Showing posts from August, 2016

Glenwood, Alberta Canada

Uncle Mel at home in Glenwood
with Ruby Catherine.
We love you!   
We love Canada.  
Thanks for your kindness.

Mindfulness is...

Watching the clouds,
Observing a flower, Feeling the sun on your skin, Making eye contact and connecting with another, The joy in your heart when your dog is glad your home, Creating, Appreciating, Mindfulness is living in the present moment.
Mindfulness is not… Chatter in your mind, The thoughts you have of your annoying neighbor, The things you say in your mind about others, Worry about things that may go wrong at work, Fear about things that will NEVER happen to you.
Our whole life is made up of moments.  How will you spend your moments?  All we ever have is the current moment that we are in-  It is a gift.  Are you at peace with your Present?

I began my journey in Mindfulness 6 years ago, as I read Geneen Roth's,  Women, Food and God.
As with most things if life, learning to be mindful is a process that takes effort over time.  I have put much effort into practicing mindfulness- living each moment.  It is not easy, I am human, I still have to kindly reminding my chatt…

You Are My Sunshine

Grandma Ardy died at her home today after suffering a second stroke.
She was a light in my life, her kindness will be remembered. Her mother sang her the song "You Are My Sunshine",  she then sang it to her children and grandchildren.  Years ago I rewrote the lyrics as a birthday gift to her.  And then updated them again for her funeral.

You are my Sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy, when skies are gray. And now you know dear, how much I love you. We’ll be together again one day.
I love you so, Sweet Grandma Ardy. Your kind heart stands supreme. You fill my cup. It runneth o’er. You are remembered in my dreams.
We are all blessed to know and love you. Your sweetness fills the heart. We feel your spirit, and know you’re near us. May your love from us never depart.
Your gentle kindness it overcomes me. I am so grateful for your love. You are a blessing sent straight from heaven. For you, I thank God above.

Māori hangi - a real taste of culture

The Bean Family invited us to join them for a Hangi-  or Haangi We love the Beans-   Māori honor the earth and recognize that the earth is the giver of all life, from the soil came food and that same food was cooked beneath the earth. Our food was burried with hot coals-  Here Eric lifts out the feast basket-  Pork, Chicken, Potatos, Sweet potatos,  Good people, good times.

One Month on the Road

We're in Idaho.  One month on the road went by quickly.  Lots of events.
-We said good bye to Grandpa Henry

-Grandpa Henry died

-Grandma Ardy had a stroke, we spent time with her at University hospital in SLC

-On our drive to get on our ship to AK, our truck broke down in Burley, Idaho.

-Grandpa Cory came to save us and brought us his Prius

-We stayed with our dear friends from old days in Kansas-  Mat and Karin Bean in Gig Harbor, Washington

-We made it to our port and set sail to Alaska

-Alaska, green. therapeutic.

-Canada-  Vancoover, BC Harker-Armstrong Family Fun

-Olympic Peninsula, Yurt Camping Cape Disapointment Harker-Armstrong family

-Astoria, Oregon

-Portlandia, OR- VooDoo Donughts

-Back to Idaho to get truck fixed