Seek 2020

I have been so excited about 2020. A new year and new beginnings. Another chance.
Back in the fall I really felt that my word for the year would be SEEK.  I want to be intentional with my seeking. I want to Seek God more, connect with family more and go deeper in those relationships. I also want to seek connection within my community and in my family ancestry. I have some projects on the go. I am on an internal quest that I know will have external and eternal benefits. It has already begun.

So much around this word SEEK has evolved since then.  I am getting a bit of a late start in posting but I hope to be able to process and sort it all out in a way that I can even write more about it.

When I was pondering my word in the fall and what that would look like for me I also saw this

These words stuck with me and I knew I would have to look at some of these things and make some decisions.  This is the painful part. The uncomfortable part. It is tempting to not look at these things. Some t…

A Reason and Season to Celebrate - Valentines Day - Anniversary - Family Day

I have noticed more and more lately that a lot of people have a really negative view of Valentines Day.  Don't get me wrong, I get it, especially when you think about the billions of dollars spent on the commercial side of things.  Another excuse or perhaps a feeling of pressure to spend money and try to impress with gifts that are overpriced in places that are overcrowded.  For those that are single it can bring up feelings of loneliness.  I get it, I truly do.

However, here is how I have decided to look at Valentines Day.  One of the origins is about LOVE.  Have you read the story of St-Valentine? Risking life in the name of love to do something loving. Sacrificial love.  Why can't we not only celebrate but act on that?  The world definitely needs more of that, and you don't have to spend a dime.
 Some of the other holidays such as Christmas and Easter are also about sacrificial love and we can completely commercialize the love out of them too. At least with those there …

Special Bunny and Christmas Spirit

It’s amazing to me when I look back, how there were so many times where I see God’s hand in my life. Even though I didn’t know God very well, he sure knew me.
Recently I saw the movie It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Twice. I highly recommend it. There were some scenes where Mr. Rogers talked about the importance of remembering what is was like to be a child and to remember that special childhood toy. It really got me thinking.
Then Pastor Chad asked if anyone had a special Christmas story or Christmas memory from their own life they could share.This got me thinking again and here is the result.

Special Bunny and Christmas Spirit
Once upon a time there was a little girl who lived with her mom and dad and lots of older brothers and sisters. One day when she was 2 years old the little girl met a very special bunny while she was out shopping with her mom. Much to mom’s surprise Special Bunny had decided to come live with them and he was discovered all snuggled in the stroller with …

A Letter to My Younger Self

A Letter to My Younger Self. This has been a thing the last few years.   Articles and books have been written and songs have been song.
I never paid much attention or got into the letter for my younger selftrend.  Things happen, or don't. You live, you learn. You move on. Why would I spend the time doing that exercise when there are barely enough hours in a day as is?   Until recently.

Mark 12:30-31 - This verse has been on my heart for months. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.  Love your neighbour as yourself.   The 2 Greatest commands from Jesus.  There is no greater than these.
Everything else should fall into place if we could only do these. I want to give God every area of my life. I want to serve him with every area of my life. This also includes self care because he created me. This is what I want to share about today.

I think 4 different ways are mentioned because as humans we are divided into those 4 different parts.
We are emotional, …

From Peace 2018 into Faithful 2019

My Word for 2018

What comes to mind when you think of the word peace? 
Peace of mind
Peace and quiet
Peace on earth
Peace that passes understanding
Peace out man/ Peace Love
Sleep in heavenly peace

If you look up peace in the dictionary you will see things like:
freedom from disturbance, tranquility, serenity,
freedom from or cessation of war or violence,
a ceremonial greeting, handshake or kiss exchanged in some churches
used as a greeting or an order to remain silent.

The origin is old French pais and latin pax - peace

Back in 2017 I was struggling. I knew I was lacking peace in my life and I knew some of what was needed to achieve it.  I didn't want to go one more year like that. I set out to intentionally find and create peace in my life where I knew I could.

I have learned.

Peace is not something you wish for, it's something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.    - Robert Fulghum

Whatever you can’t stand about yourself — Jesus stand…

The Hard but Good and All The Firsts

It was 5 months ago today I lost my brother.  That first night of our vacation we were so excited about. That night. That phone call. That spine chilling gut wrenching phone call night.  He's gone. Gone? What does that mean?!  Passed away. Dead.
 Suddenly, unexpectedly gone.

The next morning was Canada Day and one of the main reasons why we were on vacation. Less than 24 hrs later. A full day of festivities planned with the grandkids.  How could Canada Day go on?  I know Paul would have wanted me to celebrate Canada Day as he was very patriotic and especially to enjoy my grandkids as he adored his own. But it should be cancelled. Couldn't we just stop a minute or at least press pause?  Don't they (all of Canada) know how wrong this is?!  Walking through crowds of people with my brain in a fog, I try to stay in the moment and grounded as I watch them sway to the band, cheer on the parade and joyfully play bean bag toss.  The bean bags fly through the air in slow motion. At …

Me and Wally. Faith + Family + Football

It's Saturday afternoon. I am chatting on the phone with my sister.  We are catching up and sharing our weekend plans with each other.  I start telling her that I am getting ready to go the the football game and what a big deal it is because Wally is retiring. I even made him a sign. I have never made a sign for an event before. Frankly I think people who do that are weird and nerdy. What have I become?  But it's Wally, and it's his last home game. The very least I can do. Suddenly I feel my throat start to close.  Now the tears are flowing. Why am I so emotional?   Could it be because my brother just passed away a few months ago and I am still feeling raw?  Maybe I'm overly sensitive? This is embarrassing! I am a sign making nerd and I am crying!

Then she says it. "It's because he reminds you of dad isn't it?  Yes, that is definitely part of it. I cannot see Wally Buono without thinking of my father. Ever.  (although Wally is much younger) It is something…