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Christmas Memories – Part 2

Around 6 years ago, we found reindeer antler headbands at the dollar store, and out came the camera. Much to the dismay of our precious children, pictures were taken of each of them. I was fair though, and Lowell and I each had our turn too.
I think this is the one time the children were not rebuked for rolling their eyes! :)

Christmas Memories

My Pastor’s wife challenged he blog readers to think on past Christmas memories. I have two that come to mind.

The first one is of my husband and I’s first Christmas as a married couple. I don’t remember what we bought each other, but what I remember is us having ginger ale marinated BBQ deer steak at our first home (a mobile home) just outside of Moncton, NB, with my brother – Gilles Leger – on December 23rd while it was -30C. It was pretty special!

Next was our second married Christmas, and our first Yeast living in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Lowell went tree hunting and found the very best he could in that barren land. We laughed at our 3′ ‘Charlie Brown’
tree. It was originally 6 feet or so, but when it fell to the ground after being cut, it broke in 3 places, and the top was reduce to a cute 3′. We put it on a coffee table, added the really cute poinsettia string lights he bought me, some miniature old style glass bell ornaments, and I seem to recall a light weight brass ornament from an aircraft company. Charlie Brown would have been proud! :)  We felt so sorry for those poor dilapidated trees up there that we bought an artificial one the next year. We just threw those pretty poinsettia lights out a couple years ago, and I really miss them.

My usually decorating-reluctant husband surprised me this year by spearheading the decorating in mid-November. Love it! I could have Christmas decorations up all year round, but I won’t push that. LOL

My Life Verse

What is a life verse? It’s simply a verse that means something really special to you and that God has really brought to your mind over and over. Mine is the title for my blog, Hebrews 12:2 To me, it is the solution to everything!

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Heb. 12:2

If you stop and think about it, “the joy that was set before Him” is yours and my salvation! He loves us so much!

The Blessings of a Humble Heart

Like most children, our youngest Carolyn, can be a real cutie and quite the little stinker as well. She gets the cutest expressions, especially when her father or I am teasing her. However, as we are reminded daily, she is a sinner in need of the salvation the Lord has provided us.

A few weeks ago, as siblings sometimes do, she was trying to get another sister in trouble by lying to me about a situation. When the truth was found out, I quoted this verse:

“A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it…” Proverbs 26:28

and explained that by lying to Mommy she was saying she hated me. The precious dear broke down and cried so hard.

“I don’t want to hate you!” she cried.

“I know, but that is what the Bible says,” I replied.

I’m so thankful we have such a good relationship, for since then, she has tried so very hard not to lie.  It has truly been a blessing to my heart to see how humbly she submitted herself to God’s Word.

I began to think about my relationship with my Lord. When I read His Word, is my heart humble and willing to submit like our daughter? Am I willing to quickly change the path I’m on if the Lord shows me it’s wrong? I wish I could say that I always line up with His Word, but to my shame, I don’t always line up right away or perfectly nor is my heart as tender when I do sin.

I want to strive to be like this little child.

10 Minutes or Less

I really didn’t know what to title this one, but I know what I want to convey: Our God IS a prayer answering God!

Yesterday, it became obvious that our home sewing business needed a secondary industrial, straight-stitch, walking foot sewing machine (similar to JUKI LU-1508N). I had been struggling with this for about a year, but really didn’t want to shell out the money for it.  However, with the increase in volume of work that specifically needs an industrial machine, I could not keep up by myself. Neither could I take time away from the one industrial to let one of our girls practice to get good at it to be able to help and then sew at the same time. Hence the need for a secondary machine.  A new one is $3000, and a used is $1500-$2000, but used ones are VERY hard to find as people hold onto them .

So, on with the story.

On Monday, July 27th, I called my regular industrial sewing machine store in Vancouver, but they didn’t have any used ones. Inf fact, the machine I have was the ONLY used they have ever had. Hmmm….this was not looking good. I told him I really couldn’t shell out $3000 right now, but that I would think about it and get back to him before week’s end. Since he is a Christian, I also asked him to pray that they would get a used one, or I would find one here.

When I got off the phone, I got down on my knees and prayed. I told the Lord that I felt we needed another machine, but that He really knew if we did, and just like everything else, providing a used machine for under $2000 was not beyond Him. As I prayed, the Lord impressed upon me to call my sewing machine repair man, Hector,  so I did. I had a few other things to ask Hector about, so did that first, then said I was looking for another machine like my Juki, or similar, and did he know of anyone who has one.

“Yes,” he answered, “I have one close to it here.”

I was dumbfounded! “For heavy materials?”

“Yes.”

“Walking foot?”

“Yes.”

“How much?”

“$1200″

Praise the Lord!!!! I was extatic!

I tried the machine that night and it worked fine, so it came home with us. Cynthia has since used it enough to get proficient and is now helping me.

As I said, our Lord is a prayer answering God, and yes, sometimes in 10 minutes or less!

A Tale of Seven Braces – Part IV

This is a continuation of “A Tale of Seven Braces“ (a MUST read!) and “Update on Lowell’s brace” and “A Tale of Seven Braces – Part III“.

Here we go again. Three weeks to the day Lowell got the brace back, a rivet broke in the ankle pivot point on the foot orthosis. This orthosis is a huge walking help for him as he is not able to raise his toes, and this orthosis keeps his toes slightly elevated so he doesn’t catch his toes and trip as he walks.

The ridiculous part of this, is that when he last sent the brace in with the snapped knee hinge, they were also supposed to replace the rivets as they were loose. However, rather than drill them out and put new ones in, they just mashed them a bit. Not a good idea period, but especially when the rivets are only made out of copper! They should be stainless steel. (Head banging on wall…)

So, I dropped it off yesterday to the brace lady in town (who is really choked at the manufaturer) and she will most likely replace the rivets so Lowell can get his brace back ASAP.

Stay tuned in for more updates as I’m sure this is not the “End of the Story”….

A Tale of Seven Braces – Part III

This is a continuation of “A Tale of Seven Braces“ (a MUST read!) and “Update on Lowell’s brace“.

So here we are working with brace #7 still. It has been sent back twice for repairs…This last time, he actually snapped a knee hinge in half. It only took them about 3 weeks to get it back this time, versus the 6 on the first fix. He was able to wear his “boat anchor”, but it was modified to make it lighter. It is still heavier than the new one, but works not too bad.

We were hoping the manufacturer would swap out the hings for better ones, but not so. Oh well, after it gets sent back every six months or so, they’ll get the hint that they are not dealing with a non-active individual…LOL

Praise the Lord there is a lifetime warranty on this one!

Handful of Weeds – Trenholm Girls

Our girls sang this for Mother’s Day 2009. This is the first time all 6 of them have sung together, and may not be able to again for a long time as Sarah (taller blond) goes to college this fall.

Handful Of Weeds
Sherri Easter

Four years old with dirt on my face
I’d been out in the yard picking dandelions all day
I burst through the front door when I’d gathered enough
To give to my mom to show her my love
When I held out my hand she looked down at me
Said ‘I’ve never seen flowers as beautiful as these.’

Chorus

She’s the one who told me about Jesus
She’s the one who taught me to sing
She deserves an arm full of roses
But she’s satisfied with a handful of weeds.

Now that I’m older and out on my own
I wish I could find more time to make it back home
I could have done better, I know in my heart
Than to scribble a note on a last minute card
Then she calls on the phone and the first thing she says
Is ‘I read this card over and over again.’

Chorus

She’s the one who told me about Jesus
She’s the one who taught me to sing
She deserves an arm full of roses
But she’s satisfied with a handful of weeds

She’s always known what true love means
And I want her to know what she means to me

Chorus

She’s the one who told me about Jesus
She’s the one who taught me to sing
She deserves an arm full of roses
But she’s satisfied with a handful of weeds

She’s more than satisfied with a handful of weeds

Fall Update

Well, I started this post before fall was here, but I find myself working on it well into fall and a month or so before winter. From September up until the first day of fall, we’d been enjoying a beautiful Indian summer here in the Okanagan. With temps. ranging from 20 t o30C (68-86F), it has been wonderful, especially compared to a cold last few weeks of August (5-10C or 41-50F) that felt more like the end of October. It was wonderful to have a nice bit of weather before, what the Farmer’s Almanac is calling, a long cold winter. I’ve yet to see anything serious though.

Our family is back into the swing of the school year with a few glitches to iron out, but nothing unusual: Making sure children get all the work done and within a reasonable amount of time; keeping the “wandering” and unnecessary talking down; ordering my sewing jobs to fit into our time squedule; keeping the almost 4 year old happy while everyone is unable to play with her. The usual.

I am no longer doing slipcovers for the Okanagan Slipcover Co. as the pay per slipcover simply did not cover my full wages, but have replaced that with contracts for Kelowna Flightcraft. The first aircraft job was making a pattern from an exhisting rudder curtain (for a Convair 580 – this pic is the first prop-jet that KFC ran 20 some odd years ago), make new ones for quality control purposes, Canadian Government of Transportation, a rush for a customer in Africa, and then make 10 curtains at a time from here on. I think there is a total of 50, but I’m not sure if that includes the elevator curtains that need done as well.

It has been fun working on aircraft parts again. I did quite a bit of that for our sewing business in the Arctic, and have actually missed doing it here. I will usually have to make my own patterns, butI actually enjoy that! It’s a challenge.

Between the work we do for the dry cleaner, Homestyle Cleaners, other contracts – like radio bags for FieldHawk Radios, and regular customers, this should keep us nicely busy. I say “us” as our daughter, Sarah, is now working diligently with me and is rapidly gaining basic skills. She did almost all the dry cleaner repairs last week, and she’ll have 20 hours of cutting for each set of 10 rudder curtains alone, even if she does no sewing on that job.

Lord willing, tomorrow, Sarah and I will be heading to Armstrong, BC, to pick up a ton (litteraly) of wood pellets at Armstrong Pellets for our pellet stove. Sarah gets to drive our 15 passenger van down, but I’ll drive it on the way back as that extra ton is a challenge to an experienced driver, let alone a new driver.

We’ll also be attending the Rememberance Day memorial at our local cenotaph to honour our veterans. This is a special time of year for our family. The sacrifices that men and women of the armed forces have done to protect our freedoms, and to give freedom to others, should never be forgotten!

It reminds me of some of my favorite verses:

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

But this man, (Jesus) after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; Hebrews 10:12

Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. Hebrews 7:27

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1

I’m so thankful my Jesus paid the ultimate price for my sins, so that I don’t have to!

A few years ago, I made some special computer wallpapers to honour the sacrifices of our military personel. Please view them on the main page of my wallpaper & prints website: Looking Unto Jesus Backgrounds and Prints. Here’s also the link for the Canadian Armed Forces website.

I’ll close my post with a beautiful signature that a dear friend, Jennifer, did for me. The photograph is one she found on the web from a park here in Kelowna, one we’ve been to many times. Aptly, the picture is taken in fall.

Autumn Siggy

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