Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Taking the plunge...

Well, I'm going to do it! I've been putting it off for a while... I'm getting BAPTIZED!

I haven't been putting it off b/c I don't want to do it. On the contrary!!! There are actually two reasons:

  1. I've been putting it off b/c I wanted to be baptized in "living water."
    Usually, in the summer,
    BAF has beach baptisms. This year they didn't. Moving into the new building & all that's involved with that has been a very busy time for the pastors.
  2. More importantly, though, I've been putting it off b/c I wanted to have family present. And this month I do!
    My parents are here for the holidays. Regrettably, my brother doesn't fly in for a
    1st Wednesday, so he will miss it, but I'm taking my opportunity & running with it! Carpe Diem! :)

I want all my church family to join me to support me in this "plunge!"
JANES sisters-who-are-reading-my-blog, spread the word & come on out for 1st Wednesday this week.
Come & meet my folks; come & represent my family (as you all are) at my big day! Teehee
This will be my first baptism since I was a wee baby in the Catholic Church.

I hope to see you all there!!!


In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."

"How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!"

Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit."

John 3: 3-5 (NIV)

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

99 Balloons

This is the most touching tribute to the life of a child I've ever seen.

The love & adoration these parents bestowed upon this child on a DAILY basis is beyond inspiring.
I'm so grateful I came across it. The example of faith these parents displayed surrounding the birth of their little boy amazes me. They continually recognized God's grace even in their circumstances, which would have been a test of faith to many.

Please watch this video with Kleenex in hand & leave a comment for the parents at their site: 99 Balloons, or go to Igniter Media Group.

And the video of the funeral celebration for little Eliot Mooney again inspires me, by the looks of joy in the faces of Matt & Ginny Mooney as they celebrated the continued life of their son, afliction-free, in the arms of his Saviour!

God gives. God takes.
God's name be ever blessed.
~ Job 1:21

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Music Box

I absolutely ADORE this song by Regina Spektor! I first heard it on a recent JC Penney commercial & HAD to know who it was. At first I though it might be Bjork, because you have to admit, there are similarities... Listen for yourself & let me know what you think...


Life inside the music box ain't easy
The mallets hit
The gears are always turning
And everyone inside the mechanism
Is yearning to get out
And sing another melody completely
So different from the one they're always singing
I close my eyes and think that I have found me
But then I feel mortality surround me
I want to sing another melody
So different from the one I always sing
But when I do the dishes
I run the water very very very hot
And then I fill the sink to the top with bubbles of soap
And then I set all the bottle caps I own afloat
And it's the greatest voyage in the history of plastic
And then I slip my hands in and start to make waves
And then I dip my tongue in and take a taste
It tastes like soap but it doesn't really taste like soap
And then I lower in my whole mouth and take a gulp
And start to feel mortality surround me
I close my eyes and think that I have found me
But life inside the musicbox ain't easy
The mallets hit
The gears are always turning
And every one inside the mechanism
Is yearning to get out
And sing another melody completely
Is yearning to get out
Is yearning to get out
Is yearning to get out

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

PhotoHunt: Smelly!

Hey! I didn't pick the theme... But I sure did have the photos! These are my friends' (the Tooleys) bullies, giving me some awesome PhotoHunt inspiration! Thanks Tug & Sophie!!! I'll visit again soon...

I don't actually go looking for dogs doing their business to shoot photos of... It just happens sometimes! This is another friend's bullie, Ebenezer, wishin' he had some privacy.

A photo of my Roo as a pup. She had a little diarrhea... Hence, the Pepto pout! You'll note I have a lot on me too. But, it did the trick! :)

Okay, okay! Enough already! This week's theme was fun to do... And I'm done! Teehee

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

The Old Phone

This little tale was sent to me by my cousin, Kathy. With all the "forwards" out there on the internet, I'd not heard (or read) this one before. I don't know where they originate from, & it's very hard to know whether they are fact or fiction. However, this one I found very touching & sweet, so I thought I'd share... I hope you're blessed by it, as I was...

When I was quite young, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighborhood. I remember the polished, old case fastened to the wall. The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box. I was too little to reach the telephone, but used to listen with fascination when my mother talked to it.

Then I discovered that somewhere inside the wonderful device lived an amazing person. Her name was 'Information Please' and there was nothing she did not know. Information Please could supply anyone's number and the correct time.

My personal experience with the genie-in-a-bottle came one day while my mother was visiting a neighbor. Amusing myself at the tool bench in the basement, I whacked my finger with a hammer. The pain was terrible, but there seemed no point in crying because there was no one home to give sympathy.

I walked around the house sucking my throbbing finger, finally arriving at the stairway. The telephone! Quickly, I ran for the footstool in the parlor and dragged it to the landing. Climbing up, I unhooked the receiver in the parlor and held it to my ear. 'Information, please' I said into the mouthpiece just above my head. A click or two and a small clear voice spoke into my ear.


'I hurt my finger...' I wailed into the phone, the tears came readily enough now that I had an audience.

'Isn't your mother home?' came the question.

'Nobody's home but me,' I blubbered.

'Are you bleeding?' the voice asked.

'No,' I replied. 'I hit my finger with the hammer and it hurts.'

'Can you open the icebox?' she asked.

I said I could.

'Then chip off a little bit of ice and hold it to your finger,' said the voice.

After that, I called 'Information Please' for everything. I asked her for help with my geography, and she told me where Philadelphia was. She helped me with my math. She told me my pet chipmunk, that I had caught in the park just the day before, would eat fruit and nuts.

Then, there was the time Petey, our pet canary, died. I called 'Information Please' and told her the sad story. She listened, and then said things grown-ups say to soothe a child. But I was not consoled. I asked her, 'Why is it that birds should sing so beautifully and bring joy to all families, only to end up as a heap of feathers on the bottom of a cage?'

She must have sensed my deep concern, for she said quietly, 'Wayne, always remember that there are other worlds to sing in.'

Somehow I felt better.

Another day I was on the telephone and called, 'Information Please.'

'Information,' said in the now familiar voice.

'How do I spell fix?' I asked.

All this took place in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. When I was nine years old, we moved across the country to Boston. I missed my friend very much. 'Information Please' belonged in that old wooden box back home and I somehow never thought of trying the shiny new phone that sat on the table in the hall. As I grew into my teens, the memories of those childhood conversations never really left me.

Often, in moments of doubt and perplexity I would recall the serene sense of security I had then. I appreciated now how patient, understanding, and kind she was to have spent her time on a little boy.

A few years later, on my way west to college, my plane put down in Seattle. I had about a half-hour or so between planes. I spent 15 minutes or so on the phone with my sister, who lived there now. Then without thinking what I was doing, I dialed my hometown operator and said, 'Information, please.'

Miraculously, I heard the small, clear voice I knew so well.


I hadn't planned this, but I heard myself saying, 'Could you please tell me how to spell fix?'

There was a long pause. Then came the soft spoken answer, 'I guess your finger must have healed by now.'

I laughed, 'So it's really you,' I said. 'I wonder if you have any idea how much you meant to me during that time?'

'I wonder,' she said, 'if you know how much your calls meant to me. I never had any children and I used to look forward to your calls.'

I told her how often I had thought of her over the years and I asked if I could call her again when I came back to visit my sister.

'Please do,' she said. 'Just ask for Sally.'

Three months later I was back in Seattle. A different voice answered, 'Information.' I asked for Sally.

'Are you a friend?' she said.

'Yes, a very old friend,' I answered.

'I'm sorry to have to tell you this,' she said. 'Sally had been working part-time the last few years because she was sick. She died five weeks ago.'

Before I could hang up she said, 'Wait a minute, did you say your name was Wayne?'

'Yes,' I answered.

'Well, Sally left a message for you. She wrote it down in case you called. Let me read it to you.'

The note said, 'Tell him there are other worlds to sing in. He'll know what I mean.'

I thanked her and hung up. I knew what Sally meant.

Never underestimate the impression you may make on others.

Whose life have you touched today???

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Friday, September 28, 2007

PhotoHunt: Original

My sister, Jill, is an amazing designer & custom seamstress. These are some of the label tags I had made up for her last year. She works so hard & is the amazing mother of 3 beautiful children. She inspires me!

We're working on a site for her...it's partially up & running...go to Jill Audrey Creations.

Here's some more of her work:
Beautiful plush baby blocks...for decoration or for play!

3 purses she made for me & my friends...We all love 'em & get compliments wherever we go!

A few more styles of bags she's designed for weekend getaways & girls on the go!

The cottage cushions on the left are SO pretty; the custom slipcover on the right is so amazing it looks like upholstery. The sweet girl in the middle is my niece, with a ladybug pillow made just for her!

Tune in after the weekend to see her latest project (it's under wraps until then)...something she made for my JANES Expo!

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Roo Devotional

My (very talented writer) friend, Alisa, publishes the Granola Bar Devotional - a book of devotionals, from women, for women - that has been going out quarterly. She's currently compiling enough devos for a year to go in one big book! She's also begun publishing these devos online as part of our JANES (women's ministry at BAF) outreach in order to reach women EVERYWHERE for Christ!

Alisa's been bugging me FOREVER to write a devo of my own. I've had one in my head & on my heart, & have yet to write it. I did, however, have a recent experience that I felt lead to share about...to get the word out about it & also to show how God played a big part in it. You can see my devo on the Granola Bar Devotional site as it was published. Understandably, Alisa had to edit it down just a bit for length (to fit in the booklet). So, I've decided to share with you all my original, unedited devo here... You can see how wordy I am! haha

____________________________________________________________ Roo on surgery day ______________________________________________________


For as long as I can remember, I’ve been OCD about my routine when I leave the house. This is for many reasons: paranoia about fire (instilled by my Father), being a single woman, & mostly because that’s just my nature. One of the many things in my routine is to pray over my home & my puppies before I leave each day. Not anything huge, just a quick request that God watch over them & keep them safe, healthy, & happy while I’m gone & that He place a hedge of protection over my home. In the past few months, I’ve heard Him speaking to me LOUDLY that He IS watching over me…not anything I can hear, but in signs He gives me. One of the largest & most poignant signs of that came recently…

While leaving for work one day, my oldest dog (nicknamed Roo) was sick. Nothing major, she had just thrown up. I thought nothing of it, cleaned it up & left. When I came home that night, she had again been sick, several times in fact. I had a vet appointment the next morning for another of my dogs, & made a mental decision to bring Roo as well.
When they worked her up, I mentioned that I’d felt a lump in one of her mammaes (breasts) a few months ago, but thought due to its nature it was probably just a cyst. They said they’d check it out. Later that afternoon, I received a call from the vet. Dr Stacy told me that Roo was feeling better & blood work was fine, but she had come back with markers for breast cancer! I was devastated! Roo has been with me for 6½ years, my closest companion through lots of changes while living so far from home. Dr Stacey recommended radical surgery which included removing that breast, the adjoining one, & her adjacent lymph node, as well as spaying her. I agreed immediately & the surgery was soon done. Roo bounced back wonderfully following her MAJOR surgery & has been blossoming under the added attention she’s been receiving.

I, on the other hand, was having such a “why” attitude towards the whole affair…why Roo? Why me? Then, I called my best friend. Someone who’s been a big part of my Christian walk in the past several years, & someone who I miss greatly, as she lives far away. Tiffany said, “Sister, that’s amazing!” Amazing??? She went on to remind me that if Roo hadn’t been sick the night before, I wouldn’t have brought her in that day & remembered to mention the lump I’d felt so many weeks before. It may not have been diagnosed until her next bi-annual check-up. She said, “It’s so God!”
I felt God WINK at me just then. I heard a song in my head that I hadn’t heard since being in the Catholic Church years before: “I Will Never Forget You” by Carey Landry. I looked it up, & it was from Isaiah 49:14-16:

14 But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me."
15 "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? 
Though she may forget, I will not forget you!
16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.

He was once again shouting to me, that He is watching over me!

Roo’s pathology results came back as a “carcinoma,” a malignancy, but it also showed NO metastasis to anywhere else, & the prognosis is good! Tiffany was right. It was SO God!

Here are the words to that old song:

I Will Never Forget You (by Carey Landry)

I will never forget you my people,
I have carved you in the palm of my hand.
I will never forget you,
I will not leave you orphaned,
I will never forget my own.

Does a mother forget her baby,
Or a woman the child within her womb?
Yet, even if these forget,
Yes, even if these forget
I will never forget my own.

Some information on Canine Mammary Cancer (CMC):

Canine mammary cancer is very preventable.
Dogs who are spayed before their 1st estrus (heat) have 0.5% chance of developing mammary cancer.
Dogs who are spayed after their 1st but before their 2nd estrus have 8% chance of developing mammary cancer.
After their 2nd estrus, a dog's chances of developing mammary tumors increases to 26% & stays there for the most part.
Estrogen is thought to be the main component, as with humans, so even after their 2nd estrus, it's still advisable to have a dog spayed.

If you notice any lumps or irregularities ANYWHERE on your dog, but especially in the area of their mammaes or testicles (in males - ie: different sizes or swelling) PLEASE seek out your veterinarian immediately. Do NOT wait, as I did. I know better now.
Most importantly, please SPAY or NEUTER your pets! This gives them the best chance at a healthy life...not only to control the pet population (also important). We must all be responsible pet owners. I would have spayed Roo after her 1st (& only) litter had I realized the importance.

I've learned my lesson. Let mine be yours!

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Friday, September 07, 2007

PhotoHunt: Music

What a perfect week for a music theme!

My awesome church, Bay Area Fellowship, along with K-LOVE, threw a free concert for the public featuring BIG DADDY WEAVE Wednesday night!

It exceeded my expectations... BDW had the entire house on their feet, jumping up & down, waving their arms in the air, screaming along to the words, while ALL ALONG every word that left their mouths (whether singing or speaking) was a testament to their faith.

There was standing room only, even having to (unfortunately) turn away people at the door because we had a packed church!

The BDW merchandise booth was jumping, with everyone wanting something to commemorate this great night with!

As you can see (above), I got a couple CDs & my BDW concert tag all autographed.

As well as a couple of super-soft, very cool T-shirts (right)!
Love 'em!

Afterwards, the guys were SO gracious...hanging around for a LONG time to sign autographs, take pictures, & just generally talk with their fans. And as my friend (& fellow JANE), Alisa put it, any praise given them they immediately reflected back to God!

The guys are also HUGE supporters of World Vision, an amazing organization that does humanitarian work all over the world, & is well known for it's child sponsorship program. The band went throughout the crowd acquiring sponsors for children all over the world right in the middle of the concert. We were able to get more than 150 child sponsorships in that one night thanks to BDW!!! Woohoo!

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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Sometimes a digg brings unknown treasures...

A friend recently told me about Digg.com. I decided to surf my way on over. I wasn't there long when I came across this amazing story about a flea market find.

The author found an old cosmetics case stuffed with a lifetime of portraits of the same woman, starting as a toddler, progressing up into her 50's. It's quite an amazing collection. Makes me want to know what happened to her... Maybe someone will recognize her...? She'd be about 70 years old now.

Do you know her???

Go to The Boat Lullabies.

I still don't really know what Digg.com is all about, but I'm glad I checked it out.

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

PhotoHunt: Dirty

When I saw this week's PhotoHunt theme, I immediately thought of these two photos of my sweet niece, Miss Q!

Q not only looks a little like me as a babe, she is also a real character, a true little individual...just like her Auntie! You would think she's a first-born. Well, she is also my God-daughter! (What an honour!)

I look forward to the day when I'm living back in Canada, nearer to her & the rest of my family so she can grow up KNOWING me, not just knowing OF me.

I love you, Q!
Titi Robin

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007


My friend, Janel, introduced me to this skit, done to the music of Lifehouse, a song called "Everything." I couldn't help but pass it on!

This is the professional video version:

The girl represents all of humanity...our desperation...how we conform to things of this world. The other characters, sins...temptations. Lust, greed, drunkenness/addiction, vanity, self-mutilation/suicide. Things we unknowingly, unwillingly at times, allow to pull us from Him. Things that bind us.
Jesus died on the cross to abolish sin for all those who believe in Him.
These skits rejoice in the grace, mercy, compassion, and love of God for all human kind.

God will definitely use these to change lives. They've become a phenomenon among churches across North America. All over skits such as these are being put on by various churches, just a few of which are being shown on GodTube & YouTube. Here's one of the best in my opinion:

Put on by Lakewood Church's L7 Youth...

Here are some more:

1. Janel's version...done one evening at Winterfest in Tennessee.

2. Put on by the Next Level Youth of Alpha & Omega Church in Miami, FL, go here.

3. By Shift drama team at CRCC in Cooper City, FL, go here.

4. SEP SoCal teen camp's version, go here.

5. Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church's youth ministry in Houston, TX, go here.

6. Powerhouse's Revolution Youth does a great job (bad camera angle, though)...go here.

7. Mount Calvary youth's version, go here.

8. An Indianapolis church, go here.

9. Another random, unnamed church, go here.

10. For another okay version, go here.

And if you want to hear the song & sing along but don't know the words, go here.

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
As it is written,
‘For your sake we are being killed all day long;
we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

~Romans 8:35-39

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007


If this isn't the best example of Philippians 4:13, I don't know what is!
Just goes to show what we can all accomplish with a little FAITH.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me..."

I've seen this puppy before on Oprah, as well as other news shows, but it amazes me everytime. Her story is much more than her disability. I think I will buy the book of her story...I'd love to read more about how she triumphed over all the nay-sayers who told her owners to put her down & said she'd never be able to have any quality of life. Imagine how much little Faith can teach us all about beauty (I think she's beautiful!) & perseverance...

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders & the sin that so easily entangles, & let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12:1

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Friday, August 24, 2007

She's a JANE, You're a JANE, I'm a JANE...

______________________________“Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” - Luke 1:45______________________________

Bay Area Fellowship's Women's Ministry...the JANES...is exploding!
Our mission to build Christ-centered community among women is being rejuvenated as we speak.
I'm so excited about the amazing things God has in store for us!

Tonight was our leadership meeting, & we had so much FUN! Check out the new T-shirts (brown w/ hot pink). They say "Ordinary Girl; Extraordinary God!" YEAH!

On the left, Janel & Alisa...two of our great dream team leaders! Janel has taken on the Events Team. She has AMAZING ideas!
Alisa has such terrific skills, she's the PERFECT Admin Team leader!

On the right, Tammi & her mom, Jeannie, who was our kind host for the night.

On the left, Cheryl & Jennifer...

On the right, Laura & Tiffany...

Both sets of women seem deep in conversation. Must be coming up with some GREAT ideas!

Here are Daphne & Liette. You just KNOW whatever they were talking about was FUN!

Liette again on the left...listening intently.

Missy on the right...caught me snapping her!

More great brainstorming, sharing, fellowship going on. In the pink is April, who is leading our Bevy Team.

Our illustrious leader, the lovely DeeDee! She's simply outstanding! Not only has she taken on the whole JANES Ministry, but she also serves as our Discipleship Team leader.

This group of ladies ROCKS! I have never experienced such positivity, warmth, & love among women as with this group. The JANES are going to revolutionalize women's ministry!

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12:1

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Monday, August 13, 2007

The Great Canadian Showcase

This is for my friend, Alisa...as requested!

Here's some pics of my Canada. You'll notice there are no winter shots. I did NOT do that to dispell the common myth that Canada is always covered in ice & snow (although that works!)...but is simply b/c I have so many pics to share that I'll have to do a winter version later on. My country is beautiful in any season!

This is a photo of my family a few years back. Since then, we've added a few people to the clan. We definitely need a more current pic! But this one is beautiful, I think.

My old hometown...where I was born & moved away from, but returned to for college. Some fond memories here, but I'm glad I didn't grow up here...too small. Everyone knows everyone else's business! Makes for fun college years though.

On the right, the home I lived in as a tot. It's way overrun here...someone's not caring for it. My parents always had it looking spiffy! I have some good memories in this house...the first I ever remember.

My gorgeous hometown...the one I truly grew up in...where I truly consider home...
These two are both professional pics. I wish I was so talented as to have caught the one on the left!

These I took a few years back. I think it's the prettiest town. Don't you?

A couple pics of my beloved home as taken by people who know how to take a picture! Takes my breath away b/c it's how I remember it, & more!

On the left, another gorgeous valley picture.

On the right, one of our local golf courses. We have about 6 golf courses, & one of them is World Class!

On the left is our local sea-monster. Seriously! Meet the Ogopogo. He's a big tourist draw. People come every year to find him, film him, prove his existence. Even has a show on Discovery about him!

On the right are the Chinese gardens within one of our local parks. I love the gardens. A great place for wedding/prom/grad photos.

On the left, one of many local beaches. This one was my fave...where all the cool kids hung out in my day, anyhow! I was thrown off that dock many times... The bike-ride there was great (all downhill), but back was a real pain. I'd call Mom to pick us up & stuff the bikes in the trunk.

On the right is my sis & my niece.

On the left is Kalamalka Lake, according to National Geographic, one of the most beautiful & most photographed lakes in the world. Really! You can look it up... The colours of it are amazing. Legend states that the word Kalamalka means "lake of many colours." It is one of a handful of unique bodies of water known as "marl lakes." When the lake warms in the summer, calcium carbonate (or limestone), forms crystals that reflect sunlight and create the vivid blue and green colours. Temperature changes in the fall and the spring sometimes create ribbons of deep blue colour in the lake.

On the right is a specific area where we always went cliff-diving. A local pasttime.

Just on the outskirts of town, a little piece of history. This ranch was owned & run by a local family. The photo on the left is the old chapel. There were also a store, post office, barracks, etc. It's a great place for tourists to see.

Beautiful shots of the valley again...not taken by me!

More valley pics, these taken from the ski hill. There are several lookouts on the way down to stop & get amazing pics such as this.

Downtown, they're done murals to beautify the town & instill a bit of our local history. The building on the left is the town post office. I'm not sure where the building on the right is.

On the left, my Dad & my sister at Davison Orchards. I've never been... :( Pretty though, isn't it?

On the right, my Dad is showing my niece the gorgeous rock pond/water feature he built from the (under)ground up. He worked so hard at designing that so the water would fall just right. Even had koi in it at one time, I think.

Another of my nieces...she just LOVES horses. Takes after her Aunt! I always said I'd have one someday...still the plan! :)

On the right is our back deck during a family BBQ...Canadian style.

On the left, a view down into the valley from my home. The neighbour's junky lot kinda mars the shot, but it's what I used to see from our windows so it's nostalgic for me.

On the right, 2 of my bros hanging out outside our home, with their cars. They're so cool!

On the left, my brother feeding my pup some good Canadian beer out at the cabin. Not really! But it made for a good pic! :)

On the right, my niece out on the dock...thinking about jumping in off the end. It's over her head, but with the boat-coat on, they have a blast!

My puppy (when she was about 6 months old) out at the cabin in BC. Isn't she cute!?

On the left is Swan Lake. I lived above this lake in the hills. Almost in the foothills to our local mountain/ski resort. Because we lived so close to the mountains & a little out of the city, we got mountain water. Mmmm...so good & cold!

On the right is a pic of the extreme bikers we get up at our ski hill in the summer. There are activities year 'round up there.

Our mountain resort/ski hill in the summer. The pic on the left is the village when set up for the bike races, extreme exhibitions, etc.

On the right is one of the shops up there, where I worked one summer.

The most beautiful city in the world!
Home to the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics...can't wait!

On the left is Gastown...the old, original part of the city that is now Vancouver. I worked down in old Gastown for a while years back. It's so quaint. The clock is an old steam clock, that actually runs on steam piped in from underground. It "toots" every hour!

On the right are rock sculptures, called "inuksuks" (pronounced inukshuk)...traditional Inuit milestone markers. The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver is using one such inuksuk as a symbol of friendship on its official logo.
Inuksuit vary in shape and size, and perform different tasks. They're symbols with deep roots in the Inuit culture that signify safety, hope, and friendship. The word inuksuk means "something which acts for or performs the function of a person."
When I drove across Canada with my sister one year, we saw them all along the sides of the highways. The legend was that highway crews were doing them, but I don't know...

On the left is my nephew riding. He's wearing a shirt I bought him from my church. Apparently he wore it until he got a hole in it. That was our pirate series...very cool.

On the right is a pic of a classic Ontario, Canada fall road. Isn't it lovely? I love & miss all the colours.

Left is a grouping of some of the cottages along the lake...all owned by my sis' in-laws & family. It's so neat that all the kids can just roam between cottages & be called home for bed. Takes you back to simpler times...

On the right is my BIL & sis' cottage. A fun, cozy place.

Miss Q as a baby. She's watching her big bro out in the lake & dippin' her toes at the same time.

On the left is my bro-in-law & one of my brothers skippin' rocks into the lake at the cottage.

On the right is my niece again (older now), this time with her God-Father (my "co-Godparent"...teehee) at the same lake.

On the left, my BIL taking us out for a ride on the pontoon. We decided to cool off & jumped on in. Water was great!

On the right, 2 of my bros hanging out with a friend at the cottage. Good times!

These are shots of my sis' wedding. The arbor on the left was built by my BIL & decorated by his sisters specifically for the nuptuals. Nice, eh?
The site of the wedding was gorgeous...right at the cottage in the clearing. The prettiest wedding I've ever been to. It was a perfect day!

Okay Alisa...next time it'll be all winter stuff, so people can say, they really do live in igloos! haha

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