three bits of joy for the week ahead

Three exciting things happening this week.  

1.  The Niagara Children's Centre is being showcased with the 10th annual Have a Heart Radiothon through 610 CKTB, 97.7 HTZ FM, and 105.7 EZ Rock.  Listen to any or all three radio stations on Thursday, May 1 to hear stories of how the children's centre is a source of support and encouragement for families like ours.  Check out their website and watch their promo video.  The kids featured are known to our family - and their stories are great!

2.  The VanDriel family has their first big fundraiser to support their son Dylan this Saturday, May 3.  Check out the market that will feature handmade artisans, baked goods, plants, Dylan's cookbook, a kid zone (for while you shop!) and much more.  It's at Bethany Christian Reformed Church, 1040 Balfour Rd in Fenwick. Check out their website for more events, including a pork roast!  

3.  For us, another milestone approaches as we celebrate Rachel's 8th birthday on Sunday, May 4.  It is hard to believe it's been 8 years since our normal changed forever, but we give thanks for the support and encouragement we have received over the years.  We trust God will take us into the year ahead just as He walks with us now.  That trust is fragile at times but it is there.

Last week ended up congested as Janneke stayed home from school with a new cold (!), and she shared it with her family. We look forward to a return to good health and a chance to celebrate the children's centre, the VanDriels, and Rachel!

funny moment this week:  I took Janneke for a coffee this week to a Tim Horton's in Welland.  Sonya VanDriel will attest to this truth:  Almost all the men in the coffee shop had to turn their heads and watch me operate the lift as I unloaded Janneke from the van.  It was funny to see all these faces staring at us through the window - as if I didn't notice 10 men watching every step in the transfer from van to ground. Mind you, they were probably not so excited about my looks or Janneke's unique presentation as they were about the hydraulics of the lift and the size of the van.

Peace for your week,