Friday, December 25, 2009

Today is a new day

Last night was spent surrounded by family, yummy food and the best coffee I have ever tasted! The children and i went sledding. Monkey pet a dog for the first time and said "thank you". Helper sat beside Grandma at dinner and glowed under the attention and care while they shared tea at dessert. Magoo glowed under his big cousins' watchful and helpful instruction with his helicopter and now Magoo & Helper are playing nicely and loved their stuffed socks (hammer and nails for Magoo, a mini version of Mummy's mixing bowl and a candle stick holder for Helper).

We were going to go to the Gathering today, but after being over burdened with all to get ready for OWBS we are staying home and packing.

Thanks be to God for the gift of peace in our hearts and the energy to keep pushing forward!

Hubby is off to pick up the keyboard for the Bible School and everything is falling into place.

Skates sharpened
Bible bags packed
Children's clothing packed
Winter Gear packed
Sleds brought up from the Basement
Crafts nearly ready

and a pot of Cranberry Pomegranate Tea is waiting for me(Hubby is so thoughtful with his gifts!)

Until Next Friday we are signing off then. God be with you all in the study of His word.

"Now the God of Peace be with you All, Amen"
Romans 15:33

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

You know you are doing too much when you wake up at 5:30am in bed in the middle of an anxity attack.

Yup that was me this morning!

So today instead of getting that list done I am taking it easy, hemming Helper a dress we let down for the winter, making secret yummys for Hubby and wrapping presents with the Goons.

Thankfully a very special young lady is here to help me today!

I have to learn to leave everything in God's hands. Especially the Ontario Winter Bible School. Everyone thought it was a great idea, said they were coming but then never registered. However we are trying to make the most of it.

If I think about it for even a minute I get very depressed!

And on top of that they are calling for 3C ABOVE on sat....and we have outdoor winter activites planned as they have 100 cm.....we'll see

All in God's hands, I know

My heart understand,

My brain is trying to, really hard!

So instead of lovely pictures and everything I'm signing off to cuddle with the kids and try very hard not to cry over all of the negative - gross - ness going on in our area.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

and blogger crashed while uploading photos again! ARGH! I will try again tomorrow!

ps: Saturday was special because a very dear to our hearts couple joined us for dinner and brought dessert!
Oh dear, is it really Sunday night already!

Yes, I know the whole "posting a few pics a day" just simply didn't happen last week, appologies! This week I will try my best. We have been insanely busy, but a joyful insane busy! Thursday was Magoo's last day before Winter Break at CHC. So that afternoon extra plans for fun and friends started with The Cousins over for hot chocolait (with candy canes stirred in to make it mint!) and plates full of coloured mini marshmellows, cookies, gingerbread boys, muffins and the table was completely with the sounds of rioteous laughter reached its peak! I felt uplifted afterwards because of such nice and missed chats with a very dear sister in law and Auntie Loving Kindness (the latter of which babysat in the evening so that we go out for a joint B-day dinner!)

Friday brought on the cookies exchange. 8 adults and 23 kids and LOTS of SUGAR. It was fun I think we did too much having to fit in the piano lesson and cleaning as well. Next time we'll drop the cleaning!

The weekend has been full of the usuals, the blessed routine of congregating to worship our Father and for fellowship afterwards. I felt terrible at the momment that I realized I'd left the strawberry jam that a certain dear sister was going to take for me to her Mother out West....oh dear my brain was not awake this morning.

Today the children impressed us, they sat for Memorial and then in the car for a 4 hour round trip to pick up a used - new to us stove (KichenAid!) and then straight to sit through Bible Class (and a very good one on Esther!)

After all that you are wondering "and where are the photos!"

They will follow!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Weekly Menu

Monday: Chili

2lb ground beef
2 med. onion chopped
1 med pepper (whatever colour you want) chopped
1 celery stalk chopped
1/4 dressing (Greek or Italian)

1 28 fl oz can of chickpeas drained
2 sm Ziploc baggies of frozen purred tomatoes (or 2 19 fl oz cans of diced tomatoes)
1 tsp chili powder

cook the first group until cooked through then add the second group, mix well, bring to a boil and then reduce to med-low heat and simmer for 20 minutes (or whatever time you have!)

Served tonight with homemade white bread and Balkan style yogurt and shredded cheese.

Tuesday: Roast chicken, potatoes, carrots & brussel sprouts with cheese melted on them

Wednesday: Broccoli and cauliflower quiche, garden salad, pull-apart rolls

Thursday: Make your Own pizzas with Auntie Loving-Kindness while we go out for a joint B-day dinner!

Friday: Shepperd's pie (make on Thursday afternoon as we have a cookie exchange and Little disciple on Friday)

Saturday: Roast, potatoes, brussel Sprouts, cauliflower, gravy

Sunday: Crock pot Fajitas (cut up leftover beef from night before, add 2 tsp taco seasoning, 1/2 C water, 1 onion sliced, 1 pepper sliced and 1C mushrooms sliced, heat on high for 1 hour then turn down to "keep warm" until we return from meeting) Salad for Mummy ;-(
Why oh why does blogger load the photos in the reverse order that you select them? Oh well, so this is our day in Haifa but backwards!

This is Tel Dor where we went swimming at the end of the day. The actual Tel (or the archaeological ancient site for those who don't know what a "Tel" is) is on the top of the hill and under the water under the point of the hill. We really wanted to go up and hunt around the ruins but time was the enemy as was our exhaustion by the time we got here.

This is at the "Illegal Immigration Museum" The kids are standing in front of an actual ship that they used for Aliyah B as it was called. A was the British approved Aliyah and the B is for the secondary groups that made it to the shores of Israel during the Mandate period after WW2 when the Jews basically had no where to go but home! Usually you can go into the ship and it is all set up as it was back then but it was closed for renovations ;-(

Here are the 2 Goons inside an Israeli Navy Sub....they had audio playing to mimic a battle.

I thought this comic published at the time of the so called "white paper" during the Mandate period was a perfect representation of what was going on.

This is a Israeli Naval Patrol boat that Daddy took the kids into while Mummy watched Monkey play with rocks.

They had a great movie and display about the camps at Cyprus. After surviving the horror of WW2 the British put all the Jews that they caught coming into the land "illegally" and put them into camps on the island of Cyprus, a very said and disturbing time in history.

The Girls and I and my humongous hips!

This is the Sub that we went into...very cool!

This is the view of the full ship that they had that was under renos. It was a really neat museum as there was so much actual things to see and touch. Even terrorist boats and such that they have captured. They even had the wheel of the Arab ship they caught full of missiles and such smuggling to the so called palestinians...but why them calling themselves that is wrong and not historical is another blog post in itself! I will simply refer to them as Arabs.

Well that's it for today!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Hello Again

Or should I say Shalom! Yes, we have been absent online for just over two weeks, but a needed break was essential to get everything running again on the homefont in our little place of sojourn this side of the Kingdom. The flight home went really well, considering. Helper fell asleep right away and slept for a solid 9-10 hours, Magoo fell asleep after they served dinner (at 12:30 am!) and slept on and off for about the same. Monkey slept (flinging herself about in Mummy's arms) for about 8 hours waking here and they basically switched right away back to "Canada Time" as we have taken to calling it. Thankfully they were all happy and well behaved on the plane. We were so very thankful to have a happy and cheerful, simply wonderfuls Sister in Christ pick us up with a smile on her face.... at 5:30 in the monring! This made the arrival back a lot happier then it would have been, having left our home in Israel to come back to the land of ice and snow (well none yet, but I digress). We stopped of a MUCH NEEDED Starbucks on the way and then she dropped us home and headed straight for her day teaching at CHC....yeah she;s one of those Proverbs 31 kinda Lady that puts the rest of us, okay > ME to shame!

We walked in and were surrounded by the love of family. 2 bouquets of flowers on the kitchen island, groceries in the fridge. Dessert and dinner already made! It was such a nice welcome back from them.

So everyone settled in and Magoo kept commenting that "there is no sun in Canada Mummy" which was no all that helpful! Needless to say the children never napped that day so Daddy and Mummy were up for basically 48 hours straight!

The only catch of the whole day was finding black mold growing in the fridge and the smell had travelled up to the freezer so we had a throw out everything in the freezer and clean with bleach and then soap and vinegar.

It was wonderful to fall into bed that night, finally after a long 48 hours, well I think we got to bed at 47.5 but whose counting.

Now we have gotten back into the routine of CHC, Sunday school (the play was last week and went very well), everyday chores, piano lessons and preparing for the first ever Ontario Winter Bible School. Which we are very excited about! Today I finalized the plan for the children's class we are doing and it is focused on our vision and hope of the Kingdom. Such a thrilling topic. Thankfully even though we don't have snow they have a meter up North! So if anyone is reading this and going (cause no one leaves comments and mentions latter they read I have no idea who may glance at this) bring your stakes and sleds!

So the next two weeks will be on the verge of insanity but good spiritual busy insanity! We finally moved all the pictures and video from D's work laptop to the home computer so we aim to post 5 pictures each day for the next couple weeks of our trip to Israel to share with you all.

May God bless you in the study of His word of Truth!

Monkey crashed before we even drove out of the airport! Helper fell asleep soon after but Magoo was too excited to sleep!

I love this shot of Magoo helping Daddy by pushing a pram full of bags.
He is turning into a little man! The airport is really neat you go down this ramp as you arrive and departures are on the other side of the glass walking up.

Our first day in Jerusalem, the children simply loved playing around
the Roman pillars in the Cardo area.

The Kotel (our first of three visits, the second was for the
Rosh Chodesh march and the third was while sheltering from the rain on the last day)

Lunch on the first ful day there. Hummus on Challah bread rolls with letuce, mini cucumbers and the such like. I think Monkey is in bed in this picture!