Friday, August 15, 2014

another spot thought

a sweet moment with Grandpa

two awesome fans came to watch our soccer star

sage advice from Grandpa to Sophia - no, the helmet wasn't part of the soccer game

Today, I parked the Sprinter and ran into a shop for some groceries.  When I came out, there was an older man standing next to my van, staring at it.  

This is not the first time.  Sometimes, I can only guess at what people are saying when they see me walk out of the drugstore, pushing a dolly full of cases of formula towards the Sprinter.  But, today, this man wanted to know why I drove such a big van.  I told him the short version of our story. (I've got it down to about 12 words.)  We talked for a bit, and then we parted ways.

I want to believe those short random conversations are planting a seed of something good for later. Here's hoping we are all taking advantage of those brief encounters in our week as we seek to find joy and share grace.

enjoyed a bike ride to the Falls (the American one)

Peace for your week and grace for your encounters, 

Friday, August 8, 2014


For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are.  
from The Magician's Nephew, C.S. Lewis

I like that quote.

I had to visit an Ontario office for some paperwork today, and while I filled out forms, the officer asked me for advice.  He told me about his neighbours who have a large pine tree in their backyard - which is shared visually with his backyard.  The rest of the place is immaculate, save for this gnarled and half-trimmed wonky pine tree.  How would I suggest he approach the neighbours to remove the eyesore?

I didn't have much to say (partly because pine trees are my favourite), but I did suggest he buy a new bush, plant it and stare at it until he doesn't see the pine tree anymore.

I know, it's not that easy to change perspective, but this guy couldn't see his own backyard for the neighbour's tree.  I get it.  Sometimes it's a tree, sometimes it's a disability, sometimes it's a day when nothing went how you wanted.... but there is still good happening.

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On the home front, this week has been filled with puppy, puppy, puppy.  Yikes - it's like another baby in the house.  Don't worry, Luna is still a part of the family, and she is a great dog.  Here's to getting her to sit, stay, fetch, do the tube feeds, and poop on command in the coming week.

Good night. The girls are tucked in, and we look forward to some sweet cousin time this weekend.  We hope to also visit the pork roast fundraiser for our friends, the VanDriels. You coming?

Sara Pot

Friday, August 1, 2014

wonder and joy

The eyes of wonder.  One of my favourite photos of the week.

We filled the week with home renos such as painting, fixing leaks, recycling old beds (remember this bed, Aunt Grace?), and cleaning out corners of stuff.

We took a break and spent time with family.  My cousin Eric came with his wife Marya and their boys to see the sites, and we enjoyed their company.

This little man was able to cajole the captain of a very large lake freighter carrying wheat to Quebec to sound his ship's horn several times, including the official captain's salute.  I have never seen such a chatty captain... a boy at heart who knows the love a kid can have for such big boats.

We love the questions kids ask about Rachel and Janneke.  Even though R and J weren't too involved in the visit, the boys asked about them and finished the visit by hanging out in their room.  Rachel and Janneke might not be able to interact with other kids so well, but they love the company.

And... sigh... it's true.  We've added to the family.  Two more favourite photos here. After years of cajoling me to agree, our family has added a dog. A special thanks to Nathan and Carmen Cooper and their kids; our puppy comes from their home.  Luna is a golden doodle who will hopefully add more joy (and less stress) to our family.  The puppy stage is reminiscent of having another baby, but given the last two babies in this family, it's not so crazy.  I love seeing the fear fade and love pervade with my older girls.  We hope Luna will also become attached to Rachel and Janneke. As of this writing, they are both not so sure of her.  Rachel is quite critical in her gaze, almost as if she is wondering how long that walking teddy bear will stick around.  Janneke is a bit more fearful, so we truly hope that will change.

A girl and her dog.  In her words, "Finally!"  On the way home from picking Luna up, she said several times, "I can't believe this is finally happening."

Well, kid.  Luna is here to stay.  Luna and I will be enrolling in puppy training classes come September. Here's hoping at least one of us will walk away trained.

Have a good weekend.  Here's to puppy treats.