Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Manning Park {Family Day}

It was Family Day in B.C. yesterday and the weather was gorgeous! We decided to go to Manning Park as we had never taken the kids there in the winter before (but LOVED it in the summer!)  It is a two hour drive which is longer than we prefer but the scenery is incredible.  If we didn't have kids in the van, I would've asked Gary to stop so many times so I could get out and take photos.  

We spent time at the lodge area sledding and playing in the snow and then drove another 4 km down to Lightning Lake day use area.  We brought our snowshoes but the kids were pretty tired by that point so we just walked around 1/4 of the lake and then across the lake to get back to our car.  
It was so beautiful.  

I'm thankful for this family of mine.  I hope you had a great weekend, too!


Monday, February 08, 2016

Strength in the Journey

When people say "I don't think I could be a foster parent" I understand because I didn't think I could either.  Years ago, after having our two sons, we were waiting to adopt locally and somehow found ourselves on a different path.  We had another biological child, our daughter Nya, and then became foster parents.  It came from the gentle prodding of a friend who encouraged us to love those in need in our own communities.  Slowly, what we had thought our family would look like, and the timeline we hoped for, morphed into something else...something unknown and unexpected. 

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Project 365 | Week 6

A photo a day for a year...well, it's supposed to be.  Today I'm sharing seven photos from the week but a whole lot were taken on the same day.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Five Funny Things My Kids Have Said

One of my favourite things about having kids is that they are usually quite funny.  Here are five amusing things that my kids have said over the years...

Kai: Look mommy, I made you you this beautiful necklace.
Me: Oh thank you!
Kai: It will cost you $1.00.
Me: What?
Kai: Well, usually jewelry costs like $50 so I just saved you $49!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Thankful Thursday

This week I am thankful for:

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Choosing to Love

"I made the choice to love you." What?! A choice? Like, you didn't really feel it but made yourself?  Does this mean that your heart doesn't feel "the love"? I was so confused by my husband's statement– weren't you supposed to be in love with your spouse?  Slowly I have realized that this is truly a wonderful thing.  He does not base his love for me on his feelings; it is unconditional.  I don't need to worry about earning his love through awesome home-cooked meals, wearing skirts, and assuring him daily that he is a hot provider (although this probably wouldn't hurt our marriage!). He loves me when I'm irritable and in my sweats (although he draws the line at a pair of onesie pj's I have!)  He is committed, in love, to our relationship. I wish I was better at this.  I do love him, every day, but I often let my emotions get in the way–I'm a passionate woman; I feel those highs and lows to the extremes.  In those moments, where I'm frustrated, I remind myself, "He is a great man. I love him. I love him. I love him."

Saturday, January 30, 2016

What is Geocaching?

Geocaches are hidden treasures all over the world–seriously, almost 3,000,000 world-wide! We have been searching for these treasures, by geocaching, for about seven years and have had so much fun deciphering the description and utilizing a GPS for coordinates.  If you don't have a GPS to download the coordinates from geocaching.com you can download the app for a one time fee (under $15.)  I have it on my phone and because I have limited data, I upload the location of the caches onto my phone while I'm at home and then don't use to need data while we are at the park.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Five Activities for the Kids on a Rainy Day

Living on the west coast means we experience our fair share of rainy days!  What do we do to keep these kids busy with minimal involvement from us?

Thursday, January 28, 2016