Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas time is here, happiness and cheer.

Ah, Christmas. Ah, snow. Ah, beautifull-ness. I love Christmas time; it is, after all, the most wonderful time of the year. Life has been a little crazy in the Slaight household, or at least in Corrie land. Every weekend in November had something going on, which I did not mind. Highlights of November: Volunteered at Horn Creek, Thanksgiving, and the broadmore.

Let us start with Horn Creek: Me and my very good friend, Shyanne, went up for a weekend to volunteer at our beloved Horn Creek. She worked as a cook for 30 men, who apparently ate 200 eggs for breakfast one day (do the math, that’s a lot of eggs). I worked as a server for a youth group of 130 (do the math, that’s a lot of crazy). BUT, it was nice to see our home away from home again. Good memories.

Thanksgiving: The Yorks came over for a festive thanksgiving dinner. Which included not eating the turkey because it did not cook all the way through… but we did eat it later that night, so all was good. Thanksgiving is wonderful. The whole concept is a great reminder about keeping thanks in our life. There is so much I am thankful for, and unfortunately do not show my thanks on a regular basis- I need to work on that. FACT: the Proclamation of Thanksgiving was done by Abraham Lincoln. Here is what he said:

By the President of the United States of America.
A Proclamation. The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God....

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the
Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon
as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of
peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union. In testimony whereof, I have
hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

What a cool guy he was.

Broadmore: My dad’s work, Christian Camp and Conference Association, has their annual conference at the Broadmore this year. And because of that, my family got to stay at the broadmore. My mom stayed for one night, I stayed for 3, Jake and dad stayed for 5 nights. Just so you know, broadmore is filled with fancy people, and in case you have not realized, my family is not fancy. To prove my point, my brother and I were walking around one of the lakes/ really big pond. There were geese and swans and ducks. I, naturally, started to try and imitate the geese, swan and duck noises which I heard. I got looked at by those ‘fancies’, and it was great.

Now/present/current/I’m all caught up so here’s what is happening in my future: Tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th, I have 2 finals. Then I am done with the semester. Today, Monday the 7th, I had off, which I was planning on using to study for my two finals. Ha. Funny how things don’t work out. And I blame me for my procrastination. But, that just means a late night tonight, an early morning tomorrow, lots of cramming and hoping and praying… and I should do fine, right? I am also working on a new post for this blog, but if I added it now then this blog would be super long. Probably too long, in fact. It’s about the butterfly effect… it’s been on my mind and in my heart for a long time, so it is about time I wrote about it.

Love you all. Have a merry Christmas.


Horn Peak:

Thanksgiving (thanks to Aunt Lynda for the pictures!)

Christmas at the Broadmore:

Reindeer need food too.

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