Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Recently Finished:

During February I finished three of the books I had on the go. Started a new one that I am really enjoying, and am slowly working through a few that I’ve been reading for awhile. Why do some books just seem to take longer to read?

4) International Diversity Jim Lo
5) Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret –Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor
6) Buck-Naked Faith –Eric Sandras

Monday, February 26, 2007

A Very Merry February Unbirthday:

It’s time for another Challenge 25 update. Only two months to go till the time runs out:

4) Learned to snowboard. Kelly and Gina took me on the 12th. They were amazingly patient with me. I love those girls!

10) I wanted to make a snowman snowman with my sister. Instead we must go with the cookie snowman we made at Christmas because the last few times I’ve seen my sister the snow hasn’t been packable and/or there has no snow. I made a real snowman a few weeks back for an object lesson; his name is Oatmeal (if you don't understand watch Frosty the Snowman agian).


Saturday, February 24, 2007

It All Starts Here...

I am overwhelmed. I have realized there is a need for a study/lesson on basic Christian beliefs and who God is and Jesus’ life with two different groups that I interact with. The issue is where to begin. There are so many possibilities. I am struggling with answering their question, focusing on Jesus life, doing a general history, or looking at key themes. Everything is interconnected but it all can’t be the first thing. I’m going to wrestle with this a while longer. If you were in my shoes where would you begin?

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Thankful Thursdays #5

I am thankful for…

-Faithful workers who make things happen
-Plans coming together
-A friend from a different denomination loaning puppets for the preschool ministry that we start this week!
-Yummy chicken BLT salad from Wendy's
-Road trip plans coming together
-Missions buddy (Selinda)
-The promise of pie
-Funny videos clips
-Waking up and making it to work on time this morning, even though I forgot to set an alarm clock
-Friends who listen, understand, and tell me when I am being dumb. I love you Missy and Steph!
-Good books
-Flannel pajamas

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

More Than A Bonsai #5

There has been no bonsai wisdom the past to weeks due to life. While I was away one of the students spoke. Last week snow and ice paused the planning, which is why we are only on:

Bonsai Principle #5: Aim for predictability

Bonsai believers look and act within a known guideline. They know the Christianize and the right actions. The growth is predictable. It is controlled for specific known results. The finished product has an appearance of a strong Christian whose weathered life’s struggles. All package nicely with a simple seven-step plan that you too can follow for the same results. The outside looks alive and growing but the inside is dead.

"The goal should be not to make everyone look and act like each other but to help us all become more like Christ. We can be Christlike whether we are dressed in a suit and tie, buckskin and fathers, or black leather and pikes. It has little to do with our style and almost everything to do with our heart and the freedom we give the creative hand of God to work in our lives."

Following Jesus is unpredictable. Our journeys are different, the struggles are personal, the joy are unique. It fits with the person God made us to be, which is beyond anything we could ever imagine. Yay for God, who is bigger then my ideas and plans and who desires for me to be more than just another cookie-cutter, dye-lot, bonsai believer.

*The quote and inspiration comes from Eric Sandras’ book Buck Naked Faith published by Navpress.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

All Ears?

I love books. Yet this week I had an epiphany: books aren’t the answer. Most times while reading a thought comes to me that so-and-so should read this book or that paragraph fits with yesterdays conversation. I really noticed me doing this last week in a conversation with a friend. She was asking different questions about faith and Jesus and instead of listening to hear my head was thinking, "she could read Blue Like Jazz, Captivating, and…). I struggled to really hear what she was saying. Even the next day as I sat in my office looking at the bookshelf I was thinking which books fit with the conversation, yet knowing she would never finish any of them. Then it hit me:

Books are not the answer.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Just Fine

I wrote this awhile back. It does not reflect my current situation. This whole year has been great, but I am curious what others think:

There are times when the day has been fine and nothing is wrong but it just doesn’t feel right. The feeling might last a moment or a whole season. People around you pick up on it, they can tell something is "off" and ask what’s the matter. Truth is nothing. Absolutely nothing is wrong. The answer is fine yet to give it sounds like a lie or your hiding something. But the reality is this feeling is nameless. What is that?

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Five Thousand Words

Here are some final memories from Lee-Ann’s wish come true:

Lee-Ann loved the teacups. So did I!

A chance to feed the dolphins @ Sea World

Give Kids the World was an amazing part of the week.
We could have spent the entire week there and not been bored. Lee-Ann’s favourite activity was the mini golf. She developed quiet a swing.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Lee-Ann thought this was a great ride…because the adult with her got very wet.
(Not sure if you can see the water spray)

Friday, February 16, 2007

Thankful Thursdays #4

I am thankful for:

-Phones calls
-Patient friends who teach me to snowboard. Yay Kelly and Gina
-Snow days
-Firefly (the series) and that I own a copy now, and that my friends come and watch it yay for Gina and Kelly...again
-Clean clothes
-God’s protection
-God’s grace
-The chance to tell friends they are loved. Friends you are loved!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

"It's All So Magical"

The Magical Kingdom was, well, magical. Lee-Ann loved it. I loved it. I believe my parents loved it. The whole day was very dream like and overwhelming. Part of me doesn’t believe I was really in Disney World just a week ago, the snow outside my window might be a factor in my unbelief.
Lee-Ann’s highlights were meeting all the Disney princesses, especially Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) because that is her favourite. And going to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Downtown Disney where she was transformed by her “Fairy Godmother” into Aurora. Since a picture is worth a thousand words below are three-thousand from that happy day.

Lee-Ann and I were just chatting away and she looked up at me swished her brand new curls and said, “Zizzy, I like having long hair” It was unbelievably cute.

Can you name the Disney movie the title quote “It’s all so magical” is from and who said it? I’ll give the answer on Friday.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Give Kids The World

Last week my sister had a Children’s Wish Foundation dream come true. For those who did not know Lee-Ann was diagnosed with Leukemia back in 2004. I am happy to share that she is still in remission and finished chemo treatments October 12th 2006 (and the family does a happy dance). Lee-Ann’s wish: the family visiting DisneyWorld.

Last week was amazing. There are not enough words to express all that we saw and did. DisneyWorld was all it should be –full of wonder, dreams and joy. It was the first for our family. “It was all so magical!” Yet for me next to seeing my family the highlight was the village we were housed at. It’s called Give Kids the World and it beyond wonderful.

Lee-Ann and me meeting the mayor of the GKTW village Mayor Clayton

The Castle of Miracles inside you are welcomed by Rusty the knight. There are different games, activities, discovery centers, the insides of a magical tree/cave/fort-thing including slide, and the Star Fairy. Outside, under the giant mushroom is a merry-go-round. Our first day Lee-Ann rode it five times in a row.

Ol’ Elmer whose been sleeping like a log for as long as anyone can remember. If you walk by him you can actually hear him snore. It is just behind the Castle of Miracles. He is the tree area with the slide inside the castle.

Lee-Ann became an engineer during the week. Here she sits with one the GKTW Angels (volunteers) on Trolley Train, which will pick you up and take you anywhere in the village.

Lee-Ann is sitting in a giant ice cream bowl infront of The Ice Cream Palace.
It was open from 7:30 am till 9 pm everyday serving free ice cream (donated by Friendlys). I denfently had Ice Cream for breakfast.

There is also the Gingerbread House which is the dining hall and provided both breakfast and supper. The food was wonderful (donated by Perkins). I learned to love breakfast!

For the 20th anniversary of GKTW Milton Bradley created a limited edition version of Candyland which is only given to children who have stayed at GKTW. This is a giant copy. Neat face the Guinness world record for the largest game of Candyland was played at GKTW.

Lee-Ann’s favourite thing at GKTW was the dino mini golf.
If you look close at the picture Lee-Ann is wearing a Thing 1 shirt from Cat in the Hat. Dad has Thing 3, Mom has Thing 4 and I have Thing 2.

It’s Snowing!!! in Florida?!?

Every night GKTW has a different celebration. One night was a Candyland theme, and another was a Prince and Pirate Party. One time it was a surprise birthday party for Clayton. This night was Christmas Eve. There were carols sung, dancing Christmas trees and elves. There was cookie decorating and games. Santa even visited all the way from the North Pole and gave out gifts.
Give Kid's the World is a dream come true. I've only shared half the cool stuff they have. The story of its founding, its existence, everything about it is wonderful. They can house up to a 100 families at a time and they were expanding while we were there. What was amazing is it run mostly by volunteers.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Thankful Thursdays #3

It’s been a week of memories. It has been a dream come true for Lee-Ann. I am thankful for…

-Being with my family everyday.
-Give Kids the World, an amazing place of dreams and wonder. We’ve been staying in one of there villas all week. More to come about this amazing place next week.
-Volunteers and just the willingness of others to help
-Ice Cream…lots and lots of ice cream…
-Breakfast. I have come to love breakfast, especially when I have the option of waffles with strawberries and whipped cream every morning.
-All the sea creatures, they are so majestic. We were at Sea World today. It was neat.
-Laughter and smiles of children.
-Skipping with my sister.
-Ice Cream. I really like it.

Friday, February 02, 2007

This Time Tomorrow

Tomorrow is a day long anticipated. Early afternoon I’ll be getting on a plane and heading to Toronto where I will met up with my family. For me that is the best part, but it gets more exciting. We will then fly to Florida for Lee-Ann’s wish (having the family go to Disneyworld) will come true. I should be packing right now. Packing is the only downside of travel. I’m waiting for clothes to dry so I can start. Watching Jeopardy to pass the time. The show normally frustrated me because my guesses so far off. Yet tonight I had eight right, called before the contestants buzzed in. I grin with pride. I think it was a fluke and it helped that on category was "The Good Book".

Happy Groundhog Day!!!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Thankful Thursdays #2

I am thankful...

-for the Canadian Wish Foundation, and seeing my family in only two sleeps.
-for the opportunity i have had to hear about unique journey God is taking different people on
-for freshly painted walls
-for dear friends, friends who I can talk to, laugh with, cry on the shoulder of. I miss you Steph and Missy
-for legs and the ability to Jump
-for pack-able snow perfect for making snowmen and snowballs
-for phone calls from friends far away
-for my pretty new blog design…especially the pull tag.
-for adults who are willing to be apart of the youth ministry at church.