March 22, 2017

Slice of Life Challenge | Day 22

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

Slice of Life Challenge | Day 21

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

Slie of Life Challenge | Day 20

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

O Canada

March 19, 2017

Slice of Life Challenge | Day 19

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

Slice of Life Challenge | Day 18

Counting Blessings

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

Slice of Life Challenge | Day 17

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

Slice of Life Challenge | Day 16

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. 

Route 126

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!

March 15, 2017

Slice of Life Challenge | Day 15...4 hours late

Well, I tried to write something earlier and nothing came to mind.

When I crawled into bed, I remembered that I had not written anything.

Sleep won.

I closed my eyes instead of getting back up.

Here I am now, but I'm four hours late.

March 14, 2017

Slice of Life Challenge | Day 14

Travel Snippets

What is your dream vacation?

I think a dream vacation would be driving with no set time to be anywhere, and being able to stop wherever we wanted to on the way.

Conversations would sound like this,

"There's a charming Bed & Breakfast! Let's stay overnight."

"Look at that ocean view! Pull over."

"It's a market! Let's spend the afternoon looking around."

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would go to Germany.

I would like to help Sole Hope in Jinja, Uganda.

If you could return to a city, which one would it be?

I would love to return to Boston with our family. Jim and I could show them the campus and our favorite places in the city. They have heard so many stories!

Adding a little trip from there to Camp Taconic in Red Hook, New York would make it even better!

March 13, 2017

Slice of Life Challenge | Day 13

The five things I would share with guests at Leigh Anne's Favorites Party -

1. Unlined Hardcover Notebook - A notebook can be used by anyone for lists, slices of life, prayers, doodles and more.

2. Burt's Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream - It has a nutty almond scent and makes dry hands feel good again.

3. Sharpie Extra Fine in black ink - It's the right marker for almost everything.

4. Strawberries - What could be better then fresh strawberries?

5. Crayola Erasable Pencil Crayons - When you like to add color to your journal, note, or lesson plan, they are the perfect pencil crayon. They allow you to change your mind!

What fun it would be to really go to a Favorites Party!