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Holy Week 2019

This whole week has me thinking about Faith, Hope, and Love. What is hope? Noun plural noun:hopes a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. “he looked through her belongings in the hope of coming across some information” Synonyms: aspiration, desire,…

Volker speaks

Volker speaks

In the weeks after we knew Volker had brain tumours he started to journal. Only three entries. Click on the thumbnail to open the picture in a new tab, and again to enlarge the picture.

Petrina’s birth

Petrina’s birth

Petrina Marie Burkard Born: March 10, at KW Hospital, Kitchener ON: Weight 6 lb 14 oz; Length 18 inches Volker and I always knew we wanted two children. In fact, before I got married I knew I wanted a son named Simon James (Volker didn’t…

Simon’s Birth

Simon’s Birth

Simon Nathaniel Burkard Born: Friday, July 16, at KW Hospital; Weight: 5 lb 12 oz; Length 18.5 inches On Thursday, July 15 Volker and I spent the early part of the day in New Hamburg trying to get the house we were renting ready to…

Scarcity

Scarcity

“The gift that I gave you, where is it? Tell me, how did you use it? Did it grow and multiply as I meant it to do?” “Oh, thank you, Love, for your gift. I am so grateful for it. It has been such a…

A letter from Volker (written by me)

Barbie, my love, I am sorry that I must leave you. I didn’t want to go, to leave you alone, to be unable to participate in the rearing of Simon and Petrina. There were so many things yet to do! Your love meant so much…

My guest

My guest

I have a guest. He’s been an occasional house guest over the years, but since my husband died he has taken up residence with me. Some days he sits quietly in a back room and I am only dimly aware of him. Other days he…

My Birth

My Birth

A child conceived. Not in joy and expectation but in accident. Because of human nature, human needs. A child conceived. Another child when there are already four in five years. An additional load to an already heavy burden. Why? Because one’s duty must be done…