Life Lessons from Gym Class

You don’t need much to have fun. Work Together. Falls happen. So get up! Long arms were made for throwing far. Use your gifts.   Face your challenges.  Smile.  Go hard. Treasure your friendships. And don’t worry if you were never the athletic one. Sometimes your presence is enough.

So much for Not Journaling…

I found something I wrote a year ago today. For someone who does not journal, it sounds a lot like journaling. You have been warned. One year ago I had just moved from my hometown to a small town. 7 hours south; Away from my friends and familiarity; moving in with my parents. Awesome. Every…

5 in a Row: Boots on the Bus

The best stories are bus stories, it seems. I think the bus is a good place to be because there are no expectations. There’s no room for ‘awkward’ in a place where interaction  unexpected and offence is off the radar. You’re out with strangers, and a stranger you are too. You have time for a…

Five in a Row: Bus-ted Again

“You know what I’m excited for?” Adele speaks up through her scarf as we wait for the bus one day. “When we go back home and we actually run into someone we know on the street.” I ponder this and grin. She has a point. Every day we see a lot of faces; a blur…

Five in a Row: Once Upon Eternity

I was tired. Kids were screaming. It was a landmark day of someone important to me who has died, and my body was fighting to stay healthy. I took the wrong bus AND was late that afternoon. Supper was taking too long to cook, and we were on our third set of time outs. And…

Five in a Row: Bodz & Bodily Functions

Part of a series of 5 to give you a glimpse of the last week and why it’s been different than our regular routine. Once upon a Tuesday, it was Sagan-Sar. The day had come. Literally translated, “Sagan-Sar” means “White Month” and is one of the biggest Mongolian holidays in the year: The Lunar New…

Five in a Row: Chronicle of Sick

I have a new little series for ya’ll.  The next five posts will all be glimpses of life in the last week. Lots of things have been happening, but my blogging dedication has been lacking, so I’m just going to sit down and do it. 5 days, 5 short stories. And these ain’t the kind of…

Faces I Love

Tonight was Youth Group. So obviously, it was a good night. . The best part about Youth group is the faces, and these are some of the faces that I love:

Life Lesson #225: Please Teach it to Your Kids

I don’t care if you go to the bathroom with the door open. I don’t care if you go to the bathroom while I’m there brushing my teeth. I don’t care if you are six years old and sometimes forget to wash your hands. What I DO care about, is that you learn to FLUSH…

Imperfect Pictures

Sometimes the moment captured in time is not the moment you aim for.   Sometimes just as the squirming 6 year old stills, the curious toddler comes and places his forehead smack-dab in the centre of the camera. Sometimes a crappy camera makes an otherwise fun, candid shot into a too-bright, blurry one. Sometimes subjects…

Soup & Stories

“I don’t believe it’s a small world. I say ‘Big world, Purposeful God!” -Our Friend Al. It was almost exactly a year ago I was eating soup at my Aunt’s kitchen table. It was a sunny afternoon, and I was living with them in my hometown, eating vegetarian, looking for a job and enjoying having…