Sunday, January 11, 2009

My Time in Brampton Ontario

The first part of my Christmas holidays was with my Oma celebrating her 100th birthday. My parents, sister and brother-in-law, two of my Aunts and myself stayed a few days in Brampton. Most of us stayed right in my Oma's retirement complex, which is full of many Dutch Christians. For Christmas the "Glory to God in the Highest" hymn is sung mostly in Dutch at the end of the Christmas service (they are lovely Protestants).

The retirement complex is very nice and we took various walks in the halls. Here are some pictures of nice sitting areas that are scattered throughout:

This one is one (above) is one of my favourites, as it has so much light and space.

This is a very typical site - the Today devotional book is read daily by many Dutch CRC (Christian Reformed Church) Christians. My Oma and Opa always read the Bible and a devotional piece with a prayer after every meal - breakfast, lunch and diner. Their faithfulness is lovely to see.

Here is a smaller sitting area - I love the rug! The Today book pictured above is from this little nook. I am always impressed by this complex - always clean, orderly. One of the cleaning woman was praying and singing hymns under her breath. It is a special place.

I got a kick out of the elevators, which had the emergency instructions in English and in Dutch. Here is the Dutch instructions:

It is a comfortable clean world for me to visit. I was inspired by the cleanliness of my Oma's apartment - there is no clutter anywhere. I have a lot to learn from her! My goal is to have a more orderly, clean and clutter free apartment... once my furniture is in and assembled.
I hope you enjoyed the tour of where my Oma lives! I am blessed to have her in my life. She always counsels me about reading my Bible, getting along with others, and family. She has good practical wisdom and I am thankful for her. My Mother once commented that my Oma has seen a lot of changes in her life, but that she never changed. I hope someday someone can say this about me - that I was steadfast and unwavering - especially in my hope in God. May the Lord so grant His mercy to all of us!


nosle todd said...

It is full of simplicity which coveys your strong belief in god. The style is very casual and familiar. Nice account of yourself and Oma. todd

E Helena E said...

Thank you for the tour! Your Oma sounds like a real inspiration and role model. Many years!
Glad you could all have this time together as a family. I do think you have inherited her steadfastness.

Elizabeth @ The Garden Window said...

Your Oma sounds a wonderful and remarkable lady !

Her faithfulness and piety puts me to shame......

Victoria said...

it's funny you mention so much orderly cleanliness about the dutch, because that is our experience with the dutch out here in the fraser valley.
their farms are lovely, and neat as a pin! i'm sure they take little scissors the edges of their lawns.
there is something really comforting about it.

elizabeth said...

thank you everyone! it is comforting! i am looking forward to moving towards a better neater place myself... it takes time to build good habits! :)

i also wish i knew how to capture and understand all of the goodness of my Oma and my family heritage; i feel like i cannot help but miss all of the significance of it!

DebD said...

thanks for visiting my blog. Its always nice to meet other Orthodox bloggers. We have something else in common too - our Dutch ancestry. My paternal Grandfather came from Holland.

elizabeth said...

thanks for your comment Deb! prayers.

Meadowlark Days said...

It's lovely - very nice to see. Oma sounds wonderful.

elizabeth said...

thank you K!