Friday, August 22, 2008

This is What I Know....

I will be 46 next Tuesday.
After 46 years this is what I know...
  • blueberries make me shudder
  • frogs make me freak
  • bottle feeding a baby giraffe is not easy
  • Disneyland really is the happiest place on earth
  • I can tell you what html is
  • I was born to create things
  • I adore my computer
  • without a doubt, geocaching is the best hobby in the world
  • scrapbooking is a close second
  • I love living in the country
  • I hate deactivated roads
  • hiking in the woods is incredible
  • driving in the woods, at night, makes me stop talking
  • I love my Mapbooks (yes they are mine, not Tony's)
  • the GPS is the best invention since the telephone
  • the difference between horns and antlers
  • I cannot sleep without a blanket over my ear
  • 1 am is my favourite time of the day
  • old dogs CAN learn new tricks
  • My parents raised me right
  • no one has better cousins, uncles or aunts than me (OK that's a little biased)
  • I have the most wonderful friends
  • God's peace is miraculous
  • My daughters are amazing
  • My husband loves me unconditionally (while knowing all these wierd things about me)
  • I love how my Creator designed me to be uniquely Me

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful

I know that full well.
Psalm 139:13 &14

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Perfect Holiday

I just came back from my vacation. 8 days on the shores of Shuswap Lake. The weather wasn't the greatest, between the wind and the rain we managed to get a sunny break here and there, the cost of our campsite went up, the store ran out of icecream, the trains were as loud as ever and we even got a flat tire on the way there.

You know what? It was the best holiday.

Not one of those things mattered because what mattered the most was the people who were there with us.

I came home thinking that

God has given me the best
family in the world.
We laughed together, ate together, fished together and laughed some more.
We geocached, watched movies, did a puzzle and went for long walks. I watched my girls as they bonded with their friends and I tried my best to capture it all through my camera.
I loved watching my husband tease "the boys" and I got caught up with my sisters-in-law (they really are special ladies).

My nieces and nephews are just too fun for words...there was hardly a moment that we weren't entertained.
I marvelled as my parents opened their hearts (and their trailer) to all their granddaughters' friends. Their hospitality knows no bounds.

And my mother-in-law mothered them all,
as only she can do, with food, bandaids,
dry towels
and wisdom.

I've always known that's it's not what you do that is important but who you are with. And who I was with made my holiday perfect.

(Justine, Jenna, Graham, Eleah, Maggie, Me, James & Karlee)