Today was the last day of gym this year. So now I have two weeks of vacation, 1 week of which will be spent in snowy Wisconsin (which is reported to have the nation's largest indoor water park).
I am so looking forward to relaxing, drinking hot tea and reading - maybe a little cross country skiing thrown in for fun. :)
I am looking forward to and excited about next year. Who can tell what a year may bring? I'm not one to make new year's resolutions, but I do think there is something special about a fresh beginning. Wasn't it Anne Shirley that said, "Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet." I love that. Every day is fresh and new and every year more so.
I am so thankful for the grace of the Lord and the forgiveness that is possible through the cross of Christ. A new year may be symbolic, but it's His blood that gives new life. Per my Pastor's request, I have been reading the gospel of John this week. I am amazed at the sacrifice and love shown to us. That is the miracle of Christmas.
It's late, I'm tired, but I haven't posted in way too long...so here goes!
I am happy that Christmas is almost here
I am happy that the rain paused long enough this morning for me to take a walk
I am happy that I live in a country where I have freedoms and I am thankful to the men and women who sacrifice and fight to protect our nation
I am happy that I have 99% of my presents wrapped
I am happy that Cam is letting me wrap her presents (hi - my name is Amanda and I am a present-wrapping-aholic)
I am happy that NCIS episodes are aired many times a week (hi - my name is Amanda and I am a NCIS adict)
I am happy that my kitchen is clean
I am not happy that the floor is dirty - ah, only so many hours in a day
I am happy that I am going to make potato chowder tomorrow
I am happy that my house has electricty and running water
And I am oh so thankful for my Savior. As a friend of mine's dad always says when asked how he's doing..."better than I deserve"
3 years and 2 months ago I did my first show with Scotty Corbin and Overlook Theatre Company. Who would have thought that Once On This Island would be the beginning of so much learning, fun and friendships?
This show is over, and I will scarcely have time to miss it before we start working on the next one. I wonder what fun fantastic things I will get to do this time!!!!!
These past 5 days have been so fun!
Starting Wednesday night with Hoopla with all of my family up on the mountain, then a fabulous Thanksgiving, decorating my Christmas tree (it smells so good!!!) and playing Cities and Knights on Friday and eating birthday carrot cake (all intermingled with Mario Kart for Wii - I liked it but spent a lot of time falling off the road and crashing into walls), then my girls birthday party with lots of fun, fondue and karaoke that Miriam and Camila so lovingly threw for me. Then Sunday was smiling and waving all dressed up and wearing a red wig in the cold of the Franklin Christmas Parade followed by yummy pizza and another birthday cake! So it's been one long party with great food and family and friends. I am so blessed!!!
If your holiday was half as great as mine, then you are pretty lucky too!