September 26, 2016

The Quotidian (26. 9. 16)

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

Calvin's ride for 48 hours.

He was restricted in the car rental department due to age.
(And, he needed a car for an entire day of work on Vancouver Island.)

Emma is loving this course!

Where she left it.

Trying to help her Mama.

On his way to work and I made him pose for a photo.

Done with posing....rushing.

Sheets on the line in September!

Ready. Set. Go!

Morning view.

Happy Monday Y'all!
With Love, Camille

September 23, 2016

Flashback Friday ~ The Boys' Bears

Our three boys each had a special bear when they were little.
Security blankets, if you will.  They went with them everywhere.
The bears were brought along to church in the hopes of getting the boys to sit quietly
during the preaching part of the service.  Those bears were snuggled with at bedtime.
Periodically, they required a washing and were subsequently hung out to dry.
On one such occasion, I snapped a photo.  I didn't fully realise at the time 
how precious it would become.  But, precious it most certainly is!

L to R: Fraser's "Bear", Austin's "Teddy", 
and Calvin's "Pooky" ~ Spring 2000.

Calvin, Fraser, and Austin ~ Summer 2000.

As the years passed, each of the boys gave up their bears.
One by one, they were tucked away for safe keeping.
Before we were really ready for it, our little men grew up.

These days, we are treasuring up the old memories
as we seek to treasure up the new.
And, God is good.  All the time.

Happy Friday!
With Love, Camille

September 21, 2016

Training Ground

"Faith told Moses that affliction and suffering were not real evils.
They were the school of God,
in which He trains the children of grace for glory;

the medicines which are needful to purify our corrupt wills;
the furnace which must burn away our dross;
the knife which must cut the ties that bind us to the world."

Quoted from "Holiness" by J. C. Ryle page 138.

With Love,

September 19, 2016

Tasks Rather Than Times

We have just begun our eleventh year of home education.
Our three young men have all graduated from high school.  Emma is our last student.
As the school year came to a close last spring, Calvin gave me some insight.
It was a light-bulb-moment.  Perhaps I'm just slow to learn?

It has revolutionized things for our girl.  And for me.

I always had assigned certain amounts of time per day per subject
on each child's schedule.  I thought it was the best plan of attack.
However, Calvin's way is better.  And, it is working fabulously.
Tasks rather than times, and weeks rather than days, are laid out.

When the week of work is done, it's done.  Brilliant!

Why didn't I implement this type of scheduling sooner?  I wish I had.
It has made such a difference in the way things run around here.
What about you?  Do you have any tried and true secrets to share?
Tell me everything.  I'm all ears.

Happy Monday!
With Love, Camille

September 15, 2016

Something Solid

"Now assurance goes far to set a child of God free from this painful
kind of bondage (doubts and fears), and thus ministers mightily to his comfort.

It enables him to feel that the great business of life is a settled business,
the great debt a paid debt, the great disease a healed disease,
and the great work a finished work; and all other business,
diseases, debts and work are then by comparison small.

In this way assurance makes him patient in tribulation,
calm under bereavements, unmoved in sorrow, not afraid of evil tidings,
in every condition content, for it gives him a fixedness of heart.

It sweetens his bitter cups; it lessens the burden of his crosses;
it smooths the rough places over which he travels;
it lightens the valley of the shadow of death.

It makes him always feel that he has something solid beneath
his feet and something firm under his hands --
a sure friend by the way, and a sure home at the end."

Quoted from "Holiness" by J. C. Ryle pages 107-08

It is so true that the more sure we are of where stand with the Lord,
the more settled we will be in all of life's circumstances and situations.
We cannot have lasting peace until we have peace with God.
The only way to have peace with God is through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Have you found peace in Him?
If not, run to Him today.  He is faithful to save
all those who come to Him for deliverance from sin.
If you wish to learn more, click here for a reliable presentation of the Gospel.

With Love,

September 12, 2016

The Quotidian (12. 9. 16)

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

Calvin's View.



A smaller pile than last time.

Another note to another friend.

Mum back on the roster.  Just the two of us.

Sorting some of Austin's things.

The torch has been passed.

Nearing the end of the season.

Twenty-three dollars and some change.

Happy Monday Y'all!
With Love, Camille

**First three photos courtesy of Calvin ~
Thank you mu love.  XO

September 8, 2016

Absolute Necessity

"It is useless to conceal from ourselves that the age we live in
is full of particular dangers.  It is an age of great activity,
and of much hurry, bustle and excitement in religion.

Many are 'running to and fro', no doubt, and
'knowledge is increased' (Daniel 12:4).

Thousands are ready enough for public meetings,
sermon hearing, or anything else in which there is 'sensation'.
Few appear to remember the absolute necessity of making time
to 'commune with our own hearts, and be still' (Psalm 4:4).

But without this there is seldom any deep spiritual prosperity.
I suspect that English Christians two hundred years ago read their Bibles more,
and were more frequently alone with God, than they are in the present day. 

Let us remember this point!  
Private religion must receive our first attention,
if we wish our souls to grow."

Quoted from "Holiness" by J. C. Ryle page 89.

This book has been a challenging, convicting, and encouraging read.
Although penned nearly 150 years ago, it is so applicable to today's world.
How good and gracious our great God is to give us these resources
to spur us on in our walk with Him.  He alone is worthy of all our praise.

Happy Thursday!
With Love, Camille

September 5, 2016

The Quotidian (5. 9. 16)

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

On top of the world.

Two of my men...

...on their annual trip with two of their friends.

Their campsite.

Their stuff.

Their sustenance.

Airing out.

Austin's rose tree broke with the wind and needed a severe pruning.
Howie bandaged it up and now we wait.
(We came home to it laying in the grass with a half-severed trunk.)

I'm holding out hope that it will survive.

First soup of the season.

Last outdoor swim of the season.

Pen to paper ~ a note to a sweet friend.

Chomping at the bit.

Our two university students (first and third year).

About to pass the torch.

No more "N"!

For our girl.

Happy Monday Y'all!
With Love, Camille

**First four photos in this post courtesy of Calvin ~
Thank you my love.  XOXO

August 30, 2016

Every Reason to Hope

The path of grief is unique for each one of us.
Even grieving for a precious loved one may take on a different
form or timetable for each of those on the journey alongside us.
It's personal.  And, yet, it is corporal.

We are to carry one another's burdens.
And, in the midst of it all, the Lord carries us.

We don't have to have all the answers.  We don't even have to speak.  
We can sit and listen and hug and cry.  
We can pray and share the Lord's Word and direct hearts heavenward.
All of this is made possible by God's great grace.  His enabling.

And, He is glorified in the process.  Through these things,
the result often seems to be that He becomes more.  We become less.

If the Lord is your Saviour, you can be sure that wherever He has you in this moment
is exactly where He will meet you and carry you through to the next.
His path for each of us will often look somewhat different from the path He
has others on.  Sometimes it will be difficult.  Excruciatingly so.

But, He promises never to leave His own.
He promises that His strength will be sufficient.
  He is enough.  And, we can most surely rest our hearts there.
Whatever the future holds, we can confidently move ahead into it.
Because He is there.  And, He will see us through.  He is faithful.
And, He will keep us each step of the way.

We truly have nothing to fear and every reason to hope
when we belong to Him.  What could be better than that?

With Love,

August 26, 2016

First Place

Here is another quote from "Holiness" ~
I have been thoroughly enjoying this book!

"Last, but not least, a holy man will follow after spiritual-mindedness.
He will endeavour to set his affections entirely on things above, 
and to hold things on earth with a very loose hand.

He will not neglect the business of the life that now is;
but the first place in his mind and thoughts 
will be given to the life to come.


He will aim to live like one whose treasure is in heaven,
and to pass through this world like a stranger
and a pilgrim travelling to his home."  

Quoted from "Holiness" by J. C. Ryle page 37

With Love,

**Image courtesy of my Uncle Gordon ~
Thank you so much!  XO 

August 24, 2016

One Mind

"Holiness" has been a challenge, an encouragement,
and a blessing to my heart as I have considered the words
written within its pages.  I have found it to be just as applicable
to life today as it must have been nearly 150 years ago. 

Once again....a quote from
 "Holiness" by J. C. Ryle page 34.

"Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God,
according as we find His mind described in Scripture.  
It is the habit of agreeing in God's judgement, hating what He hates,
loving what He loves, and measuring everything in this world
by the standard of His Word.

He who most entirely agrees with God,
he is the most holy man."

With love,

**Image credit goes to Calvin ~
Thank you, my love.  xo 

August 22, 2016

The Quotidian (22. 8. 16)

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

See the eyes?

And the boys?

One more....for good measure.

Daddy's little girl ~ growing up too quickly.

My bench in the park...

...where I enjoyed some quiet.
(Emma and a friend were at Playland and I was their chauffeur.)

My view.

Happy Monday!
With Love, Camille