Archive for May, 2008

Saying goodbye to Michel

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

Farewell BBQ for MichelIt was back in early September, although it doesn’t seem that long, when Michel and Gerard started boarding with us. It’s been a good few months. I can’t say that my French has improved perceptibly, but their English skills have definitely improved.

This will be the last week of work for all the French monitors in the Saskatchewan school systems. Michel’s last day of work will be Wednesday, at which time he’ll be flying back to Québec (Gerard plans to stay around for awhile and look for other work).

To say goodbye to Michel, we had a few people over for a barbecue this evening. It was a fun time – Especially when the Congolese music CD started playing and Masa began singing along.

Then some younger soccer-playing friends dropped by and chatted awhile, and tried their hand on the trampoline.

I’m sure that Michel will be happy to be back with his family, but we will miss him.

Cast your burdens

Monday, May 19th, 2008

I so easily get caught up in the cares and worries of my life, so it’s good to get a kick in the pants every now and then like I did last night. We went to see the Watoto Children’s Choir. These are kids from Uganda who have been orphaned or abandoned, so my troubles pale in comparison. Their joyful presentation in song and dance reminded me to cast my burdens unto Jesus.

YouTube clip here.

Thanks to Victoria

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Queen Victoria (Wikipedia)Not only is the city of Prince Albert’s only hospital named after Queen Victoria, but our fair city is named after her husband, he of whom a young Victoria stated, “ …dear Albert… He is so sensible, so kind, and so good, and so amiable too. He has besides, the most pleasing and delightful exterior and appearance you can possibly see.” (ref)

And last but not least, I have today off work because of her. Happy Victoria Day.

Long live the queen.

Another birthday

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

With 17 years behind her, Charlotte is becoming a poised, confident young woman.

However she did have trouble blowing out all the candles on her cake.

17th birthday

A splitting headache

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

Bear attack survivor

“… He’s eating my gristle and he’s gnawing on my head. I was saying, ‘He’s eating my brains. I can feel it…’

Mr. Case is obviously one tough guy to survive this bear mauling and drive himself 25 km to find help.

Nature isn’t all warm and cuddly.

Happy Syttende Mai

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

It’s the 17th of May, the day when Norwegians celebrate their independence from their Swedish oppressors.

My visit to Norway in 1984 happened to coincide with Syttende Mai. I wandered through Oslo, enjoying the parades. I was amazed at the number of people dressed in traditional garb. I even saw the king come out on his balcony and wave to the people. Good memories.

New driver

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Charlotte now is the proud owner of her very own driver’s license.

Charlotte's first day with a driver's license
The next challenge is learning to drive a standard.

Anniversary dining

Friday, May 9th, 2008

To celebrate our 21st Wedding Anniversary, I considered offering to barbecue up some wieners, open a can of beans, and put on some country music …

… We’re not the jet set
We’re the old Chevro-let set
Our steak and martinis
Is draft beer with weenies
Our Bach and Tchaikovsky
Is Haggard and Husky
No, we’re not the jet set
We’re the old Chevro-let set
But ain’t we got love …

However Janet’s tastes are more refined than mine, so I thought better of it. This evening we’ll be trying out Chandeliers, Prince Albert’s newest restaurant.

Blog drought

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

My most recent blog post was on April 22nd, almost two weeks ago.

I guess I could make excuses about how busy I’ve been, etc. However, apart from a few days in Edmonton and Minnedosa, the truth is that I just haven’t felt motivated to do this blog thing. Spring is here with a vengeance, with so many tasks around the house crying to be done, not to speak of fun things to do with the family – blogging has not been my top priority.

However I do plan to put down some impressions from the Evangelical Covenant Church of Canada’s annual conference. Plus I’ve been meaning to put down some more thoughts on creation care. Just don’t bother to check back every day – I’ll be doing well to post a couple of times a week.