Thursday, May 24, 2007

a few more pics

...have been posted below. Blogger sometimes does not really want to load picures and the evening I was trying to get that post on the day at the park was one of those times. Look for more pictures later as we took lots!

In the meantime, please keep those prayers coming our way. We are wading through some tough times, armed only with our prayers and our faith.

Blessings from mum2twelve
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Has it really been 11 days???

... since my last post.

Time really flies when you are.... busy!

I have a favour to ask of my faithful readers. Please offer up a prayer or two for our family. We have come to a cross roads and what did my husband do - but pray for "more faith". As I heard those fateful words cross his lips - my eye brows raised- about an inch and he looked startled.

"What?", he asked defensively.

"Faith? Should you maybe try asking for graces instead?" I quiered.

And then import of what he had said struck him and his eyebrows went up as it sunk in.

"Oh.", he replied flatly.

And the Lord has been quick to answer my spouse's plea for a growth in faith. I can almost imagine His grin at the invitation to stretch our faith.

And so I ask you to join us in our prayers for the graces to face the immeadiate challenges in front of us. In particular we need many pieces to fall in place quickly as well as people in two different countries, as well as different provinces, to all co-operate in order for all to come about in a quick manner. Suffice to say, things have not yet begun to fall in place and our nerves are stretched thin enough to twang a song on them.

Still, with all that is going on health wise, financially wise and spiritually we took some well deserved time off and I will share the results below.... Read more!

just a few photos from a day at the park...

Even a six year old looks tall from the right angle!

Ooops - caughtcha on the camera!

Hey Mama - Look at me!

New Skills practiced on...

A quiet moment to reflect by the water's edge.

Brother and sister quiet time... with the fish.

Bye bye - come again soon! Read more!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Silence is golden...

...unless you are a mother. Typically silence means trouble as when I visited my neighbour the other day and ended up helping her scrub her two little ones off once we discovered why they were so silent. She was down one tube of diaper cream, they were up a whole load of fun terminated in a bath and shampoo each.

Today I was lulled into ease by the giggles coming from the three youngest, after all it is only silence or high pitched screams that require immediate investigation. Right? However, the background of water and splashing should have clued this vastly experienced mum into realizing something was amiss. Alas - I ignored the clues and continued deep cleaning my bedroom.

Finally I needed to take something to the bathroom where I discovered my error in assuming the giggles were the result of some simple game being played together. This threesome had decided to wash their feet... and about 6 inches of bubbles made me very suspicious. I can not, no matter how much I beat the water, get that many bubbles with a reasonable amount of shampoo or baby wash. One glance at the cupboard where a very soapy bottle lay innocently in the toothbrush basket did little to allay my fears. A quick handling of the bottle told all. The once full bottle was feather light and e.m.p.t.y.

After scolding them for such waste I stripped them down and tossed the three into the tub. After all there was little point in wasting all of those bubbles and I was able to get about 20 minutes more cleaning done resulting in squeaky clean children and a very tidy bedroom. It seems that 1.99 is a small price to pay for so much cleanliness... not to mention a tubful of fun. I guess the bottle of bubbles was not wasted after all. More importantly I now know to check for the cause for giggles; when accompanied by the back ground music of running water. Read more!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Veggie Tale Viewers beware!!

The majority of our family are meat lovers. Spare ribs, steak, sausages, ham, bacon, turkey; you name it - we love it. There was one lone family member that from a tender age was not overly fond of meat and to this day prefers a good salad to a ham sandwich. Strange, I know but there it is.

However, one of our natural born meat lovers has been watching movies such as "Chicken Run" as some of you know. Add in movie previews from the likes of "Charlotte's Web" and "Babe" and you run into a problem as evidenced at the dinner table the other night.

Four year old Emma politely refused a serving of meat and watched the others being served. Her eyes fastened on her older sister Gabriela who had been serving. Gabriela sat down and cut into her meat. Emma leaned forward and hissed to her "Do you know you are eating ANIMALS?"

The retelling of this story to me leads me to ask: "Should I be cutting back on the Veggie Tales?" Read more!