Saturday, March 17, 2012

March Musings

My Sarah girl turned 18 this week. Where have 18 years gone? It just seems like yesterday that she joined our family on a blustery day in March. We welcomed another girl with open arms and hearts and our circle of love just grew larger.
Sarah and her favorite cherry cheesecake.

 Amused with Anna's gift.

We bought her a birthstone ring and Mama wrote 'another' letter. 

Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God. 
Today the girls and I visited my baby sister's gravesite for the first time since her funeral in March of 2005. Seven years have passed and I still find it hard to believe that she is gone and that March still brings with it memories, sorrow, and the insistent question of why. Sarah had been wanting to go and today dawned clear and was a good day for driving. Sarah, Anna and I drove to Camperdown and I was able to locate the church yard where Wendy is buried. I wasn't sure I would remember exactly how to get there, but managed to find it without any problem. 
Wendy was the sister any family would love to have. She was generous, kind-hearted and loved with an amazing heart. All my girls were very blessed to have her in their lives. She cared for them and loved them as if they were her own. Wendy was a joy to be around with her quick wit and beautiful smile. I miss her so much and think of her often. 

The girls remembering their special Aunt Wendy. 

Thank-you, Anna for your great photography today. 

We then headed towards home but made a quick stop in picturesque Mahone Bay for some more photo ops for Anna.
Mama and Sarah - Mahone Bay - March 2012 

The often photographed three churches in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.

A day of remembering, making new memories and getting in another spring road trip. Thanks girls!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Weekends Are For .....

This past weekend was a combination of relaxation, competition, celebrating new life and exploring a part of Nova Scotia that I have never experienced before.

Looking towards the Cabot Trail on the way to Sydney.

Anna's high school basketball team proceeded to the provincial competition which was taking place in Sydney, Cape Breton. I had never been to Cape Breton in the 27 years we have lived in Nova Scotia, so Andrew and I decided to go and cheer on the team and enjoy a relaxing weekend at a B&B. We booked 2 nights stay at Colby House and were pampered with a delicious breakfast for 2 mornings in a row.

Colby House, Sydney, Cape Breton

It was the break I needed and the girls won their first game against the Cape Breton Bears which put them in position for a Bronze medal. The last game against Yarmouth was a hard battle, and they ended up in fourth place. They played extremely well and came home very tired. Very proud of the NKEC Titans!!

The Northeast Kings Education Centre senior girl's basketball team.

We also celebrated with Kathryn and Tim this weekend as they welcomed their second little girl into their family. She weighed in at 7 lbs. 9 oz. and they gave her the name Kathryn (Kate) Jane. We certainly take advantage of Skype and have been able to see Kate and talk to Kathryn. She is a very adorable, perfect little girl. We are so very blessed to have 4 beautiful granddaughters.

Beautiful Katie Jane born March 3, 2012. 

All in all, a weekend to remember - thankful for my wonderful family.