Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, it’s an odd experience for a Canuck in the US to have Thanksgiving so late and so close to Christmas. They celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday here, and most places also give Friday off in holiday spirits. Brian is on the road as I type (I hope) to come down for Thanksgiving, and that’s extremely exciting. We’re gonna have dinner tomorrow night. I invited a few other people to join, but they’ve been dropping out quickly. Oh well. Lots of turkey for Brian and I! It’ll definitely get us through the weekend. I love turkey and stuffing sandwiches. Almost as much as eggs on toast. I found this really cool recipe for Maple Roast Turkey with Sausage, Apple, and Cranberry Stuffing. I’m extremely excited to try it. Picked up a few bottles of wine as well, and looking forward to seeing if they’re worth their penny.

There hasn’t been much else happening. Work has been busy; I’ve made it mandatory for the Confirmation classes to attend Youth Day this year (well, next year, but this school year), and that’s a nervous ride. Last year we had our registrations sent back to us because it had filled up already. I really don’t want that to happen this year, because I think it’d be an awesome for the teens to experience religious education in a different way and also experience the larger church. It’s expected to fill up before Christmas even though the deadline isn’t until February 2nd.

I talked with a mom yesterday who said that her son is totally enjoying Confirmation prep, and is often in the car calling to her to hurry up for class. I found that very encouraging to hear, as I always anticipate the classes being a disaster and am often surprised when things seemed to have gone really well at the end. Maybe that expectation will change by next year. I’ll definitely be more prepared for it after experiencing so many ‘falling-short’s.

Andy’s doing relatively well, considering the amount of sleep he’s been getting. I could never function under so few hours sleep and continue with a full day of work and class. I’m extremely impressed with his resilience at being able to do that. And he’s writing some darned good papers! Though the spelling does take a downfall after awhile. Which is quite amusing, really. He particularly doesn’t like including verbs when the mistakes increase.

I must say, though I am happy to edit papers, I am so glad that I’m not in a position where I have to do papers, and I am thoroughly enjoying the freedom from it :).

And it’s only 29 days until I head home for Christmas! I’m very excited to be going home. Last time I was in Canada was about 4 months ago (July), and will be 5 by the time I leave. Luckily I’ve had some great visits from family (Neil and mum) and friends (Celia and soon-to-be-Brian), which has really been helpful. I love Christmas. Especially when it’s with my family – they are so wonderful and wholesome to be around (well, most of the time wholesome 🙂 and we have a great time. There’s gonna be a lot of wedding planning during this time too, as it’s the only time Andy and I will be together with my mom and cousin (who’s going to be doing the decorating) before the wedding. Ah, bliss of life. Looking forward to getting back to familiar soil.

Well, that’s about all I have today. Hope you all are doing well, and I’d love to hear what some of your Christmas plans are if you get a moment! Blessings on your day.

Loving God through my family, friends, and interactions in my world.


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