I am occasionally told that I’m funny. Mostly by Tiff and Ariana, who laugh at all my jokes like best friends are supposed to. I’m fairly certain this sense of humour comes courtesy of Gramma Miller—possessor of a dry, sarcastic English wit who taught us songs about constipation from an early age. But my sense […]
Home is Where the Heart is
You’ve Got Mail
My Mom sent me a letter last week. A real live, handwritten letter. It was nothing, a quick one page note with some news from home. What a joy to open an envelope with no bill inside. To hold onto a scrap of paper, see her familiar handwriting, and know that someone far away loves […]
Kevin, I know for a fact you don’t party!
Last week my brother flew out here on a business trip and we got to have lunch together. I sat across the table from him and listened to him talk about his plans for the year and his hopes for his life and career. And it hit me—my little brother is a man now. The […]
Out of Africa
There are so many things I missed about Vancouver. So many wonderful things I forgot about or didn’t realize how wonderful they were until I got to experience them again after three weeks away. I forgot how comfortable my bed is. I forgot how wonderful it is to brush your teeth with tap water. I […]
Exactly four more sleeps until I leave for Africa. I’m ready. I’ve borrowed all the camping gear I need. I shopped for the essentials like gravol, a sun hat and SPF 60 sunscreen. All of my fundraising is done. Thank you (x 1 million) if you are one of the people who gave, attended a […]
look how they shine for you
On the prairies, the sky is so big that it swallows you up. Stretching from your left shoulder to your right. Wide open spaces, standing in the expanse of a Dixie Chicks song. It keeps you humble, a constant reminder that your life is small. Last night I looked up at the stars for the […]
I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
After a very tough week leading up to it, this Easter weekend was one for the books. I rested. I had a beer on the patio. I got my hair cut. The Oilers won, twice. I led worship on Sunday. I cooked a roast for the first time. I hosted a “family” dinner. I enjoyed […]
On Sunday afternoon I went crabbing with some friends at Bel Carra. More accurately, I went and sat in a lawn chair on the dock for a few hours while my friends crabbed. I had grand plans for an afternoon at home: doing my taxes, sending out my fundraising letters for Africa (… say what? […]
My throat hurts today and I’m totally miserable because of it. Having a sore throat is the absolute worst kind of sick because you can’t sing or enjoy coffee. Also, people can’t tell that you have one so you get zero sympathy. ”You don’t sound that bad!” Oh really? Because I feel like I just […]
On being thankful even though it’s not my holiday.
Every week at Community Group we go around the room and I make everyone say something that they are thankful for or something that God is doing in their life or something they’ve been learning over the past few weeks. It’s a totally cheesy exercise, but I like it and I’m the leader so everyone […]