Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Beautiful fall days

Loving exploring Fish Creek Park with our kiddos.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Summer fun

We spent a week, or there about in lovely British Columbia, primarily in the Central Kootenay region. It is quickly becoming a family favourite! This year we dragged Grandma and Grandpa with us and we also came home via the Crowsnest pass. It has been years since I had been through this area. Very enjoyable!

Here are few picts from our adventure.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Because I do

I was listening to a speaker that I really enjoy, Michael Ramsden. Search him on YouTube, he's great. Anyhow, he made some comments that really resonated with me. He talked about how we are to love each other. He talked about how when your wife asks you "Why do you love me?" There is only one answer.

If you answer, "Because of how pretty you are... or your great sense of humour... or because you are giving... " These are all lovely attributes but they still have to do with what that person has to offer, not what you have to give. He said, the right answer is, "Because I do."

This really set me back on my heals. For years, in our most private moments, I would ask Wes. Why do you love me? And he would say, because I do.

I always felt that he wasn't digging deep enough. That he wasn't really thinking about all the things I do for him.

In that moment I realized that I was privileged to have a life partner who intuitively loves me the way God wants him to. He loves me the way God loves me, not because of what I do or who I am, but because he does. God loves us unconditionally! Truly. He loves us as we are, who we are because he is love.

Michael's thoughts caused me to see my husband a bit of a fuller light and for that I am truly thankful.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

January blahs

Normally I find January a hard month. Its dark. There are no holidays in January. Its usually cold. I get bored. Then I start to wonder about life. You know the kind of self examination that never got anyone nowhere (just kidding)!!

It hasn't been an easy year for us. Thanks to the economic state in Alberta business hasn't been exactly booming for us. So we sit, white knuckled and try to see it all out. It lends itself to anxiousness which fits with my usual January angst.

The good new is that the weather isn't ghastly cold so far, fingers crossed. The kids are healthy. While Daddy may find it stressful to not have work stacked to the rafters, we are enjoying seeing more of him.

Our family does that dance, just like yours, finding balance and peace. Hard to do with a new puppy in the house.

We are always thankful for God's blessings. Including you, our friends!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas 2016 or the year it almost didn't happen

We have been so sick for almost a month, or longer so the usual Christmas preparations have been thin and sporadic.

We managed to find the world's smallest Christmas tree, we placed it on a desk in the living room so our newest rather troublesome family member wouldn't eat it!!

This newest member, Willis the dog, also made our annual family photo a bit of a gong show. Well, more than normal. I didn't think we'd get the photo done this year. But we managed to sneak it in tonight. May not be our best effort but we got it done!

I asked the kids to change into some nice clothes. A few minutes later the girls come out, dolled up, hair done, make-up on, and Gavin is laying in his sweatpants with his hair a mess. Signs of the future I guess. Willis resented having to wear his sweater! Unfortunately I also look as though I am on Prozac. Wes is always handsome, the man is photogenic!

We are thankful for so much this year. We are thankful that Wes still has work and that we are still managing in a very difficult economic climate. For this we are truly thankful.

May God bless you and your families!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Power in weakness

We live in a society that favours the strong, the winner, the fit, the healthy. We live in a society whose notion of success is based on evolutionary teaching. You are strong, therefor you survive.

Our strength is our power. You've heard the sayings; "What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger;" "When the going gets tough the tough get going."

We succeed and or fail based on our own inner worthiness. If we are at the top we can pat ourselves on the back. If we happen to be at the bottom then we are to be pitied.

Even Christians are guilty of this thought pattern. The prosperity gospel is just a 'churchified' version of this same mentality.

I suppose this all works. Until it doesn't.

I was watching a show the other day. Its a show where blacksmiths compete to make different types of swords (I'm going somewhere with this, be patient).

There is a great deal of skill involved. The metal must be heated and cooled and the process repeated various times. The process of heating the metal can make it very strong, if done right. But a slight error in length of heat or the bringing down of the temperature to quickly can in fact weaken the metal.

I mulled over this for hours!

Getting personal here, I guess I feel that our experiences in life have taught me many things and have made me wiser and more empathetic. But, I also feel that they have weaken me. Our struggles have introduced fear into my life in a rather large way. I struggle with fear. I feel that some of the things we have gone through have left large hidden cracks in my life.

So what do I do with this?

Frankly the world and the answers of society have nothing for me. Pick yourself up and move on. Get yourself a hobby. Focus on your strengths.

None of these ideas are bad but none will heal a hidden crack. Nothing society offers, no advice, no guidance can heal the inner hurts.

I was telling a close friend the other day how stressed I was feeling and she finally said, "Why don't you do that prayer thing you do."

I read a lot, I watch a lot, I think a lot. But for me nothing makes more sense than trusting God and allowing Jesus to transform my life. I don't have to figure out how to heal my weakness. I just need to admit it and rely on God.

I'm broken, I'm weak.

I'm OK with that.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Pre-Summer Fun

We had all sort of fun this summer. Lots of pictures, but just no time to put them on the blog.

We visited Dinosaur provincial park and almost got carried away by mosquitoes. We visited Moose Jaw (we love Moose Jaw) and saw my Aunt Mary and Uncle Bill for lunch and had dinner with a friend I used to work with. Janice has the most lovely family and we enjoyed that so much!!

We got down to see Wes' Aunts and Uncles (well most of them - sorry Sandra and Keith).

And we finished up our Saskatchewan tour with a camping trip in Cypress Hills. LOVED IT!!

The kids had art camp. We played with neighbors, we took excursions. And... we had a visit from our lovely little cousin Lilly and her mom Marcia.


A wonderful summer. We were sad it ended.