February 22, 2018

akr inspired | 69



Today she is 49 years old.

I think I've known her for all of them.

Countless sleepovers.

Route 126 crossings.

Stonehurst swims.

Softball games.

First crushes.

Christmas mornings.

Camp adventures.

Tent trailer giggles.

Bike trips.

Car rides.

Family outings.

Choir practices.

Endless memories.

Petula says what she means and means what she says.

She will go to the ends of the earth for you.

And she will have you laughing on the way back.

After beating cancer twice, there really isn't anything she can't do.

Thank You, God, for Petula.





February 21, 2018

akr inspired | 68



I had three thoughts that morning.

1. I hope the main road is better.

2. I'm glad someone went down our road before me.

3. There's Wendy heading to the barn with her dogs instead of going to school! A deferred leave for six months must be wonderful, especially on days like this one!

I stopped. We laughed. Then we went on our way!




February 19, 2018

akr inspired | 66


As I watched 22 Things My Children Have Taught Me, I wondered what my list would be if I made a video about what my children taught me.

Here's a start:

1. Car seat dancers grow up to be car dancers.

2. Whether you have 5 minutes or 5 hours, you will always end up rushing into the car. (I could not say it better than AKR did.)

3. Play wrestling helps.

4. When you're afraid of something, like riding on a ferry, holding hands with a sibling makes it less scary.




February 18, 2018

February 17, 2018

akr inspired | 65


It was a six word sentence that I heard when I was teenager at Riverside Camp. My dad was the worship leader and Rev. John Gray was the preacher. I remember this point in one of the sermons.

After the "but" comes the truth.

Ponder over it.

Does what we really think come after the "but"?

    It will work, but...

          I love you, but...

                You can try it, but...

And would it be different for us and for others if we switched how we said it?

      ..., but it will work!

            ..., but I love you!

                  ..., but you can try it!





February 16, 2018

February 15, 2018

Thursday's Quote | In God's Hands


As much as it feels like it on some days,
the world is not on your shoulders;
it's in God's hands.
- Holley Gerth


February 11, 2018

Sunday's Photograph | Grampie & Me



I just found this photo in Dad's hunting and fishing scrapbook. 

I like seeing my hand on Grampie's hand.


February 10, 2018

Celebrate | This & That




The snowy day...

We had another snow day on Monday. Being able to slow down, and work on school stuff at home, was a gift.

The missing teacher...

On Tuesday, I was at a PD session. My class read Miss Nelson is Missing, and at the end of the day, the supply teacher sent this message to me:
When we were talking about where they thought you were today, someone said maybe you were teaching a new class. H said, "No, she would never leave us. She loves us and we love her. We're her favorite."

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Finding joy in the little and big moments of life!


February 9, 2018

Five Minute Friday | privilege


The word is privilege.

I decided to look the word up to see if it stirs something.

privilege
noun
  1. 1.
    a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people.

    "education is a right, not a privilege"

I am noticing the example.

I am thankful that in Canada, it is a right, not a privilege, to go to school.

As we know this is not true all over the world.

When I think of my little ones at school, I can't imagine any of them not being allowed to be there.

...I can't imagine any of them being told they can't come to school because they don't have enough money or because they are a girl or because they don't believe the same or because they don't have the same skin color.

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The Five Minute Friday writing challenge is hosted by Kate Motaung.
The challenge is to write for five minutes on a given word. Just write.


February 8, 2018

Thursday's Quote | Writing with Simplicity


But writing with simplicity requires courage, for there is danger that one will be overlooked, dismissed as simpleminded by those with a tenacious belief that impossible prose is a hallmark of intelligence. - Alain de Botton,  The Consultations of Philosophy 
Recently, I read this quote in Rosenthal's book, Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life and I understand why she liked it. The way she wrote and what she wrote about was interesting, uplifting, inspiring...and freeing.


February 6, 2018

family music 36 | Dad's Truck






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God led Dad all over the Maritimes, and into Quebec and Ontario. Dad also ministered in song throughout New England, as well as in New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland. I've heard him say that while he was on the road, covering many miles with the organ in the back, he did not have trouble with the truck. I believe that was an answer to many people praying, and I picture many of the prayers being lifted by Grammie Landers.  

February 5, 2018

family music 35 | What a Friend



Dad and Paul Mullins
with Karrilee playing the piano
Lutes Mountain Church of the Nazarene
Revival Meetings
1987


February 4, 2018

family music 34 | We are so Blessed



Landers Trio
Dad, Karrilee and Loralee
Lutes Mountain Church of the Nazarene
Revival Meetings
1987
Photo | 1968

We are so Blessed

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Over the years as the Minister of Music at the Lutes Mountain Church of the Nazarene, Dad would record the singing and instrumentals with a tape deck on the platform. (It was before we had big fancy sound equipment!) Many moons ago, he asked if Jim could turn a tape into a CD for him to listen to in the car. We finally have a set up to do it. As I listened to Dad, Karrilee and Paul Mullins playing and singing in the services, I found this trio at the end. I was 19 and in my second year of university like Annie is now. I barely remember it (and I'm amazed that we got through without a mistake)! I'm thankful Dad has done so much to preserve family history. 

February 3, 2018

Counting Blessings



This week UdeM posted news about Eliza choosing to study and play volleyball at their university next fall! She will be joining her sister, Annie #12, who is in her second year and majoring in linguistics. Thank You, God, for making a way.




January 31, 2018

family music 31 | Won't Be's in Heaven



Bampie and the Druart Kids
Lutes Mountain Church of the Nazarene
Kids' Day
May 28, 2006

Won't Be's in Heaven

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When I was a little girl, I sang this song with Dad in churches. It was heart-warming for me to hear the kids sing it with him years later. Well, Eliza did. The other two whispered it beside her! Wink!


January 29, 2018

family music 29 | We've Come this Far by Faith



Dad and Mom
Lutes Mountain Church of the Nazarene
Maybe 2003
Photo | 2017

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For many years, Mom and Dad sang this song together. I'm thankful I found this recording on our computer from about 15 years ago. As her voice changed with age, Mom wasn't singing with Dad as often. Hearing them sing this Goodman song always warmed my heart. 


January 28, 2018

family music 28 | Your Hands



Peter Stackhouse and Loralee
Lutes Mountain Church of the Nazarene
September 18, 2011

January 26, 2018

family music 26 | Great Gettin Up Morning



My cousin, Pastor Nicholas Hopkins, is
singing the tenor in the quartet.
Shawnee Park Christian Reformed Church
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Maybe 2015

Photo | 2017


January 25, 2018

family music 25 | Until Then & Til the Storm Passes By



Dad and Karrilee
for Rev. Clarence Edgar
Maybe 2008


But until then my heart will go on singing
Until then with joy I'll carry on
Until the day my eyes behold my Savior
Until the day God calls me home
- Ray Price


January 24, 2018

family music 24 | Song Evangelist


Song Evangelist
Cedric Landers

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Recently, Dad told me that he bought this accordion for $150. He said they were around $400 at the time, but it had a hole so he was able to get it for a better price. Pointing to the spot on the photo, he explained how he fixed it with some tape. I love to hear the stories of how God provided for my parents after calling Dad into full-time ministry. 


January 23, 2018

family music 23 | All the Way My Savior Leads Me



Peter Stackhouse and Loralee
Practice Session with a little recording glitch
and forgetfulness with words
Maybe 2008

All the Way My Savior Leads Me


January 22, 2018

family music 22 | Beulah Land



Melodie, Karrilee and Loralee
Prerecorded on a tape recorder
for Grampie Trites' Funeral
October 1993
Photo | 1991


I'm kind of homesick for a country
To which I've never been before
No sad goodbyes will there be spokem
For time won't matter anymore

Beulah Land, I'm longing for you
And some day on thee I'll stand
There my home shall be eternal
Beulah Land, sweet Beulah Land

- Squire Parsons