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Vacation

DSC03067Life’s been pretty wonderful these past few days. I didn’t realize how wound-up I was until decompressing with my family in their new home on the lake. Having no agenda, no deadlines, and no alarm has been therapeutic. We’re really grateful for the time. And lest I spend a moment longer on the computer on this beautiful day, a few photos from our time so far…DSC02979DSC03056DSC03060DSC03024DSC03048We’re off to Providence, RI tomorrow for a visit with Grandma and an anniversary overnight. I can’t believe it’s been a year already!!

Until soon!

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Baking With Lady Mary

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We will be visiting family and vacationing for a visit that feels long overdue. I can’t wait to squeeze my niece and nephew, talk with my mama over tea, and go for a walk with my daddy; have girl time with my sister and watch my brother-in-law with the kids.

It’s going to be a good time.

And at random today I stumbled across Michelle Dockery’s instagram and thought it was cute. Wouldn’t it be fun to bake with Lady Mary Crawley? Even though she’s a fictitious character, Michelle still has that graceful, smooth british accent, so I’m sure it would be like the same thing.

Enjoy the longest day of the year coming up! We’ll be tickling little bellies, sitting by the lake, and enjoying the New England breeze when it comes.

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What Immigration Looks Like Part 4

DSC02885Maybe I should call this “Part 2 & 3 Repeated” because, friends, we had a bit of a hiccup. Long story-short-ish, we had to withdraw our application in order that I might continue working in Canada easily until I get permanent residency. Everything was fine and Jordan had actually been approved to sponsor me…but we just couldn’t swing me working here in Canada AND waiting 30 months for the New York office to approve my part of the application.

Could we have avoided this? Yes and No. Well, maybe just no. At the time we submitted our previous application we were in between decisions: seminary for Jordan in the States or full time ministry in Ontario. If the former, I would have to apply outside Canada, if the latter, within Canada. So we took a leap of faith and went outside…this way I could still freely visit my family and re-enter EVEN if we stayed inside Canada.

Three weeks ago, Jordan committed to a more long term full-time position at our church, and we’re now settling into a several-year stay here in Ontario. We’re excited! It’s a great thing! We’re grateful to God for his guidance!

But for me to keep working we have to take a difference route. You’d think withdrawing would be a piece of cake, but it actually can take several weeks. The law is a complicated thing, but they sure have thought of it all. Sheesh!

God, in His mercy, allowed for our application to be withdrawn in THREE DAYS (unheard of!) and today, this very day, I am sending off our new application.

Soooo, what does that look like? They keep your previous application, so nothing is sent back to you, so see Part 1, 2, and 3. The same exact process. Original FBI check again, fingerprints, application fees, passport photos, etc. (I even had to get a new shirt at WalMart when I got my pictures taken because of course I was wearing the wrong colored shirt). It’s a great thing we made copies of everything before we send it out.

Sounds sticky…foolish even, but we have learned so much about trusting God’s best for our lives.DSC02910So the last week has looked like this. Concentrating, double checking, re-printing and…DSC02946heading off to the post office once again. 🙂

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3 Things I’m Loving In Our New Home

DSC02874Today I Googled “what do gargoyles in front of your house represent”. Walking in our new neighborhood–our lovely, quiet, nature-surrounded neighborhood– I pass by not one, but two, homes with decorative gargoyles.

Oddly enough, I had just learned a couple of weeks ago that statues of lions in front of a home is an Italian symbol of having either paid off a mortgage or being wealthy enough to not need one. Hm.

My Google search revealed that gargoyles are not in fact the French proclamation of “Hey, everyone, we paid off our mortgage!” but rather there for the purpose of warding off evil…or acting as a water duct system to avoid damage on 21st century architecture. So, power to our gargoyling neighbors.

DSC02881Naturally, we’re still settling into our new apartment. But here are three things I love so much so far…

1) All the natural light pouring in through the large windows as I cook, grade, or fold laundry.

2) Our little table, that can transform to seat 10, and that it’s by the window.

3) A laundry room

And there is art to be hung, a pantry to be arranged, and clothing to be stored, but we love it so much! Cutting our commute in half has also relieved stress and freed up time for togetherness and enjoying these summer evenings.

All are welcome, so come by and visit!

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I let you, Lord.

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If we let Him—for we can prevent Him, if we choose—He will make the feeblest and filthiest of us into a god or goddess, a dazzling, radiant, immortal creature, pulsating all through with such energy and joy and wisdom and love as we cannot now imagine, a bright stainless mirror which reflects back to God perfectly (though, of course, on a smaller scale) His own boundless power and delight and goodness. The process will be long and in parts very painful, but that is what we are in for. Nothing less. -C.S. Lewis

I let you, Lord. This is my prayer.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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Lately We’ve Been…

DSC02798…moving

…immigrating

…living

…marriaging

…working

and there’s a story for each. But for now, I miss writing on here a bunch. So when I come up for air (after I finish one of my jobs next week!) I can’t wait to start cooking, creating, reflecting, and reading once again.

In the meantime I have food on my mind….

Pre-Order for a GREAT holiday gift: The Yellow Table cookbook!! ( you can’t go wrong for Mom, sister, in-laws, bride-to-be)

I will be making these for a small group one night, once I get my baking back on.

I can only imagine how delicious this vinaigrette is.

A most bright and beautiful food blog

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Did you laugh?

medium_petrabindel-interiors-0121d366-c9b2-45a8-93da-cf636c90dd77It was a full and wonderful weekend for us. Today is a holiday and we welcomed the rest. There was an 8am sleep-in, a reading and rereading of psalm 1 and John 13, an afternoon in the park, a brisket lunch with friends, a greek salad dinner…and the sun is still up as I write.

This weekend my husband made me laugh the most. But that is usually the case. God knew I needed someone who wouldn’t let me take myself or life toooo seriously. What made you laugh this weekend? I’d love to hear!

This week…a yummy-I-love-it Chia seed pudding recipe, and a book review, and a little more.

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hi, Friday!

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It feels so good to laugh, doesn’t it? I got a good chuckle in this morning when…

I had just sent my beginner students on a scavenger hunt around the college campus, and gave them my cell number in case they had any questions. While taking a break in the washroom, my phone rings.

If I miss this call, they’ll get nervous and call back and…so my maternal instinct picked up the call. Right there in the stall.

“Hello?” I say pleasantly, trying to mask the echoey sound from the empty washroom.

“Hello? Teacher? It’s Takki. What are Tim Bits?”

Lovely. Not a “yes” or “no” answer. And even more, those silly sensor things flush automatically if you’re, ehhem, on too long. Now that will be hard to explain in esl. Heart-a-flutter, I answered:

“Yes. Timma Bitsss. They… are… littllle… tiny… dough-nuts.” (echo, echo, echo…as geoscience or whatever lecture happens just feet away)

“Little tiny donuts?” (Hmm, near perfect pronunciation. Still its a far cry from Tim Horton’s drive thru to post-secondary ready)

“Yes, little tiny donuts. Ok?”

“Ok.”

“Ok, have funnnn!” Chuckling my entire walk back to the room.

Two things I’m grateful for this morning: 1) That no one came in while I was teaching ESL from a bathroom stall. 2) A good laugh at yet another awkward-and-I-survived-it experience under my belt.

Just don’t get me started on the time my one and only t.p. roll fell down the shoot just 5 minutes before having to teach a class in China. In an abandoned bathroom. Mmhmm. For another time.

Try to laugh this weekend! It’s so good for the soul!

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To Mama, Love Olivia Jamie

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A belated Mother’s Day note.

To my lovely Mom!

My mama gave me my passionate character. I want her amazing ability to foster an uncluttered, peaceful, ordered, and loving home. She, with my Dad, raised to willful girls, who now thank her every day for swimming upstream and sticking to her guns. Unconditional love is how I see it. Year after year after year…

My mama taught me the Christian way. With her bible and journal every morning, in that same corner of the couch. To take the road less traveled, to say Yes to Jesus always, and to trust in Him, because He is always good and always worthy.

Jordan-Olivia-Married_081When I am vigorously scrubbing my baseboards, I think of how she modeled doing the nitty gritty and doing it well.

When I am chopping fresh kale or beets, I can see her standing in the kitchen late at night, finishing “food prep” so we could eat healthy, love-prepared food.

She is my hippy-spirit and gave me my wanderlust. The backpacker of Afghanistan, India, Europe is my challenger and inspiration.Jordan-Olivia-Married_082As a married woman, I can still lay on her with a big, daughterly, life-is-perfect hug when she is napping on the couch. Maybe not forever, but for now. Maybe just for now, before I may one day be a mama.

She loves to call me Olivia Jamie. My full name, because that is the name my parents gave me, so it’s special when it’s said.

And I’ve merely scratched the surface.

Happy Mother’s Day!! I love you always!

Love,

Olivia Jamie

 

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Wedding Chicks Feature

Jordan-Olivia-Married_425I’m going to go a little link crazy here…so please bear with. : )

Our photographer When Her Found Her and event planner, Laura Olsen Events, were featured in yesterday’s post on the popular wedding blog Wedding Chicks. The fun part is they chose to feature our wedding…one of the best days of my life! What an honor, and so close to our first anniversary.

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