Friday, 28 November 2014

The busyness of Christmas

Well It's almost December 1st, we all know what that means, the mad dash to get all the Christmas shopping done.

I have my Christmas list all prepared and most of my shopping done. But I still feel this pressure to get shopping done and get the best deals and put together these amazing gifts and find exactly what each person wants. Its enough to make you crazy! Am I right?..

The world wants us to focus on things like gifts, money and getting each other the best gift ever. Trust me I worked retail I know exactly what people can be like and this enormous pressure we all feel. 
Don't let the world define your Christmas and rob you of your joy.

Amongst all the busyness and craziness of Christmas there is something that is far more important. It should be remembered every morning, every day and every evening.

He says all things. 
Not just some of the time, but do it all for Him.

We are living in a world that is robing us of our joy. A world that is defining for us (and not very well I might add) what matters in life. What we should care about, what our passions should be, what our dreams should be, where our joy should come from.

How is it going so far? Theres divorce, theres hate, theres anger in this world that you can see just going into a mall at Christmas time. The anger people face at this time of year. The pressure they put on themselves making sure they find that Elsa doll, or that Elmo or that TV or playstation or.. or.. or..

What can we expect really, we've taken God out of everything. Our schools, our work, our homes. We as society HAVE to accept everything around us. Not have an opinion that might offend someone. Don't take a stand for what is right, instead go with what the world tells us is right. 
The world has NO IDEA what is right. Right and wrong, good and bad comes from the bible. Without it we are lost. Searching the world for answers we will never find. The world is full of people searching, wether they admit it or not. They are looking for something, longing for something more. Something the world cannot offer them. Something that only comes from God. They are looking for peace and joy that surpasses all understanding. 

Do you know where peace comes from? I'm talking that restful peace within your soul. The one that can't be explained until you feel it. The peace of knowing that no matter what, no matter what hardships you can have peace knowing God is in control. Knowing He has a plan for us, a plan to help us grow and bring glory to Him. We may not always understand His plan. But He has one for you. The peace of knowing where you are going, that you have been forgiven by Christ if you ask Him into your heart. The peace of knowing when you breath your last breath if you accept Jesus you will be with Him in Paradise

Take the opportunity this Christmas to show Christ love. Take the opportunity to show people what they so desperately need. Show them through your actions, show them through your words, show them through your love

Show them the Greatest Gift

The one that does not come from the store, the one that does not come with a price tag. It's accepting your life is nothing without the giver of life. That we are all lost until we find Him. That we are all searching until we accept Him. 

We are so quick to say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. The world wants us to take CHIRST out of everything. Not just CHRISTmas. But everything.

I won't let the world tell me how to live, I'm living my life for Him.
I won't let the world define my joy, for I have joy in Him.
He is my joy,  He is my peace, He is my example of how to live my life. Who shall I fear when God is on my side. 

More than conquerors...

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His Son, but gave Him up for us all - how will he not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? it is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemn? No one. Christ Jesus who died - more then that, who was raised to life - is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As is it written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers. 39 neither weight not depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
Romans 8:31-39

We have everlasting life in Him

24 The Lord bless you and keep you:
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
26 The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace."
Numbers 6:24-26



Tuesday, 18 November 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Mains house...

- Christmas Card Photo Shoot -

We took advantage of a beautiful day and took some photos with our dogs and us. Can't wait to send out our Christmas cards this year! I won't post any photos now, want to save them! But they look awesome!! So excited!! 

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Things to come over the next month...

 - Christmas Shopping and Decorating Day -

Jon&Dee's Christmas Adventure! On Wednesday November 19th - I get a day off before the Christmas madness at work starts and we get the day to go Christmas shopping. Jon was able to get the day off as well. YAY! So tomorrow we will be going Christmas shopping. Most likely at the Tanger outlet mall, Costco and maybe Stittsville if needed. We will have a blast getting some gifts together and just spending the day shopping. We haven't done that in so long! (With wood days, preparing for winter, work conferences.) It will be nice having a day to ourselves! We decided since we have the day together and we will be in the Christmas mood after shopping. We are going to start the decorating in our house and outside. I LOVE decorating! I can't wait to make it look like a winter wonderland here. 

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- Freezer Meal Day -

Jon and I are doing a freezer meal making day with my Sisters and Mom. I can't wait to have a couple meals in the freezer ready to go. I plan on making shepherd's pie, lasagna and chili. It's always nice in the cold winter months to have a couple warm meals ready to go. We have really been enjoying the soups we made earlier!

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- Baking Day -

Jon, Elise and I are doing a Christmas baking day early December. I love having some goodies in the freezer for Christmas parties or events at our house. I plan on making chocolate covered peanut butter balls, snowball cookies, sugar cookies, butterscotch confetti and maybe a couple more ideas will come up.

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- Rob's 60th Birthday - 

We are celebrating my Father-in-laws 60th birthday. It will be a fun family dinner out at Baton Rouge. With all the grand-babies and in-laws it will be a great time at the restaurant. It doesn't happen often all of us can go out together. Can't wait to celebrate his special birthday with the family!

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- Christmas Party - 

Jon and I are having a Christmas party with some friends. We will have our house decorated early this year and we can't wait to have everyone out for a good time and good food. 

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- Our Christmas Break Together -

I honestly CANNOT wait for our Christmas holiday together. My break starts December 19th and Jon's December 24th. Jon and I get 12 days together! YES 12 whole days together. Its going to be amazing!! The most time off we have had together over the Christmas holiday. We plan on going to light up the night at Upper Canada Village, having a Christmas movie marathon date with hot chocolate and of course spending Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Eve with family. We are very blessed to have this time together and are so thankful for the break together. It will be a full, relaxing and family filled time. What a blessing!!

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It will be an amazing late November and December to beginning of January. Jon and I are all prepared for winter and excited for things to come. I hope everyone is looking forward to their Christmas plans. We are more then excited for the fun days ahead!


Friday, 24 October 2014

Fall back - November 2

It's almost that time of year again when we turn back the clocks and gain a hour of sleep. But sadly at the same time loose an hour of light at night. But alas it happens every year no point fretting about it. 

It's going to be a busy couple of weeks...

We will be spending Halloween trick or treating with Henry, Sam and Ella. Ending with Chinese food at the van der Meers. It's always fun going around the kids and watching how politely they ask each house for candy. I love seeing their costumes and excitement that night.


A short week after I will be heading to Toronto for our November conference. We are taking the train down - just for fun! It will be a great time with Dr. M, Christine and the kids and of course Kristy and I. Rachel and Callum always come up with fun games and have us laughing. Lets hope it stays warm enough for our early morning runs. 

This year is the first year in 3 years I will be home for Jon's birthday. Which I am super excited about! The conference is at the same time every year and it happens to land on his birthday. Doh! Not this year though! YAY!


Our newest nephew Theodore Everett van der Meer made his grand entrance on October 20th weighing 8lbs 10oz. Theo is a very healthy, adorable little boy. We are excited to get to spoil another nephew with love. He has already stolen our hearts and I can't wait to see him grow up into another awesome van der Meer boy!

Little Theo is so delicious!! We had a nice long visit with Vanessa, Cory and Theo in the Queensway hospital. It was great to hang out with Ness and Cory, we always have good talks and Theo of course was just adorable!


Jon and I had a soup making day. We bought fresh ingredients and used some meat we had been freezing just for soups.

Squash and Pumpkin puree soup

Turkey and Rice soup

Lamb, Kale and Barley soup

A big array of soups for fall :)


As you can see a lot has happened in just a short time. But as usual we are enjoying this beautiful time of year together. Getting lots done around the house and preparing for another cold winter. 
Life. is. good.



Saturday, 4 October 2014

Fall time at our house

Fall time has been a busy already and its only October 4th. O.o

Jon has been working so hard to get us all ready for winter. He has spent countless hours at his parents, my parents and at home. Dragging wood out from the bush and splitting! I am so proud to call him my husband! He does not stop when it comes to working hard for us.

We were so blessed to have a family friend who let us borrow a dump truck to get our wood to our house.

Our wood for the winter. An amazing blessing.

We decided to have a wood stacking day at our house. It would be a lot faster that way. Even the little ones helped.

All our wood stacked in our wood shed. We still have some left behind out work shop that we are splitting and we haven't brought over the wood from my parents. We will not be cold this winter that for sure!

Splitting&Stacking at my parents

My Dad's good friend Bimal and his son Chikara came out as they do every year to help us out.

I had so much fun driving the tractor around the bush with wood in the bucket. It was a blast!

Like I said the fall has been a busy time for us! lol We are truly blessed to have family that has property that we can do and get wood from. It has been a huge blessing for us and we don't mind the hard work.

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Thanksgiving is this weekend.. which means our anniversary is this week. In 4 days to be exact. It will be 4 years. Thats as long as we dated!! It felt like we had dated forever and marriage has seemed like no time at all has passed. Its funny how time works that way. I have been with my best friend as an "official couple" for over 8 years. Thats crazy to me! I am only 24 years old and I have been blessed to have been friends Jon for over 13 years, a couple for over 8 years and our adventure has only begun with each other. Its going to be crazy to see what happens in our life in 8 years. I am more then excited to find out! We have been blessed beyond belief in this first 8 years together. Life is so good. Not because we have everything, but because I am so THANKFUL for every single moment I have been blessed to share with Jon. My life is full of blessings and I thank God daily for everything He has given me.

May each of you have a wonderful THANKSGIVING with FAMILY and FRIEND.

I am Blessed.