Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Today is "Halloween" to most of the known (canadian) world at least. Often when this day comes we as christians are at a loss as how to go about handling it. I've done a good many things in days gone by. I've went to play games at someones house with other christians. I've lived in places where it's unlikely to get any visitors(such as those good matheson sideroads) and i've hung out in the dark. The last two years we've began passing out candy with bible materials. (Living smack in the middle of a town has a way of making you deal with this issue!!) Although we are not at all saying halloween is something we want to participate in as we do not go out with our children and we do not celebrate it as if it were a wonderful thing. We however are not against passing out the gospel to those who freely come to our door. What about you? What will you or did you do for Halloween this year?

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Bandaid was to help her stop scratching bugibtes we are scheduled for a long overdue family photo on saturday!
He's a toddler for sure now.. He looks so much more grown up with his hair cut!
Hehehe... what a cutie!
This is a picture taken by our friend Stephanie Feltham who had come saturday with her friend Victoria(pictured here with us) for a nice visit.

Being a mom is very rewarding and sometimes very challenging. I wouldn't want to have it any other way!! I find in those moments that I feel like i'm losing the battle are the moments when you can lean the hardest on the Lord and come out victorious! I've been challenged in my parenting lately in the sense of, am I doing this God's way or my own way. I read somewhere that we go to the bible for godly living in other areas of our lives and yet somehow neglect looking for how to "train" our child God's way. I am challenged to consider a commen known verse of scripture and rethink what it means. ("train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he shall not depart from it" ) I wondered what the verse meant. Did it mean do your best and hopefully he will follow the Lord?? Is this a promise that if you train a child in godliness he will for sure follow God?? I am beginning to lean toward the latter idea. I want to take God at his word. I do believe the bible in it's completeness to be the inspired word of God. I therefore should believe what this verse says. So thinking it over makes me reasses then HOW I am training my children. Am I merely giving them an outward appearance of godliness that will be shunned in later years? How do I train my child so that when he is older he will not depart from the things of the Lord?... I am still pondering such things...

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Around the town...

Sorry this is a lot of posts all at once but i can only upload 5 photos at a time. So these are some shots from the town of King's Point and some from rattling brook. These two towns are one after another along the coast.
This i took just to prove i was really there too.. (someone was supervising these little cuties!)

There was a fishing boat just coming into town so I thought the children would like to see the boat. Once we were right at the side of the boat we could see the sunlight shining in the water below and could see a bunch of fish swimming around! If only i knew how to work those fishing nets!

Haha.. the pictues you often think are terrific just aren't so great once you get them developed! But this is the bridge over the brook coming down from the falls. The falls are the little white specks just to the right of the red tree!!
Now this was a neat find! This is a pottery shop of one of the local newfoundlanders. The wood they used to make the outside posts and deck above is quite something. Inside the store they have similar gnarled wood made into shelving stands! I was tempted to take pictures of the inside of the pottery shop but i didn't want to look like to much of a tourist. :) I bought some bakeapple jam. Now for those of you not familiar with newfoundland I am told this is something native to newfoundland?? Bakeapple berries. That's the name of them..when i first heard tell of it i thought the girl was saying baked apple pie.. (what do i know eh?!) So it's pretty good stuff i tried it out on some toast tonight! But at 8.50 a small jar i probably won't be adding it to my regular grocery list anytime soon! Also bought a nice pottery candle holder with a whale on it. Check out the Pottery website too!.

So it was a nice day with the children and it was nice for mom to be able to enjoy them enjoying God's world!

On the Trail...

On our recent outing we walked, as far as a mother with two toddlers and a baby in stroller could go, up the trail to see the waterfall at Rattling brook. The trail followed the water and the children here are catching a glimpse of the rushing water along the way. This is mom at the same spot only daring to get a little closer to see what was up ahead:)
Baby Nahum is pretty cool with whatever is going on.. Chloe however tripped and fell while we were looking at the boat before going on the trail and took a little chunk out of the palm of her hand. So... she wasn't as happy to be going down the trail as the rest of us were but was convinced to go by me allowing her to ride in the stoller with Nahum!:) I didn't know she could fit in there! John patiently enduring my picture taking!
Can you see the waterfall just up and to the right of John's head? That's as close as we could get... But i still think that this is a neat picture!!!

Newfoundland Scenery...

The Children and I took a ride to King's point and Rattling brook today. It's about a one hour drive from where we live. I came across the place a while back on another trip and wanted to go back to devote some time to looking around. It's geourgeous really and my pictures don't do it justice(novice photographer with a disposable camera!) but we really enjoyed the day.
This first picture is on the road going into the town and you can just make out the little houses in the village on the far side. This is once we were in the village looking back to where we had come from.
Well this was an attempt to get some driftwood in the foreground and the fishing boat in the background.
Can you spot John?? This little picnic stop is across the road from a very large waterfall which is hidden behind the trees on the left in this picture. The falls however start at the top of that hill! Pretty neat.
Haha!! I love newfoundland... northern ontario we get moose.. newfoundland has moose and whales!.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Where there's a will there's a way... I got a disposable camera put onto a cd and voila!! We are back in business here on the blog! Chloe and John are becoming quite good friends. They have their moments but it became very apparent the last few days when Chloe spent a couple days in the hospital. John was often asking... "Where's OE" as he fondly calls her. Chloe was in the hospital 2 days as a result of asthma. I didn't know she had it but am glad to find out what is causing all the troubles for her. She is back home now doing much better. She's got some puffers and medicine to get her back to normal and hopefully we can help her control it for the future. And John is sure glad to have his "friend" home again to play with. Well one of these days I'll figure out how to turn sideways pictures around but for now you'll have to do the "hold your head sidways" look to check out this pic of John in one of his favourite spots outside in our yard..
Baby Nahum is getting that same campsall baby "chubby" look to him. He's a very happy kiddo. He's starting to follow the other two with his eyes as they play about the room while he happily watches from his "mat".
Me and my little Newfie!! Yes folks.. we have produced the first ever Campsall newfoundlander!! Yes By!
1,2, 3 Jesus loves me... Ah my little people.. this was part of a photo shoot i had one day.. I'm not the greatest at taking pictues so I thought I'd try and put some effort into it! This is taken in our living room. One other neat thing and a prayer request too is that about a month or so ago Dave met a man hitchhiking one evening on his way back from a business supper. He told the man that he needed to get home to see his kids for a bit but if he was still at the gas station needing a ride in an hour he'd come back and take him home. Well it turned out he needed the ride and dave drove him the 40 minutes or so to his home. I remember praying for Dave to have opportunity to speak with this man of the Lord. And also to find some encouragement in spiritual matters. So when Dave returned home he said that with a few minutes of starting on the ride this man confessed his need to get back to things of God!! Dave said the man was interested in coming with us to the meetings on sundays. So every Sunday for 3 weeks we returned to his home to see if he would come.. he was never home. So the next 2 weeks we were not able to get out to check for him but the next saturday which was two saturdays past now he called us up! We were glad to hear from him.. but.. not only did he call... he had moved into the same town as us.. and not only that.. he only lives 2 blocks if that away from us!! So he's been to the meetings with us the last 2 sundays. He's a very humbled man as he is seeing his need of help to overcome sin. He used to attend meetings elsewhere in years gone by but had stopped going and had fallen back into his sinful lifestyle. So last sunday before getting out of the van he asked how can you be sure you are going to heaven?! Dave pointed him to the verse in 1 John 5:13 "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that YE MAY KNOW that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. "
Again tonight he asked "how do you get saved at your do you go up to the pulpit or what.. i've seen people going up and then a bunch of people crowd around you and put their hands on you and pray..." Dave pointed him to another scripture that says " Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved"(Acts 16:31) Suggesting to him that it mattered not where you were or what position you were in but how your heart was before God. He also shared how often times in the midst of sin his heart would be sorrowful knowing what he was doing was not right... This man is certainly looking for something that he hasn't quite found but we trust that the Spirit of God is working in the heart of our friend Hilary and it won't be long before he can say "Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me I once was lost but now I AM FOUND, was blind but NOW I SEE!" Will try and keep you updated.
Also one other bit of interest is that at our meeting today we were told that 32 chinese folk who are currently in Gander schooling to become pilots attended the morning meeting!! The saints as led of the Lord changed the regular meeting plan from sunday school to a gospel meeting so as to share the good news that Jesus died for them! I pray that they will return again next week.
One last thought... My mother once had a saying posted in her kitchen and I have never forgotten it.. it went something like .."If tasks are not done no one will remember... if people are not won God will not forget!"

Wednesday, October 3, 2007


When can you really say you are a "Quilter" is it when you have finished at least one quilt..maybe when you've finished two??? or maybe when you're actually good at doing it?? Whatver the case.. for the purpose of this post I'll say I am a quilter:)I had the opportunity about 3 years ago now to join a quilt guild in matheson ontario. I didn't know a thing about it. I had only taken a sewing course maybe a year before that.. so needless to say i wasn't the greatest seamstress. But i took a course with the guild and the below picture was the result. I made it for Amanda (Cooney) Hayes for her birthday and sent it by mail to Ireland where it currently resides:) Since being in Newfoundland I also found a quilting shop that did courses so I took an evening course while I was pregnant with Nahum. (Thanks dave for my once a week night out!) So this is the quilt I am currently working on as it never got finished before our move to our new house in may and the baby coming in June! This is a double Irish chain single bed quilt I am making for my little sweethear Chloe! She'll come in and see me sewing and say.."are you sewing my quilt!?"

I will post more pictures of the quilt when i get a bit more done. Also I also started one just after moving to Newfoundland and finished a couple weeks ago one for my husband Dave. I will post a picture of that one when i can get it from him long enough to do so! It's very rewarding to be able to make things that are useful and people enjoy having... so yeah.. there you have it... another post!!!!
Love Amy