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Here’s a little diddy courtesy of my brother.


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Bye-Bye Brownies

Since having Chancery, I’ve had a HUGE craving for brownies & ice cream. This has lead to Chad & I going out late at night for dessert at local restaurants a few times. I realize that it’s not the most economical way to have brownies & ice cream, so I have also purchased a few boxes of brownies & a few pints of vanilla ice cream. Let’s just say I have had brownies & ice cream for dessert every night for the last 2 weeks…. until last night.

Chancery has been having a bit of difficulty getting to sleep & since I’m nursing, there have been accusations that it’s b/c of something I’m eating. Somehow it was decided (not by myself) that the brownies are to blame b/c of the chocolate content & resultant caffeine content. So, last night I was told that I’m not to have anymore chocolate. Then my loving family proceeded to eat MY brownies & MY ice cream right in front of me whilst telling me how delicious they were! And the hard part is that I’m STILL craving brownies & ice cream….. Isn’t there some validity to the argument that you crave things that your body needs?

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A Little Over A Week

In a little over a week, we’ll be off to PEI. It’s gonna be an interesting road trip. We’re taking just under a week to go from here to Ontario. Coming this way took 4.5 days of driving, but now we’ll be having to stop every 3 hours at least to feed Chancery.

Then, we’re taking just under a week to go from Ontario to PEI. I don’t think that will be too difficult since that part of the trip is shorter. I’m excited to do the ON to PEI jaunt b/c I’ve never been through those provinces. I’m also pretty excited about seeing everyone in Ontario again one last time on our way through.

Mostly I think I’m excited to get into our new house. I know it won’t be easy to get everything all sorted & put away w/ 2 kids underfoot, but Chad’s parents will be there too, so we’ll have some help & I’m really glad for that b/c I think that otherwise it could be months before we would feel settled.

So, I’m wandering around the house looking for things of ours that have been unpacked & left lying around to make sure we don’t forget anything. Oh, I’ll be glad to be in our own house! Less than a month until we move in!

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I really enjoy reading people’s blogs. One thing that makes it more enjoyable is regular posts so I remember who the person is & keep up w/ their lives. On that note, I want to apologize to you, dear reader, for my recent lack of posts. Here comes the explanation…..

We recently moved in w/ my in-laws. This in itself, is not a reason to stop blogging.

We have internet (obviously), so I should be able to keep up to date a bit, but the problem is that I am now sharing a computer w/ Chad. This also should not be an issue.

We brought our desk-top computer along as well, but it seems a bit silly to pull all the pieces out of the box to set it up for just a few months, so here I am, trying to vie for a little computer time here & there.

I am no longer blogging during Asher’s nap b/c I am tired. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t really have much to do here, it’s like a vacation! I have no cooking to do, I realyly only have to keep our bedroom & washroom tidy, & do our laundry every now & then, but trying to keep a 2 year old entertained in a none kid-proofed, new environment, can be tricky & tiring. Not to mention that I have about 6 weeks left until “Baby X” makes it’s appearance into the world & I get NO chance to sleep for the next year (does that sound a bit pessimistic?).

So, hopefully I will be able to keep up w/ blogging, even if it’s not everyday anymore. It’s not that I don’t have anything to blog about. We still have a funny kid, we’re going to new & exciting places, I just haven’t found the time to get it from my head to the computer.

So, there’s my explanation, here’s the apology…..

I’m really, really sorry if I’m not writing as regularly as you’d like, I’ll try to be better, please, PLEASE don’t give up on me!

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Being here at Grandpa & Grandma’s house is a new way of life. No cooking, minimal cleaning…. life is good. Time on the computer is fairly rare though, so I haven’t had much chance to keep up w/ things.

Here are some pictures from Asher’s birthday (yes, he only got 1/2 an ice cream sandwich). Since we were moving a few days after, we didn’t do a cake, but I don’t think he’ll suffer. Grandma is making sure he’s getting lots of ice cream here too, so he’s getting plenty of sugar. He’s showing that he’s 2 in the picture as well.

On our trip out here, we stopped for lunch at a rest area & this truck proceeded to get very stuck. It was entertaining for the 30 people or so who took the opportunty to gawk & take photos….. (I hid behind a sign so as not to appear to be one of the many). Notice that the rear driver’s side wheel is up on the curb, forcing the trailer to rest on the rear passenger’s side tire. He didn’t have much hope of getting out of there by himself.

Glad to be back in Alberta!

We are really enjoing spending more time w/ Daddy, & doing all kinds of fun new things!

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I Feel Tired

I suppose it’s par-for-the-course that when I am 7 1/2 – 8 months pregnant I would feel tired. Of course it may also have to do with taking a long road trip last week, or the fact that the boy is waking up before 6 in the mornings, or the fact that the toy room is down 2 stories from the bedrooms, but I feel like doing NOTHING!

This is a problem for a few reasons…..

  1. Asher doesn’t understand why I don’t want to go running down the hill w/ him.
  2. Asher doesn’t always listen when I tell him to do something & needs to be manhandled/dragged to do my bidding.
  3. I should really try to stay a little fit so that labour isn’t too taxing on my body.
  4. We are living w/ my in-laws & don’t really want to be viewed as the very lazy person I might be coming across as.

So I am trying to convince myself to remove my posterior from the chair it seems to be glued to, but it seems there is some sort of magnetic field that pulls me toward any other chair in the vicinity. Seriously, last night I got out of one chair, simply to relocate a mere 5 paces later to another chair w/in the same room. Kind of defeats the purpose, but I suppose 5 paces of exercise is better than nothing!

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Looking For A Church

As Chad & I start trying to figure out where God wants us to be for the next few years, we are visiting a few different churches. It’s not very easy to discover what a church is like in one Sunday or even a weekend, but one thing that I have discovered in the last few years is that the feeling of family is very important to us…. well, at least to me it is.

Since we have been living so far away from family it has really become apparent, since we’ve had Asher, that having people around who really take an interest in how your life is going, more than just accepting that all is “fine.”

I grew up in a church that had a very strong sense of family. There weren’t very many members & since it was in a Navy town, there weren’t too many that were there for more than a few years at a time. That could have been cause for disconnectedness. People could have thought, “oh, they’ll be moving on in a few years, it’s not worth investing the time to get to know them.”

When Chad & I were moving around for school we had that happen at a few churches. People figured that since we were there as students we wouldn’t be in for the long haul & didn’t really bother trying to get to know us. We made a point of finding our own friends & working on our own relationships.

I have found though, that since Chad is a pastor, he needs to be free to talk to people after church & that leaves me to run after Asher. Because of this I do not have much opportunity to meet people after church, so my friendships are formed more outside of church. Not that I am someone who will meet random people in the supermarket. Perhaps b/c we are still the “newer folks,” we don’t come to mind when people are getting together, so I have had to make a concerted effort to invite others over, or contact them for things.

What I want to find in a church is people who make an effort to get to know us outside of church. When we aren’t standing right in front of them, I would like them to still remember that we exist. I would like for them to realize that we are not close to family (& there are lots of benefits of living by family), & perhaps offer to fill in some of the voids.

I don’t think there are as many issues as there used to be w/ the pastor (& their family) making friends w/in the church. I don’t think the jealously issues are as prevalent as they have been in the past. I know more & more churches are understanding that the pastor’s wife is just a normal person & just b/c her husband has been called into the ministry it doesn’t mean that she knows how to play the organ, or sing on the praise team, or lead a Bible study. I think that churches are also understanding that the pastor’s family needs friends w/in the church just like anyone else & as long as favourites aren’t played, they are ok w/ that. I just think that more churches need to be aware of who is coming to their services. Like I said, the issue of people not making an effort to get to know us happened before we were in the ministry as well, it’s not limited to pastors.

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