Something Just Like This

The end of the school year is fast approaching. Whatever I do seems to be a trade-off with something else important demanding attention. It’s not always practical, but emotional support needing to be given out. We’re into the last month of school madness – getting ready for one to go away, one to come back,…

What am I doing here?

For one day I didn’t post. For one day I broke post a day in May and then found it hard to start again. It was a Sunday. Sad things happened to people around me. Good things did too. God did a lot, spoke a lot. By the end of the day though I couldn’t…

The Life in Life Group

On our one and only flat windowsill in the house I have tiny pots of seedlings. Shoots are springing up, but the chili seeds are very slow. There’s not been a sign of any life until this morning.  When I pulled up the blind this morning there was the first little shoot in one of…

Good Morning! Good Friday!

It’s a tradition for me to get up super early on Good Friday to make Hot Cross Buns. I didn’t feel like it last night when I’d fallen asleep reading on the couch and woke up at 11.50pm. I debated with myself whether to measure out the dry ingredients before bed or wait until the morning. In…

Family Stories

This February marks living in Canada for seven years and my son’s twenty-first birthday. Around these celebrations and anniversaries many conversations round the dinner table start, ‘Do you remember when…’ We recount the memories surrounding previous birthdays and the stories surrounding our move to Canada. In fact, all year round we do this. ‘Do you remember…’ is…

F is for…Freedom

Goodbye January. Hello February. When I was cleaning the house and thinking what to do with my blog this month I started coming up with ‘F’ words to go with February – good ones, honestly. Some were to do with the weather here like frost and flippin’ freezing, but no one wants to concentrate on…

Christmas Quiet

Most of this month I’ve been strung out like a string of Christmas lights with a bulb that’s on the flicker – threatening to blow a fuse at any moment. I love Christmas, but the stuff that we’ve built around it can become overwhelming. It becomes an all consuming thing – the shopping particularly. My…

Hope for the World

In an hour period listening to the radio this morning while I did some housework and then loaded up our advent calendar with chocolate, I heard of disillusionment with big business, loss of faith in governments, threats of increased world unemployment, worries about tyrannical leaders, breakdown of treaties between countries and fear of world war in…

From shame to showpiece

We saw a house we liked. Something that needs a lot of work, but is in a spot we like and has potential. Tim told me about it first as he drove past it a couple of weeks ago – he mentioned he’d seen a house that could be a gem, but would need some…

We Are Family!

Yesterday a piece of metal flew up underneath my son’s car and sliced through a brake line. Terrible timing just before he starts his placement at the end of his year of electrical training. We all felt a bit down. As a consequence his car is out of action and I drove him to work this…

Not just a story…

A beautiful spring Sunday, another baptism at Killarney Lake. Late afternoon finds the church standing on the sand, basking in the warmth of the sunshine, children paddling in still quite icy waters…and loving it. In the woods there are still odd patches of snow, but winter is forgotten out on the beach.     Stories of salvation…

Good Friday. Good News.

There’s an ocean between our family and our brothers, sisters, parents, nieces and nephews. It creates problems. We can’t get together at Christmas, Easter or birthdays, or pop round for a cup of tea and a chat. We can skype and FaceTime, which isn’t quite the same, but is a lifeline for us. Yesterday, in…