It has been a day.
The Veritas Seminar has been well worth our precious Saturday morning time. Gerald Froese led us through the process of assessing where we are as a church – Healthy Missional, Stable, Critical Moment, or At Risk. That was very interesting. Seems the general feeling is that we are somewhere between a Critical state and Stable with a strong desire to move towards healthy and missional.
Now may God give us strength to follow his lead. There seem to be some things we are working at that definitely are getting us out into the community around us.
I, personally have been fighting off some sort of illness. I thought that I had simply picked up a cold and that yesterday it was pretty much over. Then last night and today the aching started. So after getting home from the seminar, I headed straight to bed. Only got up to go for a practice drive with Nan, who drives his driver’s test on Monday. Parallel parked at least six times. If he keeps his wits about him I think he will pass.
Then home, grilled a few smokies for supper and went to bed again.
And then the band showed up. Makeshift Innocence. Playing at one of the local pubs tonight and then at On The Rocks in Edmonton on Sunday night. They will all find some corner to sleep tonight. And the rest of the smokies are history.
I have not dropped off the planet.
It just feels as if the planet has dropped on me some days. This house of mine has been so busy over the summer that I have scarcely had time to keep track of everyone and who would be here to eat the next meal. so blogging has been on hold.
We had great visitors though. And it was a good summer. Just busy.
There were Rachelle, Asen and Ronin for a few weeks, Father Marcel who as I write is on a plane back to Belgium after almost 3 months(where did that time go so fast?), Nan who has come to live with us, Christian in and out, soon to be back, Grace and Zaka as their house is renovated. And then short visits from Faith and Hugh and their daughter Amie, Steve and baby Aya. Other family members showed up to see them too.
Many, many barbeques have been held in our back yard. Plus an ice cream social for the whole church.
Yep its been busy.
Now the busyness of class starts again. Two weeks in already and as essay due next weekend. Preaching tomorrow. Internship part time, dentistry part time, full time mom and grandma. That’s my life.
It really is too bad such good things have to come to an end.
Banff was lovely and Leo does make reservations at the classiest hotels – king sized comfort. Not quite the Fairmont Banff Springs but close enough for our budget. Leo was on educational leave and of course that helps. And keeps him busy so there is small chance of boredom setting in.
We had a fair amount of rain to deal with but that didn’t stop us from venturing out on a raft trip.
And I went for a hike with my sisters – my younger sisters – and we hiked to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Took 2.5 hours and I just about died! If I did that every day I would either die younger or be in much better shape.
We travelled up to Jasper and through Edmonton on the way home. I think I liked the Maligne River Canyon most for its beauty and for the marvelous force of the water which has carved a canyon for itself.
Now today, I have been back at the computer. Working on an article, reading, starting to gear up for a full week to come.
The party was a success. Two boys ate cake and opened presents and were happy. The weather held out long enough for the kids to run around in the yard for awhile. Long enough for them to make my mosquito zapper disappear. I found it this morning hanging by its cord over the waterfall in the pond. Maybe it is better to leave it on its very short cord than to hang it up with a longer one that could have let it be tipped into the pond.
The house was quite literally full of people. Last count I did came to 38.
We had enough food, two cakes sufficed and there are even leftovers.
Part way through the party Christian and the band showed up – on their way up to Elk Ridge so they joined in for a few minutes as well.
Today was incredibly quiet.
R and A left camping with two of the boys. I finished a late paper and sent it off. Then after lunch I lay down for a nap. And I slept. Right through the come and go anniversary tea for friends. I felt bad for missing it but I guess I had been partied out and needed the sleep.
Today is just one of those days when my own kids give me lots to pray about.
Oldest son is presently in surgery for an unhealed broken collar bone. Praying it goes well and that he heals from this well and quickly.
One grandson has a rash of unknown origin – the internet is wonderful for grandpa’s on-line diagnosis.
One daughter just struggling with the challenges of life as a single mom with too little money.
Me struggling with loving them all very much and wanting things to turn out well for them all and knowing I am quite powerless to make it all better. Was easier when they just scraped knees.
We spent yesterday celebrating with Sara. She received her BSc in Kinesiology from the U of S and this wraps up four years of good hard work for her. It was a good day. Lots of pomp and circumstance
and what seemed like endless hand clapping as 500 to 600 of the 3000 other graduates also received their degrees that morning too. It was the 100th graduation from the university so there were new and distinctive gowns and hats for the PhD’s that also received their degrees yesterday. You might just be able to see the gown worn by the person just to your left past the left podium. I guess I missed getting a close up – there were so many people packed into the lobby after the ceremony that it was hard to move, let alone get a photo! We stepped outside to take a couple of shots of Sara and Jory(her boyfriend) by the decorative banners.
And by this time tomorrow there should be two new citizens that have joined the ranks.
Christian and Yaounde have passed their tests and all they must do is get sworn in. Massa will have another go at the test but it will come. Hard stuff to know for a struggling with English guy.
Celebrations will be in order.