The Best

My life is so full.  Full of the most amazing people, family, friends, experiences, work, play, food, animals, (okay, not car.  our car is not amazing, but that is the only exception) church, schools, etc, etc, etc.  I am truly blessed.  I see my blessings on a daily basis.  I am getting in the habit of honestly counting them. (More on that in my next blog.)  I am thrilled to get to report to you after a long hiatus from blogging some of the best blessings of the last 5 months.

1.  Spending an amazing 23 days with my family in the states (included in that were BOTH Thanksgiving and Christmas!) This trip replaced the one we were supposed to have taken in June/July last year, and now we can see how God wanted us to have this special time with my family.

Just one of the MANY amazing days we had with my family!

Just one of the MANY amazing days we had with my family!

2.  Exploring the Dominican Republic with my family and my in-laws – and getting to see where my husband spent 4 years as a child.

Exploring the university where my father-in-law completed his medical degree.

Exploring the university where my father-in-law completed his medical degree.

3.  21 Glorious days in the great white north that we call home!  Canada!  This included a fun New Year’s celebration and Marae’s birthday!

The park-deprived Waldron children didn't mind the cold winter nor the snow!  They have missed playgrounds!!!

The park-deprived Waldron children didn’t mind the cold winter nor the snow! They have missed playgrounds!!!

4.  We managed to fit in a day of skiing at a small little ski resort in Edmonton – but for us living in Africa, ANY skiing was delicious!  We had a WONDERFUL day!

My littlest snow bunny...  She was slow to start, but then we couldn't get her off the slopes!

My littlest snow bunny… She was slow to start, but then we couldn’t get her off the slopes!

5.  Heart warming connections with old friends who have remained “committed” to us, despite the fact we have now been away for 8 years!!!!!!!!  (I just put in a few pics!  It would have overloaded this blog if I put in everyone!  Thank you to all my amazing friends!!  mwah!)

My first friend I met when I moved to Canada in 1999!  Paloma!!

My first friend I met when I moved to Canada in 1999! Paloma!!

Beverly Adams - We kept each other sane when our kids were little...  was so nice to have "playdates" again!!

Beverly Adams – We kept each other sane when our kids were little… was so nice to have “playdates” again!!

Michelle and Shelley!   Was so nice to get to meet her fiancé!!

Michelle and Shelley! Was so nice to get to meet her fiancé!!

5.  Appointments with doctors – whose reports say we are all healthy!  A HUGE blessing!  And especially with the report from Marae’s surgical ophthalmologist – he discharged her from his care, and said she can be followed by a normal ophthalmologist now.  She is doing incredibly well!!

Miracle eyes!!

Miracle eyes!!

6.  Snow, glorious snow!  We have missed it!!

Grandad and Dad teaching the kids how to shovel.

Grandad and Dad teaching the kids how to shovel.

Hardy Canadians braai (barbeque) in the dead of winter!  Thanks Tedra and Jason for the awesome salmon!!

Hardy Canadians braai (barbeque) in the dead of winter! Thanks Tedra and Jason for the awesome salmon!!

7.  My eldest publicly committed her life to God and was co-baptized by her father and her grandfather.  This event was the highlight of the entire trip!

My dad and Carl co-baptized Marae.  It was beautiful!!

My dad and Carl co-baptized Marae. It was beautiful!!

8.  I cannot finish a list of blessings without including just a little bit of Taco Bell! :-)  Yup, I am a believer!  Unfortunately, no pictures of the Bell this time. ;-)

9.  Family is always the biggest highlight!!!  Grateful to God for our amazing families!!

My beautiful family all together!  We didn't realise at this time, it would be our last time all together.

My beautiful family all together! We didn’t realise at this time, it would be our last time all together.

Silly family photos in the Dominican...

Silly family photos in the Dominican…

Awesome weekend down in Mississippi to visit my lovely aunt and uncle!

Awesome weekend down in Mississippi to visit my lovely aunt and uncle!

The list could go on and on and on!  But just wanted to hit the highlights!

Thank you for your love and prayers.  The last few months have been raw and difficult, which is why it is nice to reflect on the blessings.  More on the raw and difficult in the next post.

6 Responses to The Best
  1. Ruth Reply

    Love you. Love your heart. Love that despite pain you can see the blessings. We are so overdue the biggest, longest chat EVER! One day…..

    • Michelle Reply

      I love you, too, Ruthie. I am praying about Greece in April. Please pray with me. I am really wanting to go to this conference and I would be in heaven if you were able to come too!!!

  2. joyce Reply

    I too am thankful you got to come visit your families at holiday time instead of in the summer. These blessings you have listed will be wonderful memories for your tomorrows. Love you.

    • Michelle Reply

      Thank you my dear aunt! And I hated the reason I got to see you, but I loved seeing you in March. I was just thinking the other day of how Dad was so incredibly proud of Kendra. He spoke of her often and of the tough beginning of her life (being born early) and how amazing she has turned out. God has blessed our family in so many ways! Love you all!!!

  3. Gerry & Donna Reply

    Hi Michelle, – thanks for the thoughts and especially the photos of your family! WE too miss the opportunity to connect more regularly with you. We are patiently awaiting spring to arrive in AB so we too can have some “beach” photos. Love you guys so much and miss you. God bless you as you continue to follow God through the remainder of this year.

    • Michelle Reply

      Thank you so much Gerry and Donna. You guys are very special to us!!

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