Archive for July, 2013

Back to work

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Today I re-immerse myself in my work.  For five weeks I have had the privilege of being on a leave in preparation for my wedding and then for the time on our honeymoon.

During this time I have purposely left the work of the ministry of the church to very capable people.  There have been no fires, no unexpected catastrophes and, to my knowledge, the church building is still standing and the church congregation is still there!!

There is  a certain feeling of new beginnings.  I am starting a new life in a new marriage.  That includes working together to figure out life together.  I return to a church where I look forward to hearing how people have worked together.  This may lead to new efforts and outreach.

These thoughts both thrill me and give me a bit of a chill.  The unknown is a bit of an adventure.  I like to have a cement path in front of me.  These paths are just being formed!  I know God is leading, and I continue to learn that means trust is foremost. 

In the meanwhile – which means right now – I’ve started the day with exercise, I’m preparing to head to work and I look forward to what is to come.l

Lake front

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Today was an opportunity to head down to the lake. 

Our honeymoon is on the Okanagan Lake in a small town (11,000) called Summerland.  A mere 20 minute walk takes us to the lake and the joys thereof.

The lake was calm today.  Children played in the splash pool just beside the shore.  Others dipped their toes in the lake.  I threw rocks, trying to skip them across the water – got up to 5 or 6 skips at one time.

A family next to me was watching.  I hadn’t seen them at first, but soon I heard them counting.  Two young sons took up rocks and tried to skip them as well.  Two  consecutive skips was as far as they got.  But the fun and laughter was there.

The walk down to the lake and back up passed through a forested area bounded by a stream.  We dipped our toes in the cool water and refreshed our feet for the next leg of the journey. 

Days like today bring back great memories of years past.  Days of childhood, days with family and days just walking for the sake of a venture into nature!  God has been gracious on this honeymoon.

And to think that this all took place before the noon hour was over!  Imagine what the rest of the day will hold!

The silence of the honeymoon

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

A little more than a week ago our honeymoon began.  We determined not to do any corresponding during that first week.  Although a few messages slipped in and out, overall the silence has been quite quiet.

Today is our first day back on the grid.  Not entirely – just enough to contact some family to let them know we are still alive.

Cynthia and I were rating our honeymoon to date.  We chose the “VG” rating.  Sort of like the thoughts on the days of creation.  Each day was considered good.  And then the “very good” rating appeared!

We have enjoyed no schedule, times for naps, a geology tour of Summerland (where we are honeymooning), a movie night out with a gift certificate, and just now – sitting quietly writing and playing games.

Each day is a new opportunity to share experiences and continue to grow together in our marriage.  My wise brother had stated at one point that you can spend a lot of time on the wedding, but the marriage is what endures.  Our times together just keep confirming our desire to make this marriage a solid one, where we both are comfortable in getting to know each other, in working together with others and in seeing that God has rightful place in all we do.

And so, the silence of the honeymoon is over, the honeymoon will continue for a few more days, then back to “work” and the adventure of our new life together continues!


Thursday, July 11th, 2013

I am looking very much forward to these next few days.  Family will begin to arrive soon.  I will meet new relatives and see those I haven’t seen for some time.

I wish this were the white picket fence story.  Everyone comes with no messes in their lives.  No one is worried about things like relationships or finances or other messes that crowd our daily lives.

This is not that type of gathering.  I’m not sure there ever has been that type of gathering.

So, we will all listen to each others’ stories.  There will be friendly advice and laughter about foibles, and the desire to keep in touch when we all leave.

For those who are unable to attend the wedding of Ron Baker and Cynthia Bellamy this weekend – you will miss a great time together.  I’ll try to keep you posted in the next few weeks of some of the happenings.  And, I’m sure there will be happenings – which makes for great memories!!

On the road again

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Today is my daughter’s birthday.  Half way between our houses is a small town named Saskatoon (OK, it’s a little more than a town!).

We will meet for a birthday supper at Bonanza.  I’ll take along a few coupons to defray some of the costs of the meals.  As well, we will sit and chat and celebrate! 

Of course, I’m reminded of the more than two decades ago when I first met my daughter!  She was cute – which daughter isn’t!!  She had a twinkle in her eye – at least I thought so.  She was a wonder and wonderful to behold.

With three children of her own, she knows what it is to be a mother – and a good one at that.  She has proven to be a loving wife.  For me, she has also been one who watches out for her father.

For all this I am thankful.

Happy Birthday, Alli!!

Feeling at home

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

One of the great tests of relationship is being together, deciding together, and coming to compromises together.

We have had fun (?) deciding what to keep and where to put it.  The result is a greater understanding of each other, along with some misunderstanding.  We both are looking forward to a honeymoon where our big decisions will be whether to get up or keep sleeping!

As we were walking this afternoon we both affirmed that these days have been days of growth and building a good foundation.  Do we like them?  Not at all.  Would we trade them in?  Not at all.  This is a good thing cloaked in hard work.

And so, I am excited for all that God is bringing our way. 

A Sunday reminder

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

I am preparing for a time of prayer.

During the season of Ramadan (July 9 – August 7), I regularly pray for Muslims around the world.  I follow a prayer guide called “30 days of prayer for the Muslim world.”

I have sneaked a quick peak through this year’s guide.  Over the past several years, as again this year, there have always been foci (yes, the plural of focus!) on countries, trends and themes, as well as testimonies.

Today I came across a marvelous illustration that has set my sights for today.

In Somalia, there are homes that are nomadic huts.  Formed from the dust and dirt of the ground, topped with a roof.  This particular story talks of “the church [is] like a nomadic hut that bundles all the weight of its roof on the center pole.”

Jesus is that center pole. 

My prayer for today is that I, and those I love and minister to, would find their eyes turn to the center pole.  Hebrews 12:2 says that very thing – fix your eyes on Jesus – the author and perfecter of our faith.

Enjoy your Sunday!


Friday, July 5th, 2013

Yesterday we worked on amalgamating kitchen spices and food supplies.

Five boxes were emptied.  That is a good start!  And we actually have space that is still available.

Because . . .

There are five loads of garbage to be disposed of.  And some additional items that are going into a garage sale.

I could hope that all of our household amalgamation would open up that type of space.  Perhaps that will be true.  To our enjoyment, a table that once carried boxes was able to sit us for the supper meal last night.   

Of course, the matter of expectations continues to be a theme in combining our household goods.  I expect, a year down the road, we will still be discussing what to keep and what to place where and how much to add or subtract from the house.

In the midst of all this, I have heard stories related to me about flood victims in Alberta.  One family had their house red tagged.  Green tagged means you can return to a house that has little or no damage.  Red tagged . . . I think you can guess what that means.  Earthly possession sitting in piles on front yards.  And often no applicable insurance. 

I loved a phrase I learned a few years ago – “It’s all going to burn in the end.”  Our possessions should not possess us.  So, I am desiring to hold lightly that which we possess, and find promising ways to enjoy what God has blessed us with!

Home Again

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

This is a new home for me.  But the property address remains the same.

Over the past 12 days I have been working with my fiance to prepare and move her household goods to Kindersley.  Along with her son, she will be living in this house after we come back from our honeymoon.

For the moment the house is full of boxes and desks and mattresses and clothing and all those things that make up a household.  As I wandered the floors today I found the old footpaths are blocked. 

New footpaths will need to be formed.  For the sake of combining the materials that make up a house, things will need to be moved.  This discussion has been ongoing, and I’m sure will continue as we explore each other’s tastes and sentiments. 

This morning I moved a wooden piece into the “garage sale” pile.  Not a large piece.  Not a necessary piece.  Not even an artistic piece.  There are sentiments that go along with this piece.  I suppose, for all of us, all things that we touch and move and that have had their being in our homes have sentiment attached.

In this case, I have been working on finding a way to commemorate the idea of the piece.  In this particular case, just recording that in a book of memories should be sufficient.  I imagine there are other pieces that will have heirloom value that may need to remain. 

Ah, the challenge and excitement of working together to form a new partnership!