I finished this book today. What an experience. I'm not sure why but ever since I saw the episode on polygamy on Oprah it has just intrigued me. How can anyone follow this lifestyle - but it really is about the upbringing. Still, a very interesting read.
As we drove home I was struck over and over with the beauty all around us. The clouds were beautiful beyond description. Billowy and then wispy and then right amongst us as we went up and down the hills. God was so close - it was a good time of reflection.
We spent time today cleaning up the condo as well. There isn't as much of a rush as mom and dad will be back up - but at least it was something I could do. Marlee was very upset that she wouldn't be coming back here.
I'll always remember Grandma and Grandpa doing the dishes - more often my grandpa immediately after dinner. Them having tea. The old convection microwave oven.
The funeral and internment was held for Grandma and Grandpa today. So many nice things were said about them. A true testimony of love for each other, for Christ and for those around them. Still so surreal.
I spent some of the day going through Grandma and Grandpa's things at the retirement home. Since we are only here for a short time we needed to do it more quickly then usual. It's funny the things we come across and the memories they bring with them. I will remember their shoes. Grandpa's runners and Grandma's shoes with the Bunyan shapes.
Sarah took this photo overlooking the lake at camp. Grandma died shortly after this photo was taken. She didn't want any heroic measures taken and apparently her heart was worse then we realized. When she was admitted on Tuesday she was given 24-48 hours. Little did we know they would go within a week of each other. It is always darkest before the dawn. Bittersweet. Now she is with the love of her life of 65 years. We didn't think it would happen like this and we will miss them both so much.
"A Witness to the Resurrection" of my grandfather was held today at their church. He would have been 89 in August. It was officiated by the church minister and both mom and dad spoke. Unfortunately Grandma wasn't able to make it as she was admitted to the hospital late last evening for congestive heart failure. The kids did amazingly.
Thanks to my lists we got packed up rather quickly and were on the road "fairly" early today. We opted to have Cierra stay with her relief provider so that it would be easier on Grandma. Surprisingly with the back seat down it seemed LESS organized. Go figure. Oh wait, Drew packed the van (sorry Drew!). The clouds and later storm were quite entertaining to keep an eye on.
Drew had the guys from the church golf tournament over to the house so I took the kids to see the God Rocks live Movie at the theatre. We had a really good time - we enjoyed the music enough that we stopped to buy some afterwards.
FINALLY got the garden vegetables in! I bought everything about 2 weeks ago and thank goodness they are still alive. This year we are growing lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, watermelon, cantelope, peppers, corn, peas, beans, cucumber, zucchini and asparagus.
My last big event came to a close. We were in a great spot so we did lots of face painting, balloon giveaways and a few dance performances. We ended up with great weather, a good number of volunteers and even better, the promise of a co-ordinator for next year!
So how does this happen? The houses on either side of us are up for sale. It makes me wonder if we are good neighbours? The one family has 2 young kids and the kids enjoy playing together. The other family are probably in their 50's without kids. It it will be sad to see these families go. We were looking forward to having the kids go to school together.
I went with Marlee on her school trip (first bus ride!) to the conservation park where (Ahhem) I caught the only tadpole (as well as a spider) amongst the parents. It was a lot of fun to go with her - and get to know some of the other moms too.
BTW - she is very excited to know that there is only 8 days left!
Last night I uploaded my final layout for the May LOAD (Lay Out A Day) with Lain Ehman. 31 Layouts - well actually 32 because my first layout (which happened to be the first actual uploaded for the challenge) was earlier in our time zone then in theirs so I uplaoded an extra one just in case.
Either way - May ended up being a little busier then I expected and this challenge was perhaps not the best timing but none-the-less I am so glad that I did it and I can't wait for the next one (but I will check the calendar more closely though).
PS - the slide show to the right features the layouts I did. TFL!
Today was Global Day of Prayer - and I finally got all of the kids packets prepared and to the event on time. And did the Palm Sunday Dance and stayed for the event with Matt (who did very well BTW). The last two years we have done full children's programs but due to a venue conflict, we decided to provide activity packets for the kids this time. I have to say - I quite enjoyed attending the event and hope we follow the same format next year!
Drew and I were able to get away to a marriage retreat entitled "Fireproof Your Marriage". We watched the movie on Friday night, socialized for a bit afterwards. On Saturday, we had a few sessions, a session where we separated into men and women and some free time. We discussed smoldering fires, electrical fires and keeping the home fires burning. There were 13 couples up and we had a really good time getting to know each other better. We're already looking forward to going next year.
We have been watching the construction slowly taking shape behind the school. It has really picked up in the last week with the making of some of the roads. Levi loves to watch the numerous big dump trucks that are coming and going.
We joined Lindsay and Cierra at WEB idol tonight where Cierra performed a great version of a Hannah Montana song. She has such better rhythm then me - it's fun to watch. The kids really enjoyed watching all of the different performances - and watching Cierra hang out with her peers.
I sorted through a number of the leftover pairs of shoes from the nursery school clothing sale. It is so sad to be getting rid of all them - especially the adidas ones. They are so cute!!! I made about $50 through the school (with an addtional $50 for them too) for relatively little work - and much easier then having one ourselves. I hope to put the remaining items of Kijiji or Craig's List - one of these days if I figure out how.
Matt and I were able to go with his play/ production group to see Anne of Green Gables in Toronto today. We had a great time together - but I think they may have liked the bus ride the most. One of the girls purchased the Anne of Green Gables hair piece - I think it suits Matt!
Our first swim in the pool for the year. Amazingly it got warm enough in the afternoon (after days of "Can we go swimming today????"), so the kids and I finally all got that first dip in (and for me - right back out). Within a 1/2 hour it dropped 6 degrees.
Happy 19th Birthday Cierra! WOW! 19!!! She spent the weekend with her mom so we took her out for dinner to Moose Winnoski's when she got home. She is so awesome to watch when all the attention is for her. There is nothing better then a party - and having a moose head on your head and all eyes on you definitely fits the bill. Afterwards there was a Hannah Montana cake and lots of HM presents and DVD's. She was ecstatic.
Happy Victoria Day! We celebrated by getting the pool ready for use. I transfer the standing water into buckets (with lids) to use for the garden over the summer. It's amazing how much easier this process gets over the years. It only took an hour or so this time.
I am a SAHM striving to balance motherhood, child care providing, volunteering, hobbies and more with being the person God intends for me to be. I have a terrible memory and like to scrapbook so for me this blog ia a place to record those details. So know that I may just add in details and adjust them chronologically. That's just me!