Mark's name and then listen to his sermon on the state of the Christain church in Canada. It is long but worth listening to the whole thing. Then come back here and leave a comment.
Sunday, 20 May 2007
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs--heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us... And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:16-18, 28)
I am rejoicing in the knowledge that I have been called according to His perfect purpose, that I am a child of God, a fellow heir with Christ, looking forward to future glory. Until then He will work all things for good.
Mark called during supper - it was sure nice to hear his voice! I told him he was missing the best shake N bake chicken ever thanks to the convection grill mode on the new stove!! God is so good!
Well this is it for Hawaii pictures...journalling on first layout reads...
I think the best part about our Hawaii vacation was just being together! No one was rushing off to work or school – our schedule was our own. There were no distractions of friends and phones to get in our way of just being together. While there was a TV and we did have computer access, most of our time when not on the beach or checking out shopping and tourist attractions, was spent playing games together. The favourite was Hawaiian Monopoly – the kids played this several times. We also played scrabble – Mom cleaned up! And the boys discovered the brio and a few other toys. What fun…how many years has it been since the three of them spent hours filled with imagination and zeal on the carpet of their room playing together or down the basement in the rec room at Twain drive creating something grand. Okay this was a little more sophisticated – Paul was making a video – but it was play none the less! Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIAaAJ6_rE0 ~ the result of a few hours of fun on the floor in Hawaii.
Every aspect of this trip was a blessing. Well Allie had a cold and an exam to write – so I guess for her it wasn’t all blessing. And a few people underestimated the power of the sun and spent a couple of uncomfortable nights. But those minor glitches aside, the Browns (Beth and Trevor) had the perfect home for us and we were so thankful to have all this room to spread out and just relax. The “green” room was particularly spacious and the perfect set up for games and playing –oh to have had this kind of a room when our four were little and we were home schooling. But I don’t think they suffered any without it. J So I give thanks for this wonderful opportunity to be together as a family with our new daughter-in-law in a beautiful warm place like Hawaii, enjoying His Creation, discovering another culture, making new friends, and coming home with a tan!
Sorry about all that journalling but we all have short memories around here so in 10 years when the grandkids want to know about our family trip to HI it is there. :)
This was a fun fast page - used up so much really old stuff!! YEAH!
Journalling reads ...double click on the photo and you can see the tourist info - most of the places we visited in Honolulu - downtown...the oops after Queens Beach? We thought we found the perfect spot on Waikiki beach - away from all the hustle and bustle of the hotel disctict - really quiet! We noticed only a few other couples there - mostly guys and a couple of gals. Read in the brochure that night that we were on the gay beach!!! LOL You know what? They were really nice people who chatted with us and didn't seem to mind a 'family' on their beach, it was a gorgeous beach, not crowded. We went back three times!! :)
Polynesidan Cultural Center - went a little stamp crazy here, used up old paper too. Yes!!
I wasn't going to scrapbook this photo of Honolulu and full view of Waikiki Beach from Diamond Head, but in my clean up yeaterday I came across this paper - which can only be used for a Hawaii picture right? I kind of like it!!!
Saturday, 19 May 2007
My sweetheart informed last night with with a very sad face that he would have to spend time at the office doing some work for an organization he volunteers for. "But this is the long weekend dear" I complained half heartedly while my brain schemed about what I would do while he was away...hmmm while the husband is gone....I was up at 5am this morning getting ready for my date...coffee on, tidy up the desk, sort the photos, check out a few blogs and websites for inspiration...my challenge to myself...finish all these vacation photos and get back to scrapping the kids photos....I am in the middle of the year 2000!! Oh yes and I do have to finish that project for Allison's graduation...Coffee cup is empty. Time to refill and get going here...hope to post a few layouts tonight!
...and the kitchen is clean..amazing how a new kitchen just seems to look after itself!
Thursday, 17 May 2007
Monday, 14 May 2007
Sunday, 13 May 2007
Happy Mothers Day!Know that as a child of the King - He loves you more than anyone. He will direct your path. You can trust fully in Him!
Thought for today...
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Pro 3:5 -8
Wednesday, 9 May 2007
I really wanted to add these buttons but the page was getting too full....sooo that means I will do another black and white page with them. Haven't bought them yet and there are only a few left so I had better get in there..but check these out - sooo beautiful.
Evenings in Mexico are very peaceful, beautiful and calming. We walked down this hall most evenings. I wish you could here the water fountains below and smell the ocean air. There is so much beauty in His creation. I am continually reminded of the verse in Romans 1 “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” Everywhere I look I see His handiwork. His creation. I remember wanting to stop at the top of this stairway each time and just breathe in the beauty. I also remember that at the end of the evening of walking and some dancing my gorgeous new high heeled shoes were killing me! It was about here I would take them off and walk barefoot back to our room!
The kitchen renos are well under way and I am taking pictures. There have been workers in my house for two days now - no appliances for three days so McD's, chinese take out and wing nuts. Tonight it will be burgers on the BBQ. I am thankful to have the use of my kitchen sink as of last night. It is looking fabulous. I am thrilled with the colours although I think I see a hint of green in some of the ceramic tiles and we did not want any green...been living with a green house for 8 years. But I think I can get over it with the right grout color haha kind of like scrapbooking! Wish I could get out my cats eye inks and touch them up a little. I am resisting! You will get the before and after pics soon. I have to work tomorrow and Friday with the SHR so maybe Saturday I can get some up. Although we have a few more projects lined up for Saturday. sigh!
On a more serious note, if you are a child of the King and trust in His perfect will for each of us please join me in prayer for Emily, a little girl undergoing surgery today for a brain tumor. See Kate's blog for an update and specific prayer requests. Thanks everyone. Philippeans 4:6 says "do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." What a great God we have who carries our burdens for us. All things can be taken to Him in prayer and He does provide in such an awesome way as only He can. And so even in the trials and tribulations we can find joy.
His blessings to each of you. Thanks for stopping by.
Saturday, 5 May 2007
Journalling reads...Excellance Riviera - we got off the bus and we were greeted with a warm washcloth to cleanse out travelling hands and then escorted down a long wide walkway to the huge front doors. Oh my, this was all so very grand. We looked at each other...this was going to be an exciting and romantic get-away. The grand doors opened as we approached and we were greeted with a glass of Champagne! "Welcome to Excellence Meester and Meesis Cortens"
I dislike being cold but I love winter. It is so beautiful, especially early in the morning.
Todays thought... Romans 8:1-2 says, "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death."
Blessings to each of you!
Thursday, 3 May 2007
Okay I was about to head to bed with the Good Book and I came across a blurb that I had to share with you. Now in the scheme of things since I like a really clean house I am not into pets that much...especially ones that shed/drool or require a litter box. I dislke having to clean a fish tank! But for the sake of the kids experiencing the responsibility of having pets (yah like WHO looks after them?) we have had fish, dogs and cats. We currently have a Black lab who sheds, drools and since he is quite old...vomits. But personally if I have to have a pet I will go with a cat - cleaner and while dogs drool I really do believe cats rule. So the following is for all you cat lovers! haha
Our lab Sam"Excerpts from a Dog's Diary"
6:00 am - At last! I Go Pee! My favorite thing!
8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing! 1
10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
6:00 pm - They're home! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!
Mitzy"Excerpts from a Cat's Diary"
Day 983 of my captivity. My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.
Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am. Bastards!
There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.
Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.
I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded. The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now...
haha - have a great evening y'all!
#2 hmmmm I have a great husband who spoils me terribly and I LOVE it!
#3 my kids rock! really they are great! challanging at times, but great.
#4 my faith in Christ is the foundation of who I am..okay I get wrapped up in the world and to do lists and all the stuff that makes me busy, but when it is all said and done I need Him and He is there!
#5 I like Sushi and Carona - not necessarily together.
#6 I am a little obsessive about taking photos - sooo happy that digital was invented.
#7 being a stay at home Mom is the best thing in the whole world and if I had to do it all over again I would and I would home school them again too!
oh that's seven...I guess I have to stop now
#8...get me going on a subject and I can be hard to shut up! hehe
There you go Keli
For those that missed my Mothers Day creation keep scrolling down. :)
Wednesday, 2 May 2007
Inside are the photos on a cute scalloped mini chipboard album.
thought for the day...
Job 19:25-29 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!