Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Weather Outside is Frightful


OK, so I am dreaming about the fire being so delightful....but in my dream house there will be fire...preferably wood...(much to Mark's dismay), there is nothing like the smell, the warmth, the crackle and the beauty of a
 real wood fire.
Today, I was supposed to head to the Gym, but after taking the youngest boy and youngest girl to school...I thought, "Are you mad woman
?!?!?! You should be home curled up in front of a roaring yet cozy fire...." 
Since that was impossible, without burning down the house...a little counter productive to the whole warm and cozy atmosphere I was aiming for;
 I opted for a steaming pot of Blooming, Jasmine Green tea....Ahhhhhh.....Cozy.
Comforting hot tea, in 
front of a fire 
in warm PJ's with an incredible book, 
a soft blanket and hubby with his book...that's my dream for today.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Michael Made the Basketball Team!!!


Michael hesitatingly tried out for the Junior Basketball team this year. He has some pretty BIG (size 12 1/2) shoes that I sometimes worry might be hard for him to follow in.
When Michael told me he was trying out,( but was worried because there were so many boys trying for the team), I reminded him that his big brother, who now plays on the high school team, (and was a mile taller than Michael at this age); never made the team until grade 8.

Needless to say, He was pretty excited, and it seems, surprised to find out that he'd made the team. YEAH MICHAEL!!!!

Now, not to be out done by his baby sister either, here is Michael playing the songs that he has taught himself over the past few weeks.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

When Jianna is bored....



Jianna has been home from school for the past 2 days. She has developed a really bad cough that was causing her to lose sleep and we thought it best she not share this experience with her classmates.
Since grade 1 is still lots of fun, being home without siblings can get boring pretty fast....unless you are Jianna.
Here are just a few of the ways my 5 year old  found to entertain herself (and me) today.



All of the small pictures are those of my budding photographer. In the above picture of Jianna and Kallie, we have Puppy training class 101..."catching bubbles"...then there was "cleaning up our spills", for which Kallie received a verbal play by play on where to get a towel, and how to wipe the floor, oh! and polish it.

Now, if Jianna's career as a a photographer or dog trainer don't happen to work out, maybe she could be a fill in for Billy Joel as "The Piano Girl"....make that a circus clown.

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Just Hanging Out

This post is in Honor of "Miss Britt"..."Fashionista Extrordinaire".
It seems Rhonda's youngest will now be enlightening the blogger world with the
 "Highlights" and "Faux Pas"
of current fashion. 
Actually, her blog will be her internship as she follows her dreams of becoming a 
 VERY SUCCESSFUL Fashion Designer.
You Go Girl! Just take it easy on all the old girls that hang out with your mom.

Check her out at: www.ispeakfashion.blogspot.com


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Psalm 96:11

Let the Heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, 
and all that is in it.


Saturday, January 12, 2008

The Anniversary

Donna Marie-Helena Patey (nee O'Connell)
Mom

January 12'th

1914...Doris O'Connell (nee Pellerine) was born...My Nanny, she's 94 today
Happy Birthday Nanny

1979....My Mom and my Nanny both got introduced to Jesus as their personal saviour 
and best friend

1999...My mom went to live in His presence forever

2008...I still love and miss her...Very much
Give her a kiss for me tonight Jesus...tell her I love her.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Will You Dance?

"Life isn't about Waiting for the Storm to End; 
It's About Learning to Dance in the Rain!"

I found this Quote at "Life With Hannah and Lily" a few days ago, and I absolutely love it.
How many times have I sat in my boat crying out to Jesus to "Calm the storm"....
Seemingly nothing happens, so I sit waiting.
How many times have I missed Him calling to me because all I could hear was the storm?

Is it possible that He was giving me an invitation?
"Forget the Storm...step out on the waves and come dance with me"





Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Wow!!! Really God?

"And being not weak in faith, (Abraham) considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God."

It's the beginning of a new year and we all have expectations and promises from God for 2008. Some, God has been speaking for a very long time, maybe through a deep desire in our heart, maybe confirmed by God's prophets.

Do you ever get overwhelmed at the greatness of what God says He will do for you, your family, your business, your church?
Often our immediate circumstances are not even close to lining up to what God says He is doing....In fact, sometimes we can't even see the bleep of His promises on our personal radars; yet, He has made us a promise.

It takes Faith to look beyond our circumstances, to see with the eyes of Jesus, to believe as Abraham did....to believe for the impossible...for you personally.

I know, for myself, it is often easier to have great faith when praying for someone else. To know beyond question that God is moving Heaven and Earth on that person's behalf.
Why is it sometimes harder to believe with that same unwavering knowing for ourselves?

As you go into this year believing for great things from God, trust in what you DO know to be truth...the fact that the word of God is true, that He never lies, that His promises are yes and Amen. Trust in the faithfulness of God concerning past promises and the fact that the Word says that He is 'no respecter of persons', what He has done for one, He will do for you.

Commit this year to 'stagger not through unbelief'. Ultimately, it is Abraham's unwavering Faith that brought about God's 'impossible' promises in his life.

Bless each of you as you believe for the impossible in 2008 and may we all remember to give God the Glory for all that He accomplishes on our behalf this year!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

2007 Memories - 2008 New Beginnings

2007...So much to be thankful for.

Our first family trip to Disney world* Catching up with old friends* Launching a new ministry* Jianna's Ballet recital* Jonathan's first job*
Patey Family Reunion* Second Honeymoon...Palm Beach...aaahhhh!*
Getting to know New friends* Kids' sports camp* Easy transition for Maria to French Immersion* Michael's piano lessons & natural talent*
 Jianna's transition to full time grade 1* 
Incorporation of "Piers Group Financial"* Our New Puppy Kallie*  
Happy kids* Stretching* Obedience* Change*
Faithfulness of our great and Awesome God!

2008...Expectations & New Beginnings.

Although this new year stands as an open book, waiting to be read, I know that as the last chapter of 2008 closes; there will have been one constant in the midst of all that is new and the changes that will surely come....THE FAITHFULNESS OF A GREAT AND AWESOME GOD!!!

Happy New Year to each of you, I am praying many blessings on you and your families...that 2008  would hold many wonderful new beginnings !
With Love, 
Jen
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