Back In Canada

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Here we are back in Canada. We all arrived safely and have enjoyed our last week with our extended families. Although we have been cold, it has been a refreshing change.

We were out in Fernie late last week and were able to see the property that we will be building on. It truly is glorious and a real gift from God. We are hoping to see construction start by the middle of July. Most of July we will still be in Calgary, but come August we will be in Fernie. We all look forward to being settled in our lovely rental home.

In the meantime, we enjoying the simple things in life. The crisp crunchy factor of vegetables. The plethora of flavours in foods. Juicy steak. Warm showers with water pressure. Cool air and cozy beds. Calm and organized driving. The sweet smell of the crisp mountain air. The vast array of shades of green and the beautiful display of colours in flowers. There is so much to be thankful for.

We are so blessed to have spent the past two years in Africa. It has opened our eyes and broadened our perspective to so much more. We are so thankful.

As we head into this new adventure we are eager to share what God is doing. It will be very different from our last adventure, but just as exciting .

 

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The Countdown Is On

It’s amazing what happens to time. I have sat down a few times and started to enter a blog only to have the power go out or life get interrupted. Now I sit here well aware that in one weeks time we are on an airplane heading back to Canada.

School finished well and we are super proud of our girls accomplishments. They have done so well and have much to be proud of.

We spent the last week at the school packing up classrooms and getting organized for next years crew to come in. Don’t worry, we had some laughter and fun in there too!

We are ending the week off with packing at home. I cannot even begin to describe to journey and the challenge this is. We are well aware of the fact that it is all possession and we can take it with us, yet it is a tug of war every time you have to leave things behind. Having my children sift through and get rid of things that have been significant to them or came in a care package. “But Mom, this is still good and I can still use this.” It’s been an emotionally draining week. We have made great progress and hope to have it all taken care of by Tuesday.

At the same time we have been making last minute plans to bring our dear dog Chaco back to Canada with us. Of course this has brought about excitement from the girls, but continued uncertainty as they wonder how he will travel and where he will live once we arrive. We hope to find someone close to Fernie who will take him in for us so that the girls can still see him regularly and take him out for walks and to the property. We will wait to sort that out once we are in Canada.

I sit here feeling striped of everything once again. Feeling so weak for the journey that lies ahead, for what still needs to be finished in the next few days. I didn’t think I would feel this way when we left Africa, after all we are heading back to the land of plenty. Yet here I sit, unable to put words to all that is going on inside of my family and I, my heart aching because these hards days are days we must walk through. It is all part of the journey, it is a grieving. We are hoping and believing that this too will make us better people. That God will take these days and use them for His glory, for His Kingdom purposes.

So as we head into this weekend, we head knowing it is our last one in Africa for sometime. We head into it knowing there are lot’s of tough decisions still to be made and we will remind ourselves that “Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.”

“Through Christ we can do all things.”

“He will never leave us for forsake us.”

He is more than enough and He is faithful. He has seen us through hard times before. Literally and figuratively He has taken us to the desert, He has walked us through and brought us out on the other side. He will be faithful once more. What an awesome God!

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God Displayed in His Creation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With only a few weeks left of school there is much to be done. This weekend we celebrated the students creative talents and we had an art festival at the school, piggy backed with a drama production of “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” by the secondary students. Display boards were set up around the courtyard with brightly coloured masterpiece from Kindergarten through grade 9. Inside the building we did a wall display of Psalm 19. Each grade had a different verse and did an art piece to represent it. It was a beautiful display of God’s amazing creation through the students artistic expressions.

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Last week, we were blessed with some rain. It dropped the temperature but spiked the humidity. That aside, nothing can take the joy away that the rain brings. When one lives in a place of continually summer and does not have any precipitation for months on end, rain is a beautiful thing. One day last week, just as we were heading out for recess the rains came. The smiles on everyones faces were huge. Students were dancing and splashing in the rain. Teachers were out with their cameras, longing to dance but using self control. No one seemed to mind being wet, after all we are usually wet from sweat, now were wet from rain! It truly is a blessing when the rain comes. Again, I marvel at God’s creation and how big He is. It can be overwhelming when I allow myself the time to ponder what He has made, how He holds it all together. The joy He must feel, His creation is such an amazing display of His awesomeness.

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An insight into daily life, as I sat quietly one morning in my chair enjoying my quiet time. I peered up only to discover this lovely “little” (note sarcasm here) cockroach hanging out on the Canadian flag across the room from me. It’s good to see the growth I have experienced as I just continued to sit there enjoying my quiet time. I figured, I can see him, it’s all okay. This lasted for a good 10 minutes and then he decided to spread his wings and fly, this is not good. People are in bed sleeping still. So I did what most people would do, I went and found the can of insect killer and a hefty shoe. I chased that guy down releasing poisonous spray that I knew would cause him to slow down enough I could then beat him with a shoe. Sure enough, I won. Settling back into my chair I thanked God for who He is. The strength He gives us to overcome and the growth and work He has done in my life. I would have laughed at you if you told me I would have been taking on cockroaches. I am continually in awe of the work that He has done in my life and my families lives. The victories and the challenges that we have learned to deal with, at times even embrace. I have decided, God created cockroaches to show His power as He given me the victory to overcome. He is a great big wonderful God!

 

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