Sunday, May 31, 2009

Huff & Puff & Blow Your House Down

We've just had a couple of days where the wind has howled and blown so hard our house shook like we were in an earthquake!! Friday night I kept waking up as huge gusts would shake and rattle our place. Things literally got "blown away". Hubby went for his walk in Fish Creek Park and trees were toppled over the trails. Today is calm.

Friday, May 29, 2009

A Very Unexpected Result.... my Google search.I was directed to Tacoma Daily and I guess because of our last name and David having worked for the Abbotsford News, where his Obituary appeared in, it took me here. Now, I don't believe in coincidences, but this is almost "spooky". However, I would have dissolved in a puddle not many months ago, but this article, though a shock to unexpecticly come across, was strangely comforting....almost like David reached out to say "hi" :)Just look at that big smile!
WILLEBOORDSE, David George Saturday, 30 Sep 2006 Abbotsford News
Abbotsford, BC David George
Aug. 13, 1981 - Sept. 30, 2006
On August 13, 1981 a third son was born to Faye and George Willeboordse. David George Willeboordse arrived – a huge gift to his family – he weighed 9lbs – 13ozs. On September 30, 2006 David's life was cut short by a tragic accident in Langley, B.C.
David was born in Williams Lake, B.C. Shortly thereafter his family moved to Salmon Arm and lived in various places in B.C. Including Merritt, Surrey and Abbotsford as he was growing up. The last 13 years he was a resident of Abbotsford, B.C. In the last two months of his life, David began a new job in Ft. St. John, B.C and was staying there with his family while in the process of moving and beginning a new life there with his wife.
In the fall of 2002 David met a beautiful young lady, Karen Gurney and she fast became the love of his life. They were married on May 14, 2005. David and Karen were excited about a new beginning in Ft. St. John living closer to David's family.
Even at an early age "happiness" and "comedian" were words that defined David. Laughter followed him wherever he went. He liked nothing better than a good joke or a playful tease to those he knew and loved. Everyone loved David. He was a loving husband, son and brother, a great friend and a 'favorite' uncle. Growing through his teenage and young adult life, David developed Godly character which was displayed in his loyalty and love to those around him. He is known for his caring ways, his soft shoulder and his incredible ability to bring encouragement to those who needed it. David loved God with his whole life. He appreciated all that God made and was especially enthralled with the beauty of God's creation.
David's passion was people and his heart went out to those who were less fortunate than himself. One of the many highlights of his life was the opportunity to meet the King of Ghana, Africa, and then participate in a missions trip to his country. He would have loved to share in many more 'mission' experiences.
David is survived by his wife, Karen; his parents, Faye and George Willeboordse of Fort. St. John; his brothers, Kevin (Jodie) of Fort. St. John and Colin of Abbotsford; his grandparents, Sid and Joanne Miedema of Fort. St. John and Leunis and Julie Willeboordse of Abbotsford; his nephew and niece, Tyson and Kaylie. David will be greatly missed by numerous aunts, uncles cousins and friends.
Memorial service for David will be held at Heritage Alliance Church, 3440 Mt. Lehman Road, Abbotsford on Friday, October 6, 2006 at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

This & That

The past couple of days have brought spring rain. That rain, followed by today's sunshine, has caused the grass to be greener, the flowers to turn their faces to the sun and "smile". It also clears away the "funk" I've been in.
We're taking off to have lunch with my parents too. We have a new baby girl in the nephew and his wife have a baby girl named Kylie and my parents can't wait to see the pictures :) They live in Ontario, and Mom wishes she could go snuggle their wee great-grand. For now, pictures will have to do :)
Meet: Kylie McKenna - 6lbs.10oz.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Life is a Gift

This is something we should all read at least once a week


1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone...

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret,you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful,beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19.. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's,we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

Sunday, May 24, 2009

It's Bloomin' Weather


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I thought I'd just post this Collage to show you the lovely planters I just did this weekend. We also planted a couple shrubs and Hubby finished off the ground underneath the bird feeder with broken brick and then laid some topsoil and seed around the garbage bin slabs. I added the two rectangular planters just to finish off the look. We finished this all off this aft and now it's nicely raining. A job well done :)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Nice Weather

It looks like Mother Nature has gotten all the snow out of her system and now we're into lovely sunny, warmer days. It's supposed to be up to 16c, but it feels far warmer in the sun. Hubby has spent time mowing the lawn and doing some clean-up that he hadn't gotten to yet.
So, it's the Memorial Day long weekend for all my American frinds. I have a sister who lives in Washington State and she keeps me up on the different holiday weekends. I'm wishing everyone a wonderful, safe, hot weekend!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Before and After


Remember the post I wrote, "A Tale about..."? Well, here is Wee Black Car after the surgury to fix her nose, teeth and ribs. Doesn't she look so pretty now?? :)

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

From this surprise snowfall....

To this staining project....

Back to this scene....

to today...

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Lovely Blog Award

I have been awarded this wonderful, lovely blog award from Frugal Southern Mom
Thank you so much! I am very honored as this is my first award!
Here are the rules:
1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.
2) Pass the award to other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
I will be passing this award to:
Back Seat Bikermomma
Pretty Sandy Feet
Studio D
In His Hands

Monday, May 18, 2009

The Man in a Boy's Body

The average age of the military man is 19 years. He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's, but he has never collected unemployment either.

He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student , pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a 155mm howitzer..

He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark.
He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.
He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional..
He can march until he is told to stop, or stop until he is told to march.

He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient.
He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry. He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.

If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low. He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands. He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job. He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all. He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime.

He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed. He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away ' those
around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home , he defends their right to be disrespectful..
Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great- grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy.
He is the CANADIAN Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.

He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding. Remember him, always, for he has earned our
respect and admiration with his blood.

And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so. As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot....A short lull, a little shade and a picture of loved ones in their helmets.

'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.'

When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our troops in Afghanistan , sailors on ships, and airmen in the air, and for those in Iraq , Afghanistan and all foreign countries.
Of all the gifts you could give a CANADIAN Airman, Soldier,
Coastguardsman, Marine,
or Sailor, prayer is the very best one.

Still Freezing

Look at this big Icicle hanging from the eves-trough!! This was taken at 1:30pm, so you can imagine why it's still hanging there and hasn't dripped away...yup, it's freezing out there!! More snow predicted. All those fragile new leaves and blooms are suffering.

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

You know you're a Redneck when....

you are camping in this weather!!!What a kick-off to the camping season!! Yuck!



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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Wind, snow,hail...

I'm it spring, summer, fall or winter? It rained, snowed, hailed...all of it blew in on a cold wind. Oh....and now the sun is shining!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wordless Wednesday



Our Sister-in-Law owns a Carpet Cleaning business and we had her come over to clean the carpet and furniture.....a nice Spring fresh-up :)

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Such a Helpful Son

Here my oldest son is, dragging the old truck canopy and the garbage that accumulated beside the shed and loading it onto his utility trailer, to take that along with his old shed, to the dump. Thanks are amazing :)



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Thought I'd just share this wicked surprise that came howling in with the wind last night and is still blowing in. Not a funny Spring surprise at all!! There are just some surprises I can live without and this is one of them...up there is the same category as a root canal :P

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

It's here!! The weekend that set apart exclusively for Mothers. Tomorrow is officially M-Day, but I know that so many families take this weekend to plant flowers and just enjoy activities celebrating Mom.I wish all you Mothers out there a very special weekend :)

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Shed Arrives

What an exciting day for Hubby. Finally his shed arrives and he can organize to his heart's content :)I admit, it'll be nice to have easier access to things.





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