August 30, 2012

A Truly Lovely Guest Post.

Today, Papa is a Preacher is proud to feature a guest post from Truly Lovely. Truly Lovely is written by two sisters, Kassi and Kayli. Every Thursday they feature a Bloggie Bestie. Meaning they switch blogs with a friend for the day.
I've been chosen as the Bloggie Bestie for this Thursday!
This means, you'll find me over at Truly Lovely (I've posted something a bit different from what I usually post here) and here at Papa is a Preacher we have Kassi with something different as well. But I'll let her tell you more about that:

Hi, hi LOVELY Papa is a Preacher readers!!! My name is Kassi and I write over at Truly Lovely, an 'all things lovely' blog written by me and my sister, Kayli!
Kayli's on the left, that's me on the right. And that pic pretty much sums us up... Baking, then enjoying a delicious cupcake, all with paint on our hands from our current room makeover... ;)
Anyways... I am so excited to have the honor of sharing with you lovelies today!!! Just so happens, I have a SUPER easy craft for you!
So, my husband and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary on July 9th!! Whoot! Did you know that the traditional gift for the first year of marriage is paper? I scoured the interwebs and finally found something for my husband that would fit the paper description...
A I love you because... frame!
This craft only requires a few steps and inexpensive materials!
Materials needed:
  • Picture frame (I got mine at Wal-Mart for $3!)
  • Spray paint (if you prefer a different color for the frame)
  • Sanding block (again, if you plan to paint the frame and like the ruffed up look)
  • Dry erase marker
  • Two magnets
  • Glue
  • Photo or printer paper
This one is so simple I prefer not to insult your intelligence with a complete play by play. ;) But basically you spray paint the frame (my frame was black and I preferred a dark brown for where it would be displayed). I ruffed up the edges so a little of the black showed through for a more rustic look.
Then I designed my print out in Word, printed it on photo paper and stuck it in the frame.
I used E-6000 glue to glue one magnet onto the frame itself and another onto my dry erase marker. Now there's a marker handy anytime either of us wants to write on the glass!
Please excuse my horrible handwriting... I was in a rush before the hubs came home! haha! I displayed the frame in our bathroom so each morning we can leave one another sweet messages. ;)
Thanks so much to Larissa for letting me share today! Hope to see you dolls over at Truly Lovely sometime soon!
Happy crafting lovelies!
blog post by Kassi at Truly Lovely
Happy Belated Anniversary Kassi!
The frame is simply adorable! Thank you so much for sharing!

August 28, 2012

Party With Me.

There are some very fun loving people on the internet. You see, they host parties. 
Every. Single. Week. 
 Many times, I enjoy participating in these parties, and I'm convinced you would too! These parties are called Linky Parties! I've made this page so I can share with you all the party goodness in one place versus cluttering them all at the bottom of a post and making you cringe. (If you host one of these parties and would rather I post the link/button on each individual post, please let me know!)

 Also, do you host a party and it's not here? Well then! Invite me in a comment below (with the link to your party) and I'd be honored to check it out!



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This is the day we host a party over here! 

We'd love it if you came and invited your friends as well!



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August 27, 2012

A Visit to the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society.

 A couple of weeks ago mother took Victor to a bird show being held at the library. The show was hosted  by volunteers from the Delta OWL (Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation) Center. They specialize in caring for injured birds of prey.

 On their way out Victor and Mother got a pamphlet with info and the address of the facilities.  So on our way to Vancouver yesterday, we passed by to get a closer look at the beautiful birds. (The facilities and place itself is huge!) OWL is made up mostly of volunteers and have been funded solely by the public's donation with no government funding for over four years now. Yeah. They're pretty cool. Oh! By the way, you can click on that link and take a virtual tour of the place and "meet" the birds! 

 If you're ever in Delta, I'd definitely recommend swinging by this place for an afternoon. It was definitely worth the trip.

August 22, 2012

Spoken Photograph.

 "Are you a photographer?"

I've heard it asked quite a few times ever since our family acquired a Canon Rebel.
To many, if you lug around a brick of a're a photographer. I inwardly sigh when this question is asked. It really depends on your definition of photographer. describes it as "One who takes photos," Yes, yes I do take photos. But if that's the criteria for being a photographer, all of us may produce ads for photography. also furnishes us with a continued description " especially one who practices photography  professionally." Ah! There's the catch. No sir, I'm not a photographer. 

Because I've dabbled in the area, and have read a few articles here and there, I know one thing that categorizes a photographer. They take a camera with them everywhere. They're always ready for something to happen, ready to capture it. I'm not like that. I have a smaller camera in my bag, but I rarely whip it out just in time to capture something great. There's a camera on my phone, but I never use it, (unless I'm frightfully bored, which is why I never use it.)

Many times, not carrying/using a camera has resulted in a missed photograph. Something I would have liked to have photographed, but I didn't. The image may have stuck with me, however, thanks to the wonderful blessing of a God-given camera, our eyes, and a huge memory card, called the mind. (Huge in comparison with camera cards...) So what I've decided to do, is make a series of Spoken Photographs. Every time I miss the chance to photograph something, I'll write it out as best as I can, and hopefully, you can see the image in your mind's eye. 

Depending on if the image made me think, or made me see something I liked, it'll be a description of the thoughts it produced, or the details and colors, and description of the image itself.


 Her giggles rode the last few of the summer sun's golden rays up and down and up and down the street. Up up up, tickling the lush green foliage of the birch trees above. The leaves nod echoing her giggles. Her chubby toddler hands, one tightly gripping the handlebar of her brand new tricycle, the other keeping her sparkly princess tiara from slipping off her smooth curls.

 "Watch me mommy! Watch me daddy!" She appeals as she races past their driveway. "Look! I can do it! See?" She wants to share her joy, to share her exuberance over her new found ability. "I can ride a bike! I can!"

 Pudgy little feet send pedals racing round round round. The sparkly streamers on the handlebars pass by in a glittery blur. Up and down the street, in the driveway and out again. . . gleeful giggles on her part,

.. . satisfied, contented and tired sighs from theirs. They smile at her and chuckle as she calls out to them. They sit on the porch, mother cuddling and rocking little brother in his spring blue blanket, father sitting with his hands behind his back, chest open wide, unconsciously proud of his choice of a birthday present. He knew she'd like it.

 One last time before it's time to go in and face the residue of a five year old's birthday party. Up the quiet neighborhood street she pedals, faster faster faster. The sun's rays have finished their farewells now and only their backs may be seen past the trees. The breeze has picked up and is cooler; it brushes against her auburn locks and teases the hem of her birthday dress. A hesitant sunbeam runs back and escapes from behind a branch just long enough to give her one last kiss and light up her silhouette with the evening's sunset colors, her eyes are radiant and full of smiles.

Happy Birthday little one, happy birthday.

 .. .


August 19, 2012

August TidBits.

And here are August's TidBits ... because not everyone has Twitter:

I firmly believe that if we must lick envelopes closed, they should at least be flavored. Like Nutella. Just saying ...

Is it weird that I think that .. one of the most inspiring parts of the the commercials. -_-

Tiffanie's opened up her Etsy shop! Come check it out! cornerblogstore  

So many wonderful things to do! So little time! This gives me happy shivers.

Everyday I randomly pray little prayers ... most of them consist of: "Thank you Lord for cookies, and thank you Lord for milk."

When Victor reads the Bible story of the night at Simon's house, he substitutes cinnamon for Simon's name. "Cinnamon was a proud pharisee..." Probably just goes to prove we're related...

Some nights, I can hear the train whistle blow as it gets further and further away... Train whistles have always had the ability to tug at my feelings and take a piece of me with them into the dark distance . .. Anyone else feel trains have that effect on them?

After my presentation as a swimming instructor, fellow classmates complimented me with the following, "You have a good instructor's voice." 
Little do they know ... 'being loud' it's part of being Brazilian.

So.. Is the back of your back .. your chest?

That awesome moment when you have a face mask on and you feel a sneeze coming on. 

“Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.” ― O. Henry, The Gift of the Magi (That story is pretty darn awesome by the way) 

Nothing is more contagious than an example.

This evening, right after his shower, Victor weighed himself and came jumping out into the living room yelling "I'm fatter! I'm fatter! I gained a pound! Hallelujah!" And this just goes to prove .. something, I'm sure.

Sometimes I wish I had laser beams that would shoot out of my eyes on command.. it would make my death stare that much more effective..

I can't wait til they find a way to make it possible for people to message you phone battery charge.. And candy. Definitely candy.

Just vacuumed and swept the whole house. Arm workouts for the whole entire week? CHECK!

Friday night I was surprised to find a purple black and green bruise on my hip. Extremely tired, I ignored it. Yesterday I remembered where it was from ... Friday morning after 3 1/2 hours in the water teaching kids to swim, my last student attempted a flutter kick but missed the water completely. Guess where he kicked instead. Yep. My hip. I wonder how many people think working with kids is actually a safe job ... 

How has your August been?

August 13, 2012

Abbotsford's 50th Annual Air-show.

Every year Abbotsford's airport has an air-show. 

Every year, Abby's inhabitants go deaf during that one weekend in August when the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly around scaring residents when they fly so low to the ground. 

It's pretty awesome.

See you next year Snowbirds & Thunderbirds .. . 
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