Sunday, July 1, 2007

Happy 140th Birthday Canada

This morning at 5 am I woke up and was up for a few moments when I saw a glow through the blinds. I took my camera and slipped out side. I could scarcely believe my eyes.
This winter I shot the sunrises towards the southeast corner of our property and now that summer has arrived this sunrise I took northeast.
I am nearly rendered speechless as to how to describe how peaceful and beautiful it was. The birds were already singing their praises and it was all I could do not to join their singing. I would have perhaps . . . standing underneath my new flag pole, except that I probably would have awoken Terry and he would have been concerned for my mental well being.
(if you click on the pictures . . .they enlarge)
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O Canada!




O Canada!

Our home and native land!

True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,

The True North strong and free!

rom far and wide,

O Canada,

We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.


This year I got my wish. It's been a standing joke around the farm for the last few years that the flag still hadn't been raised. Last year for Canada Day the flag still hadn't been raised and some friends of ours bought dozens of little flags and stuck them all over the property.

After that Terry promised me that the flag would be up for Canada Day this year. This week he has been busy scouting out poles, deciding how best to erect the pole and then yesterday it was raised.

What a guy.

So what prompted my desire for a Canadian Flag in my yard? Since I was a little girl, my mother instilled in me a love for our maple leaf. We always had a flag flying on our farm while I was growing up. Is it then instilled? I wonder, since every time I hear our national anthem, I get shivers. Can that be instilled?


I would imagine that my love for our flag and the anthem that we sing is a direct correlation to the love and appreciation that was regularly spoken of in our home as I grew up.

When I was still young, we celebrated the 100 year birthday of our nation. Our tiny village celebrated in full fashion. My mom sewed dresses from that period of time with matching bonnets for herself, me and also my friend Shirley. We wore those to the Centennial Celebrations. To my family, our country was something to be cherished and celebrated.

Today, we each celebrate in different ways. I'm off for a cup of coffee with some Canadian friends, that is a good start I'd say.
I have no idea why God has blessed me with the privelege of living in this glorious land.
I hope that I will be a good steward with that which he has entrusted to me. Oh that I may never take this land of freedom forgranted. I am proud to be Canadian. I am proud to fly the flag that is symbolic of my love for the country that for years has been a haven to those who have needed refuge and peace.
With that I bid you a wonderful Canada Day.

11 comments:

  1. thats such an amazing sunrise!
    I love the idea of a flag, I love it when people are patriotic, its so nice. Happy Canada Day!

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  2. Guess God decided to add His signature to the day as well with that stunning sunrise. Kudo, Terry, for the grand flag pole. I'll be checking the Google earth map images to see it.

    Happy Canada Day friends, and may God bless you who watch and pray that when she is judged with the all the nations on earth, that she will be found to be worthy of praise.

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  3. This is an absolutely beautiful and meaningful blog! I just tumbled upon you today, and I truly loved your weather/sky photos AND your comments and thoughts. Happy Canada Day!

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  4. Happy Canada Day! According to the photos the wind blew just right for you. One thing I love to see as we often take drives in the countyside of our beautiful province are the flags that fly high on many homesteads. Your photo coulage is beautiful. I'm delighted that we've been invited to celebrate Canada Day at your place tonight with the flag flying high above us. We do live in a beautiful country, and experience a great life of freedom. Terry did you good! The flag is in the perfect spot in your yard. Celebrate the day well. Kathy

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  5. I remember our 100th celebration too. I sang in a special choir and Prime Minister Trudeau arrived in the field in a helicopter - It was very exciting. Do you remember the song?
    CA-NA-DA
    (One little two little three Canadians)
    We love thee
    (Now we are twenty million)
    CA-NA-DA
    (Four little five little six little Provinces)
    Proud and free
    (Now we are ten and the Territories sea to sea)

    (Chorus):
    North south east west
    There'll be happy times,
    Church Bells will ring, ring, ring
    It's the hundredth anniversary of
    Confederation
    Ev'rybody sing together!
    CA-NA-DA...

    Happy Canada Day to you and yours!!

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  6. Well done, Lovella!! as always!!

    The sunrise photos are amazing...how sweet of God to wake you up so He could show it to you!!

    Hope you have a wonderful celebration today...
    HAPPY CANADA DAY!!

    We are truly blessed in our land, "glorious and free".

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  7. What a beautiful sunrise for a special day...Happy Canada Day!!...from upstate New York..

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  8. Beautiful sunrise! Way to go, Terry, on getting our flag raised. It has the perfect spot of honour at your house. Love the photos.

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  9. Happy belated Canada Day to you! blessings...

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  10. The photo of the sunrise is beautiful!

    Happy Canada Day! I'm sure you had a wonderful time. :)

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  11. I didn't get around to my Canadian blogging buddies on Sunday as I'd hoped, but I did want to send belated Canada Day Greetings to you and yours, Lovella. I have really enjoyed this post and your First Generation Canadian post ~ just lovely. You have a wonderful way of telling stories.

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Thank you!