My Birthday Wish

20 Apr

cookiesThis year for my birthday, instead of asking for gifts, I wish to make a difference. Every 20 seconds a child dies from a water-related illness — but Samaritan’s Purse Water Projects are helping save lives through clean water.

I have set a goal of raising $2,000. In order to help reach this goal, here’s an incentive:

-Donate $50 and I’ll bake you cookies. Will ship anywhere! Just let me know what kind of cookies you want in the comments.

Help me reach my goal. Please donate to my birthday campaign and join me in raising money for water projects for Samaritan’s Purse.!

Thanks so much for your support!

Click here to make a donation:

https://sponsorme.samaritan.ca/sponsor/merickson

 

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Christian Farmers Only

7 Feb

I love John Crist’s style of comedy, and nearly died laughing when I came across this video of his.

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WestJet Christmas Miracle: real-time giving

14 Dec

This amazing video from WestJet can make anyone believe in the magic of Christmas! It’s received over 23 million views in less than a week. Enjoy and get out the tissues!

Solo Joe – Coming this fall!

10 Oct

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I have the incredible opportunity to sit on the board of Burnt Thicket Theatre, and am proud of their latest work: SOLO JOE, which is playing in Calgary on October 25 & 26. SOLO JOE explores a forgotten dream, a faithful heart and an unimaginable love. 

October 25 & 26 @ 7:30 PM nightly
$15 in advance or at the door. Tickets available at solojoe.bpt.me

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Solo Joe is the story of a church custodian – Joe, who for 23 years has longed to realize a moment that he dreamt of when he was 17. All those years ago he dreamt that the curtains opened, that he stepped into the spotlight and heard the applause of heaven. Now, quite miraculously, in the midst of turning 40, preparing to teach a Sunday school lesson on Joseph and watching his youngest child graduate, Joe finds himself in the middle of that which he has nearly forgotten. There is a set, an audience and an orchestra of one – but the spotlight won’t go on. Are dreams reserved only for those with technicolor dreamcoats, or can Joe sing, dance and imagine his way to a new revelation?

“I believe Solo Joe resonates with audience members at all stages of life,” says James Popoff, Artistic Director of Burnt Thicket Theatre and creator of Solo Joe. “In the biblical story of Joseph it says that when Joseph’s brothers bowed down, Joseph wept because he remembered his dream. Does this mean he forgot? What then enabled him to carry on as his dreams got pushed further and further to the back of his mind? What does this mean for our interpretation of Joseph’s story and what does it mean for us and our dreams – realized, failed or forgotten?”

Created by James Popoff with Stephen Waldschmidt. Music by Mac Mackenzie, Directed by Karl Sine.

Make you sure you get your tickets early – see you there!

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Tuesday Music: Johnnyswim

3 Sep

I first heard Johnnyswim‘s music at the Catalyst conference. The singer-songwriter duo consists of Amanda Sudano (mother is Donna Summer) and Abner Ramirez, and they play folk, blues, soul and pop music.

You can grab their song “Bonsoir” on Noisetrade for free.

What I’m Reading This Month: August 2013

7 Aug

Here are the books that I’m reading this month.  Want to know what I thought of the books I read last month? Check out my blog post here.

This is our book club selection for the month. It’s based on a true story and I’ve heard lots of good things about it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After reading Susan’s hilarious blog about online dating on the Storyline blog, I decided to give her book a try.  If it’s 1/5 as funny as the blog post, I’m in for a treat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve always enjoyed Queen Latifah’s movies and thought that it would be interesting to learn some more of her story. Confession: I got the audio book out of the library. It’s read by the author :)

Those are my books for the month. What are you reading?

Recipe: On-The-Go Coco-PB Bars

22 Jul

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I recently picked up Impact magazine and found this delicious recipe for peanut butter granola bars.  It was super yummy, and I added flax seeds, hemp hearts, oat bran and chocolate chips (of course!). There’s no flour or sugar! If you’re looking for a yummy, somewhat healthy recipe, try this!

Tuesday Music: Gordon Paul

9 Jul

Just over two weeks ago, about 100,000 southern Albertans were forced from their homes after massive flooding.

This past weekend at church they showed a video of the work they are doing with Samaritans Purse to help in the flood relief efforts here in Calgary.  It was amazing to see the destruction, but it was also inspiring to see the ways that people were reaching out to help complete strangers.  I loved the song “Hold On To Me” by Gordon Paul that was featured in the video. You can download the song here and view the video here.

I had the opportunity to go to High River and help out this past weekend.  It was overwhelming to see the damage that the flooding had caused, but it was encouraging to see the way the community had banded together during this crisis.

Please continue to pray for those affected by the flooding.

What I’m Reading This Month: July 2013

8 Jul

Here are the books that I’m reading this month.  Want to know what I thought of the books I read last month? Check out my blog post here.

I’ve enjoyed hearing Craig Groeschel (pastor of LifeChurch.tv) speak a number of times and am really looking forward to diving into his latest book.

UPDATE: I didn’t have time to tackle this book, but I’m hoping to read it soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve heard great things about this book and am looking forward to reading it.

UPDATE: This book was full of helpful tips on how to deepen my relationships and to approach them intentionally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I read another book by Amy Hatvany (Outside the Lines) and devoured it in a couple of hours.  Here’s hoping that this book is just as good!

UPDATE: I really enjoyed this book – a good quick read with lots of memorable characters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I heard about Nik Wallenda and his famous feats (walking across the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls) on the Relevant podcast. I’m looking forward to reading his story, and learning more as he shares about his faith.

UPDATE: I enjoyed this book – it was entertaining and gave me a glimpse into the famous Wallenda family.

Those are my books for the month. What are you reading?

Tuesday Music: DL Rossi

2 Jul

I was listening to the latest edition of the Relevant podcast this past weekend and they played a clip of DL Rossi‘s song “The Fool”.  He is a singer/songwriter based out of Nashville and I was immediately drawn to his style of music.  He, like me, is also a cancer survivor, so I thought that was pretty cool.

He has a sampler on Noisetrade, so go check that out if you’d like to download some new tunes.

 

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