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MA (Political Science)

download_20190528_125122It’s a milestone, an achievement, an accomplishment that required lots of hard work, struggles through financial strains, many long days of reading and research and writing but today Jason convocated receiving his Master of Arts degree in Political Science.

When we brought Jason home from the hospital in January of 1984 we were overwhelmed with the responsibility that was suddenly ours – I was frankly scared! Over the years we’ve watched him learn to talk, walk, run – all the things kids learn to do. We were there when he rode his bike without training wheels, graduated from elementary school, went off to Australia for a year, moved to Peace River and the etc which makes up the past 15 or more years.

Jason has always had some things in common with his brother Philip – they are both smart! I know you would expect a father to say that, but it is true. Jason was reading books as a teenager that most adults would struggle with. He had some incredibly strong writing skills and he enjoyed working hard.

Philip enjoyed the whole outdoors, while Jason preferred sitting in the shade reading a book.

I have a memory that is very fresh though now 35 years old. Our first summer as parents we rented a trailer for a week. I took some of my books with me and sat in a folding chair under the trailer awning and read out loud to this six-month-old CS Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. I’ve often wondered if the reading out loud at early ages helped develop that love of reading.

Today we celebrate Jason – who is now an adult with three of his own children.

Congratulations Jason!  Well done. We love you.

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Catching up with Jason

img_20190422_115750Early Easter Sunday we arose, but not as Jesus did, from the grave, but to drive to Ottawa to be with Jason for a couple of days. It’s been a while, since January, that we had a chance to be with him.  He recently was offered a full-time position within the federal government as a result of good work and his very successful completion of his Masters of Political Science.

As it turned out Monday turned out to be a very warm and sunny day in Ottawa and we did a great deal of walking around the Byward Market and along Sparks Street.

Along Sparks Street, we came to Jason’s building so we could see where he will be working.  I took a picture of him, which I described as the obligatory photo, and to mark this rather significant moment in time!

img_20190422_143040If I can brag for a moment, I am very proud of how well Jason has done and over the past years, he has worked to keep his family going, pay the bills and all the while has had the academic success that has brought the attention of the university to his skills and maturity. So, well done Jason!

We also had a chance to connect with Marc and Adele at their place by the river….and the river was getting bigger by the day! It was a great meal and we all went home very full!

img_20190421_180050Finally, I might add, we had a chance to get away from very heavy schedules and do something that connected us to family and provided us with some personal space! That in itself is refreshing!

 

And just like that, it’s 2019

Another year has arrived – another birthday passed for me, another Christmas come and gone! We didn’t travel this year to the surprise of many of our friends.  Instead, we were home and were delighted to have Cath, Terry, Noah, Laura, and Mom with us for Christmas dinner. We haven’t been home for Christmas in many years – perhaps ten…not sure but it’s been a while.

It is really wonderful to be able to have family around and to share in such a meaningful and important meal! When do most families get together – it’s usually on high holidays and it’s usually around a table.  Wendy did a spectacular job of having everything perfect! The food, the table, the decorations – what a great setting!

We did have Jason with us for a few days as he prepares to start his internship in Ottawa.  That too was wonderful and cause for much celebration.

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But now it’s the new year and the return to routine is before us.

I was telling someone recently of the Sunday in Ottawa when during the morning meeting I heard the Lord – yes I really did – tell me to ask the congregation if there was someone with “a word for us”.  This was not a normal practice for me or for the corps people so I didn’t act on it.  After the service a man, visiting from out of town approached me looking for some company for lunch – long story short – at lunch with him He told me that he had awoken that morning in his hotel room, and though he had never been to a Salvation Army corps, the Lord told him to go to give us a message.

I was floored as I suddenly understood what God had been trying to do in our presence. We had just finished three very hard years of dealing with a horrible internal issue and we were looking for healing. On that Sunday he told me that we were to continue in our faithful ways and “a time of refreshing would be coming”.

I had no idea what that would look like, but indeed some months later a time of refreshing began through the most unlikely of people in the corps who shared her story of hurt and what she called “demons”.

I remember it vividly.

So now I am praying, that 2019 will be a time of refreshing – not for the corps or for The Army though that is needed, but for our family.

I found this video recently, not the best production but the lady has a wonderful voice and is singing a song, though old, is one of my favourites and I have been humming it for some time.  Enjoy.