All About Me

 photo editedme_zps9992c220.jpg

Hello!  I am so happy you found my page.  It's always nice to make a new friend and I love to hear from my old friends.   How does that old saying go??

Make new friends, but keep the old.  One is silver, the other gold.

There are no strangers here, only friends who haven't met.  So pull up a chair and set yourself down.   It's time to get to know me!

I'm a sixty year old woman.  (How did that happen???)Happily married (third time was the charm), mother of five, grandmother to seven.  I moved over here to this Big Island in the year 2000 from Nova Scotia, Canada, and have been busy making my dreams come true ever since.   I was a stay at home mom for the whole time my children were growing up pretty much.  I did work for a short time, but I wasn't really happy with that.  I wanted my children to have a mother in the home, and so I tried hard to be just that.  Unfortunately that didn't prepare me very well for the divorce which occurred later in life as I found myself basically middled aged and with no skills, or at least what I thought were no skills.


 photo seat.jpg

One thing I had always loved to do though was cook, and I was pretty good at it,  and so I went back to school and got my Chef's papers.  While I was at it I also got my Medical Secretarial course, which I thought might come in handy.  You can never have too many strings to your bow.  I was able to work as a personal chef for a family over here in the UK for a number of years before retiring  and now I basically just work from my home, writing, painting, cooking.  It is what makes me happy.



I converted to Mormonism in 1999 and my faith is very important to me.  I have always been a person of faith, but the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints sings the song of my heart.  From the first day I entered one of their chapels I felt as if I had found the spiritual home I had been seeking all of my life.   God, the Saviour and my family are my whole life, so if you don't like reading about these things, you probably won't like being here.  But if you have an open mind and enjoy simple pleasures, this is the place for you!

My husband and I are also serving a Mission with our church at the present time.  We are thankfully able to serve from our own home, which is great!   We will be finished our Mission in December of 2016.

On here I hope that you will find  lots of love and inspiration, food for the eyes and soul, sometimes silly, sometimes not . . .  and hopefully often interesting and life enriching things.    I hope you'll stick around for a while and that you enjoy your stay.

CAST OF CHARACTERS

 photo DSC_9253.jpg

This is my husband Todd.  He is the love of my life.   I waited a lifetime to meet this man and we are busy making every moment we have left together count, and our dreams come true.  Easy going, patient, tolerant of my quirks and odd ways.  He may not be perfect, but he's perfect for me!
 
 photo SAM_7726_zpsac7ea300.jpg

This is Mitzie, our five year old Blue Roan English Cocker Spaniel.  She is a vibrant force in our lives and brings us more joy and love than we could ever have hoped for.  She has more than filled the hole that was left when we lost our Jess.  She is not Jess, but she is Mitzie and we love her just as much.


 photo birthday008.jpg

WE got her as a puppy when she was only 8 weeks old, and have been happily raising her ever since.

 photo DSC_9241.jpg

Laid back.  Crazy.  Loving.  She's ours and we are happily hers.


 photo Mombreakfast.jpg

This is my mom.   She's a very special lady, and at the age of 83, the matriarch of the family.   She is a breast cancer survivor and last year experienced a miracle in that her lung cancer was healed mysteriously, after prayer and a Priesthood blessing, and a LOT of faith on her part and those who were praying for her.  She had one portion of her left lung removed in a major operation, but when the tests came back from the samples that had been sent away for testing,  they showed cancer free.  This was a miracle as only a few weeks before a biopsy had shown she definitely had cancer.   Her surgeon said to her at her follow up appointment several months later . . . "Do you believe in Divine intervention?"  He said her body had magically healed itself, something which he had only ever seen one other time in his whole career as a thoracic surgeon.  Unfortunately she suffered from a heart attack after her her first operation,  and a thrombosis a few days after that.  It was touch and go for a few days and she is still on the road to recovery.   She is like the Ever Ready Bunny though.  She just keeps going and going, and we are grateful for that.  We love her to bits.  Her strength and faith are an example to us all.

 photo Dad_zps45e66f9d.jpg

This is my dad.  He is 82 and my mother's toy boy (haha.)  He was an electrician in the Canadian Armed Forces for many years. Although he and my mom are divorced, and have been for many years,  they are the best of friends.  They live together in the same house.   It's from him that I inherited my love of music, reading and easy going nature.   He calls me the "Apple of his eye."  He probably calls my sister and brother that too, but it doesn't matter to me if he does.   When he says it to me, I feel like the "apple of his eye."  He's one of my biggest fans and that means the world to me.  He's very proud of all that I do.   That is precious to me.  Love my dad to bits too!

 photo Cindy2011.jpg

This is my younger sister Cindy.   She and her partner Dan moved back to Nova Scotia a few years ago to help care for my mom who was recovering from cancer surgery and all the implications that has had for an 80 something year old woman, and also care for my dad.  She's  been my best friend for all of her life.  I hope she feels the same way about me!  She has four children (and two grandsons) whom she left behind when she moved back to NS.  We are ever grateful for their sacrifice.   She had not been home in 12 years due to financial and time constraints, and to just pick up and go when she was needed was a wonderful gift to us all.  I reckon these next few years will be a special gift for both her and our parents, a chance for them to enjoy the same closeness that I have taken for granted all these years, but never will again.  I Love my sister and am very grateful for her presence in my life.

 photo DaveandBetty_zps1f8b59c5.jpg

 This is my younger brother David with his dog Betty.  He says she is not his dog.  She moved in with them about 4 or 5 years ago now, but I think that after her having been there for this long . . . she's his dog, and they do say a picture speaks a thousand words!  She definitely looks comfortable! And so does he!  He was my rock when I was home in April with my mom and we were going through all the turmoil of her operations, heart attack etc.   I don't know what I would have done without him being there with us.  It was also a fabulous opportunity for us to grow closer than we had been in years.  He is my friend.  I love him and am glad he is my brother too.  He is married to Christine and they have four lovely girls.

  photo AnthonyandAnneWedding-1.jpg

This is my oldest son Anthony and his wife Anne on their wedding day.  They were high school sweethearts.  Anthony works as a computer technician and Anne is a stay at home mom for now, although she does have a degree in Archeology.  They have two delightful little boys . . .

 photo HappyBoys_zps37b133d3.jpg

From left to right, Gabriel (10) and Luke (6).  Two little lights in my life.

 photo photo_1701480_resize_article_zpsfddb9b47.jpg

This is our Special Olympian, Eileen, my eldest daughter with her husband Tim.   They got married a couple of years ago now.   That was a special day!  They waited a long time to make their dreams come true.  Eileen has competed nationally and internationally, representing Canada in the Special Olympic Winter Games, bringing home two gold medals and a bronze.  We are very proud of her!

 photo amandaandtommay2007.jpg

This is my youngest daughter Amanda and her husband Tom.  She is an RN with an Honors Master's degree and he is a Physiotherapest.   They are the proud parents of these two little minions . . .


 photo easter 2016_zpsbsrgu7et.jpg

Cameron on the right (3 years) and Maryn on the left (5 years)
Love my grandbabies, all seven of them!

 photo Kindalikingthis.jpg

 This is my middle son Doug and his wife Kayla on their wedding day.  They live on a very small island where Doug is a trained Heating and Refrigeration Technician who works at Staples,  and  where they are both busy bringing up these three little joys . . .

 photo Boys_zps6d7a1c02.jpg  

 Our three J's, from left to right, Joshua (7), Jonathan (9) and Jacob (5).
Three sweet little boys that I don't get to see nearly often enough, although facetime on the ipad makes it a lot easier these days.

 photo 969154_10100265264136289_1026742696_n_zpsbabc474f.jpg

This is my youngest son Bruce, his partner Sarah and their furr babies Baxter, the Dashound and Lucy the Springer Spaniel. 

 photo image_zps5ys894uw.jpeg

Bruce is in the Canadian Airforce.   Sarah is a premium mental healthy blogger in Canada (Saratonin)  and Baxter and Lucy are both personality and energy  plus.


 photo image_zpsxu8pkfk3.jpeg

Bruce and Sara are getting married this July!  Congrats to them!


 photo 73304_507958295932145_1153713958_n_zps674c1029.jpg

And there you have it in a nutshell, that's the lot of us minus some nieces and nephews!


12 comments:

LauraC said...

I came over for a visit from the old blog and this one is quite lovely. It will be an easy transition for those of us old friends.

Marie said...

Thanks Laura, I am really happy to read this! I hope everyone feels the same!

Raquel said...

Marie: Loving the new fresh look (although I loved the old one too!) Feels like home! XXOOXO
Raquel

Marie said...

Thank you so much Raquel! YOu made my day! xxoo

Pat said...

Love the new site Marie! I wasn't sure I would because I'm not one for change but it's lovely; fresh, pretty and very YOU! Well done for being able to do it, I wouldn't have a clue!
Love, Pat xx

Marie said...

Thank you so much Pat! I am so glad you are liking it! It is very me. I like that about it too. xxoo

Bonnie said...

This is great, Marie! Love you and it has been a joy to visit here tonight and catch up on everyone! Hugs! B

Marie Rayner said...

Thanks Bonnie! Nice to have you!

Tracey Steele@Breathing English Air said...

Catching up on all I have missed while being absent from blogging. I love the new one - off to read some more!

Marie Rayner said...

Thanks Tracey. Glad you found me again! xxoo

Mrs. Stanley said...

Wow! Marie! You are an amazing woman with an amazing family. You are another inspiration for me!

Marie Rayner said...

Awww, thanks Carolyn! You are so very kind to say so! xx