Friday, November 16, 2012

Latest Projects

If you happen to be one of my friends on Facebook, then you may have read a few weeks ago about the two quilts I pieced in five days. I have been asked about pictures and just this morning I had a chance to take some. So here is a peek at what I have been up to in the evenings.
I am making this quilt to hang on Myah's bedroom wall. The pattern
came from a tutorial at Moda Bakeshop.

This is the quilt I am making for Astrid. It is
made using the same pattern that I designed
for Eva's quilt.

I made these for Myah and Sarah from a
Wee Wonderfuls pattern.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Cooling Off in the Shade

On Friday night we learned that we would not have power or water all day on Sunday. So we had to think of a way to stay cool in this heat. The average temperature most days is around 35*C! I am so thankful that our church is not a closed in building and the Lord provided us with a comfortable breeze so we were not overheating. Afterwards we decided to spend the afternoon on the lawn in the shade. It was a great way to spend the day and we even had a few visitors to play with.
Myah and Flor spent the afternoon searching for Mangos and Coconuts,
they had a lot of fun together.
Luis, one of the cutest three year olds ever!
He was happy to benefit from Myah's and Flor's
mango hunting expedition.

Grandma Flor, working on Christmas ornaments
made from grass. They are very pretty.
P.S. you can see our church in the background
I of course had a great time playing with them all. This little guy is named
after Tyler and is such a content baby. He loved laying on a quilt on the
grass. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

My Crazy Pirates

This week the girls had another dress up day at school. This week it was pirates. Here is what we came up with.



Thursday, November 1, 2012

I'm Gretel, Gretel, Gretel!

Last night Myah played the part of Gretel in her elementary school play "Hansel and Gretel." She did a really good job and seemed to have fun playing the part.




Wednesday, October 3, 2012

One Thousand Gifts 2

Continuing with my list of one thousand gifts.


  • 4. God is faithful to keep his promises
  • 5. The cool rainy day we had on Saturday
  • 6. Sewing and making things for my girls to use or play with
  • 7. My husband who is a very hard worker in all that he does. he doesn't quit until it's done
  • 8. Playing a game with my daughter Sarah today
  • 9. We have been pruning trees around our house and it reminds me of how God prunes us for growth


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

House Tour

I had forgotten that a few people asked us to post pictures of our new home when we got settled, so yesterday I ran around with the camera snapping a few pics for you. Now don't let these pictures fool you, especially the ones of our dinning room. Somehow it looks bright in there and it is truly one of the darkest places in our whole house!

So sit back and enjoy our little house tour.

Front of house
Front porch entrance
Living room and dinning room

From the hallway
Our cool room. Yeah for air-conditioning!
Sarah helping with the dishes.
Other side of the kitchen
Myah's and Sarah's room
My Cowgirl, Hannah's room.
Growing outside. I love the rich colour!
Well, that's all for now. Hope you enjoyed the tour and when we have done some more decorating I will update the pictures.

Monday, September 24, 2012

One Thousand Gifts



A friend of mine gave me this book written by Ann Voskamp just before we returned to Peru from our furlough. I have yet to read it, but everyone that I know who has read it raves about it. I believe now is the time to pull it off my bookshelf.

The past week and a half have been pretty hard for me. You know one of those times when God is shaping you and changing you for His Glory. Sometimes it is hard to be moulded and if your not willing it can be even harder. I have spent much time on my knees this week being broken. I have reached the point where I am no longer kicking and screaming resisting what God is wanting to do in me. I wish I would have surrender sooner but I admit sometimes I am stubborn and mercifully God allows me the time I need to adjust my attitude.

As I sit on the potters wheel and wait to be moulded I believe one of the ways to continue preparing my heart for growth is to remember all of the gifts, the ordinary, extraordinary, big, small, simple and complex gifts that God gives me each day. So begins my list of One Thousand Gifts.


  1. Tucking in my children at night, when then put their arms around my neck and squeeze tight one last time for the day.
  2. A steady breeze on a hot summer day.
  3. God's patience with me.
If you would like to join me (and many others) in remembering God's gracious gifts in your life, just click on the photo link above.

Blessings,
Brenda






Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Looking Good!

Last night with the help of my daughter Sarah I finally finished setting up my sewing and crafting area. I was really impressed with her creativity and ideas. She was the one who thought to organize my stamp pads by colour and I like how it looks. She also helped me make sure my stamps were in the right boxes.



Close up

During the evenings I have been working on a small hexagon project a little at a time. I am making it with 1/2" hexagons so they are pretty small. I know last time I made a hexagon quilt I said that I would never do it again, but I couldn't help myself. I had all of these tiny scraps that weren't big enough to do much else with and so it began.



Thursday, September 6, 2012

Cultural Adjustment - Round Two

I don't want to admit that I am struggling a bit with adjusting to a few things back in Pucallpa. In fact I hate to admit it. I want things to be easy and no one to think that it is taking me time to re-adjust. However, I need to be honest about the joys and struggles of being on the mission field and this is one of them.

It is a struggle I have always been most concerned with how our girls are doing and not really experienced before myself. So maybe that is one of the reasons I am having a harder time dealing with the fact that it is taking me longer than usual to get back into the swing of things.

As far as adjusting to our home and getting settled in we are all doing well. The girls are back in school and we have a pretty good routine set now. Tyler has started with some of his ministry responsibilities and I have taken on teaching art to all of the students in grades one through eight, as well as supply teaching math for grades six and seven for two weeks. I have not officially returned to ministry at Latidos yet because the supply teaching I am doing takes up a fair bit of my time and I want to be home in the evenings with our family as much as I can.

The thing that is most difficult for me to adjust to again is the crazy driving. Stopping when your traffic light turns yellow, going again before it turns green. Left turns on a red light, driving in between two lanes  or swerving between all three lanes so you block traffic. Not checking over your shoulder when you change lanes so you can increase the probability of sideswiping someone and taking off without stopping when you do! I know that I will get used to it again but for now it is really reminding me how different things can be from one place to another.

I also forgot how unappealing fresh fruits and vegetables are here. I was reminded this afternoon when I went to buy potatoes and carrots. Before we went back to Canada, I admit I didn't find them overly appealing either and I got used to cutting out the bad parts and not even thinking about it. Maybe it grosses me out at the moment because I can still remember spotless perfect looking fruits and vegetables  in the produce section of Zehrs. Admittedly they were expensive, but they looked incredible.

I hope that we will be able to plant our garden soon and grow some of our own vegetables. Myah really wants to learn how to make homemade spaghetti sauce with tomatoes from our garden so I guess I have a job ahead of me. One that I think will be fun to try though.

Well, thanks for listening (reading) as I rant about adjusting between cultures and life in the jungle region. I am thankful that God brought us to this part of Peru to serve him and I know that sometimes he allows difficulties into our lives to remind us to depend upon him. So, I choose to depend on him as I wait to get used to things again and be thankful that I am not alone in this journey.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Hazel Irene

The other day my girls started to ask me questions about a favourite memory from my life for one of their classes.

It didn't take me long to recall one of my first memories spending time with my grandma on her farm. When I was in junior kindergarten my dad took me away for a weekend to visit his mom and brother. I don't remember a whole lot of detail except that I ended up getting an earache and that I also went on my first snowmobile ride.

Remembering this brought a flood of other memories of my grandma to mind.

I remember that my grandma was an amazing cook. I guess she had to be with six kids. She used to come to our house and help my mom with canning in the last part of summer and early fall, jams, jellies and her yummy chili sauce! My grandma was the first one to teach me how to bake a pie and she chose my favourite; pumpkin. She let me bake one for myself in this tiny personal sized pie plate and I thought it was the greatest thing ever.

My grandma lived about an hour or so away from our home most of my life. So we only got to visit with her a few times a year. The summer that I was nine I got to go and stay at her house for a week. I loved it! She let me stay up late, we baked, went shopping and watched t.v. The thing that impressed me the most was that she took a look at this one dress I brought with me, then she turned around and made three more just like it. Maybe she is where I get my love of sewing from. After all she did make me my favourite quilt when I was a little girl.

The last question the girls asked me was "What makes this memory so vivid or special?" I think it is because although my grandma had 12 grandchildren I never felt like she loved me any more or less than any of the others. She loved me for who I was with my different interests and quirks and I knew it. I miss her incredibly. It is hard to believe that she has been gone now for fourteen years! I wish that my girls could have had the opportunity to meet her but the Lord called her home a month before Hannah was born. I was happy to give Hannah her name for her middle name and that began the tradition of giving each of our girls a middle name after someone special.

So, I have to thank  whichever teacher gave my girls this assignment so I could spend a little time remembering my grandma.

Friday, August 31, 2012

More Fun Stuff

Two more parts of our house are set up, the book shelf and my new kitchen shelves. I love it!
Things we brought from home that we cannot get here.
I love my new kitchen shelves! Can you believe I
even have counter space after five years.
Little things excite me!
Our bookshelf. I enjoy reading and even though I read a lot of books
electronically now I still enjoy holding a paper book in my hands.
My favourite part of the bookshelf. The girls found these really neat
dry flowers in front of the house.  I love how they look in this vase.
I still need to make curtains for the kitchen window, but for the most part it is done. Bedrooms are up next and they're going to be fun!

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Fun Part of Unpacking

The last week has been spent unpacking all of our suitcases and furniture and settling into our new home. As anyone who has moved knows this can be a pretty time consuming and tiring process. Though there are always some fun parts of it and for me that means setting up my crafting and sewing area.

Here is a look at part of my sewing area.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

I Wasn't Lying!

Let the adventures begin!
When I wrote the other day that I was sure we would have more adventures to come, I did not expect it to be so quickly. We arrived in Pucallpa last night and basically dropped our bags inside the door and went to bed. We were thankfully warned that the electricity would be off for part of today, which turned out to be nine hours, but hey whose counting? Needless to say that unpacking our suitcases and furniture was a little less pleasant in 30 plus degree weather with no fans to cool us off. So we really did not get as much done as we had hoped and that's okay. The power is back on and we are gearing up for tomorrow.

As I was in the middle of cooking dinner this evening Tyler and the girls were outside spending time with friends when I heard this horrible scream. I ran to the door - as every mom knows the sound of their child's voice to see Tyler carrying Myah across the grass and blood dripping off her foot and down Tyler's leg. He called for me to get a towel and take Myah to the hospital with him. She cried the whole way afraid of what would happen with her foot, and I was praying she would not need stitches. If you have heard the story of her last vaccination you would know why I say this. Thankfully the cut was not deep enough to need stitches and the doctor cleaned and bandaged her up. She has to take medication for the next few days to ward off any possibility of infection.

When we returned home Sarah came and told us that they found what Myah had stepped on. It was a piece of broken glass. At the same time we saw that the power had come back on and I cannot remember ever being so thankful for a fan before in my life.

Hopefully this will do for our adventures for a little while, at least these kinds of adventures.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Hard Truth

Today we arrived in Peru around 4:30 am! We slept for a few hours this morning then headed out to visit a few friends before we fly onto Pucallpa tomorrow.

Our first stop was at the care centre where we were greeted by many familiar faces. It was great to hug them and tell them how much we miss them.

I was thrilled to see Dana again and spend time holding her and talking to her. It is hard to believe that she is going to be three years old in two months as she is still about the size of a one year old.  In talking with her mom I learned that Dana's head circumference has increased 6 inches in the last while and she needs to have surgery to replace her shunt. She also got severe burns on her left leg and belly when a pot of hot soup wars knocked off the stove and splattered on her. It broke my heart to see the scars that she has and imagine the pain she must have been in, but she is healing well.  Holding her again made me remember just how much I miss her and spending time with her family, encouraging her  mom.

We also got to visit with Estella today for a little while. Again, it was great to see her and hug her. We miss her very much and hope soon that we may become her family. We played duck duck goose on the trampoline and it was a ton of fun. I loved seeing Estella giggle as she ran around the circle. It was hard to say good-bye and even harder when Estella was pleading with us not to leave. We love her so much and wish that we didn't have to be so far away from her. We continue to pray that the Lord will work out his perfect will in this and that we will be her family. But, should his will be different than what we hope that we would continue to trust that he knows what is best. We would be delighted if you would pray to that end with us.

I am sure many more adventures await us in the next few days, so I will be updating again soon.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Struggle of Saying Good-bye

Once again we come to the end of another home assignment (furlough) and with this we arrive at the hardest part of it all - saying good-bye. It is never easy and I often think I will make it this time without crying, but it never happens. It is hard for all of us. We love people in both of the countries we live in and whether we are headed to Peru or Canada we always struggle with leaving for a time.

Please remember to pray for us during the next few days as we leave for Peru. We are excited to get back to our home and settled back in to routine, but we will miss our many friends and family.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Trip to the Zoo

We were given the gift of a trip to the Toronto Zoo by our Aunt Myrtle. Admittedly we could not have picked a hotter day to go, but our time here is quickly coming to a close so today needed to be the day!

This was Myah's first trip to the zoo and she had a lot of fun. The elephants and polar bears were her favourites. Though she did enjoy everything we saw.

One of three new baby white lions
One of my favourites, the giraffes 
Totally love this picture Ty took of the zebra
These two were one of the craziest exhibits in the whole zoo
We learned that the elephants are being sent to a retirement sanctuary
for elephants soon so they don't have to live through the tough
Canadian winters any longer.  We were happy to see them one last time. 
Reminding us of home in Pucallpa
So much fun watching the Orangutans play
Working hard to get at the frozen drink
Cooling off on a HOT summer's day!
The Polar bear is my favourite!