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The Unlikely Homemaker!

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Do it yourself freezer meals? Canning? Being hospitality ready?
These were all foreign ideas to me. I did know how to cook a few things which maaay or may not have been as a result of an unfortunate incident when, at the age of nine, I was instructed to “cook some beans”. Several hours and four hangry brothers later... I learned a valuable lesson. Add water to the pot in order for the beans to actually cook. Who knew?
People often felt sorry for me as a child, growing up without a mom. She passed away two weeks after my fifth birthday, just ten days after giving birth to my baby sister. At the time, I didn't really grasp it. Of course I was sad to have lost her, but I didn’t see that my life was much different from those around me. It wasn’t until after I got married that I really began to understand what had been lost.
I didn’t know much about anything when it came to being a good wife. Despite all my dreams of the super-amazing woman I thought I would be when I got married, in rea…

My Walk to Faith

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"This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That You would take my place
That You would bear my cross
You lay down Your life
That I would be set free
Oh, Jesus, I sing for
All that You've done for me"


In the last few months this song has been in my heart as a reminder of what God has done for me. As God works in my life, It seems that what I have to share with you is constantly changing. Once again I have left the task of writing this to the last minute. This is what I have to share as of today, March 3rd, 2019.

I have studied Paul's letters quite a bit lately. Paul encouraged Christians even in times when he was
suffering for his faith. I have been amazed at what all God did in his life!
I believe much of what I have gone through is in preparation to serve God more faithfully. Today I can say that is what I want. A few verses that sometime leave me baffled are these:
James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
because you …

Two Lives; One Identity

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Looking back at my growing up years, I can see why I may have been confused about many things. We were the type of family that went to Mexico for the winter, and came here, to Ontario, for the summer.

In Mexico we went to school where we learned to read and write High German and learned to say the Katachism from memory. The general behaviour and way of living was vastly different from Ontario.

In Ontario we worked on the fields wearing the type of clothing everyone else wore for work, which was pants with a cap. Our hair was also styled and cut to fit in with those around us. We normally had a TV int he house, which was so different from Mexico where it would have been viewed as a sin. (I think it was here too, but maybe too available to resist) I remember there were Sunday's when we came home from church and my dad would throw the TV out because of the conviction; only to come home with another one a few weeks later. When the summer would drag into fall we had to attend public scho…

My Story

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I got saved right before my 13th birthday.I loved laughing, and I still do.But, I carried this weight of loneliness around, even though I was surrounded with friends.There was a void in my heart, and I didn’t know how it was to be filled, but I longed for it to be made full.I was so young; I don’t really remember what I thought about God.I remember always believing God was there and He knew everything about me.I always believed the Bible was true and that there was Heaven and Hell.Furthermore, I knew that God sent his one and only Son to die for my sins so that we could have eternal life.
The thing was it wasn’t personal.I was young, and influenced by the pop culture of my day and my peers in school.The girls at school loved talking about boys they liked, and experimented with wearing make-up and wearing fashionable clothes.I felt so pressured to be like them, so I could fit in, and be liked.Everyone wants to be liked.Maybe that would fill the void my heart felt.But, I had voices in my…

Warmth!

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I love warmth. Fuzzy blankets on hand at all times, socks and slippers, fleece lined leggings that you can wear under pretty much anything, fingers curled around a mug of hot chocolate, tea, or coffee. In these winter months I will do pretty much anything to stay warm. Somehow my children missed my cold genes because from my 6 year old down to my 10 month old I cannot keep a jacket or blanket on them willingly.
The season of Christmas should be one of warmth; not only outwardly but inwardly as well!
Here are a few ways we can stay warm inwardly this season.
Be Intentional We tend to get caught up in our own lists and to-do’s that we miss out on what is most important. Take time to slow down and do things on purpose with a purpose! This is a perfect time to teach your children the importance of giving, whether its writing christmas cards, making and delivering baked goods to friends and neighbours, or packing an operation christmas child box! Make this time count!
Look at others through J…

Adoption Story

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“I still remember the days I spent praying, for what I have now”
It was 20 years ago almost exactly...that I said my vows and thought life
would be like most fairy tales. I would be waiting at home with an
apron on for my husband to come home from work with his dinner on
the table. The home would be spotless and tidy and there would be
children running about in the most mannerly way. A perfect husband, a
perfect home, a perfect life with all the perfect children we desired.
Have you ever tried a Pinterest project with high hopes of it turning out
just as you thought it would? And than it was the most tragic epic fail of
your life?

Well, that's how my marriage was...I was....and my non existent Children
where.

Once we were married, we tried to have kids right away. We waited
and waited. AND waited. Nothing. There wasn’t much more I desired
than to be a mama. And it was just not happening. My marriage
started to hurt, I started to hurt and my relationships started to hurt. It
was hard to be places …

Give Thanks in All Things!

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The season of Thanksgiving is upon us and dinners and gatherings will be planned, and we will be enjoying turkey, pies and the things that come with it. Sometimes with all the hustle we forget to be thankful. Thankfulness isn’t something we should do once a year but to always have a thankful spirit.



Those of you who know our son know that he has one arm that is quite limited. A few years ago, he broke his other arm so he felt quite helpless. The one morning he was having a hard time just eating his breakfast with one arm in cast and one very limited. So, I decided we would watch videos of Nick Vujicic after he turned to me and said “I have it so good” powerful words I thought! We do have it so good but often miss the blessing when we are filled with discontentment.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 1 Chronicles 16:34 "Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! For H…