Showing posts from February, 2009

Goodbye sweet boy

This week has been taken up with last minute preparations for our upcoming trip to Mexico and a lot of packing. Just when I thought my nerves and emotions were stretched just about as far as they could go....did I mention it is Winter break right now... I got a call from Kade's new Case worker. We will be forced to say goodbye tomorrow not just for the week but forever. It came as a bit of a shock to me but I know as I look at the big picture that this is in God's control, just as surely as this little boy has not escaped Gods care since he was conceived.
That old Hymn "His eye is on the sparrow" keeps running through my head. The idea is taken from Matthew 10: 29

"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid: you are worth more than many sparrows."

In the eyes of the world this little boy is disposable, a …

Valentines weekend

As you can see it was a busy weekend complete with demolition and rebuilding our bathroom, Valentines day and a curling bonspiel. Here is Roman in his dream job. He keeps asking when he can smash up our other bathroom. It does need to be renovated to so I assured him he would be the first to help with the demolition. This was one of those jobs that took a lot longer than it should have. One moldy shower led to a moldy wall, insulation etc. Terrible plumbing , awful wiring. I think Nathanael felt like a Holmes on Homes episode. We now have a functioning, non rotting, shiny new bathroom though. Pictures to follow.

Aili , our resident party girl, helped me make Valentines cupcakes to surprise the boys and Daddy. That's about as festive as I get. Its a good thing I have Aili or I would completely flake out on most holidays.

Here is Silas getting a turn to "help". Much to his Daddy's frustration. Silas' idea of helping is dumping out the boxes of screws, stealing the t…

Entertainment in Hickville

So what is there to do for "fun" in the sticks? The local skating rink is one place for non stop excitement...ahem. Kade sure took a liking to it. He was absolutely focused and determined to hit that puck with the little hockey stick. I don't know if I've ever seen him so happy. He's definately got the size to be a hockey player...and he's already missing his front teeth now so he's half way there already.

An unconventional way to skate. As you can see we are in a totally unsupervised ice rink and pretty much do what we want.

Silas figuring out that ice is in fact cold on bare hands.

I had to literally pry that hockey stick out of Kade's hands when we left.

Classes for Men

Ok so I don't get the credit for making this one up, but I laughed really hard so I thought I would share it. I did find it in a mens magazine , or rather my husband found it and read it to me. He thought it was amusing perhaps not quite as amusing as I found it though.

Classes For Men

Topic 1. How to fill up the ice cube trays. Step by step, with slide presentation.

Topic 2. The toilet pater roll: Do they grow on the holders? Roundtable discussion.

Topci 3. How to fight cerebral atrophy:
Remembering birthdays, anniversaries, other important dates and calling when you're going to be late. Cerebral shock therapy sessions and full lobotomies offered.

Topic 4. Fundamental differences between the laundry hamper and the floor. Pictures and explanitory graphics.

Topic 5. The after-dinner dishes and silverware: Can they levitate and fly into the kitchen sink? Examples on video.

Topic 6. Loss of identity: Losing the remote to your significant other. Helpline support and support group…

2 weeks from today!!

I am missing Mexico and dreaming of the next time I will be there. Which is only 2 more weeks! We have been planning this trip for a year now and its finally almost here. We are taking a group of 15 people down to the FFHM orphanage in Baja Mexico the same place we lived and worked at 3 years ago. This time instead of staying 6 months we will only be there for 1 whirl wind week. We will also be childless for this trip which will also be different from last time we were there. Last time we were there Roman was only 2 and Aili was 4 . It was a challenge to be a parent to two young children and to be involved in the work I love. My kids adapted and made Mexico their home, infact for Roman he didn't remember living anywhere else. After we returned home to Canada I remember Aili asking why there were no Mexicans in our town...I just said I didn't know and that in some other towns there were probably Mexicans. Roman piped up and insisted there were too Mexicans in our town. We were …

Romans First Report Card

So, after many months of School the kindergartners finally got their first report card. I opened it with much trepidation and fear. It was basically what I had braced myself for, with a few surprises added in. First of all, I'm not sure I understand the whole grading system. We have been in the school system for a few years now but what ever happened to A, B, C ,D etc ? We now have random letters of numbers, which are different with every report card and require a "key" to decipher.

When reading the comments, I read a bit between the lines, keeping in mind that his teacher is so sweet she is almost positive to a fault. Comments such as "Roman is slowly adapting to a classroom climate." Could be interpreted as Roman is frequently disruptive in a classroom setting but he is starting to learn that we are here for a reason.

Or "He seems to be enjoying school more and is attempting to pay attention in class" . That is a comment I could be proud of but the &…