Sunday, December 4, 2016

Now This Guy...

Spur of the moment during Liz' visit on Saturday, we decided to keep this guy for his first overnight stay at Gigi and Papa's house. 
These twinkly brown eyes hold a lot of mischievousness and plan FUN.  
Trying so hard to say "cheese" for the camera... 

And when he comes into the kitchen and says, "Gigi, can I tell you something?"  "Yes, Robbie?"  
"I love you." 💓 How can a heart resist?? I ask you.  

Then when he gets up at 6:00 a.m. and starts chuckling in his bed because he can see Tink over in the chair looking at him, well, those brown eyes and the memory of that little voice win over and save him - and we just pull him into bed for some warm-up kisses and snuggles.  

Right now he downstairs singing to Uncle Lanny while they play Playmobile together. I'm lovin' it. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

I've come a long way, baby!

If you would have told me 4 or 5 years ago that I would be cooking and baking gluten free, corn-free, dairy-free, and sometimes sugar-free, I probably would have laughed in your face. Impossible.

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. And so with a little - ok, maybe a LOT of research and some practice and helpful tips from others, here I am today.

Today's menu: For Lunch - Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Maple Walnut Muffins.  For Supper - UnStuffed Pepper Casserole.  All GF, DF, CF and refined sugar-free.

My biggest shout-out goes to my life-long friend and amazing cook, Jan C for the most helpful tip in pointing me to Namaste brand GF Flour. BEST. EVER. While I can't honestly say that you cannot tell the difference - it is super easy to use, has always turned out for me in substitutions for wheat flour, and has one of the best tastes/textures for GF flour. Add to that, it is made in a corn free facility and we are good to go. Namaste also makes mixes, of which I have tried a couple.  In Alberta, Sobey's sells it. Yay!! In Kamloops, only Nature's Fare sold it. I've heard that down in the States, Costco sells a big bag of it. So not impossibly hard to find because I usually make a trip to Sobeys and/or Nature's Fare at some point in the month and can pick up a bag or 2.

On the flip side of the coin, I also made the "official Red Deer" cookie this week. That, my dear reader, is NOT sugar free OR gluten free. Pure decadence.

#sugarrush  #keepin'itreal


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Expectant Waiting

November is ending and Mary begins her journey tomorrow...
Just a few simple decor items around the house ... 

Readings for the Advent season are chosen and ready. 

I didn't expect to be prepared in my heart as well as my home for Advent. But I really think I am. 
I long for this time of expectant waiting to be one for my heart to warm and respond to the love of the Baby-Man who came to give Himself for me. And to be reminded that He is coming again, and that expectant waiting-living is the posture I need to be in all year. 

Come, Lord Jesus, come. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

I'll get on THIS wagon!

Have I mentioned that I despise Black Friday?
Add to that Cyber Monday??

Please! Spare me. North Americans have SO much STUFF. Let's stop this crazy train!

BUT I just started seeing this - #GivingTuesday.

In Canada:
It is a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.
www.givingtuesday.ca 

Originally and Globally:
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.


Created by the team at the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y—a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back—#GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. A team of influencers and founding partners joined forces, collaborating across sectors, offering expertise and working tirelessly, to launch #GivingTuesday and have continued to shape, grow and strengthen the movement.
www.givingtuesday.org

WOW. 
I wish as Christ-followers we had spear-headed this movement. But then again any truth is God's truth. So as His people, let's get on this bandwagon and GET out there! GIVE to your local street mission. Give to help kids break the cycle of poverty. Give to stop sex trafficking. Give to missions. Give to the persecuted church. Give to the food bank.

INVEST.
Invest in eternity and what matters the most! People!

Time to get off my soap box. I'm going online giving.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Falling off the Wagon

I didn't quite make it blogging everyday this month obviously! I knew this week might be tough and I should have written some posts ahead, but I didn't, so there you have it! I'm giving you the gift of imperfection. Ha!

The kidlets went home yesterday afternoon. I slept 12 hours last night - I think that The Virus caught up with me. I sure missed their distraction today!

And here is this guy tonight - going to serve at a banquet... Very proud of him.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is US Thanksgiving. I wanted to cook a turkey and celebrate but not sure if it's gonna happen. I might have to buy a roasted chicken and do a few things on the side. My week has taken a little turn that of course I didn't anticipate and, quite frankly, is putting a cramp in my style.

But there is always room for the giving of Thanks.
Today I choose to be thankful.
For:

  • doctors
  • my family
  • time with 2 of the grandchildren and their happy sounds in my house
  • my neighbour
  • a free country
  • homemade eggnog lattes
  • old friends and new
  • hearing Dan reading to the littles
  • my warm walking boots
  • the bright poinsettia arrangement from my MiL
  • an occasional hug from my teen

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

And this curly girl...

Most of her time is spent between the kitten....


 And the Playmobile.
 We did get Jaxon and EVERYONE out for some fresh air yesterday. It was a frosty frosty walk!!


Sunday, November 20, 2016

I'm not gonna lie....

You WILL be seeing pictures all week. 
This guy makes my heart ALL better.
The pictures WILL be blurry, He's called The Bum Runner - he doesn't crawl on his knees, he propels himself with his legs while sitting on his bum, and he never stays still.