Saturday, April 8, 2017


We all have problems around here remembering to bring lunch bags to the kitchen and empty them at the end of the day.  The rule for some time has been that the person who neglects to do so, will simply suffer the consequence of having to wash out his own bag and gross caked-on food when he finally gets around to it.

Jack said this week:  Don't you feel so relieved when you finally bring your old lunch bag back home and your realize there is nothing in it?


I said to Joel one night while we were reading The Wind in the Willows together:  My hair smelled so good today that a couple times during class, I wanted to tell my students.  Aren't you proud of me that I didn't?

Joel:  Very...(long pause)  VERY!  That would have been weird!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

What a shot in the arm!

We just had a wonderful week!  Nine friends from Indy came up to spend part of their spring break in snowy Quebec.  We still almost don't believe it!

They arrived Sunday night and we had pâté chinois, salad, and cheese cake for supper.  And talked and talked and talked.  Everyone stayed in our home except Dom (who stayed with Sam in his apartment! The adjustment award goes to Jack who spent 4 nights in our storage closet so that everyone could have a private spot to sleep in).

Monday we let the boys skip school and everyone went to Village Valcartier (except me who had a couple classes to give).  After a long, beautiful, sunny day of sledding and tubing (with their coats off!) we all met up for supper at the V's.  They served us tourtière, slaw, baked beans, and sugar pie. I think that night most of us stayed up until 1:30 deep in important conversation!

Tuesday was Old Quebec (photo above) where we did all the highlights.  Crêpes for lunch (for most of us) was MY highlight!  There was a ferry ride and Chocolat Favoris in Lévis, which I had to miss so that I could get back home in time to teach my evening class.  Thank goodness there was beef stew cooking in the crockpot all day so that we didn't have to worry about times.  When I got home at 9:00 they had all just finished up supper.

Wednesday, the temperature dropped (some of us were secretly thankful for our group to get a real taste of winter!) and we had some snow.  Everyone hung out here in the morning and then Sam took them all down to the river to appreciate the beauty of that.  After lunch, Mark took them to Montmorency Falls and Tim Hortons.  When I got home from class around 3:00, we began our preparations for small group.  We had a Mexican supper all together (35 people, if my count is right) and enjoyed one another's company.  After most of our small group left, we had another fun night of talking together only this chat was mostly silly, guffaw-producing stories.  Ale stayed for that and it was so fun for me to see her cracking up at everyone's antics.

Everyone left Thursday morning.  It was way too short of a visit, but we are so grateful that everyone came.  Thanks, Josh, Amy, Ethan, Kate, Carly, Don, Christina, Dom, and Christina! ˝Come back soon!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Everybody's back!!

I had one wonderful week all to myself last week!

Mark went to the States with Joel and Jack was in Spain!

I had classes so I was not able to go.  I also did not want to go.  I wanted to stay home and tick a bunch of things off my to-do list.

I, of course, did not get everything done that I gave myself to do, but I did quite a lot.  How could I not with no meals to fix, no bedtimes stories to read, no laundry to do, and with nobody to talk to?

Here are a few things I did that were not on my original list:

Went to a funeral (time involved:  6 hours)

Hosted a ladies' movie night
Breakfast date with a friend
Lunch date with Sam

Here are a few things I did that were on my original list

Cleaned out and organized my spices and baking shelves
Cleaned the upstairs bathroom including the ceiling
Major spring-cleaning-kind of cleaning of our bedroom
One storage closet organized (and big box of coats to donate)
ESL lessons planned
Zone lesson planned
Wedding photos editing started!

Last night Jack told us all about his trip to Spain over supper complete with pictures.  What a fun evening that was!  We talked over each other and laughed and exclaimed, and someone (Joel) was VERY silly.

Haze in the house because I burned a part of our supper!

Pictures to come!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Jack is in Spain

Wow, I have a lot of catching up to do.  I haven't even really looked at my Colombia pictures.  To think about trying to pick a few of the best pictures and to summarize the trip of a lifetime...too overwhelming.

So skipping ahead a little.  We miss our favorite redhead.  He is frolicking around Seville, Spain.

So far everything is wonderful and amazing.  He is enjoying it all to the fullest.

Today he texted this to me:

You can be proud of me tonight as I ate bean soup and ham and cheese pastries!

Love these pictures of him.

And love him...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A couple stories

Because these quotes are getting erased off my giant chalkboard by people's shoulders and hips...

I bought hemp hearts at Costco the other day.  I wanted Joel to taste them.  He did.  His assessment:   "It tastes like nothing."  There was a space of silence, he cocked his head and said, "Good, nothing."

I was surprised when Jack remembered that a certain song that Ale was playing had been one that they played at the wedding.  He said, "Yeah, I can remember something I heard once a couple weeks ago, but I can't remember my lunch!"

Joel whispered to me during the singing portion of our small group meeting:  "Can you do laundry tonight?  I have nothing to wear!" (That sentence alone got me a bit tickled coming from an 11-year old boy).  I suggested the pants that he had worn that day, as I thought they could easily be worn another day.  But his answer: "They hurt my butt."  I guess they are too tight! :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

This was funny for way too long

Last night's supper was light-hearted and jovial.  Everyone was in a great mood, and every joke was funny. Even the insults were genuinely witty.

Joel is so good at remembering quotes.  I don't know how he does it.  This time he pulled one out of his brain that as far as I know, he had never used previously to last night.  That is what made it so silly to me.  Here is it:  "Dottie is addicted to Diet Coke and Wayne is filled with fluids."  I am still grinning like a Chesire cat when I think of it.  Apparently, it was the response that Peggy gave back in May to Mark's inquiry after Wayne's health.

It hit everyone's funny bone and became the "thing" for the evening.

Example:  this text conversation between Sam and Joel after Sam had gone home to his own brand new apartment.

Monday, January 16, 2017

I love everything about this article

Sometimes I read something and wonder how someone can put his thoughts down in such an organized, humorous, eloquent way.

Here is an example:  Trump Syndrome

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hello December!

This month started out just as it should!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

An ice-cold splash on the face!

I recently sent this passage by Tim Keller to a friend, I was reminded why I am drawn to it.  I love to read this because it points me to the TRUTH when I get  off-kilter.

It should be here.

If you can't dance and you long to dance, in the resurrection you'll dance perfectly. If you're lonely, in the resurrection you will have perfect love. If you're empty, in the resurrection you will be fully satisfied. Ordinary life is what's going to be redeemed. There is nothing better than ordinary life, except that it's always going away and falling apart. Ordinary life is food and work and chairs by the fire and hugs and dancing and mountains - this world. God loves it so much that he gave his only Son so we - and the rest of this ordinary world - could be redeemed and made perfect. And that's what is in store for us.

And if you know that this is not the only world, the only body, the only life you are ever going to have - that you will someday have a perfect life - who cares what people do to you? You're free from ultimate anxieties in this life, so you can be brave and take risks. You can face the worst thing, even life in a wheelchair, with joy, with hope. The resurrection means we can look forward with hope to the day our suffering will be gone. But it even means that we can look forward with hope to the day our suffering will be glorious. When Jesus shows the disciples his hands and feet, he is showing them his scars. The last time the disciples saw Jesus, they thought those scars were ruining their lives. The disciples had thought they were on a presidential campaign. They thought their candidate was going to win and that they were going to be in the cabinet, and when they saw the nails going into the hands and feet and the spear going into the side, they believed those wounds had destroyed their lives. And now Jesus is showing them that in his resurrected body his scars are still there.

Why is this important? Because now that they understand the scars, the sight and memory of them will increase the glory and joy for the rest of their lives. Seeing Jesus Christ with his scars reminds them of what they did for them - that the scars they thought had ruined their lives actually saved their lives. Remembering those scars will help many of them endure their own crucifixions.

On the Day of the Lord - the day when God makes everything right, the day that everything sad comes untrue - on that day the same thing will happen to your own hurts and sadness. You will find that the worst things that have ever happened to you will in the end only enhance your eternal delight. On that day, all of it will be turned inside out and you will know joy beyond the walls of the world. The joy of your glory will be that much greater for every scar you bear.

So live in the light of the resurrection and renewal of this world, and of yourself, in a glorious, never-ending, joyful dance of grace.