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Susanne hosts Living to Tell the Story and encourages others to share blessings of the week on Fridays. Here are a few of mine from this week.

Birds singing Our central Alberta weather has been mercurial this month. From bitterly cold to record breaking warmth, we’ve experienced it all within the same week. Wednesday was that record breaker for us and it was lovely to open windows, watch the snow melting and even hear some birds singing. I don’t care what the groundhog says, I’m ready for spring!

Reliable transportation My husband and I were reminiscing about our previous vehicle and how we had to guess when we needed a refill because the gas gauge was broken. We tracked mileage which helped, but we never mastered the refill game and ended up running out of gas several times. That is no longer a concern with our new vehicle and we are very grateful for the provision of this new car.

Family night My husband is not much of a games person, and though I really enjoy playing board games, I do not get to very often. When we were in China in December our son introduced us to the game Dixit which, surprisingly to me, my husband enjoyed. Our girls bought him Dixit for his birthday last month and we played it on Monday. It was lots of fun!

Thoughtful spouse My husband asked me to make Valentine’s cards for our daughters and since the girls are big Star Wars fans, I made them Star Wars themed cards I found on Pinterest. My husband gave them the cards with some candy and flowers on Monday night. I’m so grateful that he wanted to do something special for them on this holiday that can leave singles feeling lonely..

My thoughtful husband

My thoughtful husband

Unexpected sales One of my girls took some of my Purple Grandma Designs Valentine’s cards to work to see if anyone wanted or needed a card. I was amazed and blessed that she sold every one of them! These sales help pay for my supplies so I can also give away cards to bless and encourage others.

Here are the last of this year’s Valentine cards from Purple Grandma Designs.

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I snapped a few phone shots of people snowkiting in some fields near our home. I did not even know what it was called – had to look up parasailing on snow and found out it’s called snowkiting. My phone does not take the best pictures, but this will give you an idea of what I saw.

Snowkiting near Beaumont

Snowkiting near Beaumont

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February sunset colours

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I’ve been sick this past week so this post is quite late. It’s not Friday. But you know that!

Susanne hosts Living to Tell the Story and encourages others to share blessings of the week on Fridays. Here are a few of mine from this week.

Pictures from the past My mom went to be with the Lord almost 14 years ago. This week a friend sent me some photos of my mom enjoying fellowship at a Sunday School class Christmas party from fifteen years ago. A bonus that I didn’t notice at first was a partial shot of my dad in the corner of one of the pictures. Thank you, Beth. Your kind gesture blessed me and made my day.

My wonderful Mom

My wonderful Mom

Supplement sale One of the supplements I take that seems to help my fibromyalgia is a bit pricey. This week I found it on sale for about half of what I normally pay!

Medication provided Our doctor has put my husband on an expensive new medication, and it is helping him. We were praying about how to come up with the $300 + extra a month to pay for it, and God provided several months’ worth at no charge to us!

Answers to prayer Parenting adults is not like parenting juveniles. We no longer ‘control’ the decisions of our offspring, nor do we want to. But this does not mean we are no longer affected by the burdens and concerns of our children.

This week one of our daughters who has been diligently searching and praying for a better job, had a promising job interview. Is this job God’s answer for her need? I don’t know, but I am praying with eager anticipation, waiting to see how God will meet her need and other needs in the lives of all my children.

On the mend I have been dealing with an exhausting cough for over seven weeks. My primary source of nutrition has been the myriad cough drops and green tea I’ve consumed to try and soothe the persistent coughing fits! However…the last couple of days I seem to be getting better. Yay! I’m thankful for good doctors, helpful treatments, and the Great Physician.

No new photos this week because I wasn’t feeling well enough to go out in frigid temps to take pictures. I found a few more favorites from several months ago as I was organizing and backing up files this week.

Grandson 'modeling" Cows Canada sleeper

Grandson ‘modeling” Cows Canada sleeper

Banff National Park Clouds lifting

Banff National Park Clouds lifting

Banff National Park misty peaks

Banff National Park misty peaks

Banff National Park cloudy cap

Banff National Park cloudy cap

Here are this week’s Valentine cards from Purple Grandma Designs.

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Susanne hosts Living to Tell the Story and encourages others to share blessings of thee week on Fridays. Here are a few of mine from this week.

1. Beautiful ice fog We had three full days in a row that were foggy so that many surfaces had layers of ice fog (hoar frost) on them. It made everything picture postcard beautiful.

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January ice fog

2. Family night Our daughters and son-in-law joined us on Monday to celebrate my husband’s birthday. I tried out a couple recipes to cook both grouse and venison. Both meats were tasty and the time together as family was a blessing.

3. Borrowed grandchildren I always enjoy visiting with my surrogate grandchildren. This week these precious ones came over with their mom for a lunch visit. I hope they have as much fun visiting Purple Grandma as she has hosting them!

Borrowed grandchildren

Borrowed grandchildren

4. Church growth Our church continues to grow, both organically and from new folks joining with us. We have two baby showers for church ladies over the next couple of weeks. When these little ones are born, we will have added 10 new babies to the church family over the last year and a half or so. We’ve also been blessed over the past few months with a number of new individuals and families choosing to worship with us and attend membership classes in preparation for joining the church.

5. Photography The beautiful ice fog days inspired some interesting photos. I played with different filters this week. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Ice fog acreage

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Cottony cold

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Ice fog branches

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Directional ice fog

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Looks like fake spray-on snow!

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Shivering sunflower

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Frosty splendor

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Frosty raspberry

I began working on some Valentine cards this week. Here are the latest cards from Purple Grandma Designs.

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It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

I didn’t get many guesses on my new word last week. The word new to me was frore which means frozen or frosty. Cool word, eh? I used in in of my photo titles. I’ll let you know when I use another new word in future posts.

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Warm homes It’s been in the minus 20’s C this week – brrrr! I am grateful for our warm homes on these bitterly cold days. Some of the missionary stories I’ve read speak of the winter weather conditions in Canada in the 1800’s. These dedicated pioneers often had only open fireplaces in log cabins to keep warm inside, and buffalo robes to bundle up in when braving the elements. Their lives depended on them making proper preparations just to live. Central heat is truly a blessing.

Time with my daughters Saturday we visited Greenland Garden Center and enjoyed looking at all the beautifully decorated Christmas trees. It was a fun outing with the girls.

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My wonderful daughters

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Love the colours of this tree!

Tea Those who know me well know that I love tea. My food sensitivities prevent me from enjoying black tea very often, but I really like green tea, and am learning to enjoy rooibos teas. This week I received some new flavors of green tea, rooibos tea, and fruit infused tisanes. They’ve been especially enjoyable on these cold days.

Those senior discounts When do senior discounts kick in? I’ve found out it depends on the organization offering the discount. Thus far I have encountered discounts for those over 50, 55, 60, 62, or 65, depending on the place. Also, you must ask for the discount in most places now since some people were offended if the cashier asked if they qualified for the senior discount, and they were, say, only 45. I mean, honestly, if an 18-year-old is serving you and you have greying hair, to them you must be a senior, right? Anyway, I got some great deals this week due to coupons and that senior discount.

Answers to prayer I was looking for some particular items for my grandchildren and was having a hard time finding them. After praying about them, the Lord directed me to just the right thing at a wonderful price.

Cards and Photos Here are some Purple Grandma Designs cards I made this week and a few photos from over the past month. This is my last post for a few weeks. I hope you all have a Blessed Christmas!

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More beautiful Banff

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Ice fog everywhere

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Stunning drive

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Old and new

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Shadows on the pond

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Tomorrow will be my last post for a few weeks. Hope you are blessed by the beauty of God’s creation in these photos.

The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein. Psalm 24:1

www.esvbible.org/Psalm+24 

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Sunlight and shadow

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Winter’s first kiss

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Beyond the valley

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Vivid contrast

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Beautiful Banff National Park

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Frozen fence

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In the spotlight

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It’s another cold day in Alberta. The high today is expected to be -18C (around zero F.) Any way you measure it, it’s mighty cold out there!

This morning as I was driving home from an appointment I noticed a sun dog. I didn’t get a change to take a picture since I was driving, but it’s a really impressive phenomenon.

It’s day 3 in my photos of Alberta series. These were all taken in the past few weeks. I hope you enjoy them and join me in praising our Creator God for the gift of beauty in nature.

 

Layered loveliness

Layered loveliness

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Even the most insignificant has a moment of glory

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Frigid foggy farm building

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Whiter than snow

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Afternoon awe

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Chalky contrast on cobalt

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Frigid temperatures arrived Sunday night and we are in the minus 20’s C (below zero F for all my American friends,)  These pictures were taken before the deep freeze hit, but most are still pretty wintery.

I am blessed that God has allowed us to live in such a beautiful part of the world. As you look at these photos, perhaps you’ll take a moment to reflect on Psalm 8 where the psalmist praises God for His majesty, glory, and creative artistry.

O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

http://biblehub.com/esv/psalms/8.htm

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Majestic views

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Lake Minnewanka

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Canmore

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Sun and snow fence

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Breathtaking beauty

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The mundane sparkles

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