Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The fine balance

We have a little girl with a heart condition. We watch her, but we want her to have an interesting and full life. Most people she interacts with either don't know about it or forget. This is how we want it.

But its a fine balance.

Her brother and sister started skiing several years ago. She didn't want to ski. I didn't want her to ski. But, she eventually felt left out.

She decided that she would try snowboarding. It looked less scary to her. Not to me! But to her. The skiers seem to go too fast.

Last year, during her lessons, she spent most of the time on her butt. I thought she would not want to do it again, but she is determined. She was going to give it another go.

This year it was so fun watching her start to get the hang of it. She falls, but we laugh cause we can tell that she is falling because she is picking up speed.

Near the end of the lesson the other day, her teacher had them climb up the hill carrying their snowboards as the magic carpet had stopped. I was loosing it. My little cardiac compromised kid was trudging up the hill at the end of a lesson carrying a heavy board. I almost felt sick to my stomach.

We had to leave as it was time to go pick up the other two, and Bronwyn's class should have been headed back too. But their teacher took them to the freestyle park. GAH!

I collected the other two while Wes went off in search of Bronwyn, whose group was quite late. As we striped off the gear Bronwyn explained that her teacher helped her go over a jump. I was shocked. My little scaredy cat kiddo going over a jump.

She said, "Mom, my teacher helped me, and it was a small jump, and I was really scared. But I did it. I am so proud of myself."

At that moment I realized how fine this balance is and how important it is. And like my daughter I am proud of myself too!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

May God bless you in the year to come! We are thankful for all the love and friendship through 2017.

Merry Christmas from the Davis family!

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!!