Monday, November 30, 2009

The Street On Which We Live

The street on which we live looks like this tonight: I think winter has realized that the first Sunday in Advent (more on this soon) was yesterday and so has decided that now is the time to make things look more wintery and Christmasy. So, hello, winter! I'm glad we got winter tires on Friday... makes the daily commute seem slightly less daunting...

Friday, November 27, 2009

Circle of Seasons

The Circle of Seasons: Meeting God in the Church Year The Circle of Seasons: Meeting God in the Church Year by Kimberlee Conway Ireton My rating: 5 of 5 stars By far, the most inspirational and thought-provoking book I've read in a while. I never knew there was so much symbolism and history to learn from the church calendar year. I am totally inspired to try out some of Ireton's ideas. Her anecdotes make the book very readable and her research was carefully done--she even includes a bibliography for further reading. View all my reviews >> First thing up, learning how to do Advent.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Continuing the love affair...

You may not know this, but I LOVE Volkswagens. My first car, a beautiful beautiful Rabbit named Svend, instigated this love. I love how they simply have a different look than a North American vehicle. I like the German engineering. I love how my 25 year old brown beetly front wheel drive diesel purred [except at temperatures below -15...]. And now, from Volkswagon, (We stole this from you, Kevan...thanks for sharing)

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Oh yes, I sure did graduate with the cap and gown and hood and the whole bit. It was a really great experience...except for the sore legs from standing for an hours before things started, and then sitting for three hours through 500+ students graduating. But to be there as three out of four "Mistresses of History" graduating from our year (see the photograph) and to have finally, finally finished. Wow. But most of all, I was blessed by the love and support and encouragement of so many friends and family. There was no way I would have made it through the program on my own, and I loved that I could share what really was a momentous day with so many of my favourite people. We had some friends and family over in the evening of convocation--mostly people in close vicinity or who I knew wouldn't be able to make an afternoon convocation but who would come to an evening party. Two of my brothers and the third brother's wife drove up; both my parents and my in-laws came; an aunt and an uncle from BC planned their visit so they could be there; an old family friend came; Brent's siblings and in-laws all came; and some of our very good friends from the Calgary area dropped by. They came with hugs and congratulations and hand-made cards and food and FLOWERS and gifts. And most of all, with love. I felt so, so loved and surrounded by caring people. It took me forever to fall asleep that night, I was so busy thinking about what awesome people we know. Thanks, everyone, for your love. And thank you God, for making us relational beings, able to love one another. (My only regret is that we didn't take any pictures of the evening. Bah.)

Throwing out Food

News story for today: Macleans "What a Waste." How much food do you typically throw out? I'm sorry to say that we end up throwing out our share of mouldy or limp carrots and celery... Something to work on.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

CBC News - Calgary - Calgary family negotiates homework ban

Interesting comment on our education system. I know at least in the early grades, a lot of school time is actually time socializing children to be together. So why is homework necessary in those cases? Just one more reason I'm interested in homeschooling someday... CBC News - Calgary - Calgary family negotiates homework ban

Blowing Snow

This past weekend K and I managed to slip out of the city for a weekend away in Banff. We'll post a more thorough story of that, but I thought I'd share this one photo. While sitting in Starbucks for a morning coffee I was gazing out across the street and beyond to Mount Rundle. Though Calgary has little (or no) snow, Banff and the surrounding mountains have received a fair amount. The wind was blowing hard that morning and I noticed the snow was flying off the top of the mountain. It was a beautiful site, and I wanted to capture it. The sun was lighting up the blowing snow just right and with the dark clouds behind, gave the photo great contrast. More and more I am learning that to make great photographs you need to be in the right place and the right time, and in this case I think I was in the right place at the right time.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Something to think about: "What is family? We are family or not largely because of the way we treat each other...In a true family we honor each other. We do not control, dominate, manipulate. Power is not a family value. Family can be a movable feast. It can be a group of friends sitting around the dining table for an evening. It can be one or two people coming to stay with me for a few nights or a few weeks. It should be the church...Family can be our house churches, our Bible study groups, our prayer groups. Family ultimately means commitment. I am deeply committed to my family, with all its brokenness and fallenness. I am deeply committed to my friends, some of whom have been in my heart since I was a teenager, some who have come more recently. It is the commitment which makes family. The people we eat with, around the altar, or around the dining table at home." --Madeleine L'Engle, Bright Evening Star: Mystery of the Incarnation

Friday, November 06, 2009

Fall Warmth

It can't be doesn't feel like November today. It's not a scarf day. It's not a toque day. It's not even a mitten day. The golden sunlight casts its anti-shadow over the trees and leaves and grass and houses. Making everything warm. Thanks for today.


A benediction that I remember from my childhood: "Now may the peace of God, which surpasses all human understanding, guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Amen. (also from Philippians 4). Today we received some good news that gives us a new sense of peace about the future. What has been an emotional week comes to a peaceful and fear-free end. Thanks be to God.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

God's Plan

"I don't need to understand miracles now in the midst of my human life. I have to believe that what happens to us will be used in God's plan for the universe. We are again tangled in the contradictions of human free will and God's will, but ultimately God's will indeed will be done." --Madeleine L'Engle, Bright Evening Star: Mystery of the Incarnation.

Mental Photographs

There are so many times on my drive to work that I wish I had a camera in my eyes and could capture an image to share. (Not so much on the drive home...I'm usually fighting to stay awake, let alone pay attention to beauty around me.) Yesterday morning, I was coming down the hill on 14th Street towards 17th Avenue, when a tall coppered church steeple caught my eye. It was lit up in the sunrise, and stood out magnificently against the blue morning sky, the way the church towers in Europe do. Seventeenth Avenue, even further away from downtown, has some lovely buildings, signs and a cultural feel. I wonder how that is all going to change when the C-Train moves in three years from now...

Monday, November 02, 2009


This is a bittersweet season for reasons that run too deep to explain in a public forum like this blog. But one thing I know from the past couple of days, is that God has placed people in my life who make everything a little brighter. To "brighten up even my darkest night" even when the nights are that much darker now with the arrival of daylight savings time. Whose presence and words seem miraculous in their timeliness.

Sunday, November 01, 2009


Today we went for a walk in Fish Creek Park just because it was sunny. Today we start a months worth of blogging everyday. Can we do it? Sure hope so. Today we got to hang out with some really fun five year olds. Today we visited with some close friends and felt loved and taken care of.