Monthly Archives: October 2011

A Moment

I am so excited to be going to Mumford and Sons tonight in Hamilton!  By all accounts the show last night in Toronto rocked and I’m looking forward to the same tonight at Copps.  In my opinion, what makes for a great concert is a moment of connection with the band and audience through their music.  Being able to feel that passion and have the spirit of the music pierce through to the hearts of everyone present – connecting us – is a beautiful experience.  The one concert that stands out in my memory that was like that was U2 in 2001, just after 911, when they sang New York.  It was church in the best sense of the word. On a huge scale.  I’m hoping for a little of that tonight with the Sons.  OK, hoping for a lot of that!

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40 Years!

On the weekend we celebrated my folks’ 40th Wedding Anniversary.  40 years!  Wow.  It was a bit of a surprise party for them/Thanksgiving all rolled into one as they were away down in Arizona for their actual anniversary.  They toured around the Grand Canyon, experienced Red Rock to see the infamous Joshua Trees, saw the hoover dam and visited (briefly) Vegas.  Saturday afternoon brought family and friends all together for a celebration of their love and to laugh at old pictures.  Back in the day when they were first getting together, my dad had a motorcycle which my mother, of course, was not permitted to go on.  So, being the good kids they were, he would walk the bike and my mom home from school.  Then, when he decided that she was the one, he sold the bike and got a diamond ring…he loved that bike, but loved her more!  I’m still not sure if I believe that she didn’t sneak a ride home from school at least once though- I wouldn’t have been able to resist!  It was good to see them still laughing together after 40 years.  Thanks to Diane and Anslie for hosting and to my sister for making that delicious cake!!


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MK & Frank’s Family Fun

Recently I’ve been spending some time with my roommate from college, Mary Kathryn.  It’s been so great to reconnect and hang out again!  So, this morning after church at The Meeting House, we decided to go for a little hike and get some family pictures of the whole family.  Such a gorgeous day – just perfect for a little hike and some picturing.  How cute are these little girls?  The best part is that they have such sweet personalities too!  Big sister was right into things tossing leaves, making her little sis laugh and holding her up when needed (and even when not needed too!)  Thanks Frank and MK for a great afternoon!!

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This morning I woke with a memory of the time I was waterskiing a few years ago.  The waves were pretty choppy, the wind cold, but I was determined to enjoy the last moments of summer with one last run around the lake.  My huge, python-like arms were getting tired when all of a sudden my ski dipped beneath a wave causing my feet to stick, then pop right out of the boots as I continued to hold on to the rope a split-second too long.  For a brief moment I was a cartoon character come to life with feet dangling behind me as I clung to that boat line…then…  SMACK!  I face-planted right into the water with ringing in my ears and a moment of blackness – I had given myself a slight concussion.  Lesson – learn when to let go.  I’m reminded of a Rob Bell Nooma video from a few years ago called Today.  In it he talks about embracing today and not getting mired longing for ‘good old days’ of the past which prevent us from truly engaging in our lives and finding new life.

…how much energy do people spend wishing things were how they were? If you need to celebrate how good it was then celebrate, if you need to remember how great it was when they were alive, then remember that. And if you need to grieve, grieve. If you need to apologize or make amends or you need to do something to make peace with how it was then do it, but then move on. I mean there is a certain kind of despair that sets in when we believe that things were better back then.  When we’re stuck back there and when we’re not fully present, when we’re still holding on to how things were – our arms aren’t free to embrace today…The answer is to be so fully present here and now that you don’t miss a thing in this day … and you don’t have any regrets because you were there the whole way.  – Rob Bell

So, here’s to embracing today and fully appreciating love, life and making every moment count.

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Today my niece Lydia (or Baby Marmalade as I call her ’cause she’s all about the drama) turns one.  Such an exciting time for her!  Last night we celebrated as a family and saw her discover the sweetness of her first birthday cake – love the mess!  It was a big night as she also said her first clearly thought out word – “NO!”  as she grabbed her new toy back from her siblings.  Definitely not a pushover.

SO happy and thankful to be able to celebrate a healthy baby Lydia who came into the world a year ago amidst drama and uncertainty.  I’m also thankful to a patient sister who spent 3 months in the hospital on bed rest to make sure that she baked as long as possible!

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Peter & Becky

I had such a great time withPeter and Becky tonight at their engagement shoot.  Can’t wait for the big day next August!  These two met in high school and are so sweet with each other – such caring, wonderful people. Here are just a few sneak peeks of  their urban engagement adventure to tide you over.

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I always find myself taking stock at this time of year…reflecting back over the past 12 months and noticing all the things that I am grateful for.  Sure, there have been some dark days and bumpy times, but I really believe that this past year has brought with it such wonderful blessings.  It’s all in how you look at it.  You could focus on being laid off, getting bitten by a dog, breaking your leg…or you can see the good things that have come out of those turbulent times.  So, in the spirit of Thanksgiving – a gratitutde list.

  • being a bionic woman with the use of 2 legs
  • mastering fear of heights (almost)
  • the gorgeous sunshine that has graced us this past week
  • a wonderful, supportive house mate who makes the best cookies ever
  • a family that is healthy
  • the opportunity to chase my dreams
  • a kind family who is minding my house
  • community of people who care for one another and are actively living out the kingdom
  • going picturing
  • and of course – turkey.  and turkey naps.

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How To Live Before You Die

In June of 2005 Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, gave a commencement speech at Stanford University.  Seems appropriate to share this today in memory of him.  There are some really great thoughts about life, leaving work, love, obstacles and tragedy in this TED speech.  He spoke about the time he was fired from Apple and how that situation led to great things and a time of creativity…and how you can’t connect the dots in the moment or looking to the future…it’s only when you look back that you realize you wouldn’t have the great things now if you didn’t have the painful times then.

Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. – Steve Jobs


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Apple Family Fun!

I got to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and go apple picking with Susan & Randy and the kids.  There’s a little place just outside of Hamilton – Frootogo with rows and rows of apples just waiting to be plucked.  We had a great time visiting their animals, picking some apples and of course sampling the pumpkin loaf in their country store.

How cute is this family?



Now to figure out what to do with all those apples…. sauce? crisp?  apple strudel in honour of Oktoberfest?  No matter – it will be delicious!  Thanks for a great day with your family!

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Celebrate the Animals!

Did you know that October 4th is World Animal Day?  It’s true.  For the past 80 years, this day has been recognized as the day when we celebrate animal life in all its forms.  I think maybe I’m missing the intent of the day as I’m choosing to celebrate by making plans to evict the squirrels from the attic of my house.  Love you, you’re cute and all, but you’ve got to go!!

In celebration of all creatures great and small some pics from my visit to the Georgia Aquarium.

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