Friday, September 21, 2007


I don't have any new pictures to put on as we seem to always forget our camera when we're out and about. Sorry about that.

We've been having a great fall. Ana is well on her way to enjoying kindergarten! I spent the morning there yesterday with Zac. He kept wanting to leave but Ana loved it that I was there. She was nervous this week about not being able to write her numbers or letters very well but her teacher hopefully reassured her that school is for learning, not for already knowing everything!

Today is the first of many Pro D days. The neighbour kids are dancing to a kids worship dvd and generally creating mayhem in the house but I'd rather them here then watching Bratz over at someone else's! It'll be outside time when the level of screams gets to high for me to handle.

Last night we hosted a great woman from Williams Lake. She is speaking on TREK and is such an amazing woman who listens to God a lot. I love her tons. We had a great time this morning sharing and praying together. This is the kind of stuff that is too far and few between in my life. There is something about talking about Jesus with others who love him. It brings you closer, even for just a while, to the heart of God and you remember again how much he loves you. Remember it in your heart - not just your mind. Thanks Esther!

Some of you know that I enjoy writing. I've been practicing at writing a novel in my spare time and have been trying to spend at least a bit of time every day at the computer pounding out scenes. It may seem futile but I find that it gives my mind some much needed stimulation.

So here is something that I wrote a while back about autumn. It's just a paragraph but thought I'd take the plunge on posting it.


There was a chill on the breeze as summer waned and autumn rose in majesty around us. I lifted my chin slightly enjoying the feel of the wind as it played across my skin. It was not quite dusk and the birds were still aloft, singing, as the evening sun filtered through the trees, a play of orange beams adorning the path before me. The air was ripe with the smell of fresh cut grain and sun and the maples at the edge of the forest were wild with colour, bright orange and fiery red. I always felt that the beauty of autumn was natures way of celebrating the end of harvest, a congratulation on completion of the years most exhausting toil.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

First Days

This past week marked a lot of firsts for us. The first day of kindergarten, the first whole week without Ana at home for three hours, the first mornings for Zac to play alone, the first days of Sam riding his bike to work!!

Ana has done very well at kindergarten. She was so nervous at first, especially about recess but is getting more comfortable every day. She loves her teacher and her work sheets and is already learning lots of stuff.

We have done little things to make it better. For instance - recess has been very hard. The school is somewhat on the small side but even so it is daunting for Ana to be let out with all the big kids. The first two days she just walked around by herself and came home very upset with how scary recess was. So that night we prayed and also made a plan together to ask her teacher to walk out with her and also to ask one of the other girls in the class if she would like to play. It worked wonderfully. That day I asked Miranda if she would like to play with Ana at recess. She was excited to say yes - but only if Ana was 5 because she was 5 and only played with other girls who were 5. Thank goodness Ana is 5!! When Ana got into the car later that morning she said "Recess was great!" We talked about how Jesus had already answered her prayers for a friend at recess. (So far Ana is not to sure about praying because she can't see Jesus who she is praying to but we're working on that.)

Zac has been lonely for his big sister but is finding things to do. He has a morning ritual after we get home from dropping Ana off at school. He sits on the couch and is allowed a special snack and juice box - the same one that Ana took in her lunch bag. He can't wait for snack time! There is also still one neighbour friend who doesn't go to school so he plays outside for some of the morning.

I on the other hand have been loving this time with only one child at home. I can get lots done and it is fun to go shopping with Zachary and have special conversations, just the two of us. After my initial nervousness about school (I'm sure I was worse than Ana) I have learned to love dropping her off knowing that she is growing more independant and sure of herself every day. What a feeling!

Anyway, that is probably all for now. We are having an Indian Summer, it was 27 degrees yesterday and promises to be even hotter today so I'm sure we'll spend some time outside in the little pool this afternoon.