It was our first Canadian thanksgiving in seven years! Yum, yum, yum, turkey is always good. We are so grateful for Chris' copastor and his family who so sweetly invited us for dinner.
It was actually a bit of a sad day because it was the first holiday we spent without our Taiwan family. Usually when a holiday comes around we send these massively long emails around organizing trips and meals and other plans. We've even been know to use googledocs to get us organized. We travel together a lot, so Chris and Ali get on the Internet and search hotels and routes. Sometimes everyone comes, sometimes just a few of us head out. Sometimes we just do different things around the city; ikea, 101, etc. When you live overseas your friends become your family, and any sort of time off work is just an excuse to spend lots of time together. So, yah, I was feeling pretty homesick yesterday.
But we did have a lovely dinner with a really friendly and fun family. For that I am thankful. Today I met another Christian mom, and the idea for a weekly pray-for-the-school meeting was discussed. I did an amazing bike ride out to Fort Langley (7km) to meet Chris for a new pastors dinner with the fellowship, and it was the most beautiful bike ride I've ever done. The scenery was amazing; I could see the mountains in the distance, the sun was shining, red and yellow leaves. At one point a single yellow leaf just floated down from a tree just in front of me. It was awesome, and I felt really thankful for the beautiful and interesting place we get to live. And this ties is with the miracle I experienced today; I've been nursing my bike tire again; my fifth flat. It's been more of a slow leak, so when I pump it up it will be rideable for about two or three hours before I have to pump it up again. Well, today I pumped it up in the morning. And it held air ALL DAY! My bike tire was healed!!! I biked to school with the kids at 8:30, home again, to the library at 2, Gemma's school again at 2:30, over to the copastors house at 4 to drop the kids off, and the all the way out to Fort Langley. Without an air refill!!!! It was truly amazing, especially since last night I was reading Acts and how people would even try to stand in Peter's shadow to receive healing and miracles, and I was praying about how we could see miracles now, and then my bike got the healing! Haha!!! We'll see what the situation is tomorrow, but yah. It was an awesome day today, and I'm feeling very blessed and thankful.
Not to mention the delicious Chinese meal we were treated to for dinner, and the great company. Oh, and there's more!!!! I got to FaceTime with some friends in Taiwan today!!!! I was grinning ear to ear after that (although I had to ignore a call from my sister, sorry Kala!!).
A great day!