October 28, 2013

Down Under Up Here

We've had a visitor.  

All the way from "Down Under" to "Up Here".
At least, from our perspective it's up.  :)
It took fourteen hours of flight for our guest to finally
arrive in our neck of the woods.
Australia really is on the opposite side of the globe.

What a thought!

This is the first time we have had the opportunity

to host the daughter of a blogging friend in our home.
Isn't it amazing what can happen when you blog?
Real live people are on the other side of the screen.
Sometimes, they are on the other side of the world.
Those people have the potential to become our friends.

And, that's how it happened.  What fun!

Miss M's Mum sent us treats from her homeland.

Included in the mix was a tube of Vegemite.
Now, that was a taste experience!
I preferred the chocolate.  :)

It's been like having a big sister for Emma around here.

They went ice skating together and played "Life".
They cleaned the dishes together and made friendship bracelets.
And, that was only on the first day.
Emma will be sorry to see her go.  

On her second day with us, we put her to work.

The employment?  Baking a Lemon Meringue Pie.

It was yummy, nummy!  SO good.  

Her Mum was right ~ 
she knows what to do when it comes to baking.

We headed out for the afternoon to our local beach.

The girls climbed up a big rock at which point
Miss M informed us of her fear of heights.
Ann...I was trying to take good care of her ~ truly!

They conquered it.
However, coming down was more of a challenge.
Thankfully, nothing got broken or even bruised.
I breathed a big sigh of relief when they were once again on solid ground.

Just prior to her flight out of town today,

we were able to scoot down to the city and visit Stanley Park.
It was a perfect day ~ warm-ish with blue skies and sunshine.

We've all become fast friends.

A pile of leaves is an open invitation for this ~
Wouldn't you agree?

The real reason she came to Canada was to 
visit with friends who live on the Prairies.  
So, we only had her with us for the weekend.
Just before she leaves for home, we will have her for one more day.
We are looking forward to it ~ I think she is, too. 

Thank you, Ann, for letting your girl come stay with us.
It's been a blessing to us all.
Anyone else want to send me their young people?
Let's talk.

With Love,


Patty said...

Well, my young people are all grown up but I think this turned out to be a special treat for all. Hope the next visit turns out just as lovely!

Ann at eightacresofeden said...

Thank you so much for having my girl stay with you Camille, opening up your home and showing her your beautiful city. I am still envious that she met one of my sweet blogger friends before I did - my turn next! These are the first photos we have seen from her trip and it looks like she had a whole lot of fun with your family. I did not know she was afraid of heights or she has never admitted to it before! She goes on those crazy white knuckle rides at the carnival which fling you upside down in the air. I apologize for inflicting vegemite upon you. I personally think it tastes awful but my children love it. I think you should be able to call yourself an honorary Aussie if you like it! I hope one day when your children are a little older and develop a travel bug that they can come and stay with us down under.
I will do a blog post all about her trip when she returns but maybe I can link to this post for now from mine. Ok need to finish typing, the others want to see the photos!

Dianna said...

What a blessing! I just LOVED this, Camille. I don't have any kids to send you. How about if MY mama sends me? ;-) Have a wonderful week, Friend!

Cinnamon said...

I love it! Such fun. I love meeting my bloggy friends. They really are just like they are on the blog....wonderful :-)


Angela said...

I find it amazing the people I've already come to admire and meet through their blogs. You being one of them. It's amazing how the internet and sharing our hearts can lead to great friendships across the globe. The pictures of Stanley Park and the leaves are amazing. It has been a beautiful fall. What a blessing.

Wanting What I Have said...

What a wonderful, wonderful experience!!!! :)

Unknown said...

Oh Wow! What an awesome opportunity for all of you. And what a blessing for all involved. Love the photos! Did you take them or did Calvin or Emma?

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

What an awesome opportunity! I'm praying I will get to meet some of my blogging friends, too, in God's time. Especially you, Camille. I agree with you about Veggiemite. Not my favorite. Give me Nutella anyday, LOL. Hope you are having a great week!

Camille said...

Dear Patty ~ You could always just come! :)

Dear Ann ~ It's been a blessing to have your young miss with us...thank you for letting her come! Thank you as well for the invitation you've extended to our children. It may just happen! :)

Dear Dianna ~ Yes, your Mama could send you! When will she do that? ;-)

Dear Cinnamon ~ It's a blessing for sure. I agree...the blog is really just another aspect of real life. :)

Dear Angela ~ It is a blessing to meet other bloggers...thank you for your willingness to support us in prayer and for coming to Austin's memorial service. You bless my heart! :)

Dear Jennifer ~ Y'all are next! :)

Dear Jenny ~ Thank you for the kind words about the pictures my friend. They were mine this time. I always try to credit the children when the photos are their work. You encourage my heart. :)

Dear Jackie ~ Ah, yes...Nutella! We really are kindred spirits. You are welcome here any time! :)

With love,

Donna said...

Isn't it amazing the friendships we make thru blogging? It's a wonderful thing! I know you all made wonderful memories and it looks like you had a wonderful time.

Camille said...

Dear Donna ~ It really is an amazing thing to meet some of the women behind the screen. It's an extension of the real world, after all! It was a blessing to be able to have this young lady in our home. She brought a new dynamic to our family that was lovely. Think...Big Sister. :)

Many Blessings,

Sandy said...

Dear Camille,
What great fun!! Looked like you all had a wonderful time. Love those pictures!
Hugs to you my friend!
In God's Love,

Pam said...

I came over from Ann's blog; it is so sweet to see all these connections, and to see how the Lord links up the body in ways we never thought possible ten years ago. It looks like
all of you had a delightful time. Your blog is very precious.

Camille said...

Dear Sandy ~ How lovely to hear from you my friend! Hugs to you! XO

Welcome Pam ~ It's lovely to *meet* you. Thank you for stopping by and for leaving a sweet and encouraging note. Blessings to you! :)

With love,

Shane Pollard said...

Hello Camille
What a beautiful post.
I'm visiting via Ann's blog.
How wonderful that her young daughter has met up with you and your family - blogging has a way of opening hearts and doors.

It's nice to meet you Camille - I'm following you now.


Camille said...

Welcome Shane! Thank you for stopping by and for leaving such an encouraging comment. I agree...blogging has been a surprise to my heart...so wonderful! The Lord is truly good to us always. Many blessings to you! Camille