for the dark spots.

"often i have heard people say, "how good God is! we prayed that it would not rain for our church picnic, and look at the lovely weather!" yes, God is good when He sends good weather. but God was also good when He allowed my sister, betsie, to starve to death before my eyes in a german concentration camp. i remember one occasion when i was very discouraged there. everything around us was dark, and there was darkness in my heart. i remember telling betsie that i thought God had forgotten us. "no, corrie," said betsie, "He has not forgotten us. remember His Word: "for as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him." there is an ocean of God's love available - there is plenty for everyone. may God grant you never to doubt that victorious love - whatever the circumstances."

corrie ten boom

"do not close your eyes during the bad parts, as those are parts of God's grace too."

ann voskamp


summer lovin'

well, as you may have deduced from my long-ish absence from blogging... we have been summer lovin',  soaking up every last drop of sunshine. we were away for about a month, galavanting from cape breton to peterborough & onto kennebec lake. there have been many momentous occasions & milestones reached over these summer months.
here's a few snapshots that capture a few of our summer shenanigans...
first bike ride with all four kids
hammock naps
we learned how to play hide-and-go seek :)

and made new friends

we heart swimming
and lots of giggling
look who learned how to crawl!

and alligators... oh my!

bush babies
tree forts
canoe rides