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Do you need a new way of life? Love this song….


Friday file

As part of my regular week, I have a series of board meetings, one on one report meetings, off-site external meetings and planning and collaborating with a series of departments, people and stakeholders.  It’s just the nature of work these days. If you think you can work in isolation, well you’re headed for disaster and a great deal of wasted time for yourself and others who will need to mop up the mess.

But today, I  have the time for reflection, for review and for writing. It’s a rare day.


I’ve also got a copy fresh off the press of the new CSS CD… (why are we pressing CDs? in an age of downloads… I don’t understand).  At any rate, I’m listening to the production and it’s very good.  The sound is clear and accompaniment is complimentary without being overpowering. I really do love the sung Gospel and the pieces that are based on Scripture are my favourites. If you get a copy listen to “Bless the Lord, O My Soul”.img_20190705_095632

This week I received in the mail a copy of Great Mentoring, a new book by Doug Ward and Sharon Simmonds.  These are friends I am connected to from Arrow though my friendship with Doug goes back much further.  Doug, a Baptist pastor from Ottawa, Kanta to be exact, and I became acquainted through our work on the Billy Graham Mission back in the late 1990s.  We’ve stayed in touch and in recent years had quite a few connections including dinner in Banff where his daughter lives when our kids were in Canmore and we would both find ourselves in the valley around Christmas.

Today is the Calgary Stampede parade to mark the beginning of the Stampede week. Through the miracle of technology, we are able to watch – and it’s cool and wet in Calgary today.


Since it’s now July I have included a picture from 6 years ago of Rachel having ice cream on July 1st. We love being grandparents!

A different Canada day weekend


So to begin…. tbis weekend marks the beginning of Wendy’s new appointment! She’s now on the 7th floor with me so that’s great. Her role is really interesting and she’ll be doing lots of detail work which is one of her real strengths.

This also marks the beginning of our 9th year at THQ.  Four appointments for me, three for Wendy.

We’ve never lived in one house so long!  Seven years in Calgary was our longest.


Susan had posted this photo and I really liked it – it shows the grandkids playing and really gives you an idea how they are growing up!  No little kids…they’re developing in many ways.  I took that to zoom in a bit on Rachel who’s in the middle of swinging from one bar to another.  I remember when you had to hold her to do this!


Sunday morning Wendy and I did the installation service at Agincourt Corps…okay community church… and how happy we are to welcome the Allens. We’re off to a good start and their strength to build trust and relationship will be a great plus for our congregation and work.


It’s a long weekend but we didn’t go to the trailer…for the first time ever, we were too tired!  So relaxing in the backyard was a welcome change. And of course, it was nice and warm. While spring seemed too cool and too wet finally the heat of summer rewards our patience!


Summer also brings one of our favourite things to do – do some gardening and here comes the first tomato of the season.  I can hardly wait for others. Fresh tomatoes are the best.


Six years ago this weekend we were at the trailer and so were Jason, Susan and Rachel.  Here is that little girl with an ice cream cone.  I’m looking forward to buying her a few more this summer! She’s soon going to be with us for two weeks along with Ted and Beth!


And yes it was even my turn, with the grass cut and trimmed to sit and enjoy the sun. Is there anything nicer than having a place to relax, to be able to be quiet, to be able to turn off the phone, the screens, the agenda – even for a few hours and recharge. That was this weekend.


A few thoughts about us as a family and our interests.