Gray Hair

As I lay in bed, it is a rare occasion when my husband has fallen asleep before me. We had been watching a movie together and he fell asleep.

As I sat beside him, I ran my fingers through his hair. It is now peppered with gray. I don’t usually notice it, and it certainly doesn’t bother me.

As I ran my fingers through his hair, I felt a deep sense of love for my husband. He has worked hard to provide for his family. He has worked hard to be a good husband. And he has done well at these things. For almost 18 years we have lived our lives together. I am blessed to call him my husband. He is my anchor and my help mate. He is my biggest supporter and my biggest fan. I could not have asked God to provide me with a better husband than he has.

As for the sprinkling of gray hair, I see it as the well earned mark of a loving husband and father, provider and best friend. I am truly blessed to have been his wife for the past 17 and a half years and I am hopeful that that number can easily triple as we live our life together.

As for the gray hair, it is a daily reminder of my husband’s loving faithfulness to me and his family, and I think it looks good on him.

Signs of a Son Growing into Maturity

This afternoon I was dropping off my 2 daughters at a play date and picking up my son’s best friend for a sleep over.

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As my son got back into the van with his best friend I heard him say something that made my heart soar.

My son said to his friend, “You didn’t bring your laptop, right?” His friend said, “no.” My son said, “But you brought that new game, right?” His friend said “yes.” Then my son said, “We have to play with my little brother today because I promised him we’d both play with him for awhile.” His friend said, “OK.”

I just pretended not to hear. But my heart soared. I don’t make him play with his little brother when his friends are over. After all, there’s 9 years between them. Besides, his little brother has been behaving incredibly selfishly and been doing mean things to him over the past several days. Granted mostly he’s trying to get his big brother’s attention. But his behaviour isn’t acceptable regardless of his motives.

So, knowing this, for my 14 year old to make this promise to his 5 year old little brother, it was a moment for a mother to treasure.

For my son’s best friend to respect this, also another treasured moment. My son has made very good friend choices.

For my son to make sure that his best friend followed our “digital free – device free” Christmas break rule…a definite sign of maturity. He and his best friend usually spend most of their time playing games on-line.

So, my son is growing up…and learning to make great choices all on his own – without my prompting or hinting. I am SO proud of him!

Landmark Theatres (previously Empire Theatre)

Recently Landmark purchased Empire Theatres.

The movies are slightly cheaper to see and the refreshments save you even more over Cineplex.

The other bonus…for a mere $.39 you can upsize your combo to a large. Not only do you get more popcorn and pop…you get free refills of both during your show. (But only on large)

The Costco vouchers are a dollar cheaper than Cineplex and you get 2 movie entrances and 2 popcorn and 2 drinks. Cineplex is 2 movie entrances and 1 popcorn and 2 drinks.

Kids up to age 13 are $10.99 for Cineplex vouchers including kid combo and movie entrance. Landmark is $9.99 from Costco

Adult 2 entrances and 1 popcorn and 2 drinks for Cineplex is $25.99. Landmark is 2 entrances and 2 popcorn and 2 drinks for $24.99 from Costco

So, we figure the Cineplex Scene club doesn’t make up the difference. So we are choosing Landmark instead.

Fond Farewells

This morning we officially said farewell to our church and “family” of the past 12 years. We have truly “lived” life with this group of people. We have shared joys, triumphs, sorrows, tragedies, heartaches, victories, defeats. We have prayed together, studied, and fellowshipped as one body. Our church has grown tremendously in numbers and heart. I dare say one would be hard-pressed to find a more welcoming, caring, and loving group of people.

It was bittersweet to be prayed over by our dear friends, knowing that we have but 1 more week together before our family moves onto our next adventure.

Several months ago our family decided to look into becoming a part of a new church plant that was taking place in the Northern part of our great city of Calgary. Our church was a supporting church of this new church launch.

After first praying and then meeting with our pastor and then with the pastor of the new church we decided to take the journey and join the launch team. For the past several months we have been still attending our home church and participating fully there, but also meeting weekly with the new launch team for the new church.

We are excited to be blessed to be a part of Northern Hills Church which will meet for the first time publicly Sunday Jan 19, 2014 at 10 am. We will be meeting at Landmark Theaters in Country Hills (formerly Empire Theaters).

However, we will miss dearly our church friends and family at Rosscarrock Church of Christ. We came to this little church 12 years ago (almost exactly). We had a 6 week old daughter and an almost 3 year old son. We have had 3 children here and have been blessed to have this wonderful group of people come alongside us and be our “family” when we had none nearby. These wonderful people have loved us like their own and truly helped and supported us as we have raised our 5 children.

It has been our blessing to be a part of this church family, and we will indeed miss them dearly!

However, we aren’t going anywhere and the city isn’t so big. We will stay in touch, and we are only a phone call away!

But, now in a few short weeks our new adventure in a brand new congregation begins. We are excited for this too, even while we are sad for what we are leaving.

Christmas Movies

Every Christmas break we have the tradition of taking the entire family to see a movie. This year we were going to see Frozen.

We tried to go on Friday, but it wasn’t to be. We tried again today, but it was sold out a half hour before the show.

So, instead we saw “Walking With The Dinosaurs.” It wasn’t at all what I expected. Jason just about tuned himself out when the BBC logo came across the screen, declaring it was a BBC Earth production. However, he hung in there.

The movie was actually pretty good. It was educational. When a new species of Dinosaurs is introduced the bird narrator tells the actual dinosaur name and what it eats and sometimes a few interesting trivial facts about it. Then the name flashes across the screen. It was OK though. It just made me think, “This’ll be the new educational movie played on the half day before Christmas in schools.” But that’s OK. The story line was pretty much a repeat of Land Before Time. However, it kept our attention anyways.

It isn’t a movie I’d watch over and over again. However, my children might. And my 5 year old son certainly would. All my kids enjoyed it. It did have a few scary parts, and loads of toilet humor. But it was pretty funny.

So, all said I’m glad we gathered our gift cards and Scene points and free child vouchers to go and see it.

Frozen, well we’ll see. We’ve given it 2 tries…I’m not sure if I’m up for a 3rd or if it’ll wait for Blu-ray….I guess it’ll depend on how crazy the kids are driving me next week! LOL!

As for Saving Mr Banks…definitely a date night for Jason and I.

The older 2 still want to see Catching Fire and we have the vouchers already so hopefully this week we’ll see that one too.

We may see more movies over Christmas Break than we saw the entire year…