Today was an awesome day. I’m going to write it all out in a list:
1. It’s finally SUNNY again! It’s been raining for the past several weeks and I believe it took a toll on my mood. But today I’m feeling alright because the sun is bright!
2. I got myself a pair of new glasses from this amazing, cheap, helpful place in Chinatown, just blocks from my place. The guy helping me with my frames was really helpful and nice. I fell in love with these green frames upon first glance and although I tried many other pairs on, I knew my heart had already settled on the ones that I knew were made for me.
3. I made an impulse decision and got my hair cut again! I guess I like it super short.
4. I found a couple T-shirts that were on sale.
5. I randomly walked into a Chinese herbal health store and the man checked my pulse and looked at my tongue and told me my circulation was bad and that I needed to eat less raw vegetables and instead eat them steamed. It was really interesting talking to this kind Chinese herbalist so I bought some expensive remedial tea (he recommended some pills but I told him I am against those) and went on my way.
6. Totoro is hanging out on my phone now because Nekobasu broke. D:
I had a very productive and good first day off. :) In a month, I’ll be in Japan with my family!
Hoy fue mi ultimo dia a Bethany Homes, la granja, hasta….probablemente agosto. Entonces, me saque muchas fotos (sobre todos, el gatito, obvio). ¡Conoci el caballo chiquitito (¿el poni?) se llama Bella y sembramos cebollas! Las cebollas son mis favoritas entonces disfrute mucho sembrando esos. :) Tambien, yo aprendi que heno ayuda evitar malas hierbas cultivar. Colocamos mucho heno cerca nuestras plantas. Gracias a Dios que hacia calor con el sol. !Las mujeres trabajaron muy bien hoy igual, como siempre!
PS. ¡Se me olvido decir que nuestras plantas (PEAS!! <—se me olvido como se llaman en Chile) que sembramos hace poco ya estan creciendo!
Yesterday was the darkest day of my life. But yesterday has passed and I won’t have to live it ever again! (I would like to talk more about this experience but I can’t find the right words so I will leave it for now.) Today, I got myself out of bed and went to work with a positive attitude. I saw that someone had posted this on the wall at Wellspring and it brought a smile to my face. I believe that with any type of recovery, this is so true.
p.s. Thank you to those people who have continued to love and support me through this difficult time. I couldn’t have survived this week without you!
For my aunt, かずえおばちゃん。
My times are in Your hand. Psalm 31:15
I think the best part of today was when I got this award from work for ‘Best Smile in the face of Adversity’. I didn’t expect to get anything because a. I never get work awards and b. I`m a new employee at Hope Mission and no one except people at Wellspring really know me. But apparently, my manager Alison voted me for best smile because regardless of what happens at work, I apparently always have a smile on my face. :) When my name got called, I looked around confused as if there was another Yumi working for Hope Mission. I truly feel appreciated at work. Thanks, Alison!
Today was a beautiful day in many ways. Hope Mission has a kids camp called Brightwood Ranch and every year there is a staff retreat where we get to explore horseback riding, archery, zip lining, and more! Situated a couple hours West of Edmonton, we drove early in the morning right into the green pastures. I finally experienced a real horseback ride with a lovely black horse named Tumbler! (We have a lot in common - we both have black hair and he has to wear a muzzle because he eats too much on his daily excursions :( [I need one of those too, hahaha]). I also rock climbed and went zip lining! It was FUN-TASTIC!
In other news, I lost my glasses while adventuring with Tumbler which I’ll take as a sign from God that I reaaaally need to see an optometrist.
Also, why are the cutest pictures always of cats? Sabrina and Holly were loving Mr. Grey Kitty.
Being at Brightwood today made me nostalgic of Camp Squeah, (which is still, hands down, the best kid’s camp in the entire world) but I love it all the same. Like at Camp Squeah, we sang worship songs and listened to a message to start off the day and then went off to do our chosen activities.
May was a good month. I read 10 books!
1. City of Thieves - David Benioff (May 2)
2. The Tao of Pooh - Benjamin Hoff (May 3)
3. The Neverending Story - Michael Ende (May 5)
4. Still Alice - Lisa Genova (May 6)
5. Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton (May 14)
6. North of Hope - Shannon Polson (May 17)
7. All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Remarque (May 22)
8. Inkheart - Cornelia Funke (May 29)
9. The Thief - Megan Whalen Turner (May 30)
10. The Alchemist - Paolo Coelho (May 31)
The best? The Alchemist
The Worst? North of Hope (Sorry, Okaasan! It made me depressed).
Every Thursday, all the ladies at Wellspring get to go to Bethany Homes (a farm about an hour and a half south of Edmonton) to help sow the seeds of new life. :) This is part of our recovery program that happens between May and September and once a week, we go for the day to get dirty and plant lots of vegetables. Within ten minutes of me putting on my boots, I got stuck in the mud and slipped out of them, getting mud all over my socks and pants. It was awesome. It rained most of the day but during the couple hours that it didn’t, we were quickly able to plant some carrots, tomatoes, and lettuce. During breaks, we had fun with the animals and played basketball in the gym. All of the ladies worked hard, maintaining a great attitude despite the weather. Great job, everyone!