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A Fantastic Family Fun Team Filled Summer With Ashlyn Berkhout

September 1st, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in CHRI

Over the course of the summer (April – August) our Family Fun Team has attended 26 events! Time after time our team of volunteers has continued to blow me away! Our partnership with the Ottawa Champions Baseball Club this season has been the focus of most of our event initiatives. With 8 Sundays out of the summer being spent at the ball park running the CHRI Kids Zone, I really feel we have communicated the importance of making Sundays about family and have been encouraged by the response from parents. It has been so rewarding seeing how far the CHRI Kids Zone has come since our first Sunday and how many people come out.

funteam-4The thing that has thrilled me most about this summer is seeing how much our volunteers have grown. Growing in the sense of doing things out of their comfort zone that they would have never done at the beginning of the summer, or having a life changing experience from just interacting with a child. I can’t take the credit for where they are now, but it has been such an honour to watch them bloom in both comfort and in Christ.

One of my first major events at CHRI was The Big Give. web domain My team and I took the cruiser (Out & About with Arnprior Chrysler J) around town and visited 3 churches and one park that were hosting the give. This was the day that I knew I would love my job – driving around the city, handing out balloons, and playing soccer with kids! I’m so passionate about making the most ordinary people feel absolutely extraordinary and that was the first day I really got to do so.

That is what this is about; being a servant and a blessing.

I am so ecstatic about what is to come with our involvement in the community!



For inquiries about the Family Fun Team or to apply, you can reach me at

5 Must See Christian Movies Coming This Fall

September 1st, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Family

While 2015 might not be “the year of the Bible” all over again, there’s still much and more for Christians to be excited about when it comes to movies. God’s Not Dead 2 is easily the most anticipated film on the faith-based roster, but sadly, that probably won’t reach theaters until sometime next year. In the meantime though, Christian Today has the inside scoop on three upcoming films that should have every believer talking. From an incredible true story of faith and football, to a reminder of how powerful prayer can change lives, here are brief summaries for the must-see Christian films War Room, 90 Minutes in Heaven, and Woodlawn. Czarina Ong writes,

“War Room, which is slated for showing on Aug. 28, is directed by the Kendrick brothers Alex and Stephen, who previously handled movies such as Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous. Their latest movie tells the story of Tony and Elizabeth Jordan, a couple who seems to have it all—great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and an equally beautiful home. However, behind closed doors, Tony deals with his loss of love for his wife. The two often find themselves fighting each other, with their daughter becoming collateral damage. When Elizabeth meets an elderly widow who teaches her how to fight for her family and set up a secret prayer room in her home, miracles begin to happen.”

“Meanwhile, 90 Minutes in Heaven, which is directed by Michael Polish and stars Hayden Christiensen and Kate Bosworth, tells the true-to-life story of Pastor Don Piper, who suffers from a terrible accident that renders him dead for 90 minutes. He goes to heaven, then returns to earth, and struggles to find purpose in life after that incident. web domain It will be shown on Sept. 11.”

“Lastly, Woodlawn, which has an Oct. 16 release date, travels back to 1973 when the Woodlawn High School football team, including its coach Tandy Gerelds, encounters a spiritual awakening. It is also a real-life story of love and unity during a time when racial discrimination was rampant.

Two additional films are preparing to debut this fall as well, both of which are expected to contain significant spiritual themes. The first is Captive, an incredible true story of a mother and recovering meth addict who is taken captive in her Atlanta apartment by an armed fugitive. Starring Kate Mara (House of Cards) and David Oyelowo (Selma), this harrowing tale draws deeply from the teachings of Pastor Rick Warren and his book, The Purpose Driven Life. The second is a dramatic retelling of the Chilean miner crisis that took place five years ago, when 33 men became trapped underground after the collapse of the San Jose mine. According to CNN, many of the rescued men attributed their survival to God.

Captive will premier in September alongside 90 Minutes in Heaven, while the Chilean miner’s The 33 is slated to release sometime in November. Though information on these new pictures is still scarce, we can take hope knowing the Gospel message will be heard in theaters around the country. For a Christian viewer, that’s a lot to be thankful for.


Spend Time With Your Kids Before They Grow Up

September 1st, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Family
Grab your tissues, because you’re gonna need them.

In the video below, brought to us by Quaker Canada, a young girl named Lauren and her dad, Michael, are asked one very simple question: What is something you’ve always wanted to do? And they both have the same answer: they want to spend more time together.

So, Dad and daughter decide to do something incredible. Since Lauren has a summer dance recital coming up, she wants nothing more than for Dad to perform with her on stage in front of a thousand people — and completely surprise Mom, Lynne, in the process. You see, Michael’s not much of a dancer, and he’s never performed on stage before.

The big night arrives, and Dad is nowhere to be found. Lynne calls and texts him, worried he’ll miss the show and leave the seat empty beside her. Little does she know, her husband has been secretly practicing a special dance for five days, and it’s all been leading up to this moment. web domain Keep your eye on her reaction in the audience… priceless!

Just goes to show how far some parents will go to make their kids happy. This may be an ad for Quaker, but it does a fantastic job of pulling at your heartstrings in the process.

Please enjoy the touching video below, and SHARE it with your friends on Facebook!


Brené Brown On How To Reckon With Emotion And Change Your Narrative

September 1st, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Advice and Tips
The most powerful stories may be the ones we tell ourselves, says Brené Brown.
But beware—they’re usually fiction.
How to Reckon with Emotion and Change Your Narrative

My husband, Steve, and I were having one of those days. That morning, we’d overslept. Charlie couldn’t find his backpack, and Ellen had to drag herself out of bed because she’d been up late studying. Then at work I had five back-to-back meetings, and Steve, a pediatrician, was dealing with cold-and-flu season. By dinnertime, we were practically in tears.

Steve opened the refrigerator and sighed. “We have no groceries. Not even lunch meat.” I shot back, “I’m doing the best I can. You can shop, too!” “I know,” he said in a measured voice. “I do it every week. What’s going on?”

I knew exactly what was going on: I had turned his comment into a story about how I’m a disorganized, unreliable partner and mother. I apologized and started my next sentence with the phrase that’s become a lifesaver in my marriage, parenting and professional life: “The story I’m making up is that you were blaming me for not having groceries, that I was screwing up.”

Steve said, “No, I was going to shop yesterday, but I didn’t have time. I’m not blaming you. I’m hungry.”

Storytelling helps us all impose order on chaos—including emotional chaos. When we’re in pain, we create a narrative to help us make sense of it. This story doesn’t have to be based on any real information. One dismissive glance from a coworker can instantly turn into I knew she didn’t like me. I responded to Steve so defensively because when I’m in doubt, the “I’m not enough” explanation is often the first thing I grab. It’s like my comfy jeans—may not be flattering, but familiar.

Our stories are also about self-protection. I told myself Steve was blaming me so I could be mad instead of admitting that I was vulnerable or afraid of feeling inadequate. I could disengage from the tougher stuff. That’s what human beings tend to do: When we’re under threat, we run. If we feel exposed or hurt, we find someone to blame, or blame ourselves before anyone else can, or pretend we don’t care.

But this unconscious storytelling leaves us stuck. We keep tripping over the same issues, and after we fall, we find it hard to get back up again. But in my research on shame and vulnerability, I’ve also learned a lot about resilience. For my book Rising Strong, I spent time with many amazing people—from Fortune 500 leaders to long-married couples—who are skilled at recovering from setbacks, and they have one common characteristic: They can recognize their own confabulations and challenge them. The good news is that we can rewrite these stories. We just have to be brave enough to reckon with our deepest emotions.

In navigation, dead reckoning is how you calculate your location. It involved knowing where you’ve been and how you got there—speed, route, wind conditions. It’s the same with life: We can’t chart a new course until we find out where we are, how we came to that point and where we want to go. Reckon comes from the Old English recenian, meaning “to narrate.” When you reckon with emotion, you can change your narrative. You have to acknowledge your feelings and get curious about the story behind them. Then you can challenge those confabulations and get to the truth.

I’ll walk you through it. The next time you’re in a situation that pushes your buttons—from a breakup to a setback at work—and you’re overwhelmed by anger, disappointment or embarrassment, try this practice.

Engage with your feelings.

Your body may offer the first clue that you’re having an emotional reaction: for instance, your boss assigns the project you wanted to a colleague, and your face begins to feel hot. Or your response may involve racing thoughts or replaying the event in slow motion. You don’t need to know exactly where the feelings are coming from: you just have to acknowledge them.

My stomach is in knots.
I want to punch a wall.
I need Oreos. Lots of them.

Get curious about the story behind the feelings.

Now you’re going to ask yourself a few questions. Again, it’s not necessary to answer them right off the bat.

Why am I being so hard on everyone?
What happened right before this Oreo craving set in?
I’m obsessing over what my sister said. Why?

This step can be surprisingly difficult. You’re furious because Todd got the project, but it may feel easier to steamroll over your anger with contempt: Todd’s a brownnoser. This company’s a joke. Getting curious about your feelings may lead to some discoveries: What if you’re more hurt than you realized? Or what if your attitude could have played a part? But pushing through discomfort is how we get to the truth.

Write it down.

The most effective way to become truly aware of our stories is to write them down, so get your thoughts on paper. Nothing fancy—you can just finish these sentences:

The story I’m making up…
My emotions…
My thinking…
My body…
My beliefs…
My actions…

For instance, you might write, I’m so peeved. I feel like I’m having a heatstroke. She thinks I’m incapable. I want to hurl a stapler.

You can be mad, self-righteous, confused. A story driven by emotion and self-protection probably doesn’t involve accuracy, logic or civility. If your story contains those things, it’s likely that you’re not being fully honest.

Get ready to rumble.

It’s time to poke and prod at your findings, exploring the ins and outs. The first questions may be the simplest:

1. What are the facts, and what are my assumptions?

I really don’t know why my boss picked Todd. And I didn’t tell her I was interested in the project—I figured she knew.

2. What do I need to know about the others involved?

Maybe Todd has some special skill or she has me in mind for something else.

Now we get to the more difficult questions:

3. What am I really feeling? What part did I play?

I feel so worthless. I’m failing in my career. And I don’t want to ask for anything because someone might say no.

You may learn that you’ve been masking shame with cynicism, or that being vulnerable and asking for what you want is preferable to stewing in resentment. These truths may be uncomfortable, but they can be the basis of meaningful change.

Figuring out your own story could take 20 minutes or 20 years. And you may not make one big transformation; maybe it’s a series of incremental changes. You just have to feel your way through.

If you’re thinking this sounds too hard, I get it. The reckoning can feel dangerous because you’re confronting yourself—the fear, aggression, shame and blame. Facing our stories takes courage. web domain But owning our stories is the only way we get to write a brave new ending.

brene-brownBrené Brown, PhD, is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and the author of Daring GreatlyThis essay is adapted from her new book, Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution.

Teacher Collects Cutest Quotes From Kids And Shares With The World On Instagram

September 1st, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Lifestyle

Kids say the craziest things—fortunately for us, one second grade teacher decided to make them pretty enough to post on an Instagram account called “Live From Snack Time.”

Enjoy this brief journey into the mind of a child…because seriously, when was the last time you thought like a kid?






The teacher has been collecting the quotes for a little over a year and posting them to Instagram since November, and you can send in your own kids’ quotes, too.

There are many important aspects of life to discuss when you’re a kid. For instance, “How does the tooth fairy get in if the window is closed?” or “I always name my fruit snacks,” and “Carpet is just a lot of little hairs.”

When children say such cute, funny or wise things, one New York City teacher is doing more than listening.

He or she — the person declined to reveal any other details about their identity — is sharing kids’ observations of the world on “Live From Snack Time,” an Instagram account with accompanying versions on Facebook and Twitter.

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Fall Into Pinterest

September 1st, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Lifestyle
The best recipes, crafts & inspiration for fall!
Click the Image Below to Explore the Possibilites!

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