Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I am slowly working through a French test.
I need to clean house and be a bit stronger on organization.
Also need to find other places to study...
I have to study more;
am creating a strategy for studying for these tests.
First, do the test and research the answers
(so I know why I got it right or wrong).
Second, make a list of vocab words from the test
Third, figure out the areas of grammar that I have to review
Fourth, study study study.
I really need God's help for strength, comprehension and discipline.
I welcome your French Test Study Suggestions
(I feel like I should call them FTSS to sound
bureaucratic like government LOL!)
Sunday, June 27, 2010
I have various social events after
Many more flower pictures to put here!
This picture was on a walk
with some of my really good friends...
She was sitting calming on the top of this chair
but had moved before I could take a picture...
She is so funny!
She however may not think it so funny...
Thursday, June 24, 2010
The interview went well,
I was able to be at part of liturgy at the Cathedral this morning
before the interview
and was able to ask especially the Mother of God's help.
I was able to be my natural confident self
and answer all the questions.
I feel that my research and preparation for the interview
and God was merciful
gave me the ability to remember things I had studied
in the past and explain them well.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I was just going out to work on my interview prep for tomorrow.
As the elevator door was closing,
I saw the door began to shake -
I did not know why it was doing this.
I thought the elevator was having a huge breakdown
(it is an older one).
The elevator started really rumbling and shaking,
sand was falling on my head.
I prayed Lord have mercy automatically
and pressed the elevator alarm button.
By then I was going past the 2nd floor and
then it opened like it is supposed to one the first floor.
I called my landlords immediately,
still thinking that it was just an elevator problem
(a BIG elevator problem!).
For me taking pictures
is just about paying attention;
looking for and at the beauty that surrounds us.
It is thinking of how Elizabeth Goudge saw
in the green hills, woods, in golden sun,
in houses with beautiful shapes
coming to greet us.
It is finding the path hidden that is there
and walking in it.
It is being aware of God,
The Author, the Creator, the Provider, the Giver of all Beauty,
the Maker of Trees.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I often say,
explaining why I am so easily Canadian,
"I was born of a Canadian Mother"
but really there is something much greater to be said than this!
"I was born of a Christian Mother"
and I am so blessed.
and we talk on a very regular basis on the phone.
She still reminds me often of God
and of God's faithfulness,
challenging me to trust God
to not worry
to do things in God's strength,
not my own.
To seek God first...
Monday, June 21, 2010
This is the week of the next interview.
I have begun preparing.
I feel a bit nervous to say the least
and have so much I need to review
and prepare answer for.
My French classes are winding down.
Even though they were not perfect,
I will miss them.
It seems that in a lot of ways I am still where I was
tomorrow is my Mother's birthday...
I struggle with the unknown
with being patient
with having faith.
Lord help me!
Yet life goes on.
Saw the husband of the neighbour who has cancer.
She is doing okay
but he said he thought he almost lost her
a while back,
when she was so sick from chemo.
Lord help us all,
there is so much to bear at times,
Today was a beautiful sun-filled day.
The green on the trees is so comforting
as I walk underneath their canopies
even here in the city.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
It looks like Ottawa may get the summer heat
many of my friends on the West Coast are wanting.
Personally I prefer the slightly cooler days
(shhh, don't tell!)
I have plans to visit some friends this weekend
and am looking forward to this!
My French presentation went well
and I was surprisingly happy and comfortable
Of course I talked about my trip to Brampton
to see My Oma and when people here that she is
101 years old
it is a natural crowd and ice breaker.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Cleo wanted to be included in another blog post.
So here she is ... will have to take new pictures soon
I am applying for more jobs.
Not sure what doors will open,
but I am feeling a bit better about it all at the moment.
I savour these moments.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
I realize that I must not stay
in a struggling state.
One new thing I am trying is to learn new ways of planning
my days in order to get everything done.
We will see if it helps.
I have some further direction from one of my teachers
about the government tests.
I am now looking for a class that will be more conversation
and help me with the speaking and listening
part of French.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Friday, June 04, 2010
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Cleo showing us her balancing skills;
she has figured out how to stand on top of this chair;
the top is less than 2 inches wide, so I'd say she is
pretty balanced and nimble!
Yesterday morning was incredibly beautiful;
I have been having insomnia so I
was taking a walk a bit after 6 AM;
the summery morning of dreams!
The canal water glistened in the sun;
it was still in the cool of the day
and the flowers,
sigh, oh the flowers!
Late Spring and Summer has such precious fleeting beauty!
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
(The mother is a friend of a friend and is loved by many)