This afternoon, I was able to go bike riding. It was 60 degrees outside, and it was almost impossible for me to stay indoors. It was awesome! I was very grateful for the gorgeous weather. Today, I didn’t have anyone to join me in my bike ride. I know Stephen would have come along, but he had to work. Nonetheless, I am incredibly grateful for Stephen and for the times he has joined me on my de-stressing biking trips. He is awesome 🙂 a lot more than today’s weather.
Today I am extremely thankful for finishing my thesis!!! Woohoo! Now, I only have to send the pieces for print. I am thankful for incredibly supporting and loving parents, as well as an encouraging and supporting boyfriend. Today has definitely been a blessed day!
Today I am thankful for the time to work on my thesis. I was also blessed to spend that time with Julia, and to share some coffee over work and a conversation. I was blessed to see Stephen at work, and I was happy to Skype my parents and tell them about my thesis progress.
Today, I feel incredibly blessed to have shared six months with my dear Stephen.
I also felt thankful for having shared lunch with John-Paul, for having turned my room into a little studio, and for having another joy-filling conversation with my parents.
Today I was thankful to start off my day with some baked oatmeal. I also tried to trick myself into thinking I was having Tim Horton’s, but I did not. Even though I ate some more dove chocolate, the best advice was still the one from yesterday.
I was also thankful to spend a lovely evening with Stephen, Mary, and Martin. They are always great company 🙂
Even though I have not written in over a month, there have been several little things that have brought joy to my heart. A couple of weeks ago, I lost one of my favorite earrings, but someone who works at the dining commons found it and gave it back to me. I am grateful for the kindness that people show to me every day; I don’t deserve how good people are to me. As usual, I am also grateful for a caring and loving boyfriend; I am specially grateful for the job he started today.
There are many happenings that can discourage us, but as my Dove wrapper reminded me, happiness is in the heart.
Today was a busy day, but it was a good day; aujourd’hui, je suis reconnaissante pour mon classe de peinture. We did not speak french during my class time, but I was curious to see if I could still construct any sentences in that long forgotten foe. I was able to continue working on St. Thomas, and with every stroke I am reminded more and more of Asterix and Obelix, which happen to be french.
Today I was thankful for being able to attend a humbling service at Keller Park Church, and being reminded that we must not neglect any areas of our spiritual lives, but grow akin to the voice of the Spirit and follow where it leads. I was later blessed to talk with my parents and know that they are always there to remind me to cling to God and encourage me to move forward. I was also extremely thankful for Stephen. I am amazed at how he is able to keep up with me in my awful days. I am incredibly blessed to have a boyfriend who cares for me and who shows that care even in the small pleasures of life. Without the ice cream he got me, I don’t know how I would’ve been motivated to continue knitting my scarf.
On Saturday, I was thankful for a warm house where I could be safe from the cold weather. It was very beautiful outside, but the falling snow looked even better as I watched it from my warm living room, while knitting myself a thicker scarf.
Today I am thankful for caring teachers who go out of their way to recommend life-changing books.
I am also thankful for the beautiful sunrises that I encounter on my way to work every morning; they are definitely a reminder of God’s great faithfulness. Even on a snowy day looked today, the sun still shone through.
To make the winter days more hopeful, I decided to start a series of things I am grateful for.
Today, I am grateful for handwarmers made by my friend Lucy, and for a boyfriend that is willing to walk me home in this frigid weather.
There’s has been Joy inhabiting within me lately. Joy has been kindled by God, family, friends, gratitude, art, music. I could write a list of all the things that have brought Joy into my life, but I would not be able to go to bed before midnight. Instead, I have chosen to post a playlist of all the songs that have fostered Joy and which I have listened to throughout the course of my day.
1. Saving Us Tonight by Satellite (I’m counting down until their first album is released on Feb 19th, 2013!)
2. I Will Be Light by Matisyahu
3. Towers by Bon Iver
4. All Praise to You by All Sons And Daughters
5. Flags by Brooke Fraser