“Long” time no see!

“Long” time no see!

See what I did there? 🙂

6 weeks…. it’s been 6 weeks (!!!) since we’ve sat down to catch up over coffee.

Hard to believe but true… Part of the reason was just the nature of August this year… let me sum up August with 3-4 main themes: Car, Construction, Covering Ground and Cracking the Books:

Ready to dive in? Let’s go…

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Anniversary and… “Gutted”

Anniversary and… “Gutted”

It almost feels like home.

To date, our weather this summer has been more ‘East Coast of Canada’ than it has been what we’ve typically experienced in western France. The past couple of years has seen us suffering from temperatures in the high 30s and low 40s, but this year… we’re pulling out sweaters… even during the day on rainy days where temps between 19 and 22ËšC have not been uncommon.

I’m not complaining…

you, on the other hand, would definitely have reason to complain, given the lack of regularity with my blogging of late. Not sure what is up…. but I’ve definitely fallen off the wagon. Let’s try to climb back on shall we….

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Canada & France

Canada & France

What could be more Canadian than combining red & white?
What could be more French than lavender?

Put them together and you have the story of our life…

This year, when potting up a small fig tree I rooted, I opted to surround the base with red & white petunias. Such a vibrant contrast was going to be my little nod to home. I’d taken lots of cuttings from the two mother petunia plants & figured I’d fill several flower boxes in time for July 1st (Canada Day). Alas, the snails & slugs made quick work of the poor, defenseless cuttings and only a couple survived.

The potted fig is in a spot surrounded by several lavender plants… also started from rooted cuttings.

Like this image… our life is a place where cultures collide… France and Canada connect…

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Just Came Through Father’s Day

Just Came Through Father’s Day

Mother’s Day, near as I can tell, is a moving target and there’s always a little nagging question in the back of our minds… “Is it this week? …in North America it’s ___, but in Belgium it’s ___. Hmm.. is France the same?”

Every. Blessed. Year.
(thank heavens for Google!)

Father’s day is a little better, but not much. While it’s the same, in France, as back home, it still falls a week later than celebrations in Belgium (where Liz’s dad is). Still, we managed to get everyone in and celebrated rather uniquely here. I’ll get to that, but first, let’s get caught up.

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Everyday Miracle in the Bee-Yard

Everyday Miracle in the Bee-Yard

Keeping my fingers crossed, but it seems like things have more or less finally come to order in the bee-yard. It’s been a relatively long time coming this year.

I’m someone who experiences the Lord in church, yes, of course, but also someone who is amazed by what he does in and through his creation. Since we’ve been in the height of bee-season over the past couple of months… that means seeing him at work in the hives.

Today’s post is a little longer than usual, so grab an extra big coffee. 🙂
You in?

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Pentecost in Châtellerault

Pentecost in Châtellerault

Today’s feature image is of the island pavilion at Dampierre Castle, outside of Paris. It looks beautiful from a distance, but up close, the need for renovation is evident. Plaster and mortar are crumbling, windows are broken and the sparse furnishings inside are in advanced disrepair, due to their exposure to the elements.

Sometimes we can be a bit like that, in varying degrees. All looks good from a distance, but when you get up close… not all is as it seems. Pentecost is the answer to that.

Shall we have a quick “coffee chat”?

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Church Growth Lesson from the Bees

Church Growth Lesson from the Bees

If it seems like I’m talking a lot about the bees lately, it’s likely because Spring is the busiest time for beekeepers. It’s the time when the colonies are coming out of winter and expanding rapidly because there’s just so much in blossom. With lots of nectar coming in, the queen starts laying profusely and colonies are sensitive to Spring weather fluctuations. If it’s cold and wet (as April & bits of May have been), not only is there less nectar available, but they consume the nectar that they’ve already collected, as opposed to storing it for honey.

So… let me tell you a bit about the week and then share what the bees taught me about church growth.

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Amazement in 4 Yards

Amazement in 4 Yards

Have you ever seen honey-bee eggs before?

If you look closely at the feature pic associated with today’s post, you’ll see what look like little, white grains of rice at the bottom of the cells of the bees-wax comb. Those are bee eggs.

When I think about them, I’m amazed at God’s creativity.

Let’s take a quick look back at the week…

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