A Merry Christmas

A few scenes of the season from our house to yours.

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One of my favorite traditions is making our own Christmas cards. I grew up helping my Mom and sister do this every year and I have continued it for our family. This year I was happy to have a newborn footprint to use on our cards.

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas, rejoicing in the birth of our Savior!

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“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people.

“[He has come] to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.”
~Luke 1: 68, 74-75

Two Days to Quebec City

Driving 13 hours to Quebec with children isn’t as easy as driving 13 hours without children. But if you divide it up between two days, keep snacks handy, stop often, and be sure to have audio books downloaded, it can be done.

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We divided our travel time into two days stopping at Toronto for the part-way mark. The sunrise the next morning was beautiful over the city in the distance.

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On the road again, some of us took naps…

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…while the scenery of Quebec whizzed by. We arrived after dark in Quebec City at our AirBnB house, grateful to be out of the car.

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What’s Been Going on in Our Lives

This past winter held a rather exciting event for us:

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It kind of happened quickly in the sense that we didn’t spend months and months looking for the right house, although we had been talking about it for quite some time. This one is on a couple acres of slightly rolling land with a grand yard, an attached garage (which is very handy in our northern winters), and an open kitchen-dining room-living room layout which we love.

The other thing I love is that it’s ours to paint and do with what we like. So paint I did, with help of family and friends. The master bedroom is shown here in the original color:

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And this is the dining room, mostly finished with newly painted white walls. Both rooms were the same purple color as above. It was SO nice to have both painted before we moved in.

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Natasha even helped do some touch up painting in her room with paint we found in the basement.019-001

Moving day was exactly three weeks ago and what a day indeed. It is a lot of work, lest anyone think differently. But we had help and it went very smoothly.775

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We are now settling in and making new memories in our new home. Natasha loved helping unpack easier items…mostly because she could stand on the step-stool. 033

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Along with having a new house, spring and summer make me so excited. Especially as we anticipate the arrival of our new little one in June. :)  1-011

Happy slightly late Easter everyone!

A {little} Journey Through Abel Tasman National Park

{Rewinding to a couple weeks ago…}

After driving under this boulder, we continued our drive to Abel Tasman National Park.

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For those of you who don’t know who Abel Tasman is, ask Natasha.

In her own words, she says, “A man.”

Hmm..okay, ask it in a different manner: “What did he do?”

“He found….he found…New Zealand!”

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Thus, this national park is named after him, and we explored some of it by walking along the coastal walk. It wasn’t very hard, and it calmly wound around the bay with the ocean on one side and forest on the other.

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There are giant ferns here, the size of trees.

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We could have gone on walking for days. Literally. The options for hiking and trekking are limitless and you can camp in huts provided along the way. Or, you can just hike a little ways to get the feel of it and return back the way you came. That’s what we did, since trekking 5 days into the forest wasn’t going to fit into our schedule. Plus, we ate all the carrot sticks at lunchtime…

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(Above photo credit goes to 4 year old Natasha.)

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So far, I’ve been rather impressed with the parks and places of interest here. You don’t have to pay to use the toilets, there are no entrance fees to the parks, and no parking attendant requiring you to pay to park, so aside from gas and the rental car, there are no outside expenses needed to enjoy the scenery. I take that back: We did rent the kayaks when we went to the Picton area. We have packed a lunch each time we head out, so eating out isn’t an extra expense either.

Usually we’re starving by the time we get home though since hiking and being out and about somehow makes you incredibly hungry. Still, it’s really easy to cut up some carrots, bag some raisins, almonds, banana chips, and carry along some cooked sausages or deli ham. Chocolate is always a good addition, and we’ve even fried up some sweet potatoes to bring along.