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October’s Gifts


Simple everyday joys. These are the gifts that make up our lives. I’m adding them to the blessing list this week.

1.  Family traditions.


First the feast, then the walk,

(note to self – let’s get that in earlier next year. It was almost dark by the time we made it back to the cars!)


and then back home for Thanksgiving pie.

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We missed you so much Andrew, Hyekoo and Kinsey! ❤

2. Gathering chestnuts on a windy autumn day.


“I’m on a mission Nanny!”

“What mission Josie?”

“Collecting nuts for our squirrel!” 🙂

3.  An autumn trail adventure with the wacky friends.


a picnic feast,


and a hike,


all in a golden autumn setting



A day for the memory book!

4. The last of the tomatoes ripening on the windowsill.


5. Photography in autumn on PEI. I l.o.v.e. taking pictures this time of year!


the colours


the light


The sun is shining today and I’m heading to the center of the Island with my camera. Rolling hills, long winding red dirt roads and glorious autumn vistas are all waiting for me! Like our famous little red-head said “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers!”

Thanks for visiting!

with love,

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Friday’s Blessing List with Susanne at Living To Tell The Story

1. Most of the tulips are gone but, in my shade-covered garden, a few late bloomers linger.

2. My Mother’s Day tree, a flowering crabapple, bursts into bloom for one glorious week. I made it my blog banner to enjoy its beauty a while longer.

3.  A woodland birthday picnic with friends!

4. Another amazing conference with our dear Irish friends, Robin Mark and Paul and Priscilla Reid. You wonder how it can get better year after year  – but it does! Overflow crowds, heartfelt worship, wonderful teaching and the rich presence of God. We’re so thankful!

5. I have my beloved home from General Assembly this week and we’re looking forward to a little visitor this evening. It’s all good!!

Happy weekend!

with love,


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Friday blessing list time! 

1. A wonderful Mother’s Day weekend starting with a romantic dinner with my beloved on Friday. We ate at Sims, a wonderful restaurant in Charlottetown.  Kyle Panton, the award winning chef, is a family friend – we’ve known him since he was a toddler 🙂  If you’re ever on the Island, and want an exceptional dining experience, make sure to visit Sims. 

2. Saturday was another special day – our daughter in law, Nora, graduated  with her B.Sc. in Nursing. We’re so proud of her!

She has a proud hubby too!

On Sunday morning this puzzle greeted me over the kitchen sink 🙂  It was such a fun Mother’s Day celebration  – a family barbeque and a noisy game of 10,000

3. Exercise I pulled a muscle in my leg bowling – honestly! Talk about feeling old . . .  🙂 But I’ve been faithfully doing  Pilates along with some stretching exercises and I’m finally able to sit cross-legged without wincing. This Pilates set on youtube is great – only 20 min long and it really targets the abs. I still can’t do everything he does but I’m progressing and my stomach muscles let me know about it! They hurt.  I also pinned an arm toning exercise set. I noticed Ellen.B pinned it too. Let me know how you’re doing with it Ellen. I don’t know about the 7 days claim – but I measured my arm at the widest part yesterday so I’ll report back next week. If you want to join me, let me know in the comments.

4. It’s tulip time in Prince Edward Island. It’s so lovely to drive by and see the rows of tulips  – like bright ribbons in the sunshine.

5. Babysitting Josie. I’m so thankful they live close by. Josie and I had a lot of fun playing with blocks – I would build a tower and she would knock it down and then burst into gales of laughter. Oh my – she laughed so hard she had tears in her eyes. Wish I could have captured it on video. 

Thanks so much for dropping in this week. 

Hope you have a great weekend!

with love,

PS ~ For more Friday Favourite fun, visit Susanne at Living to Tell The Story.


fff~ loveliness

Loveliness abounds

and I’m giving thanks again

with Susanne

and the Friday Fave friends

at Living to Tell the Story.

1. Sister time ~ rare, precious, priceless!

2. Leaving on a cloudy, cold, driving sleet day and arriving to bright sunshine, sparkling sea and salty scent ~ such a gift!

3. A sweet welcome home from my beloved! 

4. Spring arrived while I was away.

5. John’s  28th birthday celebration! Wish you were there too Andrew and Hyekoo!

 Some things never change 🙂

Thanks so much for coming for a Friday Fave visit. I don’t think there are any “surprise” holidays in the near future, so I hope I’ll be back to regular blogging! 🙂

with love and thanks for you,