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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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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Someone Sprouted Wings

Someone Sprouted Wings

It’s been said of Canadians, that we’re not particularly patriotic…. UNTIL we go abroad, and I’d say there’s some truth to that. When Canadian young people travel abroad, you are almost undoubtedly going to see them brandish a Canadian flag on their jacket or backpack.

For this reason, when Dominic jetted off to Spain this week, we couldn’t let him go without a little bit of Canadiana and his backpack bore a little Canadian pin.

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The Lord Provides

The Lord Provides

One of the thoughts / worries / doubts (not sure what to call it really) that has dogged me nearly continually since we arrived in France is ‘We don’t have the right tools to get the job done.’

I was trying to do some clean-up in the church yard yesterday and after having had the chain saw tuned up & the blade changed, the guy tested it out & it ran well. Yesterday however, I spent the better part of two hours or more, priming, choking & pulling the cord, but do you think that foolish thing would start? Nuh-huh.

“Yet again,” I thought, “we either don’t have the right tools or what we do have doesn’t work.”

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1 Month… Say What!?

1 Month… Say What!?

There have been times, every now and again, where I’ve missed a week, perhaps two, but as I sit down to write this morning, I realize that it’s been a full month since I’ve touched base via the blog.

Oh, it’s not as though I’ve really ‘touched base’ though other means either though, at the expense of the blog. Sometimes, there’s just not enough ‘umption to gumption’ as my grandma used to say.

Sure, things have been a bit busy – but that’s never really stopped me from fitting in some blog time in the past. Hmmm… Not quite sure how to diagnose the patient other than to say I guess I just haven’t been feeling it.

Want to play ‘catch-up’, the March version?

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