Saturday, January 31, 2009


Yesterday was a good day. I had my parents over for "breakfast", since they had to come into town(living a 1/2 hour up the Alaska Highway from Fort St. John)and had to go into the Lab for a fasting blood test. They came for toast and coffee and we had a lovely visit. I'm treasuring each visit with my parents because life is too short not to. Then as they left to go shopping, we left to go meet our 2nd oldest son, Colin, at Tim Hortons. Again it was a great visit. Hubby left for home and I went shopping with Colin for clothing and shoes for his son, who is still living with his mom in the Lower Mainland. I LOVE shopping for my grandkids!!
He dropped me off at home after we mailed the parcel and Hubby went along with him to go buy work related stuff. They came back with the movie Fireproof for us to watch. I had stuck a chicken lasagna in the oven, had fresh crispy crust bread and a large salad ready, so we could eat supper while watching the movie.
Soooo, all that is leading up to my review on the Movie.

Fireproof is

An action-packed love story, FIREPROOF will have audiences laughing, crying, and inching toward the edge of their seats as they are drawn into the world of a firefighter, his wife ... and a marriage worth rescuing.

Cast and crew understand they are ambassadors for the film's message of hope."We don't do this so that people will pat us on the back. We do it for God's glory." ~ says Sherwood Senior Pastor Michael Catt.

I highly recommend this movie to all! I leave you with this says it all!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Then and Now

My Bother scanned and sent this pic to me. It's amazing how much both my guys have changed :)

This was taken December, 1977
George and Kevin

Kevin - taken in 2008

George - taken in 2008

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National Get Organized Month

Whew....I just finished organizing files!! I literally shredded 5 blue recycle bags full and that has taken me all week. I cannot believe I kept old utility bills and such since 1998...yikes!! So, along with getting most utility bills as e-bills now I will only be saving Tax Returns and what is pertinent for them.
I also am just about finished organizing my craft room....I'm absolutely pooped, but feeling very satisfied with my accomplishments. I get a crazy high when I'm organizing or planning something...I I anal??!!
BUT, I found I'm not alone. While browsing thru Blogs, I discovered there is actually a National Association of Professional Organizers...huh :)


This one has a rule .. you must answer with only ONE word!

Where is your cell phone? purse
Your significant other? loving
Your hair? auburn
Your mother? amazing
Your father? huggable
Your favorite thing? perfume
Your dream last night? none
Your favourite drink? coffee
Your dream/goal? artist
What room are you in? living-room
Your hobby? oil painting
Your fear? rodents
Where do you want to be in 6 years? here
Where were you last night? home
Something that you aren't? mean
Muffins? yum
Wish list item? Jaguar
Last thing you did? breakfast
What are you wearing? jammies
TV? love
Your pets? none
Friends? supportive
Your life? roller-coaster
Your mood? Content
Missing someone? YES!!
Drinking? coffee
Smoking? never
Your car? Focus
Something you're not wearing? shoes
Your favourite store? Home Sense
Your favourite colour? pink
When is the last time you cried? Tuesday
Who will resend this? someone
Where do you go to over and over? Walmart
Five people who email me regularly? Rach, Michele, Ruth, Win, Jo
My favourite place to eat? Tony Romas
Favourite place I'd like to be at right now? spa
Four people I think will respond? whoever wants to

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Quotable Quotes

No matter what anyone tells you, words and ideas can change the World
~ Robin Williams

Children reinvent your world for you.
~Susan Sarandon

Every child born into this world is a new thought of God, An ever-fresh and radiant possibility.
~Kate Douglas Wiggin

The World is mud-lisious and puddle-wonderful
~E. E. Cummings

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
~E. E. Cummings

When Life hands you lemons ~ make lemonade
~ unknown

Wordless Wednesday

You Make Me Laugh

I get a Daily Newsletter for Cross Walk, which includes You Make Me Laugh. I thought this one was so cute that I had to share :)

Emergency Flowers*

I stopped at a florist shop after work to pick up roses for my wife. As the clerk was putting the finishing touches on the bouquet, a young man burst through the door, breathlessly requesting a dozen red roses.

"I'm sorry," the clerk said. "This man just ordered our last bunch." The desperate customer turned to me and begged, "May I please have those roses?"

"What happened?" I asked. "Did you forget your wedding anniversary?"

"It's even worse than that," he confided. "I crashed my wife's hard drive!"

Monday, January 26, 2009

A Good Time was Had By All...

Both Parents enjoyed having family around them to celebrate with. Mom loves Black Forest Cake, so that's the flavor we got.

Well, I just couldn't resist throwing this pic in....that's my sis-in-law dishing up the cake and that cute little helper holding the plate of cake, is my grand daughter, Kaylie :) She loves to help and we take advantage of it while she still does so willingly :)

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom!

Mom is celebrating a Birthday today....she is now 75 years old. I admire my Mom for so many things...she birthed 10 children(that alone makes her super Mom to me), Mom has always been so incredibly happy for each of her kids when something great has come into their lives, Mom prays for each of us, Mom has been Patience personified with my Dad, who has Alzheimer's,nothing tickles Mom more than having all her family surround her on as many occasions a year as possible, Mom loves to sing...I remember many Sunday mornings hearing both parents sing together while getting ready for church....Mom is so much more to me than just "Mom"...she is also a Friend.
Mom, my wish for you is this coming year be one where the blessings outshine the hardships....I Love You!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Win a Keurig Brewing System...enter today!!

Do you love coffee? Or tea? How about Chai? Maybe some hot chocolate? What if there was a brewer that could brew all of the above. ONE brewer that did it all one glorious cup at a time.

That's what a Keurig does!

"The Platinum offers the full spectrum of features including Auto On/Off, Digital Clock, Adjustable Temperature Control and the "Set Your Favorite Cup Size" option. The largest available 60 oz. removable water reservoir holds up to ten cups before refilling and the removable drip tray allows for easy cleaning and the use of travel mugs. The sleek, award-winning design is a unique footprint among Keurig's line of home brewing systems and includes both a blue lit water reservoir and blue lit LCD display."

And Keurig is nice enough to be giving away one of their top of the line Platinum Brewing Systems on SITS (a retail value of $199.99)!!! Tiffany and Heather will be throwing in $50 towards an assortment of K-cups.

So, if you're not a coffee drinker then you can buy tea or hot chocolate. All of the K-cups are big name brands too like Celestial Seasonings, Ghirardelli, and Caribou Coffee.

First, go to Keurig's website
and look around. Learn a little more about the benefits of all of their great brewing systems and their K-cups. Come back here and leave us a comment to enter. Post about this contest on your blog and you'll earn five extra entries!!

Winner chosen January 31st.

It's Tough Being a Woman....

One thing I love to find are new Blogs. This afternoon I came across In His Grip, where Judy promotes this study tool.

Author Beth Moore says in her Study Book "Esther: It's Tough Being a Woman" " life is free of troubles, regardless of religion race, or nation........When we trust our lives to the hand and pen of an unseen but ever-present God, He will write our lives into His story and every last one of them will turn out to be a great read. With a grand ending. And not just in spite of those catastrophes. Often because of them."

The past few years have been so very tough for me and the one thing I can say for certain is that I DO NOT have control over my life and, like Beth, I am glad I can trust my life to God. I also glean enormous strength from the example of great Woman in History.

I am an avid reader and plan to order, study and add this study book to my library.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Rosey Thought

What Color Rose Should You Give for Valentine’s Day?

Article by: Denise

Wondering what color rose to give to the special people in your life? Whether you’re showering someone with a bouquet for Valentine’s Day or “just because,” this guide will show you what each color rose symbolizes.


Arguably the most popular rose color, red symbolizes love, passion, and desire — no wonder red roses are so popular for Valentine’s Day! There are tons of variations on the red rose, and the one you choose should be one that most accurately represents your feelings for that person.

Yellow roses are a popular symbol of friendship. They can also represent love between family and friends and happiness. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you can use yellow roses to express sympathy to someone in need of a little care. Along with yellow roses, other roses in this color spectrum (orange and peach) symbolize pride, or appreciation and desire, respectively.


There’s a reason white is the prime color for weddings. White roses symbolize purity, unity, and deep affection. When combined with red roses, you form a powerful bouquet of undying love and sentiment for your special someone. For a nice alternative to red roses on Valentine’s Day, consider giving a bouquet of white roses or a combination of both.


While similar in theme to red roses, pink roses are a lighter symbol of love and affection. Pink roses are perfect for a couple’s first Valentine’s Day together or as a lighthearted gesture of romance and playfulness. Combine pink and light red roses for a truly meaningful sentiment.

Learning the true symbolism behind each color rose allows you to pick the perfect bouquet for that special someone in your life and convey your emotions in a thoughtful, beautiful way. When one emotion isn’t enough, you can combine different colors to create a lasting impression on the people who are important to you in your life!

One Flaw in Women

Last fall when I went to the Women's Wellness Day, this poem was in the goodie bag handed out at the door. I just came across it again and love the message it brings.

Women in History - 1935

One Flaw in Women

Women have strengths that amaze men.
They bear hardships and they carry burdens,
but they hold happiness, love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy
and laughwhen they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in.
They stand up to injustice.They don't take "no" for an answer
when they believe there is a better solution.
They go without so their family can have.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally.They cry when their children excel
and cheer when their friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about
a birth or a wedding.
Their heart breaks when a friend dies.
They grieve at a loss of a family member,
yet they are strong when they
think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug or a kiss
can heal a broken heart.
Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you.
The heart of a woman
is what keeps the world keep turning.
They bring joy, hope and love.
They have the compassion and ideas.
They give moral support to their
family and friends.
Women have vital things to say
and everything to give.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, January 19, 2009


Since last Tuesday a progressive tickle, cough,runny nose, weakness.....well, flu symptoms have grabbed a hold on my body. Yes, I've had a flu shot, however, I have discovered that every time I have come thru a very stressful time, I lose my voice and generally fight off a massive cold. This time is no exception. My hubby has been so sweet and made it his job to make me super healthy shakes so my body has nourishment to heal.
The only thing left to do is to rest, rest, rest. Now, if you follow my Blog and/or know me, resting is something I allow myself to do, but I hurry up and get it done with so I can get on with life :)

A Dutch Give-away...

This is Hilarious because almost ALL the points made here are true of me.I grew up with #1,3, 4, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 38, 39....well, you get the grew up very Dutch and still eat, clean, "recycle" most of these's amazing!!!
You Know You're Dutch When..

1.The temperature is so low in your house that 2 sweaters is a bare minimum if you want to be remotely warm.

2.During the winter it's warmer outside than it is inside.

3.You open the freezer and are excited to find a container of ice- cream,only to open it and discover it's full of homemade soup or stamppot..

4.When looking in the fridge, you never trust that the yogurt or margarine containers contain what the label says.

5.You were green before it was popular. Why recycle when you can just reuse!

6.You have a pair a wooden shoes in your house.

7.Your china cabinet is filled with Delft.

8.You like pickled herring.

9.You've eaten oliebollen at New Years.

10.You enjoy chocolate sprinkle (hagelslag) sandwiches.

11.You have cousins who wear size 14 shoes and are over 6'4"

12.You wash and reuse plastic cups and plastic cutlery.

13.You have soup and open-faced sandwiches for Sunday lunch.

14.The most frequent phrase uttered growing up was "Turn off the lights!"

15.You get a chocolate letter every year for Christmas.

16.All the tables in your house are covered in tablecloths.

17.You like krokets.

18.You know that Vla is better than regular old pudding.

19.You drink tea with breakfast, coffee at 10 am, tea at 3 pm, and coffee again at 8 pm (with cookies or biscuits of course!)

20.You have an afghan knitted by your Oma.

21.You collect coupons like they're going out of style.

22.Your Oma had a calendar with everyone's birthdays & anniversaries spelled out in capital letters (bonus points if it hung in the bathroom!)

23.You've been known to recycle aluminum foil. And ziploc bags.

24.You own a special utensil that is only used for cutting cheese.

25.You know that Gouda is the best cheese ever.

26.You have at least 5 relatives with the same name (and somehow you always know which one is being talked about).

27.You reuse teabags.

28.When you hear all the "new ways to save energy" you yawn and say "I've been doing that all my life!"

29.You eat your sandwiches open-faced. "What?

30.You want another slice of bread? I'll make you another sandwich."

31.You rarely have both meat and cheese on the same sandwich.

32.You have never met half the relatives at your family reunion

33.You have 100 roles of toilet paper in your house because they were on sale.

34.You put a little water into the jar of tomato sauce and shake it to make sure you got it all out.

35.You have trouble shopping for hats. There should be at least two sizes: 'one size fits all' and 'dutch'.

36.You wipe the last of the butter out of the container with your bun.

37.All your cookies taste like almonds.

38.You make the bed in your hotel room.

39.You have lace on your windows but not on your underwear.

40.You like dubbel zout drops, and have occasionally tricked a friend into trying one.

41.You've put mayonnaise on your french fries.

42.Your kitchen is filled with milk bags drying, waiting to be reused in the freezer.

43.You drink Heineken out of pride.

44.You have a front room but nobody sits in it (or it's only used for special occasions).

45.You have a spoon collection.

46.Your favourite mustard comes in jars that can be reused as drinking glasses.

47.You leave a window open year round to get fresh air.

48.You eat stroop waffles.

49.You love the colour orange.

50.You have a vegetable garden because there's no way you're paying that much for veggies at the grocery store.

51.Your fridge is always stocked with leftovers. Throw out food? Never!

52.You go to the "Dutch Store" because the smell brings back so many childhood memories.

53.You have pictures of windmills around your house.

54.Everything is Do-It-Yourself - it's cheaper than hiring someone.

55.You use "washandjes" (facecloths that you can put your hand into).

56.You have to explain what 'om' and 'tante' means when you're discussing your relatives with non-Dutch people.

57.You own tea towels and oven mitts patterned with windmills and dancing women in clogs.

58.You call it "MELK" not "milk".

59.All your cousins have the same names as your brothers and sisters,because everyone is named after Oma and Opa.
And know you are Dutch when....
You're laughing along with this list because you can relate to most of it!!!!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Do the Next Thing

I found this over at Rocks In My Dryer

From an old English parsonage down by the sea
There came in the twilight a message to me;
Its quaint Saxon legend, deeply engraven,
Hath, it seems to me, teaching from Heaven.
And on through the doors the quiet words ring
Like a low inspiration: “Do the next thing.”

Many a questioning, many a fear,
Many a doubt, hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment, let down from Heaven,
Time, opportunity, and guidance are given.
Fear not tomorrows, child of the King,
Trust them with Jesus, do the next thing.

Do it immediately, do it with prayer;
Do it reliantly, casting all care;
Do it with reverence, tracing His hand
Who placed it before thee with earnest command.
Stayed on Omnipotence, safe ‘neath His wing,
Leave all results, do the next thing.

Looking for Jesus, ever serener,
Working or suffering, be thy demeanor;
In His dear presence, the rest of His calm,
The light of His countenance be thy psalm,
Strong in His faithfulness, praise and sing.
Then, as He beckons thee, do the next thing.
Author Unknown (to me)

Photo Tag

Lori from Lori's Story has tagged me with a photo tag.

First, the rules are simple. As follows:
6th Picture Meme!

1.Go to your Picture Folder on your computer or wherever you store your pictures.

2.Go to the 6th Folder, then pick the 6th picture in that folder.

3.Post that picture on your blog and the story that goes along with the picture.

4.Tag 6 other peoples that you know or don’t know to do the same thing and leave a comment on their blog or an e-mail letting them know you chose them.

Here is my picture and the story behind it:

It is Spring. The grass is finally green and I was just getting my yard set up with potted plants, the swing and outdoor decor. Since we live in Northern British Columbia, green grass and spring flowers are a huge deal to me, so I took pictures to remember the day when the long winter settles over the land :)

These are the 6 people I'm tagging:
Rach at Dutch Femke
Lael at Those Weird Homeschoolers
Pam at Pam's Ponderings
Cheryl at Life with Cheryl
Dynamic at Misadventures of the Dynamic Uno

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Hidden Treasure

Last evening we found a very precious hidden treasure.Somehow a memory stick got into our camera case and we couldn't figure out where it came from or why it was there, but obviously when seeing this pics, David put it into our camera bag by mistake. On July 16th,2006, just before coming North to work, David and his wife Karen went for a Hot Air Balloon ride. David had booked this long before he planned to come here to work. He died in a car accident September 30th, 2006. Wow....what a priceless find!

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Sweet in the Middle of Sour

I was reading thru the various devotions/newsletters I subscribe to and came across this article at I find it interesting to read of married couples faced with tough financial times and a depressed Economy, turning towards each other and moving forward as a Unit, rather than escaping the heat and splitting.

"People are rethinking divorces," said Rock. "They realize they can't even afford attorneys," much less the cost of supporting two households.

Some say the sour economy is accomplishing a moral turnaround that ministers couldn't: convincing couples to not walk away when things get tough, but rather to forgive each other and remain committed to their vows, "for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer."

Margaret Bernstein

"I've never seen a case in my 18 years of doing this where there hasn't been a reason to have hope," she said. "Through any kind of crisis, whether it's health or financial, families can grow closer and stronger."

Karin Maloney Stifler, a certified financial planner.

I find it very encouraging to read that in this time of tough Economic sour times, there is hope.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


I'm having rather a Blah day and I ran across this Meme over at Ms. L's Blog and thought, "What the heck?" If any of my boys are reading this....cover your eyes or reap the consequences..tee-hee

1. Is sex best in the morning, afternoon, or night?
I'm wondering why this really matters....but what the heck....I'll say night :P

2. On which side of the bed do you sleep?
Left side

3. Pork, beef, or chicken?
I prefer chicken over beef and beef over pork.

4. Have you ever had to pull over on the side of the road to puke?
YES, I used to get car sick in the back seat...not any more though. Mind you, I rarely sit in the back anymore anyhow.

5. What leg do you put in pants first when putting them on?

6. Candles or incense?
I love candles, although a diffuser with Aroma therapy oils is my fave.

7. Do you dance when no one is watching?
Oh makes me feel happy and free.

8. Did you play doctor when you were little?
Yes, but it never led to anything wrong *innocent batting of eyes*

9. Stove top cooking or microwave?
I use the stove top to cook and micro just to heat things.

10. Would you rather your car or your house be dirty?
House hands up north means way too much mud and dirt to realistically keep the car clean all the time.

11. Shower or bath?
a lovely bath in my jetted tub...Mmmmm

12. Do you pee in the shower?
I used to occasionally when I was pregnant and sneezed....otherwise no.

13. Mexican or Chinese food?
Both! I do eat more Chinese than Mex though.

14. Do you want someone aggressive or passive in bed?

15. Do you own sex toys?
Shhhh....don't tell anybody ;)

16. Corn dogs or hot dogs?
I don't have many of either, but I prefer hotdogs

17. Your favorite restaurant?
Tony Romas

18. What did you have for lunch today?
toast with peanut butter

19. When did you last fall down?
Would going over a cliff in a truck count?

20. Have you ever wished someone were dead?
21. Love or money?

22. Credit cards or cash?
I discovered that I need a credit card to book hotel rooms or rent a car, but I prefer cash, thank you very much!

23. Has there ever been anyone in your family you wish wasn’t?
Um....I plead the 5th.

24. Oreos or vanilla wafers?

25. How do you like your steak cooked?
Medium rare

26. How do you like your eggs cooked?
medium well

27. Have you ever knocked someone off their feet in a fight?
I have never had a physical fight

28. Would you rather go camping or to a five star hotel?
If we had a big, beautiful 5th wheel, then camp....otherwise a five star all the way!!

29. Would you rather have a root canal or minor surgery?

30. Would you shave your entire body (including your head) for money?
No, sorry.

31. Would you rather have lice or an STD? now I'm wondering who made up these questions....I wouldn't want either!

32. What’s your favorite hard candy?
mint chocolate

Monday, January 12, 2009

Angels Watchin'Over Me

Warning: The following pictures may contain content not suitable for those who are a bit squeamish about accidents. *ha*

Do you remember me talking about the wonderful steel bumper Hubby had installed on his truck. I promised pics, but I did not anticipate them to turn out like this!

The truck is totaled. I was driving and 16km north of Quesnel, going up hill., the pavement was covered with loose snow, with sheer ice underneath. There was nothing I could do to correct it when the truck started fish-tailing. G was snoozing and by the time he figured out what was happening we were going over the edge into a 150ft. Steep ravine. The truck got hung up on small trees, with the driver's side down against the snowy ground and the passenger side up in the air and against the trees. All the snow, broken glass, etc. Fell down on me, hence all my bruises and soft tissue injuries. We were there for about a 1/2 hour before a couple of government workers stopped to check out the tire tracks. By then George had found my cell phone and gotten thru to 911, after losing the call a few times because of bad reception. One of the guys came down and stayed with us until the ambulance and Search & Rescue and cops arrived. He brought me a blanket because I didn't have my jacket on and was freezing cold, my clothes were soaking wet with melted snow.

The cops and a Medic came down and once they had established George was fine, he climbed out of the truck with their help and made it up the steep incline. Then when we determined I was ok, they coached me to get out of the jammed position, get my feet up on the driver's window and slowly push myself up to the passenger window. With two cops, one on either side, they grabbed my arms and pulled me onto the window's edge. That's when I saw that we were literally hanging in the air in the trees. They slid me down the hood and then we tried to climb up the incline, but my running shoes kept giving out on the snow and with no coat or gloves I was quickly going into uncontrollable shaking. The blanket they wrapped around kept sliding of. That's when Rescue decided to send down a sled thingy and pulled me up and got me onto the stretcher and into a very warm ambulance. G told them I was Diabetic/Fibromyalgia, so the Medic checked out everything (blood sugars/pressure) I got a thorough going over and x-rays at the hospital. By the time we got to the hotel it was 6:00pm and the accident was at noon'ish...I hadn't eaten since breakfast and couldn't in case I needed surgery.

I don't remember anything of the truck flipping. I just know that God is good and we are SO grateful we still have each other.

I won't post pics of the bruising because they are too personal and I'd have to rate this as "Mature" :P
We treasure your prayers while we take a step at a time to get back on track.