Monday, September 26, 2016

A Servant's Heart


"God, please help my children develop servants' hearts, that they may serve whole-heartedly, as if they were serving the Lord, not men"  (Ephesians 6:7)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday evening

The movie people insured Hubby's car for four days, so we took it to the G house tonight when we went for dinner. 

Three little blessings loved exploring and playing in the back seat. 

And they were ever so pleased to be all seatbelted in so they could go for a ride. We may or may not have gone for a little ride around the block like this. Oh my gosh, they were so excited!  They didn't have car seats in 1973 at all, so it was rather fun to live in the moment. 

And because the trunk was the reason that they used the car at all in the movie, three little blessings climbed into the back and played around for a bit. I am sure we could have fit 10 more children in there with them. The trunk is massive!

"I bumping, Gamma, I bumping!"  And yes, she really was pumping her little legs and making the swing move back and forth. Seriously, Baby?!? You are two. Her sister just learned how to pump in the Summer and Pretty Girl mastered it in the Spring. They are five and six, which is completely age-appropriate. This little one is way too determined, and she always wants to be a "big geel."  Slow down, little one, slow down. I am just not as ready for her to grow up as she is. Sigh.

My morning out with Sam

When Samantha invited me out this morning, I was very pleased and she was very excited to be spending the morning together. She invited me to an Etsy show and she really wanted to go early so that we could get the free swag bag. She picked me up at 7:30 am and we stopped at Starbucks on the way to North Vancouver. This is Vancouver from Lonsdale Quay, just after 8 o'clock this morning. 

We played tourist for a few minutes before heading over to where the Etsy Show was.

Oh, how I love Vancouver!  Even just looking over at it from the North Shore makes me happy!  It wouldn't have been a good day to be there as Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge were coming over this morning. I would have loved to see them, but I am done with the days of lining up with thousands of people to catch a glimpse. I did that in 1986 to see Princess Diana and it was not even worth it. I went with my Mom so that was fun, but all we really saw was Prince Charles's hand waving out the window of a big black car. 

Sam says that she had never been to Lonsdale Quay before. The Market was pretty quiet at that time of the morning. 

And we made it with plenty of time to spare, as we were around the 28th and 29th people in the line-up. We both received our swag bags with over $50 worth of free stuff from the vendors. I think my favourite item is a coconut and oat milk bath, but my little heart ring and the sunglasses are very cool as well. We both got lots of fun items and both of our bags were a little bit different. 

We also received some free cookies by telling this vendor that we were short and sweet. Which we both are not short, but maybe we can be sweet. That's what made it so funny, is that it wasn't true. We were #8 and #9 out of 10 to receive this free treat. And it's only because Sam read about it online that we got free cookies. Anyway, we had the most enjoyable morning out and we think we may have to make it a once-a-month outing. It's actually quite surprising how many of these markets are scheduled throughout the Lower Mainland in the next few months. All I actually bought were some lemon bars for Hubby, and Sam bought some jewelry, lemon bars, lip balm and hair clips, so I would say that it was a wonderful successful morning out!

Faith


"I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children's hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them"  
(Luke 17:5-6, Hebrews 11:1-40)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Happy Birthday Tai!

It's been a busy Saturday. We started our morning doing a few chores and some shopping, and then I went to get my hair done. I was disappointed when I was postponed until this week because my hairdresser was sick, but it was worth the wait. I wanted it done for my brother-in-law's birthday party but it worked out that I had it done for Tai's birthday party instead. 

Tai had a critter party. The children were amazed when Dainia let the spider crawl on her. Ewwww.

And my grand-daughters and great-nephews are all braver than me. Pretty Girl wouldn't touch any of the reptiles but had no problem with the furry animals. The ferret was actual pretty cute and so was the sugar glider. Lucas, Isaac, Sweetheart, Sweet Pea and Baby touched everything that they were allowed to pet. I still say ewwwwww.

The birthday boy and his sister loved the snake. As I think you can tell by their smiles. 

The children all lined up to hit the piƱata. Didn't take long before they had the candy and prizes out. 

Instead of cake, there was a tray of desserts. Everyone enjoyed them. A lot!

And then the music was turned on and there was a dance party. I love this backyard as it is such a perfect place to entertain. Happy 5th Birthday Tai!  I know your official day isn't until Tuesday but we all had lots of fun celebrating with you today!

Entertainment

The children have enjoyed watching all of the activity that has been outside our house all week. No matter when you looked, there was always something to see. This was Isaac and Baby looking out the window on Monday.

The sun came out on Tuesday and lasted until Thursday, and there was a lot to watch on Wednesday evening. Grandson and Sweetheart came over around 5 to pick up their sister with their Mom, and they ended up staying here for dinner and watching all the happenings. 

She was watching the movie people with Grandpa's car.

There is a kidnapping scene in the movie and those two cars were being filmed with people getting in and out of them. 

Sweetheart liked watching but she likes posing for a picture as well. She was starting to get hungry and so we went inside to get everything ready. 

Grandson and Sweetheart watched from the window while they ate their dinner. The neighbours all came out to have a look and a visit too.

And then they ate their dessert and watched some more. 

Finn and Sweet Pea had lots to watch yesterday. Never a dull moment around our neighbourhood this week. Like I mentioned before, I am going to miss it!

Contentment


"Father, teach my children the secret of being content in any and every situation, through Him who gives them strength"  (Philipians 4:12-13)