A Bit of Celebrating

David and Courtney – March 1983

Courtney’s birthday was yesterday, so that calls for celebration! I remember well the arrival of our firstborn, like our very own early Christmas present. So glad she came into our lives! Plus, she’s coming for a nice long stay over the holidays, which is more reason for celebration. Here are a couple of my favorite photos of David and Courtney, plus one of Courtney and me, where we are looking scary-good — Thanks, Clayton! You’re a genius!

David and Courtney, Thanksgiving 2016
Sunny and Courtney – September 2016

In addition to Courtney, recent birthday girl, Brittany will be with us most, if not all the time Courtney’s here, plus Bailey and Felicity arrive the 27th. Chelsea and Brian will be in and out, I’m sure, but will certainly spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day here. So I celebrate my beloved family. We plan to watch David’s favorite movie, Field of Dreams, on the 27th, armed with plenty of tissues, I promise you.

I’m also celebrating passing the DELF B2 French exam, the one I was obsessing about in the last post. Woohoo! My total score was higher than I expected (but lower than I’d hoped — let’s be honest). Always did love high scores! My individual scores in the four areas of competence were weirdly almost the opposite of what I expected,  highest in oral expression, and lowest in written comprehension. Um . . . what? Strange. The director of Alliance Française Denver has agreed to meet with me to help me understand what I did right, and more importantly my mistakes.  You can’t learn if you don’t know what you did wrong! Meanwhile, I’m celebrating earning the diplôme. 

Also, I’ve taken the plunge and signed up for a more serious writing workshop, one I actually had to pay for and that presumably has higher expectations of me. So I’m celebrating my bravery!

The days are flying by, as they are wont to do, especially at Christmas. I love the lights, the music, and especially, of course, the reason for the season, sweet baby Jesus, come to conquer death and give us hope. Let’s not forget to celebrate that! I don’t know what the next year will bring, but I’ve nearly made it through this one, and with enough evidence of thriving that I think David would be proud. One day at a time.

Thanks so much for all the kind comments on the last post. I send these words out into the void, so it means a lot to me to hear when they resonate with you. You are my treasured dear ones, even those of you I haven’t met, so of course I am also celebrating you!

Warmest wishes for a wonderful holiday!

 

6 thoughts on “A Bit of Celebrating”

  1. Wonderful Sunny! Your posts are so full of expression through such excellent word choice that they read exactly how I see and hear you saying things! It is delightful to read them! (even when they bring a tear). I told Courtney that I remember the day she was born and how happy you and David were. My how time has flown… Let’s connect soon friend! Diane

  2. Congratulations on the French exam! I think that is quite impressive. The way you have lived out this past year has felt very tender and beautiful to me. You haven’t glossed over the pain, nor have you lost your sense of wonder in this life thru words, photographic scenes, music, glass, and the people around you. Finding places of thriving in the midst of such a great loss is no small task. I’m sure David is smiling and lifting his glass to your successes. Me too!

  3. Congrats on all Sunny. Follow and embrace deeply David’s certain pride of you…and what you have done this year.

  4. Thinking of you this morning. May the tender love of our Savior and His Christmas birth reaffirm yours and David’s foundational verse: I know that my redeemer lives. Love to you.

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