Update Friday, Jun 8 2007 

Life is going along with a few bumps and grinds. As I was pulling weeds at the church today I was thinking about how weeds are like sin in our life. If we ignore them they grow big and take over the good stuff in our lives. But if we pull them out by the root when they are small and if we do this consistently, the good shrubs and growth around us grows with vigor and with health. As we liken this to our lives we need to keep short accounts of the junk in our lives and make sure we get to the root of it so it won’t grow again. If we just cut off the top the root grows again and we have to deal with it all over again. My lesson today from pulling weeds by the roots. I also keep thinking and singing about “This is my Father’s World” and we have a responsibility to keep it in good health and to keep it healthy and green. Just some of my thoughts from today.

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First service in new Lakeview auditorium Sunday, Feb 4 2007 

This was an exciting weekend for Lakeview as we celebrated the opening of our new auditorium.  It was an amazing evening!  Corwin Thiessen, an amazing young man, led our worship team, and the music and sound was absolutely magnificent.  The pictures on the screen and the music, together with the words of the songs, people together giving praise to the creator, our awesome is our God! 

There was a children’s carnival from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and the building was full of kids from the community with lots of laughing and excitement.  I even scored on Thomas Miller with one of my shots on net…I don’t think Thomas expected an “old” farm girl like me to be able to shoot so hard and straight…I did fall down after I took the shot…but it was good for a lot of laughs!  All in all a great day! 

 Still have mixed feelings and thoughts about the whole building thing, but also know that God works in a diversity of ways and who knows what the next step will be! 

Updates Thursday, Nov 2 2006 

This has been quite a day. I conducted the funeral of a 2 1/2 month baby girl, Rogan, and then this afternoon we went to the airport to meet our dear friends, Bart and Kim Gilbert, as they arrived from Haiti with their new 1 1/2 year old daughter Katiana. What an emotion day!

The service was good and Chris and Megan are just an amazing young couple. They were so open with their grief and love for their little baby daughter. I was so glad the sun was shining and the sky was blue at the cemetery. I can’t even begin to imagine what it must feel like to let your little baby go. Only God’s strength and grace can give you what you need at a time like that.

I am so excited for Kim and Bart. They have waited so long to be parents and it was so neat to be at the airport with others from our staff. I was thinking today of Kim’s mom, Donella, who was watching from Heaven. Katiana is named after her grandmother, Katiana Donella Gilbert, that is so awesome. She is so little and so cute…a whole new journey for the Gilbert family begins. God is good! All the time!

Breakforth Thursday, Jan 30 2003 

We are heading out to Edmonto tomorrow for the BreakForth conference. Should be a great time. We are going to be staying with my niece Christa. She is getting baptized on Sunday, February 9th. It is so exciting to watch her mature in her walk with Christ.

It is Darren Friesen‘s 36th birthday today. We celebrated it at coffee break. Cathy made an awesome chocolate cake which we all enjoyed. Some good laughs were had. I work with some great people!

I surprised some of the staff this morning as I actually played the piano for them. It was my turn to lead staff prayer so I talked about the hymn “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus” and then we all stood around the piano and sang all four verses of the hymn. Great experience!

Sunday Sunday, Jan 26 2003 

Had a great day today. Great service at Lakeview with Dr. Lee Barbour speaking about “Money”. We all need to hear more of these. Jordon, Wendy and Mark Cooper were here for Super Bowl Sunday – lots of food; terrible football; Shania Twain looking like something from outerspace!!! great anthem sung by my favorite “Dixie Chicks”; laughter; brainstorming names for new restaurants – no, you don’t want to hear the names; enjoying Mark who has to be the best 2 1/2 year old boy around; more boring football; but all-in-all a great day spent with awesome friends.

Myers-Briggs Monday, Jan 20 2003 

It’s been awhile since I have blogged so here goes. It seems as if I am not learning too much these days. The days are so busy that I haven’t had much time to reflect or read. I organized a Myers-Briggs seminar for Saturday at Lakeview with about 30 people attending. Nancy Yee and Jacqui Acree, who both are qualified Myers-Briggs consultants, did the seminar. It was so informative. When you have such a tool available to help your relationships with other people, it is awesome. I have sat in on their seminars about 4 times and have learned something new each time. It is funny to see married couples looking at their personalities and realizing that they are opposites in every way. What Myers-Briggs does is then help you understand yourself and your spouse which results in a better relationship. Good stuff!

We finally removed our Christmas tree! What a mess! But that job is done! We haven’t heard from Tamara at all since Thursday. Still miss her! I crawled into her bed on Sunday afternoon and slept from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm! I can hear my son Matt saying “Come on Mom, get over it!!!” I’m trying!

It is Jesika’s 22nd birthday tomorrow, January 21st. If you want to send her a birthday greeting, you can do so at jesika_adam@hotmail.com I am sure she would love to hear from you.

I went and worked out tonight. I am determined to get into a routine. My neighour Mavis and I go together, that way we are accountable to each other. Keeps us both on track when it comes to exercising.