Sunday, November 5, 2017


How did November sneak up on us so fast? How is it that Christmas is almost here? How is it that our time in Vietnam is coming to a close? How is it that I signed an illustrating contract for 3 books? (I cannot wait to share this with you guys!) How is it that I do not know what is coming and as the time draws closer... I am still breathing, standing in the hallway, waiting for a door to open? How is it that everything is going crazy fast, and I am experiencing under all of the crazy a calm sense of peace... 

...because my word for the year is Trust. Trust. So many ups and downs this year, emotional highs and lows... when I look back on 2017 it will be one for the books. But through all of this, Trust is my word. When you get the word Trust for the year... you know it will take all of the courage you can muster to trust. 

Throughout this year, there have been many opportunities for me to flex my trust muscles, and it usually looked a lot like me with tears streaming down my face, fists balled up, quietly whispering, "But why... I know I don't need to know... but why... can't You at some point just tell me....this isn't how it's suppose to go, this isn't what I want, I know You know best, but can I have an opinion?  I know Father, you know best, I know that... but can't we just... ok... I love you, and I trust you. "  

I am not the only person in the world whose life looks messy, whose ups and downs feel like the highest highs and the lowest lows... I know that some of you are out there trusting, hoping, praying... don't ever give up!  Continue on this journey of trusting Him. I know that throughout the entire journey of my life, His ways are better than mine... yet I still question. I'm doing that less now... but I still do. 

There is a country song, that has the line "oh I thank God, for unanswered prayers" as I look back on my life's journey, I can whisper those words unapologetically. I admit that I thank God for unanswered prayers, and I thank God that I can trust Him.

This verse has been a song in my heart this year...

Let me hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, for I trust in You. Teach me the way I should go for I lift up my soul to You.  
Psalm 143:8 

As this year comes to a close... this verse will be on my desktop, to remember... I trust Him... and I know He will show me where to go, which path to take, and I can have confidence in Him to know, He's got this... I can let go, and let God...

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

It's October!

It's October! You know what that means for Canadians? It's Thanksgiving time!

My American friends celebrate in November, but we Canadians celebrate in October. Some say it's because our harvest comes sooner, annnnnnd so does our winter...brrr. The first known Canadian Thanksgiving happened by the explorer Martin Frobisher in 1578 on the island now known as Newfoundland. Thankful for a safe journey across the treacherous Atlantic Ocean..

We celebrate now for many different reason, and we all have them. In our culture which is no longer agrarian for most people, we still take time to give thanks for our year, our health, our personal tidbits and favourites. Some celebrate the season merely because the Pumpkin Spice Latte hits the store, but I think it goes much deeper than that.

Gratitude in every day of our lives is required to live a fruitful life. We must take the time to stop and look around and show gratitude, speak gratitude, and live gratitude. In the world we live in today, it is so important. Waking up safe and warm is something to be thankful for. A hot cup of coffee, breakfast, running water- all worth celebrating and being filled with gratitude over. The simple things we take for granted, others don't have... the world we live in doesn't give those opportunities to all.

So in this month of Thanksgiving, let's give thanks for all of the things we are grateful for, our families, our friends, our experiences, our meals, our coffee, our dogs, our jobs, our lives... in everything give thanks.

Print of these reminders... and in everything... Give Thanks, live gratitude, and...
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Sunday, September 24, 2017

I wonder...

I wonder if coffee thinks about me too... I mean, what if it's addicted to me? not the other way around. I went to bed last night dreaming of my morning cup of coffee... it makes my heart so happy to take time in the morning to brew a little cup of coffee. Ok, who am I kidding, a GIANT cup of coffee. But I do brew them one at a time, and nope not a Keurig... I'm a french press kinda girl, but here in Vietnam we have these little metal filters, it's basically the same idea as a french cup, it's a slow pour over... it takes FOREVER to filter, but it is totally worth the wait.

Don't get me wrong, if you come to Vietnam and order a Vietnamese black coffee it will knock your socks off, be as thick as mud, and taste like no other coffee in the world. Trust me. Here they brew robusta coffee- Robusta is often used as a coffee filler in canned coffee, it has less of a glorious flavour, but still tastes, looks, smells, like coffee.  Generally most coffees that we think about would be made either with a mix of robusta and arabica or be 100% arabica... Not sure how I got into this little coffee definition moment, but there you go, now you know :) Great coffee conversation if you're ever in an awkward silence at a dinner party, or work thing.

With so many things in life changing... every day something new is on the horizon, what's next, where will we be in 1 year, who will we be in 1 year... I don't really know, what I do know is that God has a plan, that His plan is better than my plan, and that I can Trust Him. Even though everything is up in the air, one thing I know for sure, is that tomorrow morning, I will be brewing Kicking Horse 454 Horsepower Coffee... and I'm already thinking about it. See I wonder... does coffee think about me too?

In a world of constant change, what do you rely on for strength? Comfort? Peace? What takes your heart rate down, slows the day, allows you to be present... in the moment?

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice!

I cannot believe life has being flying by so quickly, I love that it's fall and things are starting to change... for most of you... as for me... well Ho Chi Minh City is still nice and hot and humid. I know that makes people jealous sometimes, and I'm sorry... but in my heart of hearts I'd give anything for my four seasons back. I miss the change, I miss the excitement in the air when fall is coming, the first snow flake, the smell of fresh mud in the spring and of course, when summer arrives... and then it all starts again.

So today I'm dreaming of falling leaves crunching under foot, a cold nose and chilly toes, tingly fingers which can all be warmed up with a nice cup of coffee, or tea, or something warm.

Don't tell my hubby, but I like to keep the air-conditioning just cool enough to warrant a cup of something warm this time of year! In celebration of fall... it's Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Season! Enjoy!

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

A whale of a time.

Well haven't I just had a whale of a time this summer, home to Canada for a whirlwind few weeks. I got to spend some much needed time with my Momma. She is by far one of my favourite people in the entire world and her little pearls of wisdom always keep me sane... as for the rest of our friends and family it was crazy, not enough time, not enough conversations, and not enough anything. It just wasn't enough.

We try to fill an entire year of conversations, sharing meals, telling stories, and just being together into 10 days. Well it is impossible, it causes me stress and anxiety, I feel like I disappoint people. If I could clone myself 10 times, I might, (but probably not) have enough time to see everyone I want to see.

So... in light of how this summer went I just want you all to know, I whale always love you, even if I haven't seen you in the past year, I think about you, I pray for you, you are in my life, whether I see you or not...

This one is for you <3
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