Dec 13, 2015

I Had A Dream


The other night, I had a dream.



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Not out of the usual you say, but for me it was!  Not so much that I dreamt, cause I'm human and dream like the rest of us but what was unusual, was that it stuck clear in my mind and I could vividly remember it!  Now that is uncommon!


Usually sleep is last on my list of things to do...one of the first on the list of things I'd like to do but falls short on the actual making time for it.  So when I do dream I don't remember them.  And so I was reciting this 'stuck in my mind' dream to my hubby and though I abandoned the practice over a decade ago, we felt the need to look up the meanings to this one.


Most of my dream was dominated with birds, three types to be exact.  A giant woodpecker, a large black bird and a hummingbird.  There were also many people in my dream, all familiar to me and soup.....not all sure what that was about but the birds, they just seemed out of the norm for me.  As I said, I don't 'practice' dream interpretation any more, mostly because of the reasons stated above and also because many of my dreams are induced by late night snacking! Ha!  But when I looked into the meanings of these birds and what they were all doing in my dream I knew that there was something to it.  At least what I found, confirmed what I was already feeling in my heart.




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The overall meaning I came away with is this;  I am embarking on a new season, a new journey and though I'm ready and willing, I am not yet living up to the potential with in and I am at risk of sabotaging my own efforts.  Kinda crazy but yet, I can see that working in my life.


And well friends....what does this all mean to you?  It means, that as of January 1st, 2016 I will no longer be blogging.



For I have been praying and seeking and wondering for sometime about what to do with my little piece of cyber space. That dream, well, it answered what my heart already knows; that the season for blogging is over for me.  It's slightly heart breaking to write that, to finalize it in words and hitting publish may just cause me to shed a few tears!



What a journey this has been!  I will complete seven blogging years on the first of the new year!  I think I will talk about the journey then but for now, I'm going to focus on the new season ahead.




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As some of you may have assumed, yes my job is taking time that I once put into my blog but it's not just my job that is vying for my time these days.  For the past few months I have found new hobbies and interests that I spend my time on.  And I have more that I want to invest in and so something has to give.  These are all good things and I have contemplated changing the focus or style of my blogging to accommodate this new season in my life but I just can seem to fit it in the list of things I need to and want to, do.  And one thing about me, that you may or may not know, is that I'm an "all or nothing" kind of gal!  I'm either all in or out!  And so I contemplated just keeping the blog and jotting down my thoughts now and again but that's not me.  It won't work for me because I'm either on here at least once a week, talking non-sense, sharing family fun or the occasional bout of wisdom or I'm not here at all.



So with that resolve, I know that the end of Homemaker Design is timely.



I chuckle because this feels bigger then it is and yet it is big to me, on some levels...and I want to write out all that I have learned and grown in over these seven years but I will save that for another...maybe my last?! post.



So I will be back, at least one last time, to share thoughts and rambles, those things I'm well known for! lol!  Just be assured that I feel great, amazed really, at where God is leading our family right now!  No, things are certainly not perfect, for example our car just died and no, we have no idea what we are going to do! Like NO, idea! lol!!  But I know He is faithful and we've seen it time and time again.  I know He is faithful to walk me and us through the seasons ahead and I can rest in that.



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I had a dream and that was to blog and to grow in the written word.  I've done that and though I would like to say I will continue, I think it's just not the season.  God has laid before me new dreams and I look forward to embarking on them with as much gusto, learning and pure enjoyment that this one has brought me!



With all my love,
Kaitlin





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Nov 17, 2015

The Road to Becoming by Jenny Simmons :: Review


When I first read the write-up for The Road to Becoming by Jenny Simmons, I have to say, I scoffed.  Jenny was the lead singer of the band Addison Road who travelled the United States and were pretty big stars.  What I scoffed at was the sub heading for the book; Rediscovering Your Life in the Not-How-I-Planned-it Moments and the thought that this woman would know anything about living a life that the rest of us could relate to!?!!?


And eat that scoff I did!


Jenny writes one of the best stories I have read in a long time! She tells the true tale of her life but so real, so relatable, that I was laughing and crying more times then in all other books I've read combined!




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The story takes place over about two years of her life, with nice references and walks down memory lane that make us, the reader, feel like she's a good friend.  The whole story reads like a conversation over coffee and I imagine Jenny to talk much the same as she writes.  She tells of how she walks through various seasons focusing on the loss of dreams, the burying of life plans, the desert wondering when we don't know what lies ahead, and then finally, the coming through it all into the still yet unknown but God lead and life changing path that is before us.


I related waaay to much to her writings and often felt like I had written whole sections myself!  I shared many of her humours renditions of life's events with my husband and he laughed along with me.  Jenny's story telling is brilliant and her openness refreshing and encouraging!


I don't think there is anyone I would not recommend this book to!  But I would certainly pass it a long to anyone who's ever dreamed and seen that dream die and wonder what lies ahead.  To anyone who's looked at life, seen the hand dealt and wondered what they are to do with it all.  And I'd certainly pass this book along to anyone who's struggling with where they are at in their current season.


It's a charming, endearing book and one that I sincerely enjoyed!






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



Oct 26, 2015

Life is What Happens While You're Busy Making Other Plans



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I don't even know if I can put to words all the changes, growth, adjusting that has transpired in me...in my life...over the last few weeks.  I touched on it here, speaking about God changing my heart towards my sin of idolatry and gluttony, plus throwing in the desire to pursue more exercise!  

Let's just say, if you don't believe in miracles, we should talk!

hahahah! *sigh*



In that post I also mentioned how I've been reviewing my heart, our life choices and overall, examination of my life and where it's at.  A tad mid-life crisis sounding eh?! lol!!!   But then...not so funny. Because I mean, what if? What IF this is my mid point?  What if I only had another thirty some years before I stood before God and had to give an account?  What if I only had three more decades, how would I fill my days, use my time, make an impact?!   What would I do, where would I go, who would I meet, how would I make it all count?




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So of course, hubby and I began dreaming, scheming almost, if you will, about what we could do, where we could go, how we should live.  We spent much time in prayer and for the last while thought we might have an inkling of where the days ahead might lead.  But God, His humour...His ways, always get me.  So while my husband and I were pondering ideas of what may lay ahead, of the big things, the little things, the everyday things, God turns us around and drops, of all things, a job into my lap!


A job??  Really??  


And in essence, it's not so much a job as a ministry opportunity....for pay...not a lot of pay but something, which is certainly helpful! lol!!  And it's crazy, it's in these moments when your faith leaps forward because this ministry is exactly something that has been on my heart for a few years now!  I am working with young pregnant and early parenting women, a demographic that has had my heart for some time but one that I never knew exactly how to help! 



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My aunt and cousin had come for their annual visit this summer and my aunt had talked about how there was going to be a maternity house opening in her area, a six hour drive from here.  I thought it would be amazing to be apart of that but no way for it to happen.  Then just two short weeks ago, through a local event, I learned of just that kind of home not 30 minutes from my door!  So I met with the Executive Director and a week later began work!  
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The organization is Crowns of Life but I will be working specifically for their Susan Shirley Program.  You can check out the Facebook page here or their website here.




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I'm working a bit more then part time, in the evenings, to try to balance it with our schedules, as hubby's work will probably slow down over the winter but right now, he's still pretty busy.  I haven't worked outside the home in over eight years! (Other then the occasional photography shoot!)  We will have a learning curve figuring out how to balance everything, and though I worry a bit, I'm also pretty calm as I know God has a plan and He will work it all out!


And it's just funny, funny how we had set our sights in one direction and never would have dreamt this in a million years but yet, this is what God has placed in our laps.  It fell so fast, so perfectly and though I have my reserves about working outside the home again, I can't argue with the peace I have about it all!  I have no idea how long this season will last and so we are taking it as it comes, one day at a time!




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My title for this post is a John Lennon quote, not that I'm a big Beatles fan but just something I found articulated my feelings well.  That while we plan and ponder on the days ahead, life just keeps on keeping on.  That we can dream and plan but yet not lose sight of the now, of the things God brings along and places in our path.  I know we, (hubby and I) often struggle with just how much we are to do, how and when we are to be active participants in God's plans or when to just wait patiently.   I wish I had answers to that, but I don't.  What I do know is that when you wait on the Lord, regardless of  your plans, He is faithful to answer.


And so, we will continue to pray about the days ahead.  We make plans, ponder ideas, scheme dreams but in the mean time we live the life given.  Working to not forget that life is all the moments, the big, the little, the mundane and the grand adventures!  



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Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans.









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Oct 12, 2015

The Irresistible Community by Bill Donahue :: Review


The Irresistible Community is one of those books you just want to dog-ear, highlight and note take, the whole way through it!  Buuuut, I'm not one of those people....so I just book marked many of my favourite spots...and then decided I should just re-read it again after!  Yes, it was that good!



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It was that good in that Mr. Donahue writes all about an area that I think is very much neglected and or missing in many 'churches' today!  The theme of the book is all about building a strong, healthy and biblical community within the church(body).  Using three components of the last supper, the table, the towel and the truth, Donahue builds a convincing and inspiring case about the need of community for believers and what that should look like.


The only thing I did not like about the book was the opening of each chapter, and this is truly just a personal opinion thing.  The author begins each chapter with a short piece written as from a first person perspective of each of the twelve disciples.  He writes well but for me, I'm never a fan of people adding to what we know in scripture about the thoughts and feelings of the people in the Bible.  I chose to not watch movies that portray the same idea, not saying there is anything wrong with it and I know people who greatly enjoy this, but it's not for me.


But honestly that was all I did not like!  I look forward to reading The Irresistible Community again and will maybe break my rule of keeping it pristine and really get into it with highlighters, pen and note book!  I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to grow in a community feel with other believers, to better understand how we should respond, care and act with our brothers and sisters in the Lord and what our calling to our local communities should be as children of God.






I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for my unbiased review.






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Oct 7, 2015

This Season of Change


Well, Fall has officially settled in...both on the calendar and in the air.  The leaves are changing to their brilliant colours, giving a feast for the eyes where ever they turn.  My cardigans have been freed from the bottom of the dresser drawers and leather boots have replaced sweet Summer sandals. 


A perfect Sunday afternoon had us all taking a walk.  We sought out our apple tree....well one of the few we have, but one that was promising in abundance.   And abundance it had, and so we harvested a small basket full with plans to return another day for more.




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It was neat to taste these red treasures, for only a week ago they were much to tart to enjoy but a week and a frost later, we have some sweet treats to both eat fresh and bake up with!  Isn't it crazy how fast things can change....how a week....a day...a minute can change so much!?


I find the season of Autumn riddled with change...or at least the option/hope/expectation of it.  I mean, there is the obvious seasonal changes, the leaves, the coolness, back to school, new routines and for many of us a want or desire to rearrange furniture, paint rooms, switch out decor items, ect.



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But for me this year...Autumn has brought with it, a change of heart!  An answered prayer of God working on my sin of over-eating and (food) idolatry.  He is working a miracle in me and I thank Him greatly for it.  It's been a prayer for a long time now to leave this sin, to not feel it's pull and after many, many prayers He has headed my cry, but not before my heart had to line up with some hard truths. 


This is and will be a slow journey...I cannot undue years of damage overnight but He is working in me and it is one battle at a time!  But I feel the change in my heart, the pure longing to never be a slave to this sin again!  Does this mean that I will not struggle with it?! No.  No...I'm sure I will struggle all my life, this torn in my flesh, but He is great and I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!





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What changes are needed, wanted, necessary....what does the Lord want me to do with these fleeting days?  How do I live eternally for Him...to spread the good news that Christ has died to set us free, to give us life?  How do I share the joy of eternal life with a God that is beyond comprehension?  How do I show that He is worth more then anything this world has to offer?




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Because He is!  He is worth so much more then this fading life has to offer us.


It is one of the truths my heart finally came to understand.  That all my comfort, all my desires and all my needs are truly met in Him.  I live not by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.  This sin of mine, is more then a love of food, it's about putting something above God. For our Lord did make many wonderful gifts for us to enjoy, food being one of them, but, as with anything, it has it's place and that place is not above my God!  There are many areas that this sin, idolatry, creeps up!  And it's something I would love to eradicate from my life...


...if only it was that easy!




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How wonderful that will be!


So until that time, when I stand before my God and give an account for the days spent here, I will continue to change my heart, by His great grace, to be more like His.  I will work towards embracing and counting it all joys when I encounter various trials knowing the growth and good they will produce in me!  Will these changes be easy...no not always...will I still fight Him, struggle with fear, worry about tomorrow...all the while knowing better....oh yes, probably more often then I'd care to admit. But will walking worthy of His calling produce a life that will have Him saying, "Well done, good and faithful servant!"  Yes, yes it will.

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And how I long to hear those words.


So as this season of change wraps it'self around you, I implore you to consider your heart.  Consider His calling on it, big, small, hard, easy, whatever that nudge is, consider the change and pray for His strength to make it.   


Just as the leaves bud each Spring, then burst forth in lush green hues, growing and reaching for the sun to, as a final testament to His glory, transform into something so unbelievably beautiful, so I want my life to reflect this wonderment we see all around us.  I want my life to be filled with and full of His glory.





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Psalm 19

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky proclaims the work of His hands.
Day after day they pour out speech;
night after night they communicate knowledge.
There is no speech; there are no words;
their voice is not heard.
Their message has gone out to all the earth,
and their words to the ends of the world.


In the heavens He has pitched a tent for the sun.
 It is like a groom coming from the bridal chamber;
it rejoices like an athlete running a course.
It rises from one end of the heavens
and circles to their other end;
nothing is hidden from its heat.

  The instruction of the Lord is perfect,
renewing one’s life;
the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy,
making the inexperienced wise.
 The precepts of the Lord are right,
making the heart glad;
the command of the Lord is radiant,
making the eyes light up.
 The fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever;
the ordinances of the Lord are reliable
and altogether righteous.
 They are more desirable than gold—
than an abundance of pure gold;
and sweeter than honey,
which comes from the honeycomb.
 In addition, Your servant is warned by them;
there is great reward in keeping them.


 Who perceives his unintentional sins?
Cleanse me from my hidden faults.
 Moreover, keep Your servant from wilful sins;
do not let them rule over me.
Then I will be innocent
and cleansed from blatant rebellion.
 May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to You,
Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.



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*




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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!!






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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....






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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 opposite...so 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 lately....like 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!





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








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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!



Ugh!


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!?!







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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:



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 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 there...so 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!

lol!!



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 away...one I enjoy more then the other...you 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....







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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 goes...one day at a time.










But I will hope continually
and will praise You more and more.
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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!




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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!!







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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.




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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!!





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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!


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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....






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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 nuts....so 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 gone...so I'm going to soak up these fleeting summer days and I'll see you all when I do!



























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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.




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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.  





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Aug 12, 2015

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





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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 together...it'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! ;)


And...as 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 school....so, 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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Aug 9, 2015

Patience and His Promises


What do you do, when you are unsure what to do??


That's the question that plagues us as of late...not just on the job front but in many areas of our lives right now.  Much uncertainty and unknowing about the days ahead.


So what do you do?


You hold to what you do know!





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For us, we know;

God is good!  Psalm 136:1
God has plans for us.  Jeremiah 29:11
We can trust Him.  Isaiah 26:4
We can focus on today and not worry about tomorrow. Matthew 6:34
His promises are true.  2 Peter 1:4
He loves us!  John 3:16
He will care and provide for us.  Matthew 6:26


That is what each day looks like as of late....mostly! lol!! It's true, we are holding to His word and He is being good and kind to us.


My husband posted an ad online, offering friendly handyman work and has been busy everyday since!  Almost too busy! lol!! It may not last.... but see, there's my lack of trust creeping in! ugh!  For today, for now, it is what we need and that is all we need to focus on.




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We are still being open to whatever God may have for us and that does cause some contemplation and thinking about the near-ish future...but again, we have to take everything one day at a time!  If there has been one thing that I am really learning, is that; taking things one day at a time!


It doesn't always come easy, one day at a time, it requires patience...something that God apparently thinks I need a tad bit of work on!   I'm learning patience, I am, slooowly....in some areas I do better then others!  In this, where we are today, it comes and goes.  I want to know what we are to do, where to spend our energy, time and money.  I want to see a glimpse of the future, receive an email with directions or even an audible voice would be nice!


But I know that's not how He works.  I know His promises are laid out in His word and that is where we go, to find comfort, rest, and His very real direction.




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And though my patience is stretched, it is strengthened.  Do I always like it? Of course not! Do I complain and whine....too often!   But am I learning, yes, yes I am.  Am I trusting? Most of the time!  Am I grateful! Oh yes!!!


Grateful for His provision, for His care, for His comfort and daily strength!  I am grateful and I praise Him!  For His ways are higher then ours and He knows and holds the future in His hands...our future.





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But an email would still be nice!


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Aug 5, 2015

Whimsy Wednesday :: He Will Bring You Through it.




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For this week's challenge, I ended up with two images...partly because the opportunity arose to capture two beautiful shots...and partly because I think I doubly needed this quote!!  After last week's not so wonderful news, this quote played constantly in my mind.  Isn't it amazing how God will place these personal touches in our lives??


Anyone else encouraged by these words this week?


Both shots came on the same evening.  A stormy one.  Dark, ominous clouds dominated the sky, like a bully, lumbering across in no particular hurry to be gone.  They offered up the occasional shower, soaking the earth and once again, watering my gardens for me.  I kept looking out, waiting to see if we would be able to watch our nightly show of painted sky and setting sun.  I almost gave up as I watch the swirling clouds moving across the valley, but as the sun made it's nightly decent, it escaped the darkness and bust forth in rays of golden joy!


And instantly this weeks challenge quote came to mind!  I grabbed the camera and headed out into the spattering of rain, looking North and waiting.  And there, before my eyes, the rainbow appeared.  I knew it would, the conditions were right, His conditions....His promises...always right...right there...if you wait.


Dave and I watched, together, as His bow arched across the sky.  We stood, silently, for sometime, taking in the beauty and majesty that was right in front of us and marvelling at His handy work!





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Yes, God brings many challenges and trial into our paths but He will carry us through them, every step - all we have to do, is wait on Him, trust in Him and watch Him work for our good...it's not always easy but, like the storm that rolled through the other night...the end is glorious!





Next week's text:


If we wait until we're ready,
we'll be waiting for 
the rest of our lives.
                                           -Leminy Snicket









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