inspiration garden

The weather is beautiful today and I had a few minutes to myself so I headed over to the Coquitlam Inspiration Garden. This year they really did an amazing job with the colors, types of plants and flowers.
My faithful buddy Romeo was along with me today and even let me take a few pictures of him! I love this Pup! He makes me smile everyday 🙂
If you click on the pictures it will make a slide show and you will see the names I gave them! 🙂 Enjoy!
Grace and Peace,
Sunflower

Prodding along the trail

Almost two years ago my Daddy joined his Father in rejoicing each and everyday. It wiped me clean off my feet. I knew it was , but I didn’t know what to do about it, or how to overcome it. I lived in a fog. I operated each day, but inside I was a mess. I told few how I felt, and hid my feelings as much as possible. The process of coming out of the fog has taken me a long time. Taking pictures was something I loved (and still do!) but it was hard. I know it is something my Daddy did and loved and I have the same love for it. Without my Dad here to see my pictures and tell me how much he loves them is hard. I let this little space on the web die a bit with him.
Slowly I’m coming back. Slowly I’m taking more and more pictures. Seeing life, seeing Gods most amazing earth through my lens. I marvel at the way God created this place and all of the minute details. It makes me smile deep in my soul. It draws me to Him, into a closeness with my creator.

Today I wanted to enjoy another beautiful sunny spring day here in Beautiful British Columbia so I asked Buddy to come along with me and the dog as we walked Hoy Creek trail!
While walking I saw things that made me smile, pause and experience God. I took out my iPhone and started taking pictures. It was refreshing, relaxing, enjoyable and made me feel like ME!

hoy creek coquitlam

hoy creek coquitlam


It takes time to heal. It is different for each of us.
hoy creek
Some point along the trail my son said “Hey why don’t you put these pictures on your blog?”
my boy

my boy


That’s a great question…
 hoy creek hatchery

hoy creek hatchery


One I’m working on….
hoy creek
One that for me is taking a bit more time…and prodding!
Buddy and Romeo

Buddy and Romeo


So today I took time to see you Father, to connect, to listen and hear you talk to me through my son. Thank you.
simple beauty

simple beauty

Heres to taking more pictures, seeing the beauty around us, and listening to our children.
Grace and Peace,
Sunflower

P.S. My ever so sweet and loving Father-in-Law gave me the most amazing lens and I LOVE it and need to use it more. He also shares my love of photography and is always encouraging me. For that I am so grateful. Double blessed, 2 dads, 2 who love taking pictures! My next walk will be with my favorite lens! Thanks G-pa.

summer 2014 camping!

We finally got out the camping gear and headed out for a weekend of fun!
We didn’t go far from home, but sure did find a good spot. The camp ground was clean, tons of families, campfires were welcomed, and it was on the river.
After arriving on Friday lunch time we set up camp, and sat down to chill! My favorite thing about camping. You have no reason to do much of anything other than chill and have fun!

Romeo the watch dog

Romeo the watch dog

Toska

Toska

For friday night dinner we made hobo packets in the fire and then had our favorite dessert…Banana with marshmallows and chocolate! We also wrapped them in foil and tossed them in the fire. Super yumminess!

dessert banana boats..YUM!

dessert banana boats..YUM!

On Saturday we went on the trail to the lookout and found what turned out to be one the highlights of this weekend…..the river! Once we walked the 2k {mind you this is my first time walking more than around the house I’ve done in almost 2 weeks….I hurt my toe a bad one and have been on the couch 😦 } When Romeo and Toska caught a whiff of the river water and gray mud/clay river bank, they went NUTS!!!!! We laughed so hard watching them run, play, chase the crashing wake of boats, drink river water, bark and just go CRAZY!!!!

Dirty DOG!

Dirty DOG!

White or Black???

White or Black???

River fun

River fun

River fun

River fun

doggy fun!

doggy fun!

We weren’t sure how we were ever going to get Romeo clean. ( We did hose him off at the camp, but he is headed to the dog wash tomorrow!) We ended up tossing Toska in the dish washing sink and cleaning her at camp! IT was cold but she didn’t seem to mind 🙂

Dinner on Saturday was made fun thanks to our great friends..…they came had dinner, roasted marshmallows, and we rented to funkiest cool pedal bike things. We all took turns and sure did have fun cruising all over camp!

way cool pedal bikes

way cool pedal bikes


The girls got a bit silly around the camp fire after the sugar rush of dessert!!!!
campfire craziness!!!

campfire craziness!!!

I’m so glad my family likes to camp. I just love it and it really brings back so many fun memories of my childhood.
Hoping we go again soon…..

Grace and Peace,
Sunflower

Portland, OR–part 3

Eighteen years.

Fun times, sad times, great times, rough times but all times together!

Guitar Man and I got married young (I have now spent half of my life married!) and have grown up together.  We have lived in 3 different states and now another country.  We have 2 absolutely wonderful children and 2 furry friends.  Life is good! God is Good!

We have spent many an Anniversary just hanging out, a few taking care of little kids, and some enjoying a nice dinner out.

This year was so far the best!  We had our children with us, we were on vacation, and we got to see extended family.  GM had never even meet my Uncle before today.

Special is what I’m calling it.

Special is what my Guitar Man is.  He loves me and loves me well.  I am blessed.

God has blessed us and this past year is just another reminder of Him and His awesome love for us.

To be in Portland this year was special.  After being out at our families house all afternoon we headed back into Portland and dropped the kids at the hotel…Deschutes was calling our names!  Yes, we went back for anniversary dinner!  Thanks to our hotel for the courtesy shuttle!

18 year selfie!

18 year selfie!

I’m so thankful for our time in Portland.  We needed a get-away and this was perfect!

One last pic of the fan!

The Fam

The Fam

Grace and Peace,

Sunflower

BC Highland Games 2012

The joy of living across the street from one of the best parks is

easy access to great festivals like the

BC Highland Games.

Around 7:30 am this morning  I woke up to bagpipes! I was kinda shocked, but pleasantly happy. (And just so you know…they are still playing and it’s 5:00pm and the rain has started!)  Our family headed over around 10:30 and the girls stayed till 4:30! We enjoyed bagpipes, marching bagpipe bands, the Highland Dancing competition, lots of different Highland games, free food, free children’s activities, a neat man with his border collies, ducks and sheep, a wonderful British car show, and fried pickles!!!

A few pictures….

May Day 2012

May Day
May Day
It’s May Day here in these parts and Port Coquitlam knows just how to celebrate!

On Saturday, PoCo hosted a “family fun mile run” following the path of the May Day parade. Guitar Man and I thought it would be a great thing to do! The weather is perfect here this week and I was excited to participate with Romeo by my side. We headed down the the sign up tent around 9:30am and received our run numbers. GM, Buddy and myself were the only ones to run this year. They started the fun run with a 15 min aerobic stretch, and then the run began!

run run run

run run run

All was going well Buddy was ahead, GM and I were running together and then the first turn came….Too many people for Romeo and I so we began to walk. Guitar Man ran on ahead and Buddy was beginning to slow down! It was funny to think that I was participating in a run. I HATE TO RUN. Really I do. I was trying to be a supportive but was thinking why am I doing this???? Turn number 2 and Romeo was doing well, and we did not have many people near us, so I decided to run it….BIG mistake!

tumble!

tumble!

Down I went…I’m fine but my ego is a bit bruised! 🙂 I made it to the finish and Guitar Man ran it with me! I had a fun time and I’m thankful I could run it and support GM. 🙂

After the run we meet up with Gator and her friend.

Gator and Friend

They kept a spot for us so we could all enjoy the parade.



It was a beautiful day with temperatures right around 77*F.

We all enjoyed and had a fun morning celebrating May Day 2012!!!

Grace and Peace,
Sunflower

Walking

I’ve decided that I need to exercise more…I know we all say that but really I do!  Walking is my favorite thing to do and I love all of the great and different places we can walk around here.

I went out last week to the Pitt River and walked along the river with Romeo and my sweet boy Buddy.

Buddy and Romeo

Buddy and Romeo

It was perfect weather and the view was breath taking. Blessed indeed.

Pitt River

Pitt River

Mountains

Mountains

Gods design.

Gods design.

When we walked by the marina we saw these friends…

Canadian Geese and Swan

Canadian Geese and Swan

Bottoms UP!!!

Bottoms UP!!!

We have had enough rain and just enough sun shine to bring about LOTS of these beauties….

Bright Lights!

Bright Lights!

What a fun afternoon of walking and reflecting. I am reminded each time I get out in the beautiful countryside just how blessed I am to have this opportunity to live in such a beautiful area.

Thank you God.

Grace and Peace,
Sunflower

Welcome home

WELCOME HOME

Our New Home

We moved this weekend…again!  While we loved living out in the Village of Belcarra, we are so excited God gave us the opportunity to move closer into town.  The house looks a bit small, but looks are deceiving.  We are so happy with this little gem!  Everyone including the dogs are super happy and have all loved the “home” feeling we all have now.

A few of the perks of this house are:

1. It is across the street from the cities largest park that includes everything from all types of ball fields, a playground, a pond with a fishing dock, outdoor work out equipment, a wonderful walking trail, and the arts and cultural center. WOW…a lot!

2. At the other end of the street is the Trans Canada Trail which follows along the river.

3. We can walk through the park to the rec center, pool, library, and if we really feel like it right into Coquitlam Center Mall area!

Did I mention we are right in town…with everything right down the street?  Yup, I’m happy!

Make your plans now to come see us!!!! We have plenty of room. 🙂

Grace and Peace,

Sunflower