Off to Calgary Sunday, May 30 2004 

I am flying this afternoon to Calgary to spend the week being a “grandma” and “aunt”. Heather, Greg and Kieran will have the opportunity to spend a week with me. I am looking forward to it. Heather is home recuperating from her surgery and lifting for her is not a go. It will be fun helping with Kieran, but I am also looking forward to spending some quality time with Heather. Sometimes it takes times like this that make us realize how precious life is and we need to make the most of every day. I am not really a “grandma” yet, but it will be fun pretending for a week being with Kieran.

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A Great Story Saturday, May 29 2004 

One day, a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor
people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”

“It was great, Dad.”

“Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked.

“Oh yeah,” said the son.

“So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father.

The son answered: “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.”

The boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added, “Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are.”

Latest News about Heather Wednesday, May 26 2004 

Hi … Just a quick note to let everyone know that Heather is now at home. She is doing well and was super happy to see the planter that our neighbours built for us. She has been wanting one in the front for years. Thanks guys. She was expected to spend ten days in hospital for the full lung removal, but it turn out to be only seven. We still have a long road to full recovery… but with the help from friends and family, the road will be smoother. Thanks, once again, everyone, for being there. We truly do feel blessed, even in this difficult time.

Greg, Heather, and the little man, Kieran

May Long Weekend Monday, May 24 2004 

Jerry and I had the weekend off together. Wonders never cease!! We worked hard and all of our plants are in with the exception of a few which I will pick up tomorrow.

We put in alot of perennials this year as I am getting tired of buying and planting flowers every year. I hope they all survive because if they don’t I am putting in crushed rock! Easier to keep and easier to water!!

Nothing else too interesting going on in our lives! Just the normal normal!! Next Sunday I will be heading to Calgary to spend a week with my niece Heather and her family. She will be out of the hospital by then and hopefully I can be of some help with her and with little Kieran, their 8 month old baby boy.

After Calgary Jerry will pick me up and we will head to BC to spend time with my sister Joanne and her family. We are also going to paint the inside of their house. Joanne picked the colours today and is excited.

We will also head over to Stanwood, Washington, and see my brother and his family for a few days. Should be a good time.

Well, I hear they have called an election for June 28th. I am not making any predictions yet. Should be an interesting campaign!! I’ll have to wait and see what Jordon has to say!!! Should make for good conversation.

Age Friday, May 21 2004 

Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty. It merely moves from their faces to their hearts.

– Martin Buxbaum

Heather’s Surgery Tuesday, May 18 2004 

Heather’s surgery took place this morning and here is the email received from her husband Greg:

“Hey everyone… Heather’s surgery went as well as could be expected. There was very little bleeding. They removed the entire left lung. She’s breathing on her own and we are waiting for a room. Gotta go. Thanks for the prayers. I’ll send more updates. Greg.”

Hello Sunday, May 16 2004 

This week has been one busy time. Matt and Jesika left to head out treeplanting in northern Alberta, so with trying to get all their papers signed prior to leaving for treeplanting, life was very interesting.

We had an amazing 2 1/2 weeks with Matt and Jesika. They are a couple of exceptional kids. I love them both dearly. It is fun to have your children around and you can just hang out together. They are independent and have their own ideas and thoughts on things, but that is what makes it so interesting. I never want to stop listening to the younger generation. They see things so differently than we do and we need to stop and listen to how they relate to their experiences and the events in the world.

We also talked to Tamara a couple of times this weekend. She is so funny! I love talking to her and listening to all her experiences and thoughts. I love her dearly. She chatters on a mile a minute and I just have to smile. She is a very independent young woman today and when I think back to the shy, quiet, little girl she was growing up, I am amazed. She has learned alot being on her own and certainly is able to look after herself and often those around her as well. She isn’t keen on coming home for a visit, so I am not sure when we will see her again. Next time we will have to set up the webcam and speaker on MSN, then we will be able to see her.

I was able to help out with our Baptism Service tonight at Lakeview. Our Baptism services are the best ever. Tonight 17 people made a public declaration of their personal faith in Jesus Christ by taking the step of baptism. To hear each of their stories of how Christ has come into their lives and changed them, is just amazing. We are all a mess and we cannot figure out what life is all about until we realize that we can’t do it alone and only God can help us make sense out of this life.

We worked in our backyard today for the first time this year. I didn’t even have to wear a jacket, it was that warm. I am going to head out tomorrow and buy the plants we need for this year. I am excited as I really do enjoy gardening. It is one of the things that Jerry and I like to do together. It was fun being out in the yard with all the birds flying around and making lots of noise. Lots of earthworms in the soil too, so that is good. Some of my perennials didn’t make it again this year. I don’t know what I am doing wrong. Anyway, our weather has been kind of crazy too, so that may have something to do with it.

My niece Heather is having her lung surgery on Tuesday. Her cancer is back and this time has attached itself to her lung. They are not sure if they will have to remove the whole lung or just a part of it. I talked to her today and she is anxious to get it done. The surgery was postponed twice and we are hoping that it is going to be done this Tuesday. You can pray for Heather and her husband, Greg, and their little 8 month old son, Kieran, in the days ahead. You can pray for extended family too, my sister Doris and her husband Lorne, my nephew David and niece Christa. We are trusting God for His best in this situation.

I have had the privilege of connecting with alot of people the past couple of weeks. Lots of people going through hard times, but also growing in and accepting their lot in life. The Scripture says “I (we) can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”. That is a promise and He will give us the courage and strength exactly when we need it.

Jerry and I had the privilege of doing “Bean Blessed” this Saturday night. “Bean Blessed” is our coffee place at Lakeview where people can come to have a coffee, tea, water, and the like. Jerry is so funny and we laugh so much. Jerry is always making fun of life and of others (but in a nice way – most of the time)which just makes people laugh. Great fun!

If you see me in the next few days, please do not stare at my cheek too long. I know it looks like a bruise or that I didn’t smear my makeup right, but what it actually is – I am always in a hurry and a couple of days ago I was pressed for time doing my hair and the curling iron slipped and touched my cheek in the process of falling. I know it will heal, but it does look awful! Serves me right for always rushing!

Mother’s Day Monday, May 10 2004 

This Mother’s Day was just perfect. It was awesome having Matt and Jesika here to celebrate the day with us. The day started out amazing with Jerry waking me up and saying it was time for breakfast. There were Fuddrucker Cinnamon Buns – my favorite – and Tim Horton’s coffee. Life couldn’t have been better. But then Tamara called from Taiwan to wish me Happy Mother’s Day and on Saturday I had received a beautiful arrangement of flowers from her. I felt loved. We relaxed for most of the morning and then headed out to my favorite place – McNally Robinson – to browse at books (my favorite hobby)and then we had lunch in the restaurant, where I enjoyed immensely my “London Fog”. We then headed home and on came the hockey game which was exciting – and during the game I was able to go through my gardening books to dream about my backyard. Chicken Caesar Salad was prepared for our evening meal and the rest of the evening was relaxing on the couches in our Family Room. It was a great day!

First Home Sunday, May 2 2004 

Matt and Jesika purchased their first home this week in Calgary. They are both heading to the U of C and decided they would rather purchase a place than pay rent. Looking for places in Calgary is an experience of its own! The prices are unbelieveable and some of the houses we saw were something else. They finally found a place in Varsity Acres, not far from the University so they can walk if they want (which is what they love to do), close to the train, close to shopping, and in an older area of the City with lots of big trees. There place is a side-by-side home in a quiet cul-de-sac and after talking to the present owners, a great place to live as there are young couples with children and also some retired people. Seems like a great location for them. We are excited!

The Real Estate agent we used was Kevin Blackwell. We used to be neighbours with their family in Brandon, Manitoba, and Kevin and Tamara played together every day. It was so neat to have him work with us. As I watched him interact with people I saw so much of the 2 year old Kevin, in his smile and mannerisms. He did a super job for Matt and Jesika. We couldn’t have had any better service. Thanks Kevin!

Home Again Sunday, May 2 2004 

We are home again. Arrived last night about 9:45 pm. We had a great week in the mountains and with our kids Matt and Jes! Time does go so quickly though! We need to make the most of each day! I realized that again this week as the days hurried through after each other. Great time and great memories!