1. Two of my closest friends are planning to visit us in Sodankylä this summer, so I hope it comes true and that I can take some days off from work to be able to be with them (I think I can 'coz I'm only a part-time worker - oh the joy!!!)
2. The hard working snow truck/snow blower workers who are always at work right after it's been snowing a lot, thus making life MUCH easier for us here.
3. Meeting a "mirror couple" - a couple who are similar with R2 and I (only the other way around: the hubby is more like me whereas the wife is more like R2). It's FUN to talk to someone who knows "us" and we're able to laugh about "us" he he...
4. Planning, budgeting, browsing - when it comes to our summer holiday to Indo.
5. Snowing on days when I didn't have my work shifts so I had plenty of time to clear up the snow on the yard. :-D
6. Meeting a retired Finnish lady (probably a former English teacher) who spoke to me in English and Finnish and chit-chatted with me for a while.
7. Hubby for making me laugh so much and making life with him feel so much FUN. :-D
8. Reading these words (taken from Max Lucado's book entitled "No Wonder They Call Him The Saviour" page 36, this chapter is called "The Tale of the Crucified Thief"):
Jesus’ love does not depend upon what we do for him. Not at all. In the eyes of the King, you have value simply because you are. You don’t have to look nice or perform well. Your value is inborn.
Think about that for just a minute. You are valuable just because you exist. Not because of what you do or what you have done, but simply because you are. Remember that. Remember that the next time you are left bobbing in the wake of someone’s steamboat ambition.
Remember that the next time some trickster tries to hang a bargain basement price tag on your self-worth. The next time someone tries to pass you off as a cheap buy, just think about the way Jesus honors you...and smile.
I do. I smile because I know I don’t deserve love like that. None of us do. When you get right down to it, any contributions that any of us make is pretty puny. All of us—even the purest of us - deserve heaven about as much as that crook did. All of us are signing on Jesus’ credit card, not ours.
And it also makes me smile to think that there is a grinning ex-con walking the golden streets who knows more about grace than a thousand theologians. No one else would have given him a prayer. But in the end that is all that he had. And in the end, that is all it took.”