I felt so blessed to see Aurora and Steve with the picket fence on my Birthday (Sept. 5th)
I always feel like my Mom sends it as a gift, as it’s something special my Mom and I shared. Because this Birthday was my 40th and I was spending it without both of my best friends (Mom & Grandma) I was super bummed... so walking out into the night and seeing this actually made me cry tears of so many different emotions of past memories and new memories to come.
4 hours went by way too fast... We arrived at Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park Monday afternoon, had a beautiful picnic lunch by the river, there were many choke cherry trees full of berries/dessert 👌🏻
My boys brought a fishing rod and impatiently waited for a bite but ended up only catching a few weed monsters.
We then headed out to hike on one of the many trails... it didn’t take long to find some beautiful spots but our favourite place was a random spot where there were huge rocks that stuck diagonal out of the ground, making a perfect spot to get some cool photos!
After working up a sweat on our hike the boys put their shorts on for a quick, refreshing swim in the Red deer River. On our way out we used the cleanest, nicest smelling outhouses I’ve ever been in.
I’d have to say my only complaint about our fun filled day is that it ended too soon!
We are already looking forward to our next trip... Have you been to Dry Island Buffalo Jump?
The Canadian Badlands Passion Play
An epic story of faith, Hope & love.
I was blessed to get a tour of much of the Amphitheater & surrounding hills that are used for the play, as well as a very interesting history lesson... Here are some fast facts that some people may find interesting.
•The Amphitheater sits on an old mining site that was once called “Hell’s Hole” •Each season the crew carries buckets of gravel into the hills to make “Angel Paths” making it safe for the actors so they don’t slip on the bentonite.
•A long metal tunnel behind the set hides the movement of the actors from the audience. Pool noodles are taped to the top of the tunnel to protect the heads of our actors. They call it “The Actor-Duct”.
•The Badlands Amphitheater is Canada’s largest outdoor stage. The entire Amphitheater site is a mind blowing 350 acres in size.
This year was the 26th season of the Badlands Passion Play and my first time attending it... I have been having a tough time thinking of how I would write about My own experience, without making it sound generic.
I grew up going to church, Sunday school and attended a Christian school until I was 10. I felt confident that I knew the ‘story’ of Jesus and wasn’t going to be too surprised because I am well aware of how the story ends. What I didn’t count on was the emotion from the actors as they sang their hearts out. I was brought to tears a few times and had a ‘moment’ where I felt the presence of God when a storm rolled in, it showed its fury with thunder and lightning right when Jesus was ordered to be crucified. To say I was blown away seems underrated, I can say I was left speechless and haven’t been able to think of an adequate way to explain my experience until now. I only hope to give a glimpse into the emotion I felt to make you intrigued enough to go see the Passion Play for yourselves. ~It Is Finished~ •
is the year that canola was given its name, by combining ‘Canada’ and ‘Ola’. This ‘Canadian oil’ is the world’s only made in Canada crop and was developed by researchers using traditional plant breeding techniques.