Monthly Archives: March 2013

An Important Event

I know that some of you have been looking forward to this post for some time, myself most certainly included. It was a about year ago that I posted about our courtship, and now Erica and I have some more exciting news…

our engagement (February 13th)!  And yes, we do have a date for the wedding: Sunday, September 1st, 2013.

David and Erica Erica and David

The past year has been a time of great blessing and joy as we have gotten to know each other better and I know that the next six months will also be a time of relationship growth, both toward each other and our Lord.  Our hope is that in this area, where a relationship like ours is virtually unheard of, the Lord would open people’s eyes to what He can do in people who are willing to work in His ways.  I pray that what we have gone through would be a blessing and example to those around us and cause them to desire a closer walk with Him first of all.

It has been a long wait, with yet more time to go, but as it says in Isaiah 40:31, “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

It’s high time for an update!

  So much has occurred in the past months, that even though Jonathan had our website up and running again by early January, no one has had the time to write any posts.  Some of what has taken place since the last real post that to give a full update would take far more time than I have.  Instead, I’ll attempt to give an overview of the fall and winter months, touching on a few highlights.

  Fall activities included leaf raking, tree chopping, garden harvesting, and visits from local turkeys!

lots of peppers tree chopping

hard at work paying a visit

  Winter fun has included skating, skiing, and having fun in the snow with friends.

on the lift skiing

horses in the snow returning from sledding

  During this time frame, we had opportunity to attend a couple conferences in New Hampshire – the Family Encouragement Weekend in September and the Gospel Family Forum in February.

FEW conference Gospel Family Forum

  Not only have we gone out of our home to fellowship with other like-minded families, but we have also had many opportunities for inviting others into our home.  We continue monthly men’s meetings, usually preceded by a dinner for all the families.  And of course we have welcomed other groups of people, such as the Sherbrooke Gideons, as well as individual families.  Such times of fellowship are always a blessing!

fellowshipping around a meal playing music together

  The winter season wouldn’t be complete without Christmas concerts and chalk art presentations…

chalk talk at the GCH Christmas concert at the Connaught Home

  … and a visit with our precious grandparents!

with Grandma and Grandpa

  Though not foremost in our priorities right at the moment, some work has been done on the apartment in the basement.  The tiles are now laid and grouted.  The hardwood floor is in – both the living room and bedroom.  The kitchen cabinets are underway as are the mouldings, window frames, etc.  Now thought is turning toward the bathroom.  Another project on the side was also accomplished: the changing of some well-worn run on our much-used staircase!

tiles hardwood flooring changing the rug


  February 13th was marked an important event. David may want to say more, but for the moment, I’ll just let the picture tell the story…

Never to be forgotten

  This has taken our thoughts toward a future date – the results in the kitchen reflecting that rather clearly!


A doll wedding cake Yes, Stephen, you may have a wedding cake for your birthday. the penguin wedding

Erica's siblings made an engagement cake

They worked in the kitchen together too!

  Sewing has also commenced.  We girls had a great time together cutting out and sewing the bridesmaids dresses, creating memories of special times that will not be forgotten.

sewing setup sewing together

  Well, that is a quick summary of some highlights from the past few months.  Of course there are a few other random things that have been done such as butchering the last couple turkeys (and learning to do sutures on one of them!), preparing for the next batch of meat birds, various culinary experiments unrelated to the upcoming wedding, the more recent undertaking of clearing out a place for a new septic system, and so much more.

sutures! turkey dinner crocodile dinner

chopping down trees piling up the brushwood

We’ll try to keep you posted!

I'm looking forward to having this pail filled again!