Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Cariboo "Happy Trails" Farewell

The time has come to say farewell to another chapter in our lives... some beautiful neighbors put together a potluck for us "Canyon Ranch" folks.  We felt truly blessed by it all!

They sent us home with homemade fruit wine (the kind that doesn't make your head go fuzzy!), cards, well wishes and blessings, a giant metal chicken (who the girls have named "CornPops") and an enlarged photo of the Canyon Ranch.
We have definitely made good memories on this ranch and have very much appreciated all the folks we have gotten to know here.  God has been good!

Sunday, September 02, 2012

The Big Dirt Bike Race 2012

Flag girl

The competitors ~ old man Thiessen & young man Duits

Gregg needed some pit crew help ~ the kick would fall off
taking the flag girl to the other end

Old man won on the 175cc Yamaha.  Young man on a 100 cc won the rockets candy and then took the 175cc for a little spin.  Young man could corner better on the turn around, but old man had a bit more power.  Or maybe that was the beans I fed him before hand...

Of Faith and Of LIghters

I am a little quirky, yes, my hubby tells me so.  When we moved to BC 4 years ago, I bought 1 cheap pack of matches.  We did, after all, now have wood heat.  The stove behind me has been our house's only heat source.  (Besides a little heater in the bathroom)  That means fires, lots of fires.

I didn't want to buy matches or lighters.... so I asked God if he would provide for a basic necessity ~ heat.... and something to make heat.  We gathered the wood, God sent lighters on the ground, matches left on parking lot pavement, lighters in clothes we purchased at a Thrift store... then these 2 from my Mom in law... just when our last lighter was running out.
Hat Creek Ranch

Dad taking photo of Mom outside Hat Creek Ranch restaurant
So other than finding joy in lighters, we have been packing to move back to Manitoba.  This past week I have been very overwhelmed with it all.  Hubby has just now arrived in MB with the first load of "stuff" and will come back for some more.

Feeding  baby Kate

Gift shop upstairs

Cut outs showing you how to walk UP & DOWN the stairs

Ashcroft "Desert Hills" produce ~ feeding the goats

See dee itty bitty goats?

Pretty used to this routine!

Feeding the lawn mowers

Cowgirl looking at the work horses

The seat is bouncy!

I am busy with all the "what do we sell?", "what goes in the garbage?", "what do we pack now?"
Sadly, I am not enjoying this part as much as the receiving of the lighters.
Her foot was stuck
Hubby is away for at least 3 weeks now, fixing up the back entrance porch in the house we will move to.  When he returns, I will have celebrated my own birthday and our youngest 9th birthday.  I will have successfully sold off many items (and delivered them 1 hour away to town) and also packed up most of our possessions.  Yes, I will.  This is my pump-me-up speech.

My folks took us girls away today to Hat Creek Ranch and Ashcroft for some local produce.  I didn't feel like going, but was so happy I did.  Came home ready to tackle the messy life I have right now.
Picking some raspberries, got just enough for 2 baskets

Oh, and did you know school starts Tuesday?  Yes, on this homeschooling Mom's birthday.  So nice.  I think we'll all play hooky and go to town instead!  HA HA, just because I can... and will...
Papa showing Mei the draft horse shoe

DQ to end off our day.  Disgusting slushy for Kate.
now excuse me while I go pack up more homeschool books that they don't need this month.  It's fun, really it is...  anyone believing me?