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Family Work Weekend

Last weekend I got to go over to Vancouver Island for “Family Work Weekend” at Camp Qwanoes.  Having gone last year, I was pretty excited for the trip, and the weekend did not disappoint!  We had a great weekend of fellowship, fun, work and laughter.  Not to mention getting to spend the majority of the weekend outside, enjoying the beauty of the island!  My camera recently broke, so I wasn’t able to take any photos but, luckily for me, two of the girls that went with us took more than enough to make up!  Here are a few of my favorites:

waiting to board the ferry:

almost there!

getting on the buses at the ferry terminal to drive out to the camp

the “back of the bus gang” haha

so happy to finally be here after 6 hours of buses, trains and boats!

each “family” has their picture taken and makes a sign to hang up, so this was ours:

i had so much fun with these girls!

our little cabin in the woods:

standing at the bottom of the 93 stairs we climbed every time we came up from our cabin to the main area of the camp.  talk about a good workout!

just being silly while waiting for our job assignments

the girls and i were part of a team that stained the outside of a new washroom that is being built.  i did the same thing last year and our group got to use those washrooms this year!

snack time!

finished product!

the camp is located on the shore of the island and you can see water from most places.  it is so unbelievably gorgeous!  i was in awe most of the weekend of the creativity of our God!

we had a time of worship around the campfire saturday evening

i was a little sleepy sunday morning and had a little nap after breakfast.  haha!

a pile of point ladies! (it was really cold and we were trying to stay warm!)

family photo before we left to head back to the mainland!

such a great weekend!  can’t wait to go back!

hello?  anyone still there? *tap* *tap* is this thing on?

it’s been a ridiculously long time since i’ve blogged anything and i would offer an excuse and promise to update more frequently, but the sad truth is, i probably won’t.  life is good.  busy.  but good.  the past few months have been full of friends, family, a boyfriend, olympics, finishing a round of ULI, starting with another group, moving (to the apartment next door) and lots more.

i’m going to do my best to post some pics by event/category (ie – olympics, visit from laura, etc) but probably won’t put captions on many of them.  i’ll also do my best to get them in chronological order.  be forewarned – this will be a looooooooong post!

January:

late-night-all-you-can-eat-sushi after church, class pictures, bowling with ULI friends, church retreat to bowen island and hanging out after church.

February:

olympics, olympics and more olympics!  first, the torch relay, then the dress rehearsal for the opening ceremony (no cameras allowed, just a pic of me on my way out the door!), BC place, the torch, a day trip to bowen island, visit from dad, two trips to Grouse mountain for the Today Show, a visit from my friend Dawn, Valentine’s Day tulips, lots of famous people on the today show and watching the gold medal hockey game with a bunch of candians!

March:

a visit from Laura, stanley park, granville island, the paralympics opening ceremony and curling match, IKEA, enormous gelatto shop,

April:

dyeing easter eggs with Jeanie, easter festival at church, and cherry blossoms.

May:

church picnic, granville island with laura and candice.

hope that wasn’t too hard to follow.  it wouldn’t let me separate the photos.  also, sorry for the non-rotated pics.  you can click on any of the photos to see them larger.  thanks for reading!

december

november

October

ok, i have no idea how to fix it quickly, so all of the pictures are out of order.  sorry about that.  if you hover your mouse over it though, it should tell you the date.

September….almost

just as promised (months and months ago!), i’m back with the rest of my Project 365 pictures!  here is september at a glance (minus Sept. 13-16.  those pics are on my other computer still, in vancouver).  i’ll try to eventually come back and add some captions, as some of the pics are incredibly random, but no more promises!

hello all!  once again, i’m sorry it’s been so long since i’ve updated.  life has been crazy, but great the past few months and somehow blogging about it all has fallen completely off my radar screen!  i will update with Project 365 pics soon, but for now, i’ll just give you a brief update:

my sisters were here for a week to explore vancouver and celebrate Thanksgiving with me.  we packed as much as we possibly could into a week and had an absolute blast.  i hadn’t seen either of them since the beginning of this year, so it was great to be reunited!  i’m already looking forward to my trip to Ohio in a few weeks.  it will be so good to have our family all together for a bit!

our second group of ULI participants are doing well.  this round has not been without its hiccups, but it has been really good.  i’ve enjoyed getting to know our TCKs and their parents, and i am constantly reminded of how blessed i am to work with the ULI team and be a part of all of this.  God is so good.

i was recently invited to an imb retreat in Istanbul this spring.  having never traveled outside of the americas, i am really excited!  i don’t know many details yet, but will try to remember to keep you posted.

i’ll leave you with a few of my favorite pics from last week with my sisters.  hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving and are enjoying the Christmas season!

late night, all you can eat, sushi after church sunday night:

in stanley park on monday:

cold and wet, with my friend Candice, downtown monday afternoon:

at squamish/shannon falls on the way to whistler on tuesday:

in the olympic store in whistler on tuesday:

with the olympic mascots:

mal and i with the pumpkin cheesecake on thursday:

em and i with an unamused izzy on friday while putting up christmas decorations:

an exhausted izzy on friday night:

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