Last spring, the New Brunswick volleyball try-outs began for the Canada Summer Games. The girls have played in tournaments in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and here at home. They've been training hard, getting stronger and becoming more effective on the court. Today, I got to see them play here in Moncton. It was exciting to see girls, who usually play against each other, playing together on one team for their province! In another month, the final cut will be made and, the official team will be named for the Summer Games in Manitoba. No matter what happens, we are grateful for this year-long experience for Eliza (#11).
March 25, 2017
March 24, 2017
A little girl said her hands were cold. Her sister took her gloves off and gave them to her.
Two little girls ran up to a little boy from their class and asked if he wanted to play with them.
A little girl shortened her ride on the swing so a little boy in kindergarten could have a turn.
March 23, 2017
It's National Puppy Day! In 1996, Jim and I moved into our first home, and we got a puppy! I remember pulling into Wendy's driveway to show Bailey to her before we went home. She said I looked like I was bringing a newborn home from the hospital. We had three more children and loved Bailey to pieces for 14-and-a-half years.
March 22, 2017
More and more, it seems I am calling Ethan, "Jim"...and Jim, "Ethan"...
This morning I said, "Thank you, Ethan" when Jim did something for me.
He walked by me, knocked on Eliza's door and asked, "When your mother signs the card for my birthday, can you make sure she writes my name on it?"
He turns 49 on Friday, and he thinks he's funny! Wink!
March 21, 2017
I guess I was a little grouchy that day when Jim quoted a commercial and said, "You're not you when you're hungry."
I gave him "the look" as he kept trying to be funny.
Later, after Jim had been to town, I noticed some things he picked up.
On the counter sat a bag of Snickers.
I don't like them, but he definitely got me to laugh!
March 20, 2017
One of my favorite parts of watching Annie play AUS volleyball was the beginning of the matches. As I listened and watched, I was reminded of God's provisions and how He is taking care of her. So thankful.
...Thankful that Annie is fluent in two languages. She is in her first year at the University of Moncton, which is a French-speaking university.
...Thankful that she is still playing a sport she loves on an Atlantic University Sport team. A year ago, she signed with the coach and the experience with the team has brought showers of blessings!
...Thankful that she did not need a student loan. Along with her scholarship for volleyball, Annie received a scholarship for graduating from high school with honours. The university also gives scholarships to students who come from an immersion program and to students who live in the Moncton area.
...Thankful we get to see her often...and that over the season, her only complaint was that she couldn't get to church when they were travelling or had home games on Sunday. It warms my heart that she didn't want to miss church.
Introducing the Starting Line
March 19, 2017
I grew up in the Lutes Mountain Church of the Nazarene and it is still our church home. For many years, Dad was our Minister of Music and this is a picture of our children's choir in the 1970's. I can still remember many of our songs...and when we were chatty at practice, I think it was only the daughter who got shushed! Wink!
March 18, 2017
picking Ethan and Eliza up after school and having them with me for the drive home
finding soccer cleats with Rosita for boys living in the Agape Home in Haiti
seeing Annie walk through the door
getting warmed up by a wood stove.
giving a pillow like mine to Karrilee
seeing my students dressed up as 100-year-olds
listening to Ethan play the guitar
visiting with Mom and Dad on the way home from soccer
March 17, 2017
This Is Us is my favorite television show. From the very first episode, I was hooked. The writers are telling stories that many can't wait to hear each week.
I wonder if I've talked so much about a show before this one. When someone says they haven't watched it yet, I share why they will like it. When someone says they do watch it, we start talking about our favorite parts.
Do you know the Pearsons?
March 16, 2017
At the end of January, there was an ice storm in New Brunswick. As we made our way to Bampie and Mammie's house the morning after, we saw many broken trees and power lines. More than 100,000 were without power.
Eliza and Ethan
It was a long seven days, but there were many good moments in the hard, like playing games by the oil lamp. Annie, who had power in her part of the city, even came to stay with us as she didn't want to miss out!