Monthly Archives: April 2013

Important Announcement

“For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done”

The observant reader may notice that this is the first post I have ever made to our family blog. I have elected to start now because something has come about that is so important to me that I simply can’t contain it.

The Lord has been clearly leading me by His Word, His Spirit, and the guidance and counsel of parents which I value tremendously, to the point where I could, in all confidence, approach Mr Taylor to ask for something inestimably valuable – his permission to court his daughter, Samantha Marie Taylor. It is with tremendous joy that I can say that both of Samantha’s parents, as well as my own, have accorded their full blessing on this relationship. To my intense delight, Samantha herself has wholeheartedly agreed to court me – an honour for which I can scarcely count myself worthy. I am brought to my knees in gratefulness to God that He would bring such a rich blessing from Heaven down upon me, due to no merit of my own.

A thousand words would not suffice for me to describe this joy of mine over this turn of events! However, since a picture is worth a thousand words, I will let you in on a bit of it. 🙂




:)  :)

And this is my favourite of the bunch 🙂

My personal favourite!\

I thank God for you, Samantha, every day.  May this relationship bring glory to God and cause us to be drawn closer to Him!

A Pounding

I had no idea what a pounding was before yesterday.  And I certainly didn’t expect one!  If you had told me I was going to have one, I probably would have ducked.

Ok, I had better start at the beginning.  Yesterday afternoon was the day we celebrated my birthday.  (We often celebrate not quite on the date, due to Daddy’s irregular schedule.)  I was glad Erica could be there, though I certainly had no idea what my family had planned.  Well, after the normal celebration, they told me and Erica to go sit on the couch and close our eyes.  While our eyes were shut, they brought up a whole pile of gifts, mostly wrapped in grocery flyers and shopping bags.  I was told I needed help opening these gifts.

The gifts interesting wrapping paper unwrapping...

In each package were dozens of useful items – non-perishable groceries, cleaning supplies, tape, stamps, and so much more.  I could see that a lot of thought and effort had been put into this special time.  We were given so many things that are so important and yet so easy to overlook.  I am very grateful for all that was done for us!

Some things were wrapped in bags It was NOT milk powder. Lots of chocolate chips

Chocolate chip cookies are a favourite of mine – that is why there is such a large bag of chocolate chips.

not for fishing - this is a first-aid box. More important ingredients

That bag was not really full of popcorn, though that is the size of bag our family normally buys – we have gone through a lot of popcorn the past few years, especially because at our regular Bible studies we would invariably make popcorn for anywhere from 12 to 40 people.  And that is where Erica and I got to know each other.  So, the last gift was quite appropriate …

a special package of popcorn a very happy birthday

The Lord has indeed been good to us.  How glad I am, and grateful, that He gave us the families that He did, who care for us and love us!


Psalm 135:3 “Praise the Lord; for the Lord is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant.”