Changing Eternity

A friend of mine, her 13 year old daughter wrote this – I liked it so much I wanted to share it.

What are your thought on Eternity?

Eternity

You won’t change your mind

And I’m gonna cry

Eternity without you

I’m not gonna lie

With I in one place

And you in another

Separated by choices

It was one or the other

And because of the path

That I choose to take

Our lives will be different

In the hands of fate

I in Heaven cry

As I know you’re in hell

From the choices you made

I know that you fell

But we can change your path

Any date, any time

Just surrender your soul

It won’t cost you a dime

Be forgiven from your sin

Washed white as snow

Hand everything over

To the savior I know

Ask him into your heart

And give him your soul

Have a never-ending faith

Righteousness as your goal

Read your bible daily

Obey all of Golds word

don’t be ashamed

Your free as a bird

You are a child of God

You are his best friend

Live a pure life

Till eternities end

Be on Guard

For when judgement day comes

Keep yourself Clean

Don’t be crushed beneath the thumb

And now that you know

Just what to do

Please change your ways

Make dreams come true

Don’t wait until…

It may be too late

Please rely on Jesus

Remember your fate

With your life on the line

Heaven or Hell

Make the right choice

For I know that you fell

Scripture Verses

Exodus 20/1-17    Matthew 15/21-30      John 13/34       Matthew 24/36-41

By Amanda

2012 Vision

As the year closes to an end my mind drifts on the year past. A past year of struggles and joy, a year of hard work raising funds, a year that went by only having a vision on one thing. A vision of a far away distant land which is and was unknown. A vision that took me to many wonderful places and adventurers. A vision that was accomplished through hard work and effort. A vision that became a test of my endurance, strength, wisdom and my trust in the Lord, a test of my own character, a test that made me stronger, wiser and more beautiful then before. A vision that even others had a hard time believing. A vision that left my kids vulnerable to their own character and strengths. A vision that became a once in a lifetime opportunity that was beyond even my own expectations. A vision that was and still is indescribable. A vision that led me to you.

They say that visions become reality because of dreams, hopes and inspirations. They become reality because we’re determined and driven by some force unknown. Reality is made up of dreams that start in our heads and hearts. They start from having a desire. My desire is to be free. To “be”, to be who I am, to just be. My desire is to have dreams that are beyond my expectations, to have a life that others talk about, to have a marriage that is indescribable, to have a family that is full of hope, desires and realities that come true. My desire is to do God’s will in all that I do and am. My desire is to have someone who loves me, protects me and honors who I am. I desire someone who will stay by my side as the Lord has. Who will love me as Christ loves the church. My desire started from a dream that had no beginning or no end. A dream that was never reality, only a hope that was inspired by man. A man that told me marriage is good “Because God says it’s good” then turned and walked away.

They say that God test us, brings us trials and struggles to strengthen us, to make us Christ like. My life has been filled with struggles and trails, more then I can count. God also says that he will never give us more then we can handle…He must really trust me. He must know that I am strong and he is making me stronger. For what? I don’t know? What ever it is, it must be good for he has been blessing me the last couple of years with my heart desire and that which is good. He blessed me with a trip that I never expected to go on.

Started with a heart desire. Started with a hope. Started with a Dream. Started with a desire and determination. Started with planting a seed which grew beyond the limits of my own boundaries. Boundaries that not even I knew I had. Boundaries that where Hidden Treasures. Do you know that Hidden Treasures is what makes us surprisingly great to others and to ourselves.

They say that when we have found our hidden treasure, you know the once, the once that are buried so deep that God himself has to dig them out. The treasure that shines, even in the dark, because God himself found it. That same treasure once it’s found, can never be buried again because how can you put light out..you can’t. So they say, when you find treasure that is so precious, to use it in a way that the whole world will know about it and know that it truly is a gift made from Heaven.

Do You Share Halloween Similar To Mine?

Halloween weekend is an interesting weekend for us in our home. Not only is it Halloween, it is also my birthday two days before. Who else shares a birthday on a holiday or celebration? I would love to hear your story.

My children not only get to go “trick or treating”, they get to dress up in their favorite character of that year and they get the joy of sharing a celebration with their beautiful momma. This makes my son, Dakota, very happy as it means more treats and sugar for him. We also get the privilege of sharing it with two special people in our lives. It’s the celebration of my dad and his beautiful wives Anniversary. This year it’s their thirtieth year together. I reminded my dad that the reason they got married, the day after my birthday, was so that he would never forget my birthday. His response “I forget our anniversary as well” . Thanks Dad!! Do you share the same feelings as well?

It’s nice to share a celebration with others. I always believed the more people you have to celebrate with, the more merrier the memories are. It’s wonderful to be able to enjoy a holiday or celebration with family and friends. This weekend for my birthday I celebrated with my close friend of 25 years. We met in Jr. High, she being in grade 8 and I was in grade 9. Over the years we have shared many things together, many of which I won’t share-“A women’s heart is full of treasure and when two hearts share the same stories their lies a pot of gold”.

Together over the years we have shared many wonderful experiences together. Our children grew up together, two of which were born two months apart. As friends, we partied together and of course she introduced me to my first drink on my 20 birthday, this one drink lasted all night long. We share many stories that make us laugh to this day.  We also share many trials of pain. One can’t know someone for a long time without both joy and sadness, this is what draws people closer to each other. Through it all we have been able to get past the differences of personality, live through divorces from our husbands, past the teenage growing pains of our boys. Past the pain of people dying which one being my son, Steven, the younger one of the three. Steven shared the same birthday year as my friend’s son.  But through it all we became survivors, victories over what life past to us. We became sisters!!

Twenty-five years is a long time to have a close friend and I’m very fortunate and blessed to have a friend like Dawn. Love you my friend!!

No Doubt about it!!

First day of school! First week of school! It’s been a very exciting last couple of days. I have a son in grade 6 and my granddaughter is just started school in playschool. Yesterday was a sad/happy/exciting day!! Today she went alone and her brother miss’ her. So do I! It’s funny how us parents will go through a stage of needing our kids to be somewhere else and then when their gone, we miss them. What has been your experience at a time you needed a break, just to find out that you miss your child/children?

It’s like when they start going to over night camps. YA! Their gone!! Two hours later the house is clean and your left with silence. The missing of them begins. The week goes by slowly and then they come home and that’s when we realize as parents the break was a well deserved needed vacation. Do you have kids like mine? After the initial “Welcome Home Celebration” they start to fight. 

I miss those days!! Not for long, my two grandbabies already have disagreements over the toys they want to play with, even though they have tons of toys. They have one favorite and as soon as one is off, the other gets on. Soon they to will be heading to camp and the cycle of “welcome home fights” will begin.

I’m very fortunate though that my family loves one another and has a bond. There’s no doubt it!!

Is It True…

Is it true that the government wants to take the National Anthem out of Schools? Not sure completely but I do know that some Schools across Canada already have done just this very thing. Why? Because it annoys a couple of people? This is our Country, the land that our fathers fought wars for so that we can have freedom and yet we as Canadians get treated like second class to the minority. It’s a dishonor even to those who are fighting now for Freedom.

When one sings their National Anthem it brings Pride to oneself for living in a Country where there is Freedom and yet, little by little it’s being taken away because of minority. Very unfair!!

This the is the letter I wrote to our government today. I believe we all need to start writing letters instead of standing around and becoming so complacent that a few people can change our Country because their annoyed, just because their the minority. What about the rest of us who are annoyed by it? Will you write a letter stating what your willing to stand up for? Or will you just sit back and become complacent just because that’s in your Freedom to do so? You really want to watch the future of your kids be dictated by minority?

Anyway, this is my letter. As you will see I am not a “Politically Correct Person” and don’t plan on becoming one.

“This is appalling!! First it was prayer because that offended one person and we all know what has taken place in schools since then. Drugs, killings, disrespect, bullying, and the list goes on. Now, you want to take the same song that gives National Pride to a Country because it offends foreigners? We have people who fight what that songs stands for. If we went to a foreign country and told them to stop singing their songs we would be laughed at or even shot at in some places.

This is very concerning as a Parent and I’m very angry that our government is wishy-washy that they won’t stand up for the people of this Land. I have lived in Canada all my live and am very angry that my children’s future is being dictated my the minority.”

Short, sweet and right to the point. Took 2 minutes to type. Type one yourself and send it off. Start standing up for your rights instead of just leaving it to hang in cyber space.

Taking My Son Clothes Shopping for School

Going back to school is an experience that all parents experience. It’s one of those things that just has to be done. Do you enjoy this yearly event?

Even if you home school, you still prepare to go back to school. For years I’ve been trying to talk my son who is 11 to go be home schooled. It would be the best! I wouldn’t have to worry about getting up early, making lunches the night before, driving in the cold winter (I live in Canada), dealing with teachers and homework, do things together during the day, wouldn’t have to worry about picking him up at a certain time of the day. He won’t go for it, I even tried to entice him with holidays – Didn’t Work! What do you think of Home Schooling if that’s a part of your families life? I am stuck with having to do all that and more as my granddaughter is starting playschool this year and I am not ready to let her go. She is of course, beyond her years in intelligence and social skills, it’s me with the problem. The missing of her has already started. I still miss Dakota, who is now in grade 6. I enjoy my kids being home with me. Spending time with them when we’re not fighting is something I look forward to most days.  Don’t get me wrong, I still feel the excitement of back to school days, it’s the best time to buy the latest fashions. It’s also for me a very emotional time, all my emotions seem to come out those two weeks before school. It’s also pretty exciting in the fact I’ll have more time for myself, don’t have to deal with teenage raging hormones, my house is cleaner, Dakota is happy to be with his friends and to learn. He’s one of those rare breeds that actually likes school so there are a few good things about sending your kids to school. And for a total of 17 years that I’ve experienced this yearly event, this year is no different.

Took my son shopping yesterday. Even for me it was exciting to see his happy, excited expressions. He was thrilled and overjoyed to be shopping in the same mall that his brothers would shop in. To be in the same store that his brother Steven used to shop in was something he expressed as “I can’t believe that I’m here” “These are the clothes that Steven would wear, this is his fashion and now mine.” My son Steven died on December 31, 2008, he was the boys’ best friend. He will always be missed in our home so to have that experience for Dakota was something he never thought that he would have. It added something more special to both of us this summer then I couldn’t have imagined. Ending our day with a surprise that he didn’t expect and to be honest, I didn’t either, is a memory that we will both hold dear.

It’s now time to count down the days. To pack the backpack, get back on a routine of sleep, start buying those extra foods I wouldn’t normally buy to fill a lunch bag, to prepare emotions for the first day.

The excitement in my granddaughter as she asks every day “Do I go to school today” brings a smile of knowing that she’s ready. The memories that we will create in the next two weeks will hold dear in our hearts. What memory of  “back to school” do you share with your family?

Travelling With My Children

As I put my Hemp and Heart Health blogging to rest for a couple of months to be on holidays with my children I figure I would take some time today and post a new recipe and something I have learned.

I love summer holidays! Do you? No school, No packing lunches and No homework for 2 months feels like freedom. I ended up going on a road trip to visit some friends and family. I enjoy spending time with my children so going on vacation for two weeks with them was an adventure to be had and then we went camping for one week. Myself with a 11-year-old and 2 young kids, 3 and 2, was definitely a learning experience.

My son, Dakota, is an amazing young man! That is when he’s not acting like a spoiled pre-teen 🙂 His willingness to help and the love for his family made the trip more pleasurable then if he didn’t have these qualities within him.

I learned many things on my trip. Things that made me laugh, cry, be filled with love, hope, appreciation that I live so close to such beauty and an appreciation for my comfortable bed. I learned that love needs to have mutual respect between two people to work together, especially when your traveling. That my Lord protects me with his open arms wrapped tightly around me.

One thing that I did which was fun was that I went to the Calgary Stampede for the first time and of course went by myself as Dakota decided he didn’t want to come along. Was very fun being able to do what I wanted at the speed I wanted to go at without having a child ask for everything and spending way to much money. I watched all the shows that included the animals. Was pleased to have gone to the ice show and evening show. These two shows are worth more than the $12 that you pay to get into the gate (of course for the evening show you spend extra money to get into but it is so worth it). I would definitely go by myself again as the time away was not only relaxing but it rejuvenated my spirit and helped me to be able to continue on with our road trip, which was just starting.

What did you do on your summer holidays?

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