Tuesday, July 15, 2008

7 Years

I've added some lovely wedding pictures just for you Amber!

Today marks 7 years since Erik & I tied the knot. Hard to believe how much time has passed! Unfortunately we didn't do much to mark the occasion but hopefully we'll get a chance to go out together in the next little while.

Speaking of weddings, we are in full-fledged planning mode around here. Keith and Kristi (along with the rest of the family) have decided to move the wedding date to August - yep, of this year - which is less than 6 weeks away! It sounds crazy, but the plans are coming into place; a dress is purchased, invitations are almost in the mail and a venue is booked! We're all looking forward to the big day!

Last week was a full week with Vacation Bible School every morning. Micah was in the preschooler class that Rosanna and I led and he loved it! The theme was "Power Lab" and every day the kids learned some fun science stuff that helped them understand the power of God. We were even able to put our kids into kid-sized bubbles! Too bad I didn't bring my camera that day!

Here is my "Little Bubbler" with his thinking cap on:

Rosanna enraptured the kids each morning with the Bible story for the day. I was surprised how much knowledge Micah retained. Here is Micah listening intently as Auntie Rosanna tells the story of the men in Acts who had fire on their heads and starting speaking in different languages (one of our preschoolers later recalled to us that there was fire everywhere and it burned everyone!):

Keziah spent the mornings in the nursery and did very well - despite being overly tired by the time we drove home each day. On the last day, they brought all the nursery kids into the final singing time. Here she is trying to do some of the actions:

Last week we said farewell to the last of our kittens. And after some thought we decided to say farewell to Oreo as well. We sent her off to the SPCA (along with a small fee) where hopefully she will find herself a new home. It's kind of nice to have a pet-free home for the first time in awhile.

A "potty-trained" kitten :)

We've had some new fun developments in our backyard. Erik finished off the sandbox under the treehouse and hauled in a bunch of nice sand to fill it up. Keziah is unfortunately dumping it out of the sandbox one shovel-full at a time :)

Keziah had an interesting experience yesterday when she held a shovel-full of dirt above her head and poured it onto her face with mouth and eyes wide open! She was not pleased! Despite a thorough rinsing we were still finding sand in her nose and ears this morning.

We also reclaimed Erik's childhood trampoline that had been living with a family in Calgary since Erik's parents moved here. It's a bit of an eye-sore in the backyard and needs new mats for the the springs, but it has already provided hours of entertainment! Pictures of that will have to come in a future post.

Keziah loves the wading pool and I have to watch her because she'll climb in when she's fully clothed. This particular day was not a warm one and the water was pretty chilly. The look on her face tells me she may not be having as much fun as she thought...

Erik and I were on the music team at church this past weekend for the first time in a LONG time. For Erik it was the first time since the accident last year and for me it was the first time since Micah was just a baby (other than a couple of special events). I felt a little out of place at first and wondered why I was there, but I had felt strongly that this was what God was wanting me to do. By the end of the 2nd service on Sunday I felt so thankful for the opportunity and excited to do it again. Doug and Elissa graciously watched our kids on Sat p.m. and Sun a.m. while we were occupied with church stuff. They kept the kids pretty busy and even managed to get the cousins in on a bath together:

We had a bit of drama this morning. Micah decided to deal with his anger by throwing one of his toy cars at Keziah's head. She came away with a gash that perfectly matches the one Micah himself got when we were in Calgary. She might've been able to use a stitch or two, but we're hoping her hair will hide any scar that might be left.

Now we're almost half-way through another week already. This coming weekend marks the one-year anniversary of the day that ended Nathan's life on earth and forever changed all the rest of our lives. We'll be spending Sunday together as a family - reflecting and remembering Nate. Thank you for all the prayers and thoughts that are being sent our way.


Trev & Rebekah said...

We have and will continue to be thinking of you.
This was a well written post.
I am glad you found a worship team. You have a beautiful voice my dear!

Kathy's corner said...

We will also be thinking about you all this week. Glad DVBS went well. Oh, I couldn't get any of your pictures...Mom

Kara said...

I will definitely be thinking of you as a family this weekend as you reflect. May God's peace overwhelm you all as you remember Nate.

Love the pictures of your kids as always. They are such sweethearts.

The Keowns said...

wow, one year already. We will be thinking and praying for the entire family this week.

The kids have been doing a 'powerlab' thing in sunday school over the summer, they love it, probably the same thing you guys did.

and don't you just wish kids could learn that sand stays in the sandbox?? We have to refill ours every summer

Kirsten said...

I have been thinking of you family lots over the last weeks and months. I will continue to lift you up in prayer. Congratulaions to you and Erik on 7 years of marriage! I have been blessed be you two. Thank you for being genuine.
Grace and Peace.

Yvonne&Eric said...

Happy Anniversary Jamie & Erik! Hopefully you'll find time to celebrate soon:)
Kyra has often climbed into the pool fully clothed, unfortunately the cold doesn't bother her and she would stay in there all day if I let her:)
We're definitely thinking of you all this weekend and praying for you still.

Karen said...

Can you believe it's been seven years of marriage already? We're there in October too! Loved this post - just a recap of some exciting summer things happening, and also a reminder to continue to keep your family in our prayers as you near the anniversary date of Nate's passing. Thanks for being transparent and sharing a glimpse into your lives. Best of luck getting the wedding together for Keith and Kristi. How exciting!!

kelly said...

Happy Anniversary to you two! Very exciting :)
Nice to read some of the going-on's in your house as of late. Kudos the Doug and Elissa on bathing all three together :)
I'm glad I was able to be on worship team with you guys last weekend; the only chance until who knows when I'll be ready to be back :) You are both very gifted musically and it really was a blessing to worship alongside friends in that setting.
We have been thinking/praying for you all a lot this week, and will continue to do so as you head into this weekend.

Laura said...

Happy Anniversary! Will be praying for you and the whole family as you remember last year and celebrate Nathan's life.

Tim and Kelsie-Lynn said...

Happy Anniversary and happy planning with Keith and Kristi! Sounds like fun :)

You've all be on my heart and mind this week and we will continue to be lifting you all up this weekend.

Ej said...

Congrats to you and Erik as well as Kristi & Keith.

I have been thinking and praying for you a lot this past while. We'll continue to lift you in prayer and you go through this weekend.

Bonnie said...

Happy Anniversary!!

It was really fun to hear of Kristi's wedding plans at Kathleen's wedding last weekend. Jon and I ended up sitting in front of them at the ceremony and then at the reception so I got to hear a bit about the upcoming big day. I'm so impressed with how quickly you girls are whipping up the plans :) I told Kristi she should go into the record books for it! Hope you continue to have fun preparing for her big day.

You're all continually in my thoughts and prayers. Praising Him for the way He has carried you all through this last year. I know its been extremely tough, but His power is evident through the strength of your whole family. Blessings to you as you remember Nate this Sunday. We'll be thinking of you!

Lindsay said...


I've been thinking about your family a lot lately, as the anniversary approaches. I never met Nate yet my heart hurts when I think about him so I can only imagine what his loving family must be feeling! I will faithfully pray for you all in the coming days, especially on Sunday. May you feel us all lifting you up and God's peace surround you. Congrats on your anniversary too! :)

Anonymous said...

I prayed for you almost the entire time last Sunday as you sang. You sounded amazing and I was glad you were there.

Janelle said...

7 years already??? yikes! that means it's almost 8 years for me! i remember your wedding day very well - it was so beautiful sitting under that tent in your parents yard...and i mostly remember it because i was burnt to a CRISP! haha... i'm so glad you guys can celebrate all the love you have for each other! :)
i've honestly been thinking of your family every day for as long as i can remember now - and i keep looking at the calendar wishing the 20th was still a LONG ways away...i'm so sorry you have to relive that day again...i will be praying very hard for all of you...and i love you guys tons!

Amber said...

jamie, i've been thinking of you & your family a lot as the 20th is approaching. praying for you all. xoxo

Amber said...

ps - happy 7 years of marriage! do you think you could dig up some wedding pictures for people like me who didn't know you back then?? ;) pretty please??!

the salmon said...

happy 7 years! beautiful wedding pics.

the other pics are adorable too.

ezekiel also tries out doing actions and its sooo cute. its fun having musical/dancing children isnt it?