Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thoughts on Job

Out of all the things God could of placed in the bible, He gave us a whole book in Job about the questions that surround the pain in our lives.  That leads me to believe two things:

1.  It's okay to question.
2.  When we are in pain, God is there listening and loving.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

New Recipes

This summer it's my goal to try out as many new recipes as possible.  It's my attempt to both expand my horizons and also to learn how to become a better cook.

Since we all seem to be searching for good recipes I decided to share some of my favourites so far.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken & Pineapple Kabobs

I was having over a group of six people for dinner and decided to serve this for my main course and it didn't disappoint.

I made a teriyaki sauce to marinate the chicken in, then also used it as a sauce when barbecuing and the end result was quite tasty.  Let's just say there were no leftovers that night!

Bruschetta 'n Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts
I am a huge fan of bruschetta so this recipe caught my eye right away and it's another keeper.  It was a time consuming process stuffing the breasts, but very much worth it.  I cooked these in the oven since it was a rainy day but next time will try them on the barbecue.

Ground Beef Tacos

I had sadly never even tried a taco until a few years ago when my friend introduced me to them and right away I was a fan.  When it came to cooking them myself I looked up quite a few different recipes and this is the one I settled on and was quite pleased with it.  I cut back quite a bit on the chili powder because of my sensitive stomach and they still turned out great.

These can be done in a soft shell or hard shell and taste amazing when combined with a fresh lime drink (see right).  I made a lime mojito's, using sparkling lime water (PC brand), half a lime quartered up, four fresh mint leaves and lots of ice.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

New Website Launch

When I started my business I had a solid business plan but even the best plan can't prepare you for all the twists and turns that come with owning your own business.  It's challenging but I truly am loving every minute of it!

You can check out the brand new website that was just launched for the business at or like us on facebook!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

The word 'mother' is defined as "to watch over, nourish and protect maternally". And today that is what we celebrate. The ones who have given birth, yes, but also all women who teach us, serve us, nurture us, and encourage us. 

The women in the classroom who inspire us, the nurses who care for us, the aunts that spoil us, the neighbours who are dear to us and all the ladies who love on us. We appreciate your nurturing hearts and value the special places you hold in all of our lives!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Wise Words from Thomas Merton

“Surrender your own poverty and acknowledge your nothingness to the Lord. Whether you understand it or not, God loves you, is present in you, lives in you, dwells in you, calls you, saves you and offers you an understanding and compassion which are like nothing you have ever found in a book or heard in a sermon.” (Thomas Merton)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

My Love Of Ice Fishing & Its Misconceptions

I've fished since a very young age, but it's only been the last couple of years that I've really gotten into ice fishing.  When some people hear that I love to ice fishing I'm usually greeted with blank stares or looks of disbelief.  After all what sane person would trek across ice in freezing weather in the hopes of landing a fish and call it fun?

As it turns out, there are many of us.

The thing about ice fishing is it's not at all like it seems.  Here are some common misconceptions and my response to them:

1. But I'll freeze
Not so if you are smart about it.  If you dress for the weather with a good winter jacket, snow pants and boots built for cold weather, you'll be fine.  And for those really cold days most of us have shelters we use with heaters inside that are great for warming up or even for fishing in.

2.  It's boring
Ice fishing is fun when you first off, go where the fish are and the action you'll get is pretty exciting and secondly, when you don't approach your time on the ice as a Lone Ranger does.  When I'm out on the ice I never go alone, there's usually a crowd of family and friends and we talk, share food, cheer each other on when someone calls 'fish on' and make it about community, not just sport.

3.  It's dangerous
Again not so if you are smart about it.  Going ice fishing in warmer climates where lakes see little ice is a no-no, as is going on rivers with strong currents or on water connected to a dam.  Where I live it gets pretty cold in the winter and with the cold weather comes a few feet of ice on the lake, which is more than enough to support people, trucks, I've even seen a helicopter land more than once without breaking through.  Pick a lake that you know gets more than a few inches or ask around to see where locals leave their huts and you can find a good, safe spot.

My closing adage is don't knock something until you try it!

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Some Lasts

Last Sleepover: My nephew came over last month. Cute story: he woke up after midnight and I heard him so went into his room and asked him what he was doing out of bed. He then looked at me and very suspiciously asked "what are you doing auntie Krisy? Are you playing down there?"

Last Text Message: Just over an hour ago from an amazing person & friend.

Last Hot Chocolate: Christmas time, I had a truly amazing one for me!

Last Email: From one of my fellow Oversight Team members at the church today.

Last Starbucks: On Thursday when I was in Toronto, stopped for one final Mocha on the way to the airport.

Last Meal: Roast beef dinner with cauliflower, carrots and mashed potatoes.

Last Song You Loved: Counting Stars by OneRepublic

Last Book You Loved: Love Does by Bob Goff

Last Place You Loved: Our ice fishing spot out on the lake (what can I say, I'm a true northerner!)

Last Thing You Borrowed: A DVD from a dear friend

Last Thing You Let Someone Borrow: Ironically also DVD's to dear friends.

Last Plans You Cancelled: Had to cancel quite a few plans with friends recently because of health issues.

Last Time You Wrote And It Wasn't For Work: Did some last week, but lately it's been more editing than writing.

Last Time You Missed Someone: Heard a song on the radio the other day that really reminded me of someone, bittersweet.

Last Words: Never doubt that the smallest things we do for others can really make the biggest differences.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Songs On Repeat

Songs that keep being put on repeat in my office, on my phone and in my car:

Ben Rector - Sailboat

Laura Story - I Can Just Be Me

Tim Hageland - Just To Know You

Samestate - Hurricane

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Latest Devotional: Riding Blindfolded

A few weeks ago my brother took me out for a ride on his new ski do.  Because it was new he didn't have a lot of helmet selection and so instead of a heated helmet I put on a rather cold motorcycle helmet.  That might not seem like a big deal, the helmet wasn't designed for minus twenty degree weather and in no time the face mask was iced, blocking my vision which was already limited because it was dark outside.

So I found myself sitting on the back of this rather fast moving sled, tearing through trials but can't see a thing.  I couldn't see any obstacles up ahead, I couldn't prepare to lean the right way, nothing.  My safety was in my brothers hands and there was nothing I could do but stay seated and try to enjoy the ride, trusting that he would not put me in harms way or get us stuck and stranded in the middle of nowhere.

So I gripped the handle bars next to me to keep me on the machine and allowed myself to relax into the seat.  And you know what?  Not only did we make it back in one piece but I really, really enjoyed the ride. I believe there is a lesson to be learned in all of this.

Maybe right now your life circumstances have you feeling like you're blinded and just along for the ride on a machine that someone else is steering.  Maybe you can't see what comes next and you're afraid because you have no control over any of the outcomes in your life.  Maybe you've been in this place for so long, riding blindfolded and hanging on for dear life, that you're exhausted and can't imagine going on like this for another hour, let alone an other day, week or month.

I get it.  Life can be scary and confusing and at times even misleading.  But there is something that I figured out along the way that I hope you understand and that is: just because your world seems to be spinning doesn't mean it's out of control.  

God, the creator of the heavens and the earth not only created you and gave you life, but he's in the drivers seat.  God didn't create us and throw us onto this planet to be left alone to wander through it all.  No, if you have accepted Him as Lord and are following Him, then you are only stepping in the exact place that He is leading!

It might not make sense.  You might not see where you are going.  But that doesn't mean you've been abandoned and there is no purpose to the plan.  Let's look at a few verses.

Isaiah 41:10 NLT
"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

Proverbs 16:9 NLT
"We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps."

Psalm 37:23-24 NLT
"The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand."

Not only does God direct our steps, but he delights in every detail and holds our hands.  When the car breaks down, when our bank account is empty, when the doctor gives the diagnosis, when our future seems uncertain.  God is in control and He never leaves us alone to be tossed by the waves.  He steers, guides and directs us every step of the way.  And when we know that the one steering is someone who loves us and protects us, we can sit back and learn to enjoy the ride, knowing that even when we can't see where we're going He knows and He's going to get us through.

Friday, January 17, 2014


Lately it seems that I am spending more time waiting than doing.  Being in this place, the place of waiting on an unknown outcome and not knowing if or when it will be revealed, means that I have had to learn to be content with just living out today and not looking too closely at tomorrow.  It's hard and it really has tested me on where I am placing my trust, is it with the God I have committed myself to as a follower? Or is it all about me and my plans and my desires?

Last night I stumbled upon a familiar passage of scripture but read it in an unfamiliar translation:

Isaiah 40:27  (the message)
"Why would you ever complain, O Jacob,or, whine, Israel, saying,“God has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”?

Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening?

God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.

He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out.

He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall.

But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, 
They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind."

So once again I'm surrendering today and tomorrow to the God who knows everything inside out.  And today I'm starting to once again feel wind beneath my wings as I remember who He is and how His plans are always worth waiting for.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

My Favourites of 2013

Books, music and media are a huge part of my life.  They inspire my faith, fuel my creativity and just make life all that more enjoyable.  So I decided to take a look back on my favourite books, songs and albums of 2013.  Not all of these were released this year but all were discovered and enjoyed by me over this last year.  

Books (Non-fiction)
Love Does - Bob Goff
Bread & Wine - Shauna Niequist
Kisses From Katie - Katie Davis
The Invisble Girls - Sarah Thebarge
Resurrection Year - Sheridan Voysey
Honourable Mention: I Am Second - David Sterret & Doug Bender

Books (Fiction)
Crossroads - William Paul Young
Submerged - Dani Pettery
Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales - Randy Singer
The Chase - Diann Mills
Sycamore Row - John Grisham

Crash My Party - Luke Bryan
A Christnas Gift To You - Johnny Reid 
Collapsible Lung - Relient K
Patterns - Cloverton 
Loved - JJ Heller
Honourable Mention: Rehearsals EP - the Digital Age 

The Broken - Bebo Norman
Chasing You - Bethel Music
Clouds - Zach Sobiech 
Who You Are - JJ Heller
My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark - Fall Out Boy
Highway Don't Care - Tim McGraw 
All Too Well - Taylor Swift
Draw The Line - Disciple 
Don't Blink - Relient K
Brave - Sara Bareilles 

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

A New Year

"No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven." (Philippians 3:13-14)

Let 2014 be a year where we all run the race with endurance, looking only to Jesus and not the regrets of yesterday or the obstacles of tomorrow.

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 23, 2013

When Christmas Isn't Perfect

Chances are this Christmas isn't going to be perfect.

Maybe there is going to be someone missing at the table.  Or you'll have an encounter with a relative who will rub you the wrong way.  Or perhaps yourself or someone you love is ill and the outlook is bleak.

Some will let this stop their celebration of Christmas in its track.  But Christmas isn't about perfect circumstances.  If it was the Son of God would have been born in a palace with a royal audience, not in a stable with no one to usher Him in but animals and teenage parents.

Christmas is about the light of the world entering our darkness and changing everything.  Bridging the gap once and for all between God and humanity and providing peace, strength and guidance for our journeys on this earth.

I pray this Christmas that will be the focus of your celebration: Jesus, who is God with us.  May His joy fill your heart even where happiness is absent.  May His peace calm your soul even where there is chaos.  And may His love be evident to you always.  Merry Christmas!

"For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

Isaiah 9:6