We have had only time for creating one thing over here in Edmonton : a home that our children can come back to for Christmas. All other creative ventures were put on hold …..well sort of….I guess I did manage to create one new painting and my 3 newly illustrated books by Sandy Smith got published in time for the big day…..while we unpacked and unpacked and sorted and gave away and unpacked and then completely decorated .
Christmas was a wonder this year. We now live back in our newly renovated home with its lovely , big covered porch and the warm atmosphere inside. We filled the rooms with our wonderful family : our four adult children, their wives and husbands and a new boyfriend for our youngest daughter, Lana. We also felt so full of love for our 2 new grandchildren ( 8 and 9 months old ) Myro and Otto respectively.
Every day we laughed over the sounds of someone playing the piano or a game in the dining room. The Christmas day gifts were incredible as we had a mandate to make each gift using the talents God gave us.
There were homemade jams and hand sewn ornaments, designed tins filled with homemade sweets and a knitted sweater from our daughter, Emily, who only learned to knit ….for that gift ! We even received a published BOOK (!) from my husband, Terry, about the joys of fatherhood called ” Until My Work is Done ” . Wow !
We were blessed to eat delicious meals and share our home with friends too.
Now the children have returned to their homes and we miss them. But we have an art studio and a music room and I look forward to creating in this beautiful home . Come for a visit ! You are welcome here.
During these dark days of terrorism around the world and most recently in Paris, France, I find myself ruminating over and over again about the senselessness of it all.
I find the world such a beautiful place, such a gift . So along with daily ( hourly !) prayer I choose to combat the darkness with joy.
Art will go on in my little world and so will laughter and family and friends and love. I will not let fanatics dictate how they wish I would live…in fear.
And so I continue to have the blessing of creating. I just found out I am on ‘ Women of Substance Radio ‘ …alongside my FAVOURITE singer songwriter in the world …Sara Groves. I am So completely honoured.
Also I have had the honour of being asked to illustrate children’s books for my new friend, Sandy Smith. I have just picked up the newly printed books and they look amazing.
Following are the songs that made the SECOND CUT in all quarters of the 12th Annual Songwriting Contest. Watch this blog for the next announcement where we will announce the songs that make it through the third cut.
12th Annual, 1st Quarter Songwriting Contest
After 2nd Cut:
Primary Songwriter – Song Title
David Douglass – Earthquake
Gary Forsythe – Endless and Boundless
Gary Forsythe – Find Me Here
Janissa Harris – Blue
Laura Bachynski – Hope Is
Laura Dickinson – Demons into Dust
Peter Kim – You Way
Rusty Davis – Lips And Life
Rusty Davis – Love Grow Cold
I can’t believe how many concerts I’ve participated in lately !
The music is flowing and my spirits are raised on high . We had such a wonderful concert last night at St. Andrew’s United Church. People from all faiths , colours and creeds joined together to raise money for this worthy cause and to say ” Au Revoir ” to our friend , Jim McCloskey, who leaves today to teach ESL in Thailand.
We sang a nice mix of originals and covers and had audience participation on several of the songs.
So many things to do on a Thursday night and so many causes and yet we had the most wonderful audience.
Blessings to you , Jim, on your exciting journey……
I’m so excited to find out that I hold number 3 and number 12 spots on this all woman radio show. Here is the Sunday playlist :
SUNDAY SPIRITUAL PLAYLIST
SUNDAYS 10 AM – NOON EASTERN (7 – 9 AM PACIFIC)
01 – NEVAEH – LOVE ENOUGH
02 – CHERI KEAGGY – OVERCOME
03 – LAURA BACHYNSKI – I BELIEVE
04 – MEREDITH KINLEIGH – SAIL ON
05 – DEBORAH WARGNIER – BAD DEBT
06 – CHERYL NIFONG – I AM YOURS
07 – BEL THOMPSON FT PAUL COLMAN – A NEW CREATION
08 – WILLOW SPRAGUE – OVERFLOW
09 – JULIE ELIAS – HOME
10 – YEVETTE GINYARD – MY PROMISE TO YOU
11 – SABINA – HE REIGNS
12 – LAURA BACHYNSKI – HOPE IS
13 – NEVAEH – BRAVE
14 – NATASHA PHILLIPS – I’LL WORSHIP YOU
15 – KELLY MANU – FAITH
16 – CHERYL TORAIN – BENEATH HIS WINGS
17 – SKYLAR KAYLYN – ALL THAT REALLY MATTERS
18 – BEV FOSTER – A NEW SONG
19 – KELLY MANU – WOULD YOU BELIEVE
20 – ANGELA BENTLEY (WRITER ROBERT SCOTT STANTON) – MAYBE
21 – GRACIOUS VINE – YOU’VE RESCUED ME
22 – SKYLAR KAYLYN – THIS TOO SHALL PASS
23 – KELLI NIXON (WRITER MIKE HYDEN) – WHAT YOU MAKE OF ME
24 – LESLIE WOODS – TO GOD ALONE
25 – ILL DETROIT – LOVE IS
26 – CARLENE THISSEN – MARY’S HEART AND MARTHA’S HANDS
27 – DEBBIE L RICE – SEEKER
28 – AMY BARBERA – MAKE ME A BUTTERFLY
29 – DEBORAH WARGNIER – DON’T LET ME BREAK YOUR HEART
30 – SARAH GRINDER – SANCTUARY
31 – SKYLAR KAYLYN – YOU BELONG