canada, Family

Happy ๐Ÿ…ฒ๐Ÿ…ฐ๐Ÿ…ฝ๐Ÿ…ฐ๐Ÿ…ณ๐Ÿ…ฐ Day EH?

A big deck with two red Muskoka chairs and a Canadian flag in the shape of a flag with wording on picture that says “Happy Canada Day!”

โ™ฅ I Love Canada! โ™ฅ

I love Canada and feel fortunate to be a Canadian citizen. We live in such a beautiful country and I am grateful for this blessing.

My Mom and Dad came to Canada on their honeymoon in 1947. They were born in Wisconsin and journeyed by car, for their โ™ฅ Honeymoon โ™ฅ and then train to the small town of Kashabowie in Northwestern Ontario. How they found out about Kashabowie is a mystery to me. I will have to ask my older siblings and get the scoop ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyhow, needless to say, they fell in love with the country and ended up immigrating to Canada after a few years of commuting back and forth. In the winter they worked at American Motors building airplanes and in the summer they began building their small tourist resort in Canada called “Idyllwild Resort”. Idyllwild meaning peaceful.

My Dad was good at being creative with coming up with names like this and writing good marketing copy like “nestled amongst the red pines”. I forever remember this line in his brochure as tears stream down my face.

My parents loved Canada and when my Mom died in June of 1993, we held her prayers on the eve of July 1. I am not sure why. It seems odd to be now that we would expect people to come out on that day but it had something to do people needing travel time to come from the USA and the availability of the funeral home.

Anyhow, I always remember leaving the funeral home and hearing fire works. To this day Canada Day has an extra depth for me for these reasons and especially for how much my parents loved Canada.

And so did my relatives. We have amazing memories and the BEST of the BEST of times happened when the American relatives came to visit. To this day pictures are shared, memories are held and stories are shared with delight and fondness.

I want to wish you all a very Happy Canada Day and I am sending love to my parents above and to all of YOU!

Have a great one Eh? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Family

My Little Rainbow in Life. Happy Father’s Day Don

It is Father’s Day and it seems fitting that I saw this picture today in my Facebook memories.

This is our Sivanna Rose and she is my rainbow in every cloud, my greatest gift ever.

Thank you to her Dad for being a part of this beautiful creation and giving me the gift of Motherhood.

And Happy Father’s Day to the best father ever. There is no one I would rather have to Love, to Teach, and to Guide my daughter, other than YOU.

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Family, June

Happy Heavenly Anniversary Mom & Dad

My parents on their wedding day June 14, 1947

Yesterday, June 14th, was my late parents anniversary. โ™ฅ Happy Anniversary โ™ฅ

My parents have been gone since 1993, and 1995, however, every June, I think of them and also about how much I have come to love the month of June. ๐Ÿ™‚

๐Ÿ’œJune is such a beautiful month for many reasons. ๐Ÿ’œ

In my part of the world, it is when our summer starts and our days are long. We have daylight right up to around 11pm. And there are not too many bugs at this time of year.

And let me not forget to mention, the lilacs and butterflies are out and both of these things makes me extremely happy.

My mom died in the month of June and I remember the lilacs being abundant at that time. This makes me appreciate them even more so. Their scent now is truly ‘heaven scent/sent’ ๐Ÿ™‚

A beautiful butterfly in a lilac tree in June

That is all for today my friends. I hope you too find the beauty in life that is here for us to enJOY. Every day, every month and every year of our precious life offers us gifts. We just need to take the time to see them and to enJOY them.

หœโ€ยฐโ€ข.หœโ€ยฐโ€ข Blessings to allโ€ฆ. โ€ขยฐโ€หœ.โ€ขยฐโ€หœ

And sending แแŽงแ‰แ‹ up above and all around to you two:

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christmas, Family, Family Time, Joy

Let Your Love Flow

This is a picture I made with my Christmas tree in the background. I love looking at the Christmas tree and thinking about all of the Love that has surrounded it over the years. Of course, each ornament has significance and makes the tree even more special because of them.

I sometimes just sit and think about many people’s Christmas trees and how they display a lifetime of stages and memories. As I gaze at my own tree, which is right beside me now, I see ornaments given to me by my mother who passed in 1993. I see a few “Baby’s First Christmas”. I see handmade ornaments by my daughter. I see ornaments made each year for Sivanna, my daughter, by her Grandmother by Heart, Joyce. I see many ornaments with special memories….. too many to list.

But what I see most of all, is LOVE. The warmth and glow of the tree and the fire reminds me of that inner and outer glow of Love. We gather in Love, we celebrate in Love and we Rejoice in Love.

โค โค โค โค โค โค โค โค โค โค โค โค โค โค โค โค โค โค โค โค โค โค โค โค โค โค โค โค

Every year I host Christmas Eve at my house and this year was spectacular! Everyone had fun and there were smiles and Love all around. I know why though. I know the secret to why it was so wonderful and why it gets better every year…. it’s because we are appreciating it and each other more and more every year and it just makes it more enriched each and every year.

One of my most favorite things to see is the tradition being instilled in my daughter. As we prepare for the occasion she automatically knows to get out the serving platter for the turkey, our special cutting board given to us by Baba, aka Big Audrey (because there is a little Audrey), the fine china and to tidy the bathroom and whatever else we need to do. At these times I smile with my heart and it swells in the knowing that she will one day be fondly sharing memories of times past and of how much Love and JOY were in them. And the she too will be hosting the next generation with Love in her heart too!

Here I am in my kitchen with ‘the cutting’ board and my Santa apron given to me also by Baba one yearl

When I am long gone from this world, I would want anyone reading this who knows and loves me and has been a part of these glorious occasions to know how much I Love putting these on and preparing the food with Love for all of you to enJOY. My eyes are leaking as I type this and I am grateful that I can write things like this to express my feelings of JOY and APPRECIATION. I am also grateful for all of you in my life who Love me and show me all the time. I love you all!

Merry Christmas and may you always celebrate with JOY in your heart!

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Family, Joy, thanksgiving

Thankful this Thanksgiving

This morning I walked into the kitchen and saw my Turkey platter in the dish rack and the sun shining behind it. How beautiful. I reflected upon the lovely Thanksgiving dinner we had here yesterday. It is my favorite meal and occasion to prepare for.

My Big Turkey Platter

Every holiday that we have turkey, I bring out this platter. I love using our special dishes and such to make the occasion even more festive and enJOYable. My sister-in-law loved this platter so much, I also found one for her ๐Ÿ™‚ I love thrift shopping as many of you know. So much JOY!

We make so many happy memories at these get togethers and it is just so good to spend time together and to appreciate each other and to honor who we are and where we came from… that is family. Not everyone makes every holiday but that is okay, we celebrate and enJOY with whoever is able to attend. And sometimes most of us are there. I am so grateful to still have all my siblings here on earth.

As with most families we get some traditions happening. Big Audrey (because there is a little Audrey) or Baba as we call her, always carves the turkey. She is in her 80’s and still gets up there and does this. We all love it. Baba always brings me a useful gift even though I tell her she need not bring anything. One year it was an amazing turkey cutting board with spikes to hold the turkey and a little run way for the juices. Awesome. We now use it on every turkey occasion. Bubba and I both like to thrift shop hee hee. We have many happy discussions around this and often bump into each other our favorite stores. It makes me smile every time. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

The cutting board from Baba.. think how many memories have been made through its use. Beautiful!

This year Baba brought an apron to wear and to leave for me when finished. Perfect! One can never have enough aprons, especially with many hands helping in the kitchen. ๐Ÿ™‚

The apron Audrey brought me. One of many throughout the years.

With the cooler temperature at this time of year, it makes it even cozier and warming. We even had snow on the ground yesterday. ๐Ÿ™‚

Our meal was wonderful of course. We had many laughs, smiles and JOYS. We listened to Uncle John tell his many jokes and I could tell that each one of us appreciated them more than ever. We all know that life is a cycle and what we have now, we will not always, so everything is more enhanced and appreciated.

I am grateful that my family, like myself, gets more and more appreciative of moments like this. In fact, these moments are sacred to me (tears streaming down my face as I type this). I watch and observe that as we get older it means more and I watch and know that my daughter and the youth will one day cherish these times more than any other. These will be the memories that stand out for them.

At the end of the evening, Don, Bubba and myself chatted about how these ARE the most important things in life. There is nothing better than being together at times like this, sharing food, laughter, and memories, with people who are comfortable to share of themselves… to tease, to laugh and to most of all LOVE.

One of the reasons I blog is so that I can share my feelings but also to record these moments for future enJOYment for my offspring and for whoever happens upon them. I hope they will be inspired and will use my sharing and writing to inspire them to have more JOY in their life and to spread more JOY in the world. It always starts around your own kitchen table first. ๐Ÿ™‚

Turkey Rock my daughter Sivanna painted. I just LOVE it! #JOY
Family, love

Happy Valentine’s Sivanna

sivanna roses.jpg

This is a picture of my daughter Sivanna on Valentine’s Day. Her Dad calls her “Sivanna Roses” and here she is with a rose and also a rose she made me, her Mom, for Valentine’s Day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sivanna’s Dad wrote her the following poem this year for Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s Sivanna

You light up my life. You shine like a star wherever you go.

I love spending time with you.

I love our special time together when you make your

special desserts before bedtime.

You will always be my special Valentine and I

will be yours until you find your own special Valentine.

Happy Valentines

Love All Ways,

Dad

February 14, 2019

sivanna and dad thyme
Family, Friendship, love, wisdom

A View of The World from Two 12 Year Olds

Today I am sitting here with my 12 year old daughter Sivanna and her friend Robyn. While I was thinking of what I would blog about today, I thought hey why don’t I ask these two wise ones some questions about life.

Question #1
What excites you about the thought of your future?
Sivanna: Finding somebody like a husband or partner and making a family together that’s full of love and stuff.
Robyn: Making her own family with her husband.

Question #2
What makes you feel good?
Robyn: Being with my friends and family.
Sivanna: When I take my probiotics because when I’m not feeling well it makes me feel better.

Question #3
What makes a good friend?
Robyn: When they are like there for you and they are not mean and you have fun with them!
Sivanna: They respect you and your opinions and feelings.

Well I think these were some wise and interesting comments. It sounds to me that health and happiness in life come from loving and enjoying the people in our lives and also by respecting the thoughts and feelings of other people. Thanks girls for your insight and for sharing today.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Life Coach and Nutritionist and a Mom. ๐Ÿ™‚ She believes in love, family, and in letting the small stuff go so that the main things can be the main things like LOVE, Laughter, HOPE, Happiness and JOY!

Family

Windows of the Soul

The passing on of wisdom.
The passing on of wisdom.

Sivanna and Great Auntie Esther. What a beautiful site to see. To me, this picture is a good representation of the cycle of life and family wisdom. As families we grow together, we share, we teach, and most of all we love. This picture was taken in a hotel on the eve of my niece’s wedding. Auntie Esther made the trip from Wisconsin to Thunder Bay. She is no longer with us, but her memory lives on. When we see two souls connecting through the windows of the soul, the eyes, it is a marvelous display of divine love and connection. You were a beautiful lady Auntie Esther!