Sunday, 31 December 2006

A year in review

My 2006 in a nutshell:

January:

February:

March:

April:

May:

June:

July:

August:

September:

October:

November:

December:

What a year it was! I hope that 2007 has nothing but good things in store for you, me and everyone we know! New life in April...that should be a wonderful, wonderful start! Pin It

Monday, 25 December 2006

Christmas in Heaven




“Christmas in Heaven”

I see the countless Christmas trees
around the world below
with tiny lights like heaven’s stars
reflecting on the snow.
The sight is so spectacular,
please wipe away that tear
for I am spending Christmas
with Jesus Christ this year.
I hear the many Christmas songs
that people hold so dear
but the sounds of music can’t compare
with the Christmas choir up here.
I have no words to tell you
of the joy their voices bring
for it is beyond description
to hear the angels sing.
I know how much you miss me,
I see the pain inside your heart
But I am not so far away
We really aren’t apart.
So be happy for me dear ones.
You know I hold you dear
and be glad I’m spending Christmas,
with Jesus Christ this year.
I can’t tell you of the splendor
or the peace here in this place
Can you just imagine Christmas
with our Savior face to face?
I’ll ask him to lift your spirit
as I tell him of your love
so then pray for one another
as you lift your eyes above.
Please let your hearts be joyful
and let your spirit sing
for I am spending Christmas in heaven
and I’m walking with the King. Pin It

Sunday, 24 December 2006

Twas the night before Jesus...

Twas the night before Jesus by Union Fork Creek Baptist Church

‘Twas the night before Jesus came,
when all through the house,
not a creature was praying,
not one in the house;

The Bibles were lain on the shelf without care
In hopes that JESUS would not come there;
The children were dressing to crawl into bed,
Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.

And Mom in her rocker with baby on lap
Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.
When out of the East there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear
But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here,

With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray
I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY!
The light of His face made me cover my head
It was Jesus! returning just like
He had said.

And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.
In the book of Life which He held in His hand
Was written the name of every saved man.

He spoke not a word as He searched for my name;
When He said “it’s not here” my head hung in shame.
The people whose names had been written with love
He gathered to take to His Father above.

With those who were ready
He rose without a sound
While all the rest were left standing around.

I fell to my knees, but it was too late;
I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;
Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.

In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;
The coming of Jesus is drawing near.
There’s only one life and when comes the last call
We’ll find that the Bible was true after all.

“It is not for you to know the times or the season, which the Father hath put in his power”. Acts 1:7

Jesus is the Reason for the Season.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Pin It

Thursday, 21 December 2006

And we're OFF!

For Christmas, Mom paid for BIL, and the girls, Hubster, myself and the boys to go to Great Wolf Lodge for two nights. Mom is coming too. We are leaving at about 2:00 tomorrow afternoon and will return on Christmas Eve afternoon. I am really excited about it, but a little disappointed that I won’t be able to go on the waterslides due to my pregnancy. Ah well…I’ll spend the two days in the lazy river.

See you on Christmas Eve!!! Pin It

Saturday, 16 December 2006

Taking a cyber-break...

or is that a break from the cyberworld?

I think I spend too much time online. I’ve gone through these phases before, and I take a quick break and then things get better. So, for a little while (could be hours, could be days…probably won’t be weeks) I will be MIA…or at least SEMI MIA. I’m going to try to focus on the fam.

See you after the break! Pin It

Thursday, 14 December 2006

Long, but hopefully, worth the read...



A tribute to my sister…Joanne S (01-10-72 to 01-28-06)

Christian, Wife, Mother, Daughter, Daughter-in-Law, Grand Daughter, Sister, Sister-in-Law, Aunt, Cousin, Niece, Friend, Neighbour, Co-Worker, Mentor, Confidante……..

She was a lot of things to a lot of people. She had done so much in her short life and yet, she had so much more to do…so we mere humans think. God had other plans. God knew that her mission here on earth was done. Everyone, myself included, says she was much too young to die. That’s our human mind talking. I now believe, wholeheartedly, that Joanne was put on earth with a specific purpose. A purpose that was fulfilled so much quicker than those of us left here on earth could imagine. It all makes sense, if you take the emotion out of it…let me explain.

Joanne was a born again Christian. She took Jesus into her heart early in her relationship with Mark. Her unwavering faith was a source of inspiration and comfort to many people. Many people have told me that she inspired them deeply, even those who never knew her in life…only through her death. Actually, Joanne told me once that she thinks Jesus came into her life when she was only about seven years old. We had neighbours who were born again Christians. They prayed with Joanne and actually scared the daylights out of her because of their very strong words and their threat that if she didn’t accept Jesus into her heart, she would never get to Heaven. After several nights of nightmares, Joanne told my parents about the neighbours’ words and my parents did their best to quell those fears and Joanne put it out of her mind…She admitted later that the nagging feeling inside was always there, but she continually pushed it aside. Only when she met Mark, did she start going to church and really start acknowledging that nagging feeling, eventually being born again.

Once Joanne accepted her faith, there was no stopping her. She was an active member at her church and at Awana. She truly led a Christian life in everything she did and said. She stuck up for Christianity whenever necessary. She had no fear, no embarrassment. What she had was pride and purpose. She wanted to tell everyone who would listen (and even those who wouldn’t listen) all about Jesus, and what was in store for us in Heaven…if we’d just believe in Him.

Oh, the arguments Joanne and I used to have about passages in the Bible! She believed that the Bible should be read in the literal sense. What was written actually happened. I believe that a lot of the stories in the Bible are more like examples for us to learn from as opposed to living literally. She would come back to me after a few days, armed with her biblical ammunition, verse by verse to prove me wrong. 99% of the time, she did just that! I would just laugh at her and her “bible thumping” ways. She never denied being a “thumper”…she knew and was proud of it, even calling herself a thumper!

Joanne was hungry for knowledge. Always. She would ask questions of people about their religions. Muslim, Jewish, Christian, you name it. She wanted to understand WHY people believed what they believed and if there was a chance that she could “convert” you, she would. For she so believed in Jesus that she wanted everyone else to believe too. She was on a mission to SAVE people. To make sure they would get to Heaven, just like her. Make no mistake, she knew with every fibre of her being that she was headed straight to the top…straight to Heaven…on the express route. She knew that all it took was to believe in Him. And man oh man, did she believe.

Joanne raised her young children to be Christians first. Church was of the ultimate importance and it was crucial that her girls led a Christian existence, following the Bible literally and faithfully. It was the only way to ensure that they would all be together again in Heaven. Only in her death have I seen just how important that foundation is for her girls. Their faith, passed on by their mother, comforts them immensely. They know, without a shadow of a doubt, that their Mommy is in Heaven with Jesus. In fact, Courtney, Rebekah and Danielle give the adults strength. Joanne achieved something that most parents spend a lifetime trying to achieve…she instilled the core values that will stay with those girls for the rest of their lives. Sure, those values still need to be nurtured, but the important foundation is there. Joanne alone can take credit for that. Mark played a part, but only in Joanne’s death has he really had to step up to the plate in the values department. Not that he was a bad father by any stretch, in fact, exactly the opposite, it’s just that Joanne had all of the bases covered when it came to faith. Mark was more of an re-enforcer.

The number of lives that Joanne touched still amazes me. She rarely traveled, and yet, I believe she touched more lives from her home in little Alton, Ontario, than some traveling salespeople do! I don’t even think she tried to reach out to people. It just happened. She would meet someone in the grocery store line up or in the girls’ schoolyard. We had people at the funeral who said, “My name is ****. I never had the pleasure of meeting Joanne, but we spoke on the phone once or twice and I just felt compelled to come here today.” THAT is incredible. We had over 1,000 people at her funeral. It was more than any of us even dreamed. It was a tribute to the life that Joanne led, larger than anyone had ever imagined.

So, as I said in the beginning of this tribute, it all makes perfect sense. Her dying young is not so shocking when you think of it outside of the emotional human brain…I strongly believe that Joanne was sent to earth differently than most. I like to think of her as having a special job, almost like Jesus had. I am not trying to say that Joanne was anywhere close to the level that Jesus was, but I believe that she, like Him, was put on earth with a specific purpose, a purpose that she was able to fulfill within a short time. She told me on numerous occasions that she was “so, so excited about going to Heaven.” She simply couldn’t wait to get there. That gives me great comfort. She knew where she was going and she knew she’d get there quickly. Joanne was more Christian than anyone I have ever met. More than all the priests and the Bishop I have met, more than anyone.

I know, with every ounce of my being, that she is in Heaven. She is there with my Dad, who she can take FULL credit for saving. She begged him to become a believer before he died. Her efforts were unrelenting and my father and I would chuckle at her insistence, acknowledging that it was Dad’s fault for her being so stubborn!!! Towards the end of his illness, Joanne prayed with him and he finally took Jesus into his heart.

And so, they are sitting on comfy chairs, looking down, smiling, knowing that they have one more Christian who will join them someday! I plan to live my life as close to the way Joanne lived hers as possible. She was an inspiration. She planted the seed. I need to nurture that seed, and spread the Word, so that one day, we will all be together again!

Rest in Peace Joanne. Your legacy lives on and on… Pin It

Tuesday, 12 December 2006

Another song that just spoke to me

“If I Could Be Where You Are”
Performed by Enya
Lyrics written by Roma Ryan

Where are you this moment
Only in my dreams
You’re missing, but you’re always
a heartbeat from me.

I’m lost now without you.
I don’t know where you are.
I keep watching,
I keep hoping,
but time keeps us apart.

[chorus]
Is there a way I can find you?
Is there a sign I should know?
Is there a road I could follow,
to bring you back home?

Winter lies before me,
Now you’re so far away
In the darkness of my dreaming
The light of you will stay

If I could be close beside you
If I could be where you are
If I could reach out and touch you
And bring you back home

[chorus]
Is there a way I can find you?
Is there a sign I should know?
Is there a road I could follow,
to bring you back home?

To me… Pin It

Monday, 11 December 2006

Merry Christmas!

I have decided to get my Christmas Blog happening now that we are two weeks away!

My gifts are ALL bought, including my gift exchange with my board and my work Kris Kringle. The boys’ stocking stuffers are not only bought, but wrapped!

Now, I just have to wrap everything else! Man, I hate wrapping! Pin It

Man am I tired

I’m not sleeping well at night (starting to get uncomfortable with a belly and a night hawk of a baby, as well as Hubster snoring and snorting all night long).

The days are LOOOONG because I can barely focus on anything.

I called in sick today and plan to take a long afternoon nap to try to catch up on my sleep.

Is it April yet? Pin It

Thursday, 7 December 2006

Healing

Most of you will remember our fiasco back in August, when Middleman got a piece of paint or something lodged in his pupil and we went through hell with the Walk-In Clinic, the ER, our eye doctor and then the pediatric eye specialist. He had to get glasses based on both the injury to his left eye and the fact that he had a lazy left eye in the first place.

Well…tonight was his follow-up appointment and the doctor was very pleased with his progress. His eye is completely healed and his lazy eye is not as lazy (lol) anymore. He still has to wear his glasses and he still needs to be checked every 6 months for a while, but Praise the Lord, he is healed! There was a time when we were talking loss of sight in the left eye.

August 11th was one of the scariest days of my life and I thank God that Middleman is OK now. Pin It

Monday, 4 December 2006

House of Sickies...

Boy Oneder started it. He has a nasty cough and cold. Then Hubster got it. He is not QUITE as bad, but he is sick. Now, Middleman has the cough and I am sure he is heading towards the cold as well.

I am PRAYING that it eludes me. Being pregnant is NOT fun when you are sick because there is VERY little you can take for a cold.

On a better note, Middleman lost his second tooth this weekend and “ONLY got a dollar!” LOL! I passed the mid-point in my pregnancy on Friday! WOOT! And, the boys’ report cards and parent/teacher interviews were awesome! Oh and I am all but done with Christmas shopping!! Just stocking stuffers and Hubster to buy for and I am DONE!!! YIPPPPPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEEEE!!! Pin It
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