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Still Alice

I watched the movie “Still Alice” tonight. I read the book a couple of months ago and the movie stays true to the book. There’s a line near the end of the movie: “Nothing is lost forever.” It amazes me how this book/movie can tell a story of such tragedy and yet there is hope. And I have to wonder if God feels the same way: nothing is lost forever. There is always hope.

“Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)

“…through him [Christ] to reconcile all things to himself…” (Colossians 1:20)

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On vulnerability, weakness and meaning

Great quote from Brené Brown.

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Today our boy kitten became a eunuch. And because he was licking his wound so much, he now has to wear the “cone of shame” – boy, was he ever mad when we put that thing on him! The next few days could be interesting…

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“Glitter” & Spice & Everything Nice

Today is my daughter’s 9th birthday. She brings us such joy! She is our little ray of light (her middle name means that). She’s fun and quirky and has so much love and empathy in her heart.

To celebrate her birthday and my “birthing day”, we both went shopping with her grandma Jan at the Glitter after hours shopping night at Lawson Heights Mall. Grandma bought her some books she’s been wanting and some necklaces.

And I found some fantastic deals – a pair of red boots which I love (an early birthday present from grandma Jan) and two sweaters. Here’s me with my boots and one of my sweaters.

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I don’t go shopping for myself very often and there are many times when I’m trying to find something specific and I can’t find it (which is so frustrating). But the most fun I have is when I’m not looking for anything in particular and then I come across things I like AND they’re on sale. What fun!

One crazy busy week

It’s going to be one crazy busy week. Tonight was birthday party #1 for my girl. Tomorrow is birthday party #2 with the grandparents followed by shopping with grandma in the evening. I have stuff up Wednesday and Thursday evenings as well as meetings and appointments during the days. For some people this might be a normal week but I do NOT like being this busy (especially when most of my evenings are taken up). I hope I’ll be able to rest on the weekend.

On the Prairie Lily

I took this photo this summer on the Prairie Lily paddle boat touring the South Saskatchewan river in Saskatoon. It has not been photoshopped. I’ve had an incredibly busy weekend, am completely fried and this post is taking as little brain power and energy as possible.

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Oh, whoops! / Perfectionism, my nemesis

I completely forgot to post yesterday. Whoops!

I spent a portion of today preparing for what I’m going to talk about at church next week. And perfectionism is rearing it’s ugly head. I’ve been agonizing over this for weeks. I want to get it ‘just right’. But I’m getting the impression I need to trust God and be myself. The topic I’m speaking on is shame and grace so it’s not like I haven’t spent some time with the content. And when I get together with a group of people and start talking about this stuff, it flows out of me – unscripted – because I’m passionate about it and have thought about it a lot. That’s what happened this evening over supper with a group of friends and they seemed to be encouraged by it.

So…down with perfectionism! Onward to trust and surrender…

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Inspiration eludes me

It’s November which means it’s NaBloPoMo month which means I’m supposed to write a blog post every day. I’ve been doing pretty good so far, with finding things to post. But today I’m stumped. I got nothing. And I’m going to post this just because I can and it counts.

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Photo albums

I spent some time at my dad’s today, pouring over photo albums. I was looking for pictures of my mom because I want to create a photo book of her for my family for Christmas. It brought back a lot of memories, some good, some not so much. But I saw photos of all my children when they were little and that brought a smile to my face.

Lindsey Stirling

I discovered Lindsey Stirling this weekend. She is a violinist, dancer, singer, and composer.  In additon to her original works, she has done arrangements of many popular songs, soundtracks (like The Lord of the Rings), etc. She is amazing. What blew me away was watching her music videos for she dances while she’s playing the violin.

I’ve linked to two of my favorites below. Enjoy!