Friday Fave Fave #114

1. Refreshing time away We were able to spend a few days in Banff and Canmore this past week. I still remember the first time over 30 years ago when we visited the Canadian Rockies a scant hour away from our new hometown of Calgary. There was such joy and peace and awe in observing the glorious craggy rocks jutting up so majestically from a pristine forested landscape. It’s no less majestic or awe-inspiring today and we loved our few days of rest there.

2. Insulin pump Our third daughter has had type 1 diabetes since she was 10. This week, over 20 years later, she received her first insulin pump. We are rejoicing with her and pray for better health and management for her because of this wonderful appliance.

3. Visiting old friends It’s always a blessing to visit with old friends. We connected with some friends in Canmore and later in Calgary on our way home where we enjoyed a blessed time of fellowship together.

4. Thanksgiving dinner The American in me still blinks when Thanksgiving in Canada is celebrated in October. It’s less of a big deal in Canada but still a time for a family meal and fun times together. This year my daughters hosted dinner at their home and our married daughter and her husband joined us and our borrowed family in town for a delicious ham dinner. Afterward we played Timeline and we even convinced my husband, who is not a games person, to join in.

5 Mountain photography One of the reasons I love to visit the mountains is the opportunity to take pictures. The time of day, season of the year, clouds, snow and wind all provide an ever-changing landscape to photograph. Several people have asked me to make some more scripture cards, my photos with scripture verses added to them. I was pleased with some of the pictures from this past week and will share the scripture cards when I get them designed.

Friday’s Fave Five #42

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It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

1. Travel, travel, and more travel  We are traveling quite a bit this summer for ministry reasons. Last week took us back to Calgary where we started a church plant in 1988. It was wonderful to see old friends and make new ones at the church! The church membership has successfully grafted in a new pastor and his family and seem to love him dearly and follow his leadership. Such a blessing to see this! My husband and I were both surprised at how emotionally intense (in a good way!) the weekend was for us.

2. Surrogate Grandma! One of the benefits of being ‘of a certain age’ is that you can act as a surrogate grandmother to kids whose biological grandparents live far away. When we told God we would serve Him wherever He wanted us, it ended up being far from either of our families. Many people became aunties, uncles, and grandparents to our kids in their growing up days. This past weekend I got to be Grandma to Madison and her brothers. Loved every minute of it and looking forward to more sweet times together.

3. The challenges of traveling with fibromyalgia When a person with fibromyalgia travels so many different things can cause a relapse. Part of managing my fibromyalgia these past 2 and a half years has been identifying problems spots in my health and learning to manage them. Two big areas for me are proper sleep and a diet that helps me have fewer or less severe fibromyalgia symptoms. This past weekend I had good sleep and thanks to the diligence and kindness of the church ladies, had safe food to eat all weekend. Yay!

4. Reunion with a dear brother Our schedule has been so intense and busy we talked about moving our Calgary meeting from last week into September, but we felt compelled to keep the July date. Just before we left to drive down, we learned a former church member was in hospice and would soon be with the Lord. He very much wanted to see my husband so that their relationship would be in perfect harmony before this dear brother went to be with the Lord. Many hugs were shared and many tears shed at that short but powerful meeting. Three days later this brother went to be with the Lord. God is sovereign and granted the dying wish of one of His own. We are humbled and blessed by His leading!

5. Goodbye tree! We had to take down a big, old tree from the back yard because it was diseased. *sniff* I love those old trees, the shade they provide, and the bit of privacy they offer. Now most of the back yard is open and sunny and…..as my husband reminds me, we have new possibilities for the space. Guess it does all depend on how you look at things!

Here are a few more of my prairie “Abandoned Dreams” photos. I hope to get out and take some with my new camera soon.

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Friday’s Fave Five #30

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It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

1. To the mountains! Last Friday we headed off to the Canadian Rockies for a three-day family holiday.  We left the Edmonton area with winter temperatures hovering around -18C (0F) and arrived in the Banff area five hours later to unusually warm temps near plus 10C (50F).  Banff is usually cold and snowy in February so this was a wonderful unexpected break from the weather as well as a break from routine.

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2. High tea While in Banff we enjoyed high tea at the Banff Springs Hotel.  This was the inaugural foray into the high tea experience for my husband, and he thoroughly enjoyed it and wants to go with us again for high tea in the future.

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3. Reminiscing Our family lived in Calgary for over 20 years during the growing up years of our five children. We tried to drive up to the mountains several times a year to enjoy hiking, camping, or a short holiday from our many ministerial responsibilities. As our children have gone off to college and ended up in various locations throughout the world for work and education, they always love to visit the mountains when returning to Alberta.  It was fun to watch our four daughters reminisce and revisit places that inspired them during those formative years.

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4. Beginning to understand Do you ever wonder why God allows certain hard things in your life?  I do.  These past couple of weeks I have been able to weep with several ladies who lost pregnancies.  If I had not experienced two miscarriages in my childbearing years I would have been less equipped to offer help, empathy, and encouragement to these ladies.  God sees the whole picture and works all things for our good and His glory.  I’m so glad He is trustworthy, even when I do not understand.

5. Murder mystery My artsy daughters are hosting a murder mystery event tonight.  I enjoy a good mystery, am fond of games, and appreciate that there will be gluten free options for me to nibble on throughout the evening.  But I especially appreciate that my girls have chosen to invite friends and family, married and single, to celebrate a holiday that can be a lonely time for singles.  Genuine love isn’t just about couples. I look forward to spending time brothers and sisters in Christ tonight.