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Welcome to my personal weblog! I have many areas of interest as a Christian wife and home schooling mother of 6 girls: writing, poetry, website design, digital photography, a home business (sewing); however, this blog will focus more on the wonderful journey the Lord has brought our family through and what the Lord has shown me in His Holy Word.


I know that my devotionals don't often speak of specifics in our lives, but I want my readers to know that what I write comes most often from what the Lord is doing in our lives, or has done. I don't just repeat words by this preacher or that one. My devotionals are often written through a haze of tears, sometimes in grief, sometimes in peace at God's goodness for what He is doing for our good. At other times, after a flood of tears over my lack of faith in His great plan for us, especially after I've seen Heaven's gates open in another miraculous answer to prayer. What I write is what God shows me through those trials which He brings because of His great goodness as He works out His perfect plan. - Angela.


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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 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, but I 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

He Is my All Sufficiency

Sitting at my laptop with barely enough energy to type (from low blood sugar), I feel quite useless as the rest of the family buzzes around getting things done. Our youngest doll – Carolyn – piggy tails and all, was first doing a puzzle and chattering away, but now is helping Abigail and Melissa with the laundry, folding tea towels and such; Cynthia and Sarah took over from me making lunch; and Brianna is practicing guitar. It just seems the norm lately: doing a few hours work then having no energy for the rest of the day. It has been very frustrating. We start the school year on Monday; I resume sewing for customers the following week, and I honestly have no idea how I am going to get everything done like I did before.

Still, in the midst of all this frustration and seemingly impossible schedule, I have a peace knowing that my Saviour is my all sufficiency. He will get me through, as long as I remember to lean on Him. I know I cannot do all that needs done without Him, and it may mean re-organizing our squedule and/or eliminating some things, but I also know He is always faithful to help me.

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Matthew 6:34 

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 2 Corinthians 3:5 

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 

 

Keepin’ Up With the Trenholms

Okay, coffee break time.

Busy, busy busy….The life of the Trenholms.

But that’s okay. If I’m busy, I stay out of trouble.

Anyway, on to the update.

Last week was busy with Grandpa’s visit, making a slipcover for a wingback chair, a little bit of stomach sickness in everyone except me, but then I felt “off” all week, but it was still a good week.

The girls got lots of time with Grandpa, as did Lowell. I spent time here and there, but the sewing took precedence as I had a deadline before we knew Grandpa was coming. We did head out to see the Kettle Valley Trestles on Friday, and all except me went to Big White Mountain (I went to bed to nurse my migraine.)

Melissa really “took” to Grandpa this time. His leaving seemed to hit her the hardest. Poor little dear.

My parents, Mémère and Pépère, arrive this Friday for a 2 week visit. We are all very excited. The girls haven’t seen them since 2003, but I did got to visit them last June for 2 weeks. That was really nice.

We might do a Trail, BC to Calgary, AB trip when they are here. It would give us a chance to visit friends, family, and see some great scenery that my parents have never seen. We might even be able to combine a business trip in there to St. Albert, AB.

Besides the touring, some shopping will be in order as well as maybe showing Mom how I do slipcovers. She is an awesome sewer, but has never seen slipcovers done.

Well, my time is up, as Cynthia and Abigail’s piano lesson is done. Time for some weekly shopping.

Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang!

Did you ever have that nagging feeling the Lord is trying to tell you you shouldn’t do something,  or maybe it was a case of all doors being closed to a particular event happening.  Sometimes we listen and sometimes we don’t, but praise the Lord we listened this time!

For a week or so, we’d heard an odd “bang” in the back end of the 15 passenger van. We just figured it was something loose on the muffler, tail pipe, etc. or something loosed under a seat. However, the light “bang” turned into a full blown “Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang” on Monday. It raised Lowell’s alarm bells so heavily that he brought it right into Okanagan Engine Rebuilders, and put a major hold on our planned trip with Grandpa into the mountains to Trail, BC, till we knew what happened.

Issue #1 – Lowell was very concerned there was some kind of tranny issue, and there was. Although minor, if it had been left, it could have torn the tranny apart.

Issue #2 was where it was made abundantly clear that God either did not want us going on this trip or  wanted it postponed: We had less than 40% of our brakes left! Not a good thing for going up and down the Canadian Rockies!!!!  Wake up call!!!!

We needed to leave this morning to make this trip work, but we only got the van back mid-day today.

Okay, Lord, we are really awake now !!!

Issue #3 – As I drove it, the brakes felt very soft, but I forgot to tell Lowell as he had to go to a meeting using the car. When he drove the van this afternoon, he brought it back to the shop only to find out the master brake cylinder was failing. The old brake fluid was about the only thing keeping it together, but when new stuff was put in, it started to fall apart. That would have been really bad in the Rockies!

So, OKER replaced it in about an hour, even with the time it took to speed ship the cylinder from a local supplier. Thanks guys!!!!

So, all that to say:

Praise the Lord for reviving “Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang!”

The Lord used that to most likely save our lives.

Grandpa’s Here!

My dh’s father, Harold, arrived Friday night. It was been a year and a half since we saw him last, and we all miss him.

The last time he was here, we drove up to Terrace, BC (17hour drive) to visit some dear friends up there, then down through Liliouet, BC to Vancouver to drop him off at his daughter’s place, so he could take the flight back to New Brunswick. Harold was just amazed at the landscape out here. I must admit, we’ve been in BC for 14 years and it is still pretty amazing.

The trip we are currently planning should be far more modest, only 6 hours, up to Trail, BC, to visit friends and view scenery. We haven’t been up that way since 2002, and Harold never, so it should be a pleasant trip. I’ll see about posting pics.

In the meantime, I have two wingback chairs that I need to do slipcovers for, so it’s going to be a VERY busy next few days as I try to get those done, or at least close to being done, before we go.