Saturday, July 29, 2006

Youth Ministries Institute

So Trevor's featured this month on the YMI "Salt of the Earth" section. Every month a different youth leader from around the Alberta-British Columbia District of the Lutheran Church-Canada has a profile posted there - kind of a way of networking the leaders.
That's my husband - special, hey? :)
If you're a youth worker, check out the rest of the site, even if you're not Lutheran! :) There's lots of cool stuff on it.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Light the Night

My work is having a team in the Light the Night walk in September, to fundraise for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It's 5km - maybe I should train!
If you're interested in sponsoring me, or just want more info, go here...0r you could always just talk to me... :)

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Sad Day for Third Day...

I heard some people I know talking about this, so I thought I'd check it out. It's one thing to have an opinion, but it's a totally different story when you get the facts wrong...sad day. :(

July 17, 2006
Live Review: Third Day in Calgary
By ROB HONZELL -- Calgary Sun

Things About Me...

A) Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. Office assistant to a Member of Parliament
2. Cook’s apprentice
3. Bagel baker
4. File clerk

B) Four movies I would watch over and over:
1. The original Star Wars (I guess that’s technically three…)
2. The Emperor’s New Groove
3. Lilo and Stitch
4. Gosford Park

C) Four places I have lived besides Calgary:
1. Comox, BC
2. Greenwood, NS
3. Waverley, NS
4. Victoria, BC

D) Four TV shows I love to watch:
1. Canadian Idol
2. Arrested Development
3. Stargate SG1 and Atlantis
4. Boston Legal

E ) Four places I have been on vacation:
1. Hawaii
2. Nova Scotia
3. PEI
4. Washington, Oregon and northern California (that was a special road trip – gotta love family vacations…)

F) Websites visited (almost) daily:
1. Friend’s blogs
2. MSN news
3. TEC forum
4. for the 9 Chickweed Lane comic

G ) Four of my favourite foods:
1. Spaghetti (but only the way I make it…)
2. Chocolate
3. Fruit (or chocolate-dipped fruit)
4. McDonald’s fries

H) Four places I would rather be right now:
(Not in any specific order – and if I could manage all of them at once, I’d be a very happy girl….)
1. Sleeping
2. Hanging out with friends
3. At a youth gathering
4. Reading in the sun

If you want to play this fun game too, copy and paste this to your blog, after putting in your own answers. Then post your blog address in my comments, so more people know to check it out.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Lots of Findings...

I found a few cool things this weekend - did you know there's mini golf at COP? It's only $9/person, and it's nice and green with little waterfalls. It was an enjoyable way to spend an hour, even if Trevor did win! Anne Marie and I did each get a hole-in-one though, which he didn't. :)

We also met "Arrested Development", this special TV show about a nutty family and how they deal with their father going to jail. It's pretty funny, but not what you'd call a family show! Not as bad as some of the stuff out there though, so I'm happy with it.

I found this awesome recipe for making BBQ ribs in the crock pot, and gave it a try - it was yummy, yummy!

And I found out that I'm on the Conference Team (like a small group leader) for TEC 44, which is really cool. I worked it once before, and I really enjoyed it. And most exciting, my youth that I sponsored to go on the last TEC is on Conference as well. Yay God! So cool...

Earlier in the week, we went to see Pirates of the Caribbean, and it was really good. The ick factor was a little higher (if you haven't seen it, and wonder how it can get any ickier then animated corpses, just you wait and see!) but the story was good, and I only screamed and jumped once. It totally left things hanging - I don't know how I'm going to be able to wait a whole year to find out what happens next...

Today I found out that Calgary is planning a new central library - for 2012! It's so strange to think of stuff actually happening then and being around for it - I read so much Science Fiction, I tend to forget that we're almost there, you know what I mean? In the early to mid-1900's, there was such a fascination with life after the millennium, and now that we're there, it's really not that exciting. But it's a little strange to see the dates as being in my lifetime - so surreal!

Monday, July 24, 2006

Bethel BBQ

Are you interested in helping start a new church in south Calgary? Join us for a BBQ on Wednesday night - follow the link for more info!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Break Forth 2007

I found something cool - if you sign up to volunteer for 15 hours at Break Forth, you get free registration! So we're signing up - there's jobs for everything from security to registration to transportation to photographers to hospitality to first aid to sound. It's first come, first chosen, so we're filling out our forms tonight to get them in right away.

Casting Crowns is going to be there this time, and I'm really going just for that! But Brian Doerkson, Robin Mark and the Newsboys will all be there again too - they have been highlights for me in the past.

If you're interested in joining us, information is here:
And the forms are here:

Let me know if you want to carpool!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006


So I really did mean to post more pictures from the Okanagan, but life kind of got in the way...

Our youth group went to the ABC District Youth Gathering and it was awesome. We left Thursday afternoon, and rode a really cushy bus for a TERRIBLY grueling hour and a half. That beats Greyhound any day! The theme was "LINKED", from Romans 8:28-29. Let's see if I can remember it... "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, neither height nor depth nor anything in all of creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." I think that's right...but the point of it is that we are Linked with God.

For me, there were a couple highlights of the Gathering - other than seeing a ton of friends, some of whom I haven't seen in ages - the first was the Passion Play ( on Friday evening. It was the third time for me, but they had a new script this year, which was really cool. It was narrated, and had a bit more humour, and was way more tear-jerking. There was this awesome bit where the possessed "Man of the Tombs" was reunited with his family that really got me started - I've never given him much thought before, but when I went to Matthew and read the story, it does mention Jesus telling the man to go to his family. So cool, and the 400 some volunteers it takes to put on the play did an amazing job. So did the donkey and the sheep...all that was missing was a llama :)

On Saturday morning, while the kids were at Bible study, I snagged a bit of time alone with God, under a tree, with my Bible and some music on my laptop, which was so refreshing. I really need to do that more often. (I had some more time for that on Sunday too, and then my battery died when I was in the middle of saving something, which was a little stressfull!) The best part of Saturday though, was some totally groovy worship music in the evening. My kids really liked it, and it was a lot of fun. We had some debriefing time in the evening, just us girls, and there was some cool stuff going on. I love Foothills' youth - they are just fantastic. I've been very blessed!

If you're interested in pictures of the Gathering, follow the links on the side to Jason's and Scott's websites - I still have a film camera, so it'll be a week or so for my pictures.

It really sucked to leave on Sunday, but we headed back to Calgary, and Chris, Kevin, Scott, Sarah, Trevor and I were off to the Stampede to see Starfield, Chris Tomlin and Third Day. While we were wandering around before the concert, Sarah and I discovered the most exciting food I've ever tasted - even better then Crave cupcakes. We bought a big piece of cheesecake on a skewer, dipped in melted chocolate. I took a bite and thought I'd died and gone to heaven right there. All the stress just melted away, and I nearly had to sit down. It was the most amazing taste sensation ever! I couldn't stop good...

It was a little strange - I kept expecting to see youth there, and I found I really missed them. The guys sat in a box, and Sarah and I had 6th row seats, right in the middle section. It was SO cool! I could take or leave Starfield, and I'd never been much of a Chris Tomlin fan, but I am now. He's an amazing worship leader - very humble. He called "We Fall Down" "just a little song", which I found really ironic. It was more like a worship service then a concert, which I really enjoyed. God and I talked about some stuff, and the next day I ended up doing something I didn't really want to do, but that he was definitely telling me to, so we'll see what comes of that. If I don't chicken out and run away again, anyway. :)

I went for Third Day, and they were good, but after the worship set with Chris Tomlin, it was a little jarring to be blasted with rock music. They did slip back in to the worship groove eventually, though. If you're interested, there's pictures of that up on the Third Day website at Maybe you'll be able to pick me and Sarah out of the crowd! By the time the concert was over, I was so wired - it's been years and years since I've been on a God-high like that - it was pretty cool - I've missed the groove we used to have when life was a lot more of a struggle for me. I find it really ironic that it was when my life was at it's worst that I had the best relationship with God, and now that things are pretty hunky-dory I tend to forget about working at my relationship with him. It makes me sad! After the weekend, I crashed pretty hard this morning, what with Sarah going home and me having to go back to work. Blech...

I need to find a job that I'm more passionate about - any suggestions?

So to sum up this weekend, I've decided that heaven is going to be like a giant youth gathering with lots of good friends, awesome worship music...and chocolate-dipped cheesecake on a stick. What more could you ask for? :)

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Smoke-free Calgary

One of Calgary's aldermen, Diane Colley-Urquhart, is in support of a smoke-free Calgary, and she's running a web poll on her website.
Vote for a smoke-free Calgary so I can go to pubs with my friends without having an allery attack!

Monday, July 10, 2006

In Memory

HAYES, Godfrey ( "Skinny ")
Harry Captain Godfrey Harry ( "Skinny ") Hayes, DSC OMM CD RCN, retired, born August 12, 1919, died peacefully July 6, 2006 with his family around him. A valiant and much-decorated Navy veteran and a man who lived his life with honour and integrity, he will be missed by the large Hayes clan and his many friends and colleagues.
Predeceased by Pam, his cherished wife of 56 years, he is missed by children Jinny, Michael (Maggie), Stephen (Maureen), David (Pat), and Liz (Richard), as well as grandchildren David, Paul Justus (Lisa), Sean (Audrey), Caitlin, Patrick, Jennifer, Matthew, Stephanie, Jillian, Heather, and Janet, and great-grandchildren Macy, Emmy and Alexander. He is also lovingly remembered by special extended family members, Julia, Janice and Jeff.
We know he cherished the long friendships of his life and took strength from the unconditional support of friends and family during his five-year struggle with cancer. He often said, "I've had a good run. " We are sure he would now add, "Damn the torpedoes! Full steam ahead! "
A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m., on Wednesday July 12th, at St. Paul's Anglican Church, 1379 Esquimalt Rd., with reception to follow at the new Naden Wardroom, on Signal Hill, at the end of Esquimalt Road.In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist from 7/9/2006 - 7/10/2006.

The Hayes family welcomed me at their family events when I was a teenager with a rough home life. They made a huge difference in those years, and I enjoyed every minute of my time with them. I remember Papa fondly – it is so painful to think of him not being there anymore.
Heather and your family - you are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of loss.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Pictures from the Okanagan Part 1

It's been a long time since I posted, but the size of this one is going to make up for it!
We had a fabulous vacation - lots of sunshine and not doing much. We saw a bunch of friends - Joel and Jodie, Kristin, Chauntille, Ian, Lisa, Dana (and Adrianna and Maria), Aunt Linda, Uncle Larry, Aunt Sharon and my cousin Laura! We visited a couple of cool churches - First Lutheran Kelowna and St. John Vernon. Trevor got to play with the sound board in Vernon, which made him very happy. :)

Here's my road tripping llama...

This is a baby alpaca...can I get an "awwww"?

Does this mean it's ok to hit them if you're only doing 50?

This is our campsite, facing away from the lake. It was pretty quiet and shady during the week, but it got pretty crowded for the long weekend.

This is the Summerhill winery. It's all organic, and they age the wine in a pyriamid that apparently has some mystical earth connection because of its shape that makes the wine taste better. I don't know about that, but the free samples tasted pretty good! :)

These are the cute ducks that visited our campsite. I love ducks - they look so funny when the waddle.