Monthly Archives: December 2005

Les evenements du lendemain

Not sure how to get the accents into the title bar – but anyway – yesterdays events, in brief.

We have made it through the weekend of parties and my being on call.  On call for me just means carrying the cell phone and being available.  I am so glad that the hospital staff handle the non-emergency dentistry.  Since we make ourselves available for emergencies in our office throughout the week of call we have almost no evening calls.  Evening we get just the real emergencies – like broken teeth.

The parties were good.  It is good to get to know staff and their spouses in a different place than the office.

Last night we had two functions so went to the Cooperative Health Centre’s party and then to the Carrefour Fransaskois concert.  Had a fabulous meal at the health centre’s party and then went over to the Carrefour’s concert.  if for some strange reason you were listening to Radio Canada or French CBC TV that is the party we were at.  Joe Marchildon was recounting traditions from the old French Canadian communities, old songs were sung.  And we gave Yves a good sendoff as he leaves for Victoria. 

Then home- late enough for me- to babysit.  Kieran is spending the night with us since his mom and dad were having a big party at their house last night.  So we made his little bed on the floor in our room and read a story and called it a night.

You may wonder why I am up so early.  Force of habit I guess.  That and a loudly snoring husband.  After I lay there listening to the loud – very loud – snore for about an hour, I decided to actually get up and do something more fun.  So here I am writing.  And running the dishwasher which was totally forgotten last night.

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Party Time

I think we will get all of our parties out of the way this weekend.  No.  I guess I should rephrase that.  We will get all of our staff parties out of the way.  Mine tonight and Leo’s tomorrow.

Tomorrow is also a farewell for Yves over at the Carrefour.  He has been there for a number of years and now he is moving west – Victoria.  He has had a big influence on the developement of music in the francophone school, encouraging the kids to stay and jam together using the schools instruments, etc.

And then I think time begins to accelerate till we hit Christmas Day.  After that – a week off and sleep.

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Traditions

At our small group we were talking about some of the Christmas traditions that have changed for us over the years.  Oh, it is good to have seen so many changes and still love the Christmas season. 

We then watched Charlie Brown’s Christmas together.  I haven’t watched that one in a long time.  We do not watch this type of movie over and over as some people do for sentimental reasons.  That is maybe good.  I think I actually remember watching it the first year it was a movie – I was about 16.  It was a fairly radical little movie when it first came out. 

So here are some of my most vivid Christmas memories and traditions:
– hanging our stockings.  We used my grandad’s stump socks – he had an amputation after WWI and the socks were perfect for Santa – and big.
– The paper pop-up manger scene always under the tree at my grandparent’s house
– The year the root beer brewing under my parents bed blew up!
– The year the three of us older kids drove to Minneapolis where my dad was in school.  They have serious snowstorms and we drove through one.  That Christmas Mom and I bought my wedding dress.
– Our first year in the Congo – the year we were going to forgo a tree.  Someone gave us a really bad aluminum one.  It was one of the best we ever have had in terms of the helping set the scene for us.  That year Christmas was illegal in the Congo and we worked – sort of – that day.  Since there was no holiday, the church celebrated most of the night. 
– Homemade ham ( made by scratch – all the way from raising the pig to butchering to curing and smoking )  This is a tradition at our table now – the kids insist.  But I don’t make it myself anymore.
– Tourtiere – I learned how to make this as a treat for Leo
– reading the story from Luke on Christmas Eve before beginning our gift opening.
– lighting the Advent candles and taking time together to read and sing with the kids.

Being together is very important for all of my children at this time of year.  My house has become the gathering spot and I like that.  Christmas Eve is a big night for us.  Christmas Day is quieter since the kids go to their in-laws or to their friends homes.  Boxing day – that seems to be for visiting with friends.

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I guess God loves little girls

This morning Randall spoke on the passage from Mark 5 – the story about the hemorrhaging woman and Jairus’ daughter.  He shared his own experience of having a daughter who was sick enough to die. 

 

Last week in the telling of stories as we sat and remembered my father, my brother brought back to my memory my own illnesses as a child, and how Dad worried about me.  I can remember the days of being ill; the nurses coming to our home to give me the dreaded penicillin shots – from which my fear of injections developed – to the nights spent under a makeshift tent in my parents’ bed being steamed for the croup.  I mostly remember my mother in those days – lying beside me as I was so terrified and making those horrible poultices that were applied to my chest.  I didn’t know that they were actually afraid that I was developing TB.  My father must have prayed for me then. 

 

Then a few years later there was another winter full of illness for me.  I succumbed to all the usual childhood illnesses that year and on top of them all, Rheumatic Fever.  Mostly I remember the hospital stay and the long absences from school.  I think my parents must have spent hours in prayer for me again. 

 

I wonder sometimes what God did.  Those years of illness passed.  I grew to be strong and independent, rarely ill, my heart not damaged by the Rheumatic Fever.  It is something I rarely think about, almost taking my good health for granted – almost but not quite.  Nowadays, I wonder what God did.  I think I know and I am awed both by the love of my parents, their persistence in prayer for me and above all by the love of a God who cares even for sick little girls.

 

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Tagging along

Charlie over at anotherthink tagged me for a meme.  Seven questions with seven answers:

Seven things to do before I die:

  1. See my children become self sufficient
  2. Go back to the Congo one more time
  3. Successfully retire from dentistry – practice sold, patients well cared for.
  4. Go on a snorkeling vacation
  5. See the east coast of Canada
  6. Accomplish something artistic – in poetry or painting
  7. Study one more time in a new field

Charlie over at anotherthink tagged me for a meme.  Seven questions with seven answers:

Seven things to do before I die:

  1. See my children become self sufficient
  2. Go back to the Congo one more time
  3. Successfully retire from dentistry – practice sold, patients well cared for.
  4. Go on a snorkeling vacation
  5. See the east coast of Canada
  6. Accomplish something artistic – in poetry or painting
  7. Study one more time in a new field

 Seven things I cannot do:

  1. Get over my fear of heights.
  2. Fly a plane
  3. Crochet
  4. Make pie crust
  5. Do French braids
  6. Take sulfonamides
  7. Ski downhill or on water

 Seven things that attract me to my spouse:

  1. His trustworthiness
  2. The way he treats people with respect
  3. He loves me and I know it
  4. His sense of humor
  5. His competence in his field
  6. His intelligence
  7. The way he supports me in all I do.

 Seven things I say most often:

  1. I don’t know.
  2. Just open up real big and wide.
  3. Hi!
  4. Drive carefully.
  5. And how are you doing?
  6. Open up just a little bit wider. (occupational risk)
  7. Well…

 Seven books I love:

  1. The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis
  2. The Hobbit by J S Tolkein  
  3. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
  4. Plan B by Anne Lamott
  5. The Bible – New Living Translation, especially the Psalms and the Gospels
  6. A New Kind Of Christian Trilogy by McLaren
  7. Toward Holy Ground by Margaret Guenther

 Seven movies I would watch over and over again:

  1. Love Actually
  2. About Schmidt
  3. Steel Magnolias
  4. A Beautiful Mind
  5. Rainman
  6. Lord of the Rings – all of them
  7. Wit

 Seven people I want to join in too:

  1. Lauralea
  2. Becky
  3. Dixie
  4. Toni
  5. Gavin
  6. Janine
  7. Peg

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