Archive for May, 2012

Siblings and now good friends

This has always been my dream for Faith and Shawn, that they would become good friends. Check out these videos which shows the friendship is developing.

Faith and Shawn are walking and chatting and even gave each other a hug. Love it.

Faith and Shawn are walking, then running to one of our neighbours’ driveway to use their slide. As you can see from the video I stopped them. haha.

May 21, 2012 at 10:09 PM Leave a comment

Pool is open

Here are some fun videos of Faith and Shawn enjoying water fun. Pool is open and the water hose is fun to use. Enjoy.

In this video both Shawn and Faith were playing with the water hose and I almost got my iPhone wet. Watch and you’ll see and hear. That’s De-Ann laughing.

Faith and Shawn are playing ring-a-round the rosy in the pool.

Faith is being very bossy, and surprisingly Shawn listens.

Splashing fun.

May 21, 2012 at 8:56 PM Leave a comment

Happy Birthday

Faith loves to sing. She sings everywhere and everything. She makes up songs, she sings songs she is taught and she sings whenever she wants to. This video is a good example of how Faith sings all the time. She was playing in the “sandbox” and just started singing Happy Birthday to Shawn. Enjoy!

May 21, 2012 at 5:39 PM Leave a comment

Backyard fun

Check out the below pictures and video of Faith and Shawn playing in our backyard. We are so blessed to have such a beautiful backyard. And even more blessed to have two kids that can enjoy it.

Even though the below pictures look like the kids are playing in a sandbox, the truth is it is De-Ann’s garden. She is re-d0ing the whole thing, so she has taken everything out and is replanting. As well, she is taking the planks out and put new ones in. So the kids have taken over the garden, for now, and use it as a sandbox.

Here is what the kids looked like after they were done playing in the “sandbox.”

Faith, dirt everywhere including her face.

Shawn, actually has dirt up his nose. He wouldn’t smile.

If you listen carefully you can hear both Faith and Shawn refer to their bucket of dirt as castles. Also, Faith is having a competition with Shawn to see who fills up their bucket the quickest and he doesn’t even know it.

May 21, 2012 at 5:22 PM Leave a comment


I wanted to take a few minutes to write a post about someone who has been so good to us as a family and never asked for anything in return. She is a close friend to us and especially Faith and Shawn, just like a Grandma. They love her so much and look forward to seeing her whenever she comes to visit, or when they see her at church.

By now you have guessed her name is Denita. For some of you, you have no idea who she is. And to the rest, who know Denita and see our kids interact with her, you already know what I am writing about is true.

I wanted to tell you about the first time Denita offered to take care of our kids and started a relationship with my family that will last forever–I’m sure of it. I remember Denita coming up to me and offering to babysit our kids because my Mom had just recently passed away and De-Ann’s Mom lives so far away. She wanted us to have a chance to get out for a date once and awhile to keep our relationship strong. She has never stopped offering. Along with her kids and one of Denita’s boy’s girlfriend we have had many chances to go on dates because so many people want to babysit our kids. We are so blessed.

Denita went above and beyond anything she has ever done this weekend. She offered to get the kids up and take them to church this morning so I could do my usual thing. As you probably know, I am a pastor, and Sunday is a work day for me so I needed to be at work early and leave late. So having Denita to take care of the kids most of the day until I got home was so helpful.

But check this out, she came over last night so I could put the car seats in her car. Then she came back the next morning, early, to wake the kids up, give them breakfast and bring them to the second service. Meanwhile I left for work, and didn’t have to worry about anything especially what to do with them while I was “working” that morning. I don’t consider what I do work, but it is my job. I love it BTW!

We are so blessed to have a friend like Denita. Words cannot express or thanks for who she is to our family and what she has done. We love you Denita!

May 20, 2012 at 4:41 PM Leave a comment

Kid’s haircuts

Today as part of my baching with kids, I took the kids to get their hair cut. Both Faith and Shawn desperately needed their haircut, so I took them to a place I used to get my haircut when I was living in Guelph–which happens to be in Heartland.

Check out the fun videos of Faith and then both Faith and Shawn as they got their hair cut by Lisa, for Faith and Alea, for Shawn. Both ladies were very good with the kids. And they did a great job.

You can hear Shawn commentating as Faith gets her hair cut. Faith pretends to be 2 and younger than her brother. It was interesting listen to her interact with the hairdresser.

You can see both Shawn and Faith got their hair cut at the same time, side by side. At first both of them didn’t want to get their hair cut but eventually they warmed up to their hair dresser.

May 19, 2012 at 5:29 PM Leave a comment

Faith is multitalented

Faith has been so helpful with Shawn. Since he came to live with us Shawn has excelled in so many way, one of which is his vocabulary. And I don’t take credit for that, I think it mostly because of Faith. She is such a great teacher.

The other thing Faith is good at is translating. Let me explain, Shawn will say something and I ask him to repeat himself and I still can’t figure out what he is saying, so finally I ask Faith. She translates for me and then I can respond to Shawn’s question, comment or request. Faith is multitalented.

May 19, 2012 at 4:52 PM Leave a comment

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