It seems like time has flown by since we last posted our happenings, and it has! Our biggest highlight was the surprise we got when Josh’s parents pulled in on Friday night(Dec 5) while we were visiting with a member of the community. We were visiting and decorating cookie tree ornaments when all of a sudden a vehicle came barreling down our driveway. Looking out the window we were shocked to see a vehicle, let alone Josh’s parents, driving up to the house. It took a few seconds before we even registered, well maybe it took a little longer than that. But what an incredible surprise. The kids were also very shocked. We realized what being away from family for that long does, especially when you are used to seeing them so often. The big eyes and strange looks didn’t last too long though. We were able to spend lots of time together over the weekend, one of the beauties of living somewhere where there isn’t really any other distractions or places to go. Jordan and Josh took a trip down the road to the Tahltan River, the Grand Canyon of the Stikine, and the ‘lava beds'(rock formations/terrain, along the road, formed by old lave flows), about a 50 minute round trip, as it was Jordan’s first time up and had arrived during the night. Two of Josh’s siblings, Elijah & Shaelyn, were eager to get in board games, as they were my two regular gaming partners and I think were feeling a little bit of with withdrawal. It was great having the family addition to our regular Saturday games night. We also got to spend time tobogganing, painting in the snow, gingerbread house making, impromptu adoration, and enjoyed an early Christmas feast. What a true blessing it was; the best Christmas present ever!
We had the opportunity to attend a skating party/potluck in Glenora. It was really neat because it was a very family oriented event, with 11 kids in attendance. We had a fire on the frozen pond, skating, and a great potluck dinner! We had a family with 2 little ones join us, from i think about 25 kms downriver, where they live in a cabin. What a neat story to hear about, and so if you think we live at the end of the earth…
We attended the Community Christmas Dinner, last week, and had a great time! Santa Claus showed up and brought gifts for all the children. He was vey generous this year:)
Josh drove down to Terrace last Friday to pick up Denise’s sister, a 16 hour round trip. They stayed with the Vandenberg’s, a Catholic home-schooling family that were friends with our friends:) One of the great things about being up north is the opportunity we are getting to meet such amazing people.
We haven’t really got much more snow here, only 4 to 5 inches in total. The ice rink recently got finished, so we took the opportunity to go skating and sip some hot chocolate.
We got together with a couple of people from the church community to decorate the church for the Christmas season. Afterwards we had a light lunch!