Sunday, May 27, 2012


So, we have the keys.  After a bit of craziness on Friday, and a stuttering possession time, we got in.  I decided on my paint colors, ran to the city and Ian and I started the long evening of painting.  And, we got up early and painted ALL day. So thankful for the help of family and friends, with painting and kids. Auntie Andrea is *Super Auntie*!! This morning, Ian finished the last of what we wanted to paint before moving in!  Woohoo!  Now just to finish up the packing and be ready for the UHaul Saturday morning.

The forest green in now my favorite olive green.  Love it.  I nailed that color choice.  And the yellow you see...well, I chose Hampton Green, which appeared to be a perfectly green toned beige that I was so sure about.  Not so much.  I found out it was actually Hampton Yellow, with an alias. Aghh.  I could have stopped painting once I was concerned, but I figured it would change as it dried. Then I thought it will change with the second coat.  Yeah, not so much. Hampton Green??! Pffft.  Well, life goes on, I'll get over it.

It's getting so exciting.  After feeling so overwhelmed on Friday, then having so much help and being at the point we are at tonight - well, I feel so hopeful that I won't lose my sanity during this moving and settling process.  I am so blessed.  Must go pack....

Sunday, May 20, 2012

packing and fishing

More packing has been done, thanks to lots of help.  I really can't wait till this is all done and we are resettled.  Perpective is getting difficult.  So after naps today it was time to bring out the canoe and cheer up a bit.
 And do some fishing.

 And try to take pictures of snack breaks together.  The little monkey grabbed my banana and went for it right when I snapped (and she had her own in her other hand.)

 They beg to go fishing, but there is always a whole lot more exploring and playing than fishing.
 Neve and I entertain each other.  Mostly she entertains me.

Back home for a late supper of fresh fish and kale chips.  Yum.  Tomorrow its back to packing :)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Garden visit

We were invited to plant the garden at the soon-to-be our acreage.  Lovely - lovely evening, lovely kids, lovely place.  And so our excitement builds.  Just over a week to go...

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Beautiful Promises

I'm listening to Ian read a bedtime story to the kids in an:  Australian accent, sing song voice, unidentified accent, loud singing...  Which is why the kids often ask me to read to them.  Getting them to agree to Ian reading involves some promising involving the phrase "normal voice."  This promise is always broken.  In good fun.

Kellen asked on the way home from our bike ride to the beach, why would God kill the baby bird?  I told him, as we looked at the little blue crushed egg on the sidewalk, that it was an accident, that the wind maybe made the egg fall out of its nest.  Well, God did it then, he told me, because God controls the wind.  So, I decided to be honest and tell him its hard for me to understand all the time, but I promised him that God is good and God loves us and He's there all the time, and maybe when he's older he'll be able to understand (or accept) how with such a good God there are bad things that happen.

Its good to have time to just be these days and breathe quietly at the beach, because stressful feeling are building.  The crazy busy time is approaching rapidly.  I told Ian its time to get into panic mode, staying up late and getting things done already.  Part of the stress in knowing how much work is coming up during this transition but at times it feels like more than that too.  I feel I'm second guessing myself and then I realize my faith in the One who has been leading us and who holds the future is seeming blurry.  So I remind myself to trust.  See the little promises. 

A phone call from a new friend and finding out what close neighbours we'll be and I feel excitement about the commonalities and the support. 

Snow waiting for us to take him home.

The kids love to visit him.  Kellen wanted to scrapbook pictures of Snow today, so I helped him on the digital scrapbook program put in a picture, and typed in the story he told me of his "new best friend."  Beautiful.