Thursday, August 30, 2007

Happy Blog-iversary

Yes, it has been one year and 89 post since I began this little adventure! Thanks to all of you who tune in to read occasionally. I've enjoyed it, so I guess I'll keep it going for another year.

Virtual cake and ice-cream for all!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Pizza on a Stick

One of the meals we enjoy making while Ben is here is Pizza on a Stick. You take all the toppings and skewer them on a kabob. Then you wrap pizza dough around the toppings, cook it in the oven, sprinkle it with mozzarella cheese and dip it in pizza sauce. This year the dough was a bit undercooked, but it was still pretty good. Ben gets excited about pizza on a stick, and that is what makes it most fun!

Ben left last Saturday. We'll see him again at Christmas. It is always sad to have him go... and he changes so much between each of our visits. (Six months is a long time in the life of a kid!) Yet we have much to look forward to...more bike riding, camping and pizza on a stick!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

You look lonely

After worship it is usually my job to greet people at the side door of the sanctuary as they go into the reception hall for coffee hour. It always takes folks a while to make their way over to shake hands with me, as they often first greet their friends and others sitting in their pew. This often leaves me standing, for a few moments, all by myself as joyful conversation rings through the sanctuary. One of the first people over to greet me every Sunday is Melva. She will take my hand and say, "You look lonely!" After Melva the line usually starts to move as people make their way to coffee or to pick up their kids from Sunday School.

A week ago Melva left us to take up residence in her heavenly dwelling place. It was cancer that took Melva away from us. She had lived a good, long life, but it was still too soon.

Last Sunday Melva didn't come over to greet me, but another member of the congregation made his way through the crowd to shake my hand. Ray, an elderly man who is legally blind, smiled at me and said, "You look lonely." I'm sure that he did not know that he echoed the words I had heard so often heard from Melva. Yet he was right. I was lonely. Our whole community of faith will be lonely without our wise and witty Melva. Thank you, Ray, for recognizing that and giving it voice. I'm sure I did look lonely.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Friday Five ~ Stress?? What Stress??

RevGal friend Sally writes:

I am off to spend a few days at the beach chilling out after a hectic few weeks and before I head off for Summer School...So with that in mind this weeks questions are looking at how you deal with the stress monster!!!???

1. First, and before we start busting stress, what causes you the most stress, is it big things or the small stuff ?

I think I would have to say the small stuff... a messy house, shopping that needs to get done, appointments that haven't been made. I guess it is when all the little things pile up that I get most stressed. Things like unfinished sermons, funerals, wedding, etc., don't stress me out too much because I know they HAVE to (and will) get done.

2. Exercise or chocolate for stress busting (or maybe something else) ?

Chocolate.... then exercise!

3.What is your favourite music to chill out to?

Depends on if I'm 'angry-stressed', 'tired-stressed', or 'overwhelmed stressed.' I have a playlist of angry-woman-music that helps me get through the tough times. Otherwise, I like to listen to Dar Williams or The Manhattan Transfer. (My taste in music is pretty eclectic.)

4. Where do you go to chill?

I head to my couch... with a good book or a DVD. Or, sometimes, I clean the house. Taking my frustrations out on the vacuum cleaner can be a cathartic experience.

5. Extrovert or introvert, do you relax at a party, or do you prefer a solitary walk?

I'm definitely an introvert. I enjoy my time alone when I am stressed... a nice walk or a quiet day around the house. Sometimes, though, a good 'bitch-session' with a friend over coffee does the trick.

Bonus- share your favourite stress busting tip!

Ring-Dings (also known as Ding-Dongs) ..... mmmmm. The chocolate coating, the cream, the cake... Perfect for a mid-afternoon stress break.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Inflatable Obstacle Course

As promised, here are the pictures from the inflatable obstacle course at Youth 2007:
Despite being evenly matched in the beginning....

Stephanie won by a landslide. I'll get her in 2011!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

He did it!

Way to go Ben! We are back from our week of vacation at our cottage. Campmeeting was a wonderful time of relaxation, visiting with friends, worship, and learning to ride a bike! Here is a picture of Gary giving Ben a push. He doesn't need Dad's help anymore, though. He can do it all on his own. The campground is nice because you don't really have to worry about traffic. Now that we are home, Ben will have to be a little more careful of cars.

Ben's first solo bike ride was quite exciting for us as parents. As Gary said, we have missed so many of Ben's firsts, it was nice to be there for this one!