Sunday, April 20, 2014


I've been embracing my "Mennonite-ness" lately by reviving faspa on Sundays and yesterday I made some Paska (using this recipe) to take to my mom's house for supper today. Conrad and Kiandra went to set and Kaden, Kezia, and I went to my Mom's.

The Paska turned out so good and I was glad that I had made another loaf to keep at home!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sunday's coming

Today is the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter. It was a fitting day for a funeral. It was a time to say goodbye to a coworker.

Just like that Saturday after Good Friday so long ago, today was a time to be sad. It was a day to mourn for what was being left behind....friends, family, 2 sons who will grow up without their mother. It was a day to realize that from this day forward, things would be very different...she won't show up for a surprise visit in a perfectly put together outfit, she won't offer shopping advice, she won't show off her beautiful smile. It was a day to question. A day to cry. A day to try and make sense of the events that led to this moment and why God would choose to end a life so soon.

As believers in Christ, we need to realize that the overwhelming sadness and the uncertainty and the confusion is just for a time and that "Sunday" is coming. The time when all sadness and the confusion will be gone. We have the assurance and hope that God knows more than we do and that His plan is perfect despite our desires for our will to be done.

It was on the way home after the funeral that I heard a devotional on the radio that was perfectly timed for this Saturday of in between. It based on Psalm 30:5 "...weeping may last for the night but joy comes in the morning."

How true it is. Our weeping here on earth is just for a time. Our loss. Our sadness. Our seperation. It is only for a time...Just for the night but then it ends.

Our joy comes in the morning. Our weeping is replaced with joy. It's hard to imagine. However, it's what the Bible promises. God holds us close....on Saturday...and all days... until the joy comes.

Jesus died on Friday.

Saturday was hard.

But Sunday's coming...

Friday, April 18, 2014

All in a Day's Work

...or rather all in a Night's work:

-send selfies to Conrad

-Receive selfies from Conrad

-eat copious amounts of food that is readily available on set. Every day, about 3 hours after call time, we get treated to delicious soup and sandwiches. Today's offerings included split pea and bacon soup and hot grilled cheese. 

-Enjoy the view of the set and all of the effort that goes into changing it to reflect the location and Christmas season:

-actually get a glimpse of a camera view of Kiandra in action on the screen before the real star steps in.

-Work on school work (editing Grade 1 toothpaste commercials) and eat copious amounts of snacks

-Hang out with the photo double and her mom and snap group selfies in the waiting room to post on Instagram. (AND one of the stars of the movie "liked" it 15 minutes later!!!)

-wrap at 2:30...home at 3:05am. 


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thursday 13

13 things I did today:

1. Finished taping my second last Grade 1 toothpaste commercial.

2. Participated in our Good Friday Easter chapel.

3. Received  Paska for a treat from one of my Grade 1 families.

4. Enjoyed this lovely Easter gift from a school family during our staff meeting.

5. Stayed late because the meeting ran late and then had to rush home to get Kaden to flag football practice.

6. Didn't have time to pick up Kezia from a friend's house before heading out to set with Kiandra.

7. We got a special pink parking pass which allows us to violate street signs during filming days. 

8. I was able to see the hospital we are filming at outside of the school trailer window. 

9. I actually was bored enough to watch the overtime hockey game while waiting for Kiandra on set. 

10. Ate "lunch" at almost midnight and still was able to watch the 3rd overtime winning goal when lunch was over. 

11. Spent some time editing toothpaste commercials while Kiandra worked.  

12. Enjoyed spending time with this lovely lady while we waited to be wrapped. 

13. Finally got home around 3:00am after a very long day!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Badminton Grade 8 Doubles

My Wednesday after-school view:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kaden turns 13!

It was a big event at our house today!! Kaden turned 13. Unfortunately, his big 13th birthday book was sent late to publishing and so he will have to get it next week. Instead the girls and I celebrated Kaden by taking him out to Five Guys for supper after badminton: 

and then going to see "God's Not Dead" at the movie theatre:

and then we joined Conrad (who had to work) at home for some cake:

and then came something Kaden was looking forward to:

Time sure flies...I can't believe we now have 3 teens in the house! I'm thankful for the people they are growing up to be. I truly love being with my kids and I feel so blessed to be their mom. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Badminton Season

The season of badminton is short and sweet…usually just the month of April. It was during that sweet spot of winter sports ending and spring sports not quite starting.

This year, Kaden has morning practices from 8:00-8:45 Monday-Thursdays and then an after school practice on Mondays from 3:30-5:00. On Tuesdays, he plays with the Grade 7 singles and then on Wednesdays he plays with a Grade 8 partner on a Grade 8 doubles team.

He must enjoy it…or at least felt obligated…because today he gave up a chance to go to his hockey windup playing laser tag in favour of agreeing to play this Wednesday with his doubles team. I'm proud of his commitment to his teammate and his maturity in deciding this was important.

It's hard to believe we're half way through the season already...

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