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Birthdays are NOT my favorite celebration. At least when it comes to my own life. Present me with someone else’s birthday and I will go out of my way to make it as special as I can. When mine comes round, it is almost without fail that by the end of the day I am hudddled in the corner arms covering my head while air raid sirens go off over head. I dont do them well. They are not friendly, they take no prisoners, and I try to avoid them at all cost.

I LOVE my family. I really do! they are great! but, when it comes to birthdays… there’s usually something left to be desired. Take for example, the meal. I know Im almost 30, and living at home so I should be able to suck it up, but… I’m a porkiterian. Have been for a while and by that I mean YEARS. But… inevitably my birthday rolls around and I would say a good 9 out of 10 times, Pork is my birthday dinner. Yum… lol. This year, thankfully, pork is NOT on the menu. This year, shepphards pie. (Dont even get me started on the mistake that is to be called food).

I make everyones cakes. its what I do. Its expected, but thats ok because I love doing it. But that means when my birthday rolls around, no cake (except for the year my boss bought me a cake! Best cake ever!) Last year my sister-in-law, knowing my pain over birthdays, made me a birthday cake. It was so cool.. candles and everything… they carried it to the table, I went to blow out the candles and notices it said “happy 30th birthday!”… hmm… wait a sec… 🙂 But she tried… and I love her for it.

I’ve had one PERFECT birthday year. 1! (well, thats excluding the ones when I was a kid. 1 out of the grown up ones)! It was 2 years ago. Dinner at the CN tower, birthday cake, and best of all… Freddie. It was a GREAT day. I love every second of it. Last year… ALSO good. Started off a little rough with my car dying and having to have it towed to Brampton, but it meant more time with Shel and Hayden. So… 2 good birthdays. Bad thing just happen. It’s a fact. My last birthday in BC? I swallowed a tooth. My 16th birthday? I sat at home and did laundry.

This year… I just dont know. my family is scattered across 3 countries. We picked our wedding date, and have 95% of everything done for it. So thats a good, and Im counting it as an early birthday present. I will take what I can get. You think I’m kidding? i’ll keep track tomorrow, and you’ll see.. its like a broken mirror under a ladder with a black cat licking up spilt salt.

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Tests vs faith one of THOSE weeks.

First let me say I’m typing this from my iPod so if there are spelling mistakes or word mismatches I apologize. Silly predictive text!

Shel has been gone for 6 months. Some days it feels like it’s been a lifetime watching him get on the plane and fly off to start OUR new life. Other days I wake up and forget he’s not just up the road or in the next room.

We’ve had it pretty lucky. With our web cams we’ve been able to see each other almost every night before bed. We actually managed to only miss 2 days of seeing each other since his original return. Which is an incredible 2 years ago. 2 days in 2 years. I like those odds. But last week I woke up to find my laptop dead. No power no worky.

I called the company and they said it was a power cord problem and I would get
my cord in the next couple days. That was 2 weeks ago. Apparently power cords are hard to come by.

In the meantime, shels been having problems on his end getting his Internet connection set up. We’ve been communicating via the net on my iPod and his blackberry. The other night that quit working as well.

It’s been difficult. The Internet is a major factor in keeping our family whole. It’s how I talk to Rhys at 3am with the time difference. It’s how I help Evan with his algebra homework. It’s how I help the boys with unpacking and more importantly how Hayden talks to Daddy and his brothers.

A former coworker and I had a funny way of looking at things like this. Once when giving a very important presentation at the young womens retreat we found ourself faced with crisis after crisis. We were faced with a major incident at work that we were informed of on our way to the presentation in Niagara Falls. There was the possibility of some MAJOR media backlash. We were at a loss until we found ourselves at the retreat with 3 PR officers, one of which being a good friend of ours. We were blessed to have them at the right time and the right place to council us. My coworker looked at me and said “Ive got a feeling someone (Satan) is trying to stop us from getting the word out.”

We went to set up for our presentation and found that 1) the projector wasn’t working 2) the laptop there wasn’t compatible with out photo program 3) the flash disk holding the program was corrupted 4) the sound wouldn’t work. There was some seriouse work going into is not getting our program off the ground. But there was no way we would let our message go unheard. We had actually packed our own laptop with the program loaded up on it, power point projector, and speakers. Our message got out there and it was the first if about 40 times we presented it.

I feel a little like that right now. Like we’re being tested. But news flash. As hard as this is, we’ve both gone through much harder to get to the point we’re at now, months before the wedding. It is difficult and lonely but the 5 of us are commited to making this work!

I found this passage this morning on my “Bible for iPod application”
John 13:31,32
Jesus said ” Simon, listen to me! Satan has demanded the right to test each one of you… But I have prayed that your faith will be strong…”

Note to Satan; Bite me!!

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2009 in Uncategorized