I was only in the dental office one day this week, only spent one real day at the church plus a few hours here and there. The rest of the week I have been getting ready. I have been able to clean a bit in my office at home – much needed. Wrapped all the presents. Usually I’m doing that last minute while yelling at everyone to stay out of the bedroom. Since no one else was homeI got to do my wrapping this year on the dining room table. Way better than the bedroom floor.
Tomorrow the kids come home – except for Rachelle, Asen and Ronin (sigh). They will be home in a couple of weeks though.
We should be 22 around the table(s) tomorrow night. Then we all will head over to the church for the candlelight Christmas Eve service. Back home after for our gift opening. We will be up very late I suspect. Sunday morning we will (Leo and I at least) get up for a casual breakfast/Sunday/Christmas Day service. It will be good to worship our Saviour with the other brave souls who venture out.
Then I will crash and just chill out the rest of the day. If I get my way.
It would have been nice to have some snow for Christmas but they are predicting +2 or so and I suspect not much snow will remain. Shouldn’t complain – better than –40.
Today started off with suture removal. It had been 5 days and I figured that since she said 5 to 7 days that meant my little incision would have been pretty much healed up. I’m afraid my pristine beauty has now been marred by my rushing things. The incision –the one up by my hairline – opened up. I am now closed up with superglue and a bandaid. Not quite what I had intended but that is how life goes I guess. Nice to have a Dr hubby on mornings like this.
Started cooking the meat for tourtiere and finished off my writing for the Advent Candle lighting tomorrow. Then a little ballerina arrived. She was dressed all in pink and we began what ended up being a day spent together. We all went out to choose trees and threw three of them on top of my little Matrix with the car top carriers. Delivered them. Went for lunch at McD’s and then for groceries. Interesting, grocery shopping with a 3 year old. She decided that she needed a bag of marshmallows. She wanted to ride in the cart, then out of it, then hung on behind for awhile. She held the list and we did manage to get everything on it and make it to church for music practice in time.
At worship practice we were treated to an hour of interpretive dance and attempts to help Birdie play the organ. Mrs. Birdie was most tolerant, bless her.
One week left till Christmas. Lots left to do I’m afraid.
Sometimes there are just good things to support that come across one’s radar. There are a couple of projects that I have become aware of in the past few weeks. One is the Aviva funding competition for Harbour of Hope. If you haven’t heard about this one yet, check out Jordon’s post about this worthwhile project. Click here to read about it and then please go to the Aviva site, sign in and register to start making your votes. It really does only take a few minutes of your time.
Today at church we became aware of another worthwhile project. Family Futures of Prince Albert is launching a fundraising project “Unto Us A Child Is Born.” This is a program that gives support to young mothers and children. Mothers with young children in need receive support so they can be better parents and understand better how to feed and nurture their children. I can’t think of a better way to honour Christ on his birthday than to help children get a better start in life. It is not a Christian organization however I think that when a group targets Christian churches as part of their fundraising and we respond generously we state loudly that we care for the least among us in Christ’s name.
Another group with which I am involved is Fresh Start Ministries. This is a compassionate ministry with the Nazarene Church but they gladly let others join them in reaching out to the hungry and homeless people of Prince Albert. In fact I am chair of their board. I know that we can use funds to help distribute hampers and small gifts to the homeless. We are just a small organization but the opportunities for service to these people is huge. If you need a good local charity to support send me an e-mail.
These are just a few of the opportunities to get involved. If they are not enough for you then get over to one of the groups that sponsors children overseas like World Vision or Compassion and send a little extra their way.
We already have enough stuff to put under our trees at Christmas time. Lets spend some of our excessive wealth on others that really need it.
Kim at Connexions offers a story – and a pretty interesting one – that is timely at Advent.
How like this shepherd we are. More like this one than we are like the Good Shepherd.
Food for thought. Enjoy.
Last day of work today for a week and a bit. We finished off the day with a couple of emergencies that walked in to the office at the very last moment. One fellow I could not help. My sore hand had been working hard on some fillings and I just did not think it was wise to start an extraction that I might not be able to finish.
So the end of the day was spent catching up on all the last minute shopping, some gifts, some groceries, filled the car with gas and printed off some pictures I need for gifts. Then I realized that I no longer had my VISA card. It was not in its customary slot in my wallet.
I don’t think there is a feeling that is much worse. I need that card when I travel in January. There would barely be time to replace it and there are all those accounts set up that I would have to remember to change. So, my mind began backtracking the events of my afternoon – when had I used it last, etc. And I realized I had l left it in the chipreader following one of my purchases. What were the chances of it still being there two hours later? I almost gave up before returning to the store. But, I thought I’d better at least give it a try.
So glad I did! The person minding the till was still on duty and there was my card. Wonder of wonders! Thank God it was safe. Made my day!
So, now there are just gifts to wrap, food to cook and a bit of relaxing to do.