Saturday, August 30, 2014

Two of the reasons my childhood was awesome!


Okay so Mom and Dad both have birthdays coming up soon, so I thought I would write a post about a few of my favourite memories growing up.


My mom's birthday is coming up first so I think she will go first.  To be honest I am pretty sure I had the most wild imagination out of anyone growing up, add in my extreme passive aggressiveness and you have a child that does things like tearing wall paper off of the wall when she is put in time out, and spending many hours dancing around the living room.  One of my favourite memories from where I was younger was our Mother-Daughter dates.  There are two in particular that I remember very well.  My mom introduced me to the world of ballet around the age of 3 or 4.  She took me to go see The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky.  I had the book growing up and I listened to the tape endlessly.  I was so captivated by the ballerinas and I remember the sugar plumb fairy scene in particular.  It was so beautiful!  This started my journey into dance.  Another memory I had was when we went to Summer Hill Farm.  This is a wonderful place.  It is basically a farm that was turned into a restaurant and a boutique shop. My mom let me pick out one thing. I choose a bar of lavender soap, and to this day lavender is one of my favourite scents.



I also have two favourite memories with my dad.  We are both huge scifi fans.  I can remember sneaking in to watch star trek while I was supposed to be in bed.  I blame the wrinkles on my forehead from all of the hours I spent as a child trying to look like Worf. I have always had a love of space and astronomy.  I will always remember when I was in third grade my dad let me watch Star Wars.  You may be thinking "so what, what is so special about that?"  Well the best part was it was during the Perseid and the Orionid showers that I got to stay up late watching Star Wars so we could sit outside in lawn chairs later watching the meteor showers.  One of my other favourite memories is when the Lord of the Rings movies were coming out.  We always made a point of going opening night-even if we had to drive 45 minutes away to the town of Fosston to get tickets.  The night of the Two Towers release we went to the Great Wall Buffet.  For some reason they had the best crab legs there.  To this day we still call it the "Two Towers Crab."

Well Happy Birthday Mom and Dad!  I love you!



Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Singing in the storm

Sometimes you get thrown challenges out of nowhere.  It is how you deal with those challenges that makes you who you are.




I got in a car accident when I was 18 and sprained my upper and lower spine.  It usually does not cause me problems except lately my entire back is throbbing.  I think a lot of this is due to the stress in my life, but I have also been hauling boxes of books around lately so I think that is part of it too.

Anyway the point of this post was not to throw a pity party, so here is the point.  I went up in church to receive prayer for my back.  As per usual God was not content with just dealing with my physical pain.  A person told me that when I am feeling down I need to sing.  I doesn't really matter what or how I sing, just to sing.

So I thought why not, what is the harm?

There have been some tough challenges in my life this week that have been slightly overwhelming so I tried this singing this and it has greatly helped me.  One of the songs I have had stuck in my head is a song we used to sing in school so I thought I would share it:

When the storm roars,
When the storm roars,
When the storm roars all around,
HEY!

When the storm roars,
When the storm roars,
When the storm roars all around,
HEY!

I am weak,
But He is strong,
By His strength we move along.

When the storm roars,
When the storm roars,
When the storm roars all around,
HEY!