Franklin Five

Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Wesley's birthday

Happy 6th Birthday, Wesley!!!

This has been a big year for you, Wesley.  You completed Kindergarten in Canada, learned to swim and ride your bike without training wheels, and you bring us so much joy.  We are happy to have you in our family.  We love you!

Wesley has two really good buddies here in Canada, Harrison and Nolan.  We invited these friends along with their families over for dinner Saturday night to celebrate Wesley's birthday.  These boys have been really special to Wesley, and I'm so thankful for their friendships to our sweet boy.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

O Canada

O Canada
You caught me off guard.
When I wasn't expecting it, you showed me your beauty.
When I was missing my home, you displayed your kindness.
When I thought I was just enduring you, I've found myself loving you.

I've come to appreciate your people: a tapestry of colors and culture.
It is your people that I will miss the most.
You are a country made up of many other countries, many languages, many skin tones, many stories to be heard.
In you, people have found a new beginning, a hope of a better life, a fresh start.

I find myself gazing out over your big, blue waters.
From the starfish and clams that dot the red sands of Prince Edward Island
to the loons coming up for air in the quiet lakes of Quebec,
I've been surprised by your tranquility and what makes you unique.

O Canada
You found a way into my heart
and I know I will never be the same.
When I return home, I will remember you with fondness.
I will remember the people that offered me friendship, those that loved my children well everyday.
I will remember the church that nurtured and carried me through some difficult days.
I will remember the trails near my house, the path to the school that I know so well.

I cannot say I do not long for home, but I must acknowledge how much you have stretched and taught me.
You have taken me on an adventure for which I am grateful.

God keep your land, glorious and free!
O Canada