Saturday, August 30, 2008

Camp Tamarack

(Photo courtesy of ypfriends! thanks! :)
Unfortunately I did not take ANY pictures at camp!
:( :( :(
very unusual for me.... what a shame, especially since my memories are mainly built on photos!!! (I hate to think what would happen if I lost all my photos, or worse yet, if I lost my eyesight! )

Camp Tamarack is over! Once again, it was a great week! Throughout the week, we heard seven messages from Pastor Anjema, Pastor Vogel, and Pastor Stringer on the theme of "the glory of God", along with workshops on various topics from which each camper chose two.

Each message that was brought brought different points of conviction. I pray that God will continue His work in me and in the others who were at camp, and that our lives may display God's glory for all the world to see! It's far too easy to get on that 'high' at camp, and then you come home and find that things are just as you left... I pray that each one would purpose in his/her heart to live out what they've learned, that they would be changed and renewed after this week of spiritual refreshment.

This year was somewhat different for me than other years - mostly because it was my 7th year helping out at camp. There's a lot of young people coming up who are beginning to replace the older ones. It felt strange to not have as many of those older people there this year, and though it was still fun, it certainly felt strange to be one of the older ones (I was the 4th oldest female camper!).

Now I'm one of the role models for these young people - yikes, what a thought! ;) I've always struggled with feelings of inadequacy in fulfilling this role, especially at camp, and this year was no exception. I see so much in me that needs to change, so much sin that needs to be expelled; I need the Lord's work in me so much, every day! I know that God hasn't yet finished working on me. He will continue to purify me, cleanse me from my sin, and make me more into the image of His Son Jesus Christ.
I long for the day when I may be perfectly whole!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

August 16

It's been seven years now since Dad passed away.... time passes so quickly. We still miss him a lot, but God's grace is sufficient for our every need. I look forward to the day that we'll meet each other again in heaven!

[The Lord] knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more.

But the mercy of the LORD
is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments
to do them.

Psalm 103:14-18

-- William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

I wandered lonely as a cloud,
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretch'd in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced;
But they out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed -- and gazed -- but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Arrival in Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo

I'm sorry to those of you who have been wanting to see pictures from Ruth and my trip in Europe! Pictures take absolutely FOREVER to upload to the blog - so I thought I'd make slideshows instead...

The following slideshow is of our arrival in Bulgaria, and of our tour through Veliko Tarnovo, an mideival city which also used to be one of the old capital cities in Bulgaria. I mentioned it also in one of my email updates.

The slideshow's actually only 3 minutes... but the song goes for nearly 5 minutes! I don't know how to fade it out!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

House Cleaning!

Last week a bunch of people from my church were getting the house ready for our missionaries (Rich & Ange) who are back on furlough from Mexico. It's awesome for us, because they're living right across the road from us! sweet little helper
I was cleaning the windows, not taking pictures of myself :)
ugh... yet so beautifully made, at the same time!
it was weaving its web outside one of the windows I was cleaning

Rich & Ange, we're looking forward to fun times ahead with you guys and your kids!

Visit at Tim & Charlene's

After cleaning at Dan & Joyce's new house last week while they were on their honeymoon, I had dinner at Tim & Charlene's - our first dinner in their new condo! there were a lot of firsts that day: I was the first to use their shower, to have dinner there, to use the new dishes, cutlery & glasses, and to use their beautiful new dining room table! pretty exciting! :)

Thanks for the fun times, guys!! looking forward to many more to come! :)

Splash Pad!

Charlene and I got to take the kids to the splash pad last week! the water was absolutely freezing cold, but it was tons of fun! Ash & I dared each other to go through all the different water spray things, but Charlene & Jaden both found it too cold for their liking.

as we approached the splash pad, Jaden got a little nervous ;) he doesn't seem to love water as Ashleigh does! but perhaps that's good thing, at his age.

But he sure doesn't mind getting OTHER people wet! he started a waterfight - him against all us girls! :)

but he soon ended the fight by dumping the rest of the water out...

It was a beautiful day in a beautiful park! it was fun being a kid again ;)

Charlene also posted on the day...

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Dan & Joyce's Wedding!!!

the beautiful bride...

I didn't take very many pictures of the day... but Carole took some good ones.

Later at the reception...

our MCs for the evening:
Tim & Charlene

hehe I'm sorry Tim... the following picture makes up for it :)

they sure got practice with those swooping kisses! :)

Beppe with her three beautiful daughters handsome & beautiful, aren't they? ;)
"Great is Thy Faithfulness"
by TorontoYP

My mom and Joyce's mom are like two peas in a pod - they even bought the same dress (by accident!) :)

The Shoe Game

"who's going to wash the dishes?"

but they disagree on some things...

was this question "who's the better driver?"

Congratulations, Dan & Joyce! It was such a blessed day! I pray that your life together will truly be blessed by the Lord!