There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle......
The other is as though everything is a miracle.

~Albert Einstein~

Yesterday Maya came flying into the house screaming......I thought someone was hurt. She was so excited because the kids discovered that our raspberries were ripe enough to pick and of course eat. The funny thing is that Maya has never had a raspberry before. She just got so caught up in the excitement of it all that she went crazy with excitement. She ate her first raspberry and delcared 'it was good'. Denaye on the other hand had much more fun picking then eating....although she did have her share and the evidence is all over her clothes. We had several neighbourhood children enjoying the they are waiting for the next batch to ripen!!!


Summer time is here and the kids are enjoying their time off from school. I like the change as well....getting away from the routine of things is nice for awhile. Maya, Sam and Denaye all just finished swimming lessons last friday. Sam was in level 3 and it was way beyond his ablility, however his teacher told me not to worry and that it would force him to improve. She was right.....he didn't pass the level, but he is able to do a lot of stuff that he couldn't just 2 weeks before....very proud of that boy. Maya is like a fish, she took to the water immediately and passed with flying colors. Denaye, the cautious one, actually was able to get over her fear of putting her face in the water. She also loves the water and she is able to move on as well. The kids have now started daycamps this week. It is nice they started because so did the rain, the weather is not very good these days. The high today is only 15 C......that's horrible. Maya now rides a bike. Her dad taught her, she has training wheels because she is not able to balance and pedal at the same time, but it won't be long before the wheels are off.

My brother is getting married in August and we are heading to Saskatchewan for the big event. On our way we are making a stop in Saskatoon to meet with some other bloggie friends who are or have adopted from Ethiopia. I am very excited to meet and talk and get to know them a little bit. The girls are very excited about the wedding. We bought very fancy dresses and fancy shoes so they can't wait to wear them. The rest of us are looking forward to being with family and celebrating with my brother and Shauna. That's it for now. I hope you are all enjoying your summer.


We had a great Canada Day!!! The girls received their Canadian citizenship documents the day before Canada appropiate. We spent the afternoon at Alberta Beach with Mark and Colleen at their cabin. The weather was beautiful and the kids had a blast going for boat rides and tubing. This was another first for the girls.....they had never seen a lake before or a boat or a tube!! We came back home and headed for the park to watch the fireworks with good friends Howard and Sue and their family. It was a great display and Sam and the girls enjoyed the show a lot. The kids were asleep within seconds of leaving the parking lot......we had a wonderful day. We are so glad that the last of the paperwork is completed for the girls and they are officially's all good!!! Here are a few pictures of our day.

On the dock at the lake.
Mark and Denaye......she thinks she's driving the boat.
Going for a tube ride.......they had such a blast!!!
WE ARE CANADIAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sam and the girls fooling around just before we headed out to the fireworks.
Rod, Debbie, Sam, Denaye and Maya waiting for the fireworks show to begin.
Howard and Sue with our kids seconds before the fireworks began to light up the sky