Tuesday, 14 April 2009


Scott and I consider it a blessing that we both have parents who are still happily married. We were each raised by parents who love each other deeply and after 34 years, their relationships continue to grow. They've each raised 3 children (who all turned out pretty normal) and are now enjoying their many grandchildren.

When you become a parent, and face the challenges that parenthood presents; it's a privilege to have parents and siblings (who are also parents) to turn to for advice, reassurance, help, friendhship, love, and laughter!

And even a for a little DIY (Do It Yourself) project/projects. My parents (aka...Mims and Gramps) offered to come and help us unpack and settle into our new home. They kept saying, "we'll only come if you promise to save us something to do." I kept reiterating that I would!

Poor Mims and Gramps. They did not know what they'd gotten themselves into. It just so happens that Scott ended up in Asia the same week they were here. So not only did I have many little projects for us to do during the day while the boys were at school, but they were subjected to the madness of homework, after school activities, dinner, bath and bedtime routines and we were one parent down! My poor parents were taking Aleve every night and waking to little boys in their bed every morning!

Mims and Gramps hung pictures, changed light bulbs, power-washed the deck, power-washed the patio furniture, stained the deck, stained the patio furniture, unpacked boxes, took loads to the dump, polished all of the silver, went to the hardware store, went back to the hardware store, took more stuff to the dump, weeded the flower beds, played with the boys, cooked dinner, went to all of the sports practices and much more! The evenings have never been so organized at our house with their extra help. We could use 2 loving grandparents around here full time! Any volunteers? We promise not to move again.

Scott made it home for the weekend and was able to spend a little time with them. He kept giving me a hard time because my dad was limping and mom was so tired! Sorry Mims and Gramps. I really didn't mean any harm! We loved having you here to work, visit and play! Thanks again, love, Gwen, Scott and the boys

Mims, are you having fun? You face says not so much.

Oh, that's better. Now you are enjoying this! I'll stop taking pictures.

The biggest helper!

One month.....

Well, I wanted to see what would happen if I waited one month to post here!

Okay, not really. But embarassasingly so, it's just taken me that long to get around to it! Thank you to those of you who've asked about the pictures of the new house. I didn't think anyone really read this blog!

We've unpacked and unpacked and we are really feeling settled into our new house! We love it. It is so much more spacious and we seem to fill up space rather quickly. Each of the boys has their own room, we have a dining room, a garage, a kitchen with a breakfast room, a guest room, 4 bathrooms, and a beautiful deck and garden and much more. God's timing and plan always seems to be better than we imagine. This house suits our family to a T and with this one jus
t down the block from our old one, we have not had to adjust to a new neighborhood, commute, etc.

So when are you coming to visit?????

Here are the pics:

Our old house is just up this hill on the right.....