Happy Reformation Day!

I came across this website from David Murray's blog and found the mini-documentary very informative.  If you have a few minutes and are interested in learning about the humble beginnings of the Reformation, please watch!
Out of Darkness; The Story of the English Bible is a four-part mini documentary, produced by Truth Remains, that tells the story of God's careful preservation of Scripture through the centuries. The men who gave their lives to translate the Bible into English are not household names, yet the bloody price they paid fuelled the Reformation and shaped the modern world, enabling countless Christians to enjoy the privilege of owning and studying God's Word in English.
I also enjoyed reading this article about Ulrich Zwingli by some guy on another blog.  Definitely worth a read!  I am amazed, humbled, and so thankful for these brave men who challenged the authority of the Roman Catholic Church and stayed true to the Word.

Autumn - a wrap-up in photographs

Since we've been having such chilly weather lately, it feels like Fall is already over.  It doesn't last long around here, though!  It was beautiful while it lasted and we got some great walks in.  We've been puréeing pumpkins and shredding carrots the last couple of weeks to store in the freezer for future incorporation into baked goods.  School is going well for C-note, but we've all been fighting virus after virus since it started!  A-team is enjoying staying home with mommy yet, and gets along well with his little sister, until she cracks him on the head with something.
Life is busy, and full of snotty noses, but it's good.  We have much to be thankful for.


Making sock puppets...and putting on a show!
More reading...
Playing with leaves...

Watching a video 
Playing with cloud dough

Going for walks, and seeing the last of the insects...



Fifteen Months

Gramma's red hair  
Strawberry loves to read books and will often imitate reading a story, babbling away as she turns the pages.  She's got the walking thing down pat, and even figured out how to go down the stairs all by herself.  She knows all her body parts "Where's your ear?" and understands and complies with simple phrases like "put it back," or "close the door" but every time we ask her a question she answers "no."  Unless it's something she would like, such as going outside or having a snack, then it's answered by a huge grin and "Eeee!"
Daddy's toes
She understands (or copies) communication well and likes having a conversation with me in her own language, complete with intonation.  She also can say lots of real words too, like shoes, bubble, cheese, cracker, baf, cookie, apple, and that a cow says moo and sheep say baa.  It amazes me how bang-on she can be with pronunciation.  Once I was buckling her in her car seat and told her so.  "Buh?" she said.  "Yes, buckle."  "Cuckle?" she answered.  "Almost!  Buckle." I say, not thinking she would quite get it. "Buckle!" came the triumphant reply!
Our littlest blessing. :)
Still only has two teeth, which finally showed up at the end of her first year, but two are about to push though at the top as well.  Still wary of others who are not her family, she reserves her smiles for us only.  Still hates the nursery but will tolerate it for a little while if held constantly.  She frequently goes through phases of independent play to being clingy.  It's the age of opposites.  And separation anxiety!


Snow in Summer

I don't think I've ever needed to use the furnace in June before.  Nor have I seen snow in that month either, as far as I can recall!  But in the first week we actually had some snowfall, and needed some extra heat.  Unfortunately our furnace was broken at the time so we lit all the candles we had.  And baked just for the warmth of the oven.

Well, now it's September, still summer (technically) and now we are experiencing some more chilly weather as you can see...

At least our furnace is repaired.

And it's supposed to warm up again by the weekend.

Welcome to northern Alberta!
My poor lilies.

Watching the flakes fly.



Seven years ago we had our first "little man."  It's hard to believe sometimes that it has been that long since he came into our lives, kicking and screaming!  We love our sensitive, loving guy who is smiling more often than not, and gets along with everyone, making friends easily.  He's also getting pretty good at jokes, still loves to draw and reads lots of books.

To celebrate his birthday we went to the mall in "the city" and bought tickets for the sea lion show/marine life exhibit.  The aquariums were underneath the grandstand and we could see nurse sharks, sea turtles, and various other fish inside.  On the other side we could see African penguins diving in the water in their tank.  We were just in time for a penguin presentation where an employee talked a bit about African penguins and welcomed questions afterwards.  

Brownbanded bamboo sharks.  These were in an open tank where you could actually touch them.  There was also a tank that usually housed some bullnose stingrays you could pet as well but it was under renovations.  I forgot to take a picture of the beautiful sea anemones, which you could also touch!
Nurse sharks.

After lunch we came back to watch the sea lion show, which was pretty entertaining.  Callum was chosen as a volunteer (but he only volunteered after he saw someone else take a turn!) to throw a basketball for the sea lion to carry back to the edge of the tank on her nose.
Mugging for the camera.
After that we came home and whipped up a huge (atari-inspired) birthday brownie we had with ice cream (after a healthy supper of course!)  
It was a fun day!

Our Community



This post is a little late in coming, but it's summer and the days have been very family-oriented as we are making up for lost time during the school term!  We also took a trip to Ontario to see all of our family.  It has been three years since we've all been back and it was so wonderful to see everyone again!  It was very sad to leave, though.  After spending three weeks with everyone it felt like we were moving away again.

More on our trip later, though.  Here are some photos of Strawberry in her twelfth month!

She loves books, just like the rest of us.
And goofing around with Daddy.
Anticipating birthday cake.A card in the mail from Gramma!