Monday, September 30, 2013

Are You Ready for Change?


A quick visit up to the Chilcotin reminded us that Fall was fast approaching.


 
A quick rest stop at the tiny Chilcotin Visitors Information.
It was closed for the season, but we knew our destination.
 
After a two hour drive west from Williams Lake, along Highway 20,
we discovered the sign, posted on a tree,
'Pyper Lake Road'

And here we spent a few days, looking breathlessly at the emerald
green lake ahead of us with snow capped mountains in the back ground.
John's sister and husband had just completed building their little dream cabin on the lake.

New traces of snow, capped the mountains tops.
One could feel the crispness in the air.

Groves of aspens were beginning to show off their splendor.

One last dip?
Not this time...we just enjoyed the sunny deck with a view.

The marshy wetlands were covered with bull rushes that were gently blowing in the wind.

One last moment to soak in the sunshine.  She knows about the long cold winters.
Pepper spray and fog horns accompanied us always on our walks.

 We both loved to walk along the shoreline and scout any potential properties.

The early morning mist on the lake assured us that the seasons were changing,
while the clear evening skies told us that the temperatures would dip below zero.
There was even a hint of snow one evening.

Are you ready for the seasons to change?
What are your winter projects?


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pearing Up!


I would like for all of you to meet Walter & Willy
They have just begun a  new career in entertaining Mennonites.
There latest recording will be out shortly, this fall and you will find
it at a location near you.

They sang, they laughed, they read poetry,
they even brought gifts along.
You name...they did it.
I highly recommend them for your next Menno event.

They serenaded us into the wee hours of the night,
as we sat under the warm tiki torches. 

It was a double 40th anniversary celebration for 'The Rempels' and 'The Bartels'
The four of us enjoyed getting together,
reminiscing over the good and the bad,
planning an event for all the other  'old timers'

Heidi and I did our own gig of entertaining as we recorded
our favorite songs for our husbands
and had the titles engraved on our T-shirts.
"You're Still the One"  Shania Twain ~ Marg's song for John
"Thank You" Johnny Reed ~ Heidi's song for Irv
There were tears and hugs!!!


Then Heidi & I shared the story of our diamond rings,
the perfect little rocks that have been worn ragged over time,
in hopes that we both would get new ones.
So we let these dear men know that we did our own shopping
for this special occasion and and now it was our turn to
present them with diamonds.
The men were both stunned and did not know what to do with them.
So we both raised our perfectly manicured  feet into the air,
and they placed the rings on our pinky toes....
(sorry no photo)

We enjoyed an evening celebrating with friends from 40 years ago.
They have been life time friends.

The Island was once more filled with salads, appetizers, and baked potatoes.


These two men were in charge of the meat department.
The purchased a top-line standing rib roast,
which turned out just perfect.

A barbecued roast that melted in your mouth. 
A wonderful evening shared and enjoyed by all.

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A quick pairing up of events from this week.

This past week also marked the beginning for Life Groups in our church.
We have enjoyed our group over the past years.
As we walked into the guest home...
we were greeted by a tree.
I was stunned by this...
a tree?
I looked closer and saw the writing on the card.

Our faces were splashed on this 40th anniversary cake.
I'm thinking most of you know who hosted this evening....
I'm thinking we look a bit vintage.
 
Here we are once again, with our Life Group which we love.
We have laughed together...
we have cried together.
we have prayed together.
we have celebrated together.

We have come to realize that over our past 40 years,
many people have touched our lives
and have helped shape who we are today.

Thank You Friends for all the good times and hope for many more.

As you all know we have no claim to fame...but just for awhile
we will enjoy wearing the title....

"The Perfect Pear"



Friday, September 20, 2013

Family Comes First!


We truly had an unforgettable 40th celebration.
We decided that we would love to celebrate it with our children.
We had never celebrated anniversaries together previously and now was a good time.
We planned a  day of adventure with our bikes at Stanley Park.
Everyone agreed that this would be a perfect outing.
It was a  little hair raising for us country folks who needed to discover
'cycling etiquette' in downtown Vancouver.
We started our bike trip in a heavy misty fog.
I was hoping it would lift because we had plans for the evening.

Why Stanley Park?
Well that's exactly where we got engaged on May 11, 1973.
And sure enough John found the exact tree as he took some time
to discover his surroundings and find his bearings,
 but then he pointed.....
"That's the tree"...and there we enjoyed a few moments together.

They, without hesitation knew this would be a blog worthy photo.
(just for mom)
 
 
 As the day progressed, we stopped for a lunch break...
Only to find out that I had a flat tire....
I was ready to call a taxi.... hop on a bus...call BCAA!!
(roadside assistance)
but Christopher came to the rescue.
He is an expert in cycling, but forgot his bike pump.
Meanwhile Mikki..the youngest flung out her high tech bike pump,
that you could scarcely see.
Suzanne quickly pulled out her spare tube...
meanwhile Christopher had my bike tire off in 10 seconds,
while I gazed in shock.
I almost began to panic...because we had a 4:30 deadline
and we had less than an hour to get back, wash, change and shower.
Did you say three minutes to change that flat tire?
I think I need my kids more than they need me.

Oh, I forgot to mention that Jeremy took a break during this time.
Go Figure!!
He fixes computers, not bikes. 

By 4:30 pm we had all showered, changed and were ready to go again.
This was our anniversary and why not enjoy it with style?
We were greeted at the door, with a limousine.
Yes, this truly was our Day!
 
The kids agreed,
"This was Mom & Dad's Style for tonight"
But I can tell you, they all enjoyed a bit of pampering.

I could hear those beautiful daughters identifying  with love and romance
as we  rode the Grouse Gondola up to "The Observatory'
Above the misty fog, the sunny blue skies opened to greet us.

We were treated to a stunning view and  presentation of fine dining in the 'Observatory.'

The sun was setting...while we enjoyed an evening with our adult children,
blown away by the most intimate setting we could ever of imagined.

Thank you Family for all your input in making this so weekend so special.


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Forty Years Later!

 
It was 40 years ago that we committed ourselves to each other.
Here we stand 40 years later with hearts full of love and anticipation.

I was given this poem by John's oldest brother, Peter and sister in law, Alma.
It has been seared in our hearts.
I love holding this original, vintage style, faded paper in my hand.
It has worth, it has value, it has truth.

September 15, 1973

Dear John & Marg,
Stand close together
but not too close.
For no tree grows best
in each other's shadow.

Learn to enjoy each other's interests,
but not at the expense of your own.
For each one needs to keep his own identity.

Share each other's friends.
Include them all.
For they are the treasures 
that will last a life-time.

Serve God together and put
Him first and He will
supply what you need forever.

(Thank you Alma for these words.)


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Where Did the Years Go?


It was on this wonderful day that this little fellow came into our lives.
September 11, 2003
Your Aunties and Oma's were there to hold you and cuddle you right from
the moment you arrived into our arms.


By the time you were six months old, you became our waterbaby.
You loved the water...
And now you are old enough to push your own Dad into the water.
No wonder you love to swim in the ocean with us in Hawaii.

At one year's old...we thought we'd introduce you to farming.
Somehow 'your father' had no interest...
Certainly you would be the next heir in line?
It does not seem to be lining up that way. 


Oh, how you loved to lick the spoon while we baked cookies together.
Today we're baking cupcakes for your party.
I don't think we'll lick the spoon....maybe the beaters.

 By the time you reached two you were enjoying 'nap time'
while Opa and Oma took you on day trips.
Do you remember when we bought matching shirts?
That was our signature color.

Three years old and Opa thought you could start cleaning barns.
I don't think so.....
Opa tried hard to make you want to be a 'farmer'

 I remember you crying at your birthday party.
Nobody bought you the present you really wanted.



At four years old we took you on your first camping trip to Manning Park.
You did not need diapers anymore...that was Oma's rule.


Your Opa would take you on walks and tell you stories.
This summer, you and  I hiked some trails, but you only wanted to talk about
 'aliens and bears'
You almost freaked me out!


At five years old you had an interest in technology.
You wanted to talk to your mom and dad.
You wanted to stay longer...but they said, "No!"
You loved chatting on the phone.

Yes, your're trying to see if you could reach the top of the corn.
And here you are today,
Eating corn on the cob and loving it. 

What happened in 2010?
Your Oma made sure you had a camera so we could take photos of the Olympics.

Off to the Olympics we went and you were able to hold the torch.
I'm sure you would be a perfect torch bearer in the near future. 

Then came your first ski trip with Oma & Opa.
I think you were about 7 years old.
That was a bit scary for you, but by the end of the week...

You loved going up and down the chair with your Opa!


Eight years old!
Oh, how you loved it when Opa took you to the shop
and together you built your own table and painted it RED!
 
You loved road trips.
All you needed was  a sprinkled donut from Tim Hortons,
Oma's favorite head phones, your blankie and your cell phone.

 At nine years old we could not get you a cell phone fast enough.
You ran around the house looking for all our old recyled ones.
And they worked in your imaginary world...but not for long.
It's so much fun that today we can actually TEXT each other!

In your tenth year, you were old enough to learn to drive the lawn mower.
Your Opa trusted you!
You were careful and cautious.

Our last event together was at Whistler in the Fun Park.
The wilder, the better.
You laughed and laughed as you were turning upside down.


And here you are today...
Ten years old.
We feel so privileged that we can celebrate with you!

Keep your chin high my boy...and you will fly.
Never look back...only look forward to what God has in store for your future.
"Yes, be bold and strong!  Banish fear and doubt!
For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
Joshua 1:9

Let's see what surprises unfold for you today!


Happy Birthday Levi!

OMA