Loretta here: This post is a little delayed as I have been out of my routine and on holidays visiting family in Ontario. I have known Abbie since she was about 1-year-old. It is exciting to see how Abbie has grown as young adult, seeking God’s direction for her life and not limiting herself. Abbie and my daughter Carlee, have remained faithful friends through phone calls and old-fashioned snail mail, over the years despite the miles between them. Abbie and two of her siblings , Alex and Alethea, made a road trip to our place to see us back in February of this year. It was a lot of fun being reunited again! They had not seen each other in four years. My three kids did the road trip to Lacombe, Alberta in June (about a 10 hour drive) to their place, for Abbie’s grad. They made wonderful memories that will last a life time. I marvel in the fact that in the 3 towns that my kids have lived in, God has given us special friends for life. Abbie and her family are among them….
Abbie’s grad was not the traditional high school graduation ceremony. It was unique, original and so much fun! As I wrote in a previous post, my three kids, Maxx, Carlee and Jonah went on a 10 hour road trip from Hudson’s Hope to Lacombe, Alberta. These are some of the highlights. There was a crowd of about 30 people (Abbie’s family made up 18 of the guest list J)
There was a delicious barbecue which everyone had a hand in helping with the preparations. Abbie’s dad delivered a speech and her sister, Emily, created a slide show about Abbie. Afterward there was a dancing in the basement. They cleared the furniture and had some cool lighting. Everyone learned a line dance, a barn dance and a reel. According to my kids, this was one of the highlights of the weekend! After that there was a big game of capture the flag. After the game some of the older kids loaded into the back of the pickup truck and they went down to some huge grain silos and sang it in! The acoustics were fantastic! Following that was a wonderful display of fireworks to end the evening.
The next day they all went to the water park in West Edmonton Mall and had a wonderful time!
Some things to know about Abbie…..
Abbie was born and raised in Vanderhoof, BC for the first eight years of her life, ten days after her family had moved from Manitoba. For the last 10 years she has lived in Lacombe Alberta.
Abbie loves her family and to use her words…she “thinks big families rock!! ” Abbie has 15 brothers and sisters. She would like to have a big family someday. She gets along with all of her siblings most of the time (she admits they do have the occasional fight:)), and they are her best friends! Some of her best memories are just hanging out late at night talking with older siblings and parents.
At three years old, Abbie committed her life to Jesus . She remembers that special moment after she had prayed and asked Jesus into her heart and all her siblings and mom laid their hands on her and prayed. It was really special. At twelve years old, Abbie felt God calling her to get baptized. She felt that it was important to show her family, friends, and others she was committed to God, and by her actions, show them that God was the biggest part of her life.
Abbie admits to being one of the biggest bookworms you’ll ever meet. She can read an average length novel in 1-2 hours! Music has always been a huge part of her life. When she was nine she started taking piano lessons, and after that she just kept playing. She has played at variety of different functions; art shows, music festivals, as well as dinner music for a local tea house where Abbie works. She has also had the privilege of playing piano at church most Sundays. A couple of years ago Abbie also bought a piano accordion and taught herself to play! Since then she has done lots of busking at her local farmers market. Abbie loves the outdoors, and she is a big fan of overnight hiking trips.
Her prayer is that February 2015 she will be heading to Davao, Philippines for an intense 21/2 year missionary midwifery training program. May God bless you Abbie with this awesome calling!