About Vicki

a pilgrim passing through this life looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith.. a person with a simple life who loves photography and living in a quiet place.


this is an excellent post regarding the impatience of our times and the importance of patiently waiting on God’s perfect timing.

Daughter of The King

That four letter word that causes such a negative reaction!

When I was a child and had to wait until next week for my birthday to finally arrive, it was pure agony. Maybe having to wait two more days to finally become man and wife, oh, how slow the hours tick by. Have you ever seen a man in the grocery store, NOT go to the lane that says, “20 or less items” no matter HOW many items are contained in his cart? WAIT, I don’t think so!

It used to be that microwaves were the fastest thing going, now they seem to move in slow motion.

People used to have a land line phones, but why wait until you get home to hear a salesman interrupt your day? We need to know who could be calling or texting or wants to video chat with us, now!

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With God Nothing Shall be Impossible..

This is a story of two car keys, and how God hears the simplest of prayers.

Yesterday we were camping about 1 1/2 hours north of us.  Before we went camping husband had a spare key made in case he locked his car keys in the car.  Who knew what would happen?  Last night I asked him to back the van up further into the camp site and when he started the car the engine turned over but it stalled, not once but three times.  He thought it was the fuel pump or fuel line and so we began to try to figure out what would happen if we had to have the van towed back to the Cowichan Valley where we live. We do belong to BCAA and that would have saved a bit of towing charges but still there was the cost of having a fuel pump repaired.  Would we have to rent a car to get home? Could we ride with the tow truck driver?  Normally I would have been very stressed out over such a problem but I was unusually calm.  Poor husband, not so much.  Then the dog wanted to go for a walk so husband took him, and it was then that I prayed “Lord, we have no idea what is wrong, but you do.  We are in your hands.”  a simple prayer of trust.

When husband came back with the dog I said that he should climb into his sleeping bag and try to get some sleep and we would deal with it in the morning.  It seemed that he was drifting off, but then he sat up and said that he had an idea.  What if it was the key?  What if the car stalled because he was not using the original key with its big black head that locked and unlocked the doors, and armed the car.  So I said “why don’t you get up and try it.”  With that he leaped out of his sleeping bag, grabbed his original key and put it into the ignition.  And the car started and purred like it had always done.  He was stunned.  The man in the neighbouring campsite was still up so he came over when he heard the car running and said that the original key had a chip in it that the car needed to start.  The spare key did not have that chip.  The man said that he should try the spare key one more time so husband did, and the car stalled.  That was it!  The original key was needed.   This morning he looked up “transponders” and found out how the key works with the ignition.

Husband said he wondered why that information about trying the original key popped into his mind, so I told him that I had prayed about it when he was walking the dog.  Is anything too hard for the Lord?  Absolutely not.

We were going to camp for another day, but this morning I was not feeling too well and after all that had happened, we decided to come home.  And I have been running a temperature all day, why I do not know but the Lord does and I am in his hands.

I think that all this happened because we were meant to come home.

Here is a link to transponder keys and how they work.  We learned something, that’s for sure.



An Opportunity to be Helpful..

We have new neighbours across the street.  I have written in the past about how husband had opportunity to share the gospel with our old neighbours but now they are gone and a new couple has moved in.  Yesterday was quite an interesting day.

A couple of days ago my husband was walking the dog and had opportunity to meet the man who moved in.  Yesterday we saw that the former neighbour was parked in front of her old home and it wasn’t long before she knocked on our door. (It was her husband that my husband had shared the gospel with).  It seems that the new neighbours do not have a lawn mower and they need someone to mow their lawn.  And this is where it gets interesting.  There is a fellow that lives a couple of doors up that has been mowing lawns for several people who live in our community, so our former neighbour had gone up to see if he would mow the lawn of the new neighbours.  Well, you never know what the day will bring because the man who mows lawns has developed kidney stones, in fact he has had two surgeries and will be having more surgery this week.  He said that he will no longer be mowing lawns.  And so this is why the former neighbour came to our home.  She wanted to know if my husband would find someone to mow the new neighbours’ lawn

My husband helps anyone who asks him, doing anything they ask, and I keep telling him that this has value in the Lord’s eyes because he does not search things out, people come to him.  And so he did a search and found several companies who mow lawns so he printed them out and took the list to the new neighbour.  It turns out that they are very lonely, not knowing anyone in this area.  I truly wonder what is going to come of this but one thing I do know, it will be according to the will of the Lord.

Hebrews 13:16 “..to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”




Alone on History Channel, and our Quiet Days

Do you ever watch the TV series called Alone on History Channel? That is where people are dropped a few miles apart on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, they have to find food and build shelter and deal with nature: weather (mostly constant rain) and wild animals.  This season they have teams, one person is supposed to stay at the beach and build a shelter while the other has to hike 10 miles through heavy rain forest to find them.  In 3 episodes 3 teams have dropped out.  Two of the young men who should have stayed near the beach and build a shelter for their team member when they arrive decided to wander around in the heavy bush.  One of them hurt his ankle and so that team had to leave (both members have to leave if one taps out) and the other was so freaked out by a bear outside his tent at night that he tapped out thus taking his father out with him.  Another man was out gathering wood to build a shelter and he tripped on the beach seriously hurting himself, thus taking him and his team member out of the running as well.

Why am I telling you about this?  Because for the last 1 1/2 years my husband and I have entered into our quiet days.  Before that we were attending a gospel chapel since we moved to Vancouver Island.  But then husband found out that emergent teachings had entered into a bible school that the chapel supported, and those in leadership at the chapel would not check into it, choosing to ignore the fact.  So husband chose to leave the chapel and since then we have had little contact with anyone.  Family issues also developed on spiritual issues and so we have been mostly alone family wise as well.

And so that is why I think of Alone and those young men who decided to wander around in the bushes, both of them choosing to strike out for themselves rather than do what they were supposed to do.  I must say that it has been tempting to look at this church, or look at that church, but for the most part, churches where we live have become community churches and strayed away from the “old paths” of gospel preaching, gospel hymn, preachers who are led by the spirit instead of being told what to speak on.  For that reason, husband and I have chosen to have communion at home each week and listen to online sermons by preachers who still preach the gospel, and trust the Lord for what comes.  It is very difficult to live the quiet life, but I do wonder what would happen if we strayed away from it.  I do not want to find out.

Jeremiah 6:16 “Thus saith the LORD, stand ye in the ways, and see and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls…..”



In Praise of Clover

Why a post on clover?  For a couple of reasons.  The clover in the photo above, taken this morning on the Somenos Dike Trail, reminds me of happy times.  When I was a child we used to pull the pink stems out of the flower head and suck out the sweet nectar. We used to search for 4-leaf-clover although I don’t remember if we ever found one. There was much wild clover in those days.  Years later when I babysat my granddaughter when she was a toddler, I taught her how to do that on a patch of the same kind of clover that we found near her home. I wonder if she remembers. Sadly that patch was mowed down and replaced with grass by the people who owned the land where the townhouse complex she lived in was located.  This seems to be the way now, there are not many places where wild things are left to themselves. I am very thankful that all wildflowers (or weeds if you prefer) on either side of the Somenos Dike Trail are left to themselves and they are a joy to behold.

My second reason to like clover is different.  We have white Dutch clover in our lawns, front and back.  The neighbour on the left side of us is not happy about this.  In fact, she told my husband quite a story of how her old neighbours had clover in their lawn and it blew to her lawn.  And by the way, (she asked) what was the white flower in our lawn? I am sure she knew that it is clover.  So this sent me on an online search about clover.  Is it a weed?  Is it beneficial to a lawn?  It turns out that both are correct, it is a weed but it is also beneficial.  I’m afraid our neighbour will not be pleased, but we are not getting rid of the clover.  Below is a great article on why clover is beneficial.:


In quite another way a three-leaf-clover is a great way to teach children about the Trinity:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit..   as the clover leaf has three parts on one stem, so the Trinity is one.

1 John 5:7: For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.


I Was Wrong..

I was wrong, that is hard to say but I have had to humble myself and admit three times in the past couple of days that I was wrong..

First time was when I thought that I had over-fertilized my new perennials so much that all the buds I saw were going to go into leaf instead of flowers.  After checking out the perennials of the same varieties at the nursery where I bought them, it turns out that they are progressing as they should and are going to flower.  I was wrong.

Second time was yesterday morning when I absolutely “freaked out” over something called an “email transfer” of money and whether or not it was safe.  Turns out that email transfer of money is one of the safest ways to exchange funds.  Again, I was wrong.

But the third was  most humbling of all.  My husband said he would be able to sell a loveseat of ours on an online “used” site.  Because I hated the color so much I said that no one would be interested in buying the loveseat even though it was in excellent condition.  Husband photographed it, put in online and 6 hours later  he had a firm offer.  That is where the email transfer comes in.  The lady wanted to put a deposit down on it because she couldn’t pick it up until this morning and I thought that an email transfer would give her access to our account information.  Who buys a loveseat sight unseen anyway?  After checking with our bank and finding out email transfers were safe, husband put hers through even though I was very uneasy about it.

This morning the lady and her husband came over and I sat in the back yard but I could hear that they were happy with the loveseat.  Not long after, they drove off with it in the back of their truck and husband came into the backyard with cash in hand.  And it turns out that what I did not like they loved.  So I admitted to husband “you were right and I was wrong.”  It wasn’t difficult, and it needed to be done.

What does the bible say about humbling ourselves?

Proverbs 29:23 “A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”



How My Husband Spent His Birthday..

Yesterday was my husband’s birthday. As it is with other days, we make no plans and see what the day will bring.  He had previously purchased birthday presents, we have no surprises here.  I said he needed new running shoes so that was from me.  He also got a wallet and a foam bed from Costco so he can nap outside on warm days.

But who knew what was going to happen when I mowed the front lawn?  There was a 6-year-old Nishiki Willow tree that was growing horizontally instead of vertically.  As beautiful as the new growth was with its white, light green and pink foliage, it was a tree that neither of us liked because it needed constant pruning.  In winter I was out at 3:00am shaking and knocking snow off the branches because they had flattened to a pancake.  But getting back to yesterday,  I was mowing the lawn and once again had to duck under the branches, so I asked husband to trim some of them off.  As he trimmed we talked about how we no longer liked the tree so in agreement, he got out his sabre saw and branch by branch down it came.  Then we looked at it and said “what have we done” because clean up was such a mess.  And as we cut branches into smaller branches and bound some of them up, neighbours came by and said “what did you do that for? it was so beautiful”..    but they didn’t have to mow around it nor do major trimming in Spring and other times of year, nor shake snow off at 3:00am.

After it was all cleaned up husband said “we are not going shopping to Dinters (a great local nursery) today to look for a new tree.”   But I know him, and he doesn’t like to leave things undone, so after lunch he suggested we go and “have a look”  which I knew would mean more than a look.  We looked at Japanese Maples but we have 8 varieties of those, so we finally agreed upon a Smoke Bush that has been grafted onto a tree trunk.  It was blooming and just beautiful!  I asked one of the people working at the nursery if the lovely soft blooms would hold up under a heavy sprinkling and she said that they have overhead sprinkling, so with that we purchased the tree and brought it home.  Then we went down to a local feed store to buy stakes for either side.  Below is the result.  Husband always has to have a project and I know that even though he was tired, he enjoyed doing it.

Photos taken at 6:00am, last night’s sprinkler drops are still on the blooms.

I think that it is beautiful..   below is a link to a page on Nishiki Willow so you can see what we had if you don’t know what it is.



My Mother’s Grape Ivy

In November of 2012 my mother passed away and I became caretaker of her Grape Ivy plant.  The funny thing is though, that my mother was never a gardener.  I remember that when I was a child, my mother used to sit on the front lawn and try to find four-leaf-clovers but my father was the one who loved to plant and care for gardens.

My mother had a lot of house plants though, drought tolerant house plants.  🙂  The Grape Ivy above is at least 25 years old if not older.  She also had a wax plant which had such a strong fragrance when it bloomed, she used to cut off the flower buds.  Also a Christmas cactus.  The wax plant and cactus were very old, I remember the wax plant as a child.  It hung on an iron tripod built by my uncle.  Now both of these plants reside with my son and his family.

When I brought the grape ivy home in April of 2013 it was looking pretty sad, my brother said he had “thrown water on it a couple of times” between the time of my mother’s death and the following April.  When I brought it home I repotted it and trimmed it way back.  It sat on the top of a china cabinet from then until yesterday when I moved it to the top of an antique sideboard.

I hope that this plant will live a long time to come.  Perhaps when I am gone from this earth, it will move to my son’s to join the others.


Responsibility for Wrong Choices

My 46-year-old daughter blames me for every wrong choice she has made in her life, even though she left home at 16 because she didn’t like the fact that I was cleaning up her filthy dirty bedroom.  There, I have said it.  I am writing about it because my husband showed me a bible verse from 2 Kings this morning that was very helpful in my ongoing dealing with this.

There is a doctor on TV who has a program dealing with people’s “issues” and family relationships.  One thing that has bothered me in the few programs I have watched is that he has a tendency to blame the parents for the children’s bad choices.  But what does the bible have to say about this?

2 Kings 14:6 “……….the fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own sin”

In applying this to my life, should I be held responsible for what my daughter does? or should she be held responsible for what I do?  No, every person is responsible for their own choices in life.

Enough said.



Rethinking Riding the Cowichan Valley Trail

We are rethinking riding our bikes on the Cowichan Valley Trail now due to a cougar warning.. this morning we went to the staging area for a ride and the above sign had been posted.  It was not there 2 days ago.  You can see a bear or a wolf but cougars do not usually make their presence known until they are upon their prey.  As we do not know exactly where the sighting was we thought better of riding there today so we went back to the Somenos Dike Trail.  Sometimes it is better to be cautious.

Proverbs 22:3 “A prudent man foreseeth the evil , and hideth himself…..”


Venting: Leaving Dogs in Cars on Hot Days

This is a venting post.  Today we went to a local strip mall for husband to find some running shoes.  Outside one of the stores there was a beautiful blue merle Sheltie sitting in the passenger seat of a car.  The windows were rolled down only about 3 inches, not enough to keep the car from becoming very warm inside.  This makes me really angry because I don’t understand why someone would leave their dog in a car on a hot day.  Granted there was a breeze but the temperature was 75F, warm enough for the car to become very hot for the dog.   There was a security guard nearby so I asked him if he could do anything about dogs in cars and he said “yes.”  Apparently there were keeping an eye on the car to see if the owner came and that they had a few minutes to come back before security would call the police.

Many stores in our area have changed their policies so that dogs on leash are allowed in the store.

People, if you are going shopping on hot days, please leave your dog at home!


Bicycle Riding on the Cowichan Valley Trail

Today we went back to riding our bicycles on the Cowichan Valley Trail.  We have been riding on the Somenos Dyke Trail but with hot weather coming, the Cowichan Valley Trail is much cooler.

I have been thinking about just how much the Cowichan Valley Trail is like life.  There are shadows and sunlight, as there are dark times in our life and bright times when everything is going well.  The way is narrow, and for a Christian, we are to follow the “narrow path”, not the wide path that leads to destruction.

Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

The Cowichan Valley Trail can be a dangerous place.  Sometimes cyclists come up very fast with no bell to let you know they are coming, and if you are not riding right on your side, it could be a disaster.  Life is like that.  Sometimes danger comes upon us that we cannot see coming.  According to the Lord’s will, he may deliver us from the danger, or we may have to go through it and be a testimony of God’s grace to us through difficult times.

There are wonderful sights, sounds and smells on the Cowichan Valley Trail..  wildflowers, the green trees and shrubbery,  the sound of roosters crowing, or sheep, the smell of freshly mowed hay at the farms beyond the trail, the smell of horses in the pasture of a farm near the trail, this is beautiful to some.  As with life, all of Creation if we just look around us, the sound of a pouring rain or a gentle rain, the sound of thunder, the sight of lightning.  The fragrance of flowers, or puppy breath, or a baby..  all of life.

I am thankful to be back on the Cowichan Valley trail.


Removing the Bird Feeder

This Spring is the first time I have fed birds from a feeder having always fed them through winter by throwing seed on the ground.  I never thought that so many varieties would come to the feeder and it was getting to be too much, as though I was the only one feeding the birds.  The female House Finch in the photo above is one of many visitors.

I began to think it wasn’t such a good idea when by chance I saw a female sparrow carrying a moth to her nest.  That was when it dawned on me that perhaps seed was too easy and that they should be looking for their natural food.  Then a couple of days later I saw that a Starling had appeared  and if there was one species I did not want on a bird feeder it is Starlings for they take over very quickly.  A day or so after that my husband saw a squirrel in the tray below the feeder and the heavy glass roof above the feeder was knocked at an angle.  This meant that some brave squirrel had jumped from quite a distance to reach the food.  And that was the end for me so I took the feeder down and carried the pole holding it away.

But I felt very guilty..would my little friends starve after I took their food supply away?  such foolishness on my part.  Yes, they did hang around looking forlorn for a few days and I continued to feel guilty.  I decided to put some seed out on the ground in different places and it wasn’t long before a few of the birds came back.  This morning I was lying on a swing in our back yard and a Chestnut-backed Chickadee flew in and landed on my knee.  It looked at me as if to say, “that’s OK, don’t feel so bad.”  This little Chickadee who formerly would swoop down, grab a black oil sunflower seed and fly into the tree was now going down to the ground.  And I also noticed that there is a new flock of Sparrow fledglings coming to the seed on the ground as well.  For previous fledglings it was difficult for the mother to entice them to the feeder so ground-feeding is better for them.

What does the bible say about feeding the birds?

Matthew 6:26 “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them……”

I do still provide them clean water in a bird bath every day, and I still have my hummingbird feeder up because we had such a cold and wet Spring but I think that in July when everything starts to bloom I will remove that as well.


Lack of Sleep

Today I am suffering the effects of lack of sleep.  It was probably 3am before I got to sleep last night or should I say this morning.  Yesterday before going to bed I watched a movie called Take Shelter, made in 2011.  The “information” said it was about a man having apocalyptic dreams who decided to upgrade his back yard shelter, but it was so much more than that.  Turned out to be a psychological drama about a man who may or may not be developing a mental illness as his mother had when he was a boy of 10.  Were his dreams about an illness coming upon him? or were they premonitions.  I went to bed before it was over and tossed and turned thinking about it.  This movie to me was all about  fear..  fear of the unknown was taking hold of him.  Was he sick? or was there truly a disaster coming?

I don’t really know why this movie had such a hold on me, perhaps sometimes I have fear of the unknown.

And yet I am a Christian and I am not supposed to fear what the world or man might do to me because I have a home in heaven waiting for me.  Christians are admonished to fear the Lord in a reverential way because of who He is, Almighty God.

Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

I hope that tonight will be a peaceful night of restorative sleep.


edited to add that after writing this post yesterday, I had a very good sleep last night.. from now on I will have to be very careful what I watch before I go to bed..










One Thing Leads to Another

Lately there have been white Pelicans in this area so today we decided to drive to Cowichan Bay to see if they were there.  It was raining all morning, a light and misty rain, the kind you can get soaked in because it doesn’t seem that you need an umbrella.

The Pelicans were not at Cowichan Bay so that led to a drive to Mill Bay to see if they were there.  Not there either, but what we did find on the drive home is that our favorite produce stand is open again.  Called Sweet Meadow Farm, it has the freshest produce we have ever found. Most is local but they do bring in Okanagan cherries, the best we have found.  We bought some new carrots and nugget potatoes and are looking forward to those for supper tonight.  This stand is only open from late June until late August.

But best for me was a visit to a farm market at Cobble Hill.  I saw a small sign on the road leading back from Mill Bay so we drove to Cobble Hill to check it out.  There were not many stands, but there was a lady selling fresh bouquets of flowers picked yesterday from her garden.  Husband kindly bought one for me, it is lovely.  A lot of flowers I was not familiar with and I am enjoying it on my table.  Photos below:

The second is another view.

We expect the rest of the day will be quiet.