Watching the plane.

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We are waiting to go pick up Tomomi from the airport. Pretty fun that we can watch her flight on the computer.

Snow?

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Wasn’t really expecting this much snow. The girls are out having fun. Had to go out and buy a snow shovel today as we left ours in Alberta.

Worth Sharing.

This is from an advent book that I’m reading and thought it was worth sharing.

 

And you God, He’s coming now, everywhere for you.

In all humanity’s religions, man reaches after God.

But in all His relationships, God reaches for man.

Reaches for you who have fallen and scraped your heart raw, for you who feel the shame of words that have snaked off your tongue and poisoned corners of your life, for you who keep trying to cover up pain with perfectionism.

Three words come through the dense thicket of failure:

Where are you?

Your God refuses to give up on you.

Your God looks for you when you’re feeling lost, and you God seeks you out when you’re down, and your God calls for you when you feel cast aside. He doesn’t run down the rebel. He doesn’t strike down the sinner. He doesn’t flag the failure.

Spurgeon writes that no matter what the day holds, how the season unfolds, God holds and enfolds: “I am come to find you wherever you may be. I will look for you till the eyes of My pity see you. I will follow you till the hands of My mercy reach you, and I will still hold you . . . to My heart.”

 

Taken from The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp

Christmas Countdown.

This year instead of a paper chain or the “horrible cheap chocolate like shapes behind little windows we always wreck” to countdown to Christmas, we are unwrapping something from under the tree that we can do together as a family. Tonight the girls unwrapped a winter scene puzzle that we can work on over the next few weeks. This afternoon we also headed to a local “u cut” Christmas tree lot where we found a really nice tree that Mark hacked down and we carried up the hill. Then for a little hot chocolate and candy canes around the fire. Santa Claus was even there, though both girls were scared of him and Teigan wouldn’t even wave goodbye because “he wasn’t the real Santa Claus, he was just someone dressed up”. Here are some pics.
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Goldstream.

A recent Friday was spent at Goldstream Provincial Park. It was full of people because the salmon are running. Apparently this is a big draw, and it is really cool to watch. We spent some time at the Nature House near the estuary, putting things under the microscope that projects onto the wall, looking at stuffed owls and figuring out their names, and looking at antlers and hoofs! Then we headed out into the woods.

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We walked up a little stream to see where it was coming from. And around the corner we found this waterfall.

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And some fun logs along the way.

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Good thing we wore our rubber boots!

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Rushing water.  Peaceful.

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Another huge tree in this rain forest. Not sure why the grumpy face.

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Salmon everywhere.

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This is the tunnel that the little stream flows through and that we had to walk through to get to the waterfall side. This runs under the highway! A little dark in the middle, but the girls did great.

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Didn’t see this sign until after! Oh well…

New Home!

We are in our new house today! Much excitment and anticipation leading up to this. And Cam and Leslie and kids are here to help with cousins from Port Alberni coming tomorrow.

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A little note from the previous owners. Very nice and welcoming!

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First dinner in the new house with cousins!

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You know you are moving when there is only beer in the fridge.

Celebration!

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A night out for dinner celebrating the official closing on selling our Canmore house. We are no longer home owners. At least for this week.

Trick or Treat.

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Darth Vader and Ariel spent last night exploring our new neighborhood. We walked to our new house and around there asking for candy. There were a bunch of kids out, though in the time we were home before we took the girls out, we only had 10 kids come to our house. Too much left over candy is not a good thing.

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And there was one scarey bunny fairy that kept following us everywhere. And eating our candy! 🙂

Happy Halloween

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This halloween, Kiah wanted to go as Darth Vader and Teigan wanted to go as Darth Maul. However, in the end, Teigan decided that Darth Maul was too boyish so she went as Arial.  (la la la, la la la, la la la la la la, la la la).  We walked down the street and saw that the neighborhood was actually pretty friendly!

 

Bamberton.

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We finally checked out the park that is right beside Mark’s work. It has a great beach with not very many people. The girls and I have been back there a few times already. There is a little creek running into the ocean, seagulls dropping crabs, seals out in the water, those birds that dive for fish, the little ferry passing by and fisher people out on the water in their boats.

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