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Seventeen days of adventure

I’ve long said being a grandfather is one of the great roles of my life.  These kids are smart, energetic, full of laughs and innocent as can be! Innocence is, in my opinion, one of the great strengths of childhood and should be protected, as long as possible, at all costs.

Our three grandchildren are on the move and so in the midst of that move they came to be with us for a few days of adventure.  We did lego, coloured, made crafts, ran through the sprinkler, ate freezies, had lots of cool snacks, went for walks, played with the peddle tractor, had the little cars out driving around the mat (in the shade), blew bubbles, played (toy) golf, read books, went out for kid’s meals, and played Barbies.

Did we do it all? Probably not but we sure did lots of great things. It was an adventure.  Did I say that already?

We managed to squeeze in a few days at the trailer too!  That included the pool, the beach, bbq’s and sleeping together in the trailer.  Did you know kid’s love using the toilet in a trailer?!

Here’s a small video from our time at the trailer!  You can see more on my channel.



Consider your thankfulness list

This weekend we are turn our thoughts to thankfulness.  It’s thanksgiving weekend in Canada.  Time to turn our thoughts to the bounty of the land, well that is certainly our first thought as we consider what we are thankful for.  But like me you can think of many things to be thankful for – remember the song, Count Your Blessings…name them one by one.

Health, shelter, love, family, friends, living in a land of peace…another great list.

I’m thinking about a third list.  This list is harder to define, but I would like to put it under the heading of blessings.  This list contains the benefits of growing up in a Christian home, having parents of faith, being surrounded by a loving family,  enjoying adventure in life that was character forming, travelling the country, meeting interesting people, reading good books.  This list includes living long enough to be a grandfather, having people in my life who encourage me, having friends that are right across this country.

I could go on.  The blessings of life seem to flow out of God’s hand to us everyday.

To be clear this does not include wealth – as North American might understand it.  But it does include wealth as it relates to experience.  And experience is what gives us memories.

So as I think about what I’m thankful about I wonder – what are you thankful for?

Travelling to warmth

Finally seemed to be the word that was going through my mind as we drove west out of Canmore towards Hwy. 93 and then turned south.  Going through Banff National Park and then Yoho National Park the temperatures slowly raised and the sun also raised our spirits.

When you come to the end of Yoho there is a cut in the rock that gives you a sense that you are entering a new land or at least a new place.  As you go through the thin ‘S’ road you break into a very broad, and it seems into a very sunny, almost always sunny place.  Radium has always been one of our favourite places to stop…but today there was no stopping as we continued south towards more warmth.