We hadn't seen Ewan in quite a while... so it was so great of Nancy and Al to invite us to Al's Playland gig on Saturday. We were able to go on some rides with Ewan as well - the look on his face when he was on the rides was priceless :) He was so funny too, his favourite ride were the motorcycles and he would stand up on the ride to get the most 'airtime'. He got his face painted and afterwards, he went on the carousel with Vic and he spent the first half of the ride staring at his face in the mirror. So cute.
Had a beach day with the old gang a few weeks ago for BC Day and I haven't seen anyone in a long while so it was nice to catch up and see all the little kidlets too.
I can't believe it's August already.... time has gone by so quickly. Really looking to a lot of things this month: POTH, a road trip to meet up with my cousin and his girlfriend in Seattle, another road trip with friends down to California, much-needed time off at work and just being able to enjoy more gorgeous weather at home. :)
Sorry I haven't been posting much, I feel like all I do is work, church and right now, Zumba - I haven't gone out or done anything interesting in the last few months. Plus, it seems like I've been sick for the last month, so I've been taking it easy lately.
Yup... so that's it for my boring update. Looking forward to updating you all with more fun stuff this month!
So not only does she have an incredible "Disney" voice, she does a political commentary on the living wage to Mary Poppins (a la Julie Andrews). Go Veronica Mars!
I can't believe that July is almost gone.... we got so busy I forgot to keep blogging. So here's a quick summary of what's been on the go for us!
I held a bridal shower for my friend Kate; she's getting married in September. Her maid of honour/sister, Sarah, lives in Wales with her parents and won't be able to come until closer to the wedding so I offered to host her shower for her. I was able to borrow some of Deb's tea paraphernalia and needless to say, it was a very big hit :) The party was a bit more risque than others I've been to, but was fun all the same!
Vic's roller hockey schedule is wrapping up; it's playoff season now and unfortunately, I haven't been able to watch him play as much as I would have liked :( I feel like he's had a lot more bruising than in past seasons... :(
Vic's work had a summer BBQ and I was able to tour the Amazon warehouse in Delta... pretty neat!
Vic and I are part of the worship team at our church and every year, the church holds a 3 day block party (POTH) in August complete with musical guests, guest speakers, carnival games and a VBS. The past few years, we've had some of the BC Lions come and do a testimony; last year, we had Wally Buono come and speak, which brought out a lot of people. This year, the church asked the worship team if we would perform at POTH, on the busiest night (Friday, August 15) and we agreed to do it! It's going to be a lot of fun and we've bumped up our practices so we've been busy trying to practice for POTH. That day will also be Vic and my 5th anniversary and I can't think of a better way to celebrate than to play music for God :)
Vic and I are also planning a road trip with some church friends at the end of August down to California - we'll be leaving on August 24th, hopefully arriving on the 25th and we'll start heading back home on August 31st, getting back September 1st. It's our friend Shaun's first time in California and he loves thrill rides, so we are hoping to go to Disneyland, 6 Flags and they'll also make a stop at Universal Studios. We didn't enjoy Universal the last time we were there so we decided we would skip that and see if any of the family can hang out while Shaun and his GF, Vanessa, are there.
I've also signed back up with Zumba for July and August; I've missed some last week because I got strep throat, but I'm excited to get back into the swing of things again. I did Zumba for a year two years ago and didn't have the time last year to do anything, but when I found out my favourite instructors was holding classes in Cloverdale, I signed up pretty much right away.
I've also caught back up with my photo challenge - go check it out! :)
Ok, that's it for me!
Happy birthday Vic! I am so blessed to walk with you through life's hills and valleys. I couldn't imagine doing it with anyone else and having as much fun along the way.
Pic taken on our impromptu drive to Seattle's pier for lunch yesterday. <3
It's over now in London time but wishing Bryan a very happy birthday across the pond! :) We miss you and hope you had a great day!
Had an action packed day today! Vic and I went to the church to set up for Nancy and Stephen's wedding, then headed to the Thorntons to celebrate Mason's first birthday party and then headed back to church to do last minute setup before the wedding at 3PM. Took lots of pics, some turned out, others didn't. These are the ones I liked :) Sorry, didn't touch them up so may be over/underexposed. Pics of Nancy and Stephen's wedding are on my phone so I'll load them up later. Ok, off to bed to get ready for church tomorrow!
I was listening to a CCF podcast (Trust God: He's in Charge) and a segment of the sermon was Joy Tanchi Mendoza. the pastor's daughter, speaking briefly about how she was able to process being gang-raped at 15. She talked about how, many years later, she heard a song by Ginny Owens called If You Want Me To and how it captured how she felt in the aftermath.
By no means am I comparing myself to her or to other rape victims. I know my problems are small compared to others, but there are times when I feel like my burdens are too much. I am so grateful to be able to call on the God who is bigger than all my problems and who loves me unconditionally. Maybe this will also help remind you when you are going through tough times. We are never alone - God is always with us.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:20b NIV)
If You Want Me To
The pathway is broken
And the signs are unclear
And I don’t know the reason why You brought me here
But just because You love me the way that You do
I’m gonna walk through the valley
If You want me to
Cause I’m not who I was
When I took my first step
And I’m clinging to the promise You’re not through with me yet
so if all of these trials bring me closer to you
Then I will walk through the fire
If You want me to
It may not be the way I would have chosen
When you lead me through a world that’s not my home
But You never said it would be easy
You only said I’d never go alone
So when the whole world turns against me
And I’m all by myself
And I can’t hear You answer my cries for help
I’ll remember the suffering Your love put You through
And I will go through the valley if You want me to.