Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Another thing we love are the small businesses in town. They don't look like much (our town probably isn't the prettiest in the world although some of the century homes in the older part of town are lovely) but they are friendly and you would be surprised at what you can buy. Our local pharmacy is great. As Dh says, you probably wouldn't want to go there to get Viagara in case you run into someone but the pharmacists are incredibly helpful and put you at your ease.
Every small town needs a good Chinese restaurant and while the menu focus is on chicken balls and fried rice, they make wonderful soups. I love the San Woo beef soup, Dh is partial to the hot and sour and Pk loves the wonton.
Who knew that in a town this size, we would have a great little whole foods shop. They have organic and natural meats, eggs, dairy, fruit, vegs and all kinds of healthier packaged stuff. I love it because again, everyone is one a first name basis. Katie, who is usually on when we go in, knows our routine. We enter, grab a gala apple for Pk, Katie takes it in the back and washes it and Pk happily munches while I shop. Pk calls it the "apple store". Dh is a true carnivore and if I take him with me, we always come back with some kind of sausage or nitrate free meat snack of some kind.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
These photos don't do the church justice. I adore it. It is light, airy and totally simple - very much a Presbyterian church. The space is flexible and elegant, perfect as a multipurpose place in the community with a focus on welcoming people into God's house. Our motto is "People discovering what it means to follow Jesus in our time." They tried to design the church building with our faith and beliefs in mind.
This morning, worship was for our members. It was very moving and the sense of excitement was palpable. This afternoon, we did the official "dedication" for the "mukety mucks". As my parents said, in their 50+ years in the denomination, they have been to church closings but never an opening. This is such an exciting time for us. The place was packed and filled with optimism.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
(Don't ask me where the hair that appears to be somewhat curly comes from... yes, it is in part bedhead but she does seem to have a bit of a wave in there - I know she wasn't switched at the hospital, I promise).
The rest of the morning tends to be pretty laid back. I love having the windows open and hearing the birds in the trees. Pk really enjoys watching her favourite show, Raspberry Jazzberry Jam (I don't generally stick her in front of the t.v. but I don't think the odd Saturday morning cartoon did me any harm) and I get to check out my blogs that I follow (an insanely long list these days). We usually go to her music class at 9:30 and that's when the more normal, frenzied pace of our life resumes but Saturday morning provides us with this wonderful, restful window.
My two are at the top of the picture, we have a visitor this weekend, Tess and she is in the bottom left. Pk is in heaven because she adores the dogs.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Peter Speaks to the Onlookers11While the beggar held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon's Colonnade. 12When Peter saw this, he said to them: "Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? 13The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.
17"Now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. 18But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Christ; " would suffer. 19Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. 21He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. 22For Moses said, 'The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. 23Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from among his people.
24"Indeed, all the prophets from Samuel on, as many as have spoken, have foretold these days. 25And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, 'Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.' 26When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways."
Peter and John Before the Sanhedrin1The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. 2They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 3They seized Peter and John, and because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day.4But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand.
5The next day the rulers, elders and teachers of the law met in Jerusalem.6Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and the other men of the high priest's family. 7They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: "By what power or what name did you do this?"
8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: "Rulers and elders of the people! 9If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, 10then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11He is
" 'the stone you builders rejected,
which has become the capstone. 12Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
13When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.14But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. 15So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. 16"What are we going to do with these men?" they asked. "Everybody living in Jerusalem knows they have done an outstanding miracle, and we cannot deny it. 17But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn these men to speak no longer to anyone in this name."
18Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19But Peter and John replied, "Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God. 20For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard."
21After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. 22For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.
Wow! Just think about this. This is Peter, the guy who couldn't do anything right. Peter who bore the brunt of Jesus' criticism. Peter, who sank in the water, who cut off the soldiers ear and who denied Jesus not once but three times. Peter was a fisherman without an education and yet here he was, speaking with clarity and wisdom and the Spirit. If Peter could do this in God, what about the rest of us???
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Thanks for any ideas!