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Adventures in Faith & Family

Reflections on growing together in faith, exploring typical situations that we face in families and the many adventures that make up family life, these articles offer support to parents and grandparents as they mentor and care for their children.

02
Feb

No More Calling People "Enemy Aliens"

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“Enemy Aliens” – that is how my Ukrainian ancestors were labelled by the Canadian government during the first World War, and how they labelled Japanese Canadians during the second World War, using the label to justify confiscation of property, savings and possessions, and confinement to internment camps.  “Enemy Aliens” – two words that demonized people, proclaiming loudly that, because of their ethnic group, they were one of the “others”, definitely not “us,” and definitely to be feared. There was no assessment of whether the person might have arrived as a refugee in Canada fleeing persecution and conscription (as did my Ukrainian...
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26
Jan

Kids, Lying & a Post-fact -- Alternative Truth World

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It was the morning for my son to write his Grade 12 diploma exam for Social Studies.  The day before the news had been filled with the presentation of “alternative facts” and “post facts.”  I looked at my son as I dropped off at school and said, “I think for your exam you might want to stick to the facts and not give “alternative fact” answers.”  He smiled, nodded, and said, “I probably will, Mom,” as he got out of the vehicle and headed into the school.   I can’t imagine any of us as parents telling our kids that it...
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19
Jan

How do I deal with my kids and their cellphones & gaming systems?

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We live in a digital world. We parent and grandparent in a digitally driven world.  Remember the fear on New Year’s Eve, 1999, that the whole world might come crashing to a halt as computers failed to make the transfer to the year 2000.  Yet here we are seventeen years later, with more technology than ever driving our daily lives, and our children’s lives.    I was in EB games the other day to order the newest Nintendo gaming system, Nintendo Switch, for our oldest son.  Another family was there ordering one of these new systems for each member of the...
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12
Jan

Are You & Your Children Getting Enough Sleep?

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Are you getting enough sleep?  Maybe you’ve heard the numbers.  Adults need 7-8 hours to stay healthy, alert and emotionally well.  Children need 10-11 hours.  Teens probably need at least that if not more.   However, we live in a society that does not make room for sleep.  To many who are so-called successful in their work brag about how little sleep they can get by on.  Politicians are making major decisions that affect all of our lives and affect the world after long sessions into the wee hours of the morning or through the night (though that is more in the...
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10
Jan

Prayers for your Day - Epiphany

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During this season when we are still waiting for more sunshine and less cold, warm your days with prayer.  You are invited to use these prayers for morning, noon and evening to stay rooted in the love of God.   Using the same prayers over and over again, day by day, is a way of deepening your connection with God and with your own faith.   A new set of prayers will be made available for the beginning of Lent.   Daily Prayers for Epiphany* (*Epiphany: from January 6 to February 28th - a season of the church year which celebrates Jesus as...
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22
Dec

Twelve Days of Christmas - but not drummers drumming or lords a leaping!

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One day is not enough to celebrate the birth of God’s son – the amazing gift of Jesus, aka “Emmanuel” which means “God-with-us.”   One day is just not enough to celebrate, give thanks, and let sink into our hearts the wonder of the gift of God’s presence in Jesus.  So traditionally twelve days were celebrated – a good biblical number which means the complete amount needed, the full amount, the perfect amount, as in the twelve disciples or the twelve tribes of Israel.  So twelve days is the perfect number of days to celebrate Jesus’ birth.   Now we all know...
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15
Dec

Dance, Sing, Hop - put a little Merry in your Christmas

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December 18 – Advent 4 Delight. Joy. Mystery. Wonder. Awe. Amazement. Love. That`s what a baby’s birth is all about. Sometimes there are challenging circumstances that surround the baby`s birth. Sometimes there are medical concerns for baby or mother. Most often we can celebrate  by welcoming the baby with love that overflows our hearts and joy that is indescribable.   Jesus` birth was more than that.  He came as a gift to the whole wide world.  Yes, his parents adored him and smiled the big smiles of new parents, in spite of his birth in a barn far from their home...
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08
Dec

Gift Books for Christmas

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Books about faith and Christmas to give to children & grandchildren. Selected from Susan’s library, some may only be available used.   Pre-School “The Animals’ Christmas Eve” by Gale Wiersum (Golden Book, 1977) “Bless Us All: A Child’s Yearbook of Blessings” by Cynthia Rylant (Simon & Schuster 1998) “The Christmas Fox” by Anik McGrory (Knopf 2016) “Christmas in the Barn” by Margaret Wise Brown (Harper 2016)  “Jesus’ Christmas Party” by Nicholas Allan (Random House 1991) “The Lord’s Prayer” by Rick Warren & Richard Jesse Watson (ZonderKidz 2010) “Room for a Little One” by Martin Waddell (Simon & Schuster 2004)  “What Can I Give...
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08
Dec

Giving isn't Natural for Human Beings

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December 11 – Advent 3 Giving isn’t a natural thing.  Oh, I know you could tell me about that spontaneous moment when your heart overpoured with love and you just had to give something special to someone. But I still believe that giving isn’t natural to human beings.  If it were, we wouldn’t have the top 1% of the world’s people controlling over 50% of the world’s wealth and resources.  If giving were natural, then we wouldn’t have hunger, homelessness or refugees.  There are enough resources in the world so that no one needs to be hungry or homeless, but sharing...
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30
Nov

Blessing Your Christmas Tree & Creating a Gratitude Garland

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Christmas is a spiritual celebration, not an economic or secular one.  So how do we keep the spiritual aspect of the celebration?  How do we not lose focus in the midst of buying gifts, planning meals, and attending various programs and parties? All those things are meant to add to the spirit of celebration, but if we have forgotten why we are celebrating, then they are just more work and emotionally & physically draining.  We need to remember why we do these things, and let go of those that don’t add to the spiritual celebration of Christmas, the ones that don’t...
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