Sunday, September 03, 2006

My Crazy Boys!

Evan (6) & Nathan (8)
Here they are all slicked up by Paola, our friend, babysitter and all round beautiful young girl. The boys love to have her come over and she does up their hair. She took these pictures of them! What a great girl! Thanks, Paola! The boys are having a great time these days, but my goodness, they keep me busy. Always on the go and always fighting, that's boys, but so loving at the same time.

Here is Paola at camp sunrise in the pool - we spent a great weekend with her family at our trailer. Her family came from Mexico four years ago. Her parents work for us and now come to our church.
Here is William, her brother. He is a crazy, drum playing boy! A lot of fun and he is great to have around. We thank God for both of them and their parents (who were enrolled as soldiers today.)
God is so good to us. Our summer was full of wonderful blessings! New friends, new family (human and otherwise!) and lots of fun. Till next year, so long to camp sunrise - hello busy and chaotic life! We're back!

Our Family is Growing

This is the newest member of our family! Boomer will be two in October and he is a Golden Retriever. We were given this incredible gift by a breeder in Robert's Creek, who parted with him tearfully just the other day. Now we know why it was hard for them to part - this is one of the nicest dogs I have ever known. He is gentle and timid - so gentle that Evan isn't afraid of him. That is a miracle. He is trained and responds well to commands. He's a little sad right now but after 24 hours his tail came out from between his legs and is wagging. Cuddles, of course, put him in his place as the dominant female in the house, but I think even she has been won over by this kind and gentle giant. Here they are together - her expression says it all!

Welcome to the family Boomer!

Summer is Over!

It's so sad. We came back from the camp from our last week up at our trailer. I spent the morning looking out at the waters of Howe Sound, the sun sparkling like a pool of diamonds on the water's surface. It was so relaxing and restful - I didn't want to leave, but life goes on. This summer was a good one, albeit a sad one with Sheena leaving for Regina. I keep telling myself it's only for five months, she'll be back. I miss the children - especially the new one who we've barely got to know.

I felt a certain bond with Allie the week Sheena came to the trailer to spend some time with us. It was such a good time to be with the grandchildren - I slept with Isaac all week and we got to know each other in a completely different way. Usually he just comes to visit - but 24/7 with him was a real treat. Hosea usually stays away from me, like he does with most people, but there were a few times that he allowed me to be present with him in his reality!

Here are some lovely pics from that time together.

Isaac - this picture paints a true picture of this active and delightful little boy. He was teething something awful that week, but he found some time to enjoy the playground.

Hosea, the cool dude. Mr. Aloof - don't come in my space, man, invitation only!

Here is baby Allie - my new nick name for her is Allie-cat! Sheena doesn't like it, I'm sure, but I really think it's cute. Here she is modelling one of the latest creations knitted by Nana - a lovely cotton number with cables and seed stitch - of course the little bunny buttons make a cute touch to finish off the garment.

So my summer has been one of relaxation and rest - enjoying the fellowship of the other campers and hanging out with our new friends, the Cross family. We've been really blessed this year. This is the first summer in a long time that my vacation wasn't sick time for me. This new medication is working wonders and I have more energy than I've had for a long time. I can only pray that God will continue to keep me going through the next busy work season.