Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Part 3 of the Mitton Adventures in Canada...a little late:)

Time has been ticking by, and still these blog posts have not gotten done!!!
As I put my mind in reverse to remember those days in Canada, I feel gratitude to God for his goodness in allowing us to have such a special vacation!

Road hockey at my Dad's younger brother's house. What would we have done if it had not been for the hospitality of S. Mitton and his family!!

Pool fun at Grandma and Grandpa's apartments.

Center Island fun...bumper cars!!

A little tired after walking about 1 1/2 miles to try and watch an air show outside of Toronto. (We did get to see part of the air show)

Family...a blessed gift!!

Matthew's dream is to fly planes, so one of our stops had to be The Hamilton War Heritage Museum. Grandpa Mitton even had fun on these simulators!

There were many planes that you could sit in...and even play with the controls...everyone enjoyed that!

This plane actually flew on D-Day in World War II!! In just a little while this plane is going to be redone in the original camo colors. How grateful I am for those brave soldiers that gave their lives that we might be free!

Niagara Falls.

Psalm 93 The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.
Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.
The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves.
The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.
Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O Lord, for ever.

I could have stayed at this place for hours. What grandeur!! The power of God is truly displayed here for all to see...and feel.

"As long as I see anything to be done for God, life is worth having: but oh, how vain and unworthy it is to live for any lower end!" ~David Brainerd~

Leaving Toronto behind, we drove to our old home in Vankleek Hill!! It was here that my Dad pastored a church for nine years. We stayed with some really special people the Zihlmanns;  Matthew and Caleb with two of the Zihlmann children.  They had a few people over one night and we enjoyed catching up a bit.  We also enjoyed a special Sunday morning worship service with them.  ("It is Well with My Soul" was so beautiful and such an encouragement).  Thanks so much Martin and Andrea!

Hide n' seek. (What better place to hide than under the table:)


Caleb and Todd

" If Jesus Christ be God and died for me then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him." ~C.T. Studd~

After Vankleek Hill, we headed for one last place; Ottawa. Here we are at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.

The toothless astronaut.  :)

No trip to Ottawa is complete without a visit to the Parliament Building. What an incredible experience! So sad that just yesterday this was a place of such tragedy.

The view from the Peace Tower.

Our personal favorite part of the Parliament building was Memorial Chamber and The Library of Parliament. The Memorial Chamber is dedicated to all the fallen soldiers in Canada. Handwritten books these soldiers names are in glass cases around the room. Every day at 11:00 these pages are reverently turned. Throughout the entire year every name has been displayed, and hopefully read and remembered with thankfulness. And now, one more is added to the list of brave men.

In the center of the Memorial  this book with the names of the soldiers who died in WWI sits on top of a beautiful altar:

The altar is called the altar or remembrance and is so ornate. The altar was carved from a single piece of stone from Britain, called Hoptonwood stone. The First World War Book of Remembrance rests atop the altar and pays homage to veterans by listing the names of over 66,600 Canadians who gave their lives in service to their country. 
The inscription along the circumference of the upper section of the altar is from John Bunyan's 'The Pilgrim's Progress from this World to that Which is to Come' whose character Mr. Valiant-for-Truth states:
"My marks and scars I carry with me, to be a witness for me that I have fought His battles, who now will be my Rewarder; so he passed over, and all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side."

In the gold around above that, we read verses from Ephesians 6 talking about the armour of God and there were little shields representing truth, faith, etc.

On the steps of the Parliament Building. Same doors I believe where the young man ran in with the rifle. Be in prayer, as we wrestle not against flesh and blood....

Games at Brian and Kim's beautiful home...a great Mitton tradition.

This fun little tractor representation gave you the option to see if you liked the feel of riding on rubber tires or metal ones...were the metal ones ever noisy and bumpy! 

It had been a long time since we had been together with all of Brian and Kim's family!  What a great time!  We thank God for you all!


  1. Wow! It looks like you all had an absolutely wonderful trip!! What a blessing to be able to spend time with family and friends! I really enjoyed all the pictures! You all visited some really neat places! I'm sure you will all cherish the memories of that trip for a long time!! I'm so glad your family was able to do that!
    Love in Christ,
    Sarah Joy F.

    1. It was an awesome vacation!! Very refreshing:)