Tuesday, December 22, 2015

B.E.A.C.H. Best Escape Anyone Can Have!

With the exception of the Lord and family,
Nothing beats time on the beach! 

My first time ever seeing a star fish in the "wild". 
This little guy was in a tide pool.
In my excitement to see him and photograph him, I ended up getting really wet. 
I forgot to pay attention to the rising tide. Oops!
Martinique Beach is one of my favorites and you can access it year round!
I also found two whole sand dollars! 
That was a first for me as well. 
I got good and wet taking this photo as well. 
Darn incoming tide. LOL
The beach here is the longest beach in Nova Scotia.
Someday I would like to walk the length of it. 
That is probably going to be possible only if they put porta-potties at mid-point. 

We have so much to be grateful for!
We love serving here in Nova Scotia!
We have been blessed beyond our ability to understand! 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Sights and Sounds of Christmas 2015

 We had a wonderful Christmas Season here in Nova Scotia!
We are so blessed to be surrounded by such amazing, loving, kind people. 

Brother Grant is a wonderful man that we have come to really love and appreciate! Right before he left for Christmas we went out to visit him. 
What a fun time we had!! 

He put up his tree with all of the decor etc. What fun images and memories!

He had a fun Christmas gift for his squirrels! 

Our Fun Decorations!

Our sweet neighbor Trudy made this for our door for Christmas. 
She truly does spoil us!!

We got these adorable ornaments from Annella. She made them for us!
 It's true, I do have an amazingly talented sister!! 

One evening after the temple closed there was a German Christkindlmarket 

at Alderney Landing on the Harbour in Dartmouth. 

This fun tree is actually not a tree. 
It is pine boughs placed to look like a tree and decorated with lights. 
Our friend Trudy went with us. We always enjoy Trudy's company. 
She is such a good friend!
This is Trudy with the Christmas tree she purchased for me and the man who cut it. 
There wasn't a lot there, but we surely had a fun dinner and fun times. 

The Stake here (a stake is a group of wards of our church), traditionally does a live nativity.

 We went on Monday evening with our Family Home Evening group. 
Our friend Trudy went with us as well. 
They do such a nice job and the community really supports it! 
 They have the nativity, with angels singing etc. 
 Afterward they have cookies and punch in the cultural hall of the church. 
It is free and is hugely attended! 

No Christmas is complete without a Christmas tree. 

We were fortunate to find a Christmas tree and some ornaments in our storage locker. 
Trudy gave us the icicle ornaments, Annella gave us the two quilted ornaments,
 and a family in our church made several wooden ornaments with the Nova Scotia tartan on them. 

For Christmas we gave our neighbors bags of Christmas Popcorn. 

This recipe I got from an old college neighbor in 1989. 
We have made countless batches of it since then. 
I think we made more this year than we ever have in a given year. 

Christmas Day Arrived

We made a haul!! 
I got pearl and yogo sapphire earrings from Laurence and Aisling. 
Love them!! 
Lots of gifts from people we work with in the temple and neighbors.  
We feel so, so loved here! 
 This is a picture frame I made for Aisling. 
It has a picture of Black Brook Beach in it. 
We took the picture when we were in Cape Breton in August. 
One of the ladies from the temple brought me these pieces of sea glass and pottery from her trip to Lunenburg. 
When she told the people at the store about me, 
they gave her these pieces of sea glass from their display. 
How sweet!! 

We are so grateful to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 
here in Nova Scotia. 
We are blessed beyond words. 
We are so blessed to have the birth, atonement and resurrection of the Son of God in our lives. 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Fielden's, They Are Amazin'..........

Brother and Sister Fielden are two long time stalwarts of 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 
here in the Atlantic Provinces. 
We feel so blessed to be able to know them and call them friends.  
If you want to see what stalwart followers of Jesus Christ look like, here is a picture! 
We see them in the temple several times each week. 
They have served the Lord in nearly every way possible in the last 60 years. 
We went with the other two temple missionary couples to dinner at their home. 
Brother Fielden cooked delicious salmon. 
Sister Fielden made an incredible Molasses Angel Cake with whipped cream. 
Then we were entertained with Brother Fielden playing his plunger for us. 
Brother Fielden made the plunger violin himself. 
It is a really, really cool novelty. 
I took this video, it didn't turn out well, but he is great!!
I hope it uploads okay. My apologies for not holding the camera in one direction all the time. 
Don't know what I was thinking of. 

Here is Sister Fielden's Molasses Angel Cake, she says you need to make it with Canadian molasses, as molasses in the states are really strong. 

Molasses Angel Cake

1 egg, well beaten
1/cup butter (or margarine) melted (or very soft)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 cup flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
Mix together and add  1/2 cup boiling water
Beat well
Pour into 8 x 8  inch pan
Bake 30 minutes at 325 F

Serve warm with whipped cream

Monday, November 2, 2015

Make Like a Lighthouse and Shine

A Fun Return Visit to Peggy's Cove

November 2, 2015

One day I got a message from Sister Lambert. 
(Sister Lambert was one of the sister missionaries that used to live next door to us.)
Her companion was going home at the end of this transfer and.....
she had NEVER been to Peggy's Cove!
How can that be??? We needed to rectify that horrible situation!
The fall colors are beautiful! I believe that the red is from blueberry bushes. 
Peggy's Cove is always great for photo opportunities. 
Elder Pitt, Sister Pitt, Sister Fenn and Sister Lambert
We love our sisters!!
The rocks are massive and beautiful! 
Me looking at you looking at me......
See the rocks that are black?
There are numerous signs saying to stay off the black rocks.
They are slippery and the waves will take you away in a flash.
Each year there are problems with people not being obedient.
This year there was at least one drowning and one near drowning. 
 The signs on the rocks remind me of the laws of God. 
Sometimes we may see the laws of God as something restrictive, 
the reality is that they are there to protect us. 
The immensity and beauty of the rocks always fills me with awe. 
May we all choose to seek after the lighthouse of the Lord. 
His love for us is unbounded. We need to follow Him.

On Down the Road..... Heading to Terence Bay via Prospect

From Peggy's Cove we went to Prospect. It was a pretty area. 
Nothing of particular note tho'.  

Terence Bay...
We knew nothing about Terence Bay except that it was supposed to have a lighthouse. 
What a beautiful treat was in store for us!

Our first gem was 
St. Paul's Anglican Church.
Built in 1853 it was struck by lightening and burned 
to the ground in 1942. 

The congregation rebuilt the church in one year and it was debt free. 

We followed a little path through the bushes....

The grave of the SS Atlantic and a large portion of it's passengers.

April 1, 1873 the luxury passenger steamship, sailing between Liverpool, England

 and New York was going to Halifax Harbour to take on more coal, 

the coal they were carrying was of poor quality and they had used more than normal. 

Through a series of navigational errors the ship was not on course for Halifax, 
but instead struck Mars Head about 3:10 a.m.

There were about 952 passengers aboard. Of those only 390 survived.

 None of the women survived and only one child. 

At least 138 women died in the wreck. 

Most of the people were buried right here on the shore by the Anglican Church, 
or a little way up the road at the Catholic church cemetery.

Behind the gazebo, is the anchor for the S.S. Atlantic.

This ship wreck was the worst marine disaster in the North Atlantic, since 1707, 
until the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. 

Interestingly enough, both ships were owned by the White Star Line, which was owned by J.P. Morgan.

You can read more about the SS Atlantic at these links

The lighthouse is in the distance. This is the only picture I got of it. 
Guess I'll just have to go back for a better picture. :<haha>

This is definitely the smallest beach we've been on here. 
I loved it!!
I got several pieces of sea glass here!
We love our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ!
We know that They live! They are distinct individuals, and They hear and answer our prayers.