Monday, May 31, 2010

Playing at the beach

Pin It Yesterday we took the kids to the beach and the local lake in between rain storms. We weren't there for very long but it was fun :).

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010

Happy Birthday Douglas!

Pin It Today my love turned 36 years old.

We had a pretty mellow day and "partied it up" with the kids for fun.

When I went to help the boys get ready for school first thing this morning I reminded them that they could give daddy his birthday presents once they were dressed.  Aiden jumped up and said

" OH YA! It's dad's birthday! I've got to go wake him up because he wouldn't want to stay in bed on his birthday!!"

 The thing you need to know about my husband is that he is a hard-core night-owl. There is not even a smidgeon of "morning person" in him. He essentially hates morning with every fiber of his being.

I am fairly certain that being allowed to sleep until noon would have been the very best birthday gift ever.

But instead he got woken up by three adoring children... and he did a valiant job of looking awake :)

I took the kids shopping and let them choose their own gifts for daddy... but I wouldn't let them buy him toys because that is what they bought him last year :).  Of course they took the gifts out of the gift bag before Doug even got a chance to open them... they were far too excited to wait for him to get a move on!

Owen chose a Mario Bros. t-shirt and a Batman singing card.

Aiden chose a Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 t-shirt... which is apparently a video game... and one Doug doesn't play. But Aiden loved that it was army themed. He also chose a bizarre singing card.

Olivia chose a swimsuit with flowers on it and- of course- a girlie card with a pink envelope.

The kids decided on an ice-cream cake and Olivia decided on the pink candles.

And then Olivia needed to repeatedly blow out the candles on her piece of cake.

And all of that? Is one of the many reasons why I think my husband is wonderful... he is such a good sport and actually loves what the kids get him just because they picked it out themselves and he is content to eat ice cream cake with the kids and watch a dvd with me instead of having a party...
even though he is a total extrovert and probably would have loved a big birthday bash.

I love you Doug... happy birthday!

Bonhoeffer *guest review by my husband*

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Book Description

From the New York Times bestselling author of Amazing Grace, a groundbreaking biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the greatest heroes of the twentieth century, the man who stood up to Hitler.

A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism.

After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double-agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the F├╝hrer, and was hanged in Flossenberg concentration camp at age 39. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the 20th century.

Bonhoeffer presents a profoundly orthodox Christian theologian whose faith led him to boldly confront the greatest evil of the 20th century, and uncovers never-before-revealed facts, including the story of his passionate romance.


So Tara asked me to read this book and tell her (or all of you, her loyal readers) what I thought of the book.  I enjoyed the book greatly.  It's been sitting in the back of my mind for some time.

Most of us do not face the kind of things that Bonhoeffer did.  He faced decisions that would challenge anyone.  One of the quotes in the book (it's also on the back cover) is this:

"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless.  Not to speak is to speak.  Not to act is to act."

I had heard this thought before.  However, it was a challenge to think about what that meant with the circumstances that Bonhoeffer faced.  We have the luxury of hindsight.  The details of all the Third Reich were doing were not widely available to the general German populace.  These were after all their countrymen, at what point does a Pastor become an enemy of the state?  At what point does a Christian not only begin active deception but begin to plot an assassination?  How do you show Christ's love in such a chaotic time?  

I was challenged by the effort made by Bonhoeffer to write and to study.  He last book published in his lifetime was "Das Gebetbook der Bibel" (The Prayerbook of the Bible).  To publish a book that spoke of the centrality of the Old Testament to the church was a rebuke at the Nazi attempt to undermine and delete anything of Jewish origin.

I really enjoyed the book and found it challenging to my life and faith.  I highly recommend it.

I review for BookSneeze

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wedding Dress Blog Tour

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My dear friend (and fellow Pastor's Wife) Shasher is hosting a Wedding Dress Blog Tour and she very sweetly asked me to join in and I thought it sounded like fun. :)

Doug and I got married on July 31, 1999... almost 11 years ago! We got married in beautiful White Rock, BC, honeymooned on Salt Spring Island, BC and then lived in Regina, Saskatchewan so I could finish up my degree... and have moved many times since.

I really liked my wedding dress... but I must admit I did not passionately LOVE it. I got it for a fabulous price and that was the main reason I bought it. Don't get me wrong- I was very happy with it. But in my mind I had always imagined a more flowey-hippieish type dress for my wedding... you know, flowers in the hair, barefoot on the beach type thing. However all the dresses I found like that were hundreds of dollars more than I could afford. But I figured as long as I was married at the end of the day I was good to go. The details weren't really all that important to me!

I wore my dress all day... all the way to our honeymoon destination. I figured since I only got to wear it once I might as well make the best of it! I wore it on the ferry from Vancouver to Vancouver Island and we got invited up to the bridge to drive the boat with the captain because of it! Little kids kept walking past me pointing and saying "LOOK! There's a BRIDE!". It was darn cute.

There are two questions to answer for the wedding dress tour...

1. Why did I keep it?

I think it just never occurred to me NOT to keep it. I have kept it elegantly displayed folded up and shoved in a moving box for the past decade. It has stains on it because I never bothered to get it dry cleaned... we just didn't have the $100 to do that during our first year of marriage and then I forgot all about it! I did take it out and wear it once more for a "wedding dress party" that some friends of mine had... about 2 years after I got married and before I had kids. It fit perfectly still and it was great fun to hang out with my friends all wearing their dresses too.

I took it out of the box today and here it is in all of its wrinkled glory...

2. Why didn't I sell it?

Honestly it never occurred to me. I can't imagine anyone wanting to purchase it now since it isn't exactly the height of current fashion. I think I probably would have been more likely to give it away to someone who needed it. I didn't want to give it to some thrift store or something though. I think I will keep it and let my daughter play dress up with it if she ever wants to.

When I took it out this morning she was very impressed with my "princess dress" and "princess hat" (aka veil) and asked me to put it on... I told her it didn't fit anymore but she didn't care. So here we are in our princess dresses... and no... mine is not done up on the back. Not even close. But I am impressed I could even get it on at all!!

So there you have it folks... the story of my wedding dress. What about you? Did you keep your dress?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

And the fence came down...

Pin It I can't tell you what a relief it is to be back online!!

I am a total addict.

And I think I'm ok with that.

Anyway, yesterday we had a huge storm here and it managed to knock down the fence in our back yard. We live in a duplex so today my husband and the guy who lives next door took the fence apart so the kids wouldn't get hurt on it. We are renting so thankfully it is not up to us to fix it... because we totally couldn't afford to anyway.

One funny thing about us and our neighbours... my husband is a pastor... and so is the guy next door. It is especially funny considering how very small our town is... what are the odds that two of the pastors in town would both be living in the same duplex? But hey, it is great for us because our kids always have someone to play with- they have 4 kiddos (and one on the way) who are around our kids' ages. And the mom over there? Is supermom. Seriously. She is about to have FIVE children and she homeschools and hangs all her laundry to dry on the line and is a pastor's wife and she full on baked cookies today and brought us a plate of them.


Not so much did I bake cookies today.

Anyway... here are the men dismantling the fence...

And yes... our three kids, their 4 kids and several neighbour kids were all playing in the yards during the whole thing.  Good times. :)

Monday, May 24, 2010


Pin It So we are currently on day 2 of no-internet-access from our house... my husband and I are currently parked outside the closed local library using their unsecured network... apparently we can't survive two whole days without internet.

It is a holiday here in Canada so we can't even get it fixed until tomorrow.

So very sad.

So if you don't hear from me... it is not because I am ignoring you.

And it is pouring rain outside and my kids are not pleased. Three unhappy kids with no internet access. What a fabulous holiday.

Please God let the internet come back!!
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