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September Blessings


Hi there! And Happy Second Day of Fall!  It’s time to count blessings.

1. A birthday celebration!


We had a family birthday celebration for our sweet daughter Sarah ~ lots of good food, laughter and music! What fun to see the grand-babies join in the family sing-song. And dance with the birthday girl! So much love in the room. It makes my heart happy!

2. Speaking of music – my band boys, Paper Lions, released a new album last Friday. Take it from their mom- it’s awesome! I’m so proud of their hard work and dedication. Here’s a compilation of some of the songs – A Capella. Did you know that A Capella (singing without accompaniment) is Italian for “in the manner of the chapel”? And the band very suitably recorded this video in the bell tower of our church.🙂

You can download the full album on ITunes. Have a listen to my favourite track, “End of July”  – although it’s hard to choose. End of July makes me close my eyes and sway – but Believer makes me want to get up and dance.

Good thing I can listen to them all!

3. In other news, Roger and John, entered a 5K race last week –  the Red Sea Fun Run. It was a fundraiser for Camp Seggie, a great children’s Christian camp here on the Island.


Our good friends Andy, Abbie, Catherine and Clancey joined them, along with 70 some other runners.


The runners had to run across the sandbar to St Peter’s Island, a small island close to Camp Seggie.


And they’re off!


The race had to be timed perfectly with the tide, otherwise the runners would be swimming back, rather than running!


There was a bit of wading to do. But the water was warm and it was all part of the adventure!



And here are the intrepid runners, 5K later,  crossing the finish line.


We’re so proud of Katherine, who won first place, followed by John, in second place.  Clancey and Roger came in 6th and 9th place while Abbie and Andy, running their first ever 5k race, came in the middle of the pack. A good showing by the Belfast team and a fun time!

4. It wasn’t all racing that day – some little boys were having their own kind of fun!


Milo (Abbie and Andy’s older boy) and Isaiah

And up at the main area of the camp, Josie and her friends had (much cleaner!) fun on this!




Josie, Hazel, Addie, Wren, Caspian and Xan.

4. Roger and the boys had some “quality time together” (Roger’s definition), putting his parents’ wood in for winter. I love watching the boys work with their dad – a lot of laughter, good-natured teasing and general fun. They were missing Andrew, who has also thrown in many a stick of wood over the years, not to mention rolling a few round hay bales into the barn.


5. Roger’s mom (87 years old!) was ready with fresh baked cookies for the guys. Josie and I had a lovely visit with her while the wood-stacking went on.

Josie and her Great-Nanny

Josie and her Great-Nanny

Sweet times!!

Hope you’re enjoying these first days of fall. I’m looking forward to some great photo ops in the next few weeks. A Prince Edward Island autumn is especially gorgeous – says this not in the least bit biased Islander!😉

Thanks so much for joining me this week!

Many blessings!

with love,

PS for more Friday Faves, visit Susanne at Living To Tell The Story

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Sweet September


Welcome to Friday’s Blessing List!

We had a few cooler days last week and I thought perhaps the Island had made the transition to fall but, no, I was wrong. This week we had some of the warmest temperatures of the whole summer! So what does that mean??

1. Bonus Beach days!


Are we complaining?




Just enjoying it!


Such a sweet time with my beach-loving friends!  And double bonus –  the water is still warm!


Happy sigh🙂

2. I blogged about this event 10 years ago!


Happy 10th Anniversary John and Kathleen!

with their beautiful little family


Congratulations and many blessings in the years ahead!❤

3. After the family pictures, Josie wanted to have her picture taken with Kathleen’s flower crown “So I can be pretty  just like Mummy.”




And here she is again –  for her very first day of PreK.



4.  More sweet summer moments –  Oscar watching the boats with Grampy in Victoria Park.


and “driving” his great-great-grandfather’s tractor!


And  Kinsey having fun with Mummy and Daddy at the zoo!




Oscar and Isaiah “driving” the MG – the boys love anything with wheels!


and Isaiah, perfectly happy digging in the sandbox.

5. Garden update – we’re enjoying fresh produce  every day. Lots of greens, cucumbers, sugar snap peas, yellow and green beans, beets and potatoes.


Our carrots are a disappointment. They’re so small. But, we’ll have a bumper crop of squash.

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Roasted squash and apple soup – a simple and cozy supper for when the nights get cooler and the fire’s crackling in the kitchen stove. I’m looking forward to it!

What are you looking forward to this fall?

Thanks so much for joining me this week!

Many blessings,

with love,

PS Visit Susanne at Living to Tell The Story for more Friday Favourites.

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End of summer blessing list


Beyond lay the sea, misty and purple, with its haunting, unceasing murmur. The west was a glory of soft mingled hues, and the pond reflected them all in still softer shadings. The beauty of it all thrilled Anne’s heart, and she gratefully opened the gates of her soul to it.

“Dear old world,” she murmured, “you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”    (Anne of Green Gables, Ch 38)


Summer’s end almost always catches me by surprise. How can it be September already? I want to treasure these last lovely days even more, simply because they’re passing by so quickly.

1. I love to watch the seasons turn – you know autumn is just around the bend when the fields are ripe with Queen Anne’s Lace and goldenrod.


Queen Anne's Lace


2. Yet there are still some summerish days left and beach days are sweeter than ever!

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A favourite summer spot ~  Ross Lane beach with my sister, Deb, Rob, Dorothy, Josie and Oscar.


and the twins🙂 (We’re making them beach-lovers early!)

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Doesn’t Dorothy make a beautiful mama?

3. Our swimming days are definitely numbered but there’s still plenty of kayaking days left on the calendar.


I had never kayaked along this part of Point Prim before. It’s a rugged coastline with the Island’s signature red sandstone cliffs.


This stairway is a steep climb, 


But I prefer it over this!🙂

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4. September brings an end to some things. My sister Deb, and her husband David, spent the whole summer on the Island this year. It was a treat to have them here for eight weeks instead of the usual three. They headed back to Toronto this week.

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We swam, walked the beaches, shared meals, celebrated family birthdays, anniversaries and Deb met her brand new grand-nephew for the very first time.Deb_peter

A lot of summer fun packed in!

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I’m already looking forward to next year!

5.  Here’s a real reminder that we need to make the most of the last days of summer.  Roger’s woodpile – drying beautifully in the late summer sun. A promise of warm, cozy evenings by the kitchen stove.


Happy weekend!

with love,

PS for more Friday Faves, drop over to Susanne’s at Living To Tell The Story.

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evening walks


First of my Island Summer series ~ things I love about PEI in summer.

An evening walk on the North shore. The beach-goers have packed up and headed home. Only a few photographers left for the sunset show.



Gold-rimmed clouds – seagulls soaring –  crashing waves – breathe deep the salty air.


An inlet filled with amber light.


Quiet sound of waves lapping.

A peace-filled benediction for the day.