One of the Most Important Things I Can Do As a Father

By Shawn Smucker | Twitter: @shawnsmucker We were under blankets in the semi-dark, dusky light lining the blinds. I was trying to soothe my 4-year-old’s bruised feelings, his heart aching at some fresh discouragement, his disappointment cresting at the great injustice of a 7pm bed time. When you are the fifth of six children, and […]

Motherhood Un-Wisdom

My stomach precedes me as I navigate between cramped tables and chairs. I wave to aunts I haven’t seen since the last family wedding and cousins who look impossibly grown up. It couldn’t have been that long ago we were skating in woolen slippers around Oma’s kitchen floor, devouring pans of her impossibly good Rice […]

Confessions of a Serial Planner

I am a planner. This includes any project I take on, but five-year plans are my favourite, giving me a sense of purpose, direction and control. I feel safe when my plans are detailed and well laid out. I like knowing where I am going and how I am going to get there. It should, […]

The Blue Boy and The Cricket

“Sometimes in the middle of the night, I wonder if God hates me.” – By Anne-Marie Heckt I sat on a rock, with a cricket for company and the sun a halo over the mountain, and thought about blue. The blue of mountains, the blue of ocean, and the blue of my son’s face the afternoon […]

Meeting God in Unexpected Places

“In my family, God was a foreign concept. We didn’t go to church. We didn’t pray. Christmas was about Santa Claus and Easter was about chocolate bunnies.” By Stefanie Thomas | Twitter: @stefanie_nicole One of my favourite things to do is go see movies in the theatre. I love it when a film can make […]