Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

My Uncle Paul has gone missing off the coast of BC.  News reports can be found online here & here. He was an experienced sailor & outdoorsman, a strong Christian & loved being in the wild.  We, his family, & all of his friends are praying for his safe return.  My cousin (Paul's daughter), Marian, shared a quote & it is one that Uncle Paul would have enjoyed:

{ explore  dream  discover }

We appreciate the prayers & support of you all, near & far.  

Til next time...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom;

My husband was recently at the Ace Hotel in NYC.  He took this picture of the staircase & texted it to me:

{ Bob Marley's wisdom }

I love it!  

Til next time...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

When I am working on a large project I can get overwhelmed by the big picture.  It happens every time.  You'd think after 40+ years on this planet I'd remember that this happens to me and act accordingly, but... nope!  Mostly I just know that I know more than I did at 20 but I certainly don't know as much as I thought I did at 20.  But I digress....

In the process of working on a big job like a house build, I can, from time to time, get boggled (one of my wonderful mum's words) & stuck & paralyzed.  But as soon as I begin to break the huge project down into larger chunks & those chunks into manageable piece I breathe easier.   A 'to do' list emerges and if I can strike a few of these little 'to dos' off every day I feel productive & less boggled, stuck & paralyzed.

When doing these small tasks I will try to be mindful of Mother Teresa's words:

{ love is in the small things }

If great love is put into the smallest of details, imagine how wonderful the big picture will be!

Sending summer sunshine your way....
J xxo

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Millwork Design

I am thrilled to have enlisted Simon of ESQ Design to do the millwork in our new build.  He worked on our last custom home & we were very happy with the results:

{ closeup of range & hood fan }

 {kitchen & family room }

{ master ensuite }

{ spacious laundry room ~ usually not quite this tidy! }

Simon has worked on many other projects and here are a few of his favourite shots:

{ West Side contemporary kitchen }

{ classic ensuite }

You can check out more on ESQ Design's Houzz site by clicking HERE.  I am looking forward to seeing his finished handiwork in this latest project of ours.  

Until next time...
J xo

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom - Tinza's Tiddly Bits

Since I have been negligent in doing an update I thought I'd repost something from my sister's well-written & much-followed blog:  Tinza's Tiddly Bits.  It is a wonderful definition of luxury & good food for thought:

{ luxury found in time & quiet }

Family always comes through, even if they don't know they do. Thanks, Leah!!

{ photo from anewspaper article in the early 1990s aboard the Pacific Swift }

Stay well, blogland...
J xxo

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Be Brave Be Courageous ~ Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

I am up at our cabin right now with our kids.  It's quiet here because most people haven't started their summer vacations.  It is wonderful to be in this place where there is lots of family history.  There is much involved to get up here.  But it's worth it.... Certainly well worth it.  See proof below:

 { tire swing at Gramma Barbie's Beach }

{ John & Carol's shell & driftwood creation }

{ three of the best }

{ into the deep }

{ racing to the slough }

I love this poster from Lay Baby Lay (buy it here) which is a quote from Psalms.  A wise reminder to me in the every day struggles & joys of life to be brave & courageous.  And if I am struggling, rely on the outstretched helping hands.  Because they are there.  They are.

{ Psalm 27:14 }

Til next time... 
J xo

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day

This post is dedicated to my Dad, Martyn John Clark.

{me, Dad & my sister, Rachel ~ Bahamas mid-1970s}

Dad... Thanks for showing me great adventures while keeping us all feeling safe.  Thanks for teaching me to love literature & a good story but also to encouraging us to get out enjoy the great, wild world.  You showed me the importance of family dinners, the power of a good story, how punctuality equals respect, how to give thanks to God, how to tie a clove hitch... thanks for making us tasty omelettes every Sunday, for being a father figure to many young people (most importantly me, Rach, Crick, Est & Leaps).  

Thanks for being my Dad.  With much love, always,