At a meeting at work today, each participant was asked to answer three simple questions as part of a quick ice-breaker:
- Where did you grow up?
- How many siblings do you have?
- What was one interesting or challenging thing from your childhood?
It was a nice and easy way to get to know some of my work-mates a bit better. When it came to me, I answered like this: Continue reading First Impressions: For Better or For Worse
We don’t do a good enough job of affirming people. I’m talking about in our own families, among friends, in our workplaces, and in ministry. Often, it’s easier to find faults in others and judge others than it is to say something nice about them.
This is especially true in certain situations. Take sports for example. Many athletes use trash-talking to try to get into their opponents’ heads. The thinking is that it might throw your opponent off, giving you an advantage. Michael Jordan, Jerry Rice, and even Sidney Crosby are known to be good trash-talkers.
Continue reading Celebrating Gifts Through #dailyaffirmations
Here’s a brief promo for my talk at Vancouver College on January 20, 2015 on everyday Catholic family life.My talk is called: “What You See is What You Get: Living our Catholic Faith at Home”Being a witness to our Catholic faith is more than what we say or even what we do; it’s rooted in who we are. This workshop will explore what it means to be a true disciple and witness for Christ, and how we as parents can model a healthy and authentic Catholic lifestyle to our children.
My Christmas break started off rather inauspiciously – I spent the majority of Christmas Eve in Richmond General Hospital. After a bevy of tests including a blood test, urine test, CT scan, and ultrasound, it was confirmed that I wasn’t pregnant (yay) but that I had an inflamed large intestine (boo). Needless to say, it made for a rather uncomfortable few days.
The remainder of the break was without incident, and we spent much of the time entertaining family and friends at our home or going to gatherings elsewhere. Between Christmas, New Year’s, church functions, birthday parties, family gatherings, meals at restaurants, and more, we always seemed to be around people. Intuitively, it made sense. The holidays are a chance to see people that you might not often see amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life (work, school, etc).
In between gatherings, Gail and I enjoyed some much-needed quiet time at home with the kids. These quiet times were few and far between, but sacred nonetheless.
And I realized – now more than ever – that I’m interested in quality over quantity. Continue reading Quality over Quantity
Blessings to you and Merry Christmas! It was a great year for our family, highlighted by Sean’s Confirmation in the spring and our trip to Disneyland and Alaskan cruise in the summer.
This year, for our 13th annual Christmas letter, we’re going to change things up a bit. So enjoy some personal highlights, what we’re thankful for, and what we’re looking forward to next year!
- Highlights: starting gymnastics in tumbling class at Cartwheels, Disneyland and the Alaskan cruise, having Mommy as my teacher, my 7th birthday party at Go Bananas
- Thankful for: my parents and my brothers because they take really good care of me
- Looking forward to 2015: receiving my First Communion, doing more gymnastics
Continue reading 2014 Imoo Family Christmas Letter