Blessed Times

The last week has been pretty amazing, especially the other day everything just seemed to fall into place.

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First on the list of things, my landlord is back in town and winterizing the whole property including my Tree House; that means it will be nice and toasty in here when I do turn the heater on during snow season. I’m pretty fortunate that I really only have to turn on the heater every so often since the Tree House holds heat rather well.  Patrick and I had some good conversations and I expressed how amazing this place is and that he should count on receiving steady rent checks from me.

I had a few days off that were pretty relaxing, I forgot how fun days off are when you actually work… it kind of gives you something to look forward to after a few days of pushing yourself to do great!

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Fog over Vernon

During one of the days off I managed to nab myself a set of Encyclopedia’s… for free! They look fantastic and the owner was just going to bring them to the dump, I’m pretty happy with them so far. Going to get these books was pretty much what started my adventures up Silver Star road; the fog has been pretty heavy as the weather is slowly converting to Winter and I had to jump on the opportunity to take pictures (see photo above for reference).

These were free!

These were free!

I’m sure there was a lot more things that were some what eventful but yesterday just trumped it all. I’d have to say it was just one great thing after another… Also I didn’t write much on my blackboard this week.

The day started off by waking up to a video of the girl I’ve been talking to, which we’ve been connecting really well (I’ll explain kind of what happened in my next blog). I was a bit worried that I was to be another victim of Catfishing.

“A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Dating sites or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances”.

I won’t get into the boring details but it has happened to me before so naturally I was cautious… but I digress. The morning was nothing but smiles, it’s hard to explain the emotion… I was relieved and happy to say the least, maybe a bit giddy.. go ahead laugh ;). Following that I had a nice breakfast then headed up Silver Star Rd for some pictures.

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I stopped at a little subdivision that was on a hill that looked over the city but the fog was a lot stronger than I had previously experience a few days prior… it made for more challenging photo’s and it was a bit chilly out, but I made do with what I had.

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I had taken some pretty impressive photo’s, they impressed me anyway! I decided to head further up the mountain to see what I could get for a different vantage point and that’s when I decided to do a time-lapse for you. The intention was to show everyone have neat the fog looked, as I kept driving I cleared the fog and the sky was blue without a single cloud. What a surprise it was the higher I went, keep in mind I’ve never actually gone to the top to Silver Star Resort.

I had finally made it to the top where the Resort is and what a strange and cool little city it is up there, the houses look like something out of a movie and in the Winter it will probably look like the North Pole with elves running around… you’ll have to follow the blog to find out! I pulled up and there were huge mountain in the distance with massive peaks and snow on them. I left everything in my car but my camera and went for a nice little walk.

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After I did some rummaging through some bushes and paths I found a nice peaceful area that the mountains just blew open, it was nothing short of breathtaking. I found a comfy spot and decided to shoot a V-log (Video Blog). This is a new experiment and I think it’s kind of fun so let me know what you think… and don’t forget to share! Oh yeah it was like another world above the fog/ clouds… I could have worn a T-shirt and shorts it was so warm.

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After spending some quality time in Nature and just listening to the sounds of the wind and the mountains it was time to head home. It would have been really cool to have filmed my way down but my camera battery was dying… fail on my part for not charging it earlier. Heading down the mountain I stopped once or twice to pull off some great photo’s hoping my camera wouldn’t die. As I descended I had my windows open, wind breezing and a giant smile. As I continued downward I actually had to shut the windows because the temperature drop through the fog and under the clouds was astonishing… like I said a whole other world.

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I got home and spoke to my friend Satyama who does massage therapy, it was also her 40th Birthday and she looks great for 40. We talked about me getting a massage since my back was still sore from the 3 months of futon sleeping, she said let’s do it now; I procured some money and went for my therapy session. Satyama has done a lot of learning from around the world (Eastern Culture) and does Chakra clearing as well during the massage; I have to tell you I have never had such an amazing massage in my life!

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Thanks for checking in again and let me know what you think of the V-logs. Don’t forget I’m opening up guest posting and to shoot me an email, the info is on the side bar at the top.

“There are no coincidences; life comes at you as it’s supposed to”

Maintained

The past two weeks have been up and down to say the least. I lost most of my motivation to blog the past little while, whether it was from just being tired or busy.

Some days I’m extremely busy and can barely find a moment to do anything and other days I don’t know what to do with myself.

My Home <3

My Home ❤

It’s been a tough time lately as I’m practically scraping pennies out of my pocket to pay for things, but I keep my head up and work with what I have. Earlier this week my shelves and fridge were bare other than some bread milk and cheese. I have to admit I was a little scared about buying food and just surviving.

The reason I’ve been so tight on cash is the company I’ve been working for “can’t” advance my pay until the following pay because I made a mistake on my banking info. Despite it being my error I did resolve it but the employer is still saying I have to wait until the 30th to be paid (2 weeks after I was supposed to be!). I have to say at first I was pretty frustrated with this as I needed the money, the person I was corresponding with did everything in her power but she’s not head office. I ended up doing some research and found out that it’s actually illegal to withhold pay directly or indirectly 8 days after the end of a pay period. I made my contact aware of this but didn’t want to escalate anything.

So if you’re wondering ‘how are you eating and staying healthy?’ For one I’m buying things at the bulk barn which is saving me money and is actually pretty healthy. I’ve also had some great people around me from my mom to my Hostel neighbour-mates. I try to stay positive even though things are tough… you kind of have to. Its been almost a surprise everyday of generosity, someone invites me over for dinner or offers me leftovers, or just straight up gives me stuff out of their cupboard just out of their good heart.

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Thanks to awesome friends

It’s starting to get much colder out and I haven’t felt COLD in almost a year seeing as I spent pretty much the whole Winter in Haiti… oh do I ever miss it and the kids <3.

Our outdoor theater has been moved/ taken down due to the cold as well the nights are getting very chilly so we’ve moved back to the driveway hang out or just go into someone living space since it’s nice and warm :).

Our cozy bonfire

Our cozy bonfire

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Theatre night

Speaking of warm I finally turned on my heater because this cold nonsense is not my cup o’ tea.

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Our new neighbour apologizing for not making it to one of the theatre nights ❤ such awesome people here

This past weekend I was invited to Fandango which is like a mini festival gathering that later turns into a “dance party”. Earlier in the day around 3pm there was what I believe is called an Earth Dance, this is where everyone in the world had set a day just to dance universally share the love and compassion of the world. The few of us who intended on going to it didn’t make it that early 😦 but we did happen to make it to the Pot Luck around 6 which was super yummy and 99% of the stuff was natural and healthy… I don’t think I even saw pop or chips.

The night at Fandango was fantastic I met so many amazing people who touched my heart to meet and hope to continue to grow with them all.

So overall everything is tough but manageable and on the right track… I’m getting there slowly! But still getting there ^_^. Oh yeah I had these Bison sausages the other night they were so good… I suggest you try them sometime.

My hostel mates and I still hang out a lot during the day when we are free and continue to be creative through song, creating events as well as painting and many other endeavours. I have to say I’ve got a pretty darn great group here. I’m keeping in my prayers I can stay here for a long time and make rent easier by starting a job soon. (Prayers and positive thoughts please… not just for me but everyone facing tough times… and even those who aren’t)

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Brenford being creative

I received a letter from my sponsor child in Romania… well my friend in Edmonton did since World Vision didn’t change my address in time. The letter is super cute and I can’t wait to correspond more often with her.

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From Maria… melts my heart

I feel like I had a lot more to post but this will have to do for now I hope you have had a great week and past weekend so far. If you haven’t the weekend is coming and you know what’s coming before the weekend… a fresh new day, tomorrow is another adventure in my life and in yours makes it worthwhile.

Before I close out today’s blog I want to suggest a movie/ documentary to everyone it’s called “I Am” directed & narrated by Tom Shadyac. It’s a acceptance of death and meaning of living story from that the producer of Ace Venture, Patch Adams, Bruce All Mighty etc… What he talks about was/ is very touching to me and I think it would be to many others as well.

“Tomorrow’s just another day… ENJOY IT!”

Close To Perfect

Hello every one I just receive a message from Emily about looking for people to do fundraisers to help them get a house to accommodate everyone appropriately. Please just take a minute to read her message over I will be posting a link to her website, which is also on the side bar of my blog. I you cannot donate please at least pass the word, every little bit helps!

Dear Friends/Family,

Caleb’s House is desperately seeking relocation as the house, and as most of you already know is too small, unsafe, and also unsanitary for us and most importantly the children. The house we had previously planned to rent fell through as we would only be able to rent the house for 2 months and we need something more permanent. We are currently located on a highway road without a fence and have already had tires fly off of trucks into our yard where the children are playing. Have also had a few other security issues in terms of people entering our property that were unwanted. We also experience issues with electricity and water.. we only get electricity about once every two weeks and we have gone 3 times now without water for over 3 days each time which leaves the kids unable to bath, our cook unable to cook, and us unable to wash clothes. All of the children’s families are located in the port au prince/petionville area and where we are located now is about an hour and a half from them. They are unable to visit the children because they cannot afford transportation. We have desperately been seeking a house to rent in the petionville area and finally came across the perfect house. It has 5 bedrooms, it is 2 levels, has a huge living room, a big kitchen, two bathrooms, a large yard to play in, it is situated next to the hospital that I have the children registered at, it has a big wall and gate for security, and it is in a very quiet and secure area. However, the owner is asking $10,000 per year for the house- which is not in our budget at the moment. I am still negotiating the price with the owner but also looking around for other houses- so far, no luck !! We need to find a house by this week or we will have to remain in the house we are currently in for another year since I have to register the children at school on Monday ! I do not wish to take the children out of school half way through their school year. I am asking if any friends or family will be able to assist us with fundraising or if anyone has any ideas for us that will help us raise the money to rent the house for the year !! Any help will be truly appreciated. Every penny counts and even just by spreading the word it will help us greatly. Please help me to provide a comfortable home for my children who so badly deserve it !!!

Please message me if you have any fundraising ideas or are able to assist us in any way !
Thank you.
Much love,
Emily

Website: www.HimeForHelp.org

Email: Emily@himeforhelp.org

I’m feeling generous today with quotes.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

~Audrey Hepburn

Help others get ahead. You will always stand taller with someone else on your shoulders.

~Bob Moawad

In The Rain With Nothing

So I’m finally back in talks with venues, unfortunately I’m pushing the date back to hopefully no later than Mid-September but I will keep everyone posted.

I find myself scouring the internet for blogs on Haiti to hear about what’s going on not just with Emily and her orphanage. I want to be educated on all the oppression, sadness and fear; also all the great things that have/ are happening  and blessings that God has/is giving. One of the blogs I follow by Megan Boudreaux posted recently about an article she written for SheLovesMagazine; Here is a little excerpt (once I read some of it I had to read the rest, just follow the link to continue reading.): 

Megan! Megan! Come, see! Someone is here for you!“ I heard my neighbor yelling from the front gate. As I tried to see who it was through the downpour and the dark, I decided to go outside and check. I ran through the rain and opened my gate. I looked down and saw six-year-old Michaelle, soaking wet, looking exhausted with some clothes balled up in her hand.

 …She finally looked up from the ground and said a sentence I’ll never forget as long as I live: “They said they don’t want me anymore … that you can have me.”

To read the rest of the piece and check out more of SheLovesMagazine,” click here!

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Thank you everyone for the support I wish I had more to report on but things are kind of in a Limbo state as for progress a lot of hurry-up and waiting.

Today’s quote doesn’t really tie in with the blog per se but I liked it because it reminds me of all the strong people around the globe sticking out the worst conditions giving up their luxuries to help those who have next to or even nothing! I feel these people put others opinions aside, do what they think they were called up for … to do what feels right and don’t need approval to do what they think needs attention; I feel all these Life Savers pretty much want is just respect for their choices.

“Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”

~Albert Camus

Today Show w. Sean Penn Rebuilding Haiti with Hope and Faith

I don’t normally re-blog but I think it’s worth it. A celebrity that actually does something because they believe in it not for publicity.

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Two and one-half years later, Haiti still finds itself very much embroiled against the aftermath of nature’s wrath since the earthquake that hit on January 12, 2010. Family life has been impacted to an immeasurable degree, and rebuilding… continues.

On May 22 in a one-on-one Today Show interview (bottom), Ann Curry asks of Ambassador-at-Large for Haiti Sean Penn why he hasn’t moved on (from promoting the cause of rebuilding Haiti) since many others have. “Because the job isn’t done. And they’d had every exploitation happen to them, every invasion happen to them, every dictatorship happen to them, and now there’s this new world where things can change. It’s a kind of magic moment.  It’s an exciting time to be working in Haiti.”

Renown architect and Spurlin Cousin Jon Randall along with his beloved wife and our Cousin Yolanda Randall each share with us the efforts of the World Missions Organization (WMO) to…

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