Monday, September 19, 2011

Fasten Your Seatbelts! Our Epic Story Of Summer, In Pictures, With Gratitude

So much thankfulness for a life undeserved...
836. a fun-loving mom 
837. cool family (Happy 65th, Aunt Lorraine!)
838. the way she photographs (always creating, Meghan :)
839. how Annie gently, but strictly (yes, it's possible) taught my little ones to swim
840. Anna's patience in teaching my children French-end of the year skit
841. majestic lions that remind me of the Lion Of Judah
842. the way those baboons just hop right up onto our car
843. the way she looks like she's counting her eggs all lined up on the ground (and the size of them!)
844. our season's pass to this amazing place
845. the way she carried her baby--I felt like this for several years :)
846. how at this age, turning to watch other teams during your game is just plain cute
847. and waving to her parents, in pride of how well she plays
848. how our big one smiles and runs harder when we cheer her on
849. small ones trying their hand at photography
850. how the park holds so much scope for the imagination
851. look-alike sisters
852. boy jumping contests
853. my niece, the most talented Tinkerbell
854. a captive and supportive audience for our homeschool Peter Pan play
855. hard-working children
856. pirates who were more entertaining than nasty
857. beautiful "stars" who narrated the play
 858. a dancing Tiger-Lilly
859. their relationship
860. early morning at the lake
861. catching her during a kick
862. godly men who help each other run the race
863. for 39 years
864. the way my mom-in-law and her mom have trained their children to work well
865. beautiful sisters-in-law
866. big and little cousins just hanging out together
867. the respect and admiration of small cousins of their universty-level cousin
868. finding a cousin of your size at a family gathering
869. two peas in a pod
870. Grandpa's speech to the graduates about sticking with Jesus as they go off to further education
871. older ones with great character
872. red and wrinkled strawberry-picking fingers
873. perfect, sweet Ontario goodness
874. strawberry-stained knees
875. having this tradition with my sister since we had babies
876. following in his footsteps
877. finding the best row for picking
878. my handsome biker husband
879. a dirt-biking summer
880. finding the biggest strawberries
881. homeschooled girlfriends
882.climbing a cherry tree and eating along the way
883. golden sunlight
884. for great volunteer barbequers at our church picnic
885. goofy friends of the family
886. for a great youth pastor and his daughter (so long, Pastor Rob)
888. fantastic church office staff (and friend)
889. and her cool sisters who are also great friends
890. special staff who makes our children's lives way more fun! (Hi Lisa!)
891. a few of the many talented musicians with Pastor Tyler (homeschooled boy! Just sayin' :)
892. fellow teachers and beautiful women
893. the way she allows me to be the adoptive mommy of her babies :)
894. amazing God-surprises for this family--yay!
895. great families who give so much to our congregation
896. watching our children enjoy their church friends
897. inventing ways to stay cool in this hottest of summers
898. water, in abundance--we praise You for it, Lord and we don't take it for granted
899. for a favourite place--Rainforest Cafe
900. even though the animals going crazy in the storm can scare a little
901. a brave boy who encourages his sister
902. until he hears the thunder, LOL!
903. dress-up days at Vacation Bible School
904. sisters-in-law through thick and thin
905. summer nights and ice cream treats (too many times to count--blessings!)
906. hearing the words, "You gotta listen to this, Mommy... " from my new chapter book reader
907. God's beauty at a local zoo
908. and God's imagination!
909. watching this baby's antics for half an hour
910. being able to lose ourselves in the day, just enjoying creation
911. cool streams filled with treasures
912. climbing with siblings to search for new and interesting places
913. losing our shoes in the stream and the adventure that ensued
914. summer chores and quiet time (Meg's best time for using her imagination)
915. my beautiful, growing-up girl
916. mowing the lawn with Fisher day it'll be a John Deere :)
917. the way she never complained about this daily chore
918. visit from B.C. friends
919. and how he flew here with three kids by himself for two weeks (Hi Jodi!)
920. how they surprised us by driving all the way from Alberta instead of flying and arrived within minutes from their ETA!
921. how she attracts all the little ones with her playfulness
922. a dad who humours the children by making videos with them (ex. 'Brushing Hair For Seniors")
923. family reunions where so many make and effort to attend
924. an inspirational and mentoring sister
925. how younger cousins are now heading toward marriage
926. a gracious hostess
927. backyard picnics with even more cousins (yes, we hang out with a lot of cousins on both sides!)
928. my little fish who would stay in the water all day
929. sand burials and a boy who wanted it again and again
930. camping at the best old-fashioned playground ever!
931. a Papa who loves to watch the kids play (and roast marshmallows on his barbeque)
932. finding a place that still has one of these!
933. the joy of spinning (thanks, Uncle Terry!)
934. the result of spinning too fast (and perhaps why you don't see these things at parks anymore)
935. paddleboat ride paid for by a big sister
936. the way they could hardly contain themselves over feeding these fish
937. and the show the fish gave them
938. a sweet and inquistive boy
939. Uncle Terry's crazy dives that kept my girls giggling all afternoon
940. homeschool planning evening with friends
941. how they teach me--even if they're just beginning this journey
942. how God is molding this girl's character
943. how He answered our prayers and how I nearly cried the during this vow renewal
944. how they asked us to read Scriptures that helped them along the way
945. the beginning of a new journey
946. how His ways are not our ways, thankfully!
947. kissable sunsets
948. pyjama campfires
949. comfort in his big sister
950. the sillyness that falls upon them just before bedtime
951. making s'mores
952. the hiking path just below our campsite
953. how they often camp a few sites over each summer and let the kids run between sites all day
954. for perfectly roasted marshmallows by my patient girl
955. turning tubes into jumpy castles (poor Jake)
956. our two Terrys cooking together
957. how she drives her four all the way here to spend the day with us
958. how she is the most imaginative and loyal playmate for my daughter
959. how her rambunctious spirit keeps us entertained
960. our trailer and the joy we receive by vacationing with it
961. energetic and daring little boys
962. how he keeps Oliver at his side and helps him with whatever he needs (thanks, Caleb)
963. her explosive laughter
964. how he can fix just about anything
965. how I know I can find her here each morning
966. playing washers and how she obliged (thanks to Eric for making it for us)
967. for this favourite ice cream shack, built in 1920
968. taking time to decide on flavours and ending up with the same one everytime
969. the way he gets quiet in the afternoon (when he could be napping)
970. how she walked my mom's dogs every day and how she has a big love for animals
971. how they're still small enough to fit on these closet shelves
972. how she brought her knitting to the beach
973. wide open spaces that allow one to see different types of weather
974. impromtu boat ride on one of the most balmy days of our trip
975. waiting for the "gates" to open at the locks and my giddy husband whose memories of childhood include many of these days
976. trying to keep cool but loving every minute of boating
977. stopping the boat in the middle of the lake to dive in
978. how he worked on building his "fort" for days
979. how she makes me get my camera for her poses
980. standing and staring at the Big Dipper each night (can you see it?)
981. pure joy for this soccer boy--they scored!
982. receiving her medal and the award that read, "" from her gracious coaches
983. the joy of receiving hers and how she was so glad the season was over :)
984. how this girl, on her last night of the season, couldn't wait for the upcoming tournament
985. for a patient husband who waits just a minute longer for me to grab a shot of this lioness roaring
986. how we can't get enough of this place (more like Terry and I) and we see more beauty with each visit
987. the way they move and chatter and are interested in us
988. how they could go in that barn with the ball pit again and again
989. four kids on a caboose and the scenery we enjoyed
990. eight and a half hours at the soccer tournament on the hottest day of the year (yes, this is a gratitude post)
991. how she could have played eight and a half hours more!
992. how her siblings barely complained but found ways to occupy themselves
993. the "good game" handshake after each game and how they're all friends again
994. how her daddy's blood runs within her veins... semi-finalist? ... it's alright
995. art night with homeschool mom friends (thanks, Tanya for teaching all of us!)
996. how the moms felt empowered and inspired that they could, in fact, do art with their children after this night
997. homeschool kickoff picnic and swim (thanks Annie!)
998. hanging out with moms who have similar vision


The Carmodys said...

Great post Heather and of course (not that I'm surprised) great pictures . . . . even if I was in a few of them!

I loved looking at them all and reading your thankfulness for all your many blessings.


The Maretzki Family said...




Sound like you had one fun filled summer!!!

Rebecca at Cotton+Wood said...

Almost to 1,000 gifts!!!! :)

jeana said...

Oh my! How wonderful every last gift is! What blessing He has poured in your lives. Thanks for shaing my beautiful friend!

Camille said...

I thought this was going to end with you 1000th item! But, stopped two short! LOL! What a wonderful, wonderful summer the LORD has blessed you with my friend! I am so happy that you have such beautiful memories to treasure. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photos and the list from your heart.

Love to you!

Anna said...

I LOVED them all!!! So much to be thankful for!!! Great pictures! I was looking forward to seeing some of your summer pictures!

Kathy S. said...

Beautiful as always Heather! Glad you had such a blessed summer!!!