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One Less

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     One less bin of keepsakes weighing me down… Precious memories. So many greeting cards.  Cherished moments, the handwriting, the gestures. Instead I will keep them in my heart. Let some more things go.  The things kept out are displayed or useful. Not doing any good at all in a box where they were not holding their place of honour or purpose.   I wrote a letter to my dad. Then did some more healing. Loving him all the more. Connecting all the more, not less.  I have gained.   One less box in storage…. the “ I don’t know what to do with it” stuff…here just for now, but just for now turned into a long time.  Not all, but most could go.  Recycling or give away bin. That bin I just emptied already fulfills a different purpose and will benefit someone else.  Valuable real estate freed up.   I have gained.   One less box in my cupboard….VHS from days gone by.  Some favorite shows and movies fun and dramatic but now gone. More weight lifted.  There isn’t much you can’t get on tv or on

39 DAYS

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  July 20 th  -   The Monday morning after the family reunion James had a virtual work meeting first thing, and to his shock was laid off. (as were several others in the company)   He and Brooke handled it so well. They decided it was time for change and that they would use this as an opportunity to relocate.  James got on updating his resume and references, Brooke got on finding them a home. None of this is easy at the best of times, let alone during Covid.  Many are out of work and rentals are always a challenge to find.  We asked at least 50 or 60 people to pray for them. A few were constantly bombarded with my up to the minute details. (Thank you again for your grace and support)   James sent out 20 resumes.  All in the lower mainland.  He was contacted by 3 of them. Went through interviews, second interviews etc.  The roller coaster and stress of it all didn’t take long in hindsight although felt long and gruelling at the time.   He got the job he wanted out of 400 applicants!

What's On My Bookshelf?!

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I started reading at an early age and I have always loved books. I have shelves full of books. I have boxes full of books. I have stacks of books by my bed that I am currently reading and ones that I want to read next. I have books that I have started but never finished.  I know that I am not going to live long enough to read all of the books that I want to read. I stare at, and have access to books all day long in the bookstore at work. A blessing and my downfall.  I have needed to go through my books for a long time. I need to do some organizing and some purging. A huge job. It is one of those dreaded projects that I keep putting off. But today as I sat looking at my books and again thinking how I really need to get on this, I was inspired to make it fun by writing about it. I don't know if it will take weeks, months or years or if I'll even finish but at least now I am excited to get started on this daunting task. I plan to go through each and every one. Some I will reread,

Eye and Heart Surgery

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When I was in my very early twenties, married and already a parent, I decided to read the entire Bible from beginning to end. To take scripture reading much more seriously.   As I read through the Old Testament and the journey of the Israelites I found myself becoming quite frustrated with them. Wow they  really didn’t get it!!   They had God right there with them and what did they do over and over? They whined, they complained, they doubted, they made fear based decisions, they were selfish and seemed to forget what God had already done. Thank you God that I am not an Israelite. Then life happened. Certain circumstances beyond my control and some of my own doing. I whined, I complained, I doubted, I made fear based decisions. I was selfish and distracted and I seemed to forget what God had already done.   Then a light bulb went on. A new lens. Oh God I am no different than the Israelites! In fact I am worse because I judged them, and I know more of the story. I know what Jesus

Happy 12th Birthday Dear Crystal

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It's so Crystal clear this girl is a dear She's smart and she's witty athletic and pretty She likes making slime her fashion sense is sublime Plays piano and sings flies high on the swings She has stuffies galore but always wants more Much to mother's chagrin  she keeps packing them in Skilled at typing and knitting reading novels and sitting Unicorns are her thing poop emojis and bling Grandad jokes make her giggle his tickles to wiggle Right from the start she put joy in my heart Crystal please never forget on this you can bet you're so precious my love such a gift from above! Happy 12th Birthday Sweetheart!

Seek 2020

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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

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

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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 t