My Trip to Leduc and Edmonton in January 2019

From January 1st, 2019 to January January 6, 2019 with my mom. We stayed with our friends Lori and Ray who live in Leduc. When driving the morning of Jan 1st we were able to see the sunrise. It was gorgeous!! The day we got to Leduc we also went to Castrol Raceway and saw the “Magic of Lights”. On January 3 Emma came from Sylvan Lake and we made chocolate chip cookies. On January 4 Emma, my mom and I went to a telephone museum in Edmonton. It was so neat to see everything that was there! On January 5, my mom Lori and I went to Christmas Glow in Edmonton, which was the largest Christmas light display in Canada! On January 6, my mom and I drove back home. I had a great time seeing Emma, Lori and Ray and I hope to see them again soon!

Quotes from February

Here are some quotes that I like and that I have recently seen:

Success waits patiently for anyone who has the determination and strength to seize it.

-Booker T. Washington

If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t you will see obstacles.

-Wayne Dyer

Choices and consequences come in a package deal. When we make a choice, we ignite the consequence that can come along with it.

-Lysa Terkeust

Live in such a way that if someone should speak badly of you, no one would believe it.

-Zig Ziglar

Sometimes the greatest adventure is simply a conversation.

-Amadeus Wolfe

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

-Will Roger’s

Twenty Eighteen

There were so many things that happened in 2018. Here are some of my highlights.

In February I went to Leduc and Edmonton. A highlight of that trip was meeting Emma and going to the ice castles.

In May I went to Las Vegas. It was a blast. I would love to go back one day.

In June, I saw the Landfill Harmonic Orchestra. They are from Paraguay and there imstruments are made out of garbage. We got to see them perform and then watch a documentary about the instruments and how they are made. One violin, the front was made out of a paint can, the back was made out of a pizza tin, and the strings we being held with a fork.

In July I went to The Canadian Gospel Music Celebration in Red Deer. I also went to Sylvan Lake for the day to hang out with Emma. One of the highlights in Red Deer was I met the Season 1 Winner of Amazing Race Canada. Tim Hague Sr.

In Spetember I went to Minot to see The Collingsworth Family. We also went to The Dakota Territory Air Museum.

Another highlight of September was walking the 5km marathon for the “Run for the Cure” for Breast Cancer with my mom, Lori and Emma.

2018 was a great year. I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store!

Quotes from January

Here are some quotes that I like and that I have recently seen:

Sometimes in my life, I admit, I have not wanted the pain that comes along with spiritual growth… but I was so blind because you see, along with misery comes miracles, along with burdens come blessings, along with our pain, God sends his amazing power to sustain and enable us to grow and have more insight into who He really is and what He is able to do in our lives as we surrender to him fully!

-Julia Keep

Jesus was rejected by men, but chosen by God. The rejection of man is meaningless if God’s favor is upon you.

-Bob Sorge

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

-Abraham Lincoln

Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.

-Charles Spurgeon

If you dislike someone, dislike them alone. Don’t recruit others to join your cause.

-Toby Mckeehan

Quotes From December

Here are some quotes that I like and that I have recently seen.

Each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus.

-Neal A. Maxwell

The enemy is only attacking you because you’re valuable to God. Thieves don’t break into empty houses.

-Unknown

The heaviest thing to carry is a grudge. Choose forgiveness.

-Unknown

The magic of Christmas is not in the presents, but in His presence.

-Unknown

Sometimes you can have the smallest role in the smallest production and still have a big impact.

-Neil Patrick Harris

My First Marathon

On Sunday, September 30, 2018 I did the 5K Run/Walk For The Cure Marathon for Breast Cancer. In August I randomly saw an advertisement for the run, pop up on my Facebook news feed and I told my mom that we should do it, and she said okay. It was just going to be the two of us. But I emailed our friend Lori and unrealistically asked her if she would like to do the run with us. I say unrealistically because she lives in Leduc which is an 8 hour drive to Regina. I wanted Lori to know she was invited even though/if she couldn’t come. She ended up emailing me back a few days later that the hotel was booked and she was coming, but that it was going to be a surprise for my mom. I also messaged my friend Emma who lives in Sylvan Lake which is 10 hours away if she wanted to come as well, and drive down with Lori and Ray. She said yes as well. Plans were working out great!! A week before Lori, Ray and Emma were to come down, Saskatchewan had a huge snow storm and I was starting to feel bad about inviting them to come because travel wasn’t recommended on the roads. But I knew the weather could change in a week, I knew God could change the weather within a week to make good driving conditions. It ended up being the best weekend we could have asked for!! Now, you’re probably wondering how we surprised my mom. Lori and I were texting while they were driving on the Saturday. Lori wanted my mom to be out of the house, but not too soon, so she wanted me to stall. My mom ended up doing a good job of stalling herself. To stall, I ended up pulling out a water pick that I had bought in Minot the week before, that I had no idea how to use. I told my mom we were going with my car because that’s what I wanted to do. Then when I was waiting for my mom, my dad told me he needed to re-tork my tires, which was another good way to stall. We ended up going to Victoria Square Mall. We were in Dollar Tree and spent so much time in there. I went from one aisle to the next, saying lets buy this, lets buy that. By this time Lori was in the mall and then next place we were going was Safeway. I kept looking around but didn’t see anyone. My mom and I went down aisle 7 and I had been looking for some cookies, and there was an employee in that aisle so my mom asked her if she had the cookies and I fully knew that Safeway didn’t carry the cookies, but anything to stall. The lady had no idea what we are taking about. So my mom gets out her phone and starts looking for a picture. And I’m still looking for Lori and Ray and Emma. And behold, here comes a lady in a safety vest walking down the aisle with a cart. She gets closer to my mom and keeps bumping into her and my mom doesn’t realize it’s Lori until Lori gets in her face and says hi.

My mom was completely surprised!! One of my mom’s first questions was where are you staying. So I told her Lori and Ray and staying in a hotel, and Emma is staying at Charlene’s house. And my mom said Emma’s here!? And then Emma came around the corner. (Emma ended up staying at my house) Then, the Safeway employee comes back and asked my mom if she found the picture on her phone yet, and I told her that I knew she didn’t have the cookies, but we needed to ask just to make a plan work. We then went back to my house and since my dad didn’t know anyone was coming either, he had dug all of the potatoes and carrots, so all 6 of us helped pick up the potatoes and carrots.

Here are some pictures from the Marathon. Many people have asked how it went. We had a blast!! We were some of the first people to cross the start line and some of the last people to cross the finish line. As we went along each kilometer felt like it was getting longer and longer. We were walking and my mom said that she thinks we missed the 3km mark because sometimes there were 2 paths we could choose. I agreed with her that we missed it. About 5-10 minutes later we came up to a sign and I thought it was going to say 4km but it was the 3km sign.

Lori brought lots of decorations to decorate ourselves with for the run. The socks, the hats, the beads, everything.

Me and Emma

Lori and I

My mom and I

The four of us getting ready to start.

The four of us at the finish line.

Here you can see what the hats say.

The back of our shirts say who we are running for.

We even made it on Global News!

All six of us. My Mom, my Dad, Me, Lori, Ray, and Emma.

When Lori and Ray got home in Leduc, it started snowing where they were. And when Emma got home in Sylvan Lake, it started showing where she was. And here in Regina, it snowed for pretty much the whole week after the marathon. The weather and roads could not have been anymore perfect for the weekend!

The weekend was so much fun, I hope to do something similar again soon!

Quotes From November

Here are some quotes that I like and that I have recently seen:

Not all positive change feels positive in the beginning.

-S. C Lourie

Contentment is found in reaching the place that says “Even when I cannot understand, still I can trust God.”

-Alistair Begg

Faith is more powerful than government and nothing is more powerful than God.

-Donald Trump

Because true belonging only happens when we present out authentic, imprefect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.

-Brene Brown

Are you the kind of person, and is your church the kind of church, about which others in your community might say, “I dont share their beliefs, but I shudder to think about what this city would be like without them.

-Timothy Keller

Dont allow someone who has had their dreams killed, to kill yours.

-Unknown