As much as I love the prairies and see the amazing beauty in them and enjoy being able to see the sunset and sunrise all the time there is just something about the mountains! I am blessed to have newly acquired family that live in Alberta and I now have a very good excuse to head west at least once a year. ;) I love the prairie but oh how I love the mountains!
Jeffrey and my Christmas holidays were pretty much all booked and determined by mid November. As much as we were looking forward to seeing family we didn’t get a single full day at home and our introvert hearts ached for some down time. We didn’t consider it holidays because we didn’t get a break. That said though we enjoyed amazing food and a good times with our relatives in Manitoba and in Alberta. Jeffrey and I both contracted the stomach flu while celebrating Christmas with his family which definitely put a damper on our time with them, but is was a blessing in disguise to get sick at their house since we literally would have had nothing at our house because we had tried to empty out our fridge knowing we wouldn’t be eating at home for over a week. We were taken care of nicely and were well on the mend by the next day. Thankfully we got sick before we had to leave for our 12 hour road trip west… that would’ve been really rough if we had all been throwing up all the way to Alberta.
We rang in the new year with our new extended family and it was really nice to get to know our step-cousins a bit more. We stayed at one of their houses the four nights so we became closer with that family. We did something that actually had been on my heart to do for a while and is kind of my bucket list for the new year. We attended three different churches while in Calgary, an alliance church, an evangelical church and a Pentecostal church. Since unity in the church has been on my heart for the past few months I was convicted of how I really haven’t made an effort it visit other churches in my community. I can’t expect other people to do something that I haven’t done. So my goal for 2019 is to visit at least two churches for a Sunday morning service this year. (Two but hopefully more! I teach Sunday school so it will most likely have to be a summer thing.) To be honest it is definitely something out of my comfort zone, which surpasses me a little! I love meeting new people! But I also love the comfortable feeling of my home church family and knowing everyone. So here’s to stretching myself to practice what I believe! What a rebuke that can be!
The word that has been on my heart as of late is anticipation. To anticipate what God is going to do is a state of longing and hope. Like you are at the edge of your seat listening to a story just anxious to see what comes next! Thats how I feel with life right now. Like a big adventure is just around the corner. Maybe years around the corner, who knows. I’m excited to see what God does in 2019!