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22 09, 2017

Community Without Walls

By |September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Community|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

I have always considered myself an introvert, and to some extent, I still do. I always preferred staying in rather than going out. I would get excited when plans were canceled last minute and it meant I could stay in my PJs all day. I didn't mind spending an entire week barely leaving the house or interacting with anyone other than my husband. I thought I was the kind of person who just "didn't need

31 08, 2017

I Just Want to Be a Mom

By |August 31st, 2017|Categories: Purpose, Stories, This Road|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

What do you want to be when you grow up? A mom. That was always the only answer in my heart. Sure, other things seemed interesting, there were even a handful that I thought I might be good at, but nothing that ever felt like part of me. I honestly can't remember a time in my life when I wasn't keeping a strict baby doll nap schedule, babysitting, or choosing names for my hypothetical future

22 08, 2017

Beautiful and terrible things will happen:  Don’t be afraid

By |August 22nd, 2017|Categories: Stories of changed lives|1 Comment

The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn't have been complete without you. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid. I am with you. - Frederick Buechner This weekend is my family’s big get-together and campout weekend. My 6 siblings and all their kids - even a few super cute babies - are together for

9 08, 2017

How God Moves in the Midst of a Move

By |August 9th, 2017|Categories: General reflection|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

My husband and I have moved homes this summer and what an adventure it has been! It is our first “big” move having a toddler on our hands and lawyers, paperwork and boxes galore! I must admit, it was one of, if not THE most stressful things I’ve ever done. Especially moving into an old, almost full renovation house. Kudos to you who do it often! It’s hard, and a lot of, work! There were

3 08, 2017

On Rest

By |August 3rd, 2017|Categories: General reflection, Living life with Christ, This Road|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

I feel like we usually think of rest in terms of needing a break from business. Resting in God is equated to sitting in the bottom of a boat, calm as a cucumber, in the middle of a wild storm; or a baby cradled in their mother’s arms in front of a warm fire as a blizzard rages around the house. We don’t think about resting and needing rest until we’re surrounded by seas of

31 07, 2017

Seeking Through Doubt

By |July 31st, 2017|Categories: Purpose, This Road|2 Comments

I was baptized when I was 19. Between then and now a lot has happened. I actually think I sinned more since I have been baptized then before I was baptized. Thank goodness we have a forgiving God. I went from a life of lies and secrets, to this place of openness and healing. With Gods help I am slowly being stitched back together in the way God has intended for me. God has been

28 07, 2017

The Word of God Stands Forever

By |July 28th, 2017|Categories: Living life with Christ|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Being a teacher, I get all sorts of questions, commentaries and suggestions on what to do with “all that time off” that I am blessed with each year (and of course, I also receive my fair share of eye rolls, sighs and “must be nice”). No matter how I choose to spend these two glorious months, without fail, they always go quickly and every year I seem to blink and it’s already September. I have

26 07, 2017

Unexpected Grace

By |July 26th, 2017|Categories: Joy, Living life with Christ, Purpose, Stories of changed lives, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Summer of 2015, the holy spirit impressed on my husband's heart that God wanted to use my body but I wasn't ready. He was not specific on how. October 13, 2015, I dreamt an old friend had come to visit me. In the dream she told me I would get pregnant. I was totally opposed because I have two beautiful preteens that God has blessed us with. Anyway, in this dream, I had to walk

18 07, 2017

Good Change Is Still Change

By |July 18th, 2017|Categories: Reflections, Stories, This Road|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

I am terrible with transitions. Some people love change, others are neutral, and I absolutely despise it. Change can be good, like adopting a puppy; change can be bad, like saying goodbye to a good friend or family member. For me, good change feels just as scary as bad change. Because good change is still change. In May 2016, my husband Jefferson and I made the decision to uproot ourselves from my hometown of Brampton

28 06, 2017

Property Update

By |June 28th, 2017|Categories: General reflection, Joy, News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Site Plan Application - approval granted!  We are so delighted to finally have in our hands the Final Site Plan approval for Phase 3. Yes, it has been five years since we started talking about it and two years since we completed and submitted our designs to the Town of Oakville.  The comprehensive package for submission was prepared by Glenn Reinders of Reinders and Rieder Ltd. Throughout the process, we had multiple conversations with the

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