"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to His purpose"

Romans 8:28

December 27, 2010

Busy, busy...

Merry Christmas to our friends and family!  I apologize for the lack of Christmas cards this year but we wish  you all God's continued blessings this season and in 2011.


I suppose most of our blog readers are probaby fed up looking at my African Violet but you'll be glad to know it is still blooming and lovely. 

More importantly, Colin is home!  YAY!  After almost 3 months away, he came home on December 3rd and managed to avoid any Heathrow airport disasters or delays.

Almost as soon as he was home, he also had a job interview and since then a second interview for the same position.  He felt the interviews went well and we both hope and pray (and ask you to do the same) that this position will be offered to him and he will be able to stay home with us in January.  In the perfect world he would've had the offer before Christmas but no word as of yet.  We remain optimistic he will hear before the end of the week.

While he's been home we haven't had much time to rest and chill out together because we moved, again.  And painted. Painted some more.... Let's just say we're both exhausted and taking it easy today for the first time all month.  We moved back into my parental home in Waterdown.  My mom had the house listed but no offers could be firmed up before she moved into her new apartment so we moved in to be closer to her and possible job prospects.  It works well for both of us but it involved alot of moving of both my mom and our things.  We're not 100% settled but getting there and so is my mom.  Her new apartment looks like a miniature version of the house!

Packing up Isla!

The other piece of life changing news is that Colin has obtained Permanent Residence in Canada!  God is good - a prayer answered!  Permanent Residence is not the same as citizenship.  That can be obtained in 4 to 5 years as we wish to pursue it but in the meantime he has the rights of any Canadian citizen with the exception of voting and working for governement.  The only hiccup we're having is that his PR card could possibly be delayed due to backlogs until June and if he were to leave the country without me accompanying him, he'll have to get a temporary entry visa in the UK to come back to Canada...  More red tape, another reason we want him to stay with us in January FOREVER!   If it happens, it's not the end of the world, just a nuisance.

Our Christmas was a nice family centred occasion.  We were scrambling to get the house organized and to feel at home and we succeeded in meeting the deadline!

My mom came over on Christmas Eve to start the festivities and to open the new pj pressies.
The 'Poser'

After present opening and church on Christmas Day, Aunt Lynne and Uncle Jim joined us for the festivities.  Isla was a spoiled little girl and loves her new train/car set!

We did try to make a girl out of her and bought her a tea set.  She served 'hot tea' to anyone and everyone!

She is doing great.  In the last few months she has matured so much!  Her speech, mannerisms and also because she been toilet trained and is even in a big girl bed!  My mom kickstarted the training process for us and I just continued on.  She's a champion and is even dry most nights.  It's amazing how quickly she caught on once she started.  She went through the phase of refusing the toilet and only using the potty but once we moved, all her business is on the toilet, even the public toilets.  I never even thought that was going to be an issue but over the past week or so she now uses them too. 

Her new favourite things to say are 'Why?" and "What are you doing mommy?"... Great!  ;-)

My baby in her new purple room and in her big girl bed!

Her 'big girl' bed is actually her crib but it converts to a day bed and single bed.  We thought we would start with the day bed and so far so good.  She goes to sleep no problem and when she does climb out, she goes back in.  We haven't found her sleeping in any strange places or positions like I thought we might.

Our plans this week are for Colin to go skiing with my brother and his kiddos for a bit of fun, get his OHIP (provincial medical) sorted and other paperwork like insurance since he has also been able to exchange his GB drivers licence with an Ontario licence... Never a dull moment around here, but I love it and we cherish each moment we have together no matter how mundane it may seem to others - we don't need fancy holidays or elaborate 'things' to enjoy being together, just being together is a blessing!

God is and has been good to us in 2010 and we look forward to what He brings us in 2011!

'Til next time,


November 22, 2010


.... but thought I would show off my African Violet. 

Isn't it pretty?  I can't believe how many blooms it has!

Not too shabby for a plant I bought 5 months ago as a $3.99 grocery store special, eh?

'Til next time,

October 20, 2010


... we had immigration news!

Colin recieved the FBI Certificate (clear, no record, phew) which was promptly forwarded to Immigration Canada by the not-so-prompt Canada Post...  Next step, Permanent Residence.

The next day he received the Work Permit! 

..... we went to the Rockton World's Fair!

I get a kick out of that name. 
If you blinked you'd be through Rockton...  Hardly known to the world...
But anyways, it was fun.  
It's been years since I was last there and it hasn't changed a bit.  Everything is in the same place.

The giant pumpkin contest is neat to see...

I think this one was over 700lbs... (the pumpkin, not Isla)

Even though we live on a horse farm, she LOVED the sheep, especially BLACK sheep ;-)

.... Isla turned 32 months on Sunday. 
Four more months and she's 3!
For the record (unofficially) she's 29.8 lbs and 36.5 inches tall. 

Petite, funny, sweet, active and oh so beautiful!

We were at the park this morning to play in the leaves and jump around. 
I love this time year and it's great for taking photos outside too.  I'm not about to pass up on the opportunity.

.... I tried to toilet train Isla. 
The lady isn't ready yet but I had to try and see if she was. 
I could do without buying diapers but it looks like a few more months at least. 
She meets the "criteria" of the experts except she has all sorts of trouble holding it. 
Whatever the reason, she isn't ready and that's OK. 
I've had more than one person say to me that they didn't start until after three and it took no time at all. 
I may just go down the route if we don't get any further ahead by Christmas.

'Til next time,

October 10, 2010

10-10-10 !!!

... now back to the rest of the days dealings....

ATTENTION all those who think Isla can do NO wrong:

See this - my plants all over the sofa and floor..

I didn't do it, the cat was outside and didn't do it...

So who do you think did it?

Yup, this sweet little darling!

Did I mention she went crazy with a blue crayon
 all over the doors and furniture this morning while I was in the shower?

Not as angelic as some seem to think, huh?

'Til next time,

October 5, 2010

Happy October!

I like this time of year.... 
It's cool, no humidity, the leaves are turning pretty colours and lots of pumpkins...

Colin doesn't like it. 
Everything is dying and leaves have to be raked up.  Ok, raking leaves is no fun but seriously, it's so refreshing to walk outside...

Take a peak:
I found a local farmer with a huge field of pumpkins. 
She loved running around it and getting all muddy. 

I don't care, she had fun and we picked three pumpkins:
Daddy pumpkin, Mommy pumpkin and Isla pumpkin!

Oma came with us which made it more fun!

The last time Colin was in the UK, he was fortunate enough to go visit family in Ireland for a weekend - yes, one advantage to being separated - and of course he couldn't resist buying something for Isla. 
Here she is modelling:  Daddy went to Ireland and all I got was this goofy rugby hat and lovely tshirt!

Relaxing together in the warm sun. 
I think Colin was taking advantage of the sun as he knew he wasn't  going to see it back to the UK!!  :-)

(sorry for the humid picture)

Isla started swimming lessons last week and now we officially have a 'turtle' in the family! 
She loved it and did so well.  She dunked her head all the way under and she floated on her back, two things she refused to do a few months ago so I'm very proud of her. 
The goal of this class level is to get the kids comfortable in the water and eventually the parents out of the pool.  I didn't think she would be ready for that yet but now I'm thinking I may not be in the pool the last couple of classes. 
We'll have to see how it goes I guess.

What else have we been up to?
Isla is back to eating dry cat food.... (shaking my head)

Well, we went back to the butterfly pavilion last week.  She loves looking at the 'tweets' (birds) and trying to catch butterflies and since I have a season pass we go whenever we want. 
I think I'll be using it alot this winter especially if it's as cold as predicted.
This photo was taken with my iPhone so not as clear as I would like but you can still make out the turtles and Japanese Koi in the background. 
It's a great place for little ones to run about safely
although I still use the backpack on her as she bolts alot faster than I can run!

A bit early but Happy Thanksgiving!

'Til next time,

September 23, 2010

Sorely Neglected

This blog is sorely neglected.

I can't help it, blogging isn't a priority and I just feel like I haven't much to say these days.

Colin has left us again and returning ?????  I wish I knew when but sometime this year I guess.

A few photos of our joy...

She's so beautiful and sweet

... and loves her Daddy so much it breaks my heart they can't always be together

... but we're very thankful for her Oma - what would we do without you?

She loves her "2 Omas"...
In fact we celebrated great-Oma's 97th happy birthday on the 16th September when this photo was taken.

We're praying that we have news soon to report but until then we wait patiently and trust all will happen for our good in His time.

'Til next time,

September 12, 2010


My favourite "cool" duo together again...

Isla was so excited that "Daddy off airplane" on Friday night.
Don't get me wrong, I do too of course but she gets soooo excited.
Even if it's just for one week, we're all happy together.

'Til next time,

August 28, 2010

4 Years Ago...

We made vows to each other....

To God....

.. to love, honour and obey....

I loved you yesterday,
I love you today
and I will love you tomorrow....

Happy Anniversary!


August 19, 2010


"Officially" closer to her 3rd birthday
 than her 2nd birthday!

'Til next time,

August 13, 2010

Summer Update - Edition II

We are currently well into week 2 of Colin's visit home and this week he didn't have to work.
We've been enjoying spending time together and have stayed close to home
other than a trip to Ajax and to my moms.

On Saturday we drove out to Andrew's Scenic Acres to pick raspberries
but when we got there, they were finished or 90% finished
so no raspberries in our freezer this winter.
Off to the blueberry field we went and there were loads.

Easy picking

Isla loved them too ....

... sadly she didn't pick many that ended up in the basket...

They also sell flowers - pick and pay per stem.
Not cheap either but it was fun.

I didn't pick the sunflowers....

... but wish I had as they are so pretty....

... and amazing...
I love them  - they are sooooo big - especially if you are just over 3 feet tall!

Our next trip was down the 401 to Ajax.
Aunt Lynn & Uncle Jim made sure we didn't go hungry and cooked up a lovely dinner
while Colin provided a pie
- blueberry of course!

Isla used to love eating corn but has since come off of it a bit
but I now know how to get her to eat it again.

Uncle Jim put the cobs on the bbq and she L-O-V-E-D it!
Her first attempt at eating corn-on-the-cob.

We came home Monday afternoon, got new tires on the van
and just hung out at home for a few days along with a trip to the pool.
On Wednesday I met up with my "Wednesday Ladies" at my nieces house
and Thursday we headed to Waterdown to my moms.

Colin made a fire to burn paper and washed the van along with his
bathing suit clad little shadow.

It's been hot all week so I don't think she minded getting wet!

My mom has a butterfly bush in her backyard and there were so many
buttlerflies and hummingbirds taking advantage of it.

They are nice to watch and one day when we get our own house again,
we'll get a bush too!

On Saturday the Fergus Highland Games are being held so we plan
to take a dander down the road to check it out.
Colin will wear his Ulster shirt and probably run into a few
local country men (and women).

Only a few days more at home before he leaves again
for hopefully the last time.....
I say that everytime he leaves...
... but surely this time it's got to be one of the last times....


'Til next time,

August 4, 2010

Summer Update - Edition 1

Wow, it's been so long since my last post that I almost forgot my blogger log in!!

So what's up?

Well, first off, a visa update. 
A huge weight has been lifted and another prayer answered!

Colin qualifies for Canadian permanent residence.

YAY - but he can't get the visa yet because we don't have a clear FBI Clearance Certificate. 
We have applied for it and praying that we get it within the six weeks Immigration Canada says it takes
and not the "up to" 12 weeks the FBI website says it could take. 
A bit of stress again as we have to provide it by October to IC and Colin couldn't get his fingerprints done in Brazil which we needed done before we could apply. 
Worst case scenario is that we provide a letter explaining the situation
but I trust everything will work out in perfect time and we can be a (normal) family unit again by the fall.

Isla is doing well. 
A month ago she was still 28 lbs but she is getting taller all the time.
I was at the mall today and I mesaured her feet and they've grown to a size 7. 
Perhaps she'll be tall and thin?!?!!? 
Who knows? 
She's getting so tall I've started looking at carseats for her
as she's reaching the height maximum of her current seat which is more
critical than the weight maximum (at least in my opinion).

I have my eye on a last and final carseat, one that will take her to the backless booster when she is eight years old (unless the law changes again by that time). 
More on that around Christmas time, hopefully, and not much before then.

Since Colin came home last week she's been attached to him as can be expected but she is definately showing signs of growing independence and opinions. 
Can I just say she's been a "challenge"? 
Bedtime is a nightmare. 
How many 2 year olds are still up at 10:00 p.m.?
I'm so glad Colin is home to share in the "fun" with me.

At almost 2.5 years old, we're working on understanding the meanings of sharing, taking turns and learning that life does not always go the way she wants. 
Hey, the last one is a tough lesson to learn - it can be hard for me to understand too!

She loves playing outside and is overall a very happy child. 
She recently met her first cousin-once-removed or as I say for simplicity, her cousin, my great-neice.

(Great) Oma and her youngest girls - aren't they cute?!
She's very much into babies, the real ones, not dolls.

She's sweet most of the time, cheeky alot of the time and quite charming when she wants to be!

While Colin was away we made a few trips just the two of us.
We drove to London which proved a bit further than I thought to visit the childrens museum
and although she had fun, I don't see us making the drive again anytime soon.

She really doesn't need the hat - we already knew!

Training for her first job?!

We also visited Andrews Scenic Acres to pet the animals and smell the flowers.

Much of the local fruit and vege is ripening ahead of schedule due to the warm and wet summer
so I hope we'll go back as a family and do some picking next week.

What else have we been up to?

We've taken her to the beach for the first time ...

I didn't want to do it on my own as I need to have my eyes on her at all times.

We tried to get her to make a sandcastle but she only had eyes for the water.
With the scary number of drownings in ON this summer we were prepared with her life vest.
She loved the beach but we learned our lesson and will not
be taking her in a canoe for a few more years.
Aggghhh, not a good experience.

Last weekend we went south to Niagara and visited the Welland Canal
I haven't been there in years but it's not the type of place that changes much.

One of the lakers we watched going through the locks was called the
Catherine Desgagnes - a Quebec vessel.

We continued driving (sometimes in circles) to Niagara-on-the-lake to visit
Chocolate FX and the town itself.

Once we got there we soon came across the park and the most amazing "pool".
I never thought of bringing her bathing suit but there was no way she was not going to go for a splash so we stripped her down to her diaper (no, she's not toilet trained yet - a work in progress).

I can't help but laugh at my country bumpkin child in the diaper!

Colin is working this week from home and next week he's off on holiday.
We plan on making a few day trips before he heads out to the UK for a few weeks so
don't be surprised if you bump into him on Larne Main Street folks!

'Til next time,