• 22/02/20 + 2

    22/02/20 + 2

    Tuesday marked two years since the attack on our family in our home in Kibuye. I’ve reflected on this event in the past. One month out, seven months out, and one year ago. Even for me to go back and read how I was processing everything that happened at those intervals of time seems a…

  • Joy?

    Joy?

    To THIS world? The other day I was listening to something Scotty Smith said – about the ‘weary world rejoicing” in O Holy Night. There is some real truth in there, particularly relevant for many of us this Christmas particularly. The last year feels like it has been so full of sorrow, disappointment, and loss…

  • what it takes to get home

    what it takes to get home

    Getting our family from Edmonton to rural Burundi is not exactly a straight forward nor a simple task. Really, getting here from most places is not easy, even from most places in Africa. Our trip was 15,912 km of flying over 9 time zones, several transfers, at various airports in multiple countries. When we returned…

  • For Those Who Can’t Breathe

    For Those Who Can’t Breathe

    I wrote this over a week ago, but have hesitated to post it, not wanting to add more noise to the conversation. But I have come to the conclusion that saying something, as mistaken as I may be, is better than saying nothing. When I look back on what I’ve done and where I’ve been…

  • Maundy Thursday – a reflection on betrayal.

    Maundy Thursday – a reflection on betrayal.

    Today is the day before Good Friday, just over halfway from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. A strange day referred to in the traditional Christan calendar as “Maundy Thursday.” Or, as most kids who grew up in church think it’s called: “Monday-Thursday” It coincides with the traditional celebration of the Seder Supper – the marking…

  • 22/02/2020

    It feels strange to write about an event like what took place in our house on February 22. In one way, the essence of writing is distilling down something – an idea, an event, a person, a theory- into words that are a clear summary of that thing. How does one clearly reduce an event…

  • Alpine Life – our reality of living in the French Alps

    Alpine Life – our reality of living in the French Alps

    We seem to have become more adapted to living in the Alps.  Les Aples Fran├žaises have been our home for almost four years now (plus 4 years about a decade ago), which is a while – and seems like a really long time for our kids. Alpine life has definitely changed who we are, and…