Valerie's Trip to the Hairdresser

When I was a little girl, my mum went grey before all the other mums. It probably didn’t help that she was 37 when she had me. New friends invariably asked if she was my grandmother, but she was self-confident enough that she didn’t care and never tried to hide her true hair colour. However, I decided that if I were to follow her into premature greying, I would dye my hair. Thirty years passed, which included several stints of pain, and I have indeed gone prematurely grey—even earlier than my…

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Last Night of Noisemakers

Well, Friday Night Noisemakers is now over. It ran for three months, from April to June, and was it ever a blast! I was able to make some great connections with the people who attended—we had three regular attendees with another two occasional ones. In our last newsletter, we told the story of how one of the girls requested a Bible (to read more, click here). Today, I would like to share about our last session before the summer break. 

The week before, we’d collectively decided to have a movie…

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The Plenty in Pain

Over the past year, I've experienced intermittent pain in my arms and hands. Sometimes it has been so bad that I can't write or type. Sometimes it's been almost non-existant. During the time we were in Canada, I was unable to get a proper diagnosis, though physiotherapy seemed to help.

I decided to try Japanese physiotherapy, which Peter extols as much more effective than the Canadian version. Off I went to the orthopaedic surgeon for a physio prescription—you can see one in Japan with minimal…

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Do I Really Matter?

When I was a little girl, I couldn't help wondering if God was a narcissist. He always wanted to be praised. He never seemed to get tired of people praising Him. He always seemed to want more. 

What kind of person always wants all people everywhere to praise Him? I thought. He must be either very full of Himself, or have a very fragile ego.

Later, I found myself more at peace with the idea of God always desiring our praise. He loves us, after all. He wants to show us His love—and He does so…

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Peter's Adventures at the Hospital!

Pictures: Peter in his hospital gear (sorry, hon, caught you blinking!); my lunch; Peter's lunch.

As most of you know, Peter is currently going through some problems with his adrenal glands. This is actually a recurrence of a problem he had three years ago. After someone has had severe adrenal problems once, ever afterwards their glands are weak. So, taking a special medication every day is necessary to prevent a relapse. However, Peter had some medication issues when we went back to Canada…

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