Levi decided that he wanted every day to be Victoria Day so he made a big plan. Victoria was over for the weekend but he made arrangements with her parents to ask her to head home early yesterday afternoon. As soon as she was out the door, he got ready and followed her back to Kindersley. Meanwhile as soon as she got home, her sister got her to go up on a hill for some pictures for her work. Levi walked up the hill and surprised her!
Victoria was totally surprised to see Levi!!
“With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;”
On Tuesday, March 20, Mom and I arrived in Vancouver from Nashville, meeting up with Dad and Andrew who came from home. We were there to visit relatives.
The wharf at Steveston on the ocean.
We watched this huge ocean liner come by. It was probably filled with vehicles.
One of the days we were in Richmond, we tried geo-caching. We looked for several but only found one.
We were planning on going skiing one day, but unfortunately, the weather forecast wasn’t good, so Mom and her sister planned that Andrew and I with our cousins would have a little competition making tourism videos for Richmond:) We visited lots of different sites to film, one of them being the Richmond Olympic Oval.
There was a sledge hockey game going on while we were there. The oval was converted after the Olympics, so now it includes two full sheets of ice amidst many other things.
We also visited the London Heritage Farm.
One of the nice things about making these little films, is that we could go to some fun tourist attractions. We tried 10 pin bowling.
We also got to go try some go-carts! We had to put these masks on before putting on helmets:)
On the weekend, we drove to Abbotsford to volunteer at a Gleaners operation. The Gleaners have a number of sites in Canada where they process donated fruit and vegetables to send out to relief organizations. We appreciated their overt Christian testimony. Mom and I are cutting up apples which are to be dried.
Scraping dehydrated apples off pans.
They had a soup line where we poured a scoop of dried vegetables into a pail and quickly passed it along to the next person for another kind of vegetables. These pails went around a u-shaped assembly line and then got poured into bags and sealed. The two days we were there we helped pack approximately 350,000 servings of soup.
Dad packing soup bags into boxes to be shipped.
While we were in Abbotsford we went to a Fun Park where they had all sorts of activities. We were driving remote control boats in this picture.
Dad and Andrew go-carting. Yes, even Dad went this time:)
We also tried some bumper cars which were a lot of fun!
The fisherman memorial at Steveston.
On Tuesday we drove back to Richmond and flew home late at night. We had a really good time, and thank the Lord for providing safety in all the travels.
The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. Psalm 121:8
On the trip to Nashville, we visited a number of tourist sites, and also spent two full days flying.
The Tuesday morning that we left home, we woke up before 3:30 a.m. so we could catch an early flight out of Saskatoon. We had to get de-iced, because the temperature was sub-zero and foggy.
Toronto had just gotten a dusting of snow.
But in Nashville, the trees were almost finished flowering.
During one break in sessions at the film festival, we toured a farmyard right in Franklin TN. A Civil War battle was fought right next to this house.
Evidence of bullet holes.
A picture with the instructors of the film making course I took last fall. The film I made during that course won the Young Filmmakers Award.
Since the conference ended on Saturday night, we moved to a hotel in Nashville for the last 2 nights so we could be closer to the airport, etc. The church we went to on Sunday had a huge orchestra and choir.
On Sunday afternoon we went for a hike. (Heidi had flown in to join us on Friday.)
Here is a replica of the Greek Parthenon from Athens Greece, right in Nashville. It was quite interesting. Paul probably would have seen the original when he preached in Athens.
It was a massive structure!
The grand Ryman Auditorium, a famous concert hall.
A downtown pedestrian bridge.
An old fort right by the river. Unfortunately most everywhere else in downtown Nashville was a slop hole of partying. Especially since it was St. Patrick’s day weekend.
On Monday, we visited President Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. He was the seventh President of the United States.
Unfortunately there was a tornado watch, and warnings of hail, etc. So we didn’t spend as much time as we had planned, but it was quite interesting.
There were some unique trees down there!
We also went to an aquarium restaurant, where you eat right next to tons of fish, sting rays, etc. It was pretty cool!
Two divers were in the aquarium cleaning rocks!
We walked through the Opryland Hotel and Convention Center. There was even a small waterfall!
At 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, we got up to fly out; Mom and I flew to Vancouver to meet up with Dad and Andrew. Heidi flew back to Saskatoon.
More pictures from Vancouver will be coming soon, Lord willing.
Here is a few photos from the Christian Worldview Film Festival in Franklin Tennessee! Mom and I flew out on the 13th, to spend a week in the Nashville area, most of the time at the filmmakers guild and festival. We had a great time listening to speakers, meeting new people, and watching some great films.
To top it all off, Save Me and Derksen Family Farm Promo won runner up and winner in Young Filmmakers category! Praise the Lord!
A great session on the marks of true salvation by Stephen Kendrick.
Here are the two films that won awards.
I will be posting more pictures soon of the other things we did on the trip.
“For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”