116213977034666649 Sunday, Oct 29 2006 

Greetings from Calgary. We drove down on Friday and attended our friends’ daughter’s wedding on Friday evening. It was a beautiful wedding and we had a great time connecting with people we hadn’t seen for some time. It is always so awesome to just pick up where you left off with these friends and not miss a beat. We are still connected in our spirits and as we dialogue and laugh together, life is good. What a blessing to have such friends in our lives. We have history with these people as they have watched our children grow up into adults and we are seeing their children grow into wonderful young adults and starting families of their own. This was Terri Boldt’s wedding we attended this weekend and I remember well the day she was born. We received a phone call in the middle of the night that her mother Dawn had gone into labour and would I come over and stay with their two daughters for the rest of the night. I quickly drove over and in the morning took Stacey and Jodi to our place for the day. I remember making cookies with Jodi and Tamara and Stacey playing together for the whole day. We then received the news that they had a new baby sister named Terri Anna…it was a beautiful day. Now Terri is married and starting a home of her own with her husband. Life does pass by quickly!

Our daughter Tamara left on Wednesday morning and is now in Hawaii enroute to Japan where she is going to live. We are not sure for how long…it will depend on whether she gets work of not. I cannot believe how the 4 months flew by that she was at home. Sometimes I wish the clock would stand still for a time. We are at Matt and Jesika’s this weekend, and it is snoiwng….snowing…snowing…outside. Looks like a great day to spend inside with a good book.

I have a bit of a restless spirit…not sure what that means…been trying to figure out by going inside to see what is whirling around in their. Sometimes what I find can be quite scary! Sometimes I wish I was just happy to stay at home and bake buns and not try and figure the world out around me!!!!

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116213980664903876 Sunday, Oct 29 2006 

This wouldn’t post for me on Sunday so I am posting it Monday evening!

Greetings from Calgary. We drove down on Friday and attended our friends’ daughter’s wedding on Friday evening. It was a beautiful wedding and we had a great time connecting with people we hadn’t seen for some time. It is always so awesome to just pick up where you left off with these friends and not miss a beat. We are still connected in our spirits and as we dialogue and laugh together, life is good. What a blessing to have such friends in our lives. We have history with these people as they have watched our children grow up into adults and we are seeing their children grow into wonderful young adults and starting families of their own. This was Terri Boldt’s wedding we attended this weekend and I remember well the day she was born. We received a phone call in the middle of the night that her mother Dawn had gone into labour and would I come over and stay with their two daughters for the rest of the night. I quickly drove over and in the morning took Stacey and Jodi to our place for the day. I remember making cookies with Jodi and Tamara and Stacey playing together for the whole day. We then received the news that they had a new baby sister named Terri Anna…it was a beautiful day. Now Terri is married and starting a home of her own with her husband. Life does pass by quickly!

Our daughter Tamara left on Wednesday morning and is now in Hawaii enroute to Japan where she is going to live. We are not sure for how long…it will depend on whether she gets work of not. I cannot believe how the 4 months flew by that she was at home. Sometimes I wish the clock would stand still for a time. We are at Matt and Jesika’s this weekend, and it is snoiwng….snowing…snowing…outside. Looks like a great day to spend inside with a good book.

I have a bit of a restless spirit…not sure what that means…been trying to figure out by going inside to see what is whirling around in their. Sometimes what I find can be quite scary! Sometimes I wish I was just happy to stay at home and bake buns and not try and figure the world out around me!!!!

116172290220441297 Tuesday, Oct 24 2006 

Thanks for your comments! The little baby still needs our prayers. Her condition is still serious and we need to continue to pray for wisdom and courage in the days ahead. Pray for the young parents who have been standing, praying and watching this little baby of theirs go through one difficult time after another. Let’s trust and pray for them as often the stress is too difficult for them to do either.

I am sad as tomorrow our daughter Tamara leaves again. She is heading to Langley, BC for a couple of days; then on to Haiwii for about 10 days and then off to Japan to live, for we don’t know how long. She has a visiting/working visa for 1 year. Time just goes too quickly when it comes to our children. It has been an amazing 4 months with much learning under our belts! I always know that parting will come again, but it never gets easier to say good-bye…maybe a little easier if she was just going to Edmonton and I could get into a car and connect whenever…Japan is just a little bit further.

What I have been pondering these past days is about our spirituality and how a hunger or thirst for going deeper into our relationship with God comes about. Can we create a thirst for God in others by how we live or is it only God the Holy Spirit who can give us a thirst for Himself? What does it look like or feel like to hunger and thirst after God?

I have also been pondering about the stress in my life! Both my children have confronted me with the way I handle life and how stressful my life is! So…what causes stress in my life…is this honouring to God and to my family…how do I get to the point in my life where life is enjoyed and embraced rather than endured and stressed about. This is not an easy question for me who is driven by success and by what I accomplish…this should not be how I live. Hence some of the learning I have been doing…

Sabbath…we have removed Sabbath from our life. Growing up the Sabbath was kept vigilantly in our home, in that, rest…connecting with friends and family…no work done…everything prepared the day before…SO what does the Sabbath look like in my life today…here are some of the things I am doing in my life to create some space…

1. Being ruthless with my schedule and keeping my evening activities involving work to a minimum…hard for me to do but very necessary in my life.

2. Doing a Silent Directed Retreat November 11-14 at Queen’s House of Retreat…that is spending time alone and also working with a Spiritual Director in bringing focus into my inner life.

3. Looking at the deeper rhythum of my life…looking at the example of Jesus and even though His schedule was full He did not finish all his work before taking time to be with His Father…what is my deeper rhythum and am I attuned to it and living by it.

4. Taking a course in March on Spiritual Direction…being at Queen’s House of Retreat for a week, being quiet, learning to pray in different ways, having a Spiritual Director work with me…move towards being a Spiritual Director myself…exciting but scary.

If I want to be a catalyst for growth in others, I need to keep on the cutting edge of learning in my own life as well…for now that means being quiet and listening to the still, small voice of God. I am being guided by these words…Be still and know that I am God…or Be still until you know that I am God…and the verse given me by our Bishop on becoming a Commissioned Minister…”in quietness and confidence shall be your strength”…I need to be quiet to know who God is and who I am and then in confidence I can move out into loving my neighbour as myself…

Just my thoughts…

116115014245819286 Wednesday, Oct 18 2006 

I’m back! Not sure anybody will read this, but a number of people have wondered where I’ve been…well I’ve been around and hopefully will blog a little more in the next little while

I went up to the hospital tonight to pray for a little 9 week old girl baby girl who has been through crisis after crisis in her short little life. Prayed for healing as she is now struggling with a collapsed lung and is on a ventilater. Her parents are a wonderful young couple who have walked strong these past weeks. She arrived at just a little over 2 pounds and is pretty well at still the same weight. I trust that this little girl will pull through and grow up to be a healthy strong little girl.