Monday, 21 July 2014

Summer Adventures: African Lion Safari

If you live in Canada then you would know that we had one of the most horrible winters.  Very low temperatures and very frequent snow falls. Gosh, we thought it was never going to end. So when this summer started everyone got extremely happy, and we, Ruben and I, decided to take advantage of all the snow-less days we get.   

We do have two jobs. One of our jobs is only from 5-8 in the early morning, and our second job is being pastors.  Some may think that is not work but let me tell you that it is.  We do have good days where we get the time to study, pray and also spend time together.  We do however have days where they are so busy.   Sometimes our phone rings off the hook for prayer requests or other concerns/needs of the church people, family and even other ministers.  Someday we are our on the road visiting  people, or running other church errands. Despite what people may think, being a pastor is actually hard work, and if you don't make time for family, you will never get any.   We decided that one day a week we will take off completely, and have family day. Family day is important to me for two reasons.  One being that we actually get time off together, and the second is that my child will understand that he is a priority in our lives, and not grow up resenting the ministry.  

So last week we headed to African Lion Safari.  It's literally 20 mins from my home. It's actually shameful that I have never been. It was very much worth it though. Ruben and I had just as much fun as Benjamin did.  It was pretty exciting to see all these exotic animals. The biggest plus on our side was, of course, seeing Benji's face light up when he saw the different animals he recognized. 
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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Sunset with my boy.

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Don't get too caught up in anything that you forget to enjoy the simple things in life.  
Those amazing things God created just for you. 

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

This One.

This is the summer of trying new places like a new eatery named the same as it's address, 541. 
 With my friend from Washington DC of the same name, Cindy.  


This summer is that of trying new things in the ways of the apples.  
Candy apples, apple fritters, and Caramel apple lattes.


 This summer is exploring new places. 
New beaches, New/Old country roads, and small local towns. 


 This summer is of getting even closer to God, and honoring him in all that I do. 

This summer is going to be a good one.  It has been already.  
Now if I can only remember to bring my camera along.. lol. 

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Our Day

Last Friday I had the day off, and we Spontaneously decided to do something different. We had heard about a lake near to us but had no idea where it was, so we headed in search of this lake.  With the help of Ms. GPS  we found the lake, Just a mere 20 min away. It's a pretty big lake.  I don't know how we missed that.

When we got there, we saw that they rented boats there. Literally, Our eyes lit up, and after expressing our desire of renting a boat, we decided to do it.  It was fairly inexpensive, and it was also a very small motor boat. he he... but it was enough to take us into the lake.   It was so peaceful and beautiful.  In all honesty, it was one the best experiences ever.

I was a little scared that Benjamin would do something mischievous, go over board, or flip the boat but surprisingly he was very well behaved.  He just sat by my side enjoying the view, and then went over to his dad to learn how to fish.  We caught no fish, but it's ok.  We had a great time, just the three of us.

We stayed on the lake for about 3 hours.  We would have stayed another hour, if it wasn't for the cold front that decided to encounter us. We headed home happy, and enjoying a beautiful sunset on a open country road. :)  
(I did not take my camera for obvious reasons, only my Cell... in a little zip baggie. lol)
Ruben is one the coolest Dads I know.  Benjamin is very lucky! 
Selfie :) 
Best Day Ever!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Ladies Retreat

I had the opportunity to go our annual ladies retreat this year.  I was very blessed by the experience.  God spoke to me in so many ways, I feel that my strength is renewed and I am ready to conquer! There was specific moment during worship, that the music stopped and all you could hear was the sound of a multitude of women simply worship God.  It was so beautiful I had to open my eyes, and as I looked around, and I said to God, "Wow God, this is what the day of Pentecost must have been like"  Every single lady was praising God.  God was definitely there. It was one of the best experience I have ever been apart of.  I will never forget it. 

With all the joy and happiness around me, I still feel like I cried ALOT during this event for many reasons. 
1.  I feel like God was speaking to me in all the services, and I always cry when that happens to me. God encouraged me in such a great way.  He's so awesome! 
2.  I cry in the presence of God. Mainly because I am so grateful to Him, for being so good to me, and allowing me to feel his presence...because in all honesty I don't deserve it.
3.  They made me say some nice words to the ladies in my church, and when I express things that come from my heart, I cry.  So I cried, and made some other people cry.  To top it off one of the ladies from our church asked for a spot, and then nice things were said about me, and I cried more.  lol.

With that being said, I would like to say that God has changed me so much.  I use to be so blah.  No emotion, very heartless, no one had ever seen me cry, and so full of pride... but ya know, that's not the case anymore.  I am  changed by the grace of God and filled with love from above.  Now I have emotion, and I can't stop it. lol

The camp was great. I finally was able to hang out with my friends, chat, laugh, stay up all night and be myself with them. We went horse back riding too.  Something that was on my bucket list, and that now is crossed off.  I thank the ladies who organized the event, and I will definitely go next year! 

 Thanks to my buddy gal pal Sarah for the pictures of me.  I actually have memories with me in them now. yay! 


 waiting and very nervous.

 Riding on Eva.  She was very complicated, and made me scared. lol.
My hair.  I think Sarah was slightly obsessed b/c she took a bunch of pictures of my hair. lol
 These girls <3   (above & below)

 The ladies that went from my church. 
Mrs. Sarah.  :) 
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