Moving Up, Slowly But Surely.

Last weekend, Tim, Andi, Ben and I went to support and watch Oliver participate in his green stripe belt test in Taekwondo. The test involved the demonstration of kicking ability, defence and attack moves and poomsae, which you might remember from  a previous post. It’s the demonstration of a sequence of movements which involve speed, grace and power.

We had a great time. Oliver did too once the butterflies had settled.  Below are a video I made of the occasion and a small slideshow.

Best wishes to all. ‘Bye for now and God bless.

With teacher Richard and Grand Master Kim

With teacher Richard and Grand Master Kim

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Oliver Got Belted!

Oliver and Tim waiting for his test to begin.

Oliver and Tim waiting for his test to begin.

Today I had the pleasure of accompanying Oliver and Tim to Oliver’s yellow belt test in Taekwondo. Oliver and many others undertook the test in Courtenay. Grand Master Woo Kim had come from Surrey, Vancouver, for the testing and black belts from the local area were also judges. Oliver’s teacher Richard Dobbs conducted the class.

The group went through warm up. They then did exercises to toughen their knuckles and did knuckle pushups on boards. They did their poomsae or group form together. Each student had to declare the tenets of Taekwondo and was asked to count in Korean along with doing their favourite kick for the judges. They performed in pairs to do other kicks, kicking paddles held by the black belts. Basic defence moves were asked for and done.

It was a wonderful two hours watching kids who have grown so much in confidence over the time they have been involved in TKD. In Oliver’s case, he is thriving under the wonderful teaching of local black belt Richard Dobbs.

We celebrated Oliver’s new belt with a visit to the Dairy Queen!!

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If you’d like to see some video clips of the day, take a peek below.

‘Bye for now and God bless.

Thanksgiving In Canada.

Thanksgiving Meal

Thanksgiving Meal

Well folks, it’s that time of the year, when, in Canada, families get together to share a special meal and perhaps, give thanks for the good things in life. The meal usually centres around a turkey and/or a ham, with various types of vegetables and dressings. We will be no different from others. Our turkey will be one reared by Ben and Josée on their little farm. Sadly, they won’t be there to enjoy it as they are traveling.

So if you are celebrating this way, at this time of the year, exactly for what are you thankful ? And exactly whom or what are you thanking? In our family we will be thanking our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for all he has done/ is doing for us. As we join hands in prayer around the table at meal time, we will think upon his sacrifice for us. We will give thanks for Cynthia who will prepare the meal. We will also give thanks for this beautiful country in which we live and for the great people who make up Canada.

Not least we will give thanks for the caring people who have treated Tim over the past weeks, for the difficult but correct decisions they made and for their massive commitment to getting him well.

Finally, we will give thanks for Oliver, the youngest member of our group, who, on Sunday, who will be celebrating his seventh birthday that day. We love you to bits Oliver and as you are a huge Star Wars fan…”may the force always be with you.”

Our Two Main Men This Weekend

Our Two Main Men This Weekend

Love to all and may your weekend be a blessed one. Bye for now and God bless.

 

My Favourite Four Year Old.

Mesmerized by the sparklers.

Yesterday, October 12th was Oliver’s birthday.  He is without a doubt, my favourite four-year old on the planet.  Oliver also happens to be my Grandson, so there could be a wee bit of bias in my decision making about four year olds.  Cynthia and I were invited to dinner at his home, along with GJo (Grandma Jo), his other grandma.  All three of us were delighted to go for the evening.   Cynthia and I arrived ahead of Jo who was bringing Charlotte, Oliver’s sister home from one of her activities.  Tim, Oliver’s Dad, Oliver and I had a great time before the meal by smashing a balloon around the living room, trying to keep it off the ground, among other things.  I’d forgotten how much fun can be had with a single  balloon.  Oliver battled hard and before long we were all pooped.  Jo arrived with Charlotte and the meal began.  It was good, and you will never guess what we had for dessert!  Right first time if you said cake!

About to devour the cake

Following supper and cake, Charlotte, Oliver and I tried to assemble one of his gifts.  We got most of it done though I suspect tree ten year olds would have completed the job entirely in the time we spent on it.  Later, Cynthia had to go to a meeting so she and I left.  We’d enjoyed ourselves and now have lots to savour as we appreciate the time spent with some of the young and older members of the clan.  ‘Bye for now and God bless.

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