Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Coach Carter?

Have you seen the movie? Well this quote gets worked into the movie and comes from Marianne Wilson...perhaps you've heard it before, but it's a good one, and Samuel L. Jackson brings it to life again in the movie:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

A voice that lingers...

Music is definitely heart language. There's really nothing that compares. Tonight I was reminded of that- I went to an Amanda Falk concert. It was really good. I picked up her cd a couple months ago, and I have enjoyed it...but tonight brought the album to life for me. It's nice to get a glimpse of the writer's heart behind the songs. She's a neat person- transparent, thoughtful and a good ol' farm girl from small town Manitoba. She's got a seriously powerful voice- one of those voices that just lingers...

Real Life Monopoly Stinks

I picked up a nasty Community Chest card in the mail today...from the Calgary Police Service.
December 27, 2005. Failing to stop at a red light.
Total expense? $296.06. Burn....like Calgary needs money!!! Rich, bustling metropolitan!!!
Oh dear, painful lesson learned.
Just stop sooner.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Favorites of 2005

The top 3...in no particular order...

1. Revolution in Global Missions by K.P. Yohannan
2. Traveling Mercies by Anne Lammott
3. Hebrews

1. A Collision- David Crowder Band
2. When the Silence Falls- Tim Hughes
3. Look to You- Hillsong United

1. Cheaper by the Dozen
2. The Chorus
3. The Incredibles

1. Aizawl Airport, The Arrival
2. Regina Airport, The Arrival
3. Grandma's House Again

1. New Life
2. Freedom
3. Kingdom Living

New Tastes
1. Xi hong shi chou jidian (Eggs and Tomatoes)
2. Cold Green Tea
3. Singapore Noodles

1. Yangshuo, China
2. Aizawl, India
3. Bridlewood Road, Millrise Close, Calgary

1. (Tied!) Elijah Ray McMillan, Mareesa Janell McMillan
2. Gospel House of Love
3. My study/giggle group of three great gals

My Pictures

(This is my picture of the year!)

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

There is nothing like family

It has been a super holiday season for this young gal. My week in Calgary was very fun- lots of cuddling with babies, a whole lot of eating, a movie here and there, a bit of relaxation, a trip to the Zoo, the starting of a couple really great books, more baby time, enough games to last another year, shopping, singing and just hanging out with the family. After being a long way away last year, I had no intentions of taking any of these things for granted!
The McMillan New Year's was plenty of fun, too. We had quite the crew out for the day, and the definite highlight had to be the Paparazzi-like photo shoot of four of the new babies in the family! Picture ten or so Moms, Aunties, and Grandmas packed in a room squealing with glee and laughing goofily while the tiny babies sit on the couch blinded by non-stop flashes of light. It was delightful!!!
Though I would love to indulge in another few weeks of this loveliness, the "P" word is beginning to call my name. And so today, with the threat of losing time with baby Elijah, I started chipping away at the ice on the corners of my "P" binder. Just two weeks left to go in the first semester, a week of finals, and then the second semester will begin. I am looking forward to the change of subject matter, though more hesitant to say I'm looking forward to a new wave of yes, you know the P word...planning. :) Ah, it's all good.
Tonight I'm going to the Canadian Hockey Party at Party Central- the Slywka residence. Should be good times- shinny in the backyard rink and the semi-final game on the tube.
Check out the pics, but check your heart first...these are too cute for my heart, anyway!

New babies for Great Grandpa and Grandma- Elijah, Aaden, Mareesa and Ronan

This is better than Geddes. Way better.

Story-Telling Time...Now Laurel, let me tell you about when your Daddy was a little boy...

The Elijah-Aaden Showdown.

Oh, so squishable. (Baby Mareesa)