Saturday, 29 December 2012

Merry Christmas from A winter wonderland!

Winter snow!

Winter Wonderland!

Merry Christmas from a winter wonderland!

As we were preparing for our trip to Ottawa, Canada for Christmas we were getting a little bit worried and even a little disappointed before we even arrived.  Many of the people we were speaking to in Ottawa were shocked about how little snow there was and how strange the winter was this year.  As you can imagine our main goal for coming home for Christmas was to spend time catching up with family and friends but so much of that is just made better when snow is involved. 

The kids had been praying the snow would come.  We were pleased to hear just a couple of days before our arrival that the snow had started, it even got to far as there was a question on if we would be able to land with the level of snow that was coming in (although we were unaware of this from the plane).  It has now snowed almost consistently since we arrived and we are all loving it!

We had a wonderful snow day with family on Christmas eve at one of their homes and now again today we will be leaving in a couple of hours to have a snow day with another cousin again all of the extended family will be there....  photo's to follow i hope! 

We hope your Christmas has been wonderful and you have all enjoyed time with family and friends. 

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

A Look at 2012

It's funny that as they year comes close to an end we all feel the need to start looking at what we have done in the previous 12 months.  It's a funny concept to me but still I can't stop myself from joining in which the weird little tradition.  Even more amazing is in a few weeks we are all going to try to decide what will happen in our lives in the next 12 months, again as much as in makes me wonder why we do it.... I will be joining in, i just can't help myself!

In light of that thought here is a basic overview of our 2012

Caleb's birthday, he turned 13 this year!
Zachariah arrives, on the 17th we welcomed his arrival. He was our surprise for the year but as I am sure you already know.... A real blessing!
Aaron flew to Atlanta to spend some time with a friend who was in the end stages of cancer, Aaron was blessed to have been able to arrive in time to spend some cherished time with him and then also be at the funeral.
Grandma Renaud left us and returned to Ottawa after 4 months in London
Zachariah's dedication
on the 7th we welcomed Jon Yarrall into our extended family.  He married Kristina, Aaron's youngest sister. They are very happy together and already expecting their first child on July 4th. 
Caleb's Baptism, this was a wonderful day and along side him two Somali believers were also baptised.  We were very excited to see both Caleb and the other two men making a stand to make their faith public. 
Eden's Birthday, she turned 11 this year!
Grandpa Gourlay, Carolyn and two of our nieces Jordan and Grace came to visit.  We had such a fun time and are already looking forward to another visit.
Team Retreat
Queen's Jubilee, we had a lot of fun celebrating with the rest of the country but unfortunately the invitation to join her for a celebratory cup of tea must have been lost in the post!
London 2012 Olympics
we have another nephew!!  Phoenix Amadeus Lawler is born to Luke & Andrea. 
Family trip to France, we went to visit Aaron's sister Phoenicia and her family.  Another one of his sisters Joy and her family also joined us for the trip.  It was great to have so many cousins get together to spend time just being together!
London 2012 Paralympics
We meet our newest nephew. Marc Junior is born on the 16th to Marc & Debbie Lawler
School restarted! 
Eden has now moved to the high school!
Eileen's birthday
House extension starts
Nathan's birthday, he turned 10 this year!
House extension continues.
House extension continues.
Thanksgiving, as a team we hosted a thanksgiving celebration for about 110 people.
and the house extension still continues!!
We are heading to Ottawa for Christmas! we are all looking forward to it so much!

in January we are also looking forward to meeting Joy & Francois' newest little one.  Due on the 29th.  This family just keeps getting bigger!!

so, that seems to be a very basic overview of some of the things that have happened this year!
We are looking forward to see what the next year has in store.