Sep 17, 2015

September and the Son

Ack! I haven't posted in a while...and so I figure it best to pop in and say that, I am alive and well and that I'm busy as....I'm just busy!

My oldest two are back in school! The first week and a bit is going very well!  Catherine is in grade one now and Olivia is a year behind her age and so is in grade two this year.  This should be good to both challenge her but not overwhelm her...or so we hope!   Routine is settling in nicely and I'm happy for it....mostly! lol!!  The girls are enjoying their nightly reading homework and doing very well with it!  Crazy, they are no longer in the Kindergarten class! My ladies are so big! *sigh*

Joe hasn't fully adjusted to the lack of siblings to annoy playmates and refuses to play outside without his big sisters!  So he constantly annoys Alice, which results in her screaming, which results in him annoying me....maybe I should have signed him up for pre-school?!?! ;) lol!!

Dave's been busy working, a lot!! He's learning...or trying to learn, the art of scheduling!  It's coming but it's not always easy!  He wants to please everyone but there are only so many hours in a day and days in a week!  He's enjoying his work and that is great!  God is being faithful to provide and so we try to be faithful and trust!

I seem to have no end of projects and things on my to-do list...and so some things have fallen by the way side...*ahem, blogging!!?!*  I feel like, just as I start on one thing, something else is vying for my attention...and the days just speed along like that!  Nothing big, just projects, playing with the two Littles at home here, driving kids to school, visiting, cleaning house, hanging with hubby, Netflix (maybe time to cancel that?! lol!!), some reading (behind on that....see last point), and endless amounts of laundry!

We DID get away to the beach before school started!  It was a perfect day for it!!  And even though it was the long weekend, we practically had the place to ourselves! It was such a sweet, family, fun filled time!!  I'd love to think we will get there once more...but we did say, "Goodbye, until next year!" as we pulled away....

I know it's almost, 'officially', fall but I'm just not feeling it!  Crazy, I know!!  I don't have any desire to let go of summer, I guess?!  I have enjoyed the few cooler days we had and remembered how much I love Fall cooking buuuut then the weather turned hot again and even though the leaves are changing, I just don't feel Fall.  Maybe it will come...and maybe not....maybe I'll just skip Autumn this year and gear up for the Christmas season?!  Last year it was maybe that's just how I roll??

So yes...there you have it, September is in full swing and we're all alive, well and busy...but who isn't this time of year eh?!  That return to routine and schedules and that fresh start of the season, it's a great time of year!  I do hope to be back soon with some book reviews and maybe some project posts?!  But then who knows....

I feel antsy I'm waiting for something...but I don't know what....that's not descriptive, I know, but that's all I have....maybe this feeling will work out for me like the fog that blanketed the world this morning.  It was a mass of white that covered everything, until there was nothing to see, no fields, no trees, nothing but white....I knew...I trusted, that the world was still out there but I could not see it!

And then, the sun, it broke through and lit up the emptiness!  And so..thinking on that idea...I wait on the Son.  In my uneasiness, anxiousness, wonders and impatience, I will wait on Him to shine forth and show us the way!  His light is all we need and when I can 'see' nothing else, I can trust that He is there waiting to shine, at just the right moment!


Praying you all have a blessed and God glorifying weekend!! ♥


Sep 1, 2015

One Day at a Time

The sweet days of summer are coming to an end...a week today and my oldest two will return to school!  I'm shocked that summer is practically over!  We've enjoyed it, that's for sure, most days have been lovely and over all, I'm sad to see my big gals heading back....marking another spent summer in that elusive summer countdown until they are out of the house and on their own!


But I digress.  

Today they are colouring pencil cases for carrying their supplies.  Colour your own pencil cases....I want one!  I've asked to help them...but so far they have refused! lol!!  Mostly we are just hanging out these last few days, hoping to hit the beach at least once more, sneak in more play time and trying to figure out if we should ready ourselves with routine start up now, or just let it all go for the last week!?!

As for my Hubby, he's been busy!! He's been working almost everyday since he was laid off, other then the time off for our vacation, which is a blessing, for sure!!  We pray the work continues but 'handyman' things tend to tapper off as the colder months set in....but no matter what, God has His plan and so we continue to take it, one day at a time!  Not always joyfully, nah...I'm not fully there yet, but we try!! lol!!

In other news, two photos that I entered into a 'local' Christian Radio station contest have made it into the finalists!!  I'd LOVE for you to head over there and give them a vote!  These are my two:

LINK to contest

 So just find them in the line up and cast your vote!!! (click 'Like' or leave a "vote" comment)  Buuut there are lots of nice pictures if one of my two are not your favourite then pick the one that is! But I appreciate the support all the same!

Shameless plug...over!


And well...that's about all I have as of late.  We've had family visits which were FANTASTIC!!  Bon fires with friends.  There are Netflix marathons and creative projects...more of the former than the latter...I'm ashamed to say! Hahaha!!  There are piles of dishes that never seem to end and side walk chalk art that doesn't want to wash I enjoy more then the guess which!  There are temper tantrums and tears and sometimes from the kids as well!  There is always the laundry to fold...always....and new toys to enjoy...for both young and old!  There are grumpy days with not enough coffee and fun days full of laughter and love!    There is looking ahead all while enjoying the now....and there are these summer days that will quickly melt into Autumn ones....

And so, we take it as it comes, looking to our Lord, trusting in His care and hoping for the best.  That, it seems, is just how it day at a time.

But I will hope continually
and will praise You more and more.
                                                                           -Psalm 71:14


Aug 21, 2015

Whimsy Away!

I'm sneaking this in under the wire...posting later then expected but I'm still in vacation mode, so the day moved by at a laid back pace!  Yes, we went, we enjoyed, and we returned, from our first vacation away in almost a decade!

And where did we venture to?? Well, we headed south...southern Ontario that is! To beautiful St. Jacobs!  Where we stayed two nights and three days, taking in loads of shopping, the local Mennonite culture, gorgeous sights and delicious food!!

Our Besties moved into our house, to take care of the kids and it while we were away.  Aren't they amazing?!  As someone remarked, "You found someone to take care of four kids for you?? Hang on to them!" (oh...I think we will! lol!!)   And so, with the kiddos in good hands we headed off early Tuesday morning.  We had a smooth ride all the way there and arrived in time to tour Canada's largest Farmer's market (well, we toured some of it), checked into our hotel and then caught a horse drawn trolley ride through a sugar bush, on a seventh generation Mennonite farm.


The area is home to a very large Mennonite community!  And it was really interesting to see the range from the Old order to what is accepted by the younger generations today.  Out of respect, I didn't take any picture of the Mennonite people, many of whom do not believe it is right to have pictures or images of people, but there were plenty of buggies to capture on film!

The country side was unbelievably pretty!! Ontario is a wonderfully diverse province, rolling hills, expanses of farmland, lush forests, mountain ranges, it's has it all and this little part had a nice mix-match of everything!!

On our second day we toured an AMAZING Antique market, which was suuuper fun and followed that with our scenic country drive, more shopping, an early supper and then a stop at Ontario's last covered bridge.  

Also known as the Kissing Bridge!



We enjoyed late night ice cream, scads of walking, shopping after supper, long quite chats, sleeping in, cable tv, meeting new people and all in all, just being alone together!!  The weather was perfect, the scenery amazing and the company fantastic!!  We arrived home after supper on Thursday and were very happy to see the kids again and very thankful to our friends for taking care and loving them for us while we were away!!  

It went by fast...and even now, only 24 hours after arriving home, it almost seems unreal...did we actually get away for two whole nights??? lol!!!  I will cherish our little get away and will look forward to when we can do it again....

And so, the final, (for now) Whimsy Wednesday challenge prompt was fitting, both for the end of this short photo challenge and for our sweet mini vacation!  I was sad to see the time away end but I smile at all the fun we had!!

(oh and I'd had hoped to capture a great leaving shot from our vacation for this photo challenge and how nice it would be, to be able to say that was the sunset when we got home - except Noooo!! The drive home was horrible!! Seriously, bumper to bumper traffic for two hours through Toronto and then once we cleared that, torrential rain for the last three hours of the trip! Sheesh! It was I smile that at least that part of the trip is over! hahahahah!!)

Thanks again to all who enjoyed this challenge!  I may incorporate more words and photos together...I really did enjoy it and liked how most of my images worked out.  But as for now, committing to once a week is too much...and summer is almost I'm going to soak up these fleeting summer days and I'll see you all when I do!


Aug 14, 2015

Exploring Christian Theology Volume Two :: Review

I can't say I'm a huge fan of reading theology books but this one was quite good!  This is the second volume, in a three volume set, and it focuses on the theology for creation, the fall and salvation.

The book is useful in many ways and for many people!  It could be used for the new believer, to give a nice over-view of the various doctrines that the church stands on and how they differ from denomination to denomination.  For the seasoned believer it offers insight into the history behind the doctrines, which is an area I found very fascinating, as well as practical and scripture filled ways to implement the various principles.  And for the scholar, this book would make an excellent resource to add to their library!

I greatly enjoyed the format of the text, in that, the book was broken into two sections and those sections broken into many smaller sections.  It helped me focus on the different areas of each, (creation, fall and salvation) and pick up on key ideas, themes, principles, past concepts and where we stand today.

So over-all, if you are looking for a basic but in depth theology book, I highly recommend this one and I think I might even see about adding the other to volumes to our own collection!

I received this book, from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.  


Aug 12, 2015

Whimsy Wednesday :: If We Wait Until We're Ready


There are times in life where preparation, counting the cost and planning ahead are necessary...but there, I believe, are more times when we should just go for it!  Be it my, (and my hubby's) personality, this is just how I see things.

Often, I think, people use the excuse of, "When I'm ready..."  but as our quote from a couple of weeks back encouraged, this "readiness" may be more fear then need for preparation!  Much in life comes at us unexpectedly and what isn't unexpected, we often have little control about!  

So why wait?  Why wait when your heart is calling?

Yes, I'm sure there can be reasons, as I first stated, but I think we hide behind our excuses too much.  Take my hubby and I, for example.  I think back...and I have realized that it has been over 9 years since we were away alone together!  Nine.Years!  Yes, we did send the kids out of the house, to stay with people, for one night to celebrate our tenth anniversary, but as for going away's been far, far to long!! 

I honestly hadn't thought about it until recently...and honestly, I just do not know where the time has gone!  We're 'so romantic' you'd think this would happen more often.  I mean, there are the date nights at home and we get away for the occasional afternoon or evening but away over night...not since having kids! Wow!!   Soooo, though, Hubby is out of work and in many cases we might not be 'ready' we are going to do it - we are getting away for two whole nights!!!

Are we excited!?!?! What do you think? *wink* lol!!

We could wait, we could count the cost, find a better time, be more "ready", but will more years slip away?? Life is short, I understand that more then I want to and so, before more time is gone - we will embark on our alone together road trip!

Details will remain nil until after the fact - you can all just wait! Muahahah! ;) I write this out, I realize I will be away next week, on said vacation, and will not be able to post for our Whimsy Wednesday challenge....and then, a week or so after that all the kiddos will be heading back to, I think I will post one last quote.  This wraps it up a little sooner then I anticipated but I feel the weeks ahead will be busy and with the over-all lack of participation, this might be the best time to bow out.

So I post our last quote...for now...maybe I will revive this challenge again at a later date - but I post our final quote and I will be back, on the FRIDAY with mine.  I sure had fun and grew some more in creativity and in photography skills!  And I want to thank you all who joined in, supported, encouraged and just enjoyed this challenge!!

Next week's quote:

Don't cry because it's over,
smile because it happened.
                                                    -Dr. Seuss



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