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A Family Affair a wedding is in the air August 12 2017

 

Celebrating a bridal shower with family and friends

Matthew and I

 

The future Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Delisle Matthew and Lauren

In just a short few weeks we will have one of our 4 boys getting married. These moments are both exciting and hard for this moma bear! The fact that your children grow up and become exceptional young men, we encourage they to be good to others, as well as to themselves. Hopefully they can find someone who they can share every moment with, who truly loves them for themselves and be able to enjoy each other’s company.

Matthew and Lauren met while in high school, being together, getting to know one another and getting those calls in the middle of the night that one of them needs help or has been hurt, has been nothing but scary in those moments, but also lucky that they have found each other. They suit one another. Both are sports orientated, both are caring and loving and family orientated. Although sometimes they may not want to be around family, they know they can always rely on us on any given moment for anything.

Love is unconditional, internally inside and out, makes your hands sweaty and your heart hurt when they are not there anymore. Love is such an emotion that together they can grow, mature and make a life with each other that will make any parent proud.

Matthew at age 4 playing tee ball

Lauren is a little cutie here

going for a tube ride.. is she ready?

 

Lauren’s beautiful eyes that tell you everything will be ok

As we begin to countdown the weeks into days, we take the celebrations as they come, for some are no longer here on earth to share these moments with us. We never take anything or anyone for granted and enjoy every day as it comes.

Congratulations to my son Matthew Delisle and finding your soul mate, Lauren Cartwright!!

Congratulations Lauren Cartwright for surviving our families and becoming a beautiful addition!!

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Europe-Czech Republic World Ball Hockey International Competition 2017

Andrew and Matthew

candles lite for Matthew and Lauren’s upcoming wedding this year

St. Charles Bridge entrance

Murdoch and I at one of the games enjoying some food and beverages

The team’s cheer team! Tracy, Chantel, Tom and Anne Marie

Gordy and Chantel meeting her uncle in Czech Republic for the first time!

The town the boys played ball hockey at.

our view from our hotel windows overlooking the town

Great Britain team mates at one of the games

The boys earned these drinks as they had just had a hard game

Steve Morris and Matthew Delisle with Anne Marie

Alex and the mascot for the games

the boys enjoying the win at the game and expressing great joy!

Drew and Steve

Tracy and I exploring Prague

the guys with team usa

sun setting in czech republic was so beautiful. It was weird to have almost 16 hours of daylight

SCORE!!!!

Mckenzie kicking butt

team work is what you get when you work together

the local signs in the area

Chantel and Gordy

Great catch Gage!

Congratulations Great Britain team mates!

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This was such a great experience to witness to be able to share this adventure in the Czech Republic with my son Matthew and his team mates and new family members as they call themselves. 

The buildings and area is so beautiful and full of history, there is not one place that has some kind of history attached to it. Even visited a Concentration Camp in Theresienstadt, Czech Terezín, town in northern Bohemia (now in the Czech Republic), founded in 1780 and used from 1941 to 1945 by Nazi Germany as a walled ghetto, or concentration camp, and as a transit camp for western Jews en route to Auschwitz and other extermination camps. (1)internet info.  This site was so cool and eerie at the same time.

It was the first time ever in Europe for most of us and a learning experience at that, getting use to all the customs and the food let alone the lack of anything cold to drink there. The weather was very hot and not a day that was bad weather wise. But the lack of air conditioning was another rude awakening or the fact that they don’t use wash cloths. The staff would not let us have drinks with our food, something we were use to as if we were home. After a few days with the heat, we got the drinks anyways. The variety of food is very different to get use too for sure. Breakfast was different too, they eat alot of pastries, warm milk, cheeses, meats, tomatoes, cucumbers, as well as some soft boiled eggs and juices. The first few days there we explored the area and found falfal’s we all liked and ate those! The grocery store wasn’t too far away too. We found ice here!! YEAHH!!! To have cold drinks!!

Being involved in the games was interesting! Knowing that these players were ages 20 years old on up to 40 years up, playing against one another took on another level of stress too. Being this was world international ball hockey the rules were a bit stricter THANK GOD!! The way some of them were playing would make you think you needed a doctor or a nurse on staff at all times!

I can tell you the best day was when we all 25 of us, got to experience Prague with a guided tour on motorized scooters! So much fun! We were split up into 2 groups, with each group and guide took off exploring the areas. Our guide was so fun we went to the top of the mountains and down again, even with a few wipe outs! me included, we all survived a great day!!

Now that the month has come and gone and we look back at all the photos and see the social media posts, the websites for stats and game reviews, the guys can look forward to the next years game in Russia or Solavakia, another great experience for the team mates to enjoy and possibly take home some medals!

Being 4th in the worlds is now small feat, but a well accomplished one and earned for each of the guys on the team.

Until next time, enjoy your time together and remember the time aboard.

Congratulations to @greatbritainteam2017 

 

 

 

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Looking to keep accountable *Strength* *Courage* *Adventure* *Business* A Review within

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There comes a time in your life where we realize things need to change either within ourselves or around us,  in order to do these things we need to make those things happen for us personally. Vulnerability, accountability, courage, sacrifice, encouragement and patience are all things we need to work on and grow with. Whether it is for you personally or in your business or both, it can be with your family and friends, no matter which you choose, it only needs to start with you.

My passions and strengths have changed over the years, as I get older, these are becoming more and more a constant in my life. My passion for Photography has never changed, it has evolved over time. When I was younger I loved to take photographs of nature and of events we had gone as a family in our younger years. Shrine Circus, clowns, parades, parks and recreations events, sports games-just to name a few. Then I moved on to families, friends, and even some animals. Then Life happened- we got older and moved on.

My courage- sometimes this is a challenge for me to have. You may see it as a smile, as a nod, but I may be scared straight too. Like the Lions in the Wizard of Oz-we all need the courage to help us grow and move forward. Getting that at times may be the issue and then how do you use it to grow within yourself? We do need to keep moving forward, try and try again, until you find what works for you. Once you do it will be quick and easy and exciting. These levels of courage can change over time, so keep moving forward and never fear the unknown as sometimes the things that await you can bring you the best news yet.

Having friends and family encourage, support, and believe in what you do may also keep you in check with your lives. We all need it no matter our ages, races or accomplishments in time or business, or personal, we are all human. As I embark on this year, I am making, attempting, being honest, to change myself and how I look at things or accept things in life, personal, business and otherwise.

Patience, understanding and courage are going to take the roll for me this year, as I move forward and switch things to better suite me as a person, as a mother, as a business owner.

I have openly accepted many things over the years, I need to also accept that I too am a person who is worthy of others. So I begin this journey with a bit more open eyes, a few more lesser why’s, and whole lot of love.

I do plan to be more adventurous this year. I would love to explore more options to photograph many things out there, and I will accept that journey openly. My life’s dream was to become a travel photographer working with Time Magazine. Although that is a far cry now, I will keep an open mind and heart for what will come. My passion and true love for photography is in my blood. I see so many things at varies times while I am with others, or working or just visiting people and wish I can take a photo or two!  I think that I may just have to be buried with my camera when the time comes!!

 

Business is hard, at times it can be ruthless for others, but at the same time rewarding as well. It is never easy or simple. Things are always changing or adjusting in some form or another. But I cam honestly say, that working for yourself has allot more advantages then working for others. Time is always on your side, you just need to make sure your time is well spent. Having said that I will be working on allot this year. Challenges, growth, improvements are always needed. Learning various options to offer to others, getting feedback to help with this is another way to grow and learn about how others see you in business. We all need to pay attention to how we treat one another in business, personal or otherwise, it affects you in many ways. Let’s go and make the world believe in you as a person, a true human being, someone they would continue to do business with. Get your values in check, do your research and get accountable for all your actions and explore all the options that are out there to grow and move forward in our ever so changing fast paced world out there.

You never know what life will throw out at you, so remember to live it to the fullest and enjoy yourself and family and friends, take your passions and run with them!! Have a purpose in life to keep going forward and making others have a reason to smile and look up to you!!

Personal Growth and Accountability

words from Anne Marie

THANK YOU!!!

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Christmas Wishes and Holiday Blues

 

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First off let me start off by saying,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years

to everyone near and far!!!!

What a time to celebrate your accomplishments, learn from your mistakes, reacquaint yourselves with family and friends, perhaps even gain some new friends or business colleague’s.  Take this holiday season to remember what this truly means to you, within your heart and soul. Share that with all  you meet no matter the season. We are all on this earth to be kind to one another.

Although it is Christmas there are many people, family and friends, people who you may never know personally, who deal with anxiety, depression, SAD, random stressful thoughts that my be good or bad, hard times can actually fall on everyone no matter the level of pay scale they may be. Be aware how you are treating others, make an attempt to get to know people, or even to make yourself better, so that you have a better understanding on how things are in the world. Experience and knowledge are the keys to improvements, and the willingness to change for the good, not just for yourself but for others too.

Life experiences, the change of the times, how we look at the world, which is ever so changing so quickly right before our eyes!! Comes into play with everyone. Some people will have to relocate for work, have been fired or had to quit, lost their job for closures, or simply for the fact that it may have been something that was just needed to change for them, LIFE is hard. Getting help, asking for help, and participating in the help are all aspects we all need to work on together. Recognise the signs when someone tells you that they may need help, communication is key, non communication had many forms. A look, a reaction, body language, disposition, visible stress. Sometimes we are too caught up with everything we forget to be aware of these signs. Some are harder to see then others, but if you try, you just may be able to see it.

Christmas and New Years are important to us all, with us, it brings most of our families together, or mine specifically. Although we too experience rough patches, stressful lives, and most times, distance and dealing with 2 other countries of separation from other family members. We miss those we don’t get to see, we wish we could see them all under one roof, or over the time frame of the holidays, that my Dear Watson, is just impossible!! 

So like many others, we forge ahead, participate when we can, with who we can, and celebrate Life.  For these things we are Thankful to be able to share with our children and young adults, who constantly remind us that “we” are getting old!! LOL!!! Something’s like this never change!! 

Traditions some are kept some are not, sometimes it is best to start new ones. Gain friendships, loose friendships, it is all part of how we deal with things, those inner thoughts, the brain that sends the signals to the heart, how to react, or not to react, choices in the end is what it means to go forward and how others will see you.

Reflections of times gone by, to a simpler time, of when your grandparents were (or still may be) around. Do you remember the laughter sitting around the tables, the games your played, the food you shared?? The music shared, the carols sang, some in tuned some not, but who cared it was a celebration to be shared!! We all long for those times, the years gone by, to help with the years ahead still to come.

I remember when my grandmother Georgina would play her piano, we would sit by the bench and sing songs, meet up with my cousins and aunts and uncles and all have a feast. Unfortunately, we don’t do that any more. No more grandparents (my grandparents) are alive anymore. No relatives have taken that role anymore, we see them occasionally at events or funerals it is sad. It makes it hard for our kids to get to know more relatives, as we did when we were growing up. Back then, we got together at least 4 times a year, now we are lucky if it is once a year. It gets harder yet as our families grow each year and all are split around the countries.  My grandma and grandpa loved playing cards. Guess they all did!! Back in those days it was something to do!! Believe me, I have relatives I have never met yet!!

Christmas will be celebrated in one form or another, from across the world. Take in your families and friends, and those who have no one to share it with, spread the love and the joy as if they were one of your own. Celebrate these moments, cherish those around you and remember you are loved.

 

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!!  

 

See you in 2017!!

 

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Celebrations!

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July 4th, 2016

Independence Day

The world has changed over the years for these celebrations to

take on a lot of different meanings for everyone.

Whether it is celebrating becoming a new citizen, a new achievement, any military accomplishments,

graduations, what ever your hearts desire, this day takes on many meanings for people.

Learn about how it originally started be clicking on this link below.

http://www.constitutionfacts.com/us-declaration-of-independence/fourth-of-july/

 

So to all my family and friends, clients and potential clients near and far,

please enjoy this day of celebrations with your own families and friends!!

Happy Fourth of July!!

 

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Celebrations on a Holiday!

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Today we celebrate Canada!!

Make sure you get out today with your families and friends, children to take part of the many celebrations going on in your city or country.

You will find that many places are taking part of on kind of celebrations or another.

This gives you a chance to see how one celebrates our freedom for over 150 years.

Enjoy the day!!

Happy Canada Day!!

http://www.londoncelebrates.ca

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Keller Williams Lifestyle Realty, Red Day 2014 @ Princess Elizabeth Public School, London, Ont.

It was my greatest pleasure to be invited to help photograph this event with Keller Williams Lifestyles Realty.  I enjoyed meeting and getting acquainted with all the agents and fellow volunteer’s on this very special day. The amount of work that this fabulous group of agents do for this school is AMAZING!!!

 

Congratulations to all who

helped out on Red Day 2014!!

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Fun Fridays Makes for great storytelling nights…

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Happy Hump Wednesdays

Madd Hatter

Urban Gypsy street performer was recently at Victoria Hospital

visiting a friend, making balloons for those in the waiting room

of the emergency room.  

No matter the reason or the illness, we all love having someone

brighten our day or night with a simple

balloon art to enjoy and show off to others.

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Mischievous Mondays–Hug It Forward Bowling Event 2014

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Welcome to Sandy Krueger Real Estate Inc.,

proudly hosting

a fundraiser for

Hug It Forward and World Ventures Foundation

March 16th, 2014 at

Fleetway, London, Ont.

Organizer of Event: Kara Rijnen Weekes

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A sample of the bottles used to help build the schools.

www.hugitforward.org

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Many Lanes sponsored for the event.

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Many guests arriving to check in for proper lanes to bowl

for a fun filled night of fun!

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Many family and friends will enjoy the excitement of bowling,

there sure to be some Monkeying around!!

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Team Travel Wannabes entering team mates names

into the computer.

Team Mates: Ian Parkin, with Travel Talk with Ian,

Anney Hall Parkin, with Angel Kissed Candle & Spa,

Wayne Macdonald, member of 1st CAV Medusa, Sarnia

Tami Huckle, Administration Assistant and Cook at Peace Keeper Park, Lake Whittaker, Aylmer, Ontario

Bill Phelan, Vice President of Die-X Tool and Die,

Anne Marie Phelan, Obeo Real Estate Photography and Snapd Magazine Volunteer Photographer

 

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Many bowlers having a blast. 
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Bowlers enjoying the night!

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Many choose 5 pin bowling, others choose 10 pin bowling, all

enjoying the night out having a blast for a great cause.

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Looks like the woman are having more fun the gents!

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Kara selling raffle tickets for draw prizes

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Travel Wannabes Team Mates

many Thanks to Kara for the laughter’s!

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