What a week…

Ok, so I’ve officially been in Canada for a week and a half now, and I’ve already been in a minor accident, started classes, purchased a phone that has proceeded to break down, and driven in sunny, rainy, and snowy weather. Can you say ‘crazy life’? I honestly feel like I’ve already been here for a month, so much has happened to me.

First of all, the accident. After driving the car, (a stick shift) for a day, all over the city and beyond, I drove to my university on Tuesday the 2nd. After arriving at my school safely, I sent my mom a proud text, letting her know that her daughter was a pro. Little did I know that I would need to make a call to that same number not even three hours later, telling my parents that I had backed into somebody. Yes… the moral of this story is that I made a mistake that could have been avoided, but I can’t change it now. Let’s just say that I’ve learned a lot of things about how to handle an accident this week, made more calls to insurance offices and police stations than I can count, and generally had a pretty long week during this process. I think that the hardest thing this week for me has been knowing that my mistake has now caused a bunch of trouble for my parents to deal with. BUT, I’ve also seen and experienced first hand once again how amazing my parents are. They gave me grace, walked me through the process, and have generally been extremely helpful throughout this week. 

The day after I had my nice little ‘incident’, classes started. Now, surprisingly, my classes have honestly been the best part of my week. And they were what were stressing me out the most. 🙂 Honestly though, for the types of courses that I’m taking, most of which are heavy on the research, my profs are great and are definitely making what might otherwise be a really tedious and long semester, a great one so far.

Weather-wise, the first day or two were absolutely beautiful! Exactly the type of weather I like, where you can wear jeans without sweating, but you don’t really need a sweater. We had some rain, and then this weekend was hot. I’m talking tank-top and shorts weather. Sunday especially was great. And then we wake up on Monday to snow. It’s been snowing off and on for the past three days, and I think we’ve made the world a little shocked. This much wet snow is weird at this time of year, even for Calgary.

So, yeah. Life is just moving on like normal. Hope you all are having a great week, and I pray not as … well, interesting as mine has been.

Prayer: All things considered, I have a lot to be thankful for this week and I’ve definitely learned a lot, in a good way. I was thinking today about how we often need our friends to commiserate about the rough patches in our lives. But it’s pretty rare that a friend comes up to you and says, ‘I just needed to tell someone about my pretty great day today!’ Here’s my challenge. Share the good with your friends and family. You’ll probably be encouraging them. And don’t take those days for granted. Join me in thanking God, praising in the good and the bad.

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All the good things…

I know it’s been a while. I took a bit of a break from blogging, just because I needed to spend time with my family, rest and reboot for the next year. Plus I was working at least 40 hours a week… so that kinda played into it as well. Anywho, now that the explanations and excuses are out of the way… can we get on with the real reason I’m writing again? WE CAN?!?! ok, thanks! 

I’m back in the ‘True North, Strong and Free’… translation: I’m back in Canada, getting ready for another year, my sophomore year at University. Now, I want to stop you all right there. No, I do not have it all together, nor am I super confident in my return to the school. In fact, I feel like I’m kinda starting over. When I arrived here a year ago, I lived on campus, and took the train to visit my grandparents and sister every other week or so. This year, I’m living with my grandparents, and potentially taking the train to school and back again. This time around, I have a car, which makes it really nice for me, a person who is dying to explore this part of Alberta, especially in the Rockies. Another change is that a lot of my friends from school moved off campus this year as well, or even transferred. All in all, I feel a little bit like I don’t know what I’m doing. 

It also doesn’t help that I’ve been that super emotional girl who just cries at the thought of saying goodbye this past week. And that kinda bugs me, because, while I’m a bit of a homebody, I’m the one who never got homesick, who was sad to say goodbye, but then got over it because a new adventure was ahead of her. So, for those of you that I’ve cried to, I’m so sorry and thank you so much for your encouragement and hugs as I tried to pull myself together.

Needless to say, it’s been really important for me to work on my attitude of thankfulness and joy, even in the midst of something that’s been pretty uncertain in my life. I was just nominated by my friend Bethany to write about three good things in my life. And rather than write a list on Facebook, I thought it would be better to talk about it here.

1. I’m super thankful for my family. Even if there are struggles, we’ve got each other’s backs. I’m so blessed to have the amazing support system that I do in my family.

2. My friends. I was that little girl who would read about best friends and wish for that type of friendship for myself. And amazingly, when my family moved to Hershey, I met some amazing people. And even though some of them have moved, or we’ve drifted apart over the years, I have amazing memories. And most of my friends are ones that are tried and true. We’re absolutely crazy, and we’ve been through a lot of messiness and overall ‘crap’ together, but I know that these are friendships that will last forever. Even if we get out of touch, whenever we see each other again, it’s like we’ve never left.

3. Crazy opportunities: I often look at other people’s lives and think they’re more exciting than mine. But honestly, how many people can say that they have citizenship in three countries, have lived and worked in two, have gotten the opportunity to intern and travel with an incredible missions organization, and have friends that live all over the world? I gotta stop with the ‘grass is greener stuff’ and remember that I’ve gotten to do some pretty cool stuff as well.

I hope to blog more this year, and continue to be vulnerable about the things that I am learning as well as the things that God is bringing to my attention. Also, just stories from my overall experiences.

Prayer: As we all go back to school, if you could just pray for the students. It’s kinda cliche to say this, but it is kinda scary to return to this type of setting each year, especially for me as I’m still a little on the fence about what I’m actually doing with my life. 🙂