Monday, May 11, 2015

Counting Our Blessings........

Much of the work we do on our mission is not something you can take pictures of. However, the area we
are serving in and the people we have a chance to associate with are certainly worth a look!! So, if it seems
that we're always playing..... well that's because most pictures are taken on what is called our preparation
day, or P-day for short. It is a day when we prepare for the coming week, do errands, play, go shopping etc.
Last week after a long hard day, we decided to take a drive out to Eastern Passage to take a walk and eat
a bite. The walk didn't happen, but dinner surely did. We ate at this fun restaurant on the wharf.  
I have wanted to share a picture of this sign since we moved here. At first there the snow was so you
couldn't see it when I could take a picture. Then the traffic was moving fast. The other day we were in
slow traffic... yay!! I have found out that Sidney Crosby plays hockey for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
I think in the summer it will have beautiful flowers around it.
Laurence, Frances, Edward and Bill
Sunday the Buott family invited us to go on an afternoon walk with them. We went to Shubie Park.
This park is 40 acres and it is right in Dartmouth. You'd never guess that. It feels so secluded. It includes a
campground for tent and RV camping in case anyone is wanting to come our way..... GLENDA?????
My first blue jay. So fun!
Bill and Frances on the shore of Lake Charles. This is a nice beach area.
Bill and Frances are true "Nova Scotians", born & bred.
Looking across Lake Charles. At this point it doesn't look very large.
It is actually about 3.24 km long and .6 km wide. There are several islands in it.
Our temple president has his home here on the lake.
By the beach was a great place for Laurence to rest and enjoy!!
A portion of the Shubenacadie Canal passes through the park. It was built originally to link Halifax Harbour
with the Bay of Fundy. It was begun in 1826 and completed in 1861. In 1871 it was abandoned.
As I look at it, I wonder how ships could possibly have passed through there.
The walk along the canal is beautiful. This day it was so peaceful and quiet! The water was like glass.
On the far side you can see some of the stones that were quarried and brought in to construct the canal.
Loved the views!!
Many ducks followed us along. Hoping for food I'm sure. Unfortunately for them, it is now a no-no to feed
the ducks in Halifax. Apparently at one time people fed the ducks and then the birds that were supposed
to go south quit going south because they could get a handout here.
That led to another problem. The water fowl were so numerous that the lakes and such became very
 polluted from them. You can no longer swim in many of the lakes because of the heavy pollution
from the birds. There is a lesson there regarding free handouts......
11 year old Edward on the far side of the Lock.
There are 9 locks in the canal. Three of them have been restored and one of those is operational.
We had such a delightful time and are so grateful to the Buott family for adopting us!!!
We see the hand of God in every moment of our lives! We give thanks daily!
We feel like the most blessed people ever to be given the opportunity to serve in this part of His
beautiful vineyard! We know we are making eternal friendships here.  


  1. Beautiful! Thanks for a glimps of the beautiful landscape. It sure would a nice trip to RV up there.

  2. Hmmmm. If you get this three times. Sorry. I can't get my google account to post my comment. The previous comment is from Glenda. Not anonymous.

  3. My hubby is so Glad you were called to serve your Mission at the Halifax Canada Temple... He's been smiling as I enjoy showing you around! truly an answered prayer for me to find new friends and kindred spirits... so looking forward to seeing more of your blog!


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