July 27, 2015

The Quotidian (27. 7. 15)

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


My baker.




Her customer.


My window cleaner ~ he used to get paid for jobs like this.
Now, he just gets a happy wife.  :)


My deck scrubber.

Happy Monday!
With Love, Camille

July 24, 2015

On the Topic of Books

My friend was over for a quick visit a few weeks back.
We got chatting about a number of things, as we mamas often do.
One of the topics involved book recommendations for her youngest two.
It's no secret that we love books around these here parts.

I informally promised a post on the topic of books. (Here it is!)
This list has been organised in order of age-appropriateness.
The following recommendations are for approximately ages eight to twelve.

Any novels by Enid Blyton are always a treat.
Our boys as well as Emma have enjoyed her writing extensively.
I've posted about some of her work here before ~ click here to see.

Another series of books involve a talking/witty pig named Freddy.
Again, these books have been enjoyed by all of our children.
Click here to read the post on those books.


Bobbsey Twins novels were a hit with Emma when she was younger.
These are wonderful beginner novels with stories that are age appropriate.
They are great for both boys and girls due to the fact that there are two boys
and two girls in this family of adventurers.

Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter ~ a wonderful read from my childhood days.
I remember squirrelling myself away one summer to read this in a quiet place.
The author does a lovely job of transporting her reader into another time and place.

Little House on the Prairie series of nine books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
These classic books are written in an easy to read and quietly entertaining way.

Our boys all enjoyed the "Shadow" and "Scout" series of books by Piet Prins.
Even our non-readers were held captive by these stories.
Click here to read my previous post on them.

These next books listed are appropriate for approximately twelve and up.
However, I made Emma wait a little longer for the "Anne" titles which
involve marriage and mothering.  As always, it's important for you as the parent
to gauge the reading experiences of your children accordingly.
The following books may require parental involvement and discussion.

Anne of Green Gables series of eight books by Lucy Maude Montgomery.
Anne is a feisty orphan with red hair who wins the hearts of all those who meet her.

The Chronicles of Narnia is a set of seven books by C.S. Lewis.
These are classics that can be read aloud or enjoyed alone.
I remember wanting to create a world through words just like Mr. Lewis had done.
Enchanting and enthralling.  Of course, they have since been made into movies.
But, the books, they paint pictures in the imagination that the screen is unable to do.

All our children loved Little Pilgrim's Progress by Helen L. Taylor.
It's a faithful adaptation of the original classic by John Bunyan.
We've read it over and over again in our family.

Any more to add to this list?
Classics to recommend?  Favourites from your childhood?
Please do share.  We're all ears.

Happy Reading!
With Love, Camille

**I am not in any way compensated for my opinions.
It has always been my policy to recommend what we use and enjoy.

July 22, 2015

Cousin Time!

My sister's girl came to see us.  All the way from California.

So, it was high time she came here!
She fit right in and became of one of the gang.  :)


I even put her to work like one of my own.
The motto around here is, if you don't work, you don't eat.  ;-)



And, we did lots of eating....evidently, she earned her keep.


Emma loved having one on one girl time with her cousin.
They went swimming....


....and coloured....


...side by side.


This is such a gorgeous book ~ the girls each have one.


The requisite group shot was taken ~
but, not without some shenanigans first.  Here's proof.




Oh, well.  It is what it is.
We wouldn't trade any of them for the world!
But, perhaps we should make them work just a little bit harder.  ;-)

Happy Wednesday!
With Love, Camille

July 20, 2015

The Quotidian (20. 7. 15)

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


Abundant supply.


Flowers from a friend ~ Thank you SO much!  :)


Flowers from the same friend's little girl ~ Thank you, Miss R!


Family portrait on my birthday.


Birthday outing ~ cycling around Stanley Park.
(We just did the Stanley Park seawall this time.)


Some of my treasures.


Sometimes it pays to be a lady ~ note the location of the boys.


Cake and candles.


Growing old together.  :)


An attempt at preserving their beauty.


Unfortunately, they have wilted since this photo was taken.
I've read up on how to achieve better results next time.


Summer's bounty ~ from a tree that normally gives us three or four a season!!
Click here to see it in full bloom from just a few months ago.


Two shirts and one pair of pants took 45 minutes.  :)




The old-new-again school room.



Happy Monday Y'all!
With Love, Camille

July 13, 2015

We Have a Winner!

All the names of those who signed up on my last post
were printed on small pieces of paper, folded up, and put into a bowl.
Emma and I prayed together prior to drawing one of those papers out of that bowl.
We know that our Great God is sovereign over every single thing.  What a thought!
  
So, Emma pulled out a name.
And, we have a winner!


"I remember reading the book Through Gates of Splendor many years ago.
A tragic but inspiring story and one I will now read again.
Thank you for offering such a great giveaway.  Fingers crossed to win as
the 13th is my birthday. :)  Be Blessed!  Angela"

Happy Birthday, Angela!  You won!!
I know that nothing is by chance.  This book was meant for you.
It makes me smile to think of it.  :)

Please email me at flowersinhisgarden@gmail.com
with your complete mailing address so that I can send your book to you!
Your address will be kept private and will not be published.

Many Blessings,
Camille

July 9, 2015

Time For a Giveaway!

Time for a giveaway!  It's been awhile.

And, as per usual, it's a book.  :)  Surprised?  No, didn't think so.
I was heading out for a day at the water park with Fraser and Emma, and,
since I had no intention of getting wet, a book was chosen from our shelves.
Not sure why I had never picked this one up before, but, I hadn't.

It is a gem!  A treasure.

Elisabeth Elliot has long been a favourite of mine.
Years ago, I had the opportunity to hear her speak at a ladies meeting.
I remember her as being a gracious and soft-spoken woman of God.
She could be heard on radio and through taped series of talks.  Always a blessing.

For many years, she wrote a newsletter.  My Mum-in-Love had it sent to my mailbox.
I collected them up and squirrelled them away.  In the end, there were dozens in my file.
It seems that Elisabeth Elliot has always been known for her words of wisdom
and no-nonsense approach to life.



In honour of her memory, I'd like to share Keep a Quiet Heart with one of you.
All you have to do to enter this giveaway is leave a comment and tell me
anything you'd like to about Elisabeth Elliot. 
If you didn't know her before now, you could just tell me that.

This book is a collection of some of the best excerpts from her 
wonderful newsletter.  They are short (usually two pages or less) nuggets of gold.
So much truth, encouragement, exhortation, and wisdom is packed into such small packages!
In a recent post, I shared a quote from my copy of her book.

The book you will receive will have a different cover.
Since my copy was published, a fresh look has been applied.
However, the contents are the same.

I plan to pull a name from the hat on Monday, July 13th at Noon, PST.
You have until then to add your name to the list.
Anyone may enter...from anywhere.  :)

Happy Weekend, Y'all!
With Love, Camille

**Update ~ This giveaway is closed.

July 6, 2015

The Quotidian (6. 7. 15)

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


Project for school.


All hands on deck (or, in the yard, as the case may be).


Prompting with cue cards.


The big clear-out of 2015.


One down.  Too many more to go.


The contents of the corner cupboard.  Whose idea was that, anyway?


Wallpaper scraped from the shelves.  And again, whose idea?


This salad!  Make it.  You won't be sorry.  Promise.


Heat wave.  It's been crazy hot here.
We're doing our best to keep our growing things green.

Happy Monday!
With Love, Camille

June 27, 2015

Unexpectedly Quiet

I have found myself to be unexpectedly quiet here in recent days.
I suppose that means it's time for a little break.
In the meantime, I'd like to leave you with these lovely thoughts...


"...is it our business to pry into what may happen tomorrow?
It is a difficult and painful exercise which saps the strength
and uses up the time given us today.  Once we give ourselves up to God,
shall we attempt to get hold of what can never belong to us -- tomorrow?

Our lives are His, our times in His hand, He is Lord over what will happen,
never mind what may happen.  When we prayed, "Thy will be done,"
did we suppose He did not hear us?  He heard indeed, and daily makes
our business His and partakes of our lives.  If my life is once surrendered,
all is well.  Let me not grab it back, as though it were in peril in His hand
but would be safer in mine!

Today is mine.  Tomorrow is none of my business.
If I peer anxiously into the fog of the future,
I will strain my spiritual eyes so that I will not see clearly 
what is required of me now."

Quoted from Keep a Quiet Heart
by Elisabeth Elliot ~ Page 53.

I'll trust to connect with you all soon.
After a little more time of quiet.  Thank you for extending grace.
May the Lord bless each one of you with His peace and presence.

With Love,
Camille

June 22, 2015

The Quotidian (22. 6. 15)

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


An experiment.


Getting everything ready for our support teacher's visit.


Pretties on the deck.


Waiting for fresh batteries.


Over-consumption of marshmallows (apparently).


Heading out to hike Grouse Mountain.


Reading.  Of course.

Happy Monday Y'all!
With Love, Camille