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Much faster than I expected, Matthew has earned his first stripe! It's hard to know who was prouder - Matthew or Elizabeth!


Amelia - not to be left out - often spends Matthew's class doing her own version of karate. Her "classes" consist mostly of jumping jacks, push-ups, and jumps while yelling ki-ai! It's pretty cute.


I went to Matthew's preschool for a special Mother's day tea where I was quite impressed to be presented with a gluten free granola bar in lieu of muffin.


Actually all of Matthew's teachers kind of outdid themselves this year! Matthew couldn't wait until Sunday to present me with all his gifts!


Rachel is visiting from Texas so we seized the opportunity to celebrate Elizabeth's eighth baptism anniversary a few weeks early with all of her godparents. We might have also seized the opportunity to have cake and four different kinds of ice cream!


Such a special time together.


May God, in whose presence our ancestors walked, bless you.

May God, who has been your shepherd from birth until now, keep you.

May God, who saves you from all harm, give you peace. Amen.


We have received 112.4mm of rain since the beginning of May. That's the same amount that fell in all of April, May and June last year!


Spring this year has been very wet. Record-breaking wet with many properties along the Ottawa river flooding. Luckily we haven't been personally affected, unless you count the ants that are invading our basement through caulking around the drains looking for a dry spot.


There have been some truly terrifying photos from along the river, including some taken by my friend Mike who owns the boat I sail on in the summers. Britannia Yacht Club is fighting valiantly against the flood, although I expect there will be at least some damage. I've included a photo here that I took a few years ago around the same time of year (ie high water) to give an idea of how unusually high the water is!


Despite the deluge, my garden is beginning to show signs of waking up.


6 Generations of Quilters in One Photo!


Mary (Gerber) Wagler made the green & white top... and over 80 years later her great-great-great-grandchildren are putting their quilts into the OVQG Festival of Quilts 2017, which is this weekend! 


The green and white quilt top was made for my Grandmother. Emma and Mary Brenneman, my grandma, my great-aunt Vera, their cousin Cora and a bunch of other teens quilted it.


All three of these quilts are in the show- Mary’s creation will be among even older quilts (!) in the Heritage Quilting Demonstration Area, while Elizabeth and Matthew will be displaying their quilts with the other youth quilts.


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