Hello Everyone!
Spring is in the air up here on the Island! Haha I know that's a funny thing to think about for all you Southerners... I'm sure you're already half way through summer! However, for us here on the Island... the lilacs are just blooming... the forget-me-nots are turning all different shades of blue and purple and pink... the lupins are starting to come up (wayyy before their time, I might add) the apple blossoms are blossoming, the crab-apple is all shades of deep plum and purpley-mauvey tones and sweet breaths of floweriness...

AND we're doing our once-every-some-odd-century-bi-decade-PAINTING! WAHOO!! =D No, I'm just kidding ... we really do paint ...more...often than... that... =* ahee :)

Anywhooo, things have been positively thrilling up here on the hill! Since returning three(?) weeks ago from our Spring tour (which I really need to share pictures of with you), we have been flat out busy! =D We started painting the exterior of the concert hall the day after we arrived, and that's taken us a good long Hwile (yes, there's a "h" sound there :) and praise the Lord(!) we have a whole bunch-o empty paint cans to PROVE His faithfulness in providing for us every day!! =D

Then, last week we had the joy of having our dear friends the Jost Family from Alberta, and our dear Greeniers from Connecticut AND our dear Helen Bonnett stay with us for a few days, and that was such a joy. We had such sweet fellowship together... it's so wonderful what happens when God is the center! :)
The same day they all left (yes, everyone), we had a youth group come in from New Brunswick, (21 ppl) and stay the weekend, and that was absoutely blessed! What a sweet time! Ahh.. God is so good....
*I'll be posting those pictures later on*

Now our house seems so quiet and empty... SO, somebody (or many somebody's) are going to have to just come up and stay for a bit! :)

So, we're pressing on in the work of the Lord- I'd like to take a minute and just share something really cool that I read last night. When you read through I'll explain the significance of it in our lives.
"I relieved his shoulder of the burden, his hands were freed from the basket. You called in trouble and I rescued you, I answered you in the hiding place of thunder; I proved you at the waters of Meribah. Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you; O Israel if you would listen to Me!
Let there be no strange god among you; nor shall you worship any foreign god.
I, the Lord, Am your God; Who brought you up from the land of Egypt; open your mouth wide and I will fill it." ~ Psalm 81:6-10
So, God directed us to that verse three.. almost four years ago, when we were seeking Him for direction about leaving our secular work behind for being in His service. It declares our Heavenly Father's faithfulness, and great desire to provide for every need. It shows how important it is to not allow there to be any gods among us that are in His place. And it declares that He is our one and only God. Now I am reading this a few years later, after having left all of the world for the work of the Lord... and have seen for myself... that God is faithful. He has proven Himself over and over and over.. that He is indeed faithful to take care of His people. I am so blessed.
So, I just thought I'd share that with you all and let you know that that Psalm there.. it's true. And, God is glad to take care of all those who put their trust in Him! :)
God bless you all and have a wonderful, wonderful night!
Your sister in Christ, Miriam
paintin' crew! Wahoo! =)
*or at least, half of us*

things get a little bit trickier the less ladders one has...

man, this is fun!


hey this is great! We can tackle the gardens now 'cause we got our green thumbs!

Nnow, now.. let's be reasonable here... you got your stroke and I got mine

all's well that ends well anyways...

*sigh* I wish I could say this was taken by me.. but I believe Joel took it. What an eye! =)
*not to mention it was his own boot....*
Golly, what a lot of ladders!

er, I say there Joel.. just out of curiosity, how were you at coloring
within the lines as a kid..?

Dandy- lions!!
*you should have seen the fields upon fields of them! Brilliant, golden sunshine all
over the ground.*

*ACK* what a mess! D'you see all those flowers in there???

*whew* that's much better... now that we got that taken care of we have a lovely garden prepared so the weeds can grow more freely. =)




Amazing colors the sun brings out..

resplendent beauty

Ah, I just can't get over these colors!
Thank You Lord for designing such glories for us to behold!
*and thank's Josh for capturing a glimpse of these beholdings*

the Light of the world is fading now... but soon it will come again in glory. Jesus we long for Your return more than the rays of the morning sun...