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Monday, March 10, 2014

The journey.....

Well it looks like the first part of Joel's Mexico journey has been an interesting one. I am getting some messages and pictures from Marina and from the SWO Project Serve facebook group. Apparently they all made it to Chicago with no problem, but the plane from Chicago to Houston had some issues, so there were delays. They finally all made it to Houston, but only half of them were able to get onto a plane to Leon and the rest were put up in a hotel for the night to wait to catch a plane to Leon the next day.
Marina let Joel shoot me a quick message to let me know that he had made it there safe and sound. His luggage...had not though....so it's a good thing he had packed a couple extra pair of underwear and socks in his carry on bag!
His message was short and sweet - saying he got there okay and they were staying at Mika's which was A-OK cause there were hot showers there!
Marina shared this picture with us last night, looks like they have begun doing their work with the church.
When I got up this morning, this picture was waiting for me.
I can't wait to hear the story behind this one!!!
Chow for now



Jacqui

Friday, March 7, 2014

Off to Mexico!!!

So...today was the day that Joel leaves for his mission trip to Mexico with Project Serve. I am so happy that he is able to make this trip. One thing that is great about this particular one, is 8 of the kids going are from his local youth group, so that will make the trip even more meaningful for them to be there experiencing all they do with friends. Another great thing is that Leah and Earl are going as well and they are their youth leaders. So I'm very thankful to have great people going along with him on his first plane ride and his first big trip away from home. 
They had to be at the London Airport for 5 AM, so that meant a 3 AM wake up call and on the road for 4 AM. We made it there on time so all was good. London Airport is much easier than some of those other huge airports I've been too. They got all their luggage checked and then they just kind of mingled, getting the last hugs from Mum before they left.
Chris said a prayer for everyone before they began checking in so that was a good start to the trip.
I hope they have a wonderful time and hope they appreciate the opportunity they are having and soak in all the culture and knowledge they can. 
I hope to get a picture similar to this one....when they get home...I'm thinking they are not going to look so bright-eyed and bushy tailed!
Chow for now,



Jacqui

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Ray of sunshine........



There is nothing more beautiful than a sleeping baby. Especially this sleeping baby! This little ray of sunshine helped many of us get through some tough times over the last little while. The last couple of months have been rough for our family. But then we turn around and there is Daphne smiling her beautiful little smile and it lessens the hurt in your heart just a bit.


We lost Mike very suddenly and that was a huge shock. I could not believe it. He was taken much too young. The support of the Community Living community was overwhelming. Their display at his funeral was beautiful and their support for Jeanne and Nancy was wonderful. It’s in times like these that we see how much someone has touched our lives as well as others. I am so happy that he got the opportunity to walk Nancy down the aisle at her wedding. He looked so handsome. 








Last week we lost Uncle John Bannister. I was so not ready to receive that phone call. He always had a smile on his face and was always laughing. I loved the way whenever he saw me he would get a big smile and say hello. I got a great big hug from him at Christmas and then again at Mike’s funeral. I was overwhelmed at the number of people who came out to support Aunt Gloria, Lori, Charlene and Steve and their families. I think it was estimated between 800-1000 people paid their respects. His service was very nice in spite of the dreadful weather on the day of the service. Some people were unable to make the service and they were missed. I have great respect for Lori, Charlene, Steve and Abby for getting up and sharing stories about Uncle John. I don’t know how they did it. And I certainly don’t know how Courtney was able to sing the beautiful hymn she sang for him. As always she did a wonderful job and I’m sure he was looking down from above and was enjoying every single note.

My heart is still heavy and I am still sad and I think I will be for quite some time. I’m not ready to be at the stage in my life where this is starting to happen.

But when I get feeling down, I take a look at this precious little girl and it makes me smile.

Hug the ones ya love,

Chow for now,

Jacqui

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Happy Anniversary Mum and Dad!!!!

Wow 34 years!! Some days it seems so long ago that "we" got married on this day, and other times it seems like just yesterday. The one constant though is that no matter how long or short it seems, it's been the BEST of times. I know over the years we have all had our differences and disagreements, but I think we have a stronger love because of it. I am so proud of both of you and so honored to have you as parents.  The best role models and truly the best parents any kid could ever ask for. I hope you both have a wonderful day today. 
Sending you all my love and hugs,
Jacqui


Friday, January 17, 2014

Memories

It's been one year since my life changed forever. One year ago today we lost the most wonderful person I have ever known. I am who I am today because of her. She loved me unconditionaly and was there for me whenever I needed her. It still doesn't seem real that she is gone. I have so many great memories of her and the times we spent together. She was the one person who could make me laugh no matter what, who always thought of others before herself, and who I could turn to any time day or night. For those of you who were lucky enough to meet her, you know exactly what I mean. Everyone called her Granny. Even our friends. When we would bring them over to the house we never introduced her to them as Beryl it was always Granny. She loved it when people called her Granny. And I loved having her as my Granny. There never is and never will be anyone else like her. She was one of a kind for sure.
I sat down here to write this wonderful memoriam for her and man......I'm having a really hard time. It's really hard to type and read the words on the screen when there are tears streaming down your face. I really didn't think it would be this hard. So...I'm going to share a whole mess of pictures with you and put a few comments with them and some of my memories. Hopefully, if you didn't have the chance to meet my Granny, some of these pictures and comments will shed some light on what you were missing. For those of you who were lucky enough to meet her and knew her, hopefully some of these pictures will bring a smile to your face, and if I know some of you..... a tear to your eye. 
So here goes........... the pictures are in no particular order.
I love this picture of Granny. When she was at the nursing home they always took the time to make sure she looked her best. This was one of my favourite outfits she would wear. And I think she had just got a perm not too long before this picture was taken.

This picture was taken at her 90th birthday party. We had a family lunch and then we had an open house planned for her in the afternoon. She could not get over why all these people would come to see her.

I'm not certain, but I think this was her 88th or 89th birthday. These her two sisters Mabel and Phydella. Phydella is no longer with us, Aunt Mabel is the last one left.

One of my favourite pictures of Granny. This was taken at her 90th birthday party.

This picture makes me smile and brings back lots of memories. This is Aunt Mabel and Granny at the fellowship gathering after Aunt Edna's funeral. The funeral was in Burk's Falls and I drove them both up so they could pay their respects. I think they had a very good time in spite of the fact we were going up for a funeral and I was so happy I was able to take them up there.

I like this picture of me and Granny. It was a few pounds ago for me....but I always enjoyed spending time with her. I would try and take a picture each time I went in  - you can never have too many pictures of your loved ones.

Granny and Poppa - I know this is an anniversary picture, but I can't remember which one. They were a very handsome couple. I hope they are together knowing how much I love them and how much I miss them.

Another beautiful shot of Granny. She's even got a little bit of lipstick on in this one!

This was a common scene. Granny with her little scissors cutting the ends off of her letters so she could read them. Then she would cut off the stamps to give them to someone and she would quite often keep address lables and little stickers that were on letters as well. Writing letters was a very large part of Granny's life. She wrote to a pen pal she had for going on 50 years. They even met each other a few years ago.

This picture makes me happy and sad at the same time. This was taken last Christmas around the 21st of December, less than a month later she was gone. I was so blessed to have that time with her, but I still can't get over how quickly things changed.


Granny absolutely loved Joel. Each time she would see him she would tell me how handsome he was. She just loved getting kisses from him!

Granny loved Jade's visits. Jade would go over and visit Granny on her lunch break from school. I'm glad she got to spend as much time as she could with her. 

This picture makes me smile. I think it's a nice shot of Granny and I like how full her face looks. 

She spent her last years in Chateau Gardens nursing home. They took very good care of her. If we could not keep her at home, I cannot think of a better place for her to spend her last days.

Granny was always thrilled when Diana would come home to visit. I still remember when she ventured out on her own and flew to Arizona to visit her all by herself. I'm not sure I'll be that brave when I am that age, but I hope to be.

I was so happy to be able to bring Granny over to the highschool to see Jade graduate from Grade 12. She was very happy to be able to make it as well. I remember it was soooooo hot that night - I was sweating buckets by the time I got her wheeled over to the school......and she has a sweater on! She enjoyed the evening though - and that is the main thing.

I absolutely love this picture of Joel and Granny. I don't know why, there is just something so pure and innocent about it. Just the two of them sitting on the couch, chillin' having a chat. It makes me smile.

Granny loved to see pictures of Charlie. I remember the day we took Charlie to meet Granny. I was a little apprehensive because we don't take Charlie too many places.I was so proud of her. She hopped out of the car and sat right down by the wheelchair and let Granny pet her. It was wonderful. I think she knew ya know that she couldn't get jumping and playing  - I think dogs are smarter than we give them credit for.

Another great picture of Granny. I know this was a birthday picture and Mum and Anna brought Granny into London for lunch and I met them at the restaurant. It was fun to surprise her.

4 generations - I was glad to get this picture years ago. Look how regal Granny looks sitting there - almost like the Queen!

Here's a blast from the past shot. January 1957!!!

And last but not least, another 4 generation shot - a few years later.
I can only hope that I have the chance to live a long and happy life like she did. I hope she has passed her longevity genes onto us all. Like I said, I still cannot believe she is gone. My heart still aches when I think of her and when I want to call her and tell her something and realize I can't. But I trust she is looking down on me sending me lots of love from above. 
I love you and miss you more than you'll ever know.


Monday, October 21, 2013

The Days are flying by.....so this is a whole bunch of days rolled into one!!!!

I was doing so good - I was posting every day and then we got busy and all the days kind of rolled into one!
We cut paper and got ready for Diana's classes. She had 46 people over the course of 3 days. We had one class on Saturday, two classes on Sunday and one class on Monday (which is today - actually right now as I am typing this!!!) They each made 10 cards - Diana's classes are so organized it is awesome! She even has her location on Facebook, so when people come they can "check in" on Facebook!
I got the job of cranking all the papers through the Big Shot for her class! I think my right arm is much more muscular now than when I arrived!!!! These are the pretty silver paper that I 'Big Shotted' for the class - they look so pretty on the cards cause they are sooooooooooo sparkly.
Here are the tables all set up and ready to go.
We took some mushrooms all chopped up out to the chickens for a little treat. They enjoyed them!!!!! Here is Fiji having a little mushroom treat! Mork was tired I think and was just chillaxin' in the coop.  Diana also received her new book Fresh Eggs Daily. There is a girl, her name is Lisa and she just published this book. I think I will grab it when we decide to get our chicks! I think sometimes Toby thinks he is a chicken....here he is lapping up the chicken feed that spilled in the stones. 
Jeff has a bunch of 'critters' hanging on the walls and sitting on the shelves. Here is a havelina he got mounted after he hunted it. This bear they have had for a while, he got this one up north in Canada, and this guy is a rattlesnake that was all curled up on their back step.....not cool!
Jeff is still working on Diana's new chicken house. It's going to be great when he gets it all done. I think the chickens are going to love it - they are spoiled chickens!
Jeff's brother Tim and his daughter Charlie came over for a visit. It has been years since I saw him. (I always had a bit of crush on him!) It was nice to see him. He hasn't changed much at all - maybe just a bit of gray! 
Diana and I made all of the cards that she had designed for her class to make sure all the items were in the box. I kept taking pictures of Diana while she was working and she kept giving me heck that I didn't tell her so she could smile. So I let her smile a couple of times!!!!!
We went out to the grocery store the one day and we bought a pumpkin for the girls. I thought she was getting it to carve and make a cool face on....but nope......for the chickens!!!!!! They were not as thrilled about it as Diana was....but it's fun to watch her spoil her girls. 

Jeff is progressing very well on the chicken house! I even took a picture of the "secret" plans!!!! I don't know if they were secret or not - but this way I have a plan for when Joel decides to make my coop!!!!! 
Diana decided to put a little shirt on Toby this day! I think he likes it! I think he likes me too! He will jump up and sit behind me on the chair like he does to Diana and he will curl up beside me on the couch when we are watching a movie. 
We went to the Block Party this weekend. Every year the people in the neighborhood have a block party and it just so happened that I was here the day they had this years. Jeff made Calico Beans to take - I am not a big bean girl, but I made sure to grab the recipe so I can make it when I get home. 
I met a bunch of very nice people. Tim came to it as well, so it was nice to know one more person!!!!! 
I am having a wonderful time (all thanks to my beautiful daughter Jade) and I can't believe it's only 3 more sleeps until I will be heading home. Jeff and I are going on a road trip - so I should have some more pictures tomorrow sometime.
Chow for now,
Jacqui