Sunday, May 27, 2007

Visit to Ontario - May 17-23

Thusday morning I left from Abbotsford, stopped by Calgary, and then landed in the Kitchener Airport!! WestJet just started flying into Kitchener Airport on May 14th, so it's right in my back yard. Speaking of backyard, I all of a sudden recognized some of the streets from the air as we were going down and quickly snapped some pictures. Here's a few pics.

It's the one right in the middle of the picture with the off-white siding and dark brown shingles, just past the grey roof.

When I got there, Tim & Jeanette and Dan & Jolene, all their kids, and Mom & Dad.
Dad, can you send me some of the pics you took at the airport? Thanks.

Afterwards, they all came over for dinner. Amy took some pictures, I guess that's why she's not in these.


Josh (he will not give a normal face on a picture if he can help it).



Friday I went shopping in the morning, and then to Nate & Beth's for dinner and a visit. I guess I never took pictures there. They've got a nice place in Brantford and Nate's got a few projects on the go there. Lord willing, their family will have an addition in September! Congrats!

Afterwards, I went to Brian & Holly's and slept there and visited them in the morning. I played with the boys and helped with a bit of work in the garden. They also are expecting a new family member. Come December I think?

Jordan, me, Andrew.

In the afternoon, I went to Nik and Andrea's wedding. Apparently I didn't take any pictures there either!

Sunday was the baptism of Owen Josiah Enter (Rob & Liz's new born) That's #11 nephew/niece for me.

Mom and Owen

Dad playing with Kylie, Amy, Jenna, Emily, and Caleb at the baptism.

After church I went to Rob & Liz's for a couple hours. The kids were taking a nap most of the time, but I did get to see them for a little bit.

Kylie after her nap.

Caleb after his nap.
When Rob & Liz left for church in the evening, I went to Dan & Jolene's church. It was cool to see all the renovations they are doing there. THe kitchen looks like it will be awesome, Dan and Jolene! I wish I could have helped a bit with the construction. Here's their family. They also are expecting a new one in July.
Nathan - he co-operated with a nice smile :)
Josh finally kinda co-operated with a nice smile...he was kinda laughing. :)
On Monday, I went to Brampton and played sand volleyball, and then about 3 hours of barefoot soccer. If you're playing barefoot soccer...make sure you take your shoes off. Some guy decided he wouldn't and...well my foot is still swollen a week later. After that everyone went to Dikshei's and then we went home.

Tuesday I went to Grandma's and had a nice visit with her. I was glad I was able to visit her as well. Grandma is always a great encouragement to continue walking in fellowship with the Lord first and also very importantly with other believers - even if they do go to a different church. It's so easy to get caught up in our own little circles. Here's what we read in church this morning:

44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. 46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
Acts 2:44-47[Bible Gateway]

Says alot about the unity of the church in the early days, doesn't it?

After Grandma's house, I went to Tim & Jeanette's for the evening. They had a micro-burst or a small twister at their house about a week ago. It destroyed a trailer they were trying to sell and threw it in a ditch down the road, destroyed the kids playground, and Tasha's doghouse. It also blew over some trees and took some shingles off the shed.

Here's Tasha and Lady.

Amy being a mama (nice assortment of outfits Amy :)
Their family (also expecting an addition in ...December?)
Amy and Laura were taking some pictures with my camera while they were in bed/sleeping bags. There were some glamourous pictues, huh Jeanette? Here's a cute picture of Laura. Amy took this pic from the top bunk.
Wednesday I spent the day with Mom & Dad. We went out for breakfast in the morning, I went shopping with Dad, and then we sat and played games for the rest of the day. It was a nice relaxing day. I'm glad you took the day off, Dad. Here's a picture of our house from the ground, just as I was about to leave.
Here's Calgary Airport on my way back. Those spots are snow! It was about 30 Celcius when I left Ontario, snowing in Calgary, and then about 15 Celcius when I got back to Abbottsford.
Here's a sunset in the airplane above the clouds.
It was a great vacation! I'm so glad I was able to see all of you that I saw - especially family. I was able to fit in a wedding and baptism, and even though I never actually made it to Cambridge for church, I was still able to see many of my friends at the wedding.

God be with you till we meet again!


Anonymous said...

Nice little picture summary of your time out here Steve. Kind of weird to have pictures of "home" as pictures of your vacation though! Sure was nice seeing you, thanks for always wanting to help whenever you're here.
Also liked your little commentary on the passage from...where? Acts?

Hope you're refreshed and busy back at work.
bro Bri

Steve said...

yeah, it was great to see you all and I always enjoy helping with stuff around the house. You all that when I get a place sometime, huh? :) j/k.
Yeah, the passage is from Acts 2...I'll add the reference to the post.
Actually, when I got back here, I took another day off work - slept in and then my battery was dead in my car, so I couldn't get to work anyway - I had it on the charger for four hours or so. It was refreshing though in that I didn't have to work.
Well, this isn't supposed to be another post, just a comment:)

Matt said...

Thanks for coming by our church too Steve! (Though I know you did have an ulterior motive... namely the baptism. :) ) Wow, your extended family is growing very quickly! It was neat to see them all too when you were here.

I'll have to phone you up again sometime soon. The crazy-busy spring-time is slowing winding down a little, and so I have a little more free time.
ttyl8rlig8r, :)
cuz Matt.

Steve said...

Matt, it was great to be able to see you and Chrissy (sp?) (and Ruth and your parents too :). I'm glad it worked out that I could come by. I wished I could have come by your house, but that didn't work out.
It's good your spring is slowing down, but mine is getting busier every day it seems. I'm rarely home and I'm getting in trouble at the border for crossing so much.
We'll have to see when a phone call will work.