Congratulations Amanda Jean

Can I brag a bit? Can I tell you how proud we are of Amanda who wrote her exam to become a registered psychologist this weekend and passed? Can I tell you how wonderful a mother and wife to Philip she is?

Three young kids, a husband who works 4-12 hour shifts in a row, a busy daily schedule to stimulate and educate her children and still she keeps up her studies and prepares herself for this demanding exam. Amanda is highly motivated and principled. She raises our grandchildren (with Philip) to appreciate others, to be kind to everyone and to love being helpful. They have engendered faith and prayer as critical parts to living and both work to give their children significant emotional security.

Yes, we are very proud of Amanda and this latest achievement makes us want to just brag about her all the more!




Labour Day 2019

While this day is set aside historically for the recognition of labour and the workers that have built our country, it more accurately represents the end of slumber like days of summer where shorts, t-shirts and sandals often replace the more formal wear of everyday work. Our time at the trailer is now mostly done – next week is marked on my calendar as clean up and close the trailer. I will even winterize it.

I’m surprised how many people pay someone to come do this for them – perhaps as we don’t have the cash to throw away I tend to be a bit more frugal in this regard. It’s just not that hard.

End of summer also signals that our calendar will be filling up.  Later in the autumn, I have a trip to Alberta and I am really looking forward to a chance to see Amanda, Philip and the three kids!  It’s been too long since we’ve been out there. While it’s been great to have Jason and his three kids closer, it still means that we don’t see the western Waters as I refer to them, that often.

fb_img_1565914737339My eye continues to heal and while the retinal surgeon says my eye pressure is still a bit high, that the healing progresses well. They can see that I have a wrinkle on the retina and have told me that they can do some “smoothing’ if needed.  I’m not sure I want to know how that is done!

This is, by the way, one of my favourite cartoons!

Seven years difference

Rachel is the first of our grandchildren. We love all six of course and have lots of good pictures and videos of them all. I thought it would be nice to see Rachel in contrast to seven years ago when she had just learned to walk – so the first video is here on a summer day outside our house. The second video is just recently out riding her new bike in Ottawa!

It’s amazing how quickly time goes by – don’t you think?

From 2012.


From 2019.

A few thoughts about us as a family and our interests.