Friday, August 22, 2008

From the mouth of babes...

Any of you that have heard Shaelyn pray, have likely not made it through the prayer without at least grinning broadly, and likely snorting out loud! There is something very cute and sweet about it though, and I thought I would write down her prayer from two nights ago at bedtime. She changes her voice when she prays, so that it is more high pitch, but quiet - and usually she is talking so quickly it's hard to hear what she says exactly. I'll try to get most of it. She also prays with her eyes open and swings her head all around, so usually her prayer mentions the things she sees, and usually you hear what you prayed for earlier in the day (or month). Watch out if you have YOUR eyes open though - 'cause she'll make sure you close them!! =) Here goes...

"Father, thank you for this day! Thank you for the time we had together. Thank you for my snuggly blanket. Thank you for the yummy yogo's. Thank you for the yummy food. Pray for nice teddy bear. Pray for Daddy at work. Pray for good sleep. AMEN!"

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Catching up!

It's the end of another busy day! Since many of you have been noticing my amazingly bad memory lately, I thought I'd let you in on another 'oops', when I didn't write a blog for Tim's birthday. Sorry, Sweetheart! He turned 32 (gasp!) on Wednesday. We did have a fun day, though. After children's meeting in the morning, our household (minus Phyllis and plus Rebekah) went to London and played mini golf! It was lots of fun, and we topped it off by enjoying some Dairy Queen ice cream!

There isn't anyone around here that can complain that this week has been too quiet! =) With 7 adults and 4 children, it seems like we make enough noise here to drive the neighbours away. Thankfully none have complained yet!

We arrived at Phyllis's last Saturday, and Dad and Mom S arrived shortly after. Trev and Liz came down on Sunday night after the first tent meeting, and met us at the Tolman's for a sing. The week has gone by really quickly, but we've had lots of fun in the meanwhile!

The children's meetings went really last week. Not tons of children out, but they all were really well behaved, and listened well too! A mom from my home school group came out with her two girls, so that was neat too! The tent meetings are going well too, with a good number of adults and children attending. We were really excited to hear on Wednesday night that there was a 10 year old girl who has come out to Sunday school for several years say she has gotten saved! She had thought that she was maybe saved, but always wondered how you could know for sure. She is really excited to know now!

Thursday night after the tent meeting, most of Tim's family came over for birthday cake. It was a great time together.

Saturday afternoon Jeff and Marianne & kiddos drove down and spent the afternoon with us all, then we headed to the hall for 5pm for our farewell. Tim's parents, brothers and families were all able to be there too, plus one of his aunts from Cambridge. After supper several more people came, and there was a meeting where my dad, then two of our elders, then Tim spoke. After that we had cake and ice cream and got to visit with everyone. We had a really nice night.

This morning after meeting, we went for lunch with Trev, Liz and Katja, and then had to say our goodbye's. They left this afternoon at 2pm to head to the airport, and Tim and I and the girls went to Tim's Aunt and Uncle's cottage north of London to spend the afternoon with some of his extended family. It was a lovely, relaxing afternoon, but ended too soon, and we had to say more 'final' goodbyes.

Tim got a new camera for his birthday, but as you can see, I haven't gotten any pictures (old or new) on here yet. The next 3 days look busy already, but hopefully I'll get some time to put some on.

Please pray for the Word of God going out each night during these tent meetings. It "is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12). We've been praying for God to prepare hearts to hear and accept His Word, and we pray that God will receive all the glory as we look expectantly to Him to save searching souls. The Iron Horse (train) festival will also be on this next weekend, which just adds to the business, but is a great way to get God's Word into homes, and invitations to the meetings out to people. We will have a small tent set up, and it has proved in the past to be a great opportunity to speak to people about the Saviour - so we would appreciate your prayers for this as well. We set up on Wednesday night, and the festival is on Thursday to Sunday. We won't be able to be there Saturday, as family on my mom's side is having a get together in Orangeville. Looks like a busy and exciting week ahead! =)

P.S. (Potty training continues to go well - hooray!)

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Progress...

Woohoo!! It may be only exciting to me, but Shaelyn chewed AND swallowed cooked carrots yesterday! =) Yes, this is progress. She is our worst eater so far, and while she loves fruits, she despises veggies, and eats them only under extreme pressure! Also, she has gone on the potty 5 times in the last 2 days. I'm exceptionally excited about both these things - YAY!! =)

Haven't gotten any Woodford cottage pic's on here yet, but Joia has lots on her blog if you want to check there. I also stole this next one, of the Woodford family, from her! ;)



This last one was just taken yesterday. We got the whole Sharp family taken, so that's nice to have that updated too!

We had a great week here with the Sharp's, and are heading back to St. Thomas in about 1/2 an hour. Hopefully we'll get more pic's on here later next week!


Thursday, August 7, 2008

Finally getting on here!

The last 2 weeks have just flown by! On July 26th we headed up to Minden, stopping in Oshawa on the way so Tim could speak at their Sunday School picnic. There were lots of kids and adults there, and we enjoyed visiting with many we don't see often. We kept on driving, and met Mark and Rebekah at the cottage we rented for a week. What a beautiful place! Dad and Mom, Rob and Ada came shortly after we got there, and Andrew, Joia and Keenan arrived later that evening. The cottage had seven bedrooms and 4 bathrooms; a huge kitchen; a living room and family room, plus laundry. The cottage was pretty high up from the water (I think it was 83 steps - Tim counted!) It was a nice, small lake though, and we enjoyed swimming, and also swinging by a rope they had into the water. Our week consisted of eating, sleeping, Bible study together, eating, reading, swimming, talking, eating, Christmas (we opened stockings one day because we won't be together for Christmas this year - there was even a small wooden Christmas tree in a closet that had lights!), campfires, singing, relaxing, oh, and did I mention eating? =) We had such a fun time together! The week was over far too quickly, and my tears came as I had to say goodbye to Joia and Keenan for the last time. I think it hit me too, that we had been anticipating this week for so long, and then it was over so quickly and now we only had 4 weeks left before we leave! We are so thankful for a loving family that we enjoy so much in common with!

We left on Friday, and drove to my parents where we saw my folks and Trev, Liz and Katja. Jeff and Marianne & Jared and Gracia joined us for a yummy pizza supper! We have really enjoyed our week so far too, which has included...can you guess? Yes, eating, boating, swimming, the Elmvale Zoo, eating, and relaxing! We are hoping to leave this morning to spend some time out in the boat and swimming again today. It is clear now, so hopefully the weather holds out for us.

We leave Saturday to return to St. Thomas. Dad and Mom, Jeff and Marianne have a wedding in Niagara Falls that day, and Trev and Liz plan to stay here until Sunday. Us girls are hoping for a shopping trip before we go. The good thing is that Trev and Liz are coming down to St. Thomas for a week before they head back to Saskatchewan, and Dad and Mom will also be there for the next three weeks during the gospel tent meetings.

I was reading in Luke 12 this morning, and verse 48 caught my attention especially: "Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more."