Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Last Week of My Thankfulness Challenge

One of the best parts of our LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE week was having Sid and Carol Kettner living with us. We not only enjoyed all the stories they shared with us, but we had our very best food all week, and it was most delightful.

Shirley was in charge of arranging the special music for each evening, and I regret not taking any other photos of this delightful part.  Every night was excellent.

On the last evening of the event, we gave a "Thank you" gift and card to Dr. Sid and Carol.  It was the most enjoyable and beneficial week.

We didn't get any photos of the Elders Ordination Service for Shirley and Dave Boulainne on November 10, 2018... but Elder Tom Glatts from the Conference gave an excellent charge and all the past and present elders came forward to lay hands on the newly dedicated elders as Pastor Molina offered a prayer of dedication. It was awesome!

We had a special retirement dinner with gifts and a cake for Pastor Jim Weir and Joann. Do you notice a couple of extra hands on the cake?

Regine got caught in the picture when the cake she was holding up for the photo dropped. What a hoot!

This was the group photo taken at the Retirement Dinner.

I am always grateful to see interesting quotes.  This was on the wall above some coolers in Urban Fare where we got the gift for Sid and Carol.

This past week I was grateful to get the last of the tile and grouting completed on the church shower. Shirley's sister gave us a shower curtain and so now Angelo has a very nice shower to use.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Thankfulness Challenge Week Three

Last week started with an anniversary of my first date with Shirley 56 years ago.

On October 20, 1962 at CUC on a Saturday night entertainment, we spent our first evening together in a progressive party on the campus. We were both in 11th grade.  All the students met in the chapel to divide into groups of about 20 kids. I made sure to gravitate into the group where Shirley was. We were both 15 at the time... and I thought she was incredible! I am very thankful for the beginning of a most amazing relationship.

A plumber I am not, but I was thankful for the encouragement of a plumber friend who loaned some of his tools... a crimper and pipe cutter, etc. and instructed me how to do this little renovation project. We are putting a shower into the church. Not a difficult job for a plumber who does this kind of work every day... but a real challenge for some one who hasn't done it before.

I learned how to use Sharkbite fittings to connect pex pipe to copper lines. It took us a couple trips to the both Ace and Home Depot to finally get the right parts. 

Working in a dirty cramped crawl space is not fun. Could not have done it without the help of Norm Chabot.  Here Norm is putting teflon tape onto the clean-out plug that we had to remove to make the tie into the sewer main. We worked for more than three days (part days), and believe me, we were both very thankful to get this job done.   We were most thankful to pass the water test without a leak. 

We got the shower valve installed into the new wall we built, and the first coat of mud is on the drywall. This week I will tackle the tile job. I was hoping to find some tile guys who work of us to do this, but they are swamped, so I will do it. I know how to do it.

October 24 was Shirley's birthday. This was the first formal photo that she gave me in 12th grade. It is one of my most treasured memories. I am thankful for my sweetheart. 

I worked this week on some graphics and quotes to update the bulletin boards in the fellowship room where Dr. Sid Kettner and pastor Angelo Nugent will be doing our mini series, LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE. I am thankful to be able to work on the evangelism team and help with the advertising materials, tee shirts and signage. On Friday November 2 the meetings will be under way.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Thankfulness Challenge Week Two

I am thankful for the peaceful view that we have from our deck.

Several mornings this past week we had low clouds in the valley. After the sunrise it was not very long before they lifted. I am thankful for a perfect week of sunny days.

Tuesday afternoon could not have been a more pleasant October afternoon to golf. The view here on the 6th green at Pinnacle has the famous Layer Cake Mountain in the background.  Along with my shadow selfie, is Kevin, Marvyn and Bill.  I am always thankful for an afternoon with Mr. Green.

As I was preparing the advertising for "LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE" I was thankful to find a good picture on Facebook of Dr. Sid Kettner.  It was an answer to prayer when Dr. Sid agreed to set aside the time to come to help our little church in Winfield.

Angelo Nugent, our associate pastor hated to have his picture taken, but when we finally got it done, what a difference. We are so thankful to have him as a part of our team.

We may be a little ambitions with the idea to make Tee Shirts for the event, but the response to the slogan "LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE," has been most encouraging.  I am most thankful how we stumbled onto the theme of the series from an old tee shirt the Pastor Josue had from "Let's move Vancouver."

On the back of the tee shirt we have put a list of the "Eight Doctors." In my first job after graduation from PUC with a degree in Commercial Art, I was hired by Dr. Mervyn Hardinge, Dean of the School of Health at Loma Linda University.  We worked for several years developing these "Eight Doctors" into ten-minute short film strips. This was in the early 70's, long  before VHS videos.

I remember Dr. Hardinge saying that one day medical science will endorse the the counsel the Ellen White advocated in the book Ministry of Healing. Now today we can all see that he was right.

"Pure air, sunlight, abstemiousness, rest, exercise, proper diet, the use of water, trust in divine power -these are the true remedies. Every person should have a knowledge of natures remedial agencies and how to apply them.”  MH p. 127 

Many times I have expressed my thankfulness as I looked back at the life changing opportunity to work at Loma Linda in my first job after college. I believe that throughout my life God has opened and closed doors, giving opportunities to do things for Him.

It was great to walk again on the Rail Trail at the end of the afternoon.  What a pleasant October day.  On this exact date in 1962 Shirley and I had our first date at CUC in 11th grade.

It was 56 years ago this evening on a Saturday night, October 20, 1962, that Shirley and I spent our first "date" together. We were involved in a progressive party and we both remember several of the stops as we moved around the campus from one house to another all evening.

Over the course of one's life we make many decisions... some are good decisions and some are bad decisions... but I am most thankful for the decision to spend my life with Shirley. 

Monday, October 8, 2018

31 Days of Thankfulness

This morning we drove to McCurdy Road where the new part of the Rail Trail has been paved. It was great walking on the fresh new pavement... and for the first bit we had it all to ourselves.

There were a few bikers... but then a whole slug of bikers came... Maybe 30 or so.  I missed shooting the first guys.

There were lots of folks enjoying a day off and some family time.  We saw this father and daughter later on their way back.

They stopped to see what Shirley was taking a picture of... and we struck up a conversation. It looked like Shirley was taking a picture of something on the ground. But she had read that to get more interesting photos, don't always take your pictures from eye level standing up. Go down low and shoot up. She was actually taking a picture of graffiti on a nearby building and was shooting it thru the reeds.

I was so impressed at this precious little girl... her polka dot  helmet matched the polka dots on her bike.  I asked her permission to take her picture. She gave me a gracious smile.

But the hike became all the more special as we stopped walking nonstop and started taking some photos of the awesome nature along the trail.  I was amazed at how the snowberries were so plump and plentiful.

And so were the rose hips. Their bright red colour is so beautiful.

I didn't taste these choke cherries... but I was attracted to a single rain drop clinging on for dear life.

When I saw this seed pod burst open, I wasn't sure what it was.

I've seen milkweed earlier in the year with the huge fluffy globes... but I have never seen one this late in the season with all the seeds. It was so unusual I took several shots and then Googled up to find out what it actually was.

Some of these seeds will get eaten by the birds... and a few may actually start to grow next spring.  So amazing how God keeps the native plants all reproducing without us having to do a single thing!

We never get tired of walking on the Rail Trail.  This bridge is over a creek that goes thru Scandia Golf and Amusements... And the last time we walked here...

I took this photo of a couple throwing stones into the creek off the same bridge... Sept 5, 2016.  So you can see the progress that has happened in the development of the Rail Trail.

I picked up a book in the "Share Department" of our Church library... it is called "31 Days of Praise."  
Being a bit of a list maker, I was attracted to the title... so picked it up and gave it a quick read.  

Thankfulness and gratefulness is all related to adoration and praise.  I talked with my daughter last evening about how to get more people sharing the things that they are thankful for.  She did a Gratefulness blog for more than five years where every week on Friday evening she would post the things that she was thankful for.  After five years it got to be kind of repetitive and she wanted to do something different.  I can tell you that I really loved it when she wrote out her new list ever Friday evening.  I never missed reading what my daughter wrote.  

The Thankfulness Challenge!

Whether you feel content with your life right now or you wish things were different, you can make a decision to be thankful.  You may have a hard time believing that thankfulness can make a big difference, but it is the little things that we do every day that pay big dividends.  Before you get out of bed in the morning, thank God for three things in your life.  Write it into your journal and watch the list grow day by day as you start to thank God for the many things that we often take for granted.  As you go thru your day, recognize and vocalize gratitude for the traits and kindnesses of others. At nightfall, offer up a prayer of thanksgiving and praise God for the challenges we are facing. 

Just as I looked forward to seeing what my daughter was grateful for each Friday evening, I believe our heavenly Father looks forward to his children telling Him all the things that we are grateful and thankful for.  So my challenge to each one who reads this is to start a page in your day book or journal... or take a notebook and start to make a list. Make a point of adding to your list something every day that makes you thankful and tell the Lord about it.  This one thing may help you have something positive to share with others and encourage them. We all need to be an encouragement to each other, don't you agree?  Make a point to do it every day.

Let me know if you like this idea and are going to accept the challenge.  Thank you.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Strides to End Homelessness

This past weekend a group of us from the Winfield Seventh-day Adventist Church showed our support of the Kelowna Gospel Mission in a 5 km walk to help end homelessness in our community.

This was in the first few minutes of the walk which started at the Kelowna Gospel Mission on Leon Avenue. 

It was a little cool out, but our spirits were high... anyone who wanted got a ballon to carry on the walk.

This was our group, the Winfield Sevens, except for Shirley who took this photo. 

And this is Shirley with her sister Roberta.  So we ended up with nine Sevens!

There were lots of groups... these are guys from the TD Bank who came out for the event.

When I took this photo inside I didn't realize that these two were part of the team called "Happy Feet." They were recognized as the winning team who raised over $10,000 for the charity. In all about $58,000 was raised by this event! 

We all had a good time.  It was fun to help people who are focused on helping others.

A candid shot of some of our Winfield walkers. Together we raised $750 for the charity.

There were even kids who got to ride around the 5 km.

Everyone who wanted received a free tee shirt... and after we got back from the walk there was yummy mushroom soup and a bun for all who wanted it.

But the highlight of the day for me was a prayer by Pastor Marcus just before we headed out for the walk.

Lord God,

You came to give honour to the least, 

                 those forgotten, 
                 overlooked and misjudged.

You came to give first place to the last, 

                  those left behind, 
                  misunderstood and undervalued.

You came to give a warm welcome to the lost, 

                   those who are orphaned, 
                   abandoned and destitute.

Help us to be your ears 

                    to listen to their cries.

Help us to be your voice 

                    speaking out love and acceptance.

Help us to be your feet 

                    walking beside those in need.

Help us to be your hands 

                    to clothe, feed and shelter them.

You came for the least, the lost and last of this world.

Lord, hear our prayer.


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

In Defense of Food

Shirley and I have watched this documentary about three times and rate it right up there with the best. I think Michael Pollan did well here. The film is a work of art, with lots of art! And great photography.

I love food! It is one of life's greatest pleasures. 

The sad thing is that four of the Top Ten Killers are linked to diet. And since I have diabetes, I am highly motivated to try to reverse this problem.

It is not my intention to summarize the entire 108-minute documentary here... but just to give you a few of the highlights so you will hopefully want to see it for yourself.

One of the things this documentary will be remembered for is Pollan's interesting Food Rules. 

This is the short answer to the supposedly incredibly complicated and confusing question of what humans should eat in order to be healthy.

Michael isn't selling any particular diet. And you don't have to be a scientist to know how to eat. It's really pretty simple. You can forget about counting calories.

So much of the factory-prepared food contain preservatives to increase their shelf life... not your life!

Why do you think we should avoid foods that are advertised on TV?

I liked the suggestion to eat your colours. We bought our first dragon fruit this past week and it was a lot of fun. Get out of the rut and try some interesting things.

Michael is pretty middle of the road on this one. For me, meat has become less important to have and more important to avoid.

He gives "plant-based" a new meaning to me!

Learn how using smaller plates can save you gaining 6 to 9 pounds in a year.

The order in which you dish up your food is super important. That is why I used to like to start with pie in a restaurant! That way I would always be sure to get dessert!

Michael says that the French spend 127 minutes a day eating... the Americans 67 minutes. For sure we can do better than this. I think we are just too busy and don't really care.

Take a minute to watch the trailer. This documentary was on PBS in December.

There are several more cool rules... but you have to see the movie! It's available on NetFlix and on YouTube. There are several on YouTube, but the full movie is the PBS Version.

As we begin this New Year, It is my hope that we can all learn more about how to eat smarter, live longer and have a better quality of life.  I welcome your comments and suggestions. 

This is just the first review that I plan to do on health-related topics. More exciting things to follow!