December 5 - Night Out - in downtown Manhattan, at a burger pub, with Melinda and Tyler, celebrating Tyler's birthday. And later eating ice cream and then walking through Times Square, marveling at the neon signs, buildings, crowds, and energy of New York City.
December 6 - Workshop or conference - On National Scrapbook Day in May, I went to an all day crop organized by Scrapshotz in Calgary with Heather and that was lots of fun! I got some pages done about our trip to Poland. And in April I went to the International Reading Association conference, a perennial favourite of mine, in Edmonton. I love a day devoted to children and reading and books!
December 7 - Blog find of the year - I've followed a lot of blogs but if I could only read one each day, it would be Holy Experience, written by Ann Voskamp. That girl has a gift with words and her camera, she lives on a farm, and her faith is a living, breathing daily reality. She truly is an inspiration - I know she's shy about praise but God is using her in mighty ways!
December 8 - Moment of peace - early morning Bible reading when the sun shines in our bedroom and my day starts calmly, focussed on Him.
December 9 - Challenge - driving through Kenya and Tanzania, watching the women and children walk collecting water and firewood - and having children call out to us as we passed by in our safari vehicle, "Water, please." And now coming home to so much of everything and sometimes seeing it being wasted or not appreciated. This is still on my mind most days.
December 10 - Album of the year - Christmas music: Andrea Bocelli "My Christmas" - Christian album: "CompassionArt (Creating Freedom from Poverty)" - 12 artists inspired to write and record an album with all proceeds and royalties going to help the poorest of the poor- from the album cover.