Tuesday, 19 August 2014


Four years ago beginning of September my husband and I, as newlyweds, explored the area of Muskoka. We fell in love with it, and vowed to return again.  Our wish finally came true this summer. Not only did we return, but we returned with a little package by the name of Benjamin, who had the greatest time ever.  You would think he was a descendant of the fish, by the way he loves water, and playing in it.  Unless of course, you offer him a bath during cartoon time.

I also brought along my mom... 
and my two younger sisters... 
and my brother in law...
and my sister in law...
and my cousin.

Basically it was family vacation.  We rented a small cabin at the Cleveland's House Family Resort.  I love that place. It has so much to do.  Swimming pools, gym, Golf, Tennis, movie night, the beach, canoes...Giant Checkers.. yes Giant checkers...AND just a few mins away is the most amazing bakery ever!  Abbeys Bake House is it's name, and it has the best brownies I have ever had, in life.  I'm dying for one right now, as I am remembering.  

Oh but the best part ever, is the water trampolines. It was the funnest and funniest thing ever. We had an amazing time just trying to push each other up on those things. I love swimming but that just took it to a whole other level.  I will never see the beach the same again.  ( Refer to bottom photo)

I was so sad when it was time to leave.  I wasn't ready to leave just yet, but I had too.  This place has a special place in my heart and I have wonderful memories there. We are definitely going back and this time I am not waiting another four years. 

They also have a water show every night by the Canadian Olympic Water Ski Team. 

Water park: 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Mother of Three

No, I did not secretly have two other children, nor did I secretly adopt.  I did, however, babysit two little girls who belong to my friend of the same name, Cindy, or as we call her Nataly.   Nataly is a single mother, and we wanted her to enjoy a weekend off at our annual Youth Camp, which I heard was a huge blessing.  I do not regret watching her girls for the weekend, BUT I do think that without my husbands help, I may have lost it, just a little.  We were parents of two year old twins and a one year old baby.  How do parents with small children do it? I don't know, but with all the fighting, crying, and mommy-calling its easy to get over welhmed.  There was that moment, though, where I stepped out for 5mins and when I came back in, I was greeted with hugs and kisses.  Now that's a wonderful feeling!!  I guess that's what keeps you going.  It was a pretty hard task, but now that the girls are gone...I kinda miss them. 
Two year old, Valentina is the songbird of her generation.  One year old Abbey has the smile that will make your heart melt.  Of course, my little two year old... He's just a stallion! Hehe. 

After that we headed to a small vacation but that story belongs to another post. 

Friday, 1 August 2014

The Act of Bavery

As you know we recently took a trip to African Lion Safari.  Well toward the end of the day we walked by an Obstacle Course.  Of course Benjamin wanted to have a go at it. Unfortunately, he was about an inch too short. He still tried to run in and Of course I held him back.  I saw many older kids there, and I didn't want my son to get hurt by one of them. Benjamin was upset but quickly forgot, or so I thought.  Well Ruben was playing with him at the little kids playground, so I decided this was a good time to walk away for a bit by myself.  Well when I came back they were not at the playground, and well...  This is what happened in the words of my husband.. 
"Today I took my son to the playground at the Lion Safari.  There was a sign that said must be this tall to enter. Benji was a couple inches to short so I told him "Your not big enough you can't do it" 
I dragged him away and told him to play at the little kids playground and he was not impressed. He had that look in his eye like "this isnt' challenging enough". 
After a few minutes he made his way back to the big playground and I told him "Your not big enough". 
Anyway I let him go in and the lady at the gate was looking at him like go ahead little boy you wont make it up the first wall. To my surprise he climbed the wall. With a lot of difficulty, but he climbed the wall. He went down the slide made his way through the ball pit, that was up to his chest, got to the next obstacle. He did not know how to climb. He stepped onto the rope ladder and fell off. My heart was pounding in my chest because I thought he would fall off and break a leg. I wanted to go in and pull him out, but I didn't want to tell him he couldn't do it either. He didn't even look over at me, and I knew he didn't want to give up. He wanted to prove he could climb the next wall. He managed to get onto the first step and all the kids were passing by him quickly and he observed how they climbed and he began his climb. He was going so slow, and all the kids were going by him quickly and they were shaking the ladder as they went. I wanted to pull him out, but I didn't want him to think I was holding him back from his goal. To my surprise he cleared rope ladder got to the top. When he got to the top I kept thinking he wont go down the slide its to tall. I should go to the other side to encourage him to slide down. When I got to the other side he had already slid down, and was laughing of joy.  I knew he was laughing at me saying I told you I could do it. He tried to run back to the start of the line and I grabbed him and said "good job you have nothing to prove anymore." 

I am extremely proud of my son.. but also now know that I can't leave those two alone.  haha

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Thankful & Honored

I am thankful.  I am thankful for all the wonderful blessings that God has bestowed upon me. A wonderful husband.  A marvelous little boy.  Two of the best families united by marriage, and getting bigger as the years go by.   A Holy spirit filled, sanctified, worshiping, Jesus Name church.  I am thankful for that great salvation that was obtained through the sacrifice that Jesus made. 

I am  Honored. A girl who was so quiet that people thought she was mute.  Yes that was me.  What God saw in me then? I will never know but, I do know that he saw something in me that nobody else did. Now here I am. honored.  Honored that he chose me to carry the torch. I am Honored to know that He lives inside of me, and that I am chosen to Reflect his Glory. 
That is just how I feel.  Thankful and Honored. 

Thanks Jaz for styling and photographing. Luv ya sis!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Summer Adventures: African Lion Safari

If you live in Canada then you would know that we had one of the most horrible winters.  Very low temperatures and very frequent snow falls. Gosh, we thought it was never going to end. So when this summer started everyone got extremely happy, and we, Ruben and I, decided to take advantage of all the snow-less days we get.   

We do have two jobs. One of our jobs is only from 5-8 in the early morning, and our second job is being pastors.  Some may think that is not work but let me tell you that it is.  We do have good days where we get the time to study, pray and also spend time together.  We do however have days where they are so busy.   Sometimes our phone rings off the hook for prayer requests or other concerns/needs of the church people, family and even other ministers.  Someday we are our on the road visiting  people, or running other church errands. Despite what people may think, being a pastor is actually hard work, and if you don't make time for family, you will never get any.   We decided that one day a week we will take off completely, and have family day. Family day is important to me for two reasons.  One being that we actually get time off together, and the second is that my child will understand that he is a priority in our lives, and not grow up resenting the ministry.  

So last week we headed to African Lion Safari.  It's literally 20 mins from my home. It's actually shameful that I have never been. It was very much worth it though. Ruben and I had just as much fun as Benjamin did.  It was pretty exciting to see all these exotic animals. The biggest plus on our side was, of course, seeing Benji's face light up when he saw the different animals he recognized. 
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