Still living life… Saturday, Apr 23 2005 

Attended a Collaberative Ecumenical Conference this week together with my colleague Elizabeth. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned so much. I am still reflecting on much that I took in, but hope to blog on some of my thoughts. Met some great people from across Canada, which was great. The two guest speakers were amazing and very thought provoking. All around a wonderful experience.

My niece Christa came through on Thursday evening and it was so good to see her. I hadn’t seen her since her wedding in January. She looks great and we had such great conversations together. She is a great gal and is learning so much. She is exploring all kinds of things and learning so much in her working experience as a nurse. It was great to hear her and Tamara talk over the phone…they are only 11 months apart in age and have grown up together. I miss my kids including my nieces and nephews.

I talked to my niece Heather in Calgary who is recuperating from surgery. When I think of Greg and Heather I think of the phrase “life isn’t fair”. This young couple have gone through some very hard times…Heather has had two major surgeries in one year, both with a long period of recuperation where she can no absolutely no lifting at all for a few months. Greg has been picking up all that needs to be done and life just gets very tired. They have a bright spot in their life and that is there son Kieran…the stories I hear of his antics remind me very much of our son Matt when he was that age…I told Heather you will never have to worry about what is going on in his world as you will see it on his face or hear it as soon as he gets in the door! It has been God’s strength and grace that has brought them this far and He will not let them down.

Jerry was gone to Chicago for 6 days…he went with his friend Claudio who is the Administration Pastor at Lakeview. They had a great time although I think Claudio didn’t get much sleep because of Jerry’s snoring. Needless to say, I had 5 marvelous nights sleep with no snoring or having to get up in the middle of the night to move to another room to sleep. Jerry has terrible allergies this spring! Usually it is me with the allergies, but this year it is his turn.

Jerry connected with Matt and Jesika in Calgary…on his way home from Chicago he stopped over there and brought their old car back to Saskatoon to sell. Matt and Jesika are finishing off their finals and then heading out to plant trees again this summer. Life goes on!

My brother-in-law Lorne is retiring from his medical practice this week…he is done. I can still remember when he and Doris moved to Prince Albert to start up his practice…it seems just like yesterday. Well he will be spending many hours in his workshop woodturning. I am sure he will have lots of projects to keep him busy.

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Life in general…. Sunday, Apr 17 2005 

Life keeps moving along…always learning something…busy week with all of life…connected with some great people this week…great conversations with my friend Mike, Cathy, Kelly, and lots of others along the way. Cleaned up some of our yard on Saturday and now I find I have all kinds of muscles hurting…I guess getting in and out of bed is not enough exercise! Been fighting a cold and just not feeling the greatest…I came home from church today and lay down on the couch for a rest…I woke up and it was 6:00 pm…I never sleep during the day and never for that long…my body must be tired!

Matt and Jesika are into final exams and then they are heading out treeplanting. Tamara’s new teaching position is going well and she is enjoying it.

Some great things happening in the lives of people…that is always exciting…God is at work in all of us!

�’m finished…. Sunday, Apr 10 2005 

“A Short History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson…I finished reading the book this afternoon…what a great read…as I told Matthew…pretty well everything in the book was new to me…I am not a scientific person so much of what I read was amazing…like the following from the chapter on CELLS…

“It starts with a single cell. The first cell splits to become two and the two become four and so on. After just forty-seven doublings, you have ten thousand trillion (10,000,000,000,000,000) cells in your body and are ready to spring forth as a human being. And every one of those cells knows exactly what to do to preserve and nurture you from the moment of conception to your last breath.

You have no secrets from your cells. They know far more about you than you do. Each one carries a copy of the complete genetic code-the instruction manual for your body-so it knows not only how to do its job but every other job in the body. Never in your life will you have to remind a cell to keep an eye on ita adenosine triphosphate levels or to find a place for the extra squirt of folic acid that’s just unexpectedly turned up. It will do that for you, and millions more things besides.”

“Your cells are a country of ten thousand trillion citizens each devoted in some intensively specific way to your overall well-being. There isn’t a thing they don’t do for you. They let you feel pleasure and form thoughts. They enable you to stand and stretch and caper.”

“Typically a cell will contain some 20,000 different types of protein, and of these about 2,000 will each be represented by at least 50,000 molecules. This means … that even if we count only those molecules present in amount of more than 50,000 each, the total is still a very minimum of 100 million protein molecules in each cell. Such a staggering figure gives some idea of the swarming immensity of biochemical activity within us.

It is an immensely demanding process. Your heart must pump 75 gallons of blood an hour, 1,800 gallons every day, 657,000 gallons in a year-that’s enough to fill four Olympic-sized swimming pools-to keep all those cells freshly oxygenated. (And that’s at rest. During exercise that rate can increase as much as sixfold.)”

I thoroughly enjoyed this book…will be rereading some chapters of it as my memory sometimes gets a little sluggish…my cells probably aren’t getting enough oxygen because I am exercising too much………!

Back to real life again… Tuesday, Apr 5 2005 

It was my first day back at work today…it was kinda hard to walk down the back hallway to my office knowing Darren and Cathy would both not be there…wasn’t easy to see Cathy’s office being used as a storage place and Darren’s office empty…it was good though to see so many of my friends and receive and give hugs…life brings changes that we don’t necessarily like, but the only thing I can control is my response to those changes…

I spent time with Cathy this afternoon and she is such a special person in my life. She is in the midst of learning so much in her life, both experiencially and intellectually. She is working on her research and writing of her paper on the influence of Suzanne Wesley on her son John Wesley…she purchased a book with all of Suzanne Wesley’s letters to her son John Wesley and then got copies of his letters of reply to her…it was so awesome to listen to her excitement as she talked about what she was learning…I have learned so much from her especially in appreciating the arts and creativity…but also in watching her grow and deepen in her spiritual walk with Christ…she is very special and I will miss her smiling face at the end of the hall…..

Jerry’s birthday was yesterday…he received so many phone calls wishing him “Happy Birthday” we couldn’t keep up with them all…he is an awesome guy so I wasn’t surprised at all the calls!

Safe at Home Friday, Apr 1 2005 

We have arrived safely back home in Saskatoon…arrived tonight, picked up some groceries and came home…hardly any snow left and it is supposed to be +14C tomorrow……..