Two are better than one and three is best of all!

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.
For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion.
But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.
Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone?
And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him.
A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.

We joined family out on the prairies to celebrate God’s good design with a radiant niece and her Beloved–

 

And of course there were the grand kids to enjoy…

 

It was a lovely day  ( :

–LS

Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”

Eccl 4:9-12 ; Gen.2:18 NASB

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.

IMG_20160330_151243778_HDRwhere Jim became a bicycle mechanic!

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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!

Weaver Cousins

 

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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

 

new grandbaby, Alexis

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

Our Princess has found her prince…

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And we gathered from far and near as a family to witness their wedding… P1210639Sisters!P1210665Sisters!P1210670baby SisterP1210663my firstborn and his familyGrand Kids!

 

 

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and to celebrate family, new and old!

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We shared sunshine and a bit of rain, picnics, walks, water and wonder…

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The Patriarch of this clan

Its a LONG way down

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There was laughter,  and there were tears…

 

And way too soonP1210793 we parted ways againP1210775P1210778P1210776 for our separate worlds…

We are grateful for all that God has done for us. Children are a heritage from Him.

–LS

“Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,

and establish the work of our hands upon us;

yes, establish the work of our hands!”

Ps.90:16,17

Alexis!