Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Cold White North!

First Winter In Our Tiny Slide-In!
MOVED AGAIN!  We sure picked a cold place to pass the winter test!  We heard from someone it can get to -61!!  We believe it since -50 is not that uncommon according to Nancy's parents and cousin who lived in The Pas (2 hrs LESS north from here)!! It has snowed thrice and we are quite warm enough on just using half of the oil heater mode and that half mostly stays on snowflake or snowflake and a half!! 

Obviously we are not quite finished building as you can see we still need the trim on the outside but it is livable already.  Jacob's now working on the sink-side counter and under storage in the interior.  We need our convection microwave oven with a vent to be close to independent as long as we have electrical hookup until we can afford solar.

Our bedroom loft.  We are now working on shelving

                                            All we need for heating our house in Northern SK!!!

"Our" verse :)

Storage under the floor (quite a lot of space surprisingly!)

Christmas here in the "Cold White North" not far from polar bears and balooga whales ~lol
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We are now debt free after working for a year in Colorado and back in ministry working with a new Teen Challenge center in northern Canada!  For those who have time for the story, we attached a little note at the bottom of this letter in response to a friend who was SO surprised that we suddenly had such a drastic change in direction.  Our camera broke and we've hit the ground running so not many pics; but, at the bottom, we will "try" at some point to include a newsletter that the director's wife made up recently--along with explanations for those who desire to help out with donations.  For some reason it is not simple to attach.  In any case you may also find the information on-line at their website (which will be one of our jobs to help update) http://freedomoutreach.weebly.com/donate.html

CAMP PROPERTY OFFERED TO THE CENTER - "The Center," as they call it, exists to help guys 18 and older find freedom from addictions and a new life in Jesus Christ.  A guy with an addiction who wishes for change and comes to the program is asked to pay only $1000 for the WHOLE year, and they get to live and eat here under certain conditions.  Only 40% of them can even afford that $1000 and people who support the center donate money to cover those who cannot, but this is a tiny community here.  The Center has been given the opportunity to have a beautiful lake front camp for free!  The board is now discussing if they will take it on because they would have to spend money to demolish some (if not all) of the old moldy buildings on the property that are a hazard.  Jacob and I are praying they will be in favor of taking it and can see so much potential for that camp!  We are in limbo as to where we will be living and for now are parked in our boss's driveway until the end of October.  If they get the camp, we can live there, but it is unknown as to when/how that will happen.

FOOD FOR THE GUYS - This is a concern right now and I hear people discussing about what to do since the budget is overall low.  The guys are getting food enough to be strong but it would be nice if/when Nancy switches over to cooking P/T that she could order things that she needs for the recipes.  There used to be a grocery store that would donate a LOT of foods (including meats) to the Center but they closed down, so now the Center has to buy all the food for the guys.  (Staff are allowed to eat with the guys at lunch times).  There is some produce and lots of bread donated to the Center from somewhere.

OTHER SPECIFIC NEEDS - The guys do work projects and need a plow for winter ($3000); donation for making new cubicle type desks for the students because they have some new guys; air compressors ($500-$600 each); projector and laptop also needed for church presentations and also presentations shown in schools and reserves about the dangers of drugs and alcohol ($1800); steel toe boots and winter boots; other tools: circular saw, chop saw, socket set, screwdriver set, corded drill, cordless power drill and any loose tools. We received a fridge donation recently PTL!  The Center gives tax deductions. There is tremendous need for freedom in this area--and lots of crime (even little kids breaking into places and stealing things).

VEHICLE :) - PRAISE - someone is providing an older car for us that needs a lot of work but the guy is a mechanic and can help us fix it if we buy the parts!  PTL!  Presently, our co-worker and friend, Steve, is having issues with his vehicle.

*FUNDS FOR A SAW MILL and WOOD SPLITER WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL - The guys do work projects and have shingling jobs and lawn mowing, but if they could produce their own lumber here it would help TREMENDOUSLY with the building up of the camp and other wood working projects that could bring income to the Center.  There are trees everywhere around us and the government allows for us to have all the trees we want that are dead which is a LOT of potential right there.

UPDATE ON TRITTS - SO here's the scoop!  Everyone at La Garita Ranch in Creede is beginning to send out their resumes since the job there is finishing in April.  We had sent out a couple of feelers for potential jobs in Canada since Nancy has obtained dual citizenship Jacob desires to obtain his as well but we just didn't have a peace about them and were feeling rather frustrated.  Then OUT OF THE BLUE right when we were looking for a job in Canada our First Nation friend, Steve, asked if Jacob would like to work for a new Teen Challenge that has started up here in Denare Beach, Saskatchewan.  We both had a peace about it right away and began to point our ship in that direction and WHOOSH before we could say "pumpernickle" we were here!  Most of the guys here in the program are First Nation.

God really gave us favor with all the officers at the border crossing!  It helped that Nancy had established a trust relationship with both the US and Canadian border control officers before actually crossing :)  They laughed when they identified her because she called and asked them all a zillion questions on how to do things the right way. We actually ENJOYED our time at the border crossing!

We were told it can get to -60° here!!!  We assume that means Fahrenheit, not Celsius. We believe it, because this place is even further north than where Nancy's father and mother lived in The Pas, MB which they told her can get to -50.  Jacob has seen his first AMAZING display of the aurora borealis a few days ago.  Pretty breathtaking!  They occur here on a regular basis.  It will be quite an adventure living our first winter in our Tiny Slide-in up here!!!  We wish we hadn't minimized quite so much of our winter clothes now before coming ~lol.  We do hope to get an authentic pair of mukluks made here from leather if we can make good friends with one of the locals who can help us.  Apparently that is the warmest thing for your feet in this area; they say the winters are VERY dry here in the far north so you don't get soakers (a.k.a., wet socks, for you Americans).

Come visit the Center anytime!  We would love to show you the work God is doing here! 

PS: Teen Challenge pays Jacob a salary here of something like, $2000/month start up, minus the taxes which is more than enough to provide for our needs even if we did wish to rent.  We have decided for ourselves though, as you all mostly know, to live in our tiny home for the winter!  We are very excited about doing this and it is true we will still be saving as much as possible for buying the things we need for that and to continue to build up the inside.
The director mentioned if anyone does wish to donate to us in any way that currently there is no way for giving a charitable receipt to those outside of Canada and donations to us personally are allowed but they need to make it clear that it is a donation personally for us and not the center.  We will post the instructions in the side column of this blog/newsletter.  It is not our intention to raise support for ourselves though, especially locally, because we do not wish to rob the center of their support and when they are supported we are supported :)  THANKS AGAIN SO MUCH.  WE APPRECIATE YOUR LOVE AND PRAYERS MORE THAN WE CAN EXPRESS!!

Some of the critters we've encountered so far.  The fox are spoiled like the mule deer in Lake City.  They will practically crawl right into your lap for a snack!  Someone was feeding one outside the restaurant we were at.

  • PRAISE: our truck broke down.  WOW, we  made it all the way here and PTL it didn't brake down between the States and Canada!!!  It sounded like the engine with a huge clunk-like explosion and then it wouldn't run.  However our friend Steve Sullivan and a new-found friend Marlow from the Mennonite church we go to came and found it was only the distributor cap and fixed it for $25 by getting the part from Canadian Tire!  PTL!
  • PRAISE: some new missionary friends who are going to the mission field will let us have their older car, that they realize needs some TLC so Nathan offered his mechanical services as long as we pay for the parts and he will help us fix it up!  It needs to pass the grueling Saskatchewan safety inspection
  • PRAISE: Marlow also is a great white hunter and brought us fishing in his boat one day and we ate pickerel to our hearts delight and also he gave us a duck and a snow goose to cook up!  He wants to get a moose.  It would be nice if we could get a moose shot for the center too!  We are getting our PAL licenses soon, Lord willing :)  SO that's another PR!!!
  • JACOB - as he works on special projects, ie. welding and carpentry for the Center
  • THE GUYS - for their overall spiritual health/deliverance and FREEDOM IN CHRIST!  AMEN!  New guy who just came and left, Cory, that he can find deliverance and freedom and that we managed to make a life-changing impact on his short time here.  Also for everyone's safety as new guys coming in need a little more TLC and are adapting to a drastic change in lifestyle.  HEALING for our co-workers Cris, Kandie, Cliff and Steve - a lot of physical pain in their body and a lot of back trouble issues.  Jacob said his back is acting up too and suddenly our directors wife is struggling with severe migraines, that have happened in the past.
  • MINISTRY - As we work together as a team and staff that we will always continue to assume the good first and that we will refuse to react to the lies/shocking news of the enemy and for healthy relationships and physical health all around.  PRAISE is that God has really given us a GREAT team staff and we are able to do this and be very real with each other and get along extremely well, not that we don't need your continued prayer support for that for sure!
  • PAPERWORK - tonze of paperwork still undergo; please pray that we can continue to keep this new ministry the priority, fixing our camper and the paperwork too without being overwhelmed

Thursday, July 9, 2015

MOVED! And Building Our First Tiny Home!


Here is our first tiny house!  It's a slide in camper!!  We are not finished the interior as of yet and we need to do the trim and add a window to the exterior.  We suddenly heard as of YESTERDAY that we need to have it liveable by August 11th!!!  Actually by the 10th because 15 guys will be staying in the house (that will be torn down) we are presently staying in.

We now work for Andy Dozier of Lake Fork Home Builders and are so grateful.  Jacob is on the construction crew and Nancy gets to feed the 12-19 workers.  The lovely ranch takes our breath away with it's beauty.  It's a special priviledge (sp?) we don't take for granted.

We are very much looking forward to the Tiny House Jamboree in Colorado Springs from August 7-9.  We offered to volunteer so it would be the 6th to the 10th for us.  We hope to meet some life-long friends there and learn as much as possible since our hopes are to build a dream tiny home on the 24' trailer that some dear Lake City friends gave to us last year.  Not to mention needing to fine tune our first little tiny home!  We have many questions.  The white chevy we bought for $500 died so we bought the 1 ton dually you can see in the furthest picture.  It's covered in dust because the dirt workers here are piling up giant mounds of sand and gravel for the work crew and they are working across from us.

This is the Ranch where we are living now and presently have a room in this Western House.

There are some updated pictures since Jacob had finished the work station on the front and put up a door.  I will update this post one of these days.  Maybe after the jamboree!

Friday, March 7, 2014


3/11/11 SENDAI, JAPAN - DISASTER AND A LOVE STORY (March 7th, 2011 Sendai, Japan)

 “Two are better than one.  If one falls down, his friend can help him up...” (Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10)
“God's precious gift of friendship brings two lives, two souls together... Let's their spirits touch and meet, teaches them to grow and reach, helps them both to be the very best that they can be.”~Thorns & Thrones by B.J. Hoff

We met February 3rd, 2011.  I hesitated to write about how he came riding into my life on a bolt of lightening and captured my heart since I am so tired of stupid crushes.  He was the first I met of the new batch of teachers coming in this year.  I was sitting alone at a table and he sat down across from me in the school cafeteria.  He looked at me so deeply I wondered if I knew him from somewhere??

The Sunday after he arrived, I saw him at the back of the bar where we gather once a week for a small family-like church service in Japanese with an English translator.  His original intention was to go to a much larger church but his contact wasn't home so he came with another friend to ours.  Right away our pastor noticed he seemed to know what he was doing around instruments and got him to volunteer for next Sunday playing in the worship band.  Overhearing that I snagged him for our own little fellowship that evening.  From the moment we began practice, I was ... ?!! There wasn't any other place I wanted to be in the whole world.  I'd felt quite happy and completely right to be doing exactly that for the rest of my life!!!  Is there a word for that feeling?  No.  I dunno if there's such thing as a cupid but if so.... they sure did a good job!!!! I'm almost embarrassed to say so!! Jacob was taken with me too... and SUDDENLY we are together after all these years of waiting.

We were FAST friends... We went on walks and poured out ours souls to one another. It was so sudden we both were a little taken back.  A little afraid.  On a cold Sendai night after a long walk, Jacob invited me into Freshness Burger and asked me out :)  It went something like, 

“So, I'm guessing you're feeling the same way I'm feeling about you?" (pause) (knod) "Then we might as well go ahead and start dating!  Dinner's on me!” (^ ^)(^ ^) <---(Japanese emicons – two very smiley faces)

God seemed to give His stamp of approval.  I told Jacob about a song that had really been impacting my life at a sad time.  Making a desperate attempt at guitar I tried to teach it to others but finally gave it up for the sake of humanity, “Take My Hand And Walk” by the Kry.  It just so “happened” to be his FAVORITE song of all time!!!  Ya right!  I can hear you saying it too!  Truthfully though, he had been practicing that song for 12 years to get it down perfectly and now he can play it pretty much exactly the way it was written.  I think he even called the guy who recorded it and asked him what guitar he played!  Ya!  Insane. We tried to play and sing it together but I was too shy to sing and suddenly very self-conscious (+ +) <---(Japanese emicon ‘I’m dying of embarrassment’ face)!  He sent me a couple of song attachments by Sara Groves, “You Can Never Lose My Love” and “Remember."   I listened to his songs before going to visit my three friends later that night.  One friend unknowing of the significance gave me that very CD with both of those songs on it that very night...!


(March 11th, 2011)  9.0 earthquake, tsunami and radiation disaster hits Sendai, Japan.  I had just finished teaching kindergarten and had walked down the hill to my small apartment.  I was on my knees asking God to forgive me for being so irritated with one of my little boys who threw another temper tantrum today.  Little did in know I would never see my children again.  Before I could finish i felt the tremors and ran for the flight of stairs leading to the parking lot.  I had a hard time keeping my balance.  I couldn't stand so I went to my knees.  It felt as if I were in a nightmare.  I cried out to God.  Even the pavement was moving in what it seemed like waves.  Suddenly it began snowing like ash from a volcano, thick and sideways.  Then it turned to freezing rain.  It is not uncommon to snow in Sendai but this was a very strange weather phenomenon.

When I could get up I went to the Immersion building close to my apartment where others were standing shivering in the cold or perhaps from shock.  Quite a few were traumatized and at least a couple of the newer teachers were hysterical.  Jacob came running down the hill to find me.  He and other teachers had been holding a giant tarp over the remaining daycare kindergarten children in the playground to keep them from getting sick in the freezing rain.  No one was injured seriously.  I heard one child had blood on his head from being hit by something but they were okay.  We were thankful that it was between kindergarten and the after school clubs so there wasn't a full school of children there terrified and separated from their families.  Likely there would have been some serious injuries in that case.

When the quake hit Jacob was running out of one of the big school buildings from the second floor with plaster and things falling around him.  A Japanese friend was with him and when he felt the first tremors he went to the classroom door to slide it open as a precaution.  When his hand reached the door he shouted back,

"Let's go! NOW!!!" and flew from the room with Jacob hot on his heels.

Jacob injured his ankle jumping off of the last few steps which still hurts him to this day.  When they reached the playground they could see another friend running and falling and stumbling his way along to the horse barn where the horses were frantic.  We had no idea there was a Tsunami coming.  Apparently, the waters stopped two miles short of us and then stretched past us on both sides but we did not see the waters.  Our school is on a hill.  We could see a strange cloud forming off in the distance that seemed to be lingering... later we heard it was from a nuclear plant not far away.

Almost all of the teachers at our campus decided to sleep together for about three or four nights in the Immersion building.  It is built very strong. The aftershocks kept coming and coming having no mercy on tired bodies through the night.  I became very sick and developed a serious case of bronchitis, and perhaps pneumonia.  MeySen Academy School family and staff were very gracious and compassionate.  They fed us so we didn't have to stand for hours in grocery lines in town and lent money to those who wished to evacuate until the radiation threat blew over.  Our principal, Daniel Fanger, kept in close contact with us and made sure everyone was safe and cared for.

Those of us who did choose to evacuate north to the American Air Force Base in Misawa aided in a large operation to send clothing, food and supplies for the destitute and suddenly homeless in Sendai.  Sendai
airport was gone.  Destroyed.  We could not believe what was happening.  We felt sick to watch any reports on television (we have not watched a full report to this day).  One day you think everything will always be the same and then it is torn from you.  After we left we heard Samaritan's Purse set up operation from our school to help the suffering.  Even the MeySen school buses were used for transporting relief supplies. 

I've never been so physically sick in my life.  I was burning with fever and began having gagging and choking fits during the night.  Jacob and another friend would jump up from their sleep to help me.  A kind doctor at the base gave me medicine. 

The first time Jacob and I held hands was when we were leading a get together at the base.  There was a large group, around 40, and some guests too.  We all decided to pray so we held hands in a circle.  I was standing next to Jacob !  He seemed affected too as we both realized it.  We expected to return to school from Misawa after a week, but the US Ambassador was very adamant about how dangerous the radiation was and strongly urged us to all leave the country.  We could still feel the tremors hitting Misawa.  Jacob has a relative who is a nuclear expert who also urged us to leave immediately.  I followed Jacob's decision to leave and we planned to return when the radiation threat cleared.

Jacob tried so hard to get us tickets but they were escalating off the map!!  At one point it was over $5000 ONE WAY to get to only Seattle and we wanted to go to Pennsylvania to his parents.  We heard a friend of a friend had to pay $9800 one way!!!  Jacob was beside himself.  He was so upset he swore to the air-force guy in charge of the free 5-minute phone calls.  The guy understood though and gave him a big hug.

Jacob's mom, 2am her time, was able to find us tickets to Hawaii for $1600 a piece.  We jumped on that.   While we were waiting 18 hours in Tokyo airport to get to Hawaii some people with a big TV camera interviewed us.  Jacob and I hadn't told anyone but our parents about our new-found relationship and were keeping it a secret to surprise everyone... Well, so much for that because we were all over the globe when it was broadcast on National television!  Our friends and family in Canada and America were so shocked to see us appear on their TV screen (interview link below).  For one, they were desperate to hear of our well-being since it was next to impossible to contact us and they were very curious about us being together :)


It felt surreal walking off that plane into Hawaii.  Standing there blinking stupidly in our big boots and warm winter coats the best I can do to describe our shock was almost like we had been time warped from a different planet and we were watching ourselves in a movie.  People there must have thought we were from a different planet too :)  We were relieved to stay with a friend's grandparents, Surfing the Nations, and in the studio apartment of a dear, new-found, Hawaii'n friend during our short 10-day stay there.

One very special day on Laniakea B
each where the big sea turtles come in Jacob got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.  We kissed for the first time as a big rainbow stretched the eastern sky!  I'm convinced time stood still as I watched him gently slip the beautifully hand carved plumeria Hawaii'n wedding band over my finger.  A sweet lady from Hawaii we didn't even know just gave it to us after hearing our story and praying with her one day!


When we finally made it to Jacob's parents we began our wedding preparations.  We bought a Tracker from Jacob's best friend that used to be Jacob's brother's and drove around town with the top off.  We shared a gelatti in the backseat.  It was romantic and fun driving to the drive-in theater in town!  There was a rainbow that day too~

My friends that remained in Sendai sent me the wedding dress that I had brought with me to Japan but had to leave behind during the evacuation.  I never expected to see it again!!  They sent me my Cinderella shoes and my other beautiful dress too.  So sweet.  That was our first wedding gift :)  I did not expect to get anything back from Japan because it is sooooo expensive to ship things and I figured it wasn't worth it I guess.  Besides I was too happily “in-love” to care!
One day Jacob was leading me through a big field at one of the camps he used to work at.  We looked down and to our surprise saw an American quarter in the middle of nowhere!  Right there next to it a foot away was another ~it was Canadian!  We looked all around and found no other coins.  We smiled and laughed and thanked God for sending us His blessing.

Two months from fleeing the 3/11 disaster in Sendai not one but THREE tornadoes touched down in and around Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania which has never happened before!  M
y bridesmaids were almost all there for the wedding when Jacob suddenly shouted for us to run! Fighting the elements we raced across the lawn into Nana and PapPap's root cellar!  The strong winds were throwing down very large tree branches and one the size of a medium tree fell right next to our tracker!  It was quite a scene with all of us drenched and squished into one tiny room like a can of sardines.  What drama would follow us next our family teased!

Because Jacob is American and I am Canadian we had two weddings.  One in Pennsylvania May 28th, 2011 and one on St. Joseph Island June 4th a week later.  There wasn't a dry eye in the place when my father reached out his hand to the people as he was wheeled down the aisle to give me away that day.

“Many waters cannot quench love.”  ~Song of Solomon 8:7

We miss our Japanese friends and loved ones dearly and never forget to mention them in our prayers.  Every Christmas we make a Japanese Christmas cake and remember our times spent together.  May we meet again~ and may the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.

Some Sites regarding 3/11/11
On-line articles https://www.meysen.ac.jp/files/Friends_156en.pdf

http://www.misawa.af.mil/photos/mediagallery.asp?galleryID=5323&page=5   -pictures of our group at Misawa American Air Force Base March 15, 2011
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/japan-quake-confusion-in-aftermath-13164596  -short blurb of us being interviewed within this broadcast

You won't believe this but just now as I'm editing this and am coming to a close the random "Psalm of the Day" at the side of this blog was: "He sent from on high, he took me; He drew me out of many waters" ~Psalm 18:16.  I read a similar verse randomly the night before we gave our testimony of our account of 3/11 at SIM, "Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to You at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him" ~Psalm 32:6.

We were stunned upon seeing this map of what happened that terrible day.  The arrow points out the location of our school.  The green lines are the tsunami waters.


How exciting! I was just talking to a man in church about your story. Was telling him how I couldn't sleep and at 1:30 in the morning I felt compelled to Google for the phone number for the Air Force base. When i did the person who answered the phone knew who Jake was. What are the odds???  Also, how I didn't think I would hear from you for a long time after the tsunami and within 4 hours Jake was able to email a simple 'We're safe'. I cannot give words to what those 2 simple words meant to Dad and I.    And I told him about a lady who contacted me through Facebook that she was a parent of a teacher in Sendai and that her in-laws lived in Honolulu and they would pick you up at the airport!!  The man at the dry cleaners who gave us a big price break to clean your wedding dress. Being on national TV from the Tokyo airport and being able to see you in person! How friends and family helped pay for airline tickets. So many God things! ~Mom Tritt

Thursday, February 27, 2014


The old Maki Road farm where we all grew up had a creek in the back and was perfect for exploration and imagination.  The big cliff-like rocks made for good sliding and splashing fun too.  The king salmon would swim across those pebbles at the bend if you chased them.  One could almost catch one by the tail!  A boisterous one flung a wave of water at Dad when he threw in a rock and got him all wet!  Ha, ha!  Dad was like a cat in that way, he HATED getting wet!! Hee hee ^_^  (Picture - Great Gramma Harriot, Dad, Great Grampa Joseph at the old farm)

There was an apple orchard and an old pear tree beside the beautiful Maple forest where sometimes Dad would arrange for family reunions or Sunday School picnics.  The red pines planted in two rows by dad and my older sisters bordered the front and adjoining properties.  They made a fine pine needle highway to walk along.  It felt nice and crunchy under your feet as you walked.  When the wind blew the trees sang a wistful song.  



Dad put a little wooden windmill that he made at the end of the driveway.  He painted it red and white like the house.  He was born in the living room of our house!  It used to be his grandparents house.  There was a little barn where mom kept her pony and dad had his workshop.  You would often find dad working in his beautiful garden in front of the barn.


One time when my little neighbor friend and i were playing in one of the fields we heard what we thought to be a wild boar escaped from the fair next door and climbed frantically into the trees and waited with wide scared eyes.  Not long after our scramble we heard a long and deep laughter from the brushes.  Dad popped into the clearing with a mischievous look on his face. “Aw, Dad!!!!”



One of the best childhood memories i cherish though, was when Dad and Grampa Danz would drive us out to Red Rock to hunt for agates, and other precious stones.  It was a real treasure hunt.  One time the brush was SO thick when we were following our way into the bay along the creek Grampa Danz was caught by the seat of his pants in the branches.  I tried to get my camera in time but he wasn't about to get caught on film too and broke loose in the nick of time ~lol. Now that was funny!  The black flies weren’t funny at all though!!!  It's true they do pick your bones!!




(Grampa Danz in picture to the left)  At one point we got separated in the thick underbrush.  Scrambling my way along, it was each man for himself.  I couldn’t see either Dad or Grampa.  Splash!  Someone fell into the creek!  Glad it wasn’t me!  I made my way to catch up to see if they were okay.  It was Dad :)  We got back on track and suddenly there was a crack and the dirt beneath us rumbled and shook.  A HUGE tree was falling down away from the bank and we found ourselves slipping down towards the creek again with the roots snapping up all around us!  Wow.  What a day!  We finally made it to the pebble beach and caught up with a soggy Grampa Danz as well!  Ha ha :D





What a precious time we had at Mom and Dad's 50th and Sue and Mel's 25th renewal of vows!   We wondered if Dad would be able to say, "I do.”  But as the reverend turned to him to ask his part he surprised us by cutting in and saying, "I do!" in an animated voice.  Again after the reverend started he cut in, "I do!" Finally he raised his hand and said, "Yes!" before the reverend could finish!  The reverend laughed and said to the audience, "Have you ever seen such an eager groom?!"  (^/^) LOL!  It was very cute.

My dad was the first one on the stage and it is so amazing to me that even though he has some effects on his brain from the stroke that have changed him, he still stands for Jesus.  That finger he is holding up means "One Way" (Jesus).

(Sunday, April 11th 1993) I had the best weekend.  Ben, Josh and I all went exploring in the woods every day they were here.  Mom even came with us once, yesterday. The scenery was gorgeous.  We found a creek off of the big pond through the meadow past the apple orchard and up on a hill.  Whew!  It almost wears me out just telling about the hike we took.  Well, not really, I could have done it a hundred times!

When we got back the boys and I just had to take dad on the journey.  We found he already knew all about those sacred places!  He took us on a secret trail leading from the pond and across the beaver dam.  Everyone took the harder but safer way across but I spotted a big log that had fallen over and bounded across to the other side.  I was way ahead of them.  HA!

“Nyaa, nyaa you slowpokes!” I taunted.

When they all had made it we followed our way through the trails until we reached a clearing.  What a surprise awaited us all.  Even for dad.  It was like a little slice of Heaven.  The kids and I took off like a shot racing up and down the enormous hills.  I even rolled down one unusually steep one and regretted getting all jilted and dirty.  Not to mention dizzy!  I ran around in hopeless circles trying to catch up to the rest while they all laughed.  God sure is good to us.  When we got back dad, mom, Ben, Josh, Ginger, Texas, Buttons and I all collapsed in a heap in the sand pit at the top of the hill by the house.  Dad came up with the splendid idea of having a campfire and roasting some hotdogs.  We all thought that was a grand idea.  I ran to the house to get the ingredients while dad and the boys gathered sticks for the fire.  When all was said and done Ben and I played Mission Impossible on the commodore 64 for a while.  Buttons and Ginger joined us for a game of hide and seek.  It didn’t take them long to find us.  Hahaha (^ ^)

The kids are so funny.  The things they will do.  They dug and dug so much to build a sand castle and Josh ran all the way back home as fast as his little legs could carry him to get an extra shovel.  Now if you called it work… it would have been a different story!  I built two sand sculptures.  One an Egyptian riding an alligator (Ben insisted it was a dragon) and a woman lying in the sand.

Dad and I escaped for a moment and laid down on the side of the banks while the kids played in the sand.  We stared at the clouds going by and dad told me with my head on his pot belly (that makes a pretty good pillow) that when he was around 14 he used to lay down in the tall grass and look at the clouds as the wind swayed the hay back and forth around him like whitecaps riding on the lake.  He hadn’t a care in the world back then and nothing to worry about.  He told me about another time when he was a game warden and he canoed up seventy five miles from civilization.  He stretched himself out on some fresh grass lying on the river bank.  There he daydreamed about a beautiful woman with long black hair and a pretty smile (my mother) while soaking in the rays of the sun.

Here’s a report of what we did this weekend:
·         Explored the wilderness
·         Played digdug (dad’s favourite game, it’s so boring), mission impossible, congo bongo,
·         cards
·         tug of war with the dog, hide and seek, frozen tag
·         Had a campfire
·         Made sand sculptures
·         Made a hay fort in the barn
·         Baked cookies
·         Had banana splits, sundaes, milkshakes and hot chocolate
·         Jumped on the bounder
·         Listened to records
·         Made pictures and painted horses
·         Snuck up on some sand hill cranes in the pond
·         Sang songs, read the bible and prayed
·         Counted 570 poles all the way to Sault Ste. Marie