Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Things That Make Me Smile…

1) what I like to call ‘one liners’ that I find while doing my daily devotions; here’s a list of some that I’ve come across lately…

Proverbs 3:5a Trust in the Lord with all your heart.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works.

Psalm 32:8b I will counsel you and watch over you.

Romans 8:28 God works for the good of those who love him

Psalm 63:4 I will praise you as long as I live.

Hebrews 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus.

2 Samuel 7:18 Who am I, Lord…that you have brought me this far? (This must have been the inspiration for ‘Friend of God’)

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous…He will never leave you or forsake you.

2) pregnant people/babies…

2 members of my extended family and 3 people from my limited Canadian social network (lol) are having babies in almost consecutive months! (June, July, August, September, and November!) While we are not ready for beautiful, bouncing bundle of joy ourselves, I’m ecstatic for the people in my life that are welcoming such wonderful blessings into this world! This also means multiple diaper cakes and baby blankets in my immediate future! :)

3) kindergarten

I started volunteering with a kindergarten class a couple of months ago, and I love it! I have missed being in a classroom so much, so this is a great way to get back in the swing of things and get my foot in the door while I wait for a work permit. The education system here is different than what I’m used to, so I’m taking advantage of being able to learn first hand! And the kids! The kids are amazing! Yes, there are always going to be those few students that somehow manage to drive you nuts, but every one of them is totally worth it! The teachers, too, are incredible. They are so understanding of me and my circumstances and try to make me apart of their classrooms. I even had the opportunity to chaperone a fieldtrip to the Biodome! (Which I keep telling myself I’m going to upload those pictures!)

I have to pause for a minute, because as I’m writing this, I’m looking out onto my back porch, and it’s snowing. Why is it snowing? Because it’s too cold to rain? But it’s above freezing…(barely)? It’s sunny too…!? At least it’s not sticking.

Snow. Something back home that would have been cause for some serious elation. Canada, however, has ruined me of that. Hopefully we’ll move back to the South, and snow will once again bring a smile to my face. For now, the sight of this unwanted fluffy white crap is making my motivation to go for a run later virtually nonexistent. Oh well. Back to what I wanted to blog about…

4) weddings

Who doesn’t love a wedding?? And it just so happens that I have the honor of standing next to 2 beautiful, blushing brides (what is with my alliteration today? lol) in the next 12 months! I will be flying home in May for Miranda’s wedding, and I can’t wait!! And Lolly is getting married next March, and Brian and I are already trying to plan our trip back for that! We’re so excited even though it’s a year away! :)

I’m also saying some prayers and thinking wishful thoughts that there might be another wedding thrown into the mix in 2012…wink, wink! You know who you are! ;)

5) sisterhood

This weekend, Alpha Gamma Delta sisters all over the world will be celebrating International Reunion Day, IRD. All chapters and alumnae groups across the globe celebrate this occasion on the same day by sisters coming together wherever they may be for themed festivities and fellowship. Initially, I was upset that I would be missing out this year, but a few weeks ago, I received an IRD invitation in the mail from an alumnae group out of Ottawa. I was overjoyed! I’m excited at the prospect of meeting ‘Canadian’ squirrels and extending my sisterhood experience across to a different corner of the continent.

6) visitors

A handful of sorority sisters, other friends, and a couple of family members have expressed a real interest in wanting to come visit me in the great white north this summer! I have to say (in my feeble attempt to persuade them) that it is beautiful in the summertime. There are so many fun things to do in the wonderful weather, and it actually gets just as warm as back home! So please, please, please come visit me! Besides, I’ve really been wanting an excuse to go on the Amphibus and have some Beaver Tails in the Old Port of Montreal! ;)

That’s enough for now…but now onto some laundry…not something that really brings a smile to anyone’s face…but this laundry sign certainly would bring a smile to my face while doing laundry! lol I have to make one! :)

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