I can’t believe I haven’t written in over a week—where does the time go? (And why do I sound like a woman who’s juggling a career, a husband and three children with that statement? Don’t mind me!)
This week I’m especially thankful for the following:
- A fun and successful Single Girls’ Night Out with my colleagues, which took place on Wednesday. My workplace hired some new employees in the last six months to a year and it just so happens that the majority of them are single females. After a discussion between three of us about the single life, the idea of having a Girls’ Night Out out was born. The first event was a success: five of the invited seven women attended, good eats and drinks were had and we all had only good things to say about the evening as we parted ways and even the next day. It was a great opportunity to get to know each other better.
- Peace and freedom. This is something I’ve always taken for granted but something that happened this week reminded me of the peace and freedom we enjoy in this country. I work close to the parliament buildings, and as a result I can often hear and see protesters when they march up to what they call parliament hill to protest this or that issue. Earlier this week, a group of people were protesting the way a particular situation was being handled in their native country. It was a peaceful protest I’m told, though it blocked traffic in some critical areas downtown, and the increase to everyone’s daily commute meant that some of those inconvenienced by the protest were less than happy. The police were there, and there was lots of horn tooting by people (translation: “Get out of my way or I’ll run you over”), but overall, everything remained peaceful, no one was killed as a result and no one feared that outcome. I watch the news often enough to know that this is not always the case at all. It’s great to live in a country where people are unafraid of losing their lives as they fight for what they believe in (though inconveniencing others probably won’t do the trick!).
- An eye-opening discussion with a high school friend. It’s amazing how someone can give you a new or different perspective on something, even something that you thought you had a good grasp on.
- Protection and safety for my father. He’s been away all week and God saw him to his destination safely and brought him back last night. I am so thankful for the traveling mercies that have always been granted my family as we go out and come in: there are so many stories out there of people who leave home in the morning and never come back. One particular story about a baseball player who pitched on Wednesday night and was killed early Thursday morning by a drunk driver particularly touched me. May he and his friends who were also killed rest in peace. And anyone who has driven when they knew they shouldn’t: Please don’t do it again. Innocent people do not deserve to lose their lives because of your selfishness and irresponsibility.
- My longtime friends’ baby boy turned four years old this week. I’m thankful for his life, his health (though he has a cold right now) and the way that he turned out to be (physically) a great mix of both of his parents. Also, the way he says my name is too cute.
- The way everything is coming together for the big move! I am very much a last minute person and when I finally did the one thing that I thought I was running out of time for, I found out I was actually early! However, there is one task that I really to do as soon as possible, but because of the holiday I may have to wait until Tuesday. My goal is to not think about it over the weekend. Instead I should spend that time packing.
- The reason for Easter. Despite my regular struggles to spend even a fraction of time I spend online on things related to God, I am so thankful for Easter and time of celebration this time is for those who believe.
Happy Easter, everyone!