Friday, July 21, 2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Saturday, March 04, 2017
So it's been awhile.
But life is so good. I'm SO very grateful, truly.
We moved into a beautiful condo, perhaps the loveliest place we've ever lived. I still miss our giant back yard, with its gardens and hammock and private, ramble-y, slightly overgrown feel. I miss our north-end neighbours. But ... that's ok. We have scads of sunshine in this new place, and we're in a city that is filled with ramble-y adventures and #MontrealMoments, so I'm not complaining.
I've discovered dumplings, and last week had them IN Chinatown. Before moving to this city, I didn't know dumplings were a thing, as in "let's go for dumplings". Dear merciful heavens above, I have been MISSING OUT. It's possible I have a mild dumpling addiction now.
And spring is coming.
Plans are being made to head to Ukraine soon, so I'm all a-twitter about that.
And The Boy and I managed to assemble a chest of drawers this weekend from Ikea, without significantly damaging our marriage.
Anyway. I've missed you. Hope you're well! 😀
Thursday, November 10, 2016
The US election is over. As a Canadian (we're all about peace and good government over here), I find the whole US campaign process to be ... just gross. Sensationalized, untrustworthy, small-minded, and way too long.
But I'm not an American, so (rightfully), my opinion carries little or no weight.
However, as a follower of Jesus, ugh, I just weep, I actually cried yesterday over the ugliness of fellow Christians (on both sides, for the record). The deep division within the Church, which is supposed to be known by the "one-another love" within.
And I cried because we get awfully worked up about votes and policies (which I care about too, for the record). But I'm not sure we live with the same worked-up-ness in our daily lives, not like Jesus said to, with humility, and a heart to serve, and self-sacrifice, and generosity. I think that matters more than a vote (and I DO vote, for the record).
So this morning, a friend of a friend posted this, and I'm sharing it with you. She's an American in Ukraine. She and her family live there intentionally to help at-risk kids, people in poverty, displaced people. They do that in their everyday lives, with ferocity and passion.
"So here's the thing about the people who are followers of Christ. Some of us are celebrating. Some of us are devastated. But our job has not changed. We are supposed to be the defenders of the weak and fatherless. We are supposed to be the champions of the alien, the widow, the outsiders, the oppressed, the vulnerable. We are supposed to be the first-responders when hate or tragedy attacks. So no matter who is going to be living on Pennsylvania Avenue, no matter what changes in our policies or laws or government, we are still supposed to be the ones to shine light, to exemplify love, to show hope. And if anyone anywhere goes after the weak or oppressed or alien or orphan, they'll have to get through us first. If we claim to follow Christ, this is our job. The election is over, let's get back to work."
Thursday, August 11, 2016
And there are countless other examples of change.
But then again - I'm still me. Spike is still Spike (although his hair has changed).
I'm thankful for social media and texting and FaceTime that keep me connected with friends, old and new. I'm thankful for years of foundation in my faith, for Scripture I read today that reminded me, "If you love your neighbour, you will fulfill the requirements of God's law". And, "The Lord is my shepherd. I have all that I need."