Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Happy Birthday to You

My sister's birthday falls on Thursday this year. I scanned a special photo from my album - I was amazed once again at what a cutie she was (and is :))

This sister has been a great blessing in my life. Here are just a few snapshots:

She practiced and played the organ in our church after school. I recall many days of enjoying the music she played before we headed home. I also was an active listener at her weekly piano lessons.

We were roommates at one time, after moving away from home, and went through several experiences at that time...but my most memorable was my attack of appendicitis, and her nursing care during my recovery - not an easy time.

Learning that I was to be an aunt --- on my wedding day. My sister was one of our passengers on an extended road trip honeymoon following the wedding ;) We were also together when she went into labor with that beautiful baby girl I learned about on my wedding day.

Perhaps the most poignant time we shared, was sitting next to each other in church, and listening to my son give his testimony. Her tears that day during his testimony moved me, because I was once again reminded of how much the Lord's saving work in our lives moves her.
...and here are two of the latest - last Labor Day - a fun time with all the sisters, and her second "beautiful baby girl's" wedding day.
The month of May brings two special events to my mind. One was my high school graduation in 1970 - I believe May 10th(?)

The second event occurred about a week prior to that graduation - it was the SEARCH, a high school religious retreat. Here is a picture of the students (mostly/all seniors)from three local high schools, and the adult leaders who were in attendance -

When my older sister came home after attending her weekend SEARCH a few years earlier, I noticed a change in her, and I knew that it had to have been something that happened at the retreat. At least in my circle of family and friends, it was unheard of to share all the details of what happens during that retreat, so it remained a tantalizing mystery to me.

Although I still am not willing to share what details make up that weekend time, a special memory is the quiet, prayer and meditation time spent in the school front of the cross.
“The cross which is the object of faith, is also, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the cause of it. Sit down and watch the dying Saviour till faith springs up spontaneously in your heart. There is no place like Calvary for creating confidence. The air of that sacred hill brings health to trembling faith.”- C. H. Spurgeon, All of Grace

Now, back to the I was looking at it again awhile ago, I wondered, by looking at people's faces and remembering the events of the weekend, if any/some/all of these attendees, were impacted in their faith life -- and, if so, if that transformed the years between then and now.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Something In The Water???

"God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform...."

As I marvel at how the Lord draws two people from different backgrounds, regions, life experiences, I give Him praise for just such a work.

Adam and Hannah (about to be) Porcella

Jay R. and Molly (about to be) Friesen


Catching Up

My apologies for anyone who still visits this place --- expecting to see an update:)

Here is just a little of "what I've been up to" for the past two months ---


Crawling at Easter

Experiencing what 6'4" will be like with Uncle Kirk

Favorite place at Grandma's

Keeping Trask happy ---- and more teeth on the way