Friday, October 26, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

So excited!

My parcel showed up at my door this morning. A nice big box. Of course, I already knew what was inside .. and no, it wasnt yarn ;)

I am so excited about the music that came - three CDs: Need To Breathe, Tenth Avenue North and Passion . I also ordered Scott Stapp's new book, and have decided to save it for the weekend, ... when I can read it in one shot .

I am currently not reading too much .. there is not much time for that at this moment.

I have started SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL by Schumacher. I have also started KING SOLOMONS MINES by Haggard.  And I have nice "small" stack of Jane Austen and Chaucer that I really really need to get to.

My Bible reading is currently in Genesis ( for Parasha) , Jeremiah ( daily reading ) and the book of Sirach( usually read right before bed.

What are you reading ?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Sukkot 2012 - my week in photographs

 I. Love. This. Tree. End of story.

 Really though, it stopped me in my tracks - we were walking on the beach, barefoot might I add, and I saw this .. I dont even know what to say about it. .. the past  months have been filled with trees and roots and sowing seeds. My heart longs to be deeply rooted - it is something I strive for. Trees with huge roots stir my heart and continuously take my breath away.

Also, it greatly resembles the desktop on my computer that I have had for the past couple of months :

Panorama shot of the beach. Enough said :)

To add to my deeply-rooted-trees-amaze-me current mindset.

Sunset on the rocks. We brought a bowl( well, a pot that we used in place of a bowl) of jiffy pop my dad popped on the grill, with us and marveled at the clarity  of this sunset.

We ( as in one of my sisters and two of my brothers) biked across the one side of the park. We forgot to bring water and about a quarter through our ride back to our site, we were very thirsty.  We were quite thankful for this tap - we cupped our hands together and drank.

Sukkot was amazing - so thankful for everything God has done in my life, and continues to do.

Cant wait for next years! :)

Sunday, July 29, 2012


The beautiful castle in Joetsu ..I could seriously live there. It was beautiful and surrounded by trees and water. I have seen numerous traditional buildings and have been to two traditional styled Japanese homes - they are so gorgeous!

 The castles garden and surrounding waters.

 A tadpole in the process of turning into a frog ...

My sweet sister Mady took the time to type up this recipe and email it to me. We made these cinnamon rolls, which took pretty much all day, froze them, and then ate some while watching the Olympic opening ceremony at 5:30 on Saturday morning.

 A museum we went to had this on the wall ...creepy but cool! They also had a ton of stag beetles ... which dont freak me out as much anymore as I have lived with two of them since I got here. .. they are in container of course!

 A cute turtle Lily found while she was walking home. One of the neighbours took it to the police station in order to find its owner.

One ball of yarn and two fabrics that I bought yesterday . It is so easy to spend hours in craft stores!

On a totally different note, people continuously confuse me for my cousin . It is hilarious as the people who mix us up are people who actually know my cousin!

I am off to go watch a movie with the boys :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Japan Photo Update!

Here are a few photos I have taken on my trip thus far :

Taken from the airplane while flying over the British Columbia // Alaska area using the fish eye application on my camera.

 Garden located at a very old temple.

 Tea house in Nikko.

 Temple in Nikko.

An example of the amazing architecture I have come across.

My trip has been so amazing! I have been enjoying it all so very much!The architecture continuously blows \me away along with the polite and respectful attitude of the people.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

One More Sleep!

It is crazy to think that I have one more sleep in this house before I head to Japan!

My sweet Auntie Di sent me an e-mail the other day with the subject line " 2 More Sleeps" . I can't believe it! The jitters are starting to set in. I am soo excited!!

I am thankful to have family in Japan , who have so graciously allowed me to stay with them and have taken care of all the planning of what we will be doing. It will really give me a fuller cultural experience!

 I am  thankful for my family and friends in Canada who have supported me and loved me through this whole planning process.

I am thankful for my parents and siblings who have stayed up late with me, who have supported me, who have jumped up and down in excitement with me, who have helped me pack, who have given me love that is endless . I will miss them dearly!

I am forever thankful for God, who has given me this trip.

Numerous relatives have given great advice about travelling, flying, shopping, where to keep your cash ect. Without it, I would be lost!

I hope to post updates here regularly, and I will also post on facebook.

Friday, June 15, 2012


I tried teaching my little brother to say " Japan" this morning.

His first response was JOPAN.

Then... he said JAPANTS.

Apparently, according to him, I will be going to JAPANTS this summer.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Bit of Light Reading ...

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I have to say, the movie was nearly as great as the book! I found that the actors and actresses really portrayed the characters very well .

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
I have yet to watch The Tenant of Wildfell Hall for I would rather finish the book first. 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
This was an amazing movie, and I just rented the book today! 

Beyond the Miracle Worker by Kim E. Nielsen 
It was the picture that originally caught my eye, and as I read more, I knew I had to read the whole thing. 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Great movie. Great author. It is going to be a great book! 

What are you reading ? Is it good ?
What do you want to read ?

Monday, April 30, 2012


My excitement is increasing as I get closer and closer to my trip to Japan this summer.

My dear cousin posts photos on facebook, and I am overwhelmed with the thought that I get to go see them in two( ish) months. It is still so surreal.

Of course, there is still much to be done before I head away - and ,  I am sure, there will always be much to be done.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Source : Handmade Ryan Gosling

*Please note that I am aware of the inappropriate photo captions that appear on that  tumblr, and do not support them in any way. I have chosen my favorite clean photos from the site and have posted them to my blog to share . *

Friday, March 16, 2012

All My Fountains

I cant get enough of this song. Really .. the music is amazing!!! 

It brings me back to a little while ago, where Chris and his band started playing. Chris showed us how to clap for this song , and apparently, we clapped well.  Everyone danced and jumped around and sang along .. while clapping of course. 

I LOVE the guitar in this song. The moment of musical awesomeness at 4:30 is just brilliant!!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Passion Live Podcast!!!

You can watch the podcast here :

It is really amazing.

What is the podcast about ? Its about the release of White Flag , it is talking about the album and the stories and songs that are related to it. Even more than that, Its about JESUS.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Honey Cinnamon Crisp Muffins - with a dairy free and gluten free option

Makes 10

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup oats
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 egg, slightly beaten
2/3 cup milk
1 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup butter, melted
4 tablespoons clear honey


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Grease 10 cups or line them with paper muffin cups.
2. Mix the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl . In a separate bowl, mix together the egg, milk, yogurt, melted butter, and honey. Add the wet ingredients all at once to the dry ingredients and mix briefly until just combined.
3. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, dividing it evenly, then sprinkle the tops with oats. Bake in oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until well risen and golden. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. Serve warm or cold.

Fresh fruits such as raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries may be added to the mixture, if you like.

This is the original recipe. When I made mine last night, I used gluten free flour, olive oil ( in place of butter), almond milk ( in place of regular milk) and homemade butter milk ( made from almond milk and lemon juice) in place of the yogurt. Instead of using oats to top the muffins, I used an apple crisp topping.


Mount Fuji , Japan

Thursday, February 16, 2012

KNITspiration !

There are many knitters and designs out there that inspire me. Here are my top four :

1. First and foremost, my mom. If it werent for her, I wouldnt be knitting.  And , if it werent for her, Id  probably be a helpless knitter. I cant even count the amount of times she has explained abbreviations, suggested more efficient ways of doing things, and encouraged me along the way. She is a huge inspiration to me!

You can find her over here : Little Lamby Knits

2. Shui Kuen

I have knit numerous of these shawls, and still feel like I could knit many more. They are sooo easy and beautiful! They are also really comfy!

3. Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed

 His designs are amazing!

4. Jane Richmond

Simple and easy. I am currently knitting a mustard scarf for my aunt . It is really easy, quick and pretty  :)

Jane's Blog :

As a final note, I  have this song in my head and cant get over how striking the piano is. Its simple and sweet and somewhat bitter in a mere 4 minutes and 29 seconds.