Sunday, April 16, 2006

Soo this has been one of the best Easter weekends that I have had. I really can't remember having a better Easter weekend, in fact, I can't remember how was my last Easter holiday. All I remember is early childhood, how we would have easter egg hunts with them. That's the only really good Easter that I can remember. Easter egg hunts...yup nothing else as exciting as this weekend. I guess in a way I was reborn. From the drab and most regretable years of my life which were a good chunk, I have been reborn to the person I am now.

So to summarize my awesome Easter weekend:
Friday-went to eat w/ Aleisha at the Thai House cuz I was sick of Lapo and then went salsa dancing which was a lot better than last time I went, definitely got a lot more dancing done and even learned a few new moves

Saturday-woke up and had workday, hard work but had good company, afterwards went out of town with friends to Ruidoso where we once again had good non-Lapo food and then I got to be a child and swing on the swings and play hide and seek, then went to watch Ice Age 2 which was really funny and definitely a good movie, lastly we played card games which I believe I won both of them except for Omaha, and finally journalled before going to bed.

Sunday- I woke up early three times and third time I got up and checked the time to find out it was 8am. Way early...earlier than I thought I would wake up but it was so nice waking up like that. I got up brushed my teeth, did my makeup, and then checked on my friends sound asleep in the other room, so I ended up reading my book which I started/left off at a really good chapter and soon I was enthralled in the story once again. Coincidently/ironically/ oddly enough, where i started seemed to parallel some of my present thoughts of the time. Once everyone else was up and somewhat nourished with our nacho cheese breakfast, we were off to church for Easter mass. Being in a different church I wasn't used to was definitely interesting, but I still felt comfortable because ...I really can't explain. There was just this feeling of mysticism but I prefer to say it was a feeling of God's presence, of being a part of something very special. When it came time to do the Easter blessing of water, we were asked to bless each other instead of having the priest bless us all at the same time. The feelings were warm and there definitely was love, and the people were truly devout people. I guess it is good to go out of your comfort zones from time to time because only then can you truly appreciate what God gives you. After Mass, we went shopping down mid-town, I got myself a cute pair of turquoise star earings and a small turqouise cross neclace for 10 dollars. After strolling down and browsing through a few stores (because a couple were closed for Easter holiday) and spotting some cute finds but over our budget, we finally got hungry and decided to head for lunch. However, we were out of luck because our first two choices for lunch were closed, italian and a casual tea lunch restaurant. Soo in the end, we settled for Chinese. We were afraid it would be closed but it wasn't. Later on I remembered the practicality of the Chinese people. That got me to thinking about a Christmas story and my friend Marco's statement, Jews and Chinese tend to support each other on these things since they don't observe our holidays. Then I thought, it would be something to combine Jewish frugality and knowledge with Chinese practicallity and their knowledge as well. There is no doubt in my mind that they would get a lot accomplished. So anyhow, the Chinese food was excellent, priced fair and even though we got stuffed, we still had extra food to spare. It was also great because we got to share each other's food...I believe this is the Asian way of eating, rather than have seperate plates handed out with food, you get platters of your food and everyone gets how ever much they want and what they want. It is a very practical thing to do because it helps to keep people from overserving and having food go to waste in a sense. After eating, the plan was to go hiking or to the park again but we were soo stuffed that it was decided we would just go back to my friend's house and take a 30 min nap. The afternoon sun really was that enjoyable. I, however, didn't take a nap because I was reading my book once again. Yup, its a pretty good book I tell you. Have I mentioned I have become fond of books. So afterwards, by the time we were all packed up and ready to go on our hike, it had gotten late in the evening (6pm) and so it was too late to go hiking not because it was getting dark but because we had to get back to campus by 8-9pm. I got back in time to make it to our sunday devotional time which I didn't want to miss. It was a good one that once again the scriptures gave me some insight to my faith and made me more strong in it. Always a plus.

Yup, a pretty excellent and inspiring Easter weekend. I definitely was able to get in touch with God this weekend. His presence was felt throughout. I was even able to cheer up my friend from Colorado online afterwards because she had had a bad Easter holiday. It is always nice helping out friends in that way. I enjoy it. I also believe that I am on the right track. I know I have a passion for my major and my minor is definitely still good. I also know that this is my calling because even in my successful vision of life, I still see God in my life, working through me, to get much good done in the world. I also see how this correlates back to my childhood motives and dreams. It really is amazing. Once again, I can't stop praising God and his amazing grace "that saved a wretch like me".

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