August 30, 2012

DCM and Crohn's ~ An Update

We were at Children's Hospital
for a cardiology appointment a few days ago.
The usual tests were performed.

Nothing has changed.

He still takes three medications
for his condition daily.
He is functioning well all things considered.
And, the cardiologist does not need to see him until Christmas.
These are good things.

We must be patient. We give thanks.
God's ways are higher than ours.

Five months ago, it was not known if Austin was going to live.
He was so incredibly ill. He was in heart failure.

By God's grace, Austin did not die.
Oh! How thankful we are that he was!

It was thought that a pacemaker
may have been needed within a month or two
of that hospital stay ~ it's now been five months.
He hasn't needed one placed.
What a great blessing!

On another note ~ Austin also has Crohn's Disease.
He began taking the starter medication for it
just after his stay in the hospital.
It's a maintenance dose.
It would appear that the honeymoon is over.
He continues to take it, however,
it seems to be less effective than it was initially.

We are seeking to be wise in how we deal with this condition.
Austin pays careful attention to his diet while taking the medications prescribed.
It's a long road. But, one worth travelling, it would seem.

We pray that the LORD would heal our precious son,
and that He would give us wisdom to know the way forward.
What a blessing it is to know that HIS ways are higher than ours.
We are aware that He may be able to use Austin
better through his illness than if he were perfectly well.

This life is not all there is.
In fact, it is so short in light of eternity.
This is but a shadow of the eternal.
What a blessing to have that perspective!

It changes everything.

Many Blessings to you!

August 17, 2012

In the Midst of Mess

It takes messing things up to get things done.
Sometimes. And, this is one of those times.

Awhile back, I mentioned that we were
switching things up in our home.
We are still in the midst of it.
And, it isn't pretty.

Here are some *in progress* photos to prove it.

Out with the old...

In with the *new-to-us*...
How ARE we going to get this inside??

"It" was Howie's desk
and it was HEAVY and awkward ~
In the end it had to be taken apart.

This is the old office space ~
Howie somehow managed to work during the upheaval.
(No, it didn't always look like this!)

The corner of the old schoolroom...

...And the boys' room with school stuff piled high!

We have books under the beds in three bedrooms
and spilling out into the living room ~
we *love* books, and it's obvious!

I thought the title of the book
most prominent in this picture was appropriate ~ LOL!

But, we are thankful.

Thankful that we are able to rearrange and make
this home more serviceable for our family.
Thankful that we have a home to work on!
As the children grow, things change.
We must flex and change with them.

And it is good.

The next few weeks will be full of painting
and rearranging and preparing for the new school year.
I trust to be *back in the saddle*
in this space once school begins in earnest.

May all of you, kind friends,
enjoy the remaining days of Summer!

Many Blessings to you!

August 11, 2012


This is the story of a girl who desperately wanted a pet.
Her parents decided to start out small.  Very small.

The girl and her parents settled on a fancy bear hamster.
Mischievious was carefully selected and brought home.
Yes, his name is Mischievious (Mis-chee-vee-ous),
and not Mischievous (Mis-cha-vous).

We prefer it that way.

I am trying to get over the fact that he belongs to the rodent family.
Methinks it's an important factor to come to grips with.
Having said that ~ he is rather cute, wouldn't you agree?

He already has brought us much joy.
It's hilarious to watch him run around in
his exercise ball...he's learning to navigate amazingly well in it.
Oh, and he is living up to his name!

Many Blessings, Camille

August 10, 2012

Conquering Mayne

Conquering Mayne.

Well...actually only half of Mayne.
So, I don't think it is accurate
to say that we *conquered* after all.
But, it was the way we felt!

Mayne Island is one of the Gulf Islands off the coast of British Columbia ~
About an hour's sail from the Tsawwassen ferry terminal.

We cycled it. All of us.
What a blessing!
What a miracle!!

The day before Fraser's 13th Birthday,
we went over to Mayne Island for the day.
We walked onto the ferry with our bikes in
the morning, and returned about eight hours later.

Here we are about half way through our cycling adventure...
do we look like we know what we are doing?

Have you ever cycled a little island?
They tend to be hilly.
It seems like so much of it was UP.
As soon as we rode off the ferry we were going up.

Up and up and up.

First stop ~ the Lighthouse
for a picnic and some exploring time.

And, the required photo shoot ~
Of course! :)

Isn't the view from this spot pretty?

And, while the children did some of this...

And some of this...

We did a little of this...

I was feeling it for a few days afterward.
But, it was worth it.
And, I would do it all over again.
Just not anytime too soon ~ LOL!

How about you?
Are you doing anything *special* this Summer?
Our *special* times are being slotted in
a day here and a day there ~ it's been a blessing.

Sometimes it's the very best thing to do.

Whatever you all are up to,
I trust you are enjoying it!

Blessings to you!

**Photos in this post were taken
with Calvin and Emma's point and shoot cameras,
and I cannot properly account for who took what. :)

August 7, 2012

Being Partial

Something I have been thinking on lately is this.
Something is not right in the Christian Church at times.
Not right at all.  That something is the tendency to being partial.

There are times when I have struggled
to keep this one in check.  In balance.
Oh, it's easy to be exclusive.  To be partial.
To have favourites.  Too easy.

And, yet, it's wrong.  Very wrong.
We are not to be partial.  Not to have favourites.
Not to give ourselves exclusively to one person
or group of people within the church body.

We are to be a family.
And, we are to serve one another.

This is not to say that we are not to be discerning.  Not at all!
We ought not to embrace every *wind of doctrine*
in the name of peace and *unity*.
Unless we are united around the LORD and HIS Word,
we do not have unity at all!

There is no peace to be found outside of HIM.

I am speaking here of excluding people within
our local church fellowship who may not be *our kind of people*,
or those who we would perhaps not seek out as friends.
I am also speaking of those ones who we seek out
to the exclusion of others on a Sunday morning.
Perhaps there are those who are lonely, or hurting, or new?

They are the ones we ought to seek out.

I chose this photo to go with this post because it
shows one *special* tree in it ~ just like that one special friend.
Or, perhaps, it's like that one who is excluded.
It is often a temptation to exclude or to be exclusive.

How sad it is!  May it never be said of us!
May the LORD be glorified in all we do and say.
And, may we be instruments of HIS grace to many along the way!

"My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring,
in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing,
and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place;
and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:

Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
Hearken, my beloved brethren, hath not God chosen the poor of 

this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath
promised to them that love him?

But ye have despised the poor.
Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture,
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin,
and are convinced of the law as transgressors."  James 2:1-9

May we each take heed to these words from the Bible
and may we be found living according to them.
By His grace and in His strength.  For His glory alone.

In HIS Love, Camille

**Photo credit ~ Calvin...thank you my love! xo

August 2, 2012

Three Years

Three years.

It will be three years tomorrow since I posted my first post.
Three years since I tentatively hit *publish* for the first time.
I had no idea where it would lead.
Some of it has been surprising...
mostly in a good sort of way. :)

So much has happened since then!
Many things have changed.
Others have remained the same.
Three years of life and living.

Life is interesting.
At times.

God is Good.

I am thankful.
At least, I should be!

This is a thankfulness post ~ without the numbering.

~ Photo taken a few weeks ago on my Birthday ~
It seemed to match the *party* theme of this post.
I'm not in it because I took it. :)
Happy. Happy.

I am so glad I began this journey.
It's been a blessing to meet friends through this means.
And, to have friends like you (some who we have never met in person)
pray for us in times of deepest sorrow has ministered
to my heart in such beautiful ways!
It has been a privilege to do the same for those
of you who have shared your burdens with us as well.
Encouragement and challenges are a part of this life.
It is always a blessing to share in the joys and sorrows
of life with one another.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart
for your sweet friendship and for being a part of this journey!
May the LORD bless you each and every one.

Now, in keeping with the party mood of this post ~
Do you remember how we met and when it was?
Please share in the comment section if you do.
If you can't recall the details, perhaps I will.
And, if neither of us can remember, we can rejoice
in the fact that we know each other now. :)

Let's have a party!

Many Blessings,