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Book Review: Miracles and Other Reasonable Things

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  There are so many of us who claim Sarah Bessey as one of our kindred spirits. Following her Field Notes and other social media posts, you will quickly embrace her as a sister that you didn’t know you needed. Sarah Bessey’s newest book, Miracles and Other Reasonable Things: A Story of Unlearning and Relearning God, chronicles her experiences through a car accident and afterward through her journey of suffering and healing. Coincidentally, it was during this time that she became a balm for many within our circle.   When we were dreaming of the future for Sister Triangle, we…

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A New Way to See

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By Arlene Manson   It is 9 o’clock on a Monday night.  This article- that I am only starting to write now- is due by midnight.  In my mind, in my new beginning, I am going to be that person who always gets things done early.  In my earthly reality, I am a procrastinator and I get things done, but always at the last minute.   When I think of beginnings, I think of starting or trying new things.  One new beginning that I had this year was traveling for mission work. This past winter, during February, while Canadians were…

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Bare Beginnings

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By Jenn Wallace    So many of our beginnings start this way—two individuals who were bare and vulnerable, who trusted. There is something attractive and exhilarating in allowing someone to know you—it can feel like a big risk, opening to someone’s touch, gaze and trusting that person. The vulnerability in partnering and building trust is so needed in parenting.  Whether or not a couple is able to conceive, raising a child requires naked vulnerability. If living with someone does not bring out all the details, good and bad, then raising a child certainly does. Babies produce all kinds of emotions…

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New Beginnings

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By Loreen Husband   Sunrise or sunset?  If you’re looking at a photo it can be quite difficult to decide which one the photo features unless you were there when it was taken. In a recent edition of the Dauphin Church bulletin, Tim Pippus said in his weekly article; “People spend a lot of time thinking about new beginnings.  We often obsess about how we feel right now. Yet, we make the best decisions when we think, ‘Regardless of where I am now or what I am going through, how do I want this story to end?’”. I will admit…

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The Diagnosis

"The diagnosis was a beginning. It was also an ending." - Sheena Koops

By Sheena Koops   It started with squirrels at the end of his bed, and sometimes he would make Mom get up and see what those tall people in the corner were doing. He saw horses in a field and riders wearing tall hats with stovepipe points; he saw all this through the walls of his own home and through the houses along the streets. Not long before he passed he said, “Why is the little girl crying?” referring to the empty chair at the round kitchen table of their new home in Fort Qu’Appelle.   Dad had neuropathy, a…

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You Need Rest, My Child

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By Charlotte Kowalson CRACK!! Oh! Such pain! “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m…” “I know,” I replied softly, “Now let’s do our activity!” Oh man, this really hurts!  Why does this hurt so much? Just keep doing group time with the kids!  This will all go away! Nope, not going away!  Maybe I need an ice pack! Well, the ice pack is helping, but man this headache is spreading fast, all the way around my head. I need to let my boss know. Boss is busy right now. Okay, boss is less busy – let her know.  Why is it so…

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When God Blinks

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By Gayle Garneau   When God blinks… My heart skips a beat. Panic soon follows. Is this the end?   Am I alone? Abandoned? Without hope? Has He closed His eyes to me forever? Will He ever look on me again?   What did I do wrong? Will I ever be good enough? Can I earn back His love? Why won’t He turn my way?   When God blinks…   “Don’t fret my child. I didn’t turn my back on you. I am always right here by your side.   It was only momentarily that I looked away. A tear…

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Q&A Featuring Sheena Koops

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Forward by Victoria Utman Full disclosure: When we set up this interview, I was frustrated. Tonight’s guest is our Talent Scout, my mother, Sheena Koops and it took three phone calls to hammer this out. If you know Sheena, you know that she is a game changer, move maker, and earth shaker. I often describe her to people that don’t know her as a “high power woman” and with that comes her God-given energy for justice, education, and advocacy. Yes, sometimes it’s challenging to get a hold of her, I never know what kind of adventure she’s on, but when…

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Courage

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By Bonnie Baxter   Courage I find courage inspirational, particularly when I see it in others. Sometimes it is found in the big things. We find it wrapped in grace as we fumble through. I think of times I’ve seen courage: my friends helping their young daughter through challenging years with cancer. my brother persevering through his heart transplant, and a family donating a heart to give him new life. three dear mamas all saying goodbye to newborn boys…and many others who have kept on living, really living, when a child they loved was gone. dearly loved older people walking forward…

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Q&A Featuring Deanna Cook

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Forward by Victoria Utman   Our editorial team wouldn’t be the same without our fantastic Copy Editor. You heard her speak about courage at Sister Triangle Retreat, but we just wanted to give you more! She is an educator with a big heart, a quiet leader in our loud world, and the authority here at Sister Triangle Magazine on all things grammatical. Please put your proverbial hands together for the one-and-only, Deanna Cook!   Victoria: This is the most important question, which is why it is first: Coffee or Tea? Tell us why. Deanna: First thing in the morning, I…

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