Monday, August 15, 2016


It's been forever since I have posted it seems! Life is moving on just fine at our home. Our Grand-kids are growing and bringing us joy everyday of our lives! Zander...Z-man is 6 now and has completed Kindergarten and loves school and all of his new friends. He asked his Mommy how many friends she had when she gave him a number and he said, Mommy, "I have way more friends than you!" He is giving, loving and so super protective of his little sister! He absolutely LOVES praying for the meal as loud as he can and it doesn't matter who is over or what family gathering we are at! Papa Dave taught him a High German blessing for the meal and that is the one he always prays! He has even taught his little sister to say that one! He loves singing his Jesus and praise and worship songs, he loves video games (good thing as his Mom and Dad love them too) He is general a happy healthy boy. It's rare to see him cry (even as a baby/toddler) now as a young man it is rare to see him have a meltdown, when that happens one can mostly look back and see he was either very tired or not feeling good! Oh...he does not like needles and has informed him Mom that he WILL run next time they try to give him one. (he did that with his Kindergarten immunization)! Arabella...Bella...Bell What a joy, she is the answer to prayer in a huge way. God has been so good even in the very hard thimes that Hank and Jolene have gone through. Belle is 2 years and 5 months, a tiny petite little thing, that is good though cause I held her through all the worship songs at church yesterday! She copycats Zander all the funny, she is a very goofy child and she knows she can make people laugh. She has such a love for her Papa and of course everyone else too, but Papa is just special! Needless to say she has him wrapped around her finger! She loves to sing, she loves her babies and I love to hear her play "mommy" or as she calls it "good Mommy" If they are at our home and Dave needs a break (he's been sick a lot) then I just have to say, "want a bath"?? And away we go for about an hour! She loves her Pepa Pig and Princess Holly shows but also loves to sign Jesus Loves Me. We are so blessed and thank the LORD for His wonderful love shown to our family.

Friday, January 24, 2014

March can't come soon enough!

As some of you already have heard, Hank & Jolene are expecting a HEALTHY baby girl and she is due to be born somewhere around March 10th! We are beyond excited and are finding it hard to wait to meet her and yet we want her to stay snuggled up in Jo's belly till she is ready to be born! Baby girl is such an answer to prayer and we are so thankful to God for this amazing blessing in our lives! I am so looking forward to seeing Zander interact with the baby! He is such a kind and caring little boy and loves children so very much. Zander will be 4 February 7th, he will be a big help to Mommy and a great role model for baby girl. He is our joy and I can hardly wait to see his love for baby sister! I want to thank all of you for the prayers that have gone up on behalf of Hank and Jo and our family. I keep thinking this baby should be named Faith, that would be exactly what Hank & Jo demonstrate by trying again after 5 miscarriages to have this precious little one! God's plans are perfect even though we cannot understand them at is not for us to doubt but to have FAITH. Please continue to pray for Jo as she is having trouble with her ligaments. Once baby is born that should heal. That's it for now. It sure has been a long time since I have blogged. I can't even figure out how to make changes and add a ticker for baby girl! thanks again for the prayers, so much appreciated.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Missing my layout and template on my dashboard

I am missing my layout, fonts and template options on my dashboard. Has this happened to anyone before and if yes, how do I get them back. I have thought of just starting a new blog but then I lose what I already have on this one. I would like to merge the old into the new if possible...can anyone give me an idea of what to do? thanks

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

another grandbaby!

Please pray with me for a healthy baby for Hank and Jolene

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Mothers Day Photoshoot contest. Read Jolene's Story

To share, like or vote go to Janet Haslam Photography face book page

My Mom (Verna Friesen) has always, always been there for me. When I was younger I didn’t recognize that as much but as I grew up I became more aware of how wonderfully amazing my Mom is.

To me one of the ways she showed me that I was loved was by putting our needs first and then her own. Mom bought most of her clothing second hand so that she could buy us new clothes and other things that we needed. When I was growing up she was always supportive in my life decisions and still is, she always does what she can to help me achieve them. She is always there for me to talk to when I need it which is a lot sometimes

While I was planning my wedding we found out that my Grandma Penner (age 62) had stage 4 liver cancer. My mom inspired me so much through that time as she helped me sooo much with wedding plans in her grief and all the while going to take care of her mother in Steinbach. I don’t know what I would do if I lost my mom and she was loosing hers all the while still being there 100% for me.

A few years down the road I was expecting my first child, her first Grandchild, we were all so excited! At our first ultrasound we found out that our baby had a Genetic condition and he was not going to live very long if at all, it was devastating. She was there for me so much I can’t even put into words how wonderful she was. She helped me emotionally, physically and with planning my first funeral for my little baby. 5 months later we found out I was expecting again and she was so supportive as we waited for our first ultrasound at 12 weeks to see if this baby had the same genetic condition. He was healthy! And a few months later we were blessed with a health baby. My mom is an amazing Nana and role model to Zander. I always know that when he is there she takes great care of him and teaches him so much, and I never have to worry about anything when he is there. Last year we were expecting again and this baby boy had the same condition Noah had. She was there at the ultrasound with us as we found out, and was so loving and caring. She was there for the birth of Quinton taking video for us while he was alive, she took a week off work to help us with Zander and all the funeral planning that we had to do all over again.

I am so thankful that God blessed me with the best mom in the world! She inspires me to be a better woman of God, mother, wife, sister, in-law etc. I Love You Mom!


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy 2nd Birthday Zander

These pictures were taken last Saturday, we had Z for 6 hours while his Mommy was pampered at Spa Euphoria 36.
Dave made a makeshift ramp and balls and tractors had some nice rides! In one pic you can see Papa's head in the mirror!
Our toy box is not finished yet but Z already has made himself at home in it!
We love this little boy so very much!
My Birthday prayer for you little man is that you will grow up to love and serve the LORD with all your heart and soul and mind...give your whole heart to Jesus.
Love forever and always, Nana & Papa

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Riu Palace Pacifico

In one week this is where Dave and I and 7 other friends
will be relaxing and enjoying our vacation!
Really looking forward to some sun and just taking a break!
I will post about our time there when we get back!