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Tonight we celebrated Sean’s birthday in a traditionally nontraditional way. Greek food. For a man who didn’t like to profess to having favourites, this was something he enjoyed immensely as a family in those moments when he wanted to celebrate a victory or to even embrace a defeat. He would have been 42 today. It’s a far out emotion. Unlike my shallow self, he loved birthdays and the entering into a new year of life. I panic with birthdays. I panic with the inevitable process of aging. But 42. I think of the dreams he had and the visions, the endless vision he had for our family, for our community, for the church, and for every person he befriended. It was nonstop…and it is mind blowing how that the vision has stopped in time- to some degree- when he died at 40. Life has continued to move forward, of course, and I do believe we are beginning to learn the rhythm to this unfamiliar tune. Tonight after putting the kids to bed, I saw that it was only River who drew pictures in the birthday journal we made for Sean last year. Nola said earlier she wasn’t ready to write in it and Memphis, well, he’s a thinker. I don’t want to put pressure on the kids to have to do anything. I want to leave this journal as mere option- write it or not. Be free. My heart broke for River, though. He was quite young when Sean was diagnosed and really witnessed a lot of the gruesomeness sickness does to one’s well being. He missed out on a lot of the fun things his dad did or at least would have remembered him doing. To have been a 4 year old with a dad too sick to play or to go on adventures with, he seems to have this unspeakable grace for the whole thing. Does he not remember how horrible it was? Or perhaps he only remembers how loved he was by his dad and those other things don’t really matter to his young heart. I am not sure. For this Dennis the Menace meets Tom Sawyer boy, there is a kindness and an inner strength I pray continues to grow and develop with whatever diversity comes his way. God I pray he would remain grounded in the solidness only love truly can instil.

Life Music

Good, Good Father

Music has always been important to me. It has brought healing, encouragement, and inspiration to my life when I needed it the most. Recently I heard this song, and it has become very important to me during this time.

What songs, or artists inspire you?

Life Music

Reuben And The Dark

I love music! I love finding new music to listen to. Reuben And The Dark is a new band I came across the other day, and I have really enjoyed listening to the album, Funeral Sky. More about the band from the CBC:

“Calgary’s Reuben and the Dark is a collection of five multi-instrumentalists and vocalists led by Reuben Bullock. The group makes chilling, emotive folk and soul driven by dark, introspective lyrics that explore the duality of misery and joy.

Boasting a rare chemistry between all members across western Canada, Reuben and the Dark has emerged organically from Canada’s stellar independent scene on the strength of often anthemic compositions that translate the language of emotion into song with haunting clarity.

Their debut album is produced by the UK’s Chris Hayden (Florence & the Machine) and Canada’s Stephen Kozmeniuk (Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and The Game feat. Kanye West) and is being mixed by Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys)

Here are a few of the songs I have enjoyed listening to:

Life Music

My Playlist – Spotify

I love Spotify! I listen to it everyday and began making my own playlists. Since joining, I have followed and saved a lot of playlists. It sometimes amazes me the amount of music that is out there and I know I haven’t even scratched the service. Music is endless. It is everywhere and it influences everything. Anyways, i created this playlist for an upcoming sermon series I am doing at our church called #summerinthepsalms. I hope you enjoy it!

Life Music

Hillsong United – Empires

The new album from Hillsong United was released late last night on the West Coast. Empires is an album which will be on repeat all day in this house for many days to come.

What are you listening to?