My mom wasn’t poor, it was just a bit sad that she didn’t have a normal child in me. Even sadder was that she didn’t have another amazing child like my little brother Ryan, she had me instead. Everyone needs a little context and I had a gift for bringing context. One day she was enjoying a quiet moment and then had the thought one … Continue reading My Poor Mom
I love children. My own mostly and mostly because I have to… Just kidding, but we know each other enough to know that that’s the sort of thing I say there. As I’m writing this I’m sitting in Sorso with a wee gaffer who’s been dragged by mother out for coffee with the ladies who has been grinning impishly over the back of the bench seat at … Continue reading Airdrie Children’s Festival
So as most of you know Venue hosted a huge Easter Egg Hunt with some five thousand Airdrieites (real word) Easter Sunday which was a wonderful success. Thank you to 63 donors, 19 vendors and all the volunteers that made this such a great event! We also would love to give a shoutout to the City for streamlining it for us and being amazing to … Continue reading Lord of the Flies
“But that’s not FAIR mom!” Enter the basic Canadian sense of fairness to torpedo progress once again… We have four daughters and are prepared every time one of the girls receives a concession, gift, compliment or favour to hear from the others “Where’s mine? That’s not Fair!” My response is usually “life isn’t fair guys:) You want the same thing? Go get it.” A duty … Continue reading What’s Fair?
Erin and I try to get away someplace WWC (Warm, Without Children) once or twice a year. It does wonders for our marriage. I’m decidedly lazy when we get away because it’s always preceded by the same amount of work I always do crammed into the previous two weeks, so I find that I just want to sit on the beach. Even now with a … Continue reading Sharkelling
This Sunday is Easter Sunday and I do hope you’re celebrating more than the death of diet and resurrection of your chocolate addiction. I’m doing a series called Live Die Repeat (yes after the Tom Cruise movie) and have been thinking as deeply as someone like I can about the entire death/ life cycle. No matter your views about God every Easter we’re … Continue reading Seriously? Resurrection?
“Hey Pastor, before you get started we have a surprise for you!” …words that make every pastor shudder just a little… A friend of mine with a church in Calgary had a well meaning attender find him during the final songs of the experience just before he stepped on stage to preach. The news that couldn’t wait? “Hey, I thought you’d want to know that … Continue reading Mascots are Scary