Many traditionalists believe that church culture is the same as basic tenets of the faith. Challenging custom is then synonymous with challenging the faith. They are always right. As jean Vanier ( founder of L’Arche) once said, “You can be right. You can be dead right and bring death to all those around you.” A young woman,…… Continue reading Spiritual Freedom: When We no Longer Need To PROVE That We Are Right
Anthony wore his costume everywhere Anthony’s outfit was my little guy’s salute to his three heroes- Batman, Zorro and the Canadian Mounted Police. Anthony, my second youngest, had a marvellous imagination, creating dramatic play scenarios like intense sword fights with invisible villains. By the time he was two and a half, he insisted on wearing…… Continue reading I’m Batman Foevaaa
Do you have any idea the trouble that farm animals can get into? Every single time Michael, my husband, attends a conference or leaves for a long weekend, something goes wrong on our hobby farm. Just two months ago, my husband was gone for two weeks and a total of ten accidents and catastrophes…… Continue reading Raccoons Blew The Transformer, The Dog Ate The Turkey ….
I am wired to function emotionally just like a vacuum cleaner,sucking up all my children’s pain. Likewise, my children are compassionate vacuum cleaners as well, who attract other people’s negative emotions. They are all aware that they learned this dysfunctional behaviour not only from observing Michael and me in action but also because they have inherited this trait from…… Continue reading Playing God
A debate between two pre-schoolers “Someone just called my name. I think it was God!” It was early evening. We often played musical beds at bedtime because the younger children liked the security of a sibling or two falling asleep with them, especially when older brothers and sisters were still up and having fun. So…… Continue reading A Theological Debate: Child’s Play
the baby crawling cruiser The pivotal point, where Anthony’s crawling speed accelerated dramatically, was when he discovered the bowl of dog food. Life was especially chaotic after the birth of our eighth and ninth children because everyone was still fourteen and under. It was difficult to keep a sharp eye out for my new bundle…… Continue reading My Baby EATS Dogfood?!
Credit: family friend Suddenly my passive baby mutated into a travelling disaster This run-about-baby’s exploits are simply legendary. The terrible twos. Do those words send shivers down your spine like they do mine? Those two little words evoke many awful and amusing scenarios but the most dramatic usually involved my fourth child, David. As a…… Continue reading The Terrible Twos