Our Women's bible study has been diligently working through

Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions by  Lysa TerKeurst


I have really enjoyed the study so far, but it has been enlightening to evaluate my unglued moments and realize that I can respond differently.   I saw this quote and thought it was very applicable to our study.

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Hum.....   very curious.   I think it might have something to do with 

James 3:1-12

The Voice (VOICE)
My brothers and sisters, do not encourage a large number of you to become teachers because teachers will be held to a higher standard. We all stumble along the way. If a person never speaks hurtful words or shouts in anger or profanity, then he has achieved perfection. The one who can control his tongue can also control the rest of his body. It’s like when we place a metal bit into a horse’s mouth to ride it; we can control its entire body with the slightest movement of our hands. Have you ever seen a massive ship sailing effortlessly across the water? Despite its immense size and the fact that it is propelled by mighty winds, a small rudder directs the ship in any direction the pilot chooses. It’s just the same with our tongues! It’s a small muscle, capable of marvelous undertakings.
And do you know how many forest fires begin with a single ember from a small campfire? The tongue is a blazing fire seeking to ignite an entire world of vices. The tongue is unique among all parts of the body because it is capable of corrupting the whole body. If that were not enough, it ignites and consumes the course of creation with a fuel that originates in hell itself. Humanity is capable of taming every bird and beast in existence, even reptiles and sea creatures great and small. But no man has ever demonstrated the ability to tame his own tongue! It is a spring of restless evil, brimming with toxic poisons. Ironically this same tongue can be both an instrument of blessing to our Lord and Father and a weapon that hurls curses upon others who are created in God’s own image. 10 One mouth streams forth both blessings and curses. My brothers and sisters, this is not how it should be. 11 Does a spring gush crystal clear freshwater and moments later spurt out bitter salt water? 12 My brothers and sisters, does a fig tree produce olives? Is there a grapevine capable of growing figs? Can salt water give way to freshwater?

Birthday plans

After several discussions over several months,  Nadia finally realized that she was not getting a big birthday party.    She has decided to take 2 friends to Kiln' time studio to paint.    She loves it there and is excited go.     We will still have cake and presents, just on a smaller scale.    

We will start the celebration today with the family.   Presents and Ice Cream cake.
Saturday Party with her friend and dinner with the Family.  
Sunday (her actually birthday) is pretty busy, but she was invited back to kiln' time for another party.    I hope she has a fun weekend.  


New Nephew

I wanted to share with you a photo that arrived from Panama this week.  Nico Gabriel - Born Feb. 27, 2013.     He is about 4 weeks old,  look how big he is already.     I wish I could go back.   

scapbook share

I thought I would share a few of my scrapbook pages since the first of the year.
Live a little by JustJamie Template by Anna Aspnes

J keipp template

JustJamie_a Beautiful Mess splatters
JustJamie_a Beautiful Mess Potpourri

Erica Coombs-FreshPicked
Erica Coombs-WelcomeHome
Erica Coombs-JTB-Stitched Edges
Erica Coombs-OfficeSpace-
Erica Coombs-HappyDay
Erica Coombs-Birthday Brushes
Amy Martin Template

I used In good Company kit by Pixel and Company designers and Anges Bio - enRoute - Stapled frame and mye deleon_kraftessentials2_arrowpainted

Michelle Coleman_Frosted
Simply Tiffany_layeredlooks_single013

March 2013

March 2013 has come and gone.   This March brought lots of unpleasant weather and was about 20 degrees cooler than normal.   It's hard to compare, since last March was about 20 degrees warmer than usual.    

We had several days of snow and we truly felt like it was still January and maybe even January in Winnipeg. Ok, that is a small exaggeration, but they were wintery days none the less. 
Lots of snow makes for great driveway hockey.  It's not unusual to find at least 4-6 kids in our driveway with hockey sticks.  
The city piled the snow in the middle of the circle for a few days.   What a great place to climb and slide down.   It was a sad day when the city moved our pile. 
Of course Andrew's birthday is in March.  We did not really do anything special.  Just a cheesecake to celebrate. 
 We spent a couple days reorganizing and painting Ethan's room.     He chose a pretty blue color, so we decided that one wall might be enough.  After it was painted, we hung his hockey medals and organized his shelves.    He now uses his desk for homework, instead of piles of stuff.  
And finally,  just a cute picture of Nadia with Andrew.