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Divine Grace Experienced…

It was requested that parishioners write up their own experience of the Grace of God for a book for Lent. I agreed to do so and wanted to share my own experience here as well. Of course first I defined God’s Grace (like a good student)… I used the Wiki definition found HERE. The portion I used:

Grace in Christianity is the free and unmerited favour of God as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowing of blessings. Common Christian teaching is that grace is unmerited mercy (favor) that God gave to humanity by sending his son to die on a cross, thus delivering eternal salvation.

Now, I can’t say for certain it is the Grace of God that led me to the conclusions and actions below… but it is an experience I still hold as something akin to a release in order to receive.

The grace of God is defined as the free and unmerited favour of God. I have never felt that grace as much and as clearly as I did when we finally decided to move to Minnesota from Alberta, Canada. God’s grace is not what we deserve, but a reflection of what we need, what will help us to become a more whole person. It is this gift that myself and my husband fought so hard against.

For months we fought tooth and nail to stay in Canada with the friends, family and familiarity of life in my birth country. It was not until we released our wants and listened to the direction of God that we began our big move. When we let go, the grace of God allowed us to transition. With this grace the process which usually takes many months was completed in 2 weeks. Passports, packing, goodbyes and the journey were all seamlessly and successfully accomplished.

Without this laying of our worries and path at God’s feet we would not have been where we needed to to help my husband survive his worst bout of depression to date; not been nearby when others needed our help. Rather by the grace of God we were where we needed to be when we needed to be. This gift has enabled us to have a fuller life and is a blessing.

This is what I have given to my church to share, and now given to you to also have a read. I think that no matter what we like to put some sort of reason or structure to chaos. Reason to the unknown, reality to the unreal. All I can say is, right now, I am here where I seem to need to be. Who knows what the future brings. DSCN1565[1]

July

Well, the obvious comes to mind right off – Canada Day and Independence Day. We celebrate both, of course. Canada Day (HERE) always makes me a wee bit homesick. July 4th (HERE) was fun as well. July is also Grandma’s birthday up in Canada. And full blown summer fun here in Minnesota.

We lucked out and managed to make Home Depot where the kids made little bowling alleys. Which were PERFECT for the 18 inch dolls, I am told.20160702_093444

I managed to finish a prayer shawl for the Catholic church down the road, along with a pocket prayer shawl.img_20160705_155716

We spent TONS of time at the YMCA.img_20160708_150936

Emanuel got over his fear of the slide

Emanuel got over his fear of the slide

Walked back and forth for ClubY.img_20160713_140810

img_20160722_12102520160718_102041We hung out in the hammock.20160706_133131

img_20160720_115651Played outside whenever we could.img_20160716_160044

img_20160726_155359Had movie nights.20160709_201845

Ken made the girls a reading corner in the sunroom out of fabric and a hula hoop!20160712_134611

Hung out with our homeschool friends at the park as often as we could.img_20160714_171514

20160728_13253820160714_134859Made sure to document all the pretty flowers.20160730_121754

img_20160716_15574820160729_121129Visited our godson Anthony after emergency appendix surgery.img_20160717_153537

Met a brand new baby! Congrats Cory and Karen!img_20160720_215456

We even snuck in time for homeschooling.img_20160719_152550

img_20160708_145020Echo even went to Evan’s birthday party SOLO with dad!image000000

We watched soccer.img_20160722_192255

Watered our garden.img_20160722_145352

Celebrated Alex’s birthday.img_20160723_192011

Experienced the County Fair. (see the county fair blog post)

Were ditched by the boys who went to the cabin (too many mosquitoes for our allergic girls).

Even on our day off we made the walk to the YMCA

Even on our day off we made the walk to the YMCA.

Mosquito bites

Mosquito bites

 

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img_20160729_233940img_20160731_181055Basically we made this month COUNT and then some!!!!!20160709_131814

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Our track star.

Our track star.

Gavin working on art.

Gavin working on art.

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May, Looking Back at Spring Time Fun

May tends to be absolutely lovely here so we try to take full advantage with LOTS of time outside. dscn15491

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We got started on our planter boxes as well. Tomatoes and cucumbers this year. dscn15701

Plus Ken and I snuck out for a wedding.

Congrats you two!

Congrats you two!

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I even had my very own Mother’s Day (not professional of course) photo shoot! dscn15821

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img_20160508_120648We had a field trip to a local museum with homeschool buddies.dscn15951

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dscn16021img_20160518_143433We broke out the freezies.dscn16111

And worked on our meager landscaping skills.dscn16091

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Climbed trees.dscn16181

Went on long walks. And learned our route to the YMCA.dscn16211

Had lunch outdoors.dscn16241

And started our Canada unit. dscn16261

We even managed a visit with the Schwartz family.imag3086

And S’mores on the bbq… improvising!imag3134

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One of the things I love about May in Minnesota is that it does warm up. And this year we took full advantage!img_20160518_143350

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