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i’m a warm climate kinda gal, so when this time of year (fall, which is still quite beautiful) rolls around i long for the days of warmth. we came across some footage that we took a few months ago when the days were bright, hot and long. so my magician of a hubby put it together and made a little vid to take us back there.
one of the perks to living in kelowna is the lake and the fact that my parents have a boat (doesn’t hurt), so we get to take full advantage of the perfect weather. we had a bunch of our family up this one weekend in particular which is rare to have so many together at one time, so you have to soak up every min while at the same time soak up the rays 😉
so of course it’s that time,
a time when you remember things past and look forward to things ahead. As 2010 is rapidly disappearing in the rearview mirror i naturally begin to wonder what this bright new year will hold.
2010 was good to us, finally settled in our own little corner of the world (kelowna, BC) we began to dream once again. this past year took us to many places. some of those places we once called home, but many of them new and unfamiliar to us. This was a year of adventure, challenge, growth, family & friends, and much Love.
we can’t wait to see where this ship will sail in 2011, my husband wrote something once to me while we were dating and i feel that it is very key for this next year, it went a little something like this…..
“faith is the ship of doing.
it is never docked but is fueled by hopes of distant lands;
the Holy Spirit fills it’s sails and the word of God is the very wood it is made of.
you are it’s crew and when the crew stay on board it is not easily sunk.
Jesus is it’s Captain and the hurting world it’s destination, a redeemed world it’s goal.
faith is the ship of doing and it’s your choice to sail with it or not.”
a few pictures below only begin to capture this past year for us, enjoy and much love in this new year.
…himself up (with a little help from his lovely sidekick of course) and trotted down across the border to the US for a Bachelor’s weekend away. surrounded by 14 other guys he ventured to a lakeside resort for a weekend full of golf, sport, food and much more that will be left to the imagination ( so i’m told anyway).
i was home soaking up the rays of the lovely summer sun that shone it’s pretty face, tried a little sport of my own. i hadn’t played badminton since i was a kid and boy did i feel like one with that little racket in hand attempting to send that even tinier birdie over the net, too much fun!
…our first time apart in our first year of marriage of course, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t some good ol’ fashioned ‘missing each other’ going on. it’s a strange feeling really, but of course the commonly used saying that your friends or family tell you while you’re apart from your loved one, “absence makes the heart grows fonder” was indeed proven true.
glad to have you home babe.
Joanna did some photo’s for us a few weekends ago
here are the results.
thank you Joanna !!
on a cold winter’s morn, the eve before christmas she awoke feeling as though there was something special in the air. she couldn’t quite put her finger on it so she wrote it off as christmas “fuzzies” and went on to enjoy the day.
a little later that morning her parents told her and her boyfriend that as a christmas gift they had bought them two tickets for a wine tour at a beautiful winery on the local mountain for later that afternoon. she knew this was a great idea and was so excited she couldn’t wait for the time to come.
around 1pm that afternoon they were dropped off at the winery to enjoy the aromas and tastes of so many world renown canadain wines. the tour was amazing and with the snow covered ground it was a beautiful afternoon. nearing the end of the tour it came time to taste the wine. elizabeth their tour guide had four wines out to taste each one very specific and delicious. not a moment later elizabeth began to say that it was a “special” tour this day because there was an australian with them, so they were going to taste a “special” wine. she went on to say that this australian gentleman (her boyfriend) had something that he wanted to say and winked at him.
she was turned toward him as he proceeded to tell her that…”since the day he told her he loved her, he knew that she was the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with”. he then bent down on one knee, pulled out the most PERFECT ring she had ever seen and asked those four precious words she had been longing to hear…”will you marry me?” as it all set in she realized she needed to respond, and so of course she said “yeah”! they embraced and he placed the ring on her finger. her parents then entered the room from where they had been watching with two dozen long stemmed pink roses! they were all able to taste the wine and then for the next half hour snap photos so they would be abel to remember the most….”perfect proposal”.
just a little something i have been thinking about lately…..
the desire to be loved comes from a place deep within one’s being. a place where not many venture for fear of finding what they always knew, what they always felt…emptiness.
yet it’s not until you venture to the deepest parts that you can find the cure for the pain. it’s not until you let the wound breathe can it heal. it’s not until you open the door that anyone can walk through.
what is the opposite of giving up?
question then, what does it mean to persevere?
“to continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success…”
if we were to be, search our heart honest with ourselves, how many of us can say with full certainty that we persevere? there certainly have been times when I look back on my 25 years of life thus far that I can say, “YES” to that question. but, most of the time I know that I ran in the opposite direction when faced with a trial that required me to press on.
i have been surprised in such a confronting manner by a young lady who of late has taken a place in my heart so large that at times i wonder how much space i have left for anything else. she has impressed to me whether she is aware of this or not, so many attributes of the character of God and his heart for his children that i know i love him more because of her. how has she done this you may ask…
well in it’s simplest form, she loves. she loves with her whole heart not holding anything back even though at times she wants to protect herself, she doesn’t, she lets others in. she laughs, she cries, she ponders, she explores, but she does none of this alone, she takes others on this incredible journey with her. i have seen this woman for months now pursue the father heart of God like i have never before witnessed. she came into my life not knowing what his voice sounded like, or in which direction she was going, not knowing how to love with all her heart, not knowing how to see him, and with so many questions plaguing her. when faced with these thoughts and questions most of us would, like i was saying earlier RUN. when faced with our own thoughts and fears most of us find ourselves moving away from the trial, away from the challenge. but not her. feet firmly planted she stood not wavering, not moving, not shrinking back, she persevered. she continued in her course of action even in the face of difficulty with really no prospect of success other than this small nagging glimmer of HOPE within her heart until finally…
purpose, and insight into her father’s heart for his children.
i have never in my life been privileged enough to witness and be a part of something so personal, something so unique that it only makes me want to love God more. and her story in and of itself is enough hope, enough passion to stir my faith for greater things.