You've heard of Small Pox…

But have you heard of Smile Pox? Very frightening disease. Very deadly. It’s a vile and vicious virus that can take years from which to recover. Trust me, you do not want this stuff in your house. We have thought about quarantining ourselves for the duration of the year. But then, maybe the world would […]

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First day of school, etc.

So, if you’ve noticed in my little “about me” there under my picture, we decided amidst my feeling like carp to put two of our boys in school this year.  It was not an easy decision and we’re still not sure how long it will stick.  Definitely until we get my health ironed out and […]

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More pictures…

Hey everyone.  Another good day today.  I’m pretty tired tonight and have a bit of a headache but I was so thankful to be able to finally be at church today.  I haven’t been able to go much over the last two months so it was so wonderful to be back worshiping with our church […]

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Good things…

So, I told you that I would tell you about my sleep clinic but now I feel like it’s such a boring topic.  It involves sleep.  And a clinic.  And a lot of electrodes and a technician with a heavy accent.  I slept and they recorded my brainwaves and my brainwaves proved that I had […]

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Posterize…

Posterize is a filter effect that you can apply to your pictures in Photoshop. It’s one of my favorites, along with watercolor. These pictures have so much more feeling with this effect. The one below is actually a pencil sketch filter. Yes, I like how The Pastor looks when he’s driving.  I don’t know why.  […]

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Splashes

Hey all. The clouds may be slowly lifting as I am having pockets of feeling somewhat okay now. Up until yesterday I have pretty much done nothing but lie on the couch trying to get over this Labyrinthitis. Trying to get better never really goes as you want it to though as will-power doesn’t seem […]

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Vacation Day by Day: Day 3

First of all, before I tell you about our third day of vacation, I need to ask you to pray for me.  Ever since coming home I have not felt well.  I pretty much have felt like I’ve been on a boat for almost a week now.  I wasn’t really on a boat all that […]

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Vacation Day by Day: Day 2

Day 2 we headed over to Aggasiz (with a silent “z”.)  Aggasiz is a beautiful farming community surrounded by lush green mountains and waterfalls gushing out around every turn.  Our gracious hosts, some friends of The Pastor, welcomed us into their beautiful home, fed us well and told us all about their area.  But before […]

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Vacation Day by Day: Day 1

Yesterday evening we arrived home after a wonderful and much needed vacation.  We’d been burning the candle at both ends for quite a while to the point that I think there was almost no candle left.  We were really able to relax and enjoy. We went to beautiful Vancouver Island.  I had been there a […]

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A Piano

There is a dear, dear little elderly woman at our church who is moving this week.  She is moving into a retirement facility.  We are all praying for her as she is quite sick and very forgetful.  Please pray for her if you think about it.  Her name is Joyce.  She has no family really […]

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Our Friday

All in a day’s play.  The following pictures are all from Friday. Have I mentioned how much I love Summertime?  Here are my “boys of Summer” playing ball with their Dad yesterday afternoon. Check out this wind-up! AND the pitch! Did you see the ball in mid-air?  Looks like Buster on the right there isn’t […]

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Another Hike

We love to go for hikes and walks around our city.  Last week we went to one of North America’s largest urban parks.  Maybe it’s the long winters that make us truly enjoy the outdoors during the milder months.  Whatever it is, my boys thrive outside.  Their imaginations almost explode and they can’t seem to […]

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Sally Says…

And now it’s time for Sally says. A time when Sally tells you what’s really important in life. Sally says, “It’s important to stop and look around.” Sally says, “You should let the wind blow through your ears… or er uh… hair.  And sniff the air for any strange and unfamiliar odors.” Sally says, “Nope.  […]

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Bébé doux… Le Sigh

Remember back when I said I love pregnant friends… and I showed you pictures of this darling girl? I believe I even told you that I just knew she was going to have a girl… Well… I’ve been known to be wrong once or twice when it comes to my friends’ coming babies… But I […]

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The Bird Sanctuary

Today I took two of my boys to the local bird sanctuary. We went with a few of my girlfriends from church. I look forward to going again. It’s a lovely place. I’m lovin’ the bokeh on this one (below.) Oh what I wouldn’t give for a lens with a better range.  Some day my […]

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Karate Kids (and Dad)

The three bigger boys and Daddy started Karate together a few weeks ago and they are all loving it.  And they are all doing lots of knuckle push-ups.  (By the way, I love that effect above, don’t you?)  The classes are held just down the street at the local public school so they all wear […]

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Beautiful Baby…

Yesterday I had the fun chance to take pictures of this little darling… Babies… they are so photogenic. You wanna know why I love the internet?  Because I am able to meet sweet people like this little lady’s Auntie through two totally disconnected people… my neighbour here in Canada and my boss in Oklahoma.  She […]

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Sweet Sally

Don’t even ask me what made us do it.  Unless you are satisfied with, “because she’s a sweetheart,” I couldn’t possibly give a cohesive or persuasive answer. And a sweetheart she is. The boys love her.  She loves them.  She has such a sweet mild temperment. We need some sweet and mild here.  And some […]

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Sunshine and Sweetness

That about captures the day for us.  We started out the day with a sweet service of thanksgiving for what Jesus did on the cross for us.  Then we spent the rest of the day enjoying sweet friendship in the warmth of the sun. Those words however also capture the little girls who were my […]

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My pregnant friend…

I got to take some pictures of my pregnant friend the other day.  I love this friend.  She is such a sweet and genuine person.  I’ve known her for less than a year but it feels like longer. Also, another noteworthy thing — we have been going outside.  Every day.  I can’t express how lovely […]

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A sleepy afternoon…

I had a terrible night’s sleep last night and I woke up feeling icky.  It was snowing again when we woke up this morning.  My littlest guy also wasn’t feeling very well.  This combination meant that I stayed home from church with my two younger kids.  It was a sleepy morning. And a sleepy afternoon.  […]

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Effects…

I love how different effects can totally change the feel of a picture… I love how this one turned out in black and white… His eyes are delightful. But I also like how vibrant it is in color… Photoshop is magic people.  Magic. I love this one in the faded seventies look… Which of these […]

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More from Farmer's Market

So many colors at the Farmer’s Market.  Oh, by the way, you probably already guessed that not everything that is sold at our Farmer’s Market is grown locally.  I mean, we have coconuts there…. and avocados.  To be honest I’m not really sure that any of it is more local than what we might get […]

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Li'l Rascals

You know, there is nothing like exposing your kids to all of the right t.v. and movie characters throughout the generations. You know, like Wallace and Beaver Cleaver, Gilligan and the gang, The Brady fam, The Jetsons and their Hanna-Barbara ilk.  Nothing will give kids a strong sense of television and movie history and a […]

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Sorry…

So yesterday I told you about this story that I woke up writing in my head, something that has happened before actually.  But in those instances I desired sleep more than getting the story on paper, or on hard drive rather.  This time I just could not ignore it.  It wouldn’t let me sleep.  What […]

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We are home…

We are home and so happy to not be on the road anymore!  And what a warm welcome we received.  When we walked in the door of our house we discovered that our church family had  cleaned our whole house, including the garage which has recently (during our basement renovation project) been nicknamed, “One step […]

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We… Us…. Usn's

My sweet friend, Heather, took this picture of our family at Lake Louise a couple of weeks ago.  I think it’s what I’m going to use for our Christmas letter this year. Family pictures are not so easy to come by when you’re usually behind the camera.  Thanks Heather!!

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My baby…

My baby is three today.  How does that happen?  You can expect me to ask that every year until he’s 40 I think.  By then I may have clued in that he’s pretty much going to keep getting older and bigger and more independent every day no matter how long I insist on referring to […]

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Busyness and Babies

We’ve been über busy as you may have guessed.  Wonderfully, pleasantly busy.  I could say a hundred million things, all good, about our time with our dear friends but I think I’ll just leave it at, “It was wonderful.”  The weather was positively Summer-like when they were here.  And it has been positively brisky since […]

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Friends and Photos

New friends are wonderful. Aren’t they? The only one missing from this photo is my baby who was home with Daddy, taking a nap. And these new friends are no exception.  Only thing is… they don’t seem like new friends… they seem like old friends.  They are already dear friends, that I know.  They are […]

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Fall Portraits

I love taking fall portraits of my boys.  The intense colors of the season just call my camera’s name. “Hello….” They call.  They sing to me.  They beckon like as unto the Hills calling Fraulein Maria. And Fraulein Maria and I just can’t say no to the talking trees and leaves and the laughing breezes.  […]

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I love weddings…

I do.  And I cry at pretty much all weddings no matter who is getting married.  Okay… I think I might not cry if I happened to end up being witness to an Elvis style Las Vegas wedding… Or maybe I would cry, but for different reasons. Yesterday one of my very dear friends got […]

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The Hot Pastor: Episode 1,393,211

Okay, so I don’t think I’ve posted quite 1,393,211 times about The Hot Pastor that I am allowed to spend the night with.  Every.  Single.  Night.  But a picture is worth a thousand words, right?   Today, however, couldn’t go by without me mentioning just how hot I find The Pastor to be.  Don’t get you’re […]

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What are Grandpas good for?

Grandpas are the best, are they not?  Grandpa and Uncle Phil have been here for 10 days helping us and spending time with us and we have had a wonderful time together.  Grandpa has installed numerous pipes, faucets, sinks and a garbage disposal (he’s going to get a special place in heaven for that good […]

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Where?

Where does the time go?  How is it that this child is almost three years old? When did that happen? I thought I just had him? I thought he was just nursing and sleeping next to me in my bed. I thought I was just bringing him home from the hospital when he was ten […]

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A Perfect Day…

Yesterday was such a perfect day. The weather was beautiful and the mountains were calling our names.  (Can you tell that I have a Fraulein Maria complex?  The hills are alive.  For real man.) In the morning we woke up and felt the definite need for donuts. This is a need that must not be […]

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Other People's Flowers

I like other people’s flowers the best because they are free, for one thing. But I like them also because I get to keep them even after they die.  I mean, I get to keep my own flowers  after they die too but it seems more fun to get something out of other people’s effort […]

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Birds

Yes, I’m still getting mileage off of our trip to the zoo.  This has been a super busy week that has involved a lot more than just a trip to the zoo… Some of it has involved these yummy little darlings… A friend of mine and I both worked on these on Wednesday night for […]

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His Eye is on the Sparrow…

We went to the neighbor’s yard today to check and make sure our baby sparrow was not there anymore.  But sadly, he was right where we last left him.  It was hard to know when we found him the second time in our yard yesterday if he was hurt or not.  He was shivering and […]

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Baby Birds

Today was apparently nest leaving day somewhere in the vicinity of our backyard for a family of Chipping Sparrows.  Initially I found a shivering baby bird and my motherly instinct took over before I Googled what to do for a baby bird.  I really just didn’t want the poor thing to be eaten by our […]

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I love this girl…

This girl is my soul sister.  Not only is she my soul sister but she is beautiful.  (And sassy.) This weekend we were blessed enough to enjoy a much awaited visit from some very dear friends of ours whom we met 9 years ago when we moved to a little place known as “Aggieland”, Texas.  […]

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Bokeh and Baby…

Okay, I know he’s not a baby anymore but he’s my baby okay? I was so excited when I uploaded these pictures and saw all of that beautiful bokeh in the background. Few things in a picture make me as happy as nice bokeh. Diffused light through trees makes for some beautiful bokeh. I don’t […]

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Real quick…

We have a whole bunch that needs doing today, the biggie being that we need to attack our basement before it reaches up the stairs and grabs us with its green slimy tentacles of death and sucks us into its writhing abysmal belly for its next meal. We have some dear friends coming up for […]

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Boo!

I bet I s-s-scared you, didn’t I?  This place has been a ghost town for a while… well, I should correct myself… it seems that you’ve been here.  I have not!  We took a mini-vacation this past week.  Some friends lent us their lovely 27 foot shiny new camp trailer and we really enjoyed it.  […]

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It's Tulip Season!

Ahhh… the sun is shining (well, actually it’s dark outside), the birds are singing (do geese honking count as singing?), the sky is blue (although a very dark shade of it as I write this), children are laughing (I’m sure they are somewhere… mine are sleeping though), the only sounds I can hear (the geese […]

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Croptastic!

I am sorry for all of the picture posts lately (that is if you don’t so much like seeing a bazillion pictures of the same things over and over… my kids, snow, my kids, snow, my kids, snow… etc…) but there’s just not a lot happening right now other than my kids and snow.  My […]

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10 Reasons in pictures

10 Reasons why anyone should be happy to move to Alberta Reason #1 – Because you love beauty: Reason #2 – Because snow is pretty: Reason #3 – Because you need mountains in your life : Reason #4 – Because it’s the land where all the pastors are really hot: Reason #5 – Because it’s […]

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You'll just have to suffer it…

As you all know I love taking pictures.  I always have… albums and albums full of pictures from throughout my life prove this.  Ever since getting my camera back in late June I have been trying to learn as much as possible.  The same is true of how consumed I’ve been with photoshop ever since […]

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What's this??

Two posts in one day? You’d think I had spare time on my hands or something. Not really. Today we were just super efficient with school so I had extra time to post earlier today. Tonight I wanted to see what I could do in photoshop with some pictures I had taken last Summer on […]

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Oh my. What have we here?

Insert all sorts of shock and astonishment and curious looks here because I know that you didn’t really believe me when I told you how addictive Photoshop can be. Wipe that look off your face now and let’s get down to bidness. You know how when you’re really pregnant and your baby is turning all […]

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Postcards from Nan

Well, you know me… I’m just sitting here at my desk piddling away with Photoshop. I took this photo at Lake Louise several weeks back. You know, before it was frozen solid. I love this picture. It really is one of my favorites yet. Tonight I turned it into a postcard. It’s for you. So, […]

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Image onslaught!

You’ve been warned. This post is very picturey today! My 7 year old is really into medieval knights and all that good stuff as you may remember from my recent duct tape post. He’s also a talented little artist. Recently I’ve been collecting and scanning his best pieces of artwork. Here is a recent sampling: […]

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Portrait Photography: Try #2

Today, after conquering the beast of regrouping with 10’s and 100’s places, we decided to go on a nature hike. And do you think I was going to be caught dead or alive without my Nikon D80? I think not. It was a beautiful day for a hike. Breezy but warmish. I decided that this […]

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The Highland Games

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Highland Games in Canmore, Alberta. I love the bagpipes. I love kilts. I love it all. But let’s just get down to the feet of the matter shall we? (If you should like to really get in the feel of it, you may…) More to come…. Nan

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I love flowers!

Since getting my camera I think I have probably taken over 300 photos of just flowers! So much of the year here involves a great deal of white stuff and booger freezing temperaturs and soil so hard it has a special nickname, “permafrost.” And hence, no flowers except those found in a florist’s shop until […]

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Home Sweet Home

I’m a contented lady. I am home. My children are in bed. I am looking forward to entering back into that state of being known as normal. It should be mundanely exciting. I can’t wait. So many things to mention. First my bullet points: Saw the Oregon Coast. Gorgeous. Saw my first wild Grizzly bear. […]

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