Friday, November 03, 2006

I'm sure not very good at keeping this blog up to date...lots has been going on in our lives as usual. Matthew and I just got back from a week in Alberta. We flew to Calgary and met up with my cousin Ang and her little baby girl Katelyn. We attracted a lot of attention at the airport. There we were both pushing a stroller and a cart loaded down with suitcases and car seats. People were just starring! We had such a good time and saw lots of friends and family. I must say though it is nice to be home and back in to a bit of a routine, especially for Matthew. He did pretty good travelling but was a little fussy from being dragged around all over the place. We spent the first part of the week in Calgary with my dear friend Sarah, her hubby (Greg) and boys (Riley & Liam). They were sooooo good to us - cooking & baking us such yummy food and letting us to crash at their place. We figured out it had been over three years since we'd seen each other. Riley was just a baby and I hadn't even met Liam yet so it was so special to finally get to know these little guys I'd heard so much about. They are both such cuties and so full of personality. I sure wish we lived closer...the time was way too short.

My dad came and met us in Calgary so we had a day and a half with him. We went to the mall to do a bit of shopping. He was such a good sport, pushing around both strollers so that Ang and I could have our hands free to shop. I think Matthew looks quite a bit like dad so it was fun to see the two of them side by side.

My roommate from college, Dorilee was also in the Calgary area while we were there so she came over to Sarah's for dinner one evening too. It was just a short visit but again just so good to be together. Her husband, Tim couldn't make it but she had her two kids, Caleb & Kierra with her. Caleb & Riley were quite entertaining to watch playing together.
Towards the end of the week we headed to my mom's place in Lacombe. She's lived there for just over 2 years now and I hadn't been there yet. So it was really good to be able to picture where she's living. She saw Matthew when he was born but he's grown and changed a lot since then so she was thrilled to see him again and he seemed to love her too! (I can't seem to get the pictures to upload for some reason so I'll try again later) We even made it to Three Hills where I went to bible college for 2 1/2 years and then worked in the high school dorm for 2 years after that. My Uncle Murray and Aunt Maureen live there. We just had a quick visit over dinner with them but again, it was just so good to see them.

So now we're back in to the swing of things here. We are going to be moving in less than two weeks. We are trading houses with a lady who lives just a little ways out of town. It's quite amazing how quickly it all came about. It's a five bedroom house on five acres - basically exactly what we were hoping for. God has been so good! So right now we're surrounded by boxes and a little overwhelmed with all there is to do but so excited about our new place. Now we'll have lots of room for visitors! Hope to see you all soon.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Oregon Coast

We've had a busy month. We took two weeks of holidays and travelled down the Oregon Coast with Shane & Lee (my sis & bro-in-law). We had such a good time. What a beautiful place. We only had a day and a half of rain and the rest of the time was perfect weather - not too hot, just right. We visited the Oregon Coast Aquarium, rented ATV's in the sand dunes, stayed in a yurt (a canvas sided cabin - I would highly reccomend it, if you ever get the chance), went to a big cheese factory (where Nathan got all kinds of free cheese samples), toured a few lighthouses and of course we squeezed in a bit of shopping.

It was our first big trip with Matt and he did great! As long as the vehicle was moving he was happy. Sleeping at night wasn't quite so good, we're still trying to get back into routine with that, but during the day he did great, although he was a little sick of his car seat by the end.

Since we got back, not even two weeks ago, we have been in the process of buying a new house and selling ours. It's all been happening so fast, it's quite incredible. There are still a few subjects to come off before the deal goes through for sure but so far things have been going smoothly. The house we're buying is just a few minutes out of town and on five acres, which is exactly what we've been looking for. It's so exciting but a little scary at the same time. We're just praying that if God wants us to have this place that it will all go through and if not that it won't. So needless to say, our life has been a little hectic lately.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Spindrift Lodge

This past weekend we went camping out on Babine Lake with a bunch of friends. The weather was incredible. It felt like it was July not September. We had our trailer and a few tents and a few people rented a cabin. It was so beautiful. It felt like we were on the ocean because the lake is so big. (It's the longest natural lake in B.C.) The guys spent most of the time fishing for sockeye. They brought in quite a few but not as many as they had hoped for. I went out fishing a few times and had one up to the boat but it got away. I'm sure it was the biggest of the weekend. :)

Right after we turned onto the road that leads to the lodge we saw a little black bear running into the bush. Then when we arrived at the lodge they warned us that there had been a grizzly bear spotted a few kilometers away by the creek. I had a bit of a tough time getting to sleep the first night, especially because I knew Nathan was outside in a tent. A few of us girls and Matthew stayed in the trailer and a few of the guys roughed it in the tents. But we never saw any more bears thankfully!

We went to church in Granisle on Sunday. The pastor there was my pastor in Vernon when I was little. He and his wife are such an amazing couple. They are the kind of people who make you want to be just like them. I love listening to Pastor Ed preach. He tells it like it is but in such a way that you don't feel guilty, only challenged to make changes to your life. The town of Granisle is really tiny and it's mostly a retirement community so the church is quite small and mostly older folks but such a warm and loving place to be. They have a fellowship time every Sunday after church which is something I would love to get going in our church. Maybe not every Sunday but once a month or so. Nathan's parents came out and spent the day with us on Sunday and Pastor Ed and his wife Tiena came out to visit after church too. It was a nice weekend with family and friends.

On our way home on Monday night the sunset was amazing!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Trout Creek

We went camping again this weekend at a place called Trout Creek - right along the river. A beautiful spot with only one's also right along the highway, so all night long we got to listen to vehicles flying by. But we still managed to have a good time. The weather was great and we got to do some fishing; we took turns watching Matthew and throwing in the line but both managed to get skunked. They were jumping but not biting. Next time.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Up, Up & Away...

A few months ago (when Matthew was only three weeks old) we had the opportunity to go for a helicopter ride around our beautiful valley. Nathan did some work for the pilot in exchange for a ride for four. Nathan had to do a lot of arm twisting to get me to go. Flying is not my favorite thing to do, I'd rather have both feet on the ground. I always say if God meant us to fly He would have given us wings. I kept imagining the newspaper reporting the story of this poor little baby orphaned at the age of three weeks! But I (rather unwillingly) boarded the helicopter along with Nathan, Shane & Lee and I'm so glad I did. According to the pilot it was the best day of the year to fly because there was no wind and it was a beautiful, clear sunny day. We flew right up into the glacier and then landed on top of the mountain, got out and looked at the amazing view, then carried on around the other side of the mountain. We saw some mountain goats and had a great view of the ski hill and all the cabins. It was cool to pick out our houses, lakes where we've fished etc... from way up in the sky. It was such a good reminder of how awesome our God is!

Monday, August 14, 2006

I'm so excited to finally get started on this blog. My friend Sarah has been encouraging to me to do it for quite a while so I finally sat down and started figuring out how it all works. Hopefully I can keep family and friends a little more up to date on what's happening in our lives.

As most of you know, Nathan and I had a baby boy on May21st this year. Matthew is now almost three months old. The time is flying by. He's growing and changing so much already, it's scary. I love being a mom. At first it was very overwhelming, I thought my life as I knew it was over - no more independence or freedom. But now that my hormones have calmed down a little and I've had a little time to adjust I think it's great. He's smiling lots and making cooing noises. I could just sit and watch him for hours.

We've had a busy summer so far - lots of camping, a bit of fishing, a bit of motorbiking, enjoying lots of fresh fruit and just trying to hang on to every minute of summer. We're taking our holidays in September this year. We're going to the Oregon Coast with Shane & Lee. I'm hoping Matthew will be a good traveller...could be quite the adventure!