Sunday, September 19, 2010

Some favourite photos....Just thought I'd add in some photos of those I love and adore!

my ever sarcastic, speaks his mind, whether you wanted his advice or not, husband!

This was our first night meeting Alli & Shane.  That day will always be precious to my family.

Alli & Shane

My beautiful sister, mum & ella as a wee baby!

My youngest brother Boyd with ella as a baby.

Connor, Meaghan, Jack, Sam & Ben

my dad in his old red ford truck!

Ella looking so beautiful in her little coat from Sweden (thanks Linda) wearing her pretty fairisle hat.

My kids looking so young...

Ella wearing her cloth diapers...she was sooo cuddly!

Here she is crawling around in her big cloth diapered bum!

Ben & Sam at the company picnic a few years ago.

Sam looking sooo cute waiting around to play baseball.

Our new kitty Callum.

Jack & ella drinking hot chocolate by the fire.

Jack may years ago now brushing his teeth.

Martha's Birthday

Ella with tea in her cheeks

Sharon's 50th

Ben out witting Shane!

Alli's Birthday!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Weeding My Garden!

There is something about weeding your garden that allows your mind and your spirit to wander into deeper places.  The simplicity of weeding is what makes it so profound.  I used to sneak to my old church and weed the garden.  Either on the nights we would meet to pray...all 3 or 4 of us or when I would take Ella and her friend over to play on the swings.  I always felt I was doing something more profound than just weeding, I was removing strongholds on our church.

So strangely enough, this past spring and summer I stopped weeding my own garden!  I had given up on some things in my life thinking it was better to let it down than to continue to struggle.  Weeding which can be quite the mundane task, always gave me peace, gave me pleasure, allowed me to warfare against the enemy which steals in, robbing us of our peace, our faith, our family unit, whatever you may hold precious.

At a recent prayer meeting with an amazing group of people....I realized the significance of my despair. The place where we met was a place where love and nurturing was evident all around.  It said welcome and it also said I take care of my land!   When I had proclaimed "I didn't care anymore" it allowed a breech, a foxhole, a rathole to enter into my territory, my land! 

Today I reclaimed my land!!!!  I took back some ground by yanking out some nasty weeds out of my garden.  Even though, others may not care, even though all around me negativity may mutter...I will stand my ground as a child of God!  I am picking up my sword, putting on my armour and protecting my ground, my family, those I love near and afar!