A Beautiful Message

Updated: Jun 9

The email was unfamiliar, so I sent a message asking the subscriber to my blog who they were. Here is the reply (used with permission).

Good evening Mrs. Groot,

My name is Daniel.

Long ago,

before podcasts and the internet,

before tattoos, 

before my three children were born, 

before meeting my wife in Vancouver,

before living abroad, 

before becoming a loud musician, 

before skateboarding, 

before stitches and surfing, 

before reading LotR, 

before my first heartbreak,

I was a yellow haired boy,

who loved Jesus,

loved his parents 

and also loved school,

because you were my teacher.

Thank you.

Mr. D. Mansell


About Me

Rena was born a block away from a fascinating tide pool in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has taught Kindergarten to Grade 12 in a Public school, Christian schools, homeschool, and in an International school in China. She has four beautiful children...a baby in Heaven...a very cool husband...published three books (A Life Set Free, Mommy & Baby's Journal, and Bubs Bunny Goes to Camp) and painted a few paintings. God has given her incredible opportunities to be involved with short term missions around the globe as an Ambassador with the Department of Eternal Affairs. Her personal story is one of healing from brokenness. God took an abandoned, fearful child and is using her life to show that nothing is impossible when our lives are surrendered to God.  Her greatest joy is to bring joy to God's heart. She  sincerely hopes this blog is a blessing to you. 



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