Saturday, 31 August 2013

What Millie Learned in August 2013

1. When the gas guage reads empty and the orange light is shining, our good ole minivan will still keep running. Good to know.

2. It is possible to feel remarkably mature and ridiculously young in the course of the same day.

3. Sometimes, it takes great courage to speak simple words. But, communication is always the answer.

4. This earthly place is so not our home. Pain and suffering remind us of this fact. This is the lesson that I learn again and again and again.

5. These gluten-free zucchini brownies are good!

6. Learned that pimples on different parts of your face may be linked to different problems with your body. Think this is true?

7. The thing is that we don't always get what we want or what seems good and right to us. Faith in God is not faith that He will do what we want. Faith expects no easy roads or great earthly rewards. Faith trusts simply that God will do what is right and good in His eyes.

Hoping that all of you had a beautiful and productive August. Three cheers for September.

- Millie

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Ten Reasons I'm Glad I'm Single

99% of single girls hate the fact that they’re single. They feel lonely, misplaced, and out of the loop. And while I have experienced all of that multiple times, I also think that there is a lot to be said for the single state. Here’s ten reasons why I’m glad that I’m single.

1.       I can wear heavy applications of lipstick and not worry about kissing issues.

2.       All the blankets on the bed are for me and me alone!

3.       I can cut my hair any time I want without a husband raising a stink about it.

4.       No need to read any scary, confusing, guilt-tripping pregnancy books.

5.       I don’t have to a) worry about planning a wedding or b) regret parts of a wedding already past.

6.       No anniversary and Valentine’s day presents to think about. While we’re on the subject, one less Christmas and birthday present to think about too.

7.       I’m free to comment on the handsomeness of actors and male acquaintances quite freely.

8.       I can read books for wives and mothers without fear of being convicted.

9.       I can wear ratty pajamas without anyone knowing or caring.

10.   I can be the “expert” on homemaking and parenting without fear of failure.

I think that it’s hard for single girls to gain a sense of security and belonging without a husband and family. Meanwhile, we struggle with career choices and where we should live – whether we should stay where we are, or go out looking. Many of us view homemaking as a worthy life calling. It’s hard to accept the fact that we’re going to have to wait for this – or maybe never get married at all. And, I’m right there with you, ladies.

Be brave, and don’t settle for a life full of waiting, sadness, and complaining. You are not a lesser individual because you are single. You are not less pretty, or smart, or witty, or godly than the wives that you know. You just have a different path to follow. Enjoy your single state as much as you can, and wear that red lipstick, baby!
- Millie

Friday, 23 August 2013



Just remember. This summer ain't over yet.


Saturday, 17 August 2013

Friday, 9 August 2013

Lessons of August!

And here I am, bringing up the very tardy rear in our "Things I have Learned" series.  I have to admit...I have really fallen behind in my personal photo taking, which makes this post rather bare! I apologize!

1. Sometimes the best way to celebrate your 8th wedding anniversary is to spend it at the fair...with kids...just enjoying their childlike wonder and glee.

2. I am the busiest lazy person I know.

3. Not everyone values all life...

4. People like getting their pictures taken in the summer, which is fun...because it often includes babies, but busy!

5.  My lips can get sunburnt!

Painting by Layla
6. Our sailboat can't be tipped matter how hard 4 brothers may try.

7. The Kingston Peninsula, NB is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

8. I am way less patient than I thought I was...particularly when waiting for a special phone call!

9. We can grow peaches!

10. When we are broken and discouraged, God lifts us up, gives us grace and propels us forward. He gives us the strength to find that extra hour in the day, He lifts our heads when we find ourselves beaten down by others and His promises are always sure.


Three Things to Remember on Your Birthday

The dust settles, and as I stand here wiping cake off my face I’m guessing that I’m not alone.


Is it just me that sees a twenty something birthday as a huge leap? In so many ways, it just seems farther away than I feel I’ve actually travelled. Or maybe it’s just Taylor Swift’s anthem that makes me feel this particular age is more miserable and magical than anything I’ve had fly by me yet.


There are lots of feelings that swirl around me this time of year. I think about birthdays with a blend of cynicism and nine-year-old anticipation.


But there is heavy stuff too - the questions that you don’t have answers for.


And while I see every new year as a cliff where we lean out against the wind and spread arms to catch the sunshine – most of the time reality finds me under a bed sheet in the fetal position


God doesn’t leave me there thankfully. Actually, He never does.


And here are three things that I need to remember on my birthday…as well as every day of the year.


1.      That first, foremost, and absolutely, “God is always wise, and knowing this, we are confident that there can be no accidents, no mistakes and that nothing can occur that ought not to happen."


Sometimes I receive the blessings I don’t remember signing up for. Sometimes I think that God’s timing couldn’t be worse.


But that doesn’t change anything.


Truth is, “God is never too early and never behind.”


2.      That God’s plan A (really my plan A) looks very much the same as what His (really my) plan B, C, D etc. looks like.


He wants me to obey and glorify. Simple.


And this is God’s will for me no matter where I am this year, what I am doing and no matter what decisions come my way.


3.      That time does not run out. And it won’t.


“This day is not a sieve losing time. With each passing minute, each passing year, there’s this deepening awareness that I am filling, gaining time. We stand on the brink of eternity.”


And like the minister said of that miracle wine in Cana – the best is for last. Each day isn’t a loss, but brings Christ’s own closer.


So birthdays are life. And life is funny and messy. And with every birthday new lessons surface and I think the day becomes more an Ebenezer than anything else.


Hither by Thy help I’m come, the hymn says.


And that’s true enough.




Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Lessons of July...

1. Our corolla can go a long way after the "fill up" warning light comes on. And this is a good thing in THE BOONIES of northern New Brunswick between Campbellton and Kedgwick!

2. And how come I didn't know Saint-Quentin was such a western-wanna-be town! It still makes me laugh, I only wish I had taken a picture to post. Just picture the main street of a small maritime town with cutouts of cacti, cowboy boots, and the like on every lamp post/telephone pole. Also, saloon looking fronts, a cowboy silhouette in every other yard, you name it...all. the way. through town. The sort of thing you would expect of a hick town in Arizona not Atlantic Canada. ...And if you knew this was Saint-Quentin don't laugh at my oblivity, the last time I was in that neck of the woods was many years ago. I vaguely remember getting off the trans-cananda and camping at Sugarloaf on the way to see [the] Gaspe, I probably slept in between.

3. I can do simple re-upholstery. I think it's not bad, even if I do say so myself...

 4. July always goes by too fast!

5. Things like camera cords prefer to resurface after they are required. Last months project...

6. Supper is best served "on time"...  gotta run!



remember to breathe deeply.