Friday Fave Fave #114

1. Refreshing time away We were able to spend a few days in Banff and Canmore this past week. I still remember the first time over 30 years ago when we visited the Canadian Rockies a scant hour away from our new hometown of Calgary. There was such joy and peace and awe in observing the glorious craggy rocks jutting up so majestically from a pristine forested landscape. It’s no less majestic or awe-inspiring today and we loved our few days of rest there.

2. Insulin pump Our third daughter has had type 1 diabetes since she was 10. This week, over 20 years later, she received her first insulin pump. We are rejoicing with her and pray for better health and management for her because of this wonderful appliance.

3. Visiting old friends It’s always a blessing to visit with old friends. We connected with some friends in Canmore and later in Calgary on our way home where we enjoyed a blessed time of fellowship together.

4. Thanksgiving dinner The American in me still blinks when Thanksgiving in Canada is celebrated in October. It’s less of a big deal in Canada but still a time for a family meal and fun times together. This year my daughters hosted dinner at their home and our married daughter and her husband joined us and our borrowed family in town for a delicious ham dinner. Afterward we played Timeline and we even convinced my husband, who is not a games person, to join in.

5 Mountain photography One of the reasons I love to visit the mountains is the opportunity to take pictures. The time of day, season of the year, clouds, snow and wind all provide an ever-changing landscape to photograph. Several people have asked me to make some more scripture cards, my photos with scripture verses added to them. I was pleased with some of the pictures from this past week and will share the scripture cards when I get them designed.

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A Few Alberta Photos Day 2

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

Friday’s fave Five #71

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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.

Friends in ministry We had a leadership retreat for the church this week. It was wonderful to spend time together with the other pastor and his wife in prayer and fellowship and making plans for the future of our church.

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Mountain splendor

Help with fibromyalgia My fibromyalgia has been in a flare lately and I have had more trouble than usual with muscle spasms and pain. One of my daughters came over and worked on the muscles in my neck and shoulders to provide some relief until I could make it to the massage therapist. Her help was a particular blessing to me.

Garage When we first moved from Calgary to Edmonton, we converted the garage into an office for my husband. He now has an office at the college and the garage has been made back into a garage. I enjoy observing how much pleasure and satisfaction my husband gets out of being able to park his vehicle in a garage. It’s especially nice not have to scrape ice and snow off the car before heading to work!

Yummy food My husband and I split a delicious steak dinner this week. Everything from the asparagus to the mushrooms to the steak were all scrumptious! (And gluten free!!)

Cards and Photos I made a special order card this week and finished up some fall-themed cards for my Purple Grandma Designs ministry.

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Special order

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From the fall collection

I’ve been trying different things to capture the effects of the sun in landscape photos. Here are some pictures from this past week.

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Behind the storm

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Sunset glow

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Burst of light

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Swirling mists

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Shrouded peak

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Alberta prairie

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View from the balcony

Friday’s Fave Five #68

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

  1. Visitors We were married in a double wedding with my husband’s sister and her husband. We are still good friends and still enjoy spending time together. Last week they came up from South Carolina so my brother-in-law could teach a block class. After that week was over we headed to the mountains for a few days of R and R.
  2. Visiting My sister-in-law and I had a good week of visiting together and meeting with ladies in the church and with other ladies in ministry.
  3. Cards I make cards to give away to encourage friends and family. I’ve named my ‘business / ministry’ Purple Grandma Designs and have been trying to sell enough cards to at least pay for my supplies. Lately I’ve sold several, and also been able to share some with people in our church who were discouraged. It’s nice to have a creative outlet and a ministry all in one.img_2795 img_2803 img_2805 img_2832
  4. Soaking The place we stayed in Canmore had outdoor hot tubs directly outside of the spa / exercise area. Though it was cold and sometimes snowy, we really enjoyed easing our muscle strains in those steaming hot tubs.
  5. Photos We had cloudy and snowy weather driving into Canmore, and sunny, clear weather driving home. I had abundant opportunity to photograph the magnificent nature which surrounded us. I’ll share some of the photos this week and some next week.
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    ice fog

    Cloudy mountains

    cloudy mountains

    Vermillion Lakes

    Vermillion Lakes

    More Vermillion Lakes

    More Vermillion Lakes

    Banff National Park

    Banff National Park

    Mount Rundle

    Mount Rundle

    Edge of the field

    Edge of the field

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    low clouds

     

Friday’s Fave Five #30

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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.

1. To the mountains! Last Friday we headed off to the Canadian Rockies for a three-day family holiday.  We left the Edmonton area with winter temperatures hovering around -18C (0F) and arrived in the Banff area five hours later to unusually warm temps near plus 10C (50F).  Banff is usually cold and snowy in February so this was a wonderful unexpected break from the weather as well as a break from routine.

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2. High tea While in Banff we enjoyed high tea at the Banff Springs Hotel.  This was the inaugural foray into the high tea experience for my husband, and he thoroughly enjoyed it and wants to go with us again for high tea in the future.

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3. Reminiscing Our family lived in Calgary for over 20 years during the growing up years of our five children. We tried to drive up to the mountains several times a year to enjoy hiking, camping, or a short holiday from our many ministerial responsibilities. As our children have gone off to college and ended up in various locations throughout the world for work and education, they always love to visit the mountains when returning to Alberta.  It was fun to watch our four daughters reminisce and revisit places that inspired them during those formative years.

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4. Beginning to understand Do you ever wonder why God allows certain hard things in your life?  I do.  These past couple of weeks I have been able to weep with several ladies who lost pregnancies.  If I had not experienced two miscarriages in my childbearing years I would have been less equipped to offer help, empathy, and encouragement to these ladies.  God sees the whole picture and works all things for our good and His glory.  I’m so glad He is trustworthy, even when I do not understand.

5. Murder mystery My artsy daughters are hosting a murder mystery event tonight.  I enjoy a good mystery, am fond of games, and appreciate that there will be gluten free options for me to nibble on throughout the evening.  But I especially appreciate that my girls have chosen to invite friends and family, married and single, to celebrate a holiday that can be a lonely time for singles.  Genuine love isn’t just about couples. I look forward to spending time brothers and sisters in Christ tonight.