Monthly Archives: March 2009

Month: March 2009 Every day’s a celebration

I’m seeking to carry on this birthday celebration for as long as I can.  Why, I just might even name this blog: The Birthday Celebration Blog!  But I doubt it.  I mean, I think after a while, it would be rather boring to read about someone dancing day after day bcz she loves that she turned *50* — an age she never thought she’d be — and lives to write about it — or writes to live about it. Some of the sweet things that Spring brings each year — I know, besides my birthday — are other’s birthdays.  And this year I have had the great privilege of sharing my birthday celebration with my dear mother-in-law.  What a gift she is and has been to me all these many years!  So, it was with great joy and anticipation that we celebrated our birthdays on Friday night.  It was all continue reading

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Month: March 2009 30 Favourite Things #22

There has been quite a variety of experiences or special things in this collection of “30 favourite things” — life changing or life-impacting things during my fiftieth year.  When I first began writing these entries, I obviously didn’t have a specific plan or order of importance in the posting of these things.  They’ve just sort of unfolded — not necessarily even in order of thought… I’ve just written about what’s come to mind on any given day.   To have our boy, Timothy, be called to be a missionary was not a surprise to me.  I’ve known all his life that God had a work and a purpose for this boy’s life and therefore, it’s been a bittersweet thing to always know that he would be serving in places I’ll likely never see, experiencing things I never have nor will ever experience — and humbly I say, receiving a sort continue reading

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Month: March 2009 So, I made it… and here are some photos…

The Fiftieth Birthday… goes on and on…      It was a wonderful day!  In the first photo, I was having a cup of coffee at the Useless Bay Coffee company!  Yes!  Wes took me and his dear mother on the ferry to Langley where we enjoyed a mocha and a ginger-pear scone!  It was perfect and that mocha was the *best* I’ve ever had!  ;o)  Then, the next photo is the first of a few birthday desserts!  This is a torte that Kathryn made — with Irish Creme Mousse and Ganache fillings.  It was so yummy!!  I have been saying that had I known 50 would be so sweet, I would have wished to get here sooner!!        On the morning of my 50th birthday, our daughters, Kathryn & Hannah (with their helpers Naomi & Amelia) prepared a lovely tea party for me and my mother and continue reading

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Month: March 2009 So, I made it.

Like I’ve been saying, I never thought I’d live this long.  I’m so glad I was wrong about that and am so grateful to God that He’s given me the life and family He has.  I’m grateful for the opportunity of my life.  I so want it to mean something and in the end I want it to have been lived well.  So, today’s been a sweet day — I’ll post some details and photos soon — but it’s late now and I’m just spending a bit of time reflecting on all that’s happened. It’s really been a wonderful day… a wonderful, wonderful day week of celebrating in many ways the many things this birthday means to me. But for now, I’ll just have to dream about all these wonderful things as I drift off to sleep… finally fifty… and I’ll have to dream about what the Lord might have continue reading

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Month: March 2009 30 Favourite Things #21

  It’s getting harder to decide which memory or which favourite event to share in this list of “30 Favourite Things of my Fiftieth Year.”  I was thinking today that one thing I’m so thankful for in this past year is the realization that time is passing — time has passed.  And so, one of my favourite things has been the many times I’ve realized that I might never do this or that thing again and so I’ve made a concerted effort to do things – to live intentionally instead of by default.  I remember some years ago that my mother remarked about an elderly aunt:  She’s always so upbeat, always so eager for the day.  I consider that fairly often, actually.  That’s not who or how I am by nature — eager.  No — But that’s just what I want to be, that’s how I want to be or continue reading

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Month: March 2009 30 Favourite Things #20

  In all my life, my greatest gift has been faith and salvation in Jesus Christ the Lord.  And in our marriage,  in our family – parenting – life work… we are humbled at the mercy of God… the greatest gift — the greatest joy — is walking with Him and knowing our children walk in Truth.   That they, too learn to walk in faith is answer to prayers — many prayers for each of them from birth.  Answered prayer, each having received the gift of salvation in the Lord Jesus.  The baptisms pictured below are of four of our children… to the Praise and Glory of God. samuel josiah Wes had the privilege and joy of baptizing them this past summer at the Believer’s conference north of Deer Lake in Eastern Washington.  The first photo is Samuel (was 18 at the time) and then Stephen (15) and then Joseph continue reading

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Month: March 2009 American Tea Party

American Tea Party Song – Lloyd Marcus The lyrics, copyright Zephyrus Music, are: Mr President! Your stimulus is sure to bust Its just a socialistic scheme The only thing it will do Is kill the American Dream You wanna take from achievers Somehow you think that’s fair. And redistribute to those folks Who won’t get out of their easy chair. We’re havin’ a tea party across this land If you love this country Come on and join our band We’re standin’ up for freedom and liberty Cause patriots have shown us freedom ain’t free So when they call you a racist cause you disagree It just another of their dirty tricks to silence you and me. I believe in the Constitution and all it stands for. Anyone who tramples it should be booted out the door. We’re havin’ a tea party across this land If you love this country Come continue reading

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Month: March 2009 30 Favourite Things #19

Truly, the best cup of coffee I’ve ever had… I guess it was so good that it was worth waiting 50 years. :o)   Wes took me to the Useless Bay Coffee Co. for that unforgettable, delicious cup of coffee and a scone, too. Though the weather was stormy, the shops were lovely, the atmosphere was delightful, and the ferry ride to Langley was just perfect, too — but not as delicious as that cup of coffee!  So… definitely a favourite memory from this past year, number 19:  a mocha from the Useless Bay Coffee Co.

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Month: March 2009 30 Favourite Things #18

  We have a tradition in our family that began with our firstborn son, Daniel, and we’ve carried it on through the years.  Amazingly.  Well – I say amazingly bcz it truly is amazing to me that not only did we set about doing this same thing or carrying on this tradition, but that we’ve been able to do it each time an eighteenth birthday comes along. I smile at the coincidence this entry being blog post #18 of 30 Favourite Things from my fiftieth year. Twelve or thirteen years ago, before our son, Daniel, turned eighteen, we talked about what we would do to celebrate his eighteenth birthday.  We talked about what we’d do – where we’d go and how we’d commemorate his birthday and completion of school.  So, we chose what we thought was a very special and very unique place to take him for dinner.  Since the continue reading

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