Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Lord, you're so good to me...

So, in contrast to my last post, I'm swamped with projects at work this week. Up to my ears in paperwork. It's like getting punched in the face while you're drowning. One of those weeks I wish I didn't have to be a cheerful receptionist.
But in the midst of all this, God's given me very clear proof of His control over the things that are out of my control. He's given me unusually sweet times in His Word, praying with others and in worship. He's given me the grace to respond to difficult things in ways that have helped ease the situation. I can't imagine the hopelessness of having to deal with life without God, and that's mercy. Which I need a lot more of, or I will be a crazy old cat lady.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I have a most unusual plight at work this week. Part of my job is to make a the bulletin for sunday, which is commonly a very simple task. Except this week, we literally have nothing to put in it. I've spent a large part of two days now trying to find least now it's to the point it's more amusing than frustrating. =)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The grass is finally green in Alberta. It was blowing snowflakes around as I walked into work today, but there are finally some spring flowers blooming and the farmers are beginning to plant. Summer here is as precious as it is brief, especially since the schools run through the end of June and begin in September. (No wonder Canadians are so pasty-looking; like polar bears in toques...) I get to move into the dorms on September 6. (3 days before classes begin)

"A ship in the harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for."

Saturday, May 9, 2009

I miss the strangest things...

So as I'm back in the U.S., it's interesting to see the things I've missed while living in Canada. Most notable so far is the low prices on everything! It's also fun to experience Southern hospitality. ( and sweet tea.) I had forgotten how much of a different atmosphere is created by being in a multicultural area. Going to Aldi's again and hearing half a dozen languages walking around on the's a beautiful thing. I really miss the global mindset of the people who live in cities...the awareness that there is a lot more out there than their state/province. Perhaps this is how it is in Calgary.

Something I had not forgotten was how much I miss Target (it's incomparably better than Walmart) my family laughed at how giddy I was to go there again. We went to a huge bookstore (sort-of like Half Price Books, only no music/movies and more old, rare, beautiful books. ) Old books are nearly as expensive as textbooks, and far more interesting to read and lovely to look at...The highlight of the day, however, was shopping at Goodwill and getting a new, full-length formal dress for under $6!