Monthly Archives: April 2007

Randomness: Name 3 of Each …

randomness…feed your mind and your blog

week of April 22: name 3 of each….
1. favorite tv programs
2. favorite foods
3. favorite books
4. favorite bands
5. favorite movies
6. favorite vacation spots

till next time…

Alright! I edited #4 – it was favourite people … other than my hubby, I couldn’t figure it out. So bands it is!

1. ER, The OC, House
2. turkey, salmon, chocolate ANYTHING
3. Bridge to Terabithia, Lord of the Rings (I’m counting the whole trilogy as one book!), and … ummmm … Fast Food Nation?
4. U2, Weezer, Postal Service
5. Crash, Empire Records, I like so many it’s really impossible to choose a third
6. Paris, Mexico, ummmm … I think BC would be nice!

p.s. Brad and I are buying a camera post-haste! Probably today, although maybe tomorrow.


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Interesting Post …

I read a post today (find it here) on the new birth agenda being set forth by the UK National Health Services (NHS). It’s about opening up birthing choices to women (ie. midwife vs. doctor, homebirth vs. hospital vs. birthing centre, etc.). It’s a very well-written post with many interesting statistics and viewpoints. Just thought I’d share for those of you who are pregnant and reading my blog =)

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What Have You Read?

So I guess the idea is to bold the ones you’ve read. Here goes:

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austin)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)

9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)

12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)

17. Fall on Your Knees(Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King) I haven’t read this, but I’ve seen the movie
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien) The Silmarillion

22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
The Restaurant at the End of The Universe
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)

29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert) I don’t know *why* I haven’t read this, my dad has them all!
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks) again, seen the movie
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini) this one sounds really familiar, Mel, did you suggest this one to me?
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible (although not quite the whole thing)
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)

49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)

58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) 1/2
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice) again, seen the movie
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)

72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje) I’m a bad Canadian =(
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)

89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)

94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)Rumble Fish
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

Hmmm … it seems my reading goal with now be to bold all the books on this list =) (Except the Dan Brown books. I don’t care to read those.) Hat tip to all those who lent me books and suggested others to me to read – you helped me cross most of these off!! I’m surprised Wuthering Heights, A Tale of Two Cities, and The Scarlet Letter weren’t on here – oh! and Heart of Darkness! I should add those!

Sorry for no pictures lately, our camera SUCKS!!! The batteries were dead, so I charged some more and put them in … and it said the batteries were dead again. Thinking that the batteries must be no good anymore (rechargeables only last so long), I bought more. Which the camera didn’t like either. So. No more pictures! We’re going to buy a new digital camera this summer though, so if you see any sales going on, let me know!!


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Randomness: 3 Wishes

I found this meme on Jessica’s blog in her last Thursday Thirteen and thought I’d join it. A topic per week, so I’ll at least have one blog post covered =)

randomness…feed your mind and your blog

Week of April 15: 3 Wishes
If you had 3 wishes granted what would you wish for?

till next time…

Three wishes, huh?

1) That all the children in the world be safe, healthy, and loved (including the unborn)

2) That everyone in the world would come to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour

3) Ummm … I can’t think of a third wish! That Brad and my dream of having a home that is open to serving the most vulnerable children would come true and that could run something similar to Generations of Hope? That’s truly my life’s goal and it would be much easier if it could just be granted as a wish rather than having to work for it =)


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method: A Product Review

The other week while I was in Shopper’s Drug Mart with my friend, M, I purchased some all-purpose cleaner from a company called method (yes, with a little ‘m’). I was a bit leery of it, seeing as how it’s made from natural stuff, and how on earth can that actually work?

Then I tried it.

And now I love it!

The scent is fresh and clean, and doesn’t cause me to get a headache or shortness of breath (wuhoo!) and gosh darnit, my taps appear to stay clean and shiny longer! And the best part? It actually SPRAYS unlike my harsh chemical-filled other cleaner, whose nozzle SUCKS and made me routinely avoid cleaning because I hated fighting with it to get the product out and onto my tub/sink/counter/toilet. Not to mention I’m always deathly afraid to get into the tub after I’ve cleaned it with scary cleaning products or to sit on the toilet for fear of getting splash-back from the water that I’m always afraid isn’t completely chemical-free after one flush. But I’m not afraid to anymore, because now my cleaning product is all natural, biodegradable, and nontoxic. Yes, I can even use it out of the bathroom and not be afraid for the kittens =) I was always afraid to use our other products in the kitchen for fear that they might lick it and get sick or something =(

I was on their website, and not only do they have cleaning stuff, they also have:
– hand wash and hand sanitizer
– body wash
– laundry soap and dryer sheets/cloths
– dish soap
– floor cleaner and mops (with washable mop cloth-heads)
– air care products (fancy term for air spray, plug-ins, and aroma stick things)

They call themselves “people against dirty” and they don’t just mean dirt-dirty, they mean dirty practices such as animal testing, pollution, phosphates, etc.

And you know what? My question about how natural stuff could possibly clean? I’m re-thinking that way of thought! **warning, conspiracy theory alert** I think we’re all sort of brain-washed by commercials about heavy duty chemical cleaners that the only thing that could possibly clean your bathroom/kitchen is … you guessed it … chemical cleaners! Why does the smell of clean have to give you a headache? And seriously people, do bathroom/kitchen cleaners or hand wash have to be antibacterial? Only if you want to have a hand in creating superbugs that are antibiotic resistant! (get it? hand wash … have a hand…?? I know, I know … terrible!)

They’re a bit more expensive than traditional cleaners, but honestly? I love God’s creation so much more than an extra dollar or two in my pocket.


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He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Today is Easter Sunday – the day we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead! During our church service this morning, my pastor spoke about resurrection stories and how each of us is ‘resurrected’ in some way – dying to an old way of life and then rising in a new one. He opened up the mic for people to share what God is doing in their lives and it was incredible. The were people sharing their struggle with mental illness, immigrants to Canada who came from African refugee camps, an older couple struggling with debilitating physical illness, a young man just finished his Masters degree, it was incredible! Listening to their stories of how God is resurrecting them was just beautiful. It’s amazing when you can see God’s work around you, it truly is such a blessing!

So what’s your resurrection story?

The Wonderful Cross

The wonder of your cross shall be our meditation,
To gather in that shadow when the sun went down,
To weep with those who thought that you were leaving,
You were leaving, Jesus,
The humble King who never wore an earthly crown.

To steal away at night when they took down your body.
With love and tears to leave You in a borrowed grave.
To go with Mary to the place they laid You,
Where they laid You, Jesus,
And in the morning find the stone was rolled away.

The cross, O the wonderful cross,
What Glory, what victory, I’ve found!
I’ll come to the wonderful cross,
And my whole life I lay down.

Were heaven’s praises silent in those hours of darkness?
Your Holy Spirit brooding round that empty throne?
Until the declaration “He is Risen”,
You are risen, Jesus!
“He is not dead, behold He lives for evermore”.

The cross, O the wonderful cross,
What Glory, what victory, I’ve found!
I’ll come to the wonderful cross,
And my whole life I lay down.

Robin Mark, 2004

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In the Upper Room (Luke 22:7-20)

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” “Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked. He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large upper room, all furnished. Make preparations there.” They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

Tonight, I ate the Passover. It is a commemorative meal that remembers the day when God spared the Jews from the plague of the firstborn. The symbolism in this Seder (meaning ‘order’) is beautiful! As a Christian, I can see how wonderfully Jesus fits into the meal and the rituals. The preparations for the Passover meal are extensive! I made only one small part, and it took me over an hour! So when Jesus says to prepare the Passover, it’s a big deal! (and, for the record? Matzah = yummy! Chopped liver balls = yucky!)

When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”

I am honoured that I was able to celebrate the Passover with a Jewish guide – a member of Chosen People Ministries – who was able to share with us the traditions of the Passover with a Christian flavour. And I find it even more incredible that I shared in the same type of dinner that Jesus did almost 2000 years ago. What an honour: to share in the same meal that my Saviour ate the night before He died!

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