VBS sure is fun 🎵

…bring your friends in one by one 🎵🎵

Summertime is packed full of kids programs…soccer, swimming lessons, learn to sail, kids clubs, church camps and VBS ( Vacation Bible school)…SO MUCH for kids to do these days!!


This week I have been helping out in the kitchen during “Journey Off The Map” VBS. We’re making and providing fun and interesting snacks each night. 72 kids the first night and 90 by the end of the week. It was lots and lots of fun!!!

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IMG_7225 IMG_7226Tomorrow night is the closing with a BBQ. What a great WEEK it’s been!!

Blueberry EVERYTHING!! 💙

Oxford Nova Scotia is the Blueberry Capital of Canada. BUT, you don’t have to go to Oxford to enjoy the tasty, delicious goodness of fresh picked blueberries. They’re in the stores, the markets, my backyard, my Mother’s yard ( she just brought me a whole big bowl full) Yummmm…. I LOVE this time of year!

It’s time for Blueberry EVERYTHING!!

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The Carnival’s in TOWN

Who doesn’t love carnival rides, cotton candy, and candy apples?

Gee, I think just about everyone would agree it’s lots of fun, especially if you have children or grandchildren to enjoy it with. It even brings out “the child” in people  as you recall days of excitement from childhood, waiting for that one week in the summer when the carnival would come to town.

We had hoped to get to “The Big Ex” in Bridgewater, however there was just too much happening this weekend! There’s always next year, right?

But this afternoon we did drive to Halifax to catch a couple acts of the International Buskers Festival down on the waterfront, see the newly painted Argyle Street, walk around the Carnival set up for Natal Day weekend and have fish & chips from a food truck. A great end to a wonderful weekend!

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I still can’t believe we’re in to August!



YESTERDAY…Last day of vacation

It’s back to work early this morning for David. We had such a wonderful two weeks exploring our beautiful province. A place where tourists from all over the world visit and return year after year. We are blessed that’s for sure!

YESTERDAY, We spent our afternoon enjoying Lunenburg. One of our favourite towns very close to home. We had a leisurely lunch on the waterfront at The Old Fish Factory  with our youngest son ( he works there so it was nice for him to be off working hours and join us). Then we got dessert at David’s favourite spot, Sweet Treasures. And enjoyed strolling the streets browsing some shops and just enjoying the afternoon together.

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BEAUTIFUL LunenburgDSC08111And today it’s back to work, and back to routine for me.

Today is July 13th. 13 more days and it will be ONE YEAR since we’ve returned from expat. July 26th we flew home from China. I gave myself a year…a year to adjust…a year to eat and do whatever I wanted…because of what we missed being away…

That year is over…pretty much. NOW, it’s time to stop procrastinating, time to stop dwelling on the fact that China will always have a piece of my heart, and Brazil will always be fondly in my memories of our time there. It’s time! TIME to stop procrastinating and live my life to the “fullest” here and now and find what truly makes s me happy here!!!

Have a great Monday my friends and the start of a brand new week!

When in Digby…

You MUST have Scallops!

“The Scallops Capital of the World” so they say. Digby is known and is famous for its fleet of scallop trawlers and the “Digby Scallops”. Sea scallops are quite large and are perfect for pan searing. The part that is eaten is actually the adductor muscle that opens and closes the shell. Yum!

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EVERYTHING Strawberries 🍓

It’s strawberry season! Fresh, local, sweet, red, delicious strawberries. I picked some up at the market, So I am making lots of delicious treats…

Strawberry pie and shortcake and salsa and just plain strawberries. Oh…how I’ve missed this goodness!

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The Seaport Market on a Sunday

Another rainy Sunday in the forecast. What to do? I have REALLY been wanting to checkout the  Seaport Market in Halifax. Besides we had a few errands to do in the city. Sounds like a perfect idea.


About the Seaport Market…A little bit of history from their website http://www.halifaxfarmersmarket.com/about/

The Halifax Farmers’ Market was created by Royal Proclamation in June of 1750, a year after the founding of Halifax. The Governor and Council designated a site for the Market – the present day Bank of Montreal building. For 50 years this flesh, meat or cattle market, as it was known, sold produce as well as livestock delivered from Acadian farms in the Annapolis Valley and from local farm production.  In 1848 the City of Halifax was incorporated and the original City Charter conveyed the Country Market property to the city “for the public and common benefit and use of the City of Halifax according to the true interest and meaning of the original grant.” The Market has operated in several locations across the city since its inception in 1750, but moved to the Halifax Seaport in 2010 where it is now known as the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market – the longest continuously running Market in North America and proudly hosting over 250 vendors! The Halifax Seaport is a vibrant arts and cultural district found at the south end of the Halifax waterfront. Extending from Piers 19 to 23, you will find artisans, retailers, cruise terminals, event facilities, cafés, galleries, offices, a museum, a university and the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market. This district has been redeveloped to showcase local talent and is now a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.

Right on the waterfront in Halifax, one of my favourite spots!

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It’s not very often that there is a summer event, a fun thing you can do with your family, that is entirely free. Well today I was happy to be a part of a group that wants to encourage families but also show them that Jesus loves them and has a plan for their life if they let HIM.

Bridgewater Open Bible Church in Bridgewater, NS has been putting on a Community Fun Fair at Shipyards Landing for the last few years. It’s so much fun for the WHOLE family. Face painting, games, bouncy houses, music, entertainment, cotton candy, BBQ, and lots more and……….it’s ALL FREE!!!!  Just come with your family and enjoy it. It’s a way to show LOVE in our community.

This year we are home and David & I helped a little. We manned the Bouncy House Obstacle Course haha. FUN!!

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