Ahh, those quiet few days were just what I needed this week. It felt like a very good thing, in the midst of a life that doesn't give me a whole lot of quiet on its own. We seem to have something (usually good) going on every day, but it's so good to step back sometimes from whatever is possible.
(I can rarely take notes at my class because of the baby, so my husband suggested I photograph the whiteboard with my phone -- such a good suggestion! This is an exciting one because it announces the date of our graduation after four years. So exciting.)
Tonight felt like a good night to pop my head back in, though, on this feast day of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians. My husband and I have been going to a couples' bible study this fall, and tonight the topic was tithing. It was a good conversation but gave us even more fruitful discussion on the drive home. Whatever our woes, it is a very good thing to know that he and I are on the same page financially. We have never had a lot of money, but it has never been our priority. We have prioritized other things, that have allowed us to serve others -- whether in our community or under our own roof. And despite our financial struggles lately, we have continued to give to the best of our ability to our church and to a few charitable causes. It's just so important to us. And we have found that whatever we give, we receive in greater measure. Such a testament to trust.
It has been cold and snowy the last few days. As much as October is my favorite month, I love November, too. And all the winter months. It might be weird, but I actually don't mind a gray day in the least. Yesterday I was downtown by myself for a few hours. It was so refreshing to walk down the city sidewalk with icy air in my lungs and snow falling. That was real grace, and I'm so grateful for it.
We are busy preparing for Thanksgiving. I don't know if I've mentioned it here or not, but we are hosting Thanksgiving this year, for 17 people in my husband's family. I'm very excited because I love to host things, but rarely have the chance since all of our extended family lives nearby.
Wishing you all refreshment and rest in the ways you need it most.