Plant Nite

Last night my mom and I went to a Plant Nite. We greatly enjoyed it and would recommend it.

When we got there we had to pick what we wanted to plant our plants in. We could pick between rectangular wooden boxes, square wooden boxes, a square glass container or a circular glass container.

I chose this rectangular box and my mom chose a white rectangular box.

After choosing what we wanted, we first had to put rocks in the bottom so that when we watered our plants the plants wouldn’t drown from the water just sitting around the roots. Then we filled it with dirt.

The lady then brought a tray of 18 succulents to our table that 6 of us could chose from. We rolled a dice and the person who rolled the highest number picked first and then we went around in a circle 3 times and picked our plants. Here are the plants I picked.

We then had a short break and my mom volunteered us for a game.

There were two teams. You had to stack two cups on each hand and then on your head and then take them off and whoever was the fastest won. We won. Our prize was a croaking frog.

After the short break we could put our plants in the dirt. We could put them in however we wanted.

We then could decorate. Here are are our plants.

After the previous picture my mom decided she wasnt finished decorating so here are both final products.

We hope to go to another plant nite again soon!

April Quotes

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

The beauty of life does not depend on how happy you are, but on how happy others can be because of you.

-Unknown

It’s not your salary that makes your rich, it’s your spending habits.

-Charles A. Jaffe

We must not be concerned only with that which troubles us, but with all that troubles God.

-John Owen

Pain is real but so is hope.

-Toby Mac

If you want to, you could find a million reasons to hate life and be angry at the world, or, if you want, you could find a million reasons to love life and be happy.

-Cari Welsh

It is the common everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful.

-Laura Ingalls Wilder

Two things define you, your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.

-Unknown

My Trip to Leduc and Edmonton in February 2018

On Friday February 16, 2018 I flew to the Edmonton airport from Regina, by myself, to stay with some friends, Lori and Ray, for 10 days. Lori picked me up at the airport with one of her granddaughter’s, MacKenzie. After Lori picked me up, we drove to her daughter-in-law, Meagan’s place of employment which is part of the airport, but where the celebrities fly into. While we were there one of Meagan’s co-workers offered to take us into the back to see some private planes and helicopters.

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Here is MacKenzie and I beside one of the planes that we saw.

After leaving, Lori, MacKenzie and I went for breakfast at IHOP. It was my first time at an IHOP. MacKenzie and I coloured a picture together.

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We then walked over to Toys R Us and bought some shopkins for Lori’s day-home. We then drove to Leduc where Lori lives and I got to meet the rest of her day-home kids as well as her other granddaughter, Riley. After a few hours we went to the Doctor Woods House Museum in Leduc. Lori and I were the only ones there so we got a private tour. There were only two original items that belonged to Doctor Wood. One was the lamp on the piano, and the other was the sewing machine in the kitchen.

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Here is Lori and I at the Dr. Woods House Museum.

We then drove over to the Leduc Grain Elevator, and we were able to get a tour of the grain elevator. Before I came to Edmonton I had looked into the Grain Elevator Tour and it was not available in the winter, but the lady from the Dr. Woods House Museum said to go and see, so we did, and one of the ladies that was there said that we could have a tour of the grain elevator.

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These seeds in the white buckets will be weighed.

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The seeds go through here.

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Past this point is where the farmer’s sorted seeds are kept.

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The ladies are hoping to making this more available to the public.

Lori then showed me the house that her and Ray first lived in when they got married. She then showed me downtown Leduc, and showed me a corner called “Confusion Corner” and showed me her favourite store as well. We then drove to Edmonton and on the way we stopped to get a picture of the Flaman Man who was wearing an Oil Kings Jersey.

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They dress him for the time of year. At Christmas he wears a Santa suit.

We drove to downtown Edmonton and parked underground. Our first stop was the Lee Pavilion at the Citadel Theatre.

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This is a waterfall and the water would come from the picture with the boat in it.

We then went to Winston Churchill Square only to find out it was closed for LRT construction for at least 1-2 years. Lori then pointed where the Winspear Centre was, which is where concerts are held. Lori then showed me Hotel Macdonald where the Royal Family will stay when they visit and we also inquired about high tea. We then walked over to the Funicular. It is basically an elevator on a hill. It is made completely out of glass and you can see the River Valley. We went down and then back up and then down again because we discovered there was a walkway with a lookout. From the lookout you could see the Edmonton Queen River Boat on the North Saskatchewan River.

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Once you go through those doors you will be on the Funicular

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The view from the Funicular. The walkway is to the left where the rectangular lights are.

We then crossed the street to go to the U of A for the “Emerging Artist Concert” There were performers from University’s all over Edmonton.

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This is what the stage looked like for the first half of the concert.

After the concert we drove over the Edmonton High Level Bridge, and the lights were on, and the Edmonton Street Car travels on the top of the bridge in the summer. When we got back to Lori’s house Lori showed me some pictures.

On Saturday February 17, 2018, Lori, Ray and I went to the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market. At one of the booths there were some pictures of Edmonton and so I got the see more Edmonton history through those photographs.

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I think we are sampling a waffle.

We then drove on Whyte Avenue. In the summer there is a twins and triplets parade on that street. We then went to Flirt Cupcakes and I bought a cupcake. It has the best rating in Edmonton. We then walked past Cally’s Tea’s, and went inside but decided not to have anything and left, as we were walking back to the car we walked past a Cat Café. We then drove to Little Brick, which is where Lori and Ray’s daughter, Ashley had her wedding reception in 2016. We then drove to the Flat Iron Building. The building is very old.

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Lori also pointed out the Shaw Conference Centre that is built into the side of Grierson Hill. We then drove down Jasper Avenue. Lori pointed out the General Hospital which is where she was born. We then drove past St. Joseph’s Basilica which is where Janet and Wayne Gretzky got married. Jasper Avenue turns into 124th Street. Lori lived in that area until she was 10. On 124th Street there is a place called Duchess Bake Shop but the line was over an hour long so we did not stop there. We then drove past the home that Lori lived in until she was 10. We drove past the Brick Warehouse which is now called The Brick, and The Brick began in Edmonton. We then went to Donut Party which is a place Ashley recommended for us to go. The donuts were huge and the line was very long.

Ray and I with the box of donuts.

We then went to Giovanni Music and Fine Art Gallery. Lori and Ray had purchased a piano a long time ago from there for Ashley. I bought some piano books, and Lori bought a drum for her day-home. Next we went to the biggest cowboy boot in the world.

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Another boot close by.

The next place we went was West Edmonton Mall. First I got a pressed coin. Then Lori and I went into a photo booth. We then went into the store Build A Bear and from there we spotted a photo wall.

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We then walked past the HMV stage area that I had played on during a grade 10 band trip. Lori was telling me about a dragon that was in the mall, and part of it was there, and there was an employee that told us more about it. The next thing we did was glow in the dark mini-golfing.

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After mini-golfing Lori and I went to the aquarium in the mall. It is new since the submarine has been removed.

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Penguins

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A big turtle.

Earlier in the day Lori had mentioned to me that she wanted me to see the menu at Crepe Works.

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Here is the menu board.

Lori had also been telling me about a whale that was in the mall and as we were leaving we saw the whale.

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For supper we went to the Chessecake Café and found out it was closing on Monday. For dessert we bought some cheesecake and had it boxed up. Lori showed me some more pictures.

On Sunday February 18, 2018 we went to Lori and Ray’s home church, Eaglemont Christian Church in Beaumont. I meet some of Lori and Ray’s friends, Fran and Glen, their lead Pastor and a few other people as well. After church Lori and I went to Long and McQuade while Ray got gas. I also bought some piano books from there as well. For lunch we went to Red Robin and I think a few booths away there was a huge Rubik’s Cube. After lunch we drove past the “Joey” mural on the side building. He was very important to the Edmonton Oilers. We then went to the Muttart Conservatory. There was a tropical, arid, temperate and season pyramids that we could see. We were able to get tours of the tropical, arid, and temperate pyramid. The seasonal section was decorated for Chinese New Year.

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At the Muttart Conservatory.

Next we saw the largest aluminum baseball bat in the world.

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We then drove past the new Roger’s Place Arena, the Stollery Children’s Hospital, and the University Area. We drove to the Alberta Legislature. The building was closed that day so we could not go inside.

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After seeing the Legislature we drove across the newest bridge in Edmonton. Lori was telling me beside it is a building that has really big stacks on it and a man wants to make the building look like the Titanic. But doesn’t know if that will happen for sure.

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The newest bridge in Edmonton.

We drove across the High Level Bridge again and this time it was lit up with blue lights. Ashley had mentioned to us that we should go to The End of The World. We couldn’t go to the very edge because it was too icy.

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At the End of The World. You have to go past the red pole to see more.

After the End of The World we went to Talus Dome.

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Lori and Ray then took me to a place on a hill where a number of houses fell down the embankment a few years ago. We also drove past some footbridges, one of the Footbridge was the Fort Edmonton Footbridge. but we decided it was too cold to go for a walk on them. We went back to Lori and Ray’s house and watched a movie called Me Again.

On Monday February 19, 2018 it was a holiday, so Lori didn’t have to work but MacKenzie and Riley still came over. Justin, Lori and Ray’s son came over later in the morning. It was nice to meet him. On Saturday Lori had received a message on Facebook if she could pick someone up from the airport and if they could sleep at her house. Lori picked up Emma from the airport around Midnight on Monday. Emma had been on a missions trip to New York, and she is the same age as me. I loved meeting her! Lori, Ray, Emma, and I played some games. We played Anomia, Apples to Apples, and the Train Game. Emma’s brother TJ came to pick her up around supper and had supper with us and then left to go home. After supper Lori, MacKenzie and I went swimming. We then drove MacKenzie home and I got to see Justin’s car and his two dogs, Gunner and Shelby, and one of the dogs just had 10 puppies a few weeks ago. After leaving Justin and Meagan’s house Lori showed me the church where she and Ray gave their hearts too Jesus. We went back to Lori’s house and watched some TV. We watched Olympic curling and skating. We ate the cheesecake we had bought at The Cheesecake Café. We also looked through some pictures and we found a picture of when Emma, and two of her brothers were babies. (She is a triplet), I thought that was cool that we found that picture.

On Tuesday February 20, 2018 in the evening we watch a movie called Letters To God.

On Wednesday February 21, 2018 in the evening we went to Sherwood Park to Lori’s friend, Linda’s church, to do a craft. We painted glass and then waited for it to dry and then we wrote lies we tell ourselves on it, and then the lady demonstrating tried to break the glass with a hammer but it wouldn’t brake so then she put the glass on top of a bible and then when she tried breaking it with the hammer it broke, and then from the broken pieces we made a cross out of it. I also met Lori’s friend Carol.

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Mine and Lori’s glass painting. We forgot to take a picture together of the finished product of the cross.

On Thursday February 22, 2018 in the evening Lori and I went to the Ice Castles. They were amazing!! It is 250,000,000 pounds, and it is the only one in Canada. There was even a controlled fire in the middle. While we were there Lori commented that if parents had young kids, and were dressed for the weather you could easily spend a few hours there. We spent about 45 minutes there. It is located in Hawrelak Park.

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Before entering.

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Just about to go in.

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There were 3 slides you could go down. I only went down one. There was a much larger one than this, and another just for kids.

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The huge slide you could go down.

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On Friday February 23, 2018 in the evening we went to Pizza Hut for supper and saw the sunset. We then went to Lori and Ray’s friends, Fran and Glen’s house to play games.

On Saturday February 24, 2018 we started the day off with going to the Telus World of Science. There was an exhibit called POPnology and it had the car, the DeLorean, that they filmed with from the movie back to the future.

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There was also a Terry Fox exhibit.

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Here is a picture of the van Terry Fox travelled in.

After the Telus World of Science we went to Southgate Mall, and I bought some Kernels popcorn. For supper we were planning to go to the downtown location of The Old Spaghetti Factory, but there was a game at Roger’s Place Arena and there was no parking so we went to the Old Spaghetti Factory at West Edmonton Mall instead.

On Sunday February 25, 2018 in the morning I left to go home.

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Me waving goodbye.

March Quotes

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

If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present. Gratefully.

-Maya Angelou

If you don’t trust the Lord and let him take you into the depths, he can’t take you to the heights.

-Graham Cooke

Make sure everybody in your “boat” is rowing and not drilling holes when you’re not looking.

-Trent Shelton

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo. But want someone who’ll help you catch the bus.

-Oprah Winfrey

Next time you stop to appreciate the beauty all around you don’t forget to include yourself.

-Unknown

Gratitude should not be just a reaction to getting what you want, but an all-the-time gratitude, the kind where you notice the little things and where you constantly look for the good, even in the unpleasant situations. Start bringing gratitude to your experiences, instead of waiting for a positive experiences in order to feel grateful.

-Marelisa Fabrega

Don’t Waste Your Illness

I recently read a very short book called Don’t Waste Your Cancer By John Piper. John Piper wrote this book the night before his prostate cancer surgery. I decided to call this blog post Don’t Waste Your Illness because I feel this book can relate to anyone who is going through any kind of illness. If you would like to download this book you can click here. Once you click the link, click download and then you click PDF and it will download for free. The book is 15 pages.

One section of this book that stuck out to me was in the preface John Piper said “So not to pray for healing may waste our illness.” I think there is all a point in our lives where we pray for healing. But as we know healing does not always happen. Of course I have prayed for healing, but when I realized God wasn’t going to heal the way I wanted Him to. The kind of healing I wanted was not God’s Will and my prayer changed. But like John Piper said that if we don’t pray for healing God will not get the glory later on when healing happens.

Another part that stuck out to me in this book was Chapter 2. “We waste our illness if we do not believe it is designed for us by God. I have heard many people say when their health has not been the greatest that God will use me/this for His glory. I believe that is a true statement. But since God is going to use you through a difficult time in your life, wouldn’t it be true to say that he designed this illness; just for you. “If God foresees molecular developments becoming an illness, he can stop it, or not. If he does not, he has a purpose. Since he is infinitely wise, it is right to call the purpose a design.” God has designed you just for the illness you are going through and He has designed your illness that you have just for you. If we only believe that we can be used by God but don’t believe that God designed our specific illness for us then we will waste our illness.

“Satan designs to destroy our love for Christ. God designs to deepen our love for Christ.”

The first part of this quote from John Piper’s book is based off of Matthew 13:22, and the second part of this quote is based off of Luke 13:16

Satan tries to destroy some of us by increasing our health and wealth, which can strangle our faith. And he tries to destroy others by multiplying their pain.

When we are diagnosed with an illness God’s goal is to take the anchors that we are holding onto so that we will only rely on Him.

We felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but God who raises the dead.

2 Corinthians 1:9

A huge point that stuck out for me was in Chapter 5 which said ” We waste our illness if we refuse to think about death.” This was a big one for me because I had thought about death a lot, but every time I did I felt as if I shouldn’t because, why should I think about death, when no one is dead, every if they were very close to death? I thought about death but up until I read this book I thought it was wrong because I was greatly hoping no one would die, and thankfully no one did. But the truth of the matter is we all are going to die. How can we be okay with death if we don’t ever think about it until someone dies. Psalm 90:12 says “Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” To number our days means to think about the days we have left and how few day that we really do have left.

Another point that stuck out to me in this book was in Chapter 9 which said “We waste our illness if we grieve as those who have no hope.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13 says ” We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as other do who have no hope. Even when someone dies, we grieve and that is okay. There is a temporary loss. But we grieve as people who have hope!

“Don’t just think of battling against your illness. Also think of battling with your illness.”

When you get diagnosed with an illness the kind of heart God wants to create in you is “a deeply affectionate caring heart for people.”

*Since I feel this book can relate to any kind of illness I have replaced the word cancer with illness.

*If quotations do not have a name attached to them, it is from the John Piper’s book.

February Quotes

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

Job never saw why he suffered but he saw God, and that was enough.

-Timothy Keller

Only take advice from someone you are willing to trade places with.

-Steven Mehr

There is such a big difference between forgiveness and reconciliation. It takes two to reconcile, so it is not always possible to be reconciled. But it only takes one to forgive. So if people do you wrong, forgive them, whether or not they ask for forgiveness. You cannot cancel their sin. Only God can do that, and He will only do that if they repent. But you can set aside your own anger, bitterness, and resentment toward them all.

-Unknown

I don’t need everyone to hear me say I’m a Christian, but I do need everyone to see Christ in me.

-Unknown

Loving God with all of the heart, soul, mind, and strength can only ever be done in the context of the moments we have been given right now, however ordinary or weak.

-Dana Candler

An idol is usually a good thing that we make ultimate. We say “Unless I have that, I am nothing.”

-Timothy Keller

If your life is an uphill slope, set your sails to catch God’s power.

-Woodrow Kroll

Imagine you … see a small dog sitting by a tree. As you approach it, it suddenly lunges at you … You are frightened and angry. But then you notice that one of its legs is caught in a trap. Immediately your mood shifts from anger to concern: You see that the dog’s aggression is coming from a place of vulnerability and pain … When we behave in hurtful ways, it is because we are caught in some kind of trap. The more we look through the eyes of wisdom at ourselves and one another, the more we cultivate a compassionate heart.

-Tara Brach

The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things … But rather a legacy of character and Faith.

-Billy Graham

“If Jesus Came To Your House” A Poem, By Lois Blanchard Eades

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If Jesus came to your house to spend a day or two,

if He came unexpectedly, I wonder what you’d do.

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Oh, I know you’d give your nicest room to such an honored Guest,

And all the food you’d serve Him would be the very best.

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And you would keep assuring Him you’re glad to have Him there,

That serving him in your home is joy beyond compare!

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But when you saw Him coming, would you meet Him at the door,

With arms outstretched in welcome to your Heavenly Visitor?

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Or would you have to change your clothes before you let Him in,

Or hide some magazines and put the Bible where they’d been?

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Would you turn off the radio and hope He hadn’t heard-

And wish you hadn’t uttered that last, loud, hasty word?

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Would you hide your worldly music and put some hymn books out?

Could you let Jesus walk right in, or would you rush about?

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And I wonder – if the Saviour spent a day or two with you-

Would you go right on doing the things you always do?

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Would you keep on saying the things you always say?

Would life for you continue as it does from day to day?

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Would your family conversation keep up its usual pace?

And would you find it hard each meal to say a table grace?

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Would you sing the songs you always sing and read the books you always read,

And let Him know the things on which your mind and spirit feed?

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Would you take Jesus with you everywhere you’d planned to go,

Or would you, maybe change your plans for just a day or so?

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Would you be glad to have Him meet your very closest friends,

Or would you hope they’d stay away until His visit ends.

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Would you be glad to have Him stay forever on and on,

Or would you sigh with great relief when He at last was gone?

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It might be interesting to know the things you would do

If Jesus came in person to spend the holidays with you.

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-Lois Blanchard Eades