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Canadian Staff Songsters

This is day two of auditions and interviews for those who are wanting to join the CSS. I’ve been surprised, but glad, to see how far people are coming from across Ontario.  So those who thinking this is going to be a Toronto-centric may be surprised too.

“The Canadian Staff Songsters will endeavour, by its example, to set the standard for all aspects of Salvation Army vocal ministry, including worship, evangelism and integrated mission, in the Canada and Bermuda Territory.” – Colonel Mark Tillsley53677-can_berm_map_sa_flag

It’s been fun listening to the auditions, getting to know the people who wish to join the group, and hearing the chatter of those nervously waiting!!

Groups like this are fun to be part of and so you can imagine that many people would like to be part of the group – truth be told I would love to join….still thinking about it.

It would be nice if we could have people from every division in the group but that’s the reality of this territory – it’s huge.


September already?

The trailer has been put to bed for the winter (yes, already), the neighbourhood is looking more autumn like, the schools are buzzing again and at work everyone is back from vacation and the calendar is full for the coming months. It’s hard to believe that the ninth month of 2016 is upon us.

We’ve had a good summer. A record hot summer says the weatherman and one of the driest on record. My tomato plants did not fare well during our absence.

So it’s back to routine. I have to say I love the routine – I like seeing the full calendar in front of us and the various events and projects on the horizon. Are you one of those people too? Or do you prefer the open schedule with lots of options and time to choose? Personality types abound and we all cope and thrive in different settings. 20160905_150556

I know Jason is anxious to get on with his grad studies – he discovered he not only loves learning but he’s good at it.Susan is looking forward to having Rachel is school and seeing how she starts her learning experience. Now she’ll be able to concentrate on the twins a bit more during the day. Amanda is enjoying her maternity leave with full days of now two little ones always looking for fun and food. Phil is commuting again – and is back in the world of EMS. He’s juggling the demands of all this too!

Family life is complex and challenging. It doesn’t appear from the perspective of being a grandfather to be getting easier!

So as September rolls along we pray for all our family. For our parents, our children, our grandchildren, our nieces and nephews, our siblings, that God’s blessing and leading will rest on them all.