Sunday, May 30, 2010


Last night Scott and I went out to a local Contra dance. It was the last one of the season here. They will start up again in September. My friend Louise came too. It was great to see you Louise! I forgot to take pictures so here is a picture of Fred and Ginger instead...

Have a great rest of your weekend!


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Daddy!

May 25th, 2010

Dad and the three kids


As you can see...they were very much needed

Fun cards

We love you Dad! We hope you have a wonderful year ahead. May the Lord shower his blessings upon you.



Saturday, May 22, 2010

New York Mission Post!!

April 27, 2010. New York, NY.

This year’s Holy Week missions had a strong Manhattan contingent, with 50 young women, 10 young men, and about a dozen families involved in various service projects around the Big Apple.

The mission, running from Thursday afternoon to Sunday morning, was based out of Old St Patrick’s Cathedral in SoHo. During the mission, the youth reached out to the people of the district, inviting them to the church for the Easter liturgies. At the same time, they engaged in various corporal works of mercy in conjunction with some of New York’s charitable organizations.

Caroline and I

The service projects started on Friday morning with Meals on Wheels, as we youth teamed up to deliver meals to the elderly, staying to socialize and spend some time when they could.

Meanwhile, another group helped prepare and serve lunch at a center for the elderly.

A few of us- posing

Holy Thursday - washing of the feet

Talking to a lady on the streets


In the evening, we participated in a Midnight Run from 10 pm to 1 am. A Midnight Run is an evening delivery of essential clothing and toiletries to homeless people throughout the city. The missionaries had been preparing in the months prior to the mission with a clothing and toiletries drive, collecting items as diverse as underwear, socks, rain ponchos, sweaters, jackets, pants, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, and more.

Before we started our deliveries, two former homeless people came and gave all the missionaries a talk to help them understand what they would be experiencing, sharing their own stories of how they came to be homeless.

One of them had graduated from college and worked for the Pentagon and the Air Force. He had a family, a wife, and a house in DC. But when his wife died, he mentally broke down. He forgot to pay his bills and go to work. Before too long, he found himself on the street. One of New York’s programs for homeless people helped him to start getting back on his feet again, although he still lives in a shelter.

The other speaker shared how his drug addiction had lost him his job and landed him on the street for 16 years. It took him a long time to recognize that he had an addiction and start detoxing, but he finally did it.

One of the co-workers that Caroline has worked with in the past year and her cousin who came down for the mission :)


The kitchen "crew" serving lunch at the center for the elderly

Walking down the streets in NY

Saturday in Harlem

On Saturday, the missionaries headed over to the Children’s Day Society in Harlem. There, they organized five stations of games for the kids: basketball, steal the bacon, Easter egg decoration, musical chairs, and dodge ball. The kids switched off from one station to the other until they had their fill of games.

The games were followed by a cookout and an Easter egg hunt. One missionary spent the whole day with the same three girls, bonding

“The kids really liked the personal attention from the missionaries,” observed Caroline, noting that the boys started shooting hoops and playing pickup basketball with the young men, while some of the young women found themselves surrounded by a small posse of little girls.


Easter Eggs!

Some of the things in this post is from a great newspaper article that was written about the mission.
It is hard to put into words what a blessing the mission was to me. I think many of us there saw God working miracles in the lives of those on the street and the people who were helping on the mission. It re-emphasized to me that the smallest gesture can make a change in someones life. In closing I want to share with you two quotes that help me summarize my experience in NY city.

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.

Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.
-Mother Teresa
God bless you, Erin

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Lunch With Friends

As we walk our path of life,
We meet people everyday.
Most are simply met by chance.
But, some are sent our way.

These become special friends
Whose bond we can't explain;
The ones who understand us
And share our joy and pain.

Their love contains no boundaries.
So, even we are apart.
Their presence enhances us
With a warmth felt in the heart.

This love becomes a passageway,
When even the miles disappear.
And so, these friends, God sends our way,
Remain forever near.

Author unknown

It was wonderful to see you my friends - Caroline, Tannis and Louise! We will have to go out together again sometime soon.

Love, Erin

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Disney Concert

This past Sunday afternoon was the final concert for the choir that I am in with eight other girls. We had a Disney theme this concert. It was so fun to sing all these classic songs! We had a great time the past few months practicing.

My piano teacher and choir director Ursula and I

The choir and our guest soloist

Laura, Ursula and I

Monday, May 17, 2010

Some Light Humour

After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form called a 'gripe sheet,' which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.

Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor. Here are some maintenance complaints submitted by UPS pilots (marked with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance engineers. By the way, UPS is the only major airline that has never, ever, had an accident.

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit

P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back-order.

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Friction locks causes throttle levers to stick.
S: That's what friction locks are for.

P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you're right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.

P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from midget.

As to whether these are all really true or not, DigTriad contacted UPS to ask. "We were surprised by the answer. Even UPS doesn't know if it's Fact or Fiction. The spokesperson did tell us, even UPS employees find it entertaining, but the one thing they do not joke about is safety. The company has not been able to verify the authenticity of the notes."

Friday, May 14, 2010

Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.

~Blessed Mother Teresa

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Noah Update: Good News!

This was an email that was sent to my Mom-

Hi Sally,

Thank you so very much for praying for dear Noah. The Lord has most assuredly inclined His ear toward you and the others who've been praying, and has granted us our petition.

Noah is indeed home! He was discharged from the hospital on Monday. Imagine? A six hour major brain surgery on Thursday, home on Monday morning!! To God be all glory, honour and praise!!

He is doing amazingly well. Yesterday, I hear, he walked down to their barn and has been enjoying the WII Fit his brother bought as a physio tool. His swelling has reduced considerably and his healing has been taking place at a remarkable rate.

Please send the photos to me. I've already prepared 3 poster boards full of photos and comments, and am working on the fourth. The first three have already been delivered to their family. If you know of others who've been praying, please ask them to send along photos as well. Seeing the faces of the precious saints who've undertaken on their behalf has blessed them so very much.


An update about Noah:

Thank-you for praying - please pass this around,

Sally H.

I received an email but it was a bit unclear about which day it was - I think the email went out Monday. Noah is walking in the hallways - only hooked up to a heart monitor and eating well. A final P.S. at the bottom of the email indicated that they had just heard from Steven (Noah's Dad) and Noah is going home - from what I can gather that would be maybe Monday or Tuesday. I'm really not sure exactly. Praise God! Thank-you for all of your prayers. This very serious surgery was just last Thursday. I know he has a lot of healing left to do but what a wonderful blessing if he can continue healing at home. Their home is not near the hospital so this will be another blessing for them. If you are able, "Debbie Y" is collecting photos and notes from people who would like to bless Noah in this way. Noah and his family has asked that they would like to see who the prayer "warriors" have been that have been praying. Joanna-Lynn (Noah's Mom) said that their family would like to pray for you too!! Debbie's email is:

P.S. I have since received word from Debbie and she has kindly updated me and sent along pictures of Noah as well.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

All Things Bright and Beautiful

All things bright and beautiful,

All creatures great and small,

All things wise and wonderful,

The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,

Each little bird that sings, He made their glowing colors, He made their tiny wings.

The purple-headed mountain,

The river running by,

The sunset

and the morning,that brightens up the sky.

The cold wind in the winter,

The pleasant summer sun,

The ripe fruits in the garden, He made them every one.

He gave us eyes to see them, and lips that we might tell,

How great is God Almighty,

Who has made all things well.

~Cecil Frances Alexander

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Update On Noah

Thank-you for your prayers. I will send more updates as they become available.

Sally H.

Here is a quick update on 16 year old Noah. Thank-you for your prayers and for spreading this need around so others could pray too.

Noah is doing well for the delicate surgery he had. The surgery ended up being almost 8 hours which was longer than they anticipated but the doctors were able to do everything they wanted which going into the surgery they were uncertain about. They were able to deal with the veins and knew going in would be removing part of his brain. They were also able to remove the aneurysm. The surgery was Thursday morning and they had him stand and speak on Friday morning (very briefly). He appears to be doing well. He has been given lots of medication to keep him quiet so he is able to keep healing. He seems to be remembering and the doctors are optimistic. He had a small seizure which they are hoping is from the shock to the body from this surgery or from the medication which was first given to him on Thursday night. Please continue to pray for him and his family and that there would be no more seizures. Noah's family is very grateful for the prayers of God's people. We will give updates when possible.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mother Day Mommy!

Mother's Day

The kindest face I'll ever see,
The kindest voice I'll ever hear.
The one who cares the most for me
Is my own mother dear.

All through the year I'll try to do
The things that show My love for you.
And not be happy just to say,
"I love you Mother," on Mother's Day.

~ Author Unknown

Friday, May 7, 2010

Friday Funnies

So there I was . . . just relaxing in front of the T..V. when the kids yelled, "Hey Grandpa, come see the kittens. "

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Please Pray

This request went out from my Mom this morning....

Hello everyone,

A family we know that lives in the Lanark, Ontario area their son is having a very serious surgery today. Two days before Christmas 2009 he almost died when they found out he had serious complications(since birth) that this surgery today is dealing with. He is a wonderful young man with eight siblings.

Please pass this around. This was sent out last night by our local homeschool group.

Sally H.

Subject: 16 Year Old Noah's Brain Surgery Is Tomorrow.

Tomorrow is Noah's brain surgery, so I'm coming to remind you of his tremendous need of prayer.

The surgery is extremely risky. There is so much at stake...his life, his ability to reason, to speak, to walk, his terrific personality... The surgeons have to go very deep into his brain to deal with the two jumbled masses of veins, as well as an aneurysm. The surgeon has told Noah's parents that he's not a "cowboy", indicating that he will do all he can, but won't do more than he's able, which could possibly mean some of the problems may not be able to be addressed - although he'll do his best.

Noah has given all of his worldly goods to his siblings. Please pray that there'll be a need to return them to him.

He must be at the hospital in Ottawa tomorrow at 6:30, with surgery beginning around 8:30.

Their best guess is that it will take about 4-5 hours. I'll update you all as I'm able. And thanks so much for taking Noah's needs before the Lord our God.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

~Leo Buscaglia

Monday, May 3, 2010

Our Weekend

We had a very busy weekend past! Scott had his final OYO Concert on Sunday (Ottawa Youth Orchestra). He has been there the last year but with going to University this fall he will be in the University Orchestra.

Mom went on a silent retreat with a good friend over the weekend. Mom's time there was a real blessing for her. She had some wonderful times to just sit and have some quiet prayer time.

Dad and us three kids watched a good movie on Saturday night. All you history people out there would really enjoy it!! I thought it was a nice story and really enjoyed it myself. Dad did say the best part of the film was seeing Clark Gable being put over the side at sea after he passed away (most of the film was at sea) but then Dad is not a huge CG fan! It is at the A. library if any of you are interested in seeing it.

Daddy also helped get my ATV in great working order on Saturday...that was exciting!! It felt great to be driving about in it again.

We have got alot of rain over the past few days so everything is greening up beautifully! All our perennials in the flower garden are coming up nicely. I am going to start planning the vegetable garden out this week with Mom. We were given some garlic to try planting last fall. They are coming up great Mrs. L!

Have a great week everyone.


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Our Little Man...

Ralph and I had a little "photo shoot" the other day and I wanted to share some of the outcome with you.

Thanks for stopping by!!