Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Camping Highlights...

Our camp site

Our gorgeous view!


My best boys...

Sauble Falls

"Grills dig him";)

Building castles in the sand...

A little sleeping Beach Bum!

Who would've thunk it?... 

I actually LOVE camping:)

Friday, July 26, 2013

~ This Moment ~

Inspired by Amanda to share with you {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

Be blessed friends:)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

Embarrassing Moment #3

So to continue on with "embarrassing moments" here's #3!

I was always so impressed with my children when they were just a little bunch! I had four children who were ages 5, 3, 14 months & bran spankin new! We would ALWAYS get your typical comments like; "WOW you've got your hands full!" or, "WOW how do you do it?!" I guess once it's done it's done, it can never be undone! So not once did we ever sit back and say "how do we do it?" We would just lean back at the end of a long day & say thank God it's done! 

One of the strategies to see us through our days would be frequenting our local play group, The Ontario Early Years Centre was our saving grace throughout those first chaotic years. Every morning we would go for circle time, do some crafts and then wash our hands for lunch. My little ones always waited every so patiently in the big long line up to wash their precious little hands. On this one occasion; my 5 & 3 year old were the last ones to get to their seats. My 5 year old scanned the table & sat himself in 1 of the 2 remaining chairs. My 3 year old was left with the only remaining available seat. This was all fine and well, except sadly this seat was the last seat to be chosen for a reason...The lovely & kind woman of disability was sitting next to the empty chair. I am desperately trying to write this out as graciously as I possibly can, please bare with me:) Now my children had NEVER in the past made any rude or derogatory comments pertaining to disability, only simple questions that I would answer, always finishing with something like; "life is challenging when you're healthy and strong, so it's important that we as healthy & strong people are kind and compassionate & helpful to those who may struggle with disability." We'd had this talk many, many times! Having said that this chair remained empty because...she sadly smelled of urine.) There's no two ways around it. Urine. My 3 year old scanning the table with desperate eyes to find another seat, collapsed his little shoulders, sighed heavily and said of course really loud; (I swear this happened in slow motion) 
Well, while I can appreciate the candour of a 3 year old child, there are ways in which we tell our truths without the use of machine guns. I just stood there shell shocked! What does one do or say in a moment like that? Embarrassing!

Friday, July 19, 2013

~ This Moment ~

Inspired by Amanda to share with you {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

Enjoy your weekend friends!:)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Summer Moments

Here's a few stand out moments of my little flock;) We're in an awesome heat wave right now, how are you beating the heat?

Stay cool friends!:)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Embarrassing Moment #2

So as I said before, I am doing a series of posts dedicated to our "stand out" embarrassing moments of parenting during the past 10 years.

Here's #2!

I'll set the seen for you;

It looked a lot like this picture right here. Yes it was Sunday morning at Church. Sunday mornings are my most favourite and my least favourite day all wrapped up in one! I love Sundays because I love Church and I LOVE to worship The Lord. I hate Sundays because I have to prepare 4 whining, resentful, ungrateful children to wake up early so that I can go love The Lord. They don't feel the same way as I do about Church. Of course they don't, they're just kids! So after a sweaty hot battle of ingratitude we finally arrive to the place where I feel most at home, Church. We file our cute "Little Ducklings" all in a row and enter our room of worship. My sweet little babes all nestle into their seats ever so politely. Every now and again I would open one eye while loving The Lord with all of my heart, to make sure that my "Little Angels" were still sitting nicely. Low and behold I cracked an eyelid to see my then 3 year old boy, with his PANTS DOWN pretending to PEE on the people in front of us!!! "Oh Lord Jesus!" I cried out, grabbed a hold of my Little Monkey & fled for the doors, as he's kicking and flailing his legs, I was trying desperately to get his pants up before anyone noticed! I shot straight for the bathroom to give him a good talking to, one lady in  the washroom who was primping herself in the mirror & eavesdropping to my scolding kindly said; "pull down his pants and spank him! he'll think twice before he ever pulls 'em down again at church!" Thank you kind lady! Yeah kids & church! You gotta love'em! 

Friday, July 12, 2013

~ This Moment ~

Inspired by Amanda to share with you {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

"Dress up at Gramma's"

Have a wonderful weekend friends!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Gideon The Brave?

I have been fixated on the bible story of Gideon; Judges 6-8. I can really connect to Gideon's character, I feel this connection to him because like him, I too often feel "less than." Here was a simple man who felt "the least" of his people & with God's glory and might, Gideon won an impossible battle with a small army of 300 men! Gideon listened to God and believed that God would keep His promise to deliver Gideon and his army to victory. God always amazes & surprises me; I was in the car with the little ones & I went into a big long production about Gideon, I told the kiddies that if we listen to God and follow his direction we will ALWAYS be victorious! With God we NEVER have to live in a state of worry or fear. So here I am telling this story, secretly freaking out that I am going to be leading my first ever Sunday school class. I was nervous & felt unprepared, like Gideon I also felt "the least" of my people and not at all capable  of leading a class. I hadn't heard what the topic for this upcoming class would be and I was feeling nervous that I may not know the biblical character well enough to conduct a 2 hour class on the subject. Low and behold the call comes in and I'm informed that we will be discussing Gideon! Lesson learned, if God goes before me he will ALWAYS lead me to victory EVERY time without fail! I have prepared for my upcoming class and I know it's sure to be a success with God's help! Just keep believing, just keep believing, just keep believing! It amazes my imperfect self that I am having a REAL relationship with our Creator! Every single day I say "Lord I believe you are who you say you are" and every single day He reveals Himself to me, filling me with His hope & peace.

Thank you Lord, for the truth of your word!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Embarrassing Moment #1

I will be posting a series of embarrassing moments that we've experienced over the past 10 years of parenting. 

This is the first of MANY...

It was Christmas Eve, my then 5 year old & 3 year old had helped me do some baking to wrap up into small gift bags that we were going to hand deliver to our neighbours. We set out with our gifts in hand and our first stop to be made was to our sweet elderly neighbour, Irene. The boys eagerly climbed the steps of the front porch feeling proud that they were doing something so grown up by themselves, while I waited below. Irene opened her front door and was overcome with gratitude at the boys sweet offering of love. I stood there beaming with a sense of pride at how adorable and gracious my two precious boys were being. Irene then asked the boys if they would like to come inside for a visit? (This is when I secretly thanked Sweet Baby Jesus, that she was hearing impaired!) My then 5 year old said "no thank you, your house smells bad." Oh how The Lord keeps our prideful hearts ever so humble!

Monday, July 8, 2013

The Giving Tree

Cover depicting the tree giving away an appleDo you remember this classic children's book?

I read this to my kiddies all the time, they get a kick out of watching me cry EVERY single time I read the ending.

This was the very first book I fell in love with. This book taught me what unconditional love looks like.

If you've never had the chance to read it, put it on your must read list. It's a beautiful book about a tree who loves a boy. She willingly and selflessly gives the boy everything she has and is, because she loves him. It's a very simple read for children of all ages. It's a timeless classic and a must read!

Friday, July 5, 2013

~ These Moments ~

Inspired by Amanda to share with you {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

Have a beautiful weekend friends!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Your Word Is A Lamp...

Footprints In The Sand...
One night a man had a dream.
He dreamed he was walking along the beach with
the LORD.
Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in
the sand:
One belonging to him, and the other to the LORD.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him
he looked back, at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of his life
there was only one set of footprints.
He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest
and saddest times of his life.
This really bothered him and he questioned the
LORD about it:
"LORD you said that once I decided to follow
you'd walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most
troublesome times in my life
there is only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why when I needed you most
you would leave me."
The LORD replied:
"My Son, My precious child, I love you and I
would never leave you,
During the times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints, it was then
that I carried you."
Author ~ Ella Scharring-Hausen ~
I can't even read this poem aloud without crying:)
Psalms 119:105 - Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light for my path.
That's the word of the week, in this house.
The truth of His word is eternal and good.
The truth of His word shall carry us through.
When we grow weary and weak,
our hearts will cling to the truth of His word.
Enrich your life with the truth of His word & Be blessed!

Monday, July 1, 2013

O Canada!


O Canada! Our home and native land
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise
The true north, strong and free
From far and wide, O Canada
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee.

O Canada! Terre de nos aieux
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!
Car ton bras sait porter l'épée
Il sait porter la croix!
Ton histoire est une épopée
Des plus brilliants exploix.
Et ta valeur, de foi trempée
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

Happy Canada Day!

Peace & Love.