Sunday, July 16, 2017

Worldview Camp

My cousin Karis (in the white shirt), loved playing frisbee in our free time.
This is the blue team being enthusiastic.
All the teams of almost 200 kids competing against each other.
Andrew in orange and Grant in blue. They look very serious.
Andrew accusing someone in Mofia.
Grant's friend Marcus from school happened to be there.

This is my small group. I'm in the front row, on the left. My cousin Karis is in the back row, on the right.
We went to Worldview camp again this year! This was Karis and I's third and last time. My brother Grant and his friend Andrew were coming back to camp for their 2nd time. The camp is 6 days of lectures about how to defend your worldview. You listen to 25 hours of lectures from 3 main speakers who do not get paid, they volunteered for this. Grant and Andrew were much more mature with listening to the speakers compared to last year (see I had a fun time getting to see people again from the Mexico mission trip who went there. Now I have 3 full notebooks of notes from the 3 years I was at Worldview Camp. If you live near it, you should go. It's on the east coast, middle states, and west coast. The speakers and staff travel each week to a different destination. Very knowledgeable men!

Saturday, June 3, 2017


I am graduating a week from today.
I do not know what will happen next.
I suppose I will have to find a job.
I don't know where.

I am supposed to be extremely excited for my future.
I am a live-in-the-present type however.
I am happy to be done with school.
I think.

I am still little Avonlea.
I believe I've grown in mind, body, and soul but.....
I still don't want to grow up.
I love Peter Pan.

I made it up one side of the mountain.
I see there is still more mountains to climb.
I want to go on till I reach New Zealand.
I wait till the time is ripe.

Saturday, April 29, 2017


I went with a group of 50 to Baja California (Mexico) for a week. We practiced our Spanish with the locals and orphanage children, painted a mural (the one behind us painters), pruned peach trees, and worked on construction. It was a whole lot of fun!

Here is our entire group pictured above. We all had a great time. We went to the beach dunes with the orphans, evangelized at a local Mexican parade, and then worked the rest of the time!
There was a miracle at the ranch. We were hosting the orphan boys to dinner and we didn't have enough chicken for everyone to go around. The boys didn't come on time so the kitchen crew put the chicken back in the oven to warm up. Then someone decided we should pray that the chicken will multiply. It did! And we had more left over.

Construction Site
I'm in the red shirt. There were 3 plywood boards to paint. The boards will go in the new high school that we were building.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Few Pictures

To the left, Stormy lies down on his usual.
On the right, icicles form a ring around the rim of the birdfeeder.
A peaceful morning with the sun shining

Exploring our marsh, Comet and Pearl gnaw on newly sprouted grass.
The picture on the right was taken at the beach. A seagull flies across the bay while the tide is out.
The frogs have started croaking and the crickets chirping. Spring is almost here!

Monday, January 30, 2017


 These pets provide so much entertainment yet they cannot speak with words. They are companions yet they are quiet.
They are comical yet they don't do it in the way of humans.
Pets wag their tails, shake their heads, and roll their eyes.

Do you notice Stormy in the sink above to the left?

Archie and Stormy (above) are two kittens who were born into our house by Chloe. Chloe became an outdoor cat when she turned on her two boys and hated them with all her little viciousness. Chloe had been outside since the summer when she suddenly disappeared. The snow and cold had forced the coyotes to hunt and kill outside their normal limits. I came across half a body (the back half) of Chloe the Calico Cat. So ends the tale of Chloe, not very noble, not very nice, very jealous, but a cat. Coyotes shall now be on my bucket list of enemies. Here is the last picture of Chloe that I took:
(It fits her personality to a T)
Here's Pearl yawning below ~
Paw prints in the snow. Cat prints next to Dog prints.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017


our mom told us
we were going off sugar
she knows best
 i suppose
after so much holiday junk
we were just stuffed
with the most mind blowing things imaginable

all of january, we'll waste away
however so far
it has been okay
popcorn and cheetos
 no sugar in corn
ice cream and snickers
 we view with scorn
xylitol gum and ice chips are in
grandma keeps us supplied
we no longer look thin

february will appear
with it comes
new sugar year
let us hope we don't indulge
in things that fill and make a bulge

Poem by Avonlea on the spur of the sugarless moment

P.s. This poem was written without the help of gum and ice chips....or grandma for that matter

Thursday, December 8, 2016

These Happy Golden Days

Picture taken 12/6/16
No changes or filters necessary. God's creation is beautiful!
At the Mountain over Thanksgiving

Golden years are passing by,
Happy, happy golden years,
Passing on the wings of time,
These happy golden years.
Call them back as they go by,
Sweet their memories are,
Oh, improve them as they fly,
These happy golden years.

Quoted from These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder

We met a group of 6 huskies coming down the Mt. They were named different gems.

Today it started to snow at our new house for the first time. It's still coming down as I write. On Monday, I had to drive in very thick snow from my Civics class. It had just been 5 minutes and the roads and cars were covered in snow.
     Thursday is a lazy day. Everything is canceled. I'm reading through the Anne of Green Gables series and it's funny how often I read my name, Avonlea. In Civics class, our teacher was writing down names of county senators. A boy was reading off the list to her and when the name "Anne" came up, our teacher wrote "Ann". The boy corrected her, "it should be Anne with an e." That's what got me started on reading the series again. The only problem is that I've watched the movie so much that I don't have any imagination for the book! A big problem.....however the movie goes astray pretty soon after the second book so I'm not having problems anymore.