This has been quite the week. Busy, busy, busy… But mostly with really good things. I can tell that it’s the end of the year. I remember my colleague Anke S. in Germany getting quite upset about this end of year craziness, she said: Do they really think next year will not happen? And that’s how I feel sometimes in December. This need to catch up on things left undone for 11 months. But is it really necessary? No, mostly not.

Last Friday was my birthday. My parents came early in the morning and we went to visit Auntie Sara at Donwood. She’s such a sweetheart, I really love her. She’s been this courageous woman that has been a huge example to me ever since I got to know her in 1991. After the visit in Donwood we went home and had some Schwarzwaelder Torte with mom and dad. It was so relaxing. Then I took a real long nap and was ready for the evening. This time the girls had organized it all, dinner at the KEG and a movie. It was so nice. We all really enjoyed it.

The last few days I’ve been sewing an advent calendar for Javon. He didn’t want to share with Sandra anymore. So this year he got his very own. Yesterday I typed out the Scripture verses for each day and stuffed the little baggies with chocolates and Scripture. I prayed over each calendar, especially for God’s Word to be alive & active in my kids’ lives.

So last night I was able to bring the filled advent calendars to Sandra & Javon and spend the evening (mostly) with Sandra. She’s picked up knitting (Yeah!) and I’ve been able to help her knit some buttonholes in her sweater. I’m so grateful, that I’ve been able to do a few more things than in the previous months/weeks.

Tomorrow Courtney leaves for Minneapolis. So we did some last minute stuff and now she’s packed and ready to go. We just have to get up on time to drop her off at NKMB church at 6:15 am. And once that’s done, I’m going to Steinbach, my car needs an inspection and the tire pressure light came on a few weeks ago, but so far I couldn’t see any of the tires loosing air.

So that’s a full week, packed with lots of errands and meetings, and doctor’s appt. I almost forgot, on Monday I had this 3-hour long dentist appt. I’m getting a new bridge. Wow, I forgot how much work that is. I was so tired from lying on that chair for 3 hrs, and then all the freezing I got… I still can feel my left side of my face, where the needles went in. Once those needles are done, I can relax. It’s always the needles that make me anxious.

And I have finally finished the next Bible study, that we will do in January 2011. Wow, what a finish it was. I’m still thinking about the last 2 lessons. It’s about Paul writing to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:7-8:

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me – the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on the day of his return.”

What a testimony! It was also Paul who said in Philippians 1:21: “For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.” I can’t wait till January, when we will do this study about Paul’s life & some of his writings with the women at church.

So this has been a really good week. I’m grateful for my kids, for my health that’s improving. I’m grateful, so grateful.

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