Benaiah’s Drawing

Benaiah loves to draw.  The other day I picked up one of his drawings, and was like, “whoh, there is a lot of stuff going on in this drawing”.I asked him what a couple things were, and it was probably a five minute explanation.  So I posted it here, and labeled some of the items (you may have to click on it to see a larger version of it)!  And still even with the labels there is still so much to explore in this...

My Wife the Poet

Proverbs 18:22 – “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord”Sunday May 12th, 2013 was Cameron and I’s 8th anniversary (also Mother’s day).  I have many reasons to be thankful to my wife, both as a mother and as a wife.As a mother she has given birth to 4 children (2 very painfully).  She has taught two of them to read and write, potty trained 3 of them, and loved all of them much.  She buys them clothes, feeds them, prays with them, reads to them, takes them (all of them) to the grocery store, and helps them when they need help.  She teaches and trains and loves our kids.As a wife, she has loved me for these past 8 years, she has been patient with me, and she has been my greatest encourager and supporter.  She has helped me know the Lord more and see my sin more.  She is my best friend, my companion, my joking buddy, my study buddy, my wife.  As the proverb says, I have found a good thing. God has given me a good thing. I do not deserve such a beautiful, smart, perfect wife and I look forward to spending as many days as God gives us together. Cameron wrote me a poem for our anniversary, and I wanted to share it:  “A Poem for my dear husband,On our 8th anniversary: I once tripped along through the valley low,Buffeted by winds that oft did blow.Mine eye half-fixed on that narrow, upward trend,The light that did lead me, though ne-er did it bend,My own feet would betray me...

Visitors!

Okay, maybe it’s just ‘visitor’, but it’s still exciting all the same. My mom came out and visited a little while ago and here are some highlights of being with her and her being with the kids and the kids being happy and so on. There are these parks just by the side of the road in Vancouver and we stopped at one. Some of us ran, some of us played Grandma’s iPhone and some of us tried our best to eat the flowers. I’ll let you figure out who tried to do what. The view from the park. We went to Granville Island in Vancouver which isn’t a real island, yet feels like an island! Except without the palm trees and beaches…you know, it actually didn’t feel too much like an island. But it was fun! You see, they’re open 0900 to 1900 every day! So, that’s 9:00 to 7:00 (but, I mean, I had to count on my fingers just now because I’m not in the military and I’m not from Canada. I also don’t speak French). It is, actually, a market. with vegetable and bakeries and candy stores. It’s a very cool place to see and shop at. Is this not a proud-looking, robust bird who is likely to find a mate? Look at those colors! Hm, yeah, so I do take pictures of birds and I like them and there might be a post on them sometime in the future, for all of those who are ornithologically-inclined. Somedays are longer for three year olds than others. We also went berry picking, but that’s a post...

Turns Out, What They Say About Light Sockets is True…

So, Cameron had just left for class, Benaiah and Onesimus were sleeping, and Susanna was playing in another room. Seems like an ‘under control’ type of situation, right?All of the sudden all the lights go off, I hear a kind of  spark sound from the other room, followed by Susanna saying “AHHH”.  Look at the pictures below and see if you can put the pieces together. One of these things is not like the other… A couple of slight burns and a healthy dose of fear of all things three-pronged later, I told Susanna that God spared her life today and we prayed on the spot.It was at that moment that I remembered the time when I was a kid and used to put pennies in the microwave to see the microwave make funny lights, or the time for Halloween when I wanted my eyes to glow so I broke a glow stick in half and then poured all the fluid into my eyes (I hope you’re reading, mom).  I mean, isn’t it just God’s grace that any of us make it out of childhood alive?So, here are some lessons learned: Child hair clips are conspicuously perfect for sticking in a wall socket. Never ever, ever let any of your children out of your site–ever–not even in the other room until they turn 18. Have daily teaching lessons of the dangers of wall sockets, with a special emphasis on the relation of hair clips to wall sockets And here’s a picture of Susanna after her run in with a light socket, just so everyone knows she is okay.  ...

Happy Canada Day!

“Canada Day” is like the 4th of July…but for Canadians! We get the day off from school which is wonderful because it’s really the first break we have had since we’ve arrived in Canada.To celebrate, we went to the Fort Langley National Historic Center or Site or Monument or Something because it’s right down the street, admission was free, and we were feeling Canadian. Here are Susanna and Benaiah celebrating Canada Day! And, lest you think the name is just there for fun, it is actually a fort. You see, back in the days…when everyday houses looked a lot more like Lincoln Logs, people came here and built this fort and the First Nations (read: how Canadians refer to Native Americans) helped them survive.Here is what Canada looked like back in the days of the Fort:    Mostly, I wouldn’t say this was a ‘spectacular visit’, but that might have been because of our little friends who are not pictured here, the mosquitos. Turns out they live in the US and Canada. It was neat learning about the history of this great place called British Columbia and we all took home a little bit of Canada… And here’s a picture of Onesimus, as he didn’t make it into any of the pictures above. So, from all of us to all of yours…Happy Canada...
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