Saturday, July 14, 2018


Morning green smoothie in a pineapple cup:

made with my new tool:

Resonating on these words:
"The thing I love about God is He intentionally guides people into failure. He made us to be born as little kids who can't walk or talk or even use a bathroom correctly. We have to be taught everything. All that learning takes time, and he made us so that we are dependent on Him, our parents, and each other. The whole thing is designed so we try again and again until we finally get it right. And the whole time He is endlessly patient."

Watching my children spread their wings has really taught me to be dependent on God. I fail miserably as I still worry and obsess way more than I should if I truly believe God has the best planned for them. Good thing God is endlessly patient with me!

Updates for Kiandra! 23 and a half hours later and she has landed in Australia!

Something new on the grill:

and in my tummy:

and a walk for ice cream...BYOS 

and hooray for reintroduced cocoa!

Friday, July 13, 2018

And off she goes again!

After some last minute errands, Kiandra and I went out for breakfast:

and then laughed because she was already dressed for Australian Winter and it was a hot (32 degree!) day here:

We picked up some Canadian snacks for her friend who now lives in Australia:

and then it was off the airport:

Where we said our goodbyes:

and then she was off

and as I walked to my van I couldn't help notice the accuracy of my van family as my kids slowly fade into independence:

I picked up Kezia and Kaden later and they cashed in on the free fries on "Fry Day" at McDonalds:

How long before one or both of these two head off on an adventure too?!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thursday 13

13 things I did today:

1. I found the bacon and mushrooms in the microwave that I warmed up and forgot about yesterday.

2. I watched Kiandra pack up her stuff for her return to Australia.

3. I did a load of laundry.

4. I went for a walk to treat this girl to a Slurpee:

5. I brought Kombucha from home.

6. I soaked up some sun.

7. I savoured this view of Kiandra nice and close to me:

8. I watched Kiandra get dressed and ready for her last shift at work.

9. I volunteered again at church for a day camp supper...this time for 200 guests!

10. I cooked a LOT of hot dogs!

11. I met a friend from junior high whose daughter was attending day camp.

12. I took home two very tired day camp leaders.

13. I went for an evening walk with my awesome husband.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Transformation Tuesday

From working teacher to summer teacher where everyday feel like Saturyay!

from 14999 to 15000 and being there to capture the moment in Kiandra's car

from plain toes to matching pedicures in the sun

from empty house to full house with all kids home for supper:

from empty produce bins to full bins when we picked up the food box:

and from full of life to passed away.

Conrad and I attended our second funeral in 5 days. Our friends lost their nephew last week. Just 23 years old and a tragic loss to those left behind. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Hello Monday

Hello Monday
Hello MRI appointment
Hello fancy outfit for the occasion:

Hello photo request from Conrad for this moment:

Hello week 1 of day camp
Hello weeks of opportunities to share the gospel
Hello prayers for open hearts, open ears, and compassion and bravery for the staff
Hello new way of getting to church:

Hello MRI, grocery shopping at two stores, and some baking done by 10:30 AM
Hello using up the Kale from the food box:

Hello reminder to be blessed by kale
Hello continued healing through food
Hello grateful children when supper was on the table when they biked home from camp
Hello wishing I could have what the kids were eating for supper
Hello grateful anyway

Hello walk with Kiandra to end the day

Hello Monday!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Sunday Blessings

Seeing this decal Kiandra added to her car:

Participating in this prayer of dedication for this awesome team of day camp leaders:

A two and a half hour walk on a gorgeous evening with this handsome guy:

The chance to pray for our kids and their future plans:

and this reminder:

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Then and Now

Some fireplace progress:

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