~ I flew ~

I lay asleep, alone in dreams.

A place unreachable, it seems.

I fell. The fall would never cease.

And with each thought, the fear increased.

I let myself fall, with fear abounding.

I felt my life fade, with dark surrounding.

But then I saw light.

A star in the night.

I reached out my hand.

And caught hold a strand.

And there I remained.

The star called out my name.

He said he believed in me.

And with those words, I let myself free.

I dropped the chains of fear.

I’d trapped in my atmosphere.

And then I knew I had not been falling.

It had been my true self calling:

To fly! But I kept myself in fear, to drown.

My true self had been flying, but down.

I threw off the doubt, fear; now dead things.

And pulled off the chains, unfolded my wings.

And then…

I flew.

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Goats

A couple days ago, my Dad and I went to a farm nearby, in search of the perfect goat. At the farm, there were over thirty goats, all in a big herd running around their pasture. I was looking for a pregnant goat, so we asked the farmer which nannies were pregnant, there were 3-5 that were pregnant at that time, so that helped me decide faster, which one I was going to buy, as I was pretty sure I wanted a pregnant goat!

Almost immediately I noticed a small nanny goat with a unique and memorable pattern on her sides, she was mostly black and white, but had some pretty brown in parts of the black. She was pregnant, so that put her considerably higher on the list of possibilities. After much consideration… just kidding 🙂 I decided I would buy the little black and white goat. I would’ve considered buying another goat had they been a little less money, but the way it was; I just decided to buy her.

When we told the farmer that I was only going to buy that goat, he told us that when goats are alone, they can stop eating and can lose their babies if they’re pregnant. He suggested that he could loan us another goat, to be a friend of the black one, and when she has her baby, we could give the loaned one back. We thought that sounded like a good idea, so I bought the black and white goat, and the farmer loaned us a white goat.

The white goat was still wet, which means she is still producing milk, so I basically bought a pregnant goat, (If you milk pregnant goats, the milk will be sour, but the black and white goat that I bought was having her first kid, so she didn’t have any milk, sour or normal.) and got another for free, that I can milk, and keep the milk! 🙂

We brought them home and set them up with water and a scoop of feed, which they devoured! Unfortunately, the white goat is a little mean to the black and white goat; butting her out of the way when food comes!

On one side of the black and white one, there is the shape of a head and shoulders, so I decided to name her Silhouette, here’s a picture to see what I mean:

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Can you see the head and shoulders in black?

The other goat had no particularly unique features, so I couldn’t use that as a way to name her, asked my dad if he wanted to name her. He named her Barnabas… okay it’s a bit of a weird name for a female goat, but it means “son of encouragement”.

Now, it may seem weird to have a female goat named a man’s name, but we have a bit of a pattern of that; about 6-7 years ago, the first goats we ever bought, we named Heidi and Buddy, so, we like naming our goats weird names! Their nicknames are Barny and Silly. 🙂

Silhouette is pretty shy now, but she is warming up to me. Barny has been pretty good with me since I got her, but she is still a little mean to Silly.

So, now I have to get up at 6:30 AM every day to milk Barny, and then go out at 6:30 PM to milk her again! The milk tastes pretty good, and I’m hoping to make some Goat-Milk Soap and sell it, to gain back some of the money it took to buy Silhouette!

Here are some pictures of my goats:

 

 

Spring 2018

Spring is here.

The smell of Spring is on the breeze, purple crocuses are budding in the Periwinkle foliage, and tulip, daffodil, and hyacinth bulbs are shooting their greens leaves out of the earth, ready to explode open any day. The sun sets later, and the trees are starting to turn green again!

Every now and then, there comes a morning where fresh snow is on the ground and the air is crisp and cold. Even though it makes you wonder if Spring will ever come; I don’t mind the snow all that much, in fact, I think it makes us appreciate the warmth of Spring all the more!

Here are my favourite things about Spring;

I LOVE the smell in the air. I don’t know where it comes from, maybe the thawing earth, the wind that blows away Winter, or maybe just the magic of new life! If you’ve never smelled it; go outside and breath deeply of Spring.

I love new life, of every sort, and Spring is when so many lives begin; baby birds hatch out of their eggs, little forest animals give birth to their young, sprouts shoot up out of the earth, trees turn green again! It’s beautiful.

Go outside, go for a walk in the park, in nature. And pause, take your time, don’t rush by; notice the small green things, notice the burrows, the leaves, the mud. Take off your shoes and enjoy the feeling of mud on your feet. Spot a nest. Be present; notice things you haven’t. Be free, run barefoot through the moist grass, let your pants get soaked, sing and dance and praise God for creating all the wonderful creations around you!

Welcome Spring.

~ I Walk On The Wind ~

I walk on the wind,
Above the clouds,
Where east and west part,
In hidden shrouds.

I walk on the wind,
Away from the world,
On wings made of flowing,
Glistening pearl.

I walk on the wind,
Away from it all,
I walk without fear,
I know I won’t fall.

I walk on the wind,
A hand holds me high,
I cling to the hand,
In a father-child tie.

I walk on the wind,
A spirit in the mist,
I look down to earth,
The ground hot; sun-kissed.

I walk on the wind,
Far away from me,
I float on the breeze,
Indeed I am free.

I walk on the wind,
No more reason to compete,
I die to the old,
Finally I am complete.

I walk on the wind,
Guided by a hand unseen,
I fly freely,
Yet on that hand I lean.

I walk on the wind,
I fly unbound,
In all the world,
I have been found.

I walk on the wind,
I fly from me,
I float on the breeze,
I fly free.

North Carolina!

IMG_0929A little over a month ago, at around 5:00 AM, all twelve of us hopped into our mini-bus, which was hitched up to our camping trailer, and started driving to North Carolina. We were on an adventure!! Everyone was excited and ready! But then, somebody informed Mom and Dad that they had left their shoes at home… thankfully, we were still in our neighborhood, and only about a minute’s run away from our house. The ‘somebody’ ran back and got the shoes… and then we started again, on our adventure.

We drove for a while, uneventfully. When we got to West Virginia the mountains were so beautiful. Every now and then one or two people would exclaim and point out the window, then everyone would look out and the bus would fill with yells of; ‘Look over there!’ ‘Where’s my camera?’ ‘Wow, Mom, look at the mountains!’ ‘Cotton, we’re driving through a cloud!’ and other such comments, the view was awesome, once we passed over and beside a valley that the sun hadn’t reached yet, so we looked down at the clouds filling it, God is so amazing!

 

But having to go up and down the mountains made the bus start heating up, so Dad turned off the air conditioning to let it get cooler. It didn’t seem like too much of a problem then, so we continued driving slowly until we got to Charleston, WV, where we stopped at a ‘Days Inn’ for the night. It had a nice little pool, (which we were all very thankful for!) and we all jumped in as soon as possible because of the super humid heat. Then we enjoyed a nutritious meal of french fries and chicken nuggets.

After that, we all packed into a single hotel  room to change back into our sweaty clothes, floss and brush our teeth, and go to bed.

The room had two double beds, so my mom and dad slept in one, two of my younger siblings, Tucker and Snowy, slept in the other bed, and I slept between the beds on a bunch of pillows arranged on the floor. Dad had the brilliant idea of putting Cotton in a dresser drawer, but we never ended up leaving her like that! Everyone else slept on the floor as well, one in a play-pen, three together on a blanket, one in a sleeping bag made out of a blanket, me on pillows, another in a sleeping bag, and the last rolled in a sheet! I personally, found it quite impressive that our whole family could fit into one room. (though it was a little scary imagining waking up to find someone jumping off the bed and onto me!)

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Cotton in the dresser drawer! (looks pretty cozy!)

I woke up the next day, to the sound of giggling younger children, mixed with the occasional yell. I lay in my ‘bed’, realizing that the pillows had all moved so that I was basically sleeping on a sheet on the floor! I lay there until I felt little Nova crawl onto me, thus giving me no excuse to sleep, so I got up.

I was expecting it to be 8:00 AM or so, but instead it was around 5:30 AM. We all put away our makeshift beds, and ate an early breakfast at the inn’s breakfast buffet.

Then we all jumped in our bus again and started off.

We started climbing up the mountains again, and our bus started getting hot. The more we climbed the hotter and hotter our bus got, and we couldn’t do anything about it! Dad kept driving, but he had to turn off the air conditioning again, because it made the engine heat up faster. So all us kids were in the back, reading, writing, lying down, and sweating like crazy!

Up and down we went, with every mountain we got slower, until we were just creeping up each rise. Finally we turned off the highway and came to an old Exxon gas station and a tiny, old, rusty campground, that looked like it hadn’t been used in fifty years!

We had a snack and bathroom-break, while Dad walked up to the gas station. Mom and Dad had been talking in the bus, and they both knew that we couldn’t keep going, but we couldn’t turn back either, so they had decided that we needed to leave the camper trailer somewhere, and that was why Dad was going to the gas station, to ask the owner if we could leave our trailer there for a week or so!

The man said it would be fine, but that he was going somewhere and could only watch our trailer for a certain amount of time. Dad thanked him for his kindness, and parked the trailer, then we unpacked all the things we thought we’d need, and you wouldn’t believe how much stuff was packed in there we had to cram it all into the bus. Though we did forget a couple of things!

Then we left, and we truly didn’t know if we would ever see that trailer again. We got on our way again, with a slightly more cool bus, and a considerably more cool crew!

Finally we made it to North Carolina. We all felt relieved that we had actually made it all the way there. But we didn’t have our camping trailer, so we needed to find a place to stay for the night, and by that time, we were so desperate we would have stayed anywhere! So we decided, to go check out the the camp that my older brothers Duke and Dorian were going to (the reason we went to North Carolina) and to ask them if they had any ideas.

The people who ran the camp were really excited to meet us all, and it turned out that they had a friend who worked at a resort-like place nearby, so they called him and he had two rooms that were available for one night. We drove over and got situated in our rooms, then we went out for a delicious pizza and salad supper, and a visit to a playground nearby, where we all tried out some moves from a TV show we had seen at the restaurant called American Ninja, which was basically different men and women going through very challenging obstacle courses. It was actually quite fun!

When we got back to our rooms, everyone had showers or baths (although it was nice to freshen up, I was a little disappointed because the shampoo and conditioner were two of the thing left in the camper, which was in West Virginia! So I washed my hair with body-wash/bubble-bath stuff!). This time I got my own double bed, and it was quite comfy!

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The little-kids were so lucky, they got to watch the hungry caterpillar while we packed up!

The next day we packed up and headed out, Mom and Dad had found a cottage to rent for the week, so we settled in at sweet little place on the side of a river-like lake (or maybe it was a lake-like river, I never found out!), then we dropped the boys off at their camp.

 

For the next three days, we enjoyed swimming in the slimy water (the mud at the bottom actually stains your toenails a gross reddish-green colour!), having some great family time,

 

And, on one day, going to the NC Zoo!

 

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Looking at the elephants

It was a blisteringly hot day, and we drove for a while until we got to the zoo, when we got there, we were just going to buy a pass for each individual person for one day, but when we found out that a family year-pass was less expensive, that’s what we bought.

We have a couple elephant lovers in our family, Tucker is the original

 

Then after the few days were over, we picked up the boys, packed up the bus, and had our last sleep in North Carolina!

 

The next day we woke up early in the morning and left for an uneventful (truly this time!) trip back. On our way back we stopped to check if our trailer was still there, and it was.

We stopped in Sarnia for Mom to pick up the U-Haul truck Dad had ordered. We also stopped near there and got some pizza and root beer, and started driving again, until we got to out local community center, where we ate and played at the play ground, then we drove home.

We got home late that night, and everyone went to bed, happy to be home at last. But the adventure wasn’t over yet!

Early the next morning, at about 4:00 AM, me and Dad hopped into the U-Haul pick-up truck that Mom had driven home the  night before, and drove all the way back to West Virginia, we stopped in Charleston and had a delicious Mexican lunch, (we also were joking that this was my birthday celebration, as it was was quite near my birthday, Dad thought it was a great idea, but me? mm… not so much! 😉 )  then we picked up our trailer and headed back.

 

We started thinking about supper, but neither of us were hungry, so we bought two juices and continued home.

When we got to Sarnia, we dropped off the U-Haul and Mom came to pick us up. When we finally got home, (again!) it was 2:00 AM, so I got ready for bed as quickly as I could and went to sleep (the next day I think I slept in until 10:00 AM).

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Sweet little Nova

Throughout the whole trip I kept thinking of one verse;

‘Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’

Matthew 6:34

Thank you Jesus for the wonderful, exciting, ridiculously crazy trip! I love you!

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Sunset

 

 

Last night, me, my brother Dorian, and my dad, went biking around our new neighborhood, (actually Dorian was on his 36″ wheel unicycle, here is his blog post about it). We had been biking for a while, when I noticed the colour of the sky; the horizon, where the sun was about to go down, was a beautiful mixture of bright pink, orange and yellow. I asked my dad if we could bike down to see the sunset, and he thought it was good idea, so we started biking west.

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Since we have been staying at our new house by the beach, we have been able to go to the beach a lot, as our new house is only a ten minute walk from the beach.

When we got to the beach, the sky was amazing; above us, dark clouds rolled, to the west and north the brilliant colours of the sunset shone in a thin line on the horizon, the sun was still behind the dark clouds, but that didn’t hold back its light!_DSC0106

A little while later, we biked back to a pier, that is about one minute from our new house, and met two of my other brothers there. We walked out on the pier and watched the sun sink into the lake. We got some photos, but none of them could even get close to matching the glory and majesty of the view!

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It was amazing to see the sun sinking quickly, and yet slowly, at the same time, I don’t think I could ever get tired of watching the sun set! I’m amazed at how God’s creativeness; how He can make hundreds and thousands of sunsets, and yet not one is the same as another. IMG_3734

Some sunsets are beautiful because of the many colours, others are because of the beautiful clouds, others are because of their beautiful surroundings, and some are beautiful because of a mix of all those. Imagine the sun sinking behind a mountain range, or on a prarie, or a lake, or a forest! _DSC0087

Just think, God could have made just one kind of sunset, God could have made the sun set behind blank, grey clouds every night. But instead he creates each sunset new and unique every night! God is so amazing, and seeing the magic He puts into things that happen every day makes me love Him more and more!

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Funny quote:

My little brothers; Tobin and Tucker, probably about 7 and 5 at the time:
Tucker: “What is the Grand Canyon?”
Tobin: “A place you go to see the sunset!”