Outside my window . . . another warm and sunny spring day with a temperature of +10 degrees C. There's a slight breeze and still a few lingering snowbanks in the shade along the north fence lines. It is desperately dry and a good 2 or 3 day rain would be marvelous for the land.
I am thankful . . . for the miracle of Resurrection and the new life that is ours because He died for our sins.
And I also am thankful . . . for friends and family that can share special days with us. And I always miss those who are away at these times.
I am praying . . . that I will be more like Jesus, welcoming and loving instead of judgmental and elitist.
I am thinking . . . about what to write in letters to our Compassion sponsored girls. I had news from both of them last week - happy mail indeed!
I am creating . . . some cards this week. I have lots of birthday cards to send out this month :))
I am celebrating . . . my birthday in a few days!
From the kitchen . . . leftovers! Ham, scalloped potatoes, roasted asparagus, salad and lemon cream puffs.
I am wearing . . . black track pants, blue tshirt, orange Roots half-zip sweatshirt and running shoes.
I am reading . . . Luke 2: The Birth of Jesus, ending with "Why were you searching for me?" he asked. Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?"
Reclaiming the "L" Word (Renewing the Church from Its Lutheran Core) by Kelly A. Fryer - chapter 4 - "Everyone is Welcome" - "When you confess with your lips and believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord, you better be ready for anything."
I am hoping . . . to drop a book off at my friend's this afternoon.
I am hearing . . . "Hail Mary", an Easter musical composed and performed by a family we know. It's a favourite for this season.
I am going . . . shopping for a new mattress this week! (Thanks, Mom and Dad)
Around the house and yard . . . some pots from last summer that need to be emptied, some branches to trim off trees and the Christmas tree to haul away.
One of my favourite things . . . Chocolate Pumpkin Cake, baked by my sister :))
A few plans for the rest of the week . . . laundry, a trip to take bags to the thrift shop, babysitting Blake (while Meadow, her parents and Grampa go an Oilers hockey game), starting some tomato seeds, a day of subbing and Bible study.
A quote for today . . .
“Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all.”
(1881-1944); priest in the Church of England
Here is a picture thought I am sharing . . . my mom baked me a birthday cake on the weekend. I am blessed to be surrounded by people who love and care for me.