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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10 thoughts on “September Blessings

  1. Faith says:

    I love all your photos as usual and wow!!! your mother in law does NOT look over 80!!

    the grandchildren must be a delight for you…they are getting so grown up. I just showed my ballerina girl…the one who is a senior in high school, your photos and she agrees that of Dave and I ever get to PEI that we should meet!! ❤️😀 now i am going back to listen to the songs you posted while I sand the spackled areas of my kitchen. the painting project begins tomorrow!!


  2. Debbie Z. says:

    Kathie, I am so glad you are back to blogging. I missed you in those months where you didn’t post because it is such a delight to read about your lovely family, the beautiful place you live, and all your blessings from God. I loved the a capella song in the bell tower. Your boys are so talented and you have every right to be a very proud mom.


  3. jerralea says:

    Thanks for sharing music from the Paper Lions. I so enjoy them and love the fact they are YOUR band boys from PEI.

    Looks like a fabulous week from the joy on everyone’s faces.


  4. Willow says:

    Wow, all your photos are wonderful. You may be biased, but we all have to agree that PEI is beautiful any time of the year.
    That 5K run would be a lot of fun–running through the water.
    Your mother-in-law is amazing! What a sweet photo of her with Josie.
    Thanks for the links to Paper Lions!


  5. Barbara H. says:

    Happy birthday to your daughter! I love how kids join in birthday celebrations.

    Sounds like a great arrangement for the guys to get wood put in for you MIL in return for cookies – and you and Josie getting to visit. My in-laws used a wood stove for their main source of heat (in Idaho), so getting wood in took a lot of the summer for them with just the two of them (we lived 2,000 miles away and couldn’t help).

    That water slide looks so amazing!


  6. Ellen says:

    Love every photo and description of so much family togetherness and joy. I’m partial to those little guys having fun. You captured such pure joy on their faces. I do enjoy Paper Lions and thanks for the definition of A Capella. It’s so good to enjoy the blessings that God has given. Roger’s mom is looking good!

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  7. lynette yoes says:

    A lovely place to have a run and the cookies sounded like the best part.

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  8. Judy says:

    Sol many blessings! And such a fun read! I love the A Capella singing….and that the video was recorded in the bell tower of your church. Good for you all…running the race! Enjoy whatever autumn has in store for you.

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  9. Amy says:

    Kathie~I so enjoy your Friday Blessings posts! The photos are always wonderful but I wanted to say in regards to today’s post…Those boys are crazy talented….I love their music:-). God Bless!

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  10. I enjoyed listening to Paper Lions new songs! Believer is a ‘get up and move’ song for sure. Great photos of the run and other events of that day. I love the photo of your mother-in-law with her granddaughter. So precious. I hope you have a lovely weekend. Definitely much cooler!

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