Froese family history

2015 June

Yesterday’s stories. Grandparents. Beauty deep inside.

2017-01-31T23:17:05-04:00June 27th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

It was a view from a porch or two but there was a third porch I sat on right around the same time, this front porch at home where I grew up, an old manor in Niagara that dates back to the 1870s,  where Opa Froese, that is my father, still lives. It was my [...]

2015 April

Planes, trains, and not peeing our pants

2017-07-18T02:27:32-04:00April 24th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

We're  on the 6.46 am  train from Salzburg to Munich, somewhere near the German-Austrian border, with Bavarian countryside and snowy Alps and children curled up and asleep, The Children's Mother nodding off too, a couple of days to go in this family holiday, this, what has turned into an annual European respite while returning to Canada from Africa. [...]

2015 February

“If you can’t feel, what’s the point?”

2017-01-31T23:19:04-04:00February 25th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

“Daddy, it’s The Giver!” Liz said when we found the DVD for a thousand shillings, about 40 Canadian cents, at a hole-in-the-wall movie stand across the road from the edge of the university. At home, we saw it even worked, never a guarantee with these sorts of Ugandan movie outlets. For those not familiar with [...]

2015 January

Sometimes children should be seen and not heard

2017-07-18T02:47:33-04:00January 15th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

It was at the dinner table, Sunday evening, and the kids and Mom were telling me about the morning service where some brave Ugandan kid got up in front of hundreds of university students and adults too and boldly rhymed off a poem expressing his sincere wish that Ugandan parents would just listen to their [...]

2014 October

On adoption, giving thanks and growing young

2017-07-19T00:31:55-04:00October 14th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

She's  hardly a perfect girl, but there is one thing about our adopted daughter, Hannah, she can say things from time to time that show just how profoundly thankful she is to be in our family. Even at her young age -- she's just 8 -- she knows enough about her own story. On the [...]

2014 July

Germany wins World Cup on remarkable Froese Family anniversary

2017-07-19T00:58:57-04:00July 14th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

I had given my large German flag to my father some time ago, a gift for him to, with a Canadian flag, run up the flagpole that for many years stood by a tree I would climb as a boy at our home in Niagara. But it never made from Dad's home-office to that pole, and, [...]

2014 July

Germany wins! But my face is still so (im)perfect

2017-07-19T01:00:14-04:00July 9th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

It was the Ungame and this time the question was for Jon: “Describe your father in three words.” “Big nose,” he started out. The other two words, I somehow blocked out. Then I had to answer the same question about my own father. “Old. Tough. German.” Which is what Jon will be facing, someday. So, careful son. [...]

2014 January

The hills are alive with the sound of mystery

2017-07-19T20:01:09-04:00January 14th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

So over the weekend Hannah and I did a little dance because Hannah wanted to dance in her new birthday bathrobe, this during an intermission of The Sound of Music, the first time all five of us sat down to watch it together. Maybe Hannah danced too because we’re still basking in the glow, that [...]