Friday, September 19, 2014

The Prequel

Several have asked why we decided to get a dog. There are several reasons, but the main thrust of the decision happened one sunny afternoon when the following four pages were delivered to Daddy as he arrived home from work:

And the name has been chosen: This is "Sam." (coming home September 29th . . . all helpful puppy-training advice readily accepted!)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Another Reason to Love Kijiji

With our move, we have sold a lot of stuff on Kijiji.
For our new house, we have picked up some really nice stuff on Kijiji.
I think the following may be my favourite.
I posted a "WANTED" ad for birch branches! I asked if anyone had trees they might be trimming or cutting would consider offering me a few limbs/branches for decorating in my house.  A fine gentleman from Salisbury replied to my ad within a few days, offering free branches. We set up a time to meet.
On the day of the birch branch collecting, the kids and I loaded into the van. Upon our arrival, we were greeted like old friends and invited to the back of their lot. Our hosts fired up the chainsaw and went to the task of sawing down trees, measuring, and cutting desired lengths. Andrew got to use a hatchet a bit. All the kids helped to pull the branches out of the wooded area and to load them into the van.
Because we had had a lot of rain, everything was wet. We left the branches out to dry for a few weeks. Then we stripped leaves and removed undesired twigs. And now we have beautiful natural d├ęcor both at our entryway and in our living room. I am very pleased with the outcome!
Thank you, kind Kijiji friends!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Piano Lessons

Since arriving in Moncton, Abby has really upped her piano practicing.  Here is a little peek at her progress:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

First Day of School 2014-2015

Andrew, Grade 6, Birchmount Elementary: Mme Olivier
Be strong and very brave. Make sure you obey the whole law... Do not turn away from it to the right or the left. Then you will have success everywhere you go. Here is what I am commanding you to do. Be strong and brave. Do not be terrified. Do not lose hope. I am the Lord your God. I will be with you everywhere you go. Joshua 1:7&9
Ethan, Grade 5, Moncton Christian Academy: Mrs. Lewis
May more and more grace and peace be given to you. May they come to you as you learn more about God and about Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1:2

Abby, Grade 3, Birchmount Elementary: Mme Laporte

You will be children of God without fault in a sinful and evil world. Among the people of the world you shine like stars in the heavens. You shine as you hold out to them the word of life. Phil 2:15b-16a

Jadon, Grade 2, Birchmount Elementary: Mrs. Chalk (What a great name for a teacher!)
Christ has set us free. He wants us to enjoy freedom. So I say, live by the Holy Spirit’s power. Then you will not do what your sinful nature wants you to do....the fruit the Holy Spirit produces is love, joy and peace. It is being patient, kind and good. It is being faithful and gentle and having control of oneself. Galatians 5:1, 16, 22-23