Franklin Five

Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween at our house!

Despite the chilly, rainy weather, we made it up and down a few streets in our neighborhood.  The boys were ninjas and Lidiyanna was a fairy princess.  Unfortunately, her outfit was a little altered by her coat and rain boots, but I still think she was the cutest fairy around.  As the boys were making their ninja poses, she looked over and decided she needed to make a pose of her own.  Too cute!!  We were happy to have my dad with us this week to share in the fun.


Tim helped the kids carve their pumpkins in preparation for Halloween.  Graham loved getting his hands messy, but Wesley was content just to watch.  It has been raining here since Saturday, and we are hoping we will get a break tonight so it will be dry for the trick-or-treaters.

 Does she fit?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fall has heavily descended on us up here in Canada and its beautiful colors are so vibrant.  I think when you live in a climate where Winter's harsh winds blow strongly, you hold onto every bit of Fall's beauty as long as possible.  If you've been up to visit us, you know our backyard is very small and the houses are close together.  So, I am thankful for the lovely maple tree in my neighbor's yard that blazes its oranges and reds into my line of sight blocking the view of my neighbor's house.  I remembering enjoying this view last Fall, and I am treasuring it again this year.

I have not been as good about keeping up with the blog over the past few months.  Our camera has been having some issues so I find myself taking less pictures these days.  We have also been quite busy.  Our weekends have been full of visits from friends and camping trips.  The camper is being prepared by my handy husband to be placed in storage so our camping trips have come to an end until next Summer.

The boys are continuing to enjoy school, and we've started participating and helping in Awana on Tuesday nights.  Awana is a program for kids to learn more about God's word, memorize scripture, and get wild and crazy running around the gym at our church.  I've been asking myself lately why I signed up to help.  No, not really.  It's a great opportunity to serve.

Recently, a friend told me about how her family picks a different country once a week to focus on at dinner.  She prepares or buys some type of food from that country and they listen to a prayer for that country on this website:  It's a great website that gives information on lots of countries and includes ways to pray for each country.  When I expressed my interest in trying this with my family, she encouraged me to keep it simple.  She said that if I waited until I had all the details perfect, it would never happen.  I took her advice and our family had our first Operation World night last night.  We focused on Korea simply because I had a Korean chicken dish in my freezer and my kids love rice.  I also had some clothing and a game from when we lived in Korea when I was a child.  Korea is a special country to me, and  it touched my heart to hear a Korean woman praying earnestly for her country on the website.  I hope we can have Operation World night often as I think it's important to teach our children that God has a passion for this world that He created, and this world is so much bigger than what my children see here in North America.  So often, I get lost in my own little world as well, and I want God to open my eyes to see the greater picture.

Finally, I will end with a few shots of my favorite little girl!