Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Being satisfied and fulfilled



I'm not expert on being satisfied and feeling fulfilled in life. But I know someone who is.. God. in the bible on many occasions it says about how to live your life. Trusting in Him. Giving Thanks to God.:

But lay up for yourself treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rush destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. - Matthew 6:20

- Matthew 19 I would suggest reading the whole chapter. It is to long to write but its very good and goes along with my blog post. Instead of taking bits and pieces or writing out the whole thing. I suggest reading it:) Saves having a VERY long blog post. lol


Giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
-Psalms 107:1
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will God in Christ Jesus for you. -1 Thessalonians 5:18

-Psalm 139 Another great chapter. To many good things to just take bits and pieces. I suggest looking this one up and reading as well. God has a plan for you. You.. yes you. It's perfect and He knows each and step you are going to take in it. Trust in Him.

Now does all those things sound easy? Do all those things mean you will have this amazing life full of no sorrow and problems?

Well in fact no. When I say God has the "perfect" plan for you. Doesn't mean we will understand it or know what blessings will come from it. In fact it says if you follow Him life will be hard. You will be persecuted. This thing called life. That you and I and everyone is living isn't easy. If it was it wouldn't be much of a life. I've been through hard times. Trust me I was very very sick only 2 summers ago. I made it through by the grace of God alone. Family and friends were in my life placed there by Him. So when I say life can be hard. I truly do know what that means. 

Now your thinking well this isn't a very uplifting blog post..So this isn't about a satisfying and fulfilling life. Well it actually is. If there's one thing I learned from going through a horrible illness is.. Life is precious. 

God can be your strength and you will find the blessings from even the worst situations. Because even If YOU Don't know what the situation is all about guess what. God does. There's never something that's out of His control. Never something that comes as a surprise to Him. That in itself saved me. An all powerful all knowing all gracious God is planning a perfect plan for me. I may not know the steps that I will have to take. But He does. I may not know the struggles I will have to face. But He does. I may not know the amazing blessings and joys he has in store. But yes He does. 

 He has the perfect life in store for you. Live it to the fullest. Rejoice in the blessing He gives you. Pray on bending knee for strength when going through trial. Let Him be your strength. Let His perfect love be your joy. Live the life God gave you to the fullest. Build up your treasures in heaven. You have one life to live. But all eternity with Him if you follow Him.  

 I truly hope Jesus is your Saviour and I truly hope if He is you are living your life to the fullest in Him. If being given a second chance in life has taught me anything it is thankfulness in the life you have and thankfulness in what God can do when you put your hope in Him.  

 Amazing love how can it be. That you my King should die for me. Amazing love and I know it's true and its my joy to honor you. In all I do. To honor you. - You are my king (Amazing Love) by Newsboys 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwjTT2bqKk0


 Blessings in Him,
Deanna 

Friday, 7 March 2014

Life on Ferguson Falls Road

We have been enjoying living out where we do.  A few weekends ago we cleaned out Jon's work shop. We were going to wait until spring to do it.. But it was a nice day and we took advantage of it. I'm glad we did.. because..



... Jon has been enjoying going out into his shop and fiddling around with his tools. I love seeing what he can do. He is so talented when it comes to building and planning. Heres a little sign he routed out.. :)


The dogs love staying close to the fire, its like our sleeping pill for them. haha Have a nice fire going and they will lie by the fire in the sun all day. 



Today is Friday March 7th, the beginning of my vacation from work for March break. It has been a very cold winter. The wood stove has been going none stop and at times has a hard time keeping the house warm, with -30 + weather I don't blame it. Theres a glimmer of hope around the corner though. The sun has been shining in all its glory and I could not be happier. It seemed the sun hasn't been around all winter. So I love being able to go outside and feel the warmth of the sun on my face. The clocks spring forward as well this weekend. More daylight sounds good to me! 

I took the pail of ashes out to the back of the property and got some nice shots of the sun shining along our fence line and backyard I love that I can look out and see a church in the distance, what a nice view to have! 







All the patients kept asking what my plans were for March break, asking if I am going anywhere warm etc.. (maybe another year or so we will) But this year I'm having a stay-cation. When I look around at where I live I don't really need to go anywhere. People buy properties outside of town by the water to use as a vacation/cottage spot. I'm blessed to have the seclusion of living where we live. So I honestly feel staying home and having time to relax in my house is a vacation. I can make myself a cup of tea and sit by the warm fire and just enjoy peace and quiet without having to be thinking of going to work... hmm.. I think thats what I'm going to do right now. :) Hope everyone that has March break off has safe travels and if your staying home enjoy your vacation at home and just relax. I think people need to learn to just relax and enjoy. If that means working in your work shop, scrapbooking, taking a tub with a good book, taking your dog for a walk. What ever your idea of relaxation and enjoyment is try and do it this March break.. and just remember Spring is around the corner. 



Blessings,
Deanna


Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Psalm 28:7

Winter is getting long, cold and tiring and its only February. This winter is one of the coldest (for long periods) it has been.. well in a long time. I keep waiting to wake up and for the sun to be shining and melting all the snow away. Hasn't happened yet (darn;)) and I know I know.. Won't happen for a while. But one can hope. :) Although its cold, can be dark and sometimes you feel crazy being stuck in doors all the time. It's nice sitting in our family room with the dogs all snuggled by the fire. Jon and I snuggled under a fuzzy blanket watching a movie. It's at times like this that winter isn't so bad. I'm a summer baby so trust me I live for summer and warm weather. So me saying winter isn't so bad is a big deal. But I decided instead of just waiting around for it to warm up. I would start enjoying the small things. This week for example.. I re-organized my scrapbooking room, I baked cookies, I bundles up and took a walk to get mail and put out garbage, I'm doing my best to stay positive. I know people are getting sick of winter and the cold I hear it every day at work from patients. I always turn it around to say "well at least the sun is shining" or something like that anyway. I just need to start telling myself the same thing. We can all sit around being sick of winter and waiting for summer to come. Or we can look outside and see the sun is shining and bundle up and take a walk. We can complain about being stuck in doors or we can get something done around the house we have been putting off. Or have a cup of tea and enjoy a nice movie. I've decided to try and make the best of it. I hope you do as well.

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trust, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him.


-Psalm 28:7


Blessings,

Dee

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Our Winter Activities


It certainly has been a cold and brutal winter. We haven't been able to spend time outside. It's either snowing or -35 or snowing and -35. Sigh. Definitely looking forward to spring. But until then we are having fun in the cold anyway. 


 We have been getting wood from both our parents. Since we moved in August it didn't give us a lot of time to get wood and prepare for winter. So we have been getting loads as we need it and learning how much wood we will have to have prepared for next winter. We are hoping to work out at Jon's parents and mine getting wood enough for the next winter. Cut down, split and stacked at our house. So we won't have to be stacking in the cold. Our neighbor even offered for us to go cut down standing dead trees at his place. He has plenty he said and he can't keep up with them. So we might take him up on that offer. 




After unloading, splitting and stacking wood. Go team Mains!

After snowshoeing through the bush 
Jon and I have been snowshoeing at my parents house. My Dad and sister Elise got some for Christmas. We have had fun taking the pooches out in the bush. Helps burn off their energy and works out our legs. 


It has been a busy time over at Murphy Chiropractic Health Centre as well.



My work has had a busy time already and its not even February yet. We have done our CTV commercial and it will be airing on TSN and all over CTV the second week of February. Dr. M will also be doing 4 segments of "ask the expert" in the winter and 4 in the fall. It's exciting times at Murphy Chiropractic! Its really awesome to be a part of this. 


Even with all the bad winter weather we have had, Jon and I take advantage of every sunny day and "warm" weather to get things done outside and get some fresh air. I hope all my blogging friends are having a blessed January! And your enjoying the sunny days when they come. Spring will be here before we know it. I am super excited for that! Jon and I will be building a coop, getting laying hens, building raised garden beds and looking at planting some vegetables. So many exciting things coming our way. Jon and I continue to be blessed again and again. We are so thankful for everything God has given us.

Blessings,

Dee






Thursday, 2 January 2014

Always Dream




Its funny when I'm working and come home all I can think is.. Man wouldn't it be nice to be home all the time. Get cleaning done more easily, be able to get things done I want to around the house, and just relax and watch TV, visit with family and friends. But then when I'm on vacation (by myself) I'm like well its 9:30am and the house is clean, laundry done and folded, wood stove is going and a stack of wood is beside the fire. Now what? haha and then I look forward to going back to work and back into my same routine. 

I just find it interesting how we as humans are always longing for something else. I have to remind myself to be content, not when it comes to my life. But when it comes to the small things. Maybe thats just me. For example I can wake up in my bed which has a gorgeous duvet cover we received as a gift years ago (which makes me feel like I'm in a fancy hotel) and look around this GIANT room with chest of drawers and a little getting ready area and think.. you know what I want to do.. refinish the floors, get new curtains and paint. Those are all great things of course and things I do want to do eventually. Don't get me wrong, having dreams is amazing, good and something we need to always be doing - striving for better! But something we need to be careful of (or me anyway) is to look around at the room and instead of seeing things I would love to do, look around and see things I love -period-. See the difference? I mean sure have a list of things you want to do, have fun, dream big!! always! No dream is to big and always strive to be the best YOU can be. But always always be content with the amazing blessings you have in your life. Its hard to balance the two and always be carful to not always long for more instead of being content.

In 2012 I could never of dreamed that I would get this amazing job that would change my life in 2013. Which literally has changed our lives. Not only am I building experience always growing ,financially and spiritually, in my job but the biggest thing is.. I LOVE where I work and what I do for work. I help people, not just help them fix their backs. But learn to live their lives again, learn to dream again, learn to love again. People don't get to experience what they experience in our office often. Thats why we have patients come hours before their appointment time just to sit by our fire and maybe talk to us or maybe just sit and relax. We make them feel loved and people don't get that very often. We changed lives, we don't just "fix backs".

We moved into literally our dream home this year. We rented for 4 months in the city back in 2010 when we first got married (not for us!!) But still made that TINY 1 bedroom (garage converted into an apartment) into our own home, it was small, frustrating at times. But we made some cool first memories in that 1 bedroom apartment. We bought our first house in early 2011 a town house in Carleton Place. We loved our little home and made it our own and left that place looking beautiful. We continued to build memories and had a very hard summer of me being sick the first year we moved in. But we made it through and were stronger then ever. We loved our home, but were always keeping our eye out, because we knew this wasn't our forever home. In April-Mayish of 2013 I was on my way home from a day away with our Team at Dr. M's cottage and we took a back road and drove pasted our house we currently live in. As I drove passed and saw a for sale sign I fell in love. We were't currently looking this far out, more in town. But I had to go on line when I got home and see how much this beautiful house was and see pictures of inside the house. When I pulled up the MLS number and saw the pictures and price. I called Jon and said we HAVE to see this place. Its only 18 more minutes drive for the both of us and its totally worth it. You will see. We walked in with our real estate agent and fell in love. She knew we would love it and brought the papers to make a offer. We didn't think twice, we had done the numbers already and had our budget. We could do this! On August 1st 2013, with help from friends a family, through the torrential down pour that was happening on that day (and that day only) we moved in. Our BBQ had fallen off of the truck in the middle of the road and smashed everywhere, the power was out because of the storm, and all our mattresses, couches and furniture were SOAKED! I mean drenched. It took days for it to dry out. But you know what... we were home. We had people stay and help dry stuff out, unpack our kitchen and set stuff up. We were home and blessed. This house.. I don't know where to begin.. we love it! The character that a almost 200 year old house has you can't put a price on. The renovations the owners had done are breath taking. The yard for our dogs to run in and us to landscape is a dream come true. When we bought our first house all the mortgage broker, bankers, and insurance people could not get over our age. Our mortgage broker called the insurance guy just to tell him wait until you see this couple their young!! haha Most 21 year olds are in school, maybe working and most likely partying with friends. Not married and buying houses. Those same people were even more shocked to be putting through paper work for 23 year olds for a second house. But if you work hard and work hard together things are possible. We have always worked hard and done things well together. 

Jon and I are a team, a team that at times feels like we can take on the world, together. We have over come hard ship and difficult times and always come out stronger. Our love for God, life and each other grows daily. People say they married their best friend and sometimes its just cheesy romantic sayings. But I honestly did, the 9 year old boy I was in awana's with, I could never imagine seeing again at age 11 at a swimmings lesson (which he was the teachers pet and I didn't think much of him at the time lol) to eventually our two families becoming inseparable and the best of friends. Our friendship grew and as they say the rest is history. Jon and I have this amazing life, because we love, respect and build each other up. We work hard at home and outside of the house. 

When a new year comes around people come up with all these "new years resolutions". I say why not "new years dreams". It sounds better and I feel like would be better and easier to keep. Children dream every day coming up with adventures they want to go on, what they would like to be one day. When did we lose that? Why not dream? You want to travel, start mapping out a route. You want a new house, start saving. You want to have a garden, start planning it. You want to run a marathon, start training. You want a new job, drop of a resume. It all starts with one thing.. a dream. The rest is up to you. I'm not saying its going to be easy. Heck I never ran a day in my life. Now every conference I go to 5+ times a year I run 40min each morning before 5am. I thought retail would be where I was working and what I would be doing and I dropped my resume off at the Murphy's and took a chance. I was nervous has heck running for the first time, I thought there was no way in hell I would get this job. But I took a chance, I stepped into fear and look where I am. 

Take chances, dream small or big, and most of all thank God daily for the life He has given you. Even if your going through good times or hard times, sickness or health, He is beside you and at times carrying you and blessing you beyond your wildest dreams. Life is short so live your life to the fullest! New Year.. New Dreams..

God Bless,

Dee

:) your laugh for the day hehe

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


From our house to yours




Our little family





















We had an amazing Christmas and Christmas break. 


Christmas Eve was at the Mains house. We all enjoyed crab and big thick steaks:) It was a fun night, it was so cute watching the boys open their christmas PJ's. Watch their excitement as they followed santa on the find santa app on the computer. We read T'was the night before Christmas and from Luke about the birth of Jesus and then boys went down for bed. It was a night full of laughter and good times.

Christmas was a busy, but beautiful time. We were able to make it to everyones house to open gifts in record time. 5:30am at our house, 6:30am at my parents house and 8:30am at Jon's parents house. We were still able to make it home in time to get ready for Christmas dinner which we were hosting at our house. It makes for a busy time, but we love being able to be at everyones house on Christmas morning to open gifts together. Christmas dinner was delicious and filling as always. It was nice having Christmas dinner at our house. I love that we can entertain big groups with ease. Christmas night was full of lots of good memories. These are the times and days we treasure.

During our break.. We had a games night with friends (which was a success and so much fun), We went out for lunch at moxies and shopping at bayshore to see some boxing day sales, we used movie passes we received for Christmas and saw the new hobbit movie, took the boys out for a date (which was priceless!! loved every minute), we got a new/old box spring and chair and decorative pillow. We did so so much I can barely keep track. This is just a few of the things we did. But every minute was amazing! I love having so much time off with the people we love.

Blessings,

Dee



Sunday, 15 December 2013

Christmas Decorating at the Mains house

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year 
Let's hope it's a good one 
Without any fear 
And so this is Christmas 
And what have we done 
Another year over 
And a new one just begun 
And so this is Christmas 
I hope you have fun 
The near and the dear one 
The old and the young 
































I love love love how our decorations turned out! Its splashes of Christmas through out the whole house. I can't wait to wake up Christmas morning and go down stairs, make some hot chocolate and open presents with my love. Its such a beautiful house to wake up to on Christmas.

Blessings,Dee