Wednesday, September 29, 2010

God's Promise

Yesterday we got a lot of rain throughout the course of the day. Just before supper the rain stopped, the clouds opened , the sun started to shine and the most beautiful rainbow came out right through our woods.

I was reminded once again of God's promise to Noah and his sons that "never again shall all living things be destroyed by the waters of a flood, nor shall there ever again be a flood to devastate the earth."

8. God spoke as follows to Noah and his sons,

9. I am now establishing my covenant with you and with your descendants to come,

10. and with every living creature that was with you: birds, cattle and every wild animal with you; everything that came out of the ark, every living thing on earth.

11. And I shall maintain my covenant with you: that never again shall all living things be destroyed by the waters of a flood, nor shall there ever again be a flood to devastate the earth.

12. And this, God said, "is the sign of the covenant which I now make between myself and you and every living creature with you for all ages to come"

13. I now set my bow in the clouds and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

14. When I gather the clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds,

15. I shall recall the covenant between myself and you and every living creature, in a word all living things, and never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all living things.

16. When the bow is in the clouds I shall see it and call to mind the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth, that is, all living things.'

17. That, God told Noah, 'is the sign of the covenant I have established between myself and all living things on earth.'

Genesis 9: 9-17

Monday, September 27, 2010

Our weekend and upcoming events

This weekend my grandfather's brother Willard and his wife June came down for the weekend (Aunt June and Uncle Willard). Here is a picture that was taken of the three brothers (Mom's Uncles) in March '10 with their wives. From L - R. Nana and Papa, Aunt June and Uncle Willard, Aunt Beth and Uncle Ron. We all had a pleasant visit with Aunt J. and Uncle W. They have two cute little Shih tzu dogs named Tia and Claire. Scott came home last night over night and then Dad brought him back to school this morning. Short but sweet... the visit... Scott is quite tall...

We are having dance lessons starting on Tuesday! We are all looking forward to them. There will be six couples. Mom and Dad are one of the couples. I love dancing!

Mom and I have been busy getting me back into the swing of things the last couple of weeks with school. I enjoy all of the different subjects. I think I like English the best!

I got a job a few weeks ago at a nearby health food store! I am starting there the first Thursday in October. I love working with natural and wholesome flours, grains and nuts so this will be so neat having this type of job. I am starting part time and then working into more hours as needed.

We have had a very rainy September.... but the fall colors are beautiful this year and should be out in full brillance within the next couple of weeks. It seems earlier this year.

God Bless and have a wonderful week.

~ Erin

Friday, September 24, 2010

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me."

Erma Bombeck

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I have been sick the last few days with a cold/flu so have not been able to do much posting. I am looking forward to feeling better and being able to do some updating! Have a wonderful weekend.

~ Erin

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Mother's Advice

--- by Elizabeth Allen from Twenty Three and Soaring

I've grown up reading Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books. Honestly, I cannot remember when I first read Little House in the Big Woods... oh, yes, I just did! I remember reading it for the first time when I was seven years old. But I definitely don't remember seeing it on my parents' bookshelf for the first time! It's always been there .. part of my life... for all of my life. I'd read all the books by the time I was ten years old, on which birthday my family gave me a complete set of the books, all inscribed with loving birthday messages in the front covers. Needless to say, I still have the Little House books on my bookshelf!

I was fourteen years old, and I re-read the 'Little House' books for the hundredth time and - for the first time - really noticed Laura's Ma, Caroline Ingalls. As I read the books, I looked at her and her life and thought, "That's what I want to be like when grown-up - especially when I'm a wife and a mother!" If you have not have read the Little House books, believe me when I say that Laura's Ma is amazing... she's quite young and very pretty (according to Laura), but brave and courageous; she's calm and capable; she's gentle and firm. Although she wants to settle down in one place, she follows Laura's Pa - Charles Ingalls - across America, making a home for her family, being a wife, a mother, a lady and being the refuge for her husband and children on the Western Frontier. She is amazing and although I haven't read the Little House books for a while, I still remember Laura's Ma and think, "That's what I want to be like!"

So... when I discovered that someone has written a series of books about Caroline Ingalls, of course I had to read them! It's been so much fun getting to know Laura's Ma before she was Laura's Ma, when she was Caroline Quiner... a serious, thoughtful, steady little girl, like Laura's Ma in so many ways... but younger, softer, freer. My favourite bit of all the Caroline books is at the end of the last book in the series, A Little House of Their Own, when Charles Ingalls has asked Caroline Quiner to marry him and go West with him. She loves him, but she's afraid of going West. While working in the garden, Caroline and her Ma have a heart-to-heart talk:

"Caroline, we cannot live out lives worrying about 'what if'!" Mother said emphatically. "Grandma Tucker would never have had the courage to leave Scotland and make the perilous voyage to this country if she had worried about what might happen. And I would never have journeyed west myself. Then I would never have had the joy of raising eight wonderful children."

"There has been a great deal of sorrow with the joy," Caroline said in a quiet voice.

"Yes," Mother said, sighing. "But perhaps the joy would not seem so sweet without the sorrow." Mother's gaze focused intently on Caroline again. "Sorrow and joy are both a part of life, Caroline. And life is what we choose to make of it."

--- from "A Little House of Their Own" by Celia Wilkins

Reading aloud was a big part of our home schooling. We always had a "good read" going in the afternoon and evenings. Mom and Dad would take turns reading aloud. The Caroline Series is my Mom's and my favorite series of all of The Little House Books. I can remember when the Caroline Series first came out. We could hardly wait for the next book to be released... ~ Erin

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Wedding Shower for Deanna

This past Sunday Mom and I along with dear friends Margaret and her daughter Mary-Beth held a shower for Deanna. We have known both of their families for years so it was nice to be a part of this special time for Deanna and Jon. There were about 21 ladies in attendance. It was a very enjoyable afternoon and great to talk to some people that we had not seen for awhile! Some of the pictures were a little washed out so here are the best ones.

Both sides of the family, from L - R ~ Elise (sister of the bride), Irene (mother of the bride), Deanna (the Bride!), Shanna (sister of the bride), Vanessa and little Samuel (sister of the groom), Jenny (sister of the groom), Niki (mother of the groom)

Playing the "apron" game :)

Deanna and her sister Elise

Hugs for Samuel


Good Friends :) From L - R Niki, Mom and Margaret.


Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Cottage

I am sorry that his post has taken so long in getting up. We have been busy getting ready for a wedding shower! Post to follow.

This picture was taken after church before we went to the cottage that afternoon.

The view from the dock

On the paddle boat

Scott fighting a fish!

Our Goofy parents :)

Scott and Ralph

Nana and Papa came over a couple of times during our stay and we were able to get a nice picture of them

Mom and Nana

Dad and I playing cards


We had a wonderful vacation together as a family. After a week Mom and Dad brought Scott to school and finished getting him settled in. We really miss him but we will be seeing him on Wednesday!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fall Wins!

On my sidebar I did a recent blog poll asking your favorite season of the year. Here they are in order of seasons. Thank-you for participating!

Spring ~ 2

Summer ~ 3

Fall ~ 8

Winter ~ 1

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

We are back

We have been at a cottage the past 9 days. It was a very nice vacation! While we were gone the internet got fixed.

We took some family pictures while we were there. I will hopefully have a cottage post up in the next day or so along with news about Scott now being in University! Quite a change...