Yes, I've been absent from blogger,
but spending time with family makes it worthwhile.
We are celebrating our 43rd anniversary this week.
And yes, our life is filled with family.
Who would of known how our lives could change over so many years.
Years ago I read a book by Edith Schaeffer, "What is a Family?"
Today I look back over the years and see how our lives resonate with so many of her ideas.
She explained that a family is like a mobile.
But that it is very different than the mobiles one can see of animals or cars and trucks.
Imagine yourself looking at a mobile of your own family tree starting with yourself and your spouse.
It started with a man and woman, (John & Marg)
The family is an intricate mobile made up of human personalities.
The family is a moving changing collection of human forms dangling on strings.
Then we had three children, who are effecting each other
intellectually, emotionally, spirituality, physically and psychologically.
Now each child has grown and has a partner, which again sends the pendulum swinging.
Each individual is moving and growing and changing in many different ways.
And now each couple is having children.
There's no two years, or two months or two days that are exactly the same anymore.
Even when mobiles are smashed and torn, sagging and destroyed,
so can families have their struggles and challenges.
Meanwhile we continue to value human relationships and give support where needed.
Hopefully we can continue to offer hope and encouragement,
for those who treasure the values of family life.
Our life has changed this past year as we welcomed the birth of
Joy Anna on Feb.13, 2016 a sister to Ivy.
Suzanne and Christopher have been busy, not only having two babies in two years,
but both of them completed their degrees of Master's of Education this past June.
Watching her smile is total JOY!
Then came another birth, Cannon Jacob, March 22, 2016 to Joe and Mikki.
He came several weeks early so we reorganized our lives and drove to Truckee
spending five weeks enjoying and supporting the new family.
Cooking, laundering, cleaning.......
I must admit, I fell in love with the snow-covered Sierra Mountains.
We visited every ski resort, a total of fourteen.
The Olympic Village at Squaw Valley, was our favorite place.
A short walk of 2 km and we were seated outside with a Starbucks coffee.
We enjoyed our daily visits, and walks, and many hours
were spent cooking, cleaning and laundering.
This past summer Mikki took a maternity leave and lived in Seattle,
while Joe continued guiding his clients up and down Mount Ranier.
And this little man has been introduced to sleeping in a tent.
Just like his Mama and Papa!!!
Our two little newborns know how to capture our hearts.
A quick trip to Europe in May, which had been planned prior to the new additions
was another highlight as we visited family.
A gondola lift up the highest mountain in Germany, the Zugspitz,
was just perfect as the skies cleared to give us a perfect view.
We waited four days for clearing signals.
Summer time came and past quickly.
Many wonderful days camping with the family at Manning.
Levi and Silas both enjoyed their first canoe trip up Lightning Lake.
This year both boys were gifted a Swiss Army knife.
Their Opa carefully showed them how to use them.
Camping in the woods without a knife just doesn't work.
A drive up to the Alpine Meadows is a must with Jeremy and Tara and the boys.
The beauty of mountain tops, trails and alpine meadows was stunning.
Our search for marmots was in vain.
An idle day of fishing and canoeing brought back many memories.
Spending time together and reflecting on memories of
skiing and camping trips which have become family traditions for many years.
I love watching John farm....he loves it and finds himself
feeling satisfied once again after renovations are complete.
Occasionally I love to ride my bike to the farm and give him a hand.
With this kind of view, working and riding become truly pleasurable.
This years' combine and harvesting crop was another day more than
rewarding in the life of country living.
If you ask John when he will retire? He says, "Then what should I do?"
Every once in awhile we love to get into the Olympic Spirit.
We enjoyed watching a qualifying match for FIFA World Cup 2018.
What does it take for Canada to make the finals?
We may be active and busy,
but these little faces make it worth it all.
"What is a family?
A family is a mobile. A family is an art form.
A family is an exciting art career, because an art form needs work."
We value family in it's ever changing state.