Friday, March 30, 2007

The Night Time Intruder

For about a week we have had some clues that some creature has been in our kitchen. Things were being moved and food in the basement eaten. We tried to catch the thief, but it always got away. So, two nights ago, I installed a type of surveillance video camera that could capture some of its actions. Sure enough, after 2:30 A.M., it crawled under the basement door. It tried to take some of the hard shelled nuts that we had set on the floor for it. It tried to slide it under the door, but the nut was too thick, so he took and hid it. We didn't know were he had hidden it, so we checked all over the kitchen. We found the nut behind the bread machine. Before Daddy went to bed the next night, he put a sticky trap in the sink. When I was just about ready for bed, I heard this crash, bang, clang, bong, bop, thump, bump, whomp and thwack. At first, I didn't know what it was. Then it dawned on was the INTRUDER!!!!!!!! As fast as I could go, I dashed down the stairs. I was the first one of us girls who was brave enough to look. I crept up very cautiously. I was about 1ft. away from the sink when I saw it, or rather its ears. Of course, it set us off screaming. By that time our parents had come downstairs. The twins and I climbed up on our kitchen bench. Daddy said it would come flying out of the sink if it got lose - that made us scream even more! None of us wanted to get near the creature or the trap!! While watching and screaming, we saw it get one of its feet lose. There was only one foot left stuck to the trap. Mommy went to get a box to put it in. With the aid of the box and piece of cardbord to slide under it, she got it out. Daddy double bagged it and put it outside in the garbage can. Today, Mommy checked the garbage can and found that it had chewed a hole through the box and bags. Fortunantly, it couldn't get out of the garbage can.

This is the picture of the intruder-

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Sweet Sixteen

Evening with the family - Twins birthday (part 4)

Cousins Evangeline, Silas, Emily, Sarah, and Elizabeth.

Uncle John, Aunt Jen, Mom, and the Canfield cousins. (Except me.)

Music theory class and tea - twins birthday (part 3)

A freind of ours, Robin Reese, who is a teacher a the college agreed to teach us a music theory class for our birthday. And as if that wasn't enough, she went and suprised us with afternoon tea! We had a great time!

Aaron Reese (Robin's husband), Elizabeth, their daughter Alexis, Evangeline and Robin.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Twins 16th birthday (part 2) - Lunch with the Chief and cake back at the station

The Fulton Police Chief and his 2 side-kicks...
We had a delightful lunch with Chief after the ride-along !

After lunch we went back to the station for a supposed-to-be suprise birthday party. The cake was yummy! I especially liked the junior bagdes on top! They even had a special group of vocalists to sing happy birthday to us! (that included police officers, friends from the mayors office, and the station secretary.) It was a blast!

Evangeline and Mary Ann Brewer (the station secretary, chef who made the delicious cakes, and the streamer decorator!) with Elizabeth.

They even locked us in jail for a good birthday joke!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Twins 16th birthday: ride-along with the Fulton Police

Being able to spend a morning with a police officer while he was on beat made our 16th birthday the best ever!

Elizabeth with the officer she rode with, Jeremy Algarin.
Evangeline and Officer Percival ( who is also our neighbor)
Group photo
On call...

Monday, March 19, 2007

Happy Birthday Twins!!

This Wednesday my sisters will turn sweet 16. Here are some pictures of them from when they were little. Stay tuned to see what exciting things they planned for their birthday!

Monday, March 05, 2007

The Curtian of Death - From This Life to the Next

-March 5, 2007-

.........Room 422, Room 423.......... Leita Thompson - room 424. Ah, that's where she's staying. Just up ahead.......

Today was a typical wintery day in Oswego, NY, and we were going to visit an elderly woman in the hospital. She had fallen some time ago and had become so weak that she had to be hospitalized on Saturday. Lieta Thompson was a dear lady who loved God with all her heart and lived her life according to his will, a true example of Christian devotion. She attended our church and campmeeting for many years until she was unable to get out. At 97, she was a remarkably strong woman, outliving both of her children......

Daddy, Evangeline and I were going down the hall in the hospital on our way to pay a quick visit to Sister Thompson. It was the strangest thing.....I just had this feeling that we'd be the last to see her. But she's pulled through so many times. What would make me think this time was any different? I turned in at Room 424. And when I saw her lying in bed, so ghostly white I thought, "...uhhh, she's dead..." At that moment a nurse who was standing by her bedside asked us to step outside with her. "I'm sorry, she just passed away."

It had happened just moments before. The doctor hadn't even been there yet. We had just missed her. It was sad and yet, at the same time, strangely happy. There was no doubt in my mind that she was home now - home with her Saviour. No more pain, no more sorrow. Just joy and happiness.

Now, as I look back over the day, I think of what I've learned...... Life is really like a fleeting vapor - it's only what we do for God that counts . When we cross "the curtian of death", we will enter into our eternal reward. Can others say about you what people said about her?

Mom's Birthday - March 5th

You would never guess how old Mommy is today.......and no, she isn't 3. Elizabeth decorated the cake and we got her a cup and saucer to add to her collection.