Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 ~ Year in Review


The new year has arrived!  We have turned the page on 2016...and a blank book is waiting to be written.  It's a good time to gather a few memories from the 'year that was'.  Let me share few of the happenings of this past year...along with one image from each month.


These photos were taken one year ago today...on a New Year's Day drive to Hope.

January was a lovely month, which included some local hiking, a visit from my brother and family from Iowa and a birthday celebration at Harrison  Hotsprings.


In February I joined my sisters and nieces for a ‘girls only’ reunion in Las Vegas on the long weekend…we hiked, played games, laughed a lot, saw a show and did a lot of walking. On the day that would have been my mother’s 90th birthday, we (her five daughter's, one daughter-in-law, and seven granddaughters from all over Canada and USA) met for dinner and ‘reminisced’ a little .

 

We spent Easter in the Holy Land this year.  How special to walk where Jesus walked, to visit Jerusalem, sail the Sea of Galilee, stroll through the Garden of Gethsemane, and visit Bethlehem...
to witness a baptism in the Jordan River, and see the ruins of ancient cities we had often read of in the Old Testament. It made the Bible come alive!



April brought colour to the valley.  Every drive past our local tulip fields called for a photo stop!

Another highlight of the month was the annual 'Ladies Getaway' sponsored by our feed company. It took us on a trip to Victoria and Butchart gardens this year...during a record-breaking heat wave.  



May is a busy month on the farm...with all the fieldwork and corn-planting.  Elmer planted corn for the very last time. After 45 years, he decided that someone else will be planting the corn from now on.  My sister Bev (who lives in Texas) retired from nursing and took a long road trip with a stopover at our place for a week.

 

In June we took the motorhome to Whistler for a few days mid-month.  A visit by my cousin from Ontario called for a few get-togethers with my Isaak cousins.  School ended for the grands and we took in end of year concerts, recitals and soccer games.


 

July 31, 21016 was our 45th wedding anniversary.  We took a little trip to Victoria, just like we did 45 years ago.   Also in July...a ‘family reunion’ in Oliver and a visit by two of my American cousins (as well as my aunt from California).  It was a good month!  



The highlights of the month were spending the long weekend at Brae Island Campground in Fort Langley with our whole family...and a road trip adventure to northern British Columbia and a visit to Haida Gwaii.


 

September...we harvested corn, celebrated birthdays (including Dad’s 94th) and we took a trip to Indiana and Ohio to see a theatrical production called ‘Mennonite Girls Can Cook’ showing in two theatres over there.

 

October...finished the fall work on the farm and flew to Palm Springs for a little R&R.

 

November ~ Beautiful foliage and LOTS of rain.

(photo of our seven grands taken on Christmas morning)

December ~  Christmas celebrations with family and friends...


...and snow, snow and more snow!

It was a good year on the home front.  I thank God for His faithfulness...and am thankful that 'come what may' He is still in control!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year. 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

'Twas the month before Christmas

'Twas the month before Christmas...filled with so many good things. Let me give you just a few snapshots of life as it happened in my corner of the world this December.


We are a little reluctant to give up the 'light tours' with the grands of by-gone years...and so we found a few who were willing to do the annual drive-by with us. (The promise of having dinner out afterward is a bit of a drawing card!) We even found one close to home that we had never seen before...lights dancing to music. 


On the coldest, wettest Saturday of December (present, past and future, I'm sure!) we took in the Christmas parade in downtown Chilliwack. I'm not sure how I landed up there, but hubby was on duty that night, since the Rotary club (of which is he a part) sponsored the parade.  I had two umbrellas turn inside-out in the wind, before resigning myself to getting soaked!  Next year can only be better.  The parade itself was great!


The tree went up...and the grands came to inspect...and were disappointed that there were no gifts under the tree. Yet.


We took in school concerts...as many as we could fit in.  I went to Maggie and Lucy's school production...while hubby went to Ryder's.


We went together to see Micah and Ranen perform with their classes...where Ranen played a violin solo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cio9kPtzMYI

On another occasion, we heard her play with her teacher at a Christmas Market.  I have listened to it several times since that day...and I'll share it with you. :)


Early December brought snow to the local mountain tops...


...and Mt. Cheam peak was in 'her glory' again.


It wasn't long before the snow covered the entire valley...and lingers still at our place.


We were thankful for a little help from John Deere in keeping the driveway open...


...and to the city who did an excellent job of keeping our road open as the drifts piled up.

December is always a good time to get together with friends...


...and we started the month off with a MGCC Christmas party at Kathy's new home.  It has become a highlight of the Christmas season for us, and our husbands as well.  From the food and decor to a great time with friends, it was a fun and memorable evening.

We have enjoyed 'Christmas dinners' at other tables this month, had a party with our 'life group' (where we always give and receive the gift of laughter, it seems) and attended several concerts. I saw The Nutcracker ballet for the first time...with my granddaughters and their moms.  December was a good kind of busy.


We have prepared our hearts and our home for the Christmas...and now it is here!


Silent night, holy night...

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November remembered...

November...the month that ushers in winter. 



It began with beautiful foliage.  On occasion we even had a little sunshine...and I quickly pulled out the camera.  We have had rain over here most every day for the last two months.


Some of our fields look like lakes; it is hard to imagine that there was corn growing here not long ago.


Whenever the sun came out...so did my camera.



Can one ever have too many pictures of autumn leaves?


Somehow I appreciate them more when they are attached to the boughs...than when they are on the ground and need to be cleaned up.  By now the limbs are all bare!



Emme and Spencer turned 15...and invited us over for a birthday dinner.  Since they are both DQ girls...they had an ice-cream cake for dessert. Of course!  One can never have too much ice-cream...so they say.


Chester was really excited about celebrating with them!


Micah also has a November birthday...
so we had a cousin celebration on another night.
Good memories!


Where did November go?  Gone like the trains that roll through our neighbourhood!


Gone like the leaves that are blown in the wind.  The snow is building up on the local mountains...and winter is just around the corner.  And so is Christmas!

The three grands  from next door are sleeping over here for a few nights while their parents are in the big city for a conference.  Ryder had hockey right over the supper hour...so some of us ate before. One ate by himself.  And we all had Christmas ice-cream while we watched Polar Express tonight.  They thought it quite a shame that I had never seen that movie...and so that all changed this evening.  I'll see if I can handle a few days of getting everyone to the right place at the right time!  I'd almost forgotten what that was like...and admire the parents who do this all the time.

Wishing you all a wonderful 'month before Christmas'...as you prepare your heart and home.