Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Another year has come and gone.
I always think it is good to look back and see what we did that mattered enough to us...
to take some pictures.

It seems...
a lot of my year was taken up with Mennonite Girls Can Cook...
and camping.

There were cooking classes.

Our family had a  few unexpected doctor and dentist visits.

It seems our family has a theory that there is nothing a good noodle can't fix.

I also admit that dressing up the five of them brings me joy.

A trip to see the beach is always good and a little time alone there with my beloved.

Seeing the Celebration book fill tables in book stores was exciting...

and wonderful to share with these wonderful women I am blessed to call my friends.

There was a bit more travelling this year.
Anneliese and I went to Toronto.

It was an amazing opportunity to tell our story.

Kathy and I tried our hand at making walking tacos on Breakfast Television.

We had a wonderful time as a group going to Winnipeg to do some book signings and see Betty and Charlotte.

It was wonderful to be together and enjoy some time to celebrate again.

A few of us also went to Saskatoon to do several book signings there and Kathy and I also went to Phoenix to the Mennonite Assembly convention.

We had our annual family weekend away at Harrison Hot Springs.

There was some ATV riding.

There was some bathing in campsites.

There was some rock painting....

and  a little bit of unsuccessful gopher hunting.

I enjoyed a few bubble baths...

and the new sport of BMX in our family.

There was a ATV trip up to Larson Hill with our farming community friends.

There was my month of Thankfulness.

Some days we ate like kings and on other days enjoyed simple meals of wiener roasts.

We found ourselves back on the kitchen stage at the West Coast Women's Show.

We went to Calgary to sign books and visit our Auntie Hilda and Uncle Lou and their very fun family.

We cut down a Christmas tree...

and packed up cookies for our first ever Christmas Cookie Class.

Near Christmas there  was a ballet recital... which I loved.

There was a snowfall that had me excited...
and him heading out to clean the driveway.

And now here we are on the last day of 2013.

We are so thankful again for God's hand on us and our family.

Thank you to each of you for coming along with me each day.
You have been such an encouragement to me so often.
I am amazed at how much I have learned from each of you as  I read your blogs and you share parts of your life with me.

Wishing you and your family all the best for 2014!

Monday, December 30, 2013


It was a special Christmas here at Grammie's house.
I was hiding a special surprise in the baby room which I was keeping under lock and key tucked under blankets.

When the time came...
I told the little girls that I had something special I wanted to show them and they saw the three baby girls all in a row.

They stood very still...
eyes wide open and looking from the babies back to me.

At last the oldest...
very carefully reached out and touched the baby nearest her on the cheek.
Is it real?
She asked...
and I smiled.

They each claimed a baby girl to love and care for and those baby girls were snuggled and passed around the rest of the day.

The boys left their toys and came over now and then to help.

The baby in the family suddenly looked like a little boy...a little bit grown up.

So curious.

The babies made the rounds.
Everyone wanted to hold them for a bit.

So now you know my secret too....
but let me tell you the rest of the story.

I first learned about reborn babies when my friend Lois told me her daughter in law was making them...
but it wasn't until I saw them at her house that I believed her when she said they look like a real live baby.

The baby dolls are ordered online as a kit.
Head and limbs are completely blank and the artist then goes to work painting layer after layer to create a one of a kind reborn baby.

Each layer of paint is baked and then the body is weighted and attached.
They are a work of art.

The baby kits come in different sizes.
These babies are 19 inches and fit preemie clothes...
which I quite enjoyed buying.

If you are interested there is lots of information online and if you live here in the Fraser Valley and would like to be put in touch with Kirsten ...
I'd be happy to help you connect.

all for now...

Friday, December 27, 2013

the boxing night bed

Our Christmas with the family was yesterday on Boxing Day.
It worked out to be the best plan of the season since it gave us two here on the farm a chance to recover from the flu bug that arrived on Christmas eve ... stayed the night and most of Christmas Day.

Yesterday morning we woke up...
had a cup of coffee and set to work ...
me in the kitchen and him in the barn doing morning chores.

The children arrived and the party began.
Remember hanging out with your cousins at grandma's house?
I think they will too.

The dishwasher has been filled and emptied and filled once more.
Tomorrow floors will be vacuumed and mopped and then I think we'll enjoy the parts of Christmas that we missed.

I hope you all have had a most enjoyable Christmas.

all for now...

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Christmas Eve Bed

The bed . . .
stripped of it's sheets and covers.

A fresh bed for Christmas eve is a tradition and when I washed sheets last week I thought about each step and how much we love our comfortable bed.

The bottom flannelette sheet is pulled tight. 
Our window right above the bed is open all year around and when our cozy sheets are tucked up around our necks we are warm and breathe fresh air.

The top sheet is placed on next.
Corners done the way my mom taught me.

A new silk filled duvet... a recent purchase after our visit to Calgary.
Auntie Hilda's guest bed's silk duvet was oh so comfortable and I soon found silk duvet's could be purchased at home.

A white cotton top sheet covers the duvet and the flannelette is turned over.

and turned over once more.

Pillowcases are steam pressed and even flannelette that has been washed many times feels soft and luxurious to my cheek.

Our bed...
comfortable and practical.

But then... 
I place the pillows with the pillowcases from my grandmother...
stitched with love.

A Christmas doll....
there is room for her here.

A Christmas quilt finishes the Christmas eve bed.

All this  for our Christmas eve bed as we celebrate the birth of the Jesus.

There was no room in the inn for him that night.
His first bed was a manger filled with straw.

It is so easy to think that it was so long ago and hardly our responsibility.
What then about the room we leave for him in our hearts today?
Is there room for him there?

The old familiar song came to mind as I made our bed.
Do you know it?

Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown,
When thou camest to earth for me;
But in Bethlehem's home was there found no room
For Thy holy nativity:

Oh, come to my heart, Lord Jesus!
There is room in my heart for Thee;
Oh, come to my heart, Lord Jesus, come,
There is room in my heart for Thee.

Wishing you and your loved ones a most wonderful and blessed Christmas.

with love,