Friday, November 25, 2016

Christmas Prep

Some Christmas repertoire

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Gabe and Mom Wreaths inc.

Gabe did most of the work and I got to use my new glue gun.... I love them.  

Front Door

Mud Room Door

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Proverbs 4

A celebration of 13, the Bar Mitzvah year

"Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;
pay attention and gain understanding.
I give you sound learning,
so do not forsake my teaching.
For I too was a son to my father,
still tender, and cherished by my mother.
Then he taught me, and he said to me,
“Take hold of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands, and you will live.
Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you."

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Essy is so smart.... S-M-R-T

today i finished my 2 book. i was  so excited when i first finished it.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

you should come...

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Ottawa Reformed Presbyterian Church
466 Woodland Avenue
Ottawa, ON
Transgenderism, Porn and a Culture of Death
God’s standards for the good, the true and the just are as relevant in 2016 as they were when King David wrote Psalm 11 some 3,000 years ago. Our job as Christians is to witness to His Word, also in public life. ARPA Canada’s AndrĂ© Schutten and Colin Postma will educate, equip and encourage you as they share what we are doing to proactively address the difficult and pressing issues of transgenderism, porn and our culture of death with a compassionate and truthful response.
Join us in Ottawa, Ontario on Tuesday, November 15.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Kingston - day tripping and the Wolfe Island ferry

Jason has had a heavy travel schedule this season.  He had a two day stop over in Kingston so we decided to crash his party and hang out in Kingston with him. 

Practicing our chop stick skills at Ta Ke Sushi Restaurant. Yum.

It so happened that, because the Lord goes before His sheep - a very kind friend, Captain Arthur Emtage, was the first Mate on the Wolfe Island Ferry which meant we go to see the captain deck of the ferry and hang out with him for a bit.  Cole wants to be a ship's captain now.  


All grown up and reading in bed

Jason Charles James Braden is 39!!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Gently lead

Today was a day that I felt I just couldn't keep things up.  I could't teach, clean, parent, wife, cook, smile, pretend to be pleasant... or really even get dressed... Or I could, but it was going to involve a lot of crying and even more yelling.   I felt like everyone's dipper was in this shallow well and it was dry, dry, DRY! 

So after some crying and some yelling....  I wrote out the days schedule, and the boys are just plodding through it almost entirely on their own today.  Who knew? 

Today was a reminder that I am not their education.  I am not their salvation.  I'm not my salvation, either.  The Lord has His perfect plans for them, and certianly they involve me, but they aren't my plans and I can neither foil them nor further them outside of God's perfect will.   

Isaiah 40:11 "He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young."

Please, Lord, gently lead.

Naming the brood

So far we only have Zebra, Mr. Hungry Jr. , Floppy and Snowball... we're running out of names.  

Cole is starting up his egg business and we are selling for $4/dozen, unless you are blood related, then it's negotiable, especially if you are Grandpa Preece who go us the silly things in the first place.  

Parts of a Bee - By Esther