Friday, March 27, 2009


Wanting somehow to express my love for my mom on this special day, a Mom who was always giving... I started writing a poem, but soon realized...I'm not a poet (at least not without spending a ridiculous amount of time trying :)

So...I called my sister who seems to be able to do so with little effort. I read to her the few words that I came up with and literally within one minute she put these words together...

Today is to honour A Lady of Faith
our Mother, Caregiver, and Hostess with grace

Your arms always wide open and not only for us,
but all those who came knocking in need of your touch

Whether a cup of coffee or a place to lay their head
no one was ever turned away from your homestead

You're the most generous person we all know
time has not changed you as the years did unfold

Today is your birthday to this we attest
With God as your stronghold, may you be richly blessed

Thanks for not giving up when the hard times did come
Your more than a number (79) You are the best MOM!

So, thanks Susanne for helping me with my thoughts. I know these few words hardly do justice to the woman who did the best she could with a family of 12... and then a few more...

Hope you have a precious birthday, Mom...and though Dad can't be here to celebrate with us, he's got the angels singing for you today!!

We love you,

Monday, March 23, 2009

Just when...

We're hanging on...

with the promise of spring,
almost beyond our imagination at this point.

The snow is melting...
the garden is covered in water.

I'm enjoying looking out and seeing rain drops (can't believe I said that)
and on the radio I hear...

"Winter Storm Watch"...WHAT?!!!

Please tell me this is April 1st!

Friday, March 13, 2009

A sweet cup of tea

Not so long ago I received a little package.

It was from a very special someone who had
no idea I wasn't feeling up to par,
but she thought of me and sent this ... how sweet!

I don't know about you, but I don't usually get packages
in the mail....especially ones that I haven't ordered!

The last time we visited them (which isn't often enough
due to the distance between us)
she took note of the fact that we shared a love for good tea.
The day before we left she decided we
really should see one more little place, and
introduced me to ...

She especially noticed my fondness for Rooibos tea,
and this place is loaded with every kind you can imagine!
Apparently there are only 4 locations in Canada,
and she's lucky enough to live near one of them.

So, I get this package including one of my favourites,
"Strawberries and Cream"
and a new one to try - "Blueberry Blitz"
which may well become a new favourite!

She also noticed dh loves radishes
so she sent him two special seed packets for us
to plant in the spring...he smiled!

Would you just look at those ... radish watermelon?!
Very, won't those look pretty
in a salad!

And the last thing she included...
besides a good handful of chocolates (most of which
were gone before I snapped these pictures :)

... was this recipe for cookies she had brought
to share with us the last time they visited.
They were absolutely delicious and I consumed
wayyyy more than I should have.

Thank you, Lori, for your sweet thoughtfulness.

I really shouldn't have been surprised,
because you're always thinking of others!

We are blessed to have you in our family!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Anti-Aging program

(I just realized none of my subtitles showed up on the video...
but you get the idea.. did you notice you can hide under couch

Thursday evenings are play night at our house.

When the mommy and daddy go have fun with the Youth...

the munschkins come to play... and keep Nana and Papa young!

Hide 'n seek has been declared a favorite sport at our house now...
good thing we know all the hiding places!

I think g'pa has the most fun... but we all reap the benefits!

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Motivated Monday?

Not sure where to start today...there's so much I'd like to do, and
since I don't have wheels yet and it's too cold to walk anywhere...
well, you get the picture.

Every year I declare March 1st the launch date for spring cleaning....
however, it doesn't always happen that way!

I don't know why it's so difficult to tackle certain projects. Problem
is.... when I'm motivated.... I usually come up with an unrealistic list
of things to do. Today I'd like to bake AND begin spring cleaning.
In reality, I should know that just tackling my (our) bedroom closet
could potentially take the entire day! Maybe it's my way of avoiding
the undesirable once again! (I actually took a picture of my closet
and found it sure doesn't look that bad on film... so, didn't post it.)

But...the sun is shining and I feel like giving it my best shot. I usually
don't wake up feeling rested so it takes me a while to get started in
my day...but I'm determined today.

So, if you're walkin' by and hear the walls rattling, don't worry....
I've got the music cranked up good and loud and ... stuff is gonna fly!

So, what's your secret to sticking to it 'til it's done?