Faith’s birthday & Canada Day 2013

As you all know by now on our street and in our community we have a huge celebration for Canada Day that ends with fireworks. We are so thankful for great neighbours that like to work together to have fun. This year we had our celebration on Sunday, Jun 3o so that we don’t have to get up early the next morning to go to work. Good call.

The night before we painted the Canadian flag on the street like we do every year, this year we made the flag a bit bigger. It’s always fun painting the street with my neighbours.

Also we celebrated a special birthday for Faith as well. She turned 5. We had over all our friends and family that we love so much. Many of our close friends weren’t able to make it this year but it worked out great with Denita and her family coming over and DJ and Caitlyn. Faith just loves these guys. Hopefully next year we can have all those over that couldn’t make it. I guess I need to get the invitations out much earlier next year.

De-Ann outdid herself again with BBQ’d ribs, souvlaki and cupcakes for dessert. Everything was delicious. Each person brought over a salad and some dip, also delicious. Faith had her very own special cupcake with candles in it and everything.

Everyone gave Faith very special gifts. She rec’d a tent with finger puppets, necklace, bracelet and a ring (which she immediately put on and didn’t take off until she went to bed), word search and princess puzzle, and from us her very own bike (with training wheels). Unfortunately Faith wasn’t as enthused about the bike as I was but eventually she warmed up to riding it after DJ and I lowered the seat. It wasn’t until today (July 1) that she actually really rode it, but that’s another story and post.

This year our street was full everyone who lives on the street (almost everyone) invited their friends so we had more people on the street then every before. There was even some dancing going on, Faith and Shawn even got into it. I learned Faith and Shawn are quite the dancers, unfortunately.

It was so great to have other streets from our community join us for the celebration, especially at the end when we lit off the fireworks. Another great job by our organizers Ryan and John. Can’t wait for next year. Enjoy the pictures below.

July 1, 2013 at 9:17 PM 2 comments

Faith is 5 today!

Wow, my little girl is five years old today. I remember like it was yesterday we were visiting her in the foster home and she was just a baby. See below a few pictures of her from 7 months old to today. Kinda a fun gallery of the changes in our little five year old. [Picture 1: 7 months old, 2: 1 year, 3: 2 years, 4: 3 years, 5: 4 years, 6: 5 years old – today!]

July 1, 2013 at 7:54 PM Leave a comment

Drastic change

Four inches and almost 20 pounds. I can prove it, take a look……

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July 1, 2013 at 5:59 PM Leave a comment

Lifestyle change

One of the benefits of cardio rehab that I didn’t mention in my past posts was not only was eating healthy and exercising regularly but I started to loose weight and started to look much healthier. Since I started getting serious about this lifestyle change I have lost almost 20 pounds and 4 inches. Check out the pictures below of the changes just in my face. Drastic!

I still have another 10 or so pounds to go to get to my goal weight but I am on my way. I even bought a golf shirt to wear when I reach that goal weight. When you see me wear it you know I reached my goal!

The first picture is just before I started eating healthy in January, the second is of me right after I got out of the hospital and the last was a few weeks ago when I was on a Daddy-daughter-date with Faith.

July 1, 2013 at 5:32 PM 2 comments

Cardio rehab journal Week 18

I know it has been a long time since I have posted about my recovery and I apologize, lots of crazy things have happened in my life since my last post over 18 weeks ago. So I thought I would do a recap on what has happened for the past 18 weeks. Take a look and hopefully you will feel informed. Oh and by the way, thanks for all your prayers they have meant so much!

Week 2: on Mar 11 I had my very first cardiologist appointment and he said I was on the road to recovery. He was very happy with the EKG results and told me the next step was to meet with a case manager for my rehab program. At that time he was still baffled as to how I ever had the heart attack in the first place. I wasn’t a likely candidate, he said. On Mar 12 I finally went back to work on a part time basis. I worked for 3 hours, then took a short break, then another 3 hours. I eventually worked my way up to my usual 8 to 1o hours a day. Then On Mar 15 I had my second class where I learned about cardiovascular disease, angina, and of course heart attacks. We even learned a little bit about lifestyle changes and how they can save our lives. I learned a great deal. It was then I vowed to make these drastic changes so this would never happen to me again.

Week 3: on Mar 22 I learned about stress management and hope to cope with stress. Again I learned a lot. But what I thought was quite funny was at the end of the class the instructor gave us an option to listen to New Age music and practice breathing. Of course I opted out. The fourth class was taught by a nutritionist. This was probably the most informative to me and I took lots of notes. I love that not only did we learn about what to eat (and not to eat) but how much! That was so helpful and I have stuck to that rule since I learned it. Oh I didn’t mention what the rule was, it is you should eat 2 to 3 servings of meat a day (no more) and a serving is the size of the palm of your hand. I ate sometimes 5 times more than that. So helpful! Also on Mar 22 I had my first stress test to find out whether I was ready to start exercising and what fitness level I was at.

Week 5: on Apr 4 I started my very first exercise class. I met with my case manager and she accessed all my tests including my stress test and then introduced me to my exercise instructor who would be my task master for the next 16 weeks. My exercise instructor’s name is Robin, she walked me through my program then got me going right away. Oh by the way, I found out from my stress test that my fitness level is at the level of an athletes. I couldn’t believe it because I haven’t played any organized sports for over 15 years. So guess what, Robin pushed me hard right from the beginning. Yikes!

Week 6-9: starting on Apr 11 I started my workout routine which consisted of 10 minutes on the treadmill at 3 m/h then 30 minutes on the treadmill at 4 m/h. Then another 20 minutes of strength training with a resistance band. Eventually I bought I resistance band for home.

Week 10-13: on May 30 I had completed 10 weeks of exercises, only 6 more weeks to go. It was at this time that I started to do a 40 minute walk each morning (Mon to Fri) and to do the strength training exercises I had learned at rehab. After each work out I was really starting to feel energized. And get this, I enjoyed it. It was also a great time to be all alone and listen to music. Many time I was pray for most of the walk.

Week 14-18: on Jun 27 I had completed 14 weeks of exercises. Also on that day Robin came up to me and started asking me all kinds of questions. Finally I asked her what was going on and she told me we have to booked my final stress test, it is soon time to graduate. I have to admit I was kinda bummed because I was really starting to enjoy my time each Thursday with the guys besides who I exercised with each week. We had started to become friends. But I was also very happy to know I would soon be fully recovered.

My stress test is booked for July 11 at 9:15am and this week coming up I have to get blood work…more poking. And you all know how much I look forward to that. Uggh! Please pray. That should catch you up.

July 1, 2013 at 5:18 PM Leave a comment

Sunfish

As you know our kids have been taking swimming lesson for the past year. They have been to two sets of classes and moved from a Sea Otter to a Salamander and now they have completed their third set of classes and they have both graduated as Sunfish.

We always knew Faith was a fish and loved the water but never got that from Shawn because every time we go swimming or go to the splash pad he is content to sit just outside the water. However at swimming lesson he really rises to the occasion and when he isn’t being silly, he really swims. He can do his rocket ship, his front floats and his back floats and he is very good at diving for rings at the bottom of the pool (in the shallow end of course).

As I just said Faith is a natural and loves swimming, all kinds of swimming. She also enjoys jumping into the pool and loves diving for rings too. However she doesn’t like waiting. That’s the time she is always getting herself into trouble. She is constantly being told to “sit on her bum” by the swimming instructor. She just needs to be always swimming!

The last few lesson we have had Faith has said to her instructor that she wants to do everything by herself. Did I mention she is very independent, if not, she is.

All in all the kids had a very good season of swimming and they are looking forward to being Sunfish for this next season. Our goal as parents is to have the kids both be able to swim without supervision. And we both agree Faith will probably take it to the next level and become some kind of lifeguard!

July 1, 2013 at 4:18 PM Leave a comment

Day 81…1 Corinthians 10:23-24

1 Corinthians 10:23-24: Not everything is good for me

Paul continues his lesson on eating food offered to idols as he discusses something I hear a lot of Christians say when speaking about freedom in Christ: “I am allowed to do anything…I want.” Only problem is Paul tells us not everything is good or beneficial for us. Be concerned about the good of others more than you are yourself.

v.23, “I am allowed to do anything” or “all things are lawful” does not mean that believers are allowed to disobey Christ and God’s moral law. Paul is trying to get the Corinthian believers to understand that eating meat offered to idol is really unimportant to one’s faith, however even though they are allowed to do it (it’s not against God’s moral law) it may not necessarily be “good” for them or “beneficial.” Just because something is not against the law, doesn’t mean it is helpful.

v.24, “Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.” Even though believers are allowed to practice their freedom in Christ in matters that are lawful, some practices of freedom do not necessarily work to build up other believers. So we need to be concerned for the good of others, not for our own good. If our freedoms end up hurting or causing another believer to stumble we need to stop exercising them. It is hard be we need to consider the needs and perspective of other believers.

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?  Some actions are not wrong, but they may not be in the best interest of other believers, especially new believers. So I need to abstain from doing these activities. What are the activities that you do that would cause a new believer to stumble? Or even cause a misunderstanding or even an offense to them. The most obvious example is of a brand new believer who used to abuse alcohol, he comes to your home and you are serving wine. It is not morally wrong to serve wine but this could cause your new believing friend to question and eventually misunderstand why you drink wine. If you are concerned for the good of your new believing friend you will not serve wine in his presence. You might even go as far as stop serving it altogether because he could hear about it from another believer. Do you have any other examples as to how you can apply this principle?

June 12, 2013 at 10:29 AM 1 comment

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