April 18, 2016

The Quotidian (18. 4. 16)

Quotidian: daily, usual, or customary;
everyday; ordinary; commonplace.


A Tradition.


I made them stop for a photo.


A wonderful surprise!


Abandoned.


A contribution.


They accumulate so quickly these days. 
(The permanently silent dishwasher just keeps the space filled.)


Emma's ongoing project.


Off on an adventure!


We were taken....and subsequently worried.


Have you ever??


At the Ballard Locks.
(If you go, park in the regular parking...don't say I didn't warn you!)


Nineteen!

Happy Monday, Y'all!
With Love, Camille 

**Last four images in this post courtesy of Emma ~
Thank you my love XO

April 8, 2016

Twenty-One Years Ago...

Twenty-one years ago, our Austin took us from *couple* to
*family-of-three*.  He stole our hearts and wound his way into our lives.
We would never be the same.  And, we were never happier not to be.

Since he was called home to heaven nearly three years ago,
his birthday is the most significant of all the dates that need acknowledgment.
We cannot let the day pass without remembering his life and what it means to ours.

We make it a practice to remember him on this day as a family.
It feels like the right thing to do, so, it is what we do.
All our children are special.  None of them are forgotten.

Austin is no exception.    


We are amazed at all the Lord allowed us to experience
together as a family of six.  We look back with thankful hearts.


Austin was planning to become an architect.
We loved to watch as he put pencil to paper.
God had blessed him with talents that could not be taught.


He was a diligent student and persevered with his
studies even in the midst of the health challenges he faced.
His strength of character was never more evident than in those times.
But, he would have told you that the strength we saw came from the Lord. 


When I take photos of the three we have here
with us, I always miss Austin's presence with them.
It hurts my Mama heart that he is absent from our home.
He is never far from our thoughts.  His memory lives on in our hearts.


Family photos just do not feel complete.


He is missed by us all.  Excruciatingly so.


One day, however, we will be together once again.
What a precious hope we have because of our Lord!
By God's great grace, we continually fill our hearts and minds
with the reality of what lies ahead.  What is to come. 

This is not where the story ends.

So, we remember.  And, we are grateful.
We also look forward with anticipation and joy.
The Lord truly is good and does all things well.
We are seeking always to rest our hearts in Him.

With Love, Camille

March 24, 2016

Utterly and Completely

Imperfect.  That's me.  That's us.
Utterly and completely.

We all miss the mark and need saving.  Every last one of us.
But, all is not hopelessness and despair.  The Perfect One came,
and took on flesh, and lived the life we could never live.
He took all the sins of all of His people upon Himself.

And then, He paid the penalty for all that sin.
He died that all who come to Him in faith and repentance might live.

The Lord Jesus Christ conquered death and hell and sin and Satan.
He rose up from the grave victorious.  He is Risen and He lives!
In order that we might be victorious as well.  He is The Way.
If we cast ourselves on Him, we will live.  Truly live!

 It's only and all because of Him.  Utterly and completely.
We must come to Him for mercy and grace.  He is the One Who can give it.
He is the only way we can ever hope to stand before the Throne of God.


Clothed in His perfection.  Alone.
I am not perfect.  But, my Saviour is.

"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy
He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost,
which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified
by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life."  Titus 3:5-7

Because of Him, we can rejoice.  Because of Him, there is hope.
Forever and for always.  Throughout all eternity to come.  Are you rejoicing?
Do you have this hope?  Lasting hope and peace are only found in Christ.
Come to the Saviour while there is still time; He is faithful to do just as He promised.

He is mighty and powerful to save.
We all stand in need of the Salvation He brings.

In John 6:37, the Lord Jesus said ~
"All that the Father gives Me will come to Me,
and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out."

Cast yourself upon Him and live.
Outside of the perfect living and dying and rising again
of the Lord Jesus Christ, there is no hope.  Absolutely none at all.
All the hope we will ever need is found in Him.

"Jesus said unto him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.' "  John 14:6
And, if we come, He will receive us.  Utterly and completely.

This is the most wonderful news of all.  It's the message of Easter.
May our hearts be found rejoicing in the Saviour now and forever!

With Love,
Camille

**Image in this post courtesy of Calvin from long ago ~
Thank you, my love XO

March 21, 2016

The Quotidian (21. 3. 16)

Quotidian: daily, usual, or customary;
everyday; ordinary; commonplace.


A perfect gift ~ thank you, Miss R.


Twist on a classic.


For the girls.


Beauty springing up....


...in the midst of the rubble.


A day's worth of dishes.


Living (and precious) dishwashers.
 (Our mechanical one up and quit on us.)


We thought it was dead ~ rescued from the destruction.


One of my all-time favourites.


Emma got to bring two of them home!
(From the wedding ~ thank you, Auntie L.)

With Love,
Camille

March 17, 2016

Nursery ~ Encouragement for the Young Mum

Not long ago, I logged my first Sunday of nursery duty.
Emma was my helper, and what a blessing she was!
Little ones trickled in one by one and then, came in a flood.
Some mamas stayed for a few minutes to settle their own.

Others didn't need settling.

Some children refused to be comforted.
So, those mamas left, taking their little ones with them.  
In the end, Emma and I only had three to care for.
And, it felt like just the right number.  

This post is the result of my subsequent ponderings.

 And, the purpose of it all is to be an encouragement to the young mamas
among us.  I find myself in the position of being an older mum now.
Don't even ask me when or how that happened!  But, it did. 
And, I am finding that there are a few things pressing on my heart to share.

In the days of diapers and feedings and constant
demands on us as young mums, it's easy to imagine that things will remain
just the same forever ~ intense and exhausting and wonderful all rolled into one.
Life flies by and before we know it, our situation has changed.

We blink.  They grow up.


So, dear mama of littles, take heart.
These are precious days, weeks, months...years!  Truly precious.
Don't rush this time.  Don't wish it all away.  Before long, you too will be the older mama.
And, you will be the one doing the encouraging.  Give it time.  It will happen.

So, in these sweet baby days, don't ever feel badly that your little one
will not be comforted by anyone other than you.  That is how God designed it to be.
While they are little, you are the centre of your child's existence.  It is how they are wired.
And, it is good and right for it to be that way.  It's such a short season.

God does all things well.  And, this is one of those good things.

It is perfectly okay to refuse the nursery service and sit with your own
child in the mother's room.  Our church has two provisions for young mamas.
One option is the nursery, where some little ones are perfectly content to be.
And, the other is a sound-proof room with a view of the sanctuary
and a speaker to hear the service.

Whichever option you choose as a mama ought to be the right one for you.
There is no obligation to use the nursery if it makes both you and your child miserable.
If, on the other hand, it is a good fit for you, by all means, use it!
This may change from week to week.  There is no shame in that, either.

The nursery is available to use if you should require it and desire it. 

And, just be aware that these days will soon be behind you.
Time invested in your little ones is never wasted time.
 And, whatever you should choose to do, be assured of the fact
 that we older mamas are here, cheering you on!

With Much Love,
Camille

**Image courtesy of Calvin circa 2011 ~
Thank you my love!  XO

March 14, 2016

The Quotidian (14. 3. 16)

Quotidian: daily, usual, or customary;
everyday; ordinary; commonplace.

This past week has been anything but usual or commonplace.
In the space of five days, we attended two funerals,
celebrated Emma's birthday, and participated in a family wedding.

It was an incredible week full of all the emotions.

My friend's daughter's funeral took place just two hours
before our niece's wedding.  These two girls share the same
first name and have birthdays almost exactly one year apart. 

The Lord is gracious and daily gives strengthHis mercies are new every morning.
Our Saviour's ways are perfect and His dealings with His people are always best.  
Though at times the path may be painful, we rest our hearts in His Sovereign Plan.

"Rejoice with them that do rejoice,
and weep with them that weep." Romans 12:15 


 The cake.


Double kisses.


The birthday girl (fourteen) and her parents.


The bridal party's table.

May the Lord bless you with His peace
and presence now and always.  And, may you know
His loving hand to be upon you.  Forever.

With Love,
Camille

**Photos courtesy of Calvin and Howie ~
I took the one of the three kids  :)