Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween

Well, I woke up this morning and what was I greeted by but SNOW! AHHH!, at least it is too wet and won't stay around for long. It just wouldn't be Halloween in Winnipeg without snow. I kind of think we can do without it yet though. As for Halloween, the kids look forward to getting dressed up and trick or treating with Grandpa each year and the Halloween parties & candy they have at school. I, myself, am a christian and have no convictions against my kids celebrating Halloween. Infact, I've been reading several different peoples blogs decribing their beliefs , both pro & con, and have been wrestling with the debate of is it good or bad. Although I agree with many of them and can see where both sides are coming from I tend to really like how one person put it into perspective when they wrote "The devil doesn't have any days, rather, This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!" I guess the challenge is our intent. As christians, we live in this world but are not of this world and we can use Halloween as an opportunity to go amongst the people and be witnesses for God. One site that I found very interesting and thought you may be interested in, especially if you are wondering 'How can I use Halloween to focus on God and be a witness for Him?' is this -

Halloween: A Christian Perspective at Peggie's Place!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Let Me Rephrase That...

Apparently I have a habit of putting my foot in my mouth unintentionally and it has been brought to my attention, recently, that I said something that offended another person. So I got to thinking that something I mentioned earlier in my blog may have offended someone. I hope not, but please let me apologize if it did. I said that I wanted to attend a church that was "more charasmatic". I was in no way judging anybody's methods of worship or beliefs. Rather, I personally would feel more "at home" where I can feel free to praise and worship my Lord the way I want to. (Does that make sense?) Recently I was listening to one of my kids Veggie Tales tracks with them and I really like the lyrics to this song and I think they say what I'm trying to say.

One Lord

Well it's a great big beautiful world
with lots and lots of people.
And I've seen singing, dancing, praying, clapping,
and every kind of steeple.
But the Bible makes it plain
that in Christ we're all the same
And one day we'll gather together in His name.

We'll belong to the First United Baptacostal
Church In Christ our Lord
Where all of God's children will
harmonize and sing in one accord.
You can call yourself what you will,
It don't make no difference as still
One Spirit, One Body, One Church, One Faith, One Lord

(Repeat above 2 verses)

Whoever you are (echo), Wherever you are (echo)
By faith you can be a part...
Of the Heavenly First United Baptacostal
Presbyterian Methodiscapol
Evangelical Evangestolic
Nazeristic Faithaholic Charasmental
Fundamental Holy Spirit Filled Fanatic
Church of God in Christ Our Lord
Where all of God's children
harmonize and sing in one accord.
You can call yourself what you will.
It don't make no difference as still
One Spirit, One Body, One Church, One Faith (repeat x3)


Thursday, October 25, 2007


Just wanted to let you (whoever you are :)) know that I have added a survey to my blog (at the bottom, just keep scrolling down). I have a Veggies Tales Family Devotional book that was given to us last Christmas. I really like it and think my family will enjoy it but a year ago Liam, my youngest, was 16 months old and I didn't think he would have the attention span. Now he is over 2 years old (almost 27 months to be exact)as he had his birthday in August, and he really enjoys stories as well as Veggies Tales so we can ALL participate in the devotional time. Due to our busy schedule with extra-curricular activities for the kids, I'm thinking that once a week is probably the best HOW OFTEN but I'm not sure WHEN would be the best. What do you think?

Both True & Funny

I was cleaning in the basement yesterday and found a newspaper clipping from our community newspaper that I really liked the first time I read it so kept it. I don't have the date on it, but it is old enough that the paper is yellowing! I read it again yesterday and thought "I have to share this on my blog!" They say laughter is the best medicine, so here it is:

Raising kids a piece of cake? Not even for God

Whenever your children are out of control, take comfort from the thought that even God's omnipotence did not extend to His own children.
After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing He said was "DON'T!" "Don't what?" Adam replied.
"Don't eat the forbidden fruit ," God said.
"Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit?? Hey Eve! We have forbidden fruit!!!!!!"
"No way!"
"Yes way!"
"Do NOT eat the fruit!" said God.
"Because I am your Father and I said so!" God replied, wondering why He hadn't stopped after making the elephants.
A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break, and He was ticked!
"Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit?" God asked.
"Uh huh!" replied Adam.
"Then why did you?" said the Father.
"I don't know," said Eve.
"She started it!" Adam said.
"Did not!"
"Did too!"
Having had it with the two of them, God's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.
Now, if you have persistently and lovingly tried to follow His example and give your children wisdom, and they won't take it, don't be too hard on yourself. If God had trouble raising children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you?
Things to think about
1. You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk, and the next 16 telling them to sit down and shut up.
2. Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children.
3. Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.
4. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat, word for word, what you shouldn't have said.
5. The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own.
6. We childproof our homes, but they are still getting in.
Advice for the day
Be nice to your children, they are the ones who will pick your nursing home.
And finally, if you have a lot of tension and get a headache, follow the advice on the Aspirin Bottle: take two tablets and keep away from children.
You've got to admit, there's a lot of truth there!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Under Constuction

Please bear with me as I try to change things around and one day they may be there and the next day not. Andrea if you are reading this now, maybe I can pick your computer literate brain and ask you for some HELP! To start of with, what is the difference between blog templates and blog skins?

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

More Free Graphics at


Sorry I haven't posted in a few days. "Missing In Action". I have to admit the last fews days whenever I've been on the computer, I've been surfing the net looking for free blogger templates, blogskins and other ways to improve the appearance of my blog. There are some layouts on other host programs that I like but I don't really want to move everything if I can find the same thing online and apply it to my present blog. Oh well, we will see what we can do.

As for news on the homefront, not much newsworthy. Just busy with life in general. I worked night shifts last weekend and that is hard on everybody as my DH has to drive me there and pick me up in the am, bringing kids along both ways too. This weekend however will be much easier as my in-laws will be coming on Friday and staying until Monday. DH & I both work day shifts and kids and grandparents get to stay home in bed. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings are busy for us and thus difficult to find time to post online. I need to organize myself and my schedule to make time for you (I think that would be one, and you know who you are :))who take the time to read this. Monday evenings Autumn & Wynn have skating lessons which they both enjoy very much and it is fun watching them learn and improve over the weeks. Tonight (Tuesday evening's)Autumn has here Rhythmic Gymnastics class, and Wednesday, Wynn has Beavers. Tomorrow is their Annual Fall Festival, and I'm making smores.

There are a couple of different churches I'm looking at visiting and may consider attending. The current church I go to is an Alliance church that I started attending with my mother because she wanted to find something closer to home than the Vineyard we were going to. Don't get me wrong, the people there defenitly love God and are very nice people to fellowship with but although my mom has grown much there and is finding her ways to serve there (ie library, Book Club, homegroup), I don't feel that I am growing and need something more charasmatic. I'll let you know how that goes.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

My Candy Heart

Your Candy Heart Says "Hug Me"

A total sweetheart, you always have a lot of love to give out.
Your heart is open to where ever love takes you!

Your ideal Valentine's Day date: a surprise romantic evening that you've planned out

Your flirting style: lots of listening and talking

What turns you off: fighting and conflict

Why you're hot: you're fearless about falling in love

Friday, October 19, 2007

What Gender Are You?

Your Brain is 73% Female, 27% Male

Your brain leans female
You think with your heart, not your head
Sweet and considerate, you are a giver
But you're tough enough not to let anyone take advantage of you!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

A Maze In Corn

Wynn's Beaver's group had a field trip the A Maze In Corn and family were invited to attend. And that's just what we did! :) The two days prior to our trip the weather was rainy and cloudy :( thus the trails were muddy and very slick. (I can say that from first hand experience as I fell on my knees when I was trying to go up the stairs to the lookout.) The longer you walked, the heavier your feet got as the mud and corn stalks caked on the bottom of your boots. But it was fun none the less. This is the tenth year for the Corn Maze since they opened in 1998. Each year they design a new maze with a different theme. Past examples have been Lost Towns of Manitoba, The Survivor Challenge, and a Solar Search (planets). This year it was Disney Movies. There is a scavenger hunt related to the theme where you have to find all the stations hidden in the maze and hole punch your paper when it is found. Each station has a different shaped punch , so no cheating!
We got to the site and 6:30 pm, and by the time we were organized, paid, ect and ready to start it was 7:00 pm and getting dark. Plus, the corn maze itself seemed so much darker because it was not all lit up as was the ticket stand shown in this picture. The difference was like the difference between nightfall in the city (lots of lights) and the country (few to no lights). We all had flashlights
so away we went for 1 hour on a mission to find all ten stations. We managed to find three (four if you count the one we found twice.) I sure we must have passed other stations but just didn't see them because it was so dark!
The Beavers and Gang waiting for the leaders to pay our tickets. My little ones are in the front L to R - Wynn (in the grat & black jacket on the left is hugging his friend from kindergarten and fellow Beaver, Carter), Autumn (in the blue jacket & pink hat), and Liam (standing and holding orange flashlight by face).

After the maze, we all went to the campfiresite for hot chocolate. Too bad it was so dark and hard to take pictures. We will have to go back again but next time earlier in the day so it is still light. Guess it will have to be next year as the season is almost over.
Along with the corn maze other ways to enjoy the farm experience are a giant hay bale pyramid over 20 feet high (my pic was too dark), pony rides, horse-drawn hayrides, the pumpkin barn, and a petting zoo.

All packed in the van and going home!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

No News Is Good News....Right?

I've been looking at other blogs recently. They are all so interesting and the writer always seems to have something to say. The one thing I'm finding difficult as I try to start this blog is...."What do I write?". How do I make this something that others will want to look at? Eventually, when there is something worth coming to this site to see, how did I get readers? I'm sure as a mother of three young children, a part-time nurse, and a wife of a full-time nurse, there must be a least a few interesting happenings in my crazy life. So many times we don't realize what we've got until it is gone. So if nothing else, maybe deciding what to blog about each day (my goal) will get me to look deeper and see God's hidden messages and blessings in the busy grind of my daily life.

Monday, October 15, 2007

This Is Cool....Try It :)

> Why should the wedding ring be worn on the fourth finger?
> There is a beautiful and convincing explanation given by the Chinese.
> Your thumb represents your Parents
> Your index finger represents your Siblings
> Your middle finger represents yourself
> Your ring finger represents your Life Partner
> Your last (pinkie) finger represents your Children
> Firstly, open your palms (face to face), bend the middle fingers and hold
> them together -- back to back. Then open and hold the remaining three
> fingers and the thumb tip to tip.
> See Image above.
> Now, try to separate your thumbs (representing your parents) they will
> open, because your parents are not destined to live with you lifelong and
> have to leave you sooner or later.
> Please join your thumbs as before and separate your index fingers
> (representing your siblings) they will also open, because your brothers
> and
> sisters will have their own families and will have to lead their own
> separate lives.
> Now join the index fingers and separate your little fingers (representing
> your children) they will open too, because the children also will get
> married and settle down on their own someday.
> Finally, join your little fingers and try to separate your ring fingers
> (representing your spouse). You will be surprised to see that you just
> CANNOT, because husband and wife have to remain together all their
> lives --
> through thick and thin!
As for news on the homefront, there isn't much. I just finished working two night shifts and my house is a disaster. So I have loads of laundry to do (I still have some from early that hasn't yet been folded/put away), I have an oven to clean, more housework than I care to think about and as if that isn't enough....our fish recently got flushed away and so now I have to empty the tank and clean everything so we can start over again with new fish. ANYWAY....

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Hello Out There

If this works, I guess I will have created my first blog. I like the idea of having a log of past events but I have just a hard time keeping anything like this up (ie letter writing, journaling). Not that I haven't tried in the past - I have good intentions but that's where it stops after I start something up. I'm hoping to end that trend. Right now, I'm typing this at 3:30 am as I am working a night shift. Sad but true. Not sure if and when I'll have time to figure out how to do this properly during the day. Thankfully, I have a dear friend who understands my lack of blogging skills and has offered to help me out! Thanks BJ! :) Hopefully I'll get this figured out and start blogging content of interest soon.