Saturday, July 31, 2010

A Visit With Louise

Louise and I had a very pleasant visit the last couple of days. It was great to see you Louise! The day that Louise came over I had a drama club meeting so she came along to watch. I got what I needed that night to finish my costume. Louise and I had fun later at home trying it on each other :)

Louise in the dress

Trying on the costume

We went to pick Louise up and on the way home Mom stopped to get some vegetables at a farm along the highway. This was a plant that was growing next to where they were selling the vegetables. Note the height!

Louise and I spent yesterday sleeping in... :) going for a walk, making a few lemon loaves (recipe will be posted soon on my recipe blog), playing some monopoly and going to the beach.

It was great to see you Louise!

Love, Erin

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My Day

Mom and two of her dear friends went out today for some "lady/mother" time. They had a great time together.

It was great to see you ladies! -Sally

I did some cleaning today while Mom was out :) I was vacuuming and then thought... why not scrub our main room floor? So I did and it looks great - nice and shiny! Mom was very happy (and you know when Mom is happy, everyone is happy!)

The baby birds I told you about flew away this morning. They were so big that they were almost falling out of their nest! I will miss them... not their mess though :(

Louise is coming for a visit and overnight tomorrow. We have not seen each other much since my birthday so I am really looking forward to her coming.

I hope you are all having a nice week.


Monday, July 26, 2010

A Weekend Away Part #1

This weekend our whole family went to Toronto for a little family time and also to attend the wedding anniversary party of some long time friends of ours. We took two cars down so we had a "convoy" so to speak.

Dad took us to a hotel that he stays at sometimes when he does travelling for work. It was a nice spot! There was a large pool and water slide, very fun! I did not go down the water slide but Scott did. He is much braver then I...

Shawn driving

Scott riding

Mom and Dad ahead of us... they drove by themselves :)


The girls


The moon on the way home

Thanks Mom and Dad for the fun filled weekend! It was great to be able to have some family time.

The party post is below...

A Weekend Away Part #2 - The Anniversary Party

We were blessed to be able to attend the Surprise Wedding Anniversary of a couple that our family have known for over 22 years. It was a very fun party with about 60 people in attendance. The kids did a great job putting the party together, everything was so nice and enjoyable.

The surprised...


The two Dad's chatting

A cute little girl named Eva and the family dog Wellington

Eva having her first taste of Coke... she really liked it

Shawn and Wellington

Shawn socializing

Scott and Wellington

There was the most ADORABLE twin sisters at the party - here is Scott holding Ellie :)

Rebecca and I with Ellie

Our Friends that we have always called Aunt and Uncle

Happy 30th Anniversary! It was great to see all of you again.

God Bless,

Clare, Sally, Shawn, Scott and Erin

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish He didn't trust me so much.

- Blessed Mother Teresa

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Blogger Troubles...

I am having a few blogger troubles that I am trying to fix here. We have a very busy weekend so you all might not here from me until early next week.


Monday, July 19, 2010

I posted a Blueberry loaf recipe on my recipe blog. Come check it out!

Our Weekend

We had a friend of the family, Father Pierre over for dinner tonight. He is always so fun to have over. Lots of stories, laughs and a great supper. He and Shawn always have a great time shooting together. Here is a picture of Father and the three kids.

We have a nest of the cutest little baby birds on our back porch. See the fuzzy head?

Shawn and I went for another ATV on Sunday. Mom took this picture of us when we came back.

We saw some Canada geese on our ride...

They were so pretty.

Have a wonderful week everyone. The weather is going to be a bit cooler, so the weather people tell us!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Last night my brothers and I went with our friend Tannis to a local fair to watch the demolition derby! We met up with some other people we knew as well. Mom and Dad came a little bit later with Nana and Papa. After the derby was over we went on a ride with Tannis on the scrabbler. Very fun :) After Tannis left, more rides and some food. A very fun evening.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tea on the Lawn

Mom is part of a local chapter of the Women's Institute(WI). They serve "Tea on the Lawn" as a fundraiser during the summer at a local Conservation area.

Yesterday was my first volunteer afternoon with them - Mom and I went together. It was a lot of fun, a good experience and the food was great! Always a plus :) The menu is homemade tea breads and tea (in your own tea pot :) or lemonade.

The next time I go I will get pictures as I forgot my camera. You know us bloggers - we always have to have our cameras with us!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Q&A Irene said - I love the music on your blog. Was it hard to put on?

I made my playlist at a few years ago - just recently I looked into putting it on my blog. It is very simple to do. Once you have your playlist all made up you just hit the button that says "share playlist". Then it will give you a list of options to choose from. You will choose blogger. After that it's smooth sailing!

Thanks for asking.


Monday, July 12, 2010

I hope you all had a great weekend! We have been blessed with some great sunny weather :)

On Sunday Shawn and I went for a nice l o n g ATV ride. It was so much fun! Not as warm riding then it might have been walking - thankfully!

Mom and I are going into town today to do some errands. One of the things I have to do is get the fabric for my drama costume! I am wearing a nice long flowing dress for my role as the seamstress. I am really looking forward to showing you how it turns out.

I have been doing a lot of ironing this past week. It is one of those things that we had just not been getting to. is all done! For now anyway... I am allowed unlimited movies when I iron :). Isn't that a great picture? Only I don't wear an apron when I iron. It also looks like this lady didn't have any movies to watch!

I have been doing gardening for different people this summer. One lady I have been working for quite a bit. She has flower gardens. I am going to be working for her a few times this week.

We have been working the past few months (when time permits/Daddy) on getting all the pictures on my walls and buying a few extra things that I have been needing. It looks great! I will have some pictures to show you this week of the finished room.

Have a great week eveyone!


Friday, July 9, 2010

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Romans 8:28

Our family was blessed last night to watch a 200 min. long movie about Don Carlo Gnocchi (no-kee) a wonderful priest who did so much during WW2 in the front lines during the war with the soldiers and afterward starting a home for all the children who had lost their parents or been otherwise affected. He was a wonderful godly man and it was a blessing for our family to be able to see this film. We highly recommend it!

I have enclosed an short article about Don Carlo Gnocchi that explains more about his life...

Don Carlo was an Italian priest who desired to serve as a military chaplain. Before having the honor, he encouraged young men to enlist during World War II. Even though the Italian army was currently controlled by the Fascist regime, he believed that fighting for one's country was a way of defending the weak. He rightly saw war as an opportunity to make better men because war allows men to practice heroic virtue. Eventually he was given a post with the Alpine regiment fighting in Albania. While he was serving on the front lines he witnessed countless young men sacrificing their lives for commanders who did not value life and who were ultimately fighting for an unjust cause.

When Don Carlo returned to his hometown he was dismayed that all the boys he had been teaching had decided to follow his lead and join the military. He had no choice but to re-enlist and serve alongside these young men (now fighting under German command) on the frigid Russian front. 68,000 troops were sent to Russia and only 7,000 returned. Some were lost to the fighting, but most were lost to the extreme cold.

The most difficult task Don Gnocchi had to undertake began after the war ended. He traveled throughout Italy to personally console the families of his fallen friends and give them any letters or belongings that he had been entrusted with. In his journeys he realized that the real war was not over. The real war was being fought in the lives of the victims. With so many men gone, many families were left with no one to care for them. Among the needy were a large number of children who had lost limbs because of land mines placed in the Italian countryside. Without fathers to support them, these children had no futures, and their special needs surpassed the abilities of the orphanages to care for them.

Don Carlo had no money and no plan, but he put his trust in God and began gathering all these children. He started by opening up the rectory to disabled children but he required more help and better facilities to sustain the growth and adequately care for the orphans. It took the support of many generous people and powerful Church leaders to provide the housing, food and medical attention that these poor mutilati needed.

Don Carlo's story is unique because he not only provided for the physical care of the orphans, he championed the Catholic theology of redemptive suffering and taught the children how to live it. When we offer up our suffering for others, we offer it for those we love and for the weakest people in society. Don Carlo showed his children that even the weakest of people can unite their suffering to the suffering of Christ on the cross. When they do this they are participating in the life of Christ and helping Him with His work on earth and in the Church.

The Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation for disabled children is well-respected and continues to thrive in Italy today. It has expanded its care to elderly people who are unable take care of themselves and for terminal cancer patients. On January 17th, 2009 a miracle attributed to Venerable Don Carlo Gnocchi was promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI and he was beatified on October 25th, 2009.

I took this article from a website that I found - many thanks to the author

Thursday, July 8, 2010

An evening swim

Last night Mom and I went for a visit to see Caroline and her Mom, Carmelle. Mom has been doing a bible reflection with Carmelle and another lady for the past few months at their house.

Then Caroline and I went down to the beach and had a swim. We also got a visit on the beach from Louise! It was great to see you Louise. This is a picture of the beach we went to - Caroline and I did not do any posing last night. There was alot of people there last night trying to cool off.

It has been great to see you so much lately Caroline after seeing you only a few times last year. See you in a couple weeks :)

- Erin

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Our Weekend

We had a very warm and sunny weekend and it has been continuing into the week. A nice change from some of the cooler days we've had this summer.

Our friend Caroline, her Mom and younger brother came to church with us on Sunday and we had a pleasant afternoon together. Caroline spent the night and part of the next day with us. We slept out in the tent and had some "girly" fun with lots of laughs. :)

We took Caroline down to see our local marble mines - the mines are a few minutes from our house. Shawn took this nice picture of Caroline, Scott and I.

The marble mines

Scott has been working at our local berry farm this summer, mostly selling berries at the nearby stands. This is his third year working there - I worked there the past two years. I stopped by to see him last week and took a picture for my blog. Aren't the berries pretty?

I joined a drama group last month. Our first play that we are doing is W. Shakespeare - "The Taming Of The Shrew". Our group meets on Tuesdays at a local church hall. I have really been enjoying trying out a bit of acting as I have always wanted to do some.

I am playing the role of the Tailor - changed to a seamstress as there were not many girls roles in this play.

I have to get ready to go to drama now. Have a great week everyone! Keep cool....

- Erin