Wednesday, April 30, 2014

His eye is on the sparrow

I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

lyrics ~ Civilla Martin, 1905

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?
 And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 
 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 
 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Matthew 10:29-31

Whatever you face today...
you are not alone.

all for now...
with love,

Monday, April 28, 2014

the sunshine

Last week we went to Vancouver for a few days.
The sun came out on the last morning there and we did what we most enjoy there.
We walked and stopped for coffee and enjoyed the beauty of the city in the sunshine.

We love the walk around coal harbour.

Looking towards Stanley Park we walk the seawall.

The city is blooming! 

This week we are in for some warm weather on the west coast. 
Flip flops are ready!

all for now..

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter 2014

They came on Sunday to celebrate Easter. 

After filling up on Turkey dinner...
they were ready to wear off some of their daily quota of unused energy....
before diving into the last batch of Paska!

While they waited patiently inside...
the eggs were tucked here and there ...
and low.

They don't care if they find plastic empty eggs or shiny foil covered chocolate ones.

They hardly notice that the eggs they find and tuck into their basket...
are then picked out of their basket while they are not looking..
and re-hidden to keep the hunt last as long as possible.

I was thankful for so many things.
The weather cooperated which was like icing on the cake  Paska!

We were able to find a day that suited everyone!
We had more than enough for one family to eat!
Everyone had a good appetite!

Incredible blessings!

We celebrate a risen Saviour.

Our lives are not without challenges but those things we face we face together as a family who believes God is able to give strength for each day...
and joy and peace in the midst of it all.

all for now...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The daffodils that brighten the Trans Canada Highway

Have you ever been driving down the Trans Canada Highway between Chilliwack and Vancouver and wondered who planted the daffodils?

I wonder what year it was?   I wonder if they were planted to celebrate Canada's 100th year in 1967?
Does anyone know?  One day when I have more time, I will have to do a search in my Mom's journals to see if she noted it.  

My Dad was one of the Abbotsford Department of Highways crew that planted the daffodils that brighten up the cloverleafs and medians between the east and west bound lanes.

For those of you who have grown up in Abbotsford you may remember the Department of Highways Yard, situated on the corner of Gladwin and South Fraserway.
He worked there in the 60's and 70's and because we were a one car family for many years,  I have many memories of waiting for him to finish work and taking that time to practice long division.

One Fall he brought a bag of daffodil bulbs home and told my Mom that they were given the left over bulbs.  Probably at some point the daffodil bulb diggers were told to resume their regular work of road maintenance.
Every year after that we had a nice row of daffodils that came up behind our garage.

My Dad took great pleasure in seeing those daffodils and every spring I am reminded of my Dad who brought my Mom flowers and corsages for special occasions and lots of non-occasions.

Edited to add this information from the link that Anneliese  found and then offered in the comments.
Thank you Anneliese!!

First phase of Highway 401 beautification project was completed at the end of October, under the supervision of Mike Pope, Landscape Supervisor, Maintenance Branch, the planting of 131/2 tons of daffodil bulbs along freeway between Chilliwack and Vancouver, a total of 175.000 to 180,000 bulbs. Bridge District, New Westminster District. and Chilliwack District personnel did the planting with a two-man power auger and farm tractors with augers. Art Regier. Abbotsford maintenance crew, left, and Jerry Wheeler.
Co-ordination of the work was by Ian McI.ennan of the Bridge District.

all for now...
with love,

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pillowcase Tutorial

There is still time to make your sweet littles a new pillowcase for Easter.
If you have a sewing machine  and a few hours of time  you can make this pillowcase.
It is a simple project that only needs some careful cutting and some  straight seams. 
Using a  French Seam technique will make this pillowcase  wash and wear for years!

A cheerful holiday inspired pillowcase will make them...
and you smile.

Look for cotton fabric 42 to 45 inches wide.  For each pillowcase you will need the following pieces.
(For the purposes of this tutorial, I will give the measurements for 44 inches wide but the fabric you cut can be 28 X 42 and so on.)

Before you begin to cut your fabric wash it in warm water and dry it in the dryer.
Iron the fabric pieces flat.

  • 28 X 44  inches for the main part 
  • 10 X 44 inches for the cuff (the pink)
  • 2 X 44 inches for the trim (the green part)
  • 28 inches of lace (optional)

Cut each piece precisely using a rotary cutter and a mat if possible.
Place the cuff piece right side up.  The long side should be at the top.
Iron the trim piece in half lengthwise wrong sides together.

Place the trim piece raw edges even with the top of the cuff piece.
Place the main part of the pillowcase right side down placing the raw edge with the other raw edges.
Pin all the raw edges together.

Roll the main part of the pillowcase up ....

Bring the bottom of the cuff up with the main part of the pillowcase tucked inside.

Pin all the raw edges together  making sure they are perfectly aligned.
Sew those raw edges together along the long side using a straight seam 1/2 inch from the edge.

Gently tug the main part of the pillowcase out from the roll.
Lay it flat and iron it. 

Your cuff will now be finished with no seams seen on either the right or wrong side.

Fold the pillowcase in half, wrong sides together.

Trim the raw edges to make them perfectly straight and even.

If you decide you want to tuck in some lace or extra trim, you would tuck it in now and sew the trim down towards the cuff.

Pin the raw edges together paying particular attention where the cuff and the trim meets.

You are now going to make a simple french seam to enclose all the raw edges inside your pillowcase.
With the raw edges pinned together and wrong sides together, sew 1/4 inch seam down the side,  and the bottom of the pillowcase.

Turn the pillowcase inside out so that the wrong sides are now out. 
Sew along the pressed edge about 1/2 inch.

Turn the pillowcase the right side out and press.
Tuck a soft pillow inside ...
and kiss the little sleepy heads good night!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

sharing ... and the way home.

He shared his ice cream.

She shared a walk on a windy morning ...

We shared some fun at the end of a grassy pier while the wind was blowing in a storm...

We shared some jokes on the beach...

I shared my beach chair...fairly often. 

We shared a book.

Before we knew it ...
it was time to go home. 
It is only two weeks since we packed our bags to board the plane to come home...
and yet it seems like a month...
maybe more.

Good times were had by all.
We played and ate and even on the way home...
did some sleeping.

Here is one final travel tip...

If your head can't stay up on it's own...
just borrow a pair of pyjama bottoms  from your sister and tie the legs to the back of your car seat.

Thank you for sharing our trip with me.
It was a lot of fun remembering it all and maybe one day we'll be able to do it again.

I'm so thankful...
so very thankful.

all for now...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


There was a very talented young mexican woman that came each day and set up her painting booth.

She would display various items to paint and then hand out brushes and sit very quietly and I am sure...
did some inward groaning...
while young and not so young people tried to replicate the finished products she had for sale.

It was a big project for little people that could hear the splashing in the pool right near by.

When one colour seemed like a good place to start...
it seemed that another colour then called their names.

Right about the time the rain started it was near lunch time and the painting hut suddenly had plenty of room.

While the youngsters left...
there was one Mom left finishing their project.

When the rain began to make the fresh paint drip...
she left the project in the capable hands of the young mexican artist.

The next morning it she arrived back with all the projects.
Every evening...
she makes the beginner painter look like a pro.

I am sorry I don't have photos of the finished projects.
Next time I visit the grands...
I'll take photos of their projects in their home...
and I'll share it with you then.

all for now...