Monday, December 25, 2006
On Saturday we had some visitors show up to enjoy a wonderful Christmas supper!
My aunt Debbie and her husband Tim came baring gifts and an sweet apple pie!
Weiwei was with us again this year, my grams where there and so were some good friends of my parents. We had such a feast with all the fixings. After supper dad played us some Christmas carols on his bagpipes. He sounds so much better then he did a couple of years ago when he was first learning how to play!
That night we enjoyed some good music outside in dad's work shop. Micah and dad where playing the guitars and Weiwei gave the bass a try. He was really good for his first time
On Christmas eve we went up to my cousins house to spend some time with my girls Chloe and Ella! We had lots of fun with them playing with some new toys that they had just received.
Soon it was time to head home again to get ready for another get together meal. On Christmas eve we enjoy a big feast of muscles!!! They were so good! By the look on Micah's face I don't think he liked them too much!! haha..
Micah had me up bright and early on Christmas morning! I think that we was anticipating some beef jerky in his stocking even though we told me a billion times that we didn't get him any this year!!! He quickly new we were tricking him when he went to the fridge in the morning for his orange juice and wrapped around the carton was a big bag full of beef jerky!!! We had a great morning reading about the birth of our Savior, Jesus in the book of Luke. We shared lots of laughs as we were gather around the table opening our gifts. Micah got a big surprise as Mom, Dad and I all pitched in to buy him an Ipod for Christmas. It was the last gift he opened and that was the last we saw of him! haha...
Before we left Christmas day to head to St. John to spend time with Micah's family, Weiwei and I decided that we need one last feast at the Stewart house before the long drive back!!
Friday, December 08, 2006
The last weekend in August, my AMAZING husband planned a weekend get-away for our 1st anniversary. We went to St. Andrews to stay at a beautiful bed and breakfast. We enjoyed a sunny afternoon biking around St. Andrews and a relaxing evening eating chocolate covered strawberries and drinking water out of wine glasses.
After our weekend away Micah and I headed to St. Stephen to enjoy a vacation at home with my family. It was a lot of fun. We did a lot of hanging out with my two little cousins Chloe and Ella.
By the end of the week it was time for the Peterson's annual camping trip. This year we decided to spend the weekend at New River Beach. We had a wonderful time with Micah's family. His grandparents from the states were down visiting so we really enjoyed our time with them!
After all the fun it was back to St. Stephen for me to spend some time with my mom. Mom and I had a wonderful 3 weeks of each other!! It was fun to be mothering to her as I helped her recover from a surgery that she had.
Since then I have been enjoying doing my internship. There has been some pretty crazy weeks with home work and job shadowing but besides that I am learning lots and loving every day! Micah has been doing well with the internship thing as well. As you know last year he got pretty spoiled with the home cooked meals and baked goodies. I have been very impressed with Micah's willingness to help out in the kitchen. Just recently I walked into our apartment after working a 12 hour shift to find Micah in an apron and home made beans, potato scallop, bread and dessert waiting for me on the table. It was a fantastic meal!
Thanks giving was a great time for us as both of our families came together at Day Spring, along with our extended family members, to enjoy a turkey, stuffing, potato, squash, gravy and lots of desserts. It was a FEAST!!! After supper the guys had some fun playing with a few big boy toys!!
Micah and I also had the honor of preparing a Thanksgiving meal for our friend Pastor Theo and his family. He is the African pastor at our church that we work with leading the African children's choir. He has a wonderful wife and five beautiful children. Micah and I did a great job of preparing everything with out fighting once! haha....We had a very pleasant afternoon with their family.
Last month we were very busy as we were preparing for our church's annual Christmas production, the living nativity. Even though we were very busy with practices we still made time to enjoy some meals with our friends.....
The last weekend in November was one of our most craziest weekends. Two of our closest friends both celebrate their birthdays on this weekend. Friday night started out with a special visit from Micah's sister Shiloh. Then it was off to Stephen and Maria Waymen's house to surprise Maria. We had a wonderful time of fellowship, prayer, food and PARTY HATS!!!
On Saturday it was the annual Christmas parade. To get more in the Christmas mood we decided to have a Christmas cookie party before the parade. We invited lots of our church friends and African friends to join us. The girls had a lot of fun preparing the cookies with Micah and then they had even more fun decorating them with LOTS of frosting, sprinkles and colored sugar!
Once our belly's were full from the cookies, frosting and apple cider it was time to get dressed warm and head down town to enjoy the Christmas Parade!
The parade was pretty long so by the end of it we were all frozen. Micah and I had to carry the two little ones we had with us because their feet were so cold. After we got them back to their home to thaw out Micah and I were off to celebrate Deborah's birthday at yet another surprise birthday party. We had a very fun night again eating and praying.
The month of November ended with a new addition to our family! Miah Peterson, who is Micah's brother's 4th child, was born on November 30th. We had a great trip home just last weekend to see Miah. What a great weekend we had! On Saturday night we enjoyed a big family dinner before we got out the Christmas puzzle to do with the Peterson's, Jamer's, and Parson's.
This weekend we are busy preforming our Christmas production. We are having lots of special people come to see the production. Micah's parents and my parents will be joining us, our niece Emma and nephew Jonah and of course some of our closet friends. We look forward to preforming the story of our King Jesus' arrival to us!!!
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Saturday, August 19, 2006
This was a wonderful weekend. Katie and I took the African Kids Choir for a weekend retreat at Daypring Ministries(my home of 20 years). We joined many other international and Canadian friends on Saturday for the International Family Fun day that my parents and others plan quite often now at Dayspring. It was such a joy to go swimming, eat together, go canoeing, catch frogs and play soccer. The kids have been working hard and it was fun to relax a bit and enjoy God's nature!
We finished up Saturday with a giant pillow fight which lasted a good 20 minutes and then hit the hay!
Sunday, we had an amazing pancake breakfast cooked by my Grampa Jamer and uncle Jerry. We had some time to read the bible and we had a wonderful time worshipping together with my grandparents, parents and all the friends that came to help us out (thanks guy ;). It is always so awesome to worship God together with other cultures! I think that God is really pleased when we all come together to praise his name! We have been so blessed to be a part of these kids lives and we look forward to watching them grow and become young men and women of God!
Monday, August 14, 2006
Katie and I received a free car wash from Marco the car salesman and we decided to go on a little adventure! It was a wild ride! Once we had punched our codes in, the light flashed green and a friendly digital sign invited us in. Suddenly, out of nowhere, we were attacked on all sides. It was an ambush! Katie went into a panic as jets pounded on the windows and suds flew everywhere!
I was not quite sure what to with myself. I just buried my head into my hands and waited until the worst of it was over.
Soon all became quiet and as we inched our way forward, we noticed what looked to be a microphone that you could order burgers from.....
I rolled down my window and just as I was poking my head out when........
a mighty blast of hot air hurled me back into my seat!! It was certainly a wash to remember!
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Our good friend Jon Phillps came to our house this weekend. He and his son Andrew came over for supper! Jon went to school with my parents and I lived with Jon in Fredericton when I went to school there. Jon is a great friend and I really enjoyed staying at his place!
It was great, Katie made corn on the cob and sloppy Joes! Then for desert we had a special fruit pizza (one of my personal favorites : ). After supper, we have a great time talking, bouncing on the excersice ball and playing dominoes!
Andrew was pretty much a dominoes expert. He was trying to build a tower that was taller than himself, but ran out of time.......
God Bless Jon, come on over any time!
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Today was a very special day for us. We were so blessed to be a part of our friends Stephen and Maria's wedding. Micah met Stephen when we first moved to Moncton because they both work at Whitehill technologies. It was Stephen who first invited us to go to a church service at Glad Tidings Church! From there our friendship with both him and Maria has grown and grown! We have enjoyed their company many times and were just thrilled to watch them exchange their wedding vows.
The day couldn’t have been more perfect. The weather was beautiful, the location was God’s glorious creation, Maria looked amazing, the guys looked sharp and God filled the church with His Spirit! The reception was a great time! We ate lots of ice cream, met new people, ate some really great food, played games and once that was all over we went for a little swim! The night ended off with Stephen and Maria driving away to their secret honey moon destination!
The Ladies looked beautiful.........
Sunday, July 23, 2006
After church this morning our families went out for lunch, to Boston Pizza, to celebrate Rhonda’s birthday! She's been celebrating all summer because it's such a "special" birthday!!
It took the seven of us quite a while to order because of all the great choices on the menu. Ok so from the picture you can tell that it only took a few of us (indecisive) people a while to order. When the food started to arrive, we all knew that we had made great choices! Our meals were all so yummy. During the meal one of us slipped away to tell our waitress that we had a birthday at the table. After she finished clearing up our table it started… All the Boston Pizza waitress, waiters and hosts started clapping, singing and cheering! Before long they were all gathered around our table wishing Rhonda a Happy Birthday!
The excitement was accompanied by a huge brownie topped with icecream and chocolate sauce. It was hot out of the oven and tasted divine!!
Happy Birthday Mom, keep celebrating..... <| :0)
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Today was a very special day for us. Not only were both set of parents coming up to visit us for the weekend but today was the Grand Opening of the Teen Challenge Center.
Teen Challenge Atlantic Canada is a residential rehabilitation program which offers men ages 18 and over, freedom from drug and alcohol dependence. Based on Christian principles and funded entirely through donations, the program offers spiritual, academic and vocational training, equipping individuals to return to society as responsible citizens. They give all the glory to God and rely completely on Jesus to restore their lives. It's awesome!
Since moving to Moncton we have become very close friends with the director’s family and some of the men who are working in this ministry. The men have hearts of Gold and love the Lord with all their hearts! The day was filled with food, tours, prayers and worship. The celebrations began early with many worship teams coming in the morning to sing their praises to God. The Africian choir that Micah and I are a part of lead the crowd in an up beat worship set right before the offical ceremony started.
The ceremony got underway shortly after lunch with a bagpiper from St. Stephen (my daddy) leading the flag precision of provincial flags to center stage.
Stephanie Mainville along with her worship team and dancers, offered the center and the land to God as she lead the crowd in the Maritime Song.
The rest of the afternoon consisted of speeches, ribbon cutting and many thanks to God for starting a center like this in our area.
The Teen Challenge Choir then took stage and entertained us with there joyful music and heart touching testimonies.
Stephanie Manville and her team had everyone up dancing and tapping their toes as she worshiped the Lord on her fiddle and the night ended with the great music from a local Blues band “Higher Ground”.