Quotes From September

Here are some quotes that I Like and that I have recently seen:

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

-Melody Beattie

The grass may look greener on the other side but it still has to be mowed

-Unknown

If we have a lot of shame that we carry around inside of us, it’s going to overflow accidentally onto the people around us. If we’re filled with love, then that’s what’s going to overflow.

-Dr. Kelly Flanagan

People are made to be loved and things are made to be used. The confusion in the world is that people are being used and things are being loved.

-Unknown

I stopped venting and started praying cause I don’t need sympathy. I need strength.

-Unknown

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It is in the journey

-Unknown

Not everything that can be faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed that is not faced.

-James Baldwin

My Trip to Las Vegas in May 2018

From May 22-29 I went to Las Vegas to celebrate my 20th birthday. There were so many things we did, but there were so many thing we didn’t see. Here is what I did do when I went to Vegas. When we landed in Vegas we were able to see the strip from the runway on the plane.

The famous sign

We also went to Pin Up Pizza. The pizza there is huge!! I highly recommend going there if you go to Vegas. We also went to M and M world. There were 4 floors and I got personalized M and M’s with my name on. We went to Hershey’s Chocolste World. There were lots of oversized things there. There were many Statue of Liberty’s made out of many different things. We also went to Ethel M Chocolate Factory. Outside you could also tour the cactus garden. The chocolate tasted so good!! We even brought some home. We went to The Flower Garden at the Bellagio Hotel and saw the world’s largest chocolate foundation. We also saw the Bellagio Fountains. We went mini-golfing at midnight. We saw some flamingos. We went to Madame Tausads Wax Museum We saw a volcano erupt multiple times with real fire. We rode High Roller which is the biggest Ferris Wheel in the world. The view was spectacular. Another day we went to Red Rock Canyon. We also went to Hoover Dam. This was my highlight of the trip. Half of Hoover Dam is in Nevada and the other half is in Arizona. We also went to Ghirardelli Ice cream and we went to Sprinkles Cupcakes I greatly enjoyed the trip. We did so much stuff, even more than what I put on here. I would highly recommend going to Vegas. If you ever want to go to Vegas just message me and I will tell you all of the things to do. I can’t wait to go back and do even more than what I did on this trip.

Plant Nite

Last night my mom and I went to a Plant Nite. We greatly enjoyed it and would recommend it.

When we got there we had to pick what we wanted to plant our plants in. We could pick between rectangular wooden boxes, square wooden boxes, a square glass container or a circular glass container.

I chose this rectangular box and my mom chose a white rectangular box.

After choosing what we wanted, we first had to put rocks in the bottom so that when we watered our plants the plants wouldn’t drown from the water just sitting around the roots. Then we filled it with dirt.

The lady then brought a tray of 18 succulents to our table that 6 of us could chose from. We rolled a dice and the person who rolled the highest number picked first and then we went around in a circle 3 times and picked our plants. Here are the plants I picked.

We then had a short break and my mom volunteered us for a game.

There were two teams. You had to stack two cups on each hand and then on your head and then take them off and whoever was the fastest won. We won. Our prize was a croaking frog.

After the short break we could put our plants in the dirt. We could put them in however we wanted.

We then could decorate. Here are are our plants.

After the previous picture my mom decided she wasnt finished decorating so here are both final products.

We hope to go to another plant nite again soon!

My Trip to Leduc and Edmonton in February 2018

On Friday February 16, 2018 I flew to the Edmonton airport from Regina, by myself, to stay with some friends, Lori and Ray, for 10 days. Lori picked me up at the airport with one of her granddaughter’s, MacKenzie. After Lori picked me up, we drove to her daughter-in-law, Meagan’s place of employment which is part of the airport, but where the celebrities fly into. While we were there one of Meagan’s co-workers offered to take us into the back to see some private planes and helicopters.

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Here is MacKenzie and I beside one of the planes that we saw.

After leaving, Lori, MacKenzie and I went for breakfast at IHOP. It was my first time at an IHOP. MacKenzie and I coloured a picture together.

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We then walked over to Toys R Us and bought some shopkins for Lori’s day-home. We then drove to Leduc where Lori lives and I got to meet the rest of her day-home kids as well as her other granddaughter, Riley. After a few hours we went to the Doctor Woods House Museum in Leduc. Lori and I were the only ones there so we got a private tour. There were only two original items that belonged to Doctor Wood. One was the lamp on the piano, and the other was the sewing machine in the kitchen.

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Here is Lori and I at the Dr. Woods House Museum.

We then drove over to the Leduc Grain Elevator, and we were able to get a tour of the grain elevator. Before I came to Edmonton I had looked into the Grain Elevator Tour and it was not available in the winter, but the lady from the Dr. Woods House Museum said to go and see, so we did, and one of the ladies that was there said that we could have a tour of the grain elevator.

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These seeds in the white buckets will be weighed.

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The seeds go through here.

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Past this point is where the farmer’s sorted seeds are kept.

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The ladies are hoping to making this more available to the public.

Lori then showed me the house that her and Ray first lived in when they got married. She then showed me downtown Leduc, and showed me a corner called “Confusion Corner” and showed me her favourite store as well. We then drove to Edmonton and on the way we stopped to get a picture of the Flaman Man who was wearing an Oil Kings Jersey.

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They dress him for the time of year. At Christmas he wears a Santa suit.

We drove to downtown Edmonton and parked underground. Our first stop was the Lee Pavilion at the Citadel Theatre.

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This is a waterfall and the water would come from the picture with the boat in it.

We then went to Winston Churchill Square only to find out it was closed for LRT construction for at least 1-2 years. Lori then pointed where the Winspear Centre was, which is where concerts are held. Lori then showed me Hotel Macdonald where the Royal Family will stay when they visit and we also inquired about high tea. We then walked over to the Funicular. It is basically an elevator on a hill. It is made completely out of glass and you can see the River Valley. We went down and then back up and then down again because we discovered there was a walkway with a lookout. From the lookout you could see the Edmonton Queen River Boat on the North Saskatchewan River.

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Once you go through those doors you will be on the Funicular

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The view from the Funicular. The walkway is to the left where the rectangular lights are.

We then crossed the street to go to the U of A for the “Emerging Artist Concert” There were performers from University’s all over Edmonton.

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This is what the stage looked like for the first half of the concert.

After the concert we drove over the Edmonton High Level Bridge, and the lights were on, and the Edmonton Street Car travels on the top of the bridge in the summer. When we got back to Lori’s house Lori showed me some pictures.

On Saturday February 17, 2018, Lori, Ray and I went to the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market. At one of the booths there were some pictures of Edmonton and so I got the see more Edmonton history through those photographs.

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I think we are sampling a waffle.

We then drove on Whyte Avenue. In the summer there is a twins and triplets parade on that street. We then went to Flirt Cupcakes and I bought a cupcake. It has the best rating in Edmonton. We then walked past Cally’s Tea’s, and went inside but decided not to have anything and left, as we were walking back to the car we walked past a Cat Café. We then drove to Little Brick, which is where Lori and Ray’s daughter, Ashley had her wedding reception in 2016. We then drove to the Flat Iron Building. The building is very old.

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Lori also pointed out the Shaw Conference Centre that is built into the side of Grierson Hill. We then drove down Jasper Avenue. Lori pointed out the General Hospital which is where she was born. We then drove past St. Joseph’s Basilica which is where Janet and Wayne Gretzky got married. Jasper Avenue turns into 124th Street. Lori lived in that area until she was 10. On 124th Street there is a place called Duchess Bake Shop but the line was over an hour long so we did not stop there. We then drove past the home that Lori lived in until she was 10. We drove past the Brick Warehouse which is now called The Brick, and The Brick began in Edmonton. We then went to Donut Party which is a place Ashley recommended for us to go. The donuts were huge and the line was very long.

Ray and I with the box of donuts.

We then went to Giovanni Music and Fine Art Gallery. Lori and Ray had purchased a piano a long time ago from there for Ashley. I bought some piano books, and Lori bought a drum for her day-home. Next we went to the biggest cowboy boot in the world.

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Another boot close by.

The next place we went was West Edmonton Mall. First I got a pressed coin. Then Lori and I went into a photo booth. We then went into the store Build A Bear and from there we spotted a photo wall.

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We then walked past the HMV stage area that I had played on during a grade 10 band trip. Lori was telling me about a dragon that was in the mall, and part of it was there, and there was an employee that told us more about it. The next thing we did was glow in the dark mini-golfing.

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After mini-golfing Lori and I went to the aquarium in the mall. It is new since the submarine has been removed.

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Penguins

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A big turtle.

Earlier in the day Lori had mentioned to me that she wanted me to see the menu at Crepe Works.

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Here is the menu board.

Lori had also been telling me about a whale that was in the mall and as we were leaving we saw the whale.

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For supper we went to the Chessecake Café and found out it was closing on Monday. For dessert we bought some cheesecake and had it boxed up. Lori showed me some more pictures.

On Sunday February 18, 2018 we went to Lori and Ray’s home church, Eaglemont Christian Church in Beaumont. I meet some of Lori and Ray’s friends, Fran and Glen, their lead Pastor and a few other people as well. After church Lori and I went to Long and McQuade while Ray got gas. I also bought some piano books from there as well. For lunch we went to Red Robin and I think a few booths away there was a huge Rubik’s Cube. After lunch we drove past the “Joey” mural on the side building. He was very important to the Edmonton Oilers. We then went to the Muttart Conservatory. There was a tropical, arid, temperate and season pyramids that we could see. We were able to get tours of the tropical, arid, and temperate pyramid. The seasonal section was decorated for Chinese New Year.

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At the Muttart Conservatory.

Next we saw the largest aluminum baseball bat in the world.

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We then drove past the new Roger’s Place Arena, the Stollery Children’s Hospital, and the University Area. We drove to the Alberta Legislature. The building was closed that day so we could not go inside.

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After seeing the Legislature we drove across the newest bridge in Edmonton. Lori was telling me beside it is a building that has really big stacks on it and a man wants to make the building look like the Titanic. But doesn’t know if that will happen for sure.

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The newest bridge in Edmonton.

We drove across the High Level Bridge again and this time it was lit up with blue lights. Ashley had mentioned to us that we should go to The End of The World. We couldn’t go to the very edge because it was too icy.

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At the End of The World. You have to go past the red pole to see more.

After the End of The World we went to Talus Dome.

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Lori and Ray then took me to a place on a hill where a number of houses fell down the embankment a few years ago. We also drove past some footbridges, one of the Footbridge was the Fort Edmonton Footbridge. but we decided it was too cold to go for a walk on them. We went back to Lori and Ray’s house and watched a movie called Me Again.

On Monday February 19, 2018 it was a holiday, so Lori didn’t have to work but MacKenzie and Riley still came over. Justin, Lori and Ray’s son came over later in the morning. It was nice to meet him. On Saturday Lori had received a message on Facebook if she could pick someone up from the airport and if they could sleep at her house. Lori picked up Emma from the airport around Midnight on Monday. Emma had been on a missions trip to New York, and she is the same age as me. I loved meeting her! Lori, Ray, Emma, and I played some games. We played Anomia, Apples to Apples, and the Train Game. Emma’s brother TJ came to pick her up around supper and had supper with us and then left to go home. After supper Lori, MacKenzie and I went swimming. We then drove MacKenzie home and I got to see Justin’s car and his two dogs, Gunner and Shelby, and one of the dogs just had 10 puppies a few weeks ago. After leaving Justin and Meagan’s house Lori showed me the church where she and Ray gave their hearts too Jesus. We went back to Lori’s house and watched some TV. We watched Olympic curling and skating. We ate the cheesecake we had bought at The Cheesecake Café. We also looked through some pictures and we found a picture of when Emma, and two of her brothers were babies. (She is a triplet), I thought that was cool that we found that picture.

On Tuesday February 20, 2018 in the evening we watch a movie called Letters To God.

On Wednesday February 21, 2018 in the evening we went to Sherwood Park to Lori’s friend, Linda’s church, to do a craft. We painted glass and then waited for it to dry and then we wrote lies we tell ourselves on it, and then the lady demonstrating tried to break the glass with a hammer but it wouldn’t brake so then she put the glass on top of a bible and then when she tried breaking it with the hammer it broke, and then from the broken pieces we made a cross out of it. I also met Lori’s friend Carol.

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Mine and Lori’s glass painting. We forgot to take a picture together of the finished product of the cross.

On Thursday February 22, 2018 in the evening Lori and I went to the Ice Castles. They were amazing!! It is 250,000,000 pounds, and it is the only one in Canada. There was even a controlled fire in the middle. While we were there Lori commented that if parents had young kids, and were dressed for the weather you could easily spend a few hours there. We spent about 45 minutes there. It is located in Hawrelak Park.

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Before entering.

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Just about to go in.

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There were 3 slides you could go down. I only went down one. There was a much larger one than this, and another just for kids.

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The huge slide you could go down.

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On Friday February 23, 2018 in the evening we went to Pizza Hut for supper and saw the sunset. We then went to Lori and Ray’s friends, Fran and Glen’s house to play games.

On Saturday February 24, 2018 we started the day off with going to the Telus World of Science. There was an exhibit called POPnology and it had the car, the DeLorean, that they filmed with from the movie back to the future.

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There was also a Terry Fox exhibit.

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Here is a picture of the van Terry Fox travelled in.

After the Telus World of Science we went to Southgate Mall, and I bought some Kernels popcorn. For supper we were planning to go to the downtown location of The Old Spaghetti Factory, but there was a game at Roger’s Place Arena and there was no parking so we went to the Old Spaghetti Factory at West Edmonton Mall instead.

On Sunday February 25, 2018 in the morning I left to go home.

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Me waving goodbye.

“If Jesus Came To Your House” A Poem, By Lois Blanchard Eades

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If Jesus came to your house to spend a day or two,

if He came unexpectedly, I wonder what you’d do.

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Oh, I know you’d give your nicest room to such an honored Guest,

And all the food you’d serve Him would be the very best.

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And you would keep assuring Him you’re glad to have Him there,

That serving him in your home is joy beyond compare!

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But when you saw Him coming, would you meet Him at the door,

With arms outstretched in welcome to your Heavenly Visitor?

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Or would you have to change your clothes before you let Him in,

Or hide some magazines and put the Bible where they’d been?

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Would you turn off the radio and hope He hadn’t heard-

And wish you hadn’t uttered that last, loud, hasty word?

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Would you hide your worldly music and put some hymn books out?

Could you let Jesus walk right in, or would you rush about?

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And I wonder – if the Saviour spent a day or two with you-

Would you go right on doing the things you always do?

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Would you keep on saying the things you always say?

Would life for you continue as it does from day to day?

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Would your family conversation keep up its usual pace?

And would you find it hard each meal to say a table grace?

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Would you sing the songs you always sing and read the books you always read,

And let Him know the things on which your mind and spirit feed?

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Would you take Jesus with you everywhere you’d planned to go,

Or would you, maybe change your plans for just a day or so?

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Would you be glad to have Him meet your very closest friends,

Or would you hope they’d stay away until His visit ends.

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Would you be glad to have Him stay forever on and on,

Or would you sigh with great relief when He at last was gone?

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It might be interesting to know the things you would do

If Jesus came in person to spend the holidays with you.

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-Lois Blanchard Eades

December Quotes

Here are some quotes that I like and that I have recently seen.

Without Christ there can be no fulness of joy.

-Ezra Taft Benson

Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.

-H. Jackson Brown Jr.

God doesn’t just want us to memorize the Word; He wants us to become the very word that we’re are reading.

-Todd White

It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full… be grateful that you have a glass, and there is something in it…

-Unknown

If you’re suffering right now, you don’t have to pretend it’s all good. You don’t have to add “But praise God.” When Jesus was hours from crucifixion, he didn’t sing in the garden or act hyperspiritual. He was sweating blood. He asked the father for a way out. But Jesus ultimately went to that cross with joy: not a shallow consolation that knows no pain, but a joy deepened by sorrow and recognizing the hurt of humanity.

God is always trying to make you more human and not less. You can cry out in agony. In that honesty, God is establishing great character in you. Such a Christian is both happier and sadder at the same time, because they long for a better home and already have one.

-J. S. Park

Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly.

-Tony Robbins

In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.

-Andrea Dykstra

Sometimes the devil allows people to live a life free of trouble because he doesn’t want them turning to God. Their sin is like a jail cell, except it is all nice and comfy and there doesn’t seem to be any reason to leave. The door’s wide open. Till one day, time runs out, and the cell door slams shut, and suddenly it’s too late

-God’s Not Dead

I find joy in everyday, not because life is always good, but because God is.

-Unknown

We are not to look or act like other people; rather we are to look like Christ. We are to act like Christ. We are to do the things that Christ would do in the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit.

-A.W. Tozer

Twenty Seventeen

2017 was a different kind of year for me. Instead at looking at the negative things that have happened this year, I look at the positive things that happened this year.

This year I went to Cuba with the University of Regina Choirs. The top 5 things of the trip for me in no specific order was, since it was a choir trip we could sing anywhere, and we ended up singing in the airport. There was also one day where supper was half an hour late in opening so we sang while we waited for supper, and people came out of their rooms just to listen to us. That was a supper cool experience. Another top 5 was visiting a music school that had a developed choral program. As well, 6 of us rented a paddle boat when we went to the ocean one day. We also made a day trip to Vinales. The last top 5 was when we were able to perform at the end of the week with the Cuban choirs we had worked with.

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During the day trip to Vinales we went to a orchid Garden with almost 700 different types of orchids.

This one smelled like chocolate. (It really did)

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In Cuba we also went to the beach one day, amd 6 of us rented this paddle boat.

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The concert at the end of the week.

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I also attended the very first Rider game at the new Mosaic Stadium. Even though it ended in a tie.

I later attended my very first Rider game where they won. (July 7)

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My neighbour’s cat had kittens.

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I got my license.

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We also went to Hodgeville to see a display of 900+ nativity sets. Here are my top 10 in no specific order.

Every room told a different part of the Christmas story.

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The boy is playing a flute.

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Made out of popsicle sticks.

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Protected by the angel wings.

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No room at the Inn.

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Good reminder that we are always in God’s hands.

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Veggie Tales!!

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Marshmallows.

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Carved from glass.

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Older baby Jesus.

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This year I also got a fish.

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Thanks to everyone who was willing to be a part of my 2017!

The Christmas Shoes

Christmas is very fast approaching. 10 days to be exact. The time of year decorations get put up, stores get busy, the radio changes songs to Christmas carols, Christmas baking happens, and the time of year where everyone is looking forward to Christmas.

But none of those things is really what Christmas is all about.

Something I have learned this Christmas season is that you don’t need all the decorations for Christmas. We have 3 different sets of Christmas lights that we normally put up outside, and this year because of all of the circumstances that have gone on, we didn’t put up any lights. Now just because we don’t have our lights up doesn’t mean we won’t celebrate Christmas. Two days ago all we had on our Christmas tree was 3 decorations(There are more on now), but just because we haven’t done all the decorating and the baking, that doesn’t mean that we still can’t celebrate Christmas.

Christmas will still be celebrated the same if you have your Christmas tree up, or if you don’t,  if you bought lots of presents for family, or if you didn’t, if you got your hair to look like a Christmas tree, or if you didn’t, even if you didn’t bake Christmas cookies, Christmas will still be celebrated the same. Because Christmas is about Jesus Christ, not about the tree or presents, or cooking, or decorating, or shopping. I personally don’t think that when Jesus was born Mary and Joseph put up a tree in the stable.

Now I’m not saying that you can’t put up decorations, or bake cookies, or go Christmas shopping. I’m saying, don’t make that the centre of the Christmas season. Since we didn’t have a lot of decorations on our tree, or put a tree up until a few days ago, it was starting to bother me, not because we didn’t have a tree up, but because people were making it out to seem like you couldn’t celebrate Christmas without any of the things I have mentioned. Which is entirely not true, Christmas can still be celebrated because all that you need at Christmas is Jesus and the hope He brings.

I quote I have recently seen says “it’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” -anonymous. We can even take the word “give” out and put in other words, such as bake, shop… you can fill in the blank.

Yesterday as I was playing some Christmas songs on the piano I came across this song called “The Christmas Shoes” By Leonard Ahlstron and Eddie Farewell. I hope the words encourage you, and remind you the Christmas season is not all about yourself.


It was almost Christmas time, there I stood in another line
Tryin’ to buy that last gift or two, not really in the Christmas mood
Standing right in front of me was a little boy waiting anxiously
Pacing ’round like little boys do
And in his hands he held a pair of shoes

His clothes were worn and old, he was dirty from head to toe
And when it came his time to pay
I couldn’t believe what I heard him say

Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please
It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time
You see she’s been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight

He counted pennies for what seemed like years
Then the cashier said, “Son, there’s not enough here”
He searched his pockets frantically
Then he turned and he looked at me
He said Mama made Christmas good at our house
Though most years she just did without
Tell me Sir, what am I going to do,
Somehow I’ve got to buy her these Christmas shoes

So I laid the money down, I just had to help him out 
I’ll never forget the look on his face when he said
Mama’s gonna look so great

Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please
It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time
You see she’s been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight

I knew I’d caught a glimpse of heaven’s love
As he thanked me and ran out
I knew that God had sent that little boy
To remind me just what Christmas is all about

Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please
It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time
You see she’s been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight






I’ll Push You

I recently read a book called “I’ll push you written by Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck. The book is a true story about Justin and Patrick who were born less than two days apart in the same hospital. They were best friends their whole lives, they grew up together, went to school together, and were the best man in each other’s weddings. Justin was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease that took away the use of his arms and legs. The friends refused to give into despair or let physical limitation control what was possible for Justin. Justin heard about the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile trek through Spain, he wondered aloud to Patrick if the two of them would ever be able to do it. Patrick’s response was “I’ll push you.”

One part that I liked in the book is when they hear of a part of the trail that has a steep downhill grade, it has loose rocks that create a dangerous terrain for a wheelchair. They look at the map to find an alternate route, and they find a country road leading downhill to the right. In this alternate route the grass gradually thickened, and now there is a bunch of grass stuck around Patrick’s wheels of the wheelchair. The grass gets thicker the farther they go along. This two hour shortcut only saved them the first 30 feet of the terrain that they were trying to avoid in the first place.

Sometimes this can happen in our own lives where we think that taking the easier path will save us less time, but in the long run it saved us no time, and we should have just gone with the original path that was set in front of us. Shortcuts will only get us off track. The shortcut that Justin and Patrick did, took them two hours to go 30 feet. By taking shortcuts you are saying to God that you can reach your goal quicker your way, than His.” For example God promised Abraham that he would have a son, and have many descendants, but it didn’t happen right away so his wife Sarah told him to get their maid, Hagar, pregnant, and that would be the many descendants. But that wasn’t God’s plan. God gave Sarah a baby in her old age, but Sarah’s shortcut led to problems that lasted for generation (Genesis 15-16)

Someone who didn’t take shortcuts was Noah. Noah could have cut corners when he was building the ark, but when the rain came the ark would have sunk. Noah could have also thought that he didn’t need all the animals and could have just left half of them behind, and the ones that got left behind would be called extinct. But in Genesis 6:22 “Noah did everything as God commanded him to do.”

To reach what God has set out for you, I encourage you to not take shortcuts, and do things as God tells you to do them. Justin and Patrick agreed that they would not take anymore shortcuts.

My very favourite part of the book was the chapter called “Who do you think you are.” Patrick has been very upset with God for two years, that God allowed this disease to take over Justin’s life. Justin and his family came to visit Patrick and his family who lived in Idaho for a week. On Sunday everyone went to church. After the service Justin and Patrick got into a conversation with the church’s associate pastor, Ed, who knew both of them very well. Later, just Justin and Ed were speaking and Patrick overheard Ed ask Justin “if you could receive physical healing right now, would you choose it.” Patrick was certain he knew what Justin’s answer would be: “Of Course.” Justin looked up at Ed and said with authority “no.” All Patrick could think was “wait, he said no.” In that moment Patrick realised that this wasn’t his fight. He had been angry with God for the past two years because the battle he was fighting was a loosing one. His friend was slowly wasting away and there was nothing being done, so focused on his apparent need for healing, Patrick had failed to recognize what Justin really needed. He needed Patrick to step into the real battle. He needed hands and feet, Patrick’s hands and feet. The miracle had already happened. Patrick failed to see that he created a battle that Justin wasn’t fighting.

This is my favourite part of the book because many times people think that someone who is going through a trial in life would want God to take it away in the exact moment, and maybe without thinking the person with the trail would want God to take away what they are going though. But if someone (ex. me) would really stop to think about if God could take pain and suffering out of their life right now, would they want it. My answer is I wouldn’t change anything that happened health wise this year, because I can evidently see God’s grace in my life. Maybe that is the way Justin felt, through the disease that he had, maybe he became closer to God than if the disease wouldn’t have taken over his body. Some people like Patrick may become upset with God and wonder why He allowed sickness/disease to happen to people, and the person with the disease doesn’t think that at all. The person, like Patrick, has created their own battle, one that they are fighting themselves. The miracle isn’t the absence of struggle, disease or pain. It is the presence of grace.

If you haven’t read this book yet, I am encouraging you to read it. It was a book that I greatly enjoyed, and I know that you will enjoy it as well.

10 Ways to Deal With Stress

Upon request, I was asked to write about how to deal with stress. Whether it is with school, work, friends or life in general, these tips can be useful to anyone. Here are 10 ways on how to deal with stress.

  1. Manage your time. This is a big one. During my first year of University if I wouldn’t have managed my time it wouldn’t have been good and I would have been very stressed. During my first year I was going to University full time, 5 days a week, and on the weekend I would work 13 hours. I was basically working 7 days a week. If I wouldn’t have managed my time well I wouldn’t have been successful in University. Instead of spending time doing wasteful things, like go on Facebook for an hour, I would have to focus and dedicate the time to doing homework instead. I would recommend doing the things that need to be done, and then do the fun things. Or if you need to take a break, you could read a book or go on Facebook for 15 min, but don’t prioritize Social Media or hanging our with friends, before your homework is done, or don’t procrastinate until the night before when you have a big project due.
  2. Take short breaks.  Some things could include going for a walk, or reading part of a book. It should be something you enjoy.
  3. Write down things that make you stressed. Do this for a few weeks and then you will be able to see the things that make you stressed, and possibly move away from those things.
  4. Make lists. This way you can have figured out what you need to do for the day. This way you don’t have to stress because nothing is just in your mind. It is all set out for you so that you can see what you need to do.
  5. Be thankful. This may seem weird, but if you are stressed by school or work, be thankful that you can be going to school or that you do have a job. There are many people who wish they could be going to school or wish that they could have a job, but don’t.
  6. Positive self talk. Positive self talk can help you be at ease and lower stress. Negative self talk will increase stress because it will feel like everything is going wrong.
  7. Talk to someone. This can also tie in with positive self talk. Sometimes stress can block your judgement on the things going on in your life. Talking to someone can also relieve stress. This week I’ve talked to a few friends, and they have been able to put things in perspective for me. Without talking to them I probably would still be stressed/upset.
  8. Smile. I know that just because you smile it doesn’t mean that you’re always happy. But sometimes our face can be connected with our emotions. I know smiling doesn’t always work, but smiling could remove some of the tension and stress that you have.
  9. Sleep. Try to get the same amount of sleep each night. I know for me lately it takes me forever to fall asleep, sometimes over an hour, just because I have so much on my mind. Things that you can do before bed so that you will not be stressed is you can read a book before going to bed, take a warm shower. For me I relax so that when I want to go to bed, that time is part of the hour that it takes me to fall asleep. (Sometimes that works for me and sometimes it doesn’t.)
  10. Don’t worry about what other people say/think about you. I know lots of my stress lately has been coming from what people say/think I should be doing, or what I think people are thinking about me. You don’t need other people to approve what you are doing in your life. The sooner that you don’t worry about what other people think, the less stressed you will be.

 

Here are my 10 tips for dealing with stress. This is not an exclusive list. There are many more things that can help you manage your stress. I hope this list is able to be of help to you.