He has arrived!!!

The timing was perfect. I’d booked my flight before the announcement came, but just just two days after baby arrived so did my flight!

Then happy surprise–at the ferry dock, for the sailing across to Powell River, the brand-new Salish Orca pulled up for her maiden passenger voyage!  I couldn’t have timed that better.  And so a once-mundane crossing became a time of exploration and picture-taking to capture all the newness…

But the real bit of eagerness and wonder lay just ahead… my daughter’s first baby–a strapping 8 1/2 + pound boy with a toddler’s head-full of dark hair,
just waiting to be whisked home from the hospital ( ;

And oh how captivating…

What an expressive little tot at just over a week old!

For eight days I got to hang around watching JAXON take in his new world,

and finding great delight myself in the world all a-bloom there…

 

 

 

It was SO good to be back ‘home’–for visits and walks with friends and quiet sits in the sun by the sea…

 

The crossing back to the airport was a melancholy one as I sat watching the shoreline diminish… where now three daughters and one precious grandbaby reside…

But the Lord worked it out that there would be friends on the other side too who would host me for the afternoon and see me off at day’s end…

And I needn’t even have dreaded my return to the bleak-slow-to-waken-after-winter prairies.  For in my absence spring had come here too!

 

We serve a glorious King who lavishes us all our days with grace upon grace!

–LS

 

God has made everything beautiful in its time!

 Eccl. 3:11 ESV

 

 

 

2016 in Review

I am ready for a New Year.  The old one sputtered to a finish with colds and flu that made this the quietest holiday ever—just the two of us commiserating, napping, and idling about hoping to feel better in the morning, for days and weeks…P1220903

So, I am glad to be able to look back to sweeter memories of the old year and thankful for the energetic times we’ve had and the good things God has done for us in it!

We were still living with Jim’s dad in the BC Kootenays last year at this time and loving all the snow and learning to X-country ski in a pristine wooded wilderness.  It was amazing!

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Then came an opportunity to live and work nearer the Calgary kids and the end of March found us exploring Canmore, Alberta.

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April 1 we moved into a sweet little suite…

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with the help of this great moving crew!

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It’s been a dream come true to live just an hour away from them all ( :

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The spring found me hiking with new found acquaintances…

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Finding my first Prairie Crocuses…

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…scaling a couple peaks nearest our home with Jim…

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And taking it easy on the neighboring golf course as I recovered from Shingles!

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There has been so much to discover…

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And always the stately Three Sisters providing the backdrop from our doorstep…

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A niece’s summer wedding was the perfect opportunity to return to my childhood home in New Jersey…

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and see family…

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Siblings

and all the wonderful cousins I grew up with!

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This is my sis (could you guess?)

Then back in Alberta there was more hiking—and our first hike in a hail storm!

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And there were visitors, both people and animals…

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And flowers blooming on my doorstep…

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In August our middle daughter married, luring us back to Powell River for the occasion!

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And we got to meet our newest grandbaby girl for the first time!the latest addition to our family

 

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Then back home to the mountains…

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And hikes with the kids…

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And endless views…IMG_20160901_114248794_HDR

And then it was fall rutting season and the stately elk were back in our yard, plundering my flowers and providing awesome scenery!

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The meadow mellowed…

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And the aspens began to turn…

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And the mountains got their winter powder…

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Leaves turning gave inspiration for art all through September…

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And with October’s coming we had our first dusting of snow in the yard…

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The elk came calling often…

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And the trees out the window made beautiful silhouettes…

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And finally, in October we got to take a trip north to see that new grandbaby in her home  ( :

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October had its inspiring moments…

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And November its practice alphabets…

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And the cross-country season opened at the local Nordic Center!

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And holiday time came round again…the most low-key holiday ever and one we gladly leave behind to get on with a new year and a new season in our lives…

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…a cold one!  But not without a beauty all its own…

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Thanks for joining me for the reminisce! ( :

–LS

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Ps.90:1-2

In the Neighborhood…

 

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The elk seem quite at home in our neighborhood these days.  I was sitting on the couch minding my own business the other morning when up popped a head at the window—it was a young one, just curious I suppose.

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He was out grazing on our lawn with his mom and aunties…P1220669

Papa was keeping an eye on things.

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Another day I watched as this gentleman waited to cross the road safely…

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The herd likes to hang out in the meadow just across the street behind our house.  So I hung out watching them one crisp and quiet morning…

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Peaceful and uneventful.

There are no more flowers about,  but this one has a special beauty even after the bloom—isn’t this true of some people you know too?

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Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life. Prov.16:31ESV

Well, evening has fallen and I best be getting supper on the table. That’s it for this week!

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–LS

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
Rom 1:19-20 ESV