99.9% of the time I wake up before 6am and pop right out of bed! Most people enjoy the feeling of slowly waking up and spending time resting in bed before getting up, but most of the time lying in bed makes me feel irritated! Every so often (I’m talking like a few times a year) I’ll wake up and actually think “hmm…I could stay in bed ALL DAY” and this morning was one of those mornings (of course it was also a work day!). I took it as a sign that I had had a really great, full weekend! …actually, more like a great, full week and a half!
Last week I put on 2 school Holiday Concerts! They were a LOT of work to plan, organize and deliver….but it was TOTALLY worth it in the end! We had a packed house both nights, the parents were thrilled to see their kids performing and, most importantly, the kids had an AMAZING TIME! Below are a couple pics of a FEW of the people who helped me to survive the night(s)!
On Saturday, I started the day volunteering at the Salvation Army’s Toy Warehouse in Richmond Hill. This is one of my favourite things to do during the holidays! It’s such a privilege to be a part of bringing a little bit of joy and love to people who really need it, especially at this time of the year! I left feeling so “full” and I wouldn’t want you to miss out on that opportunity. If you have some spare time this week why not consider volunteering a couple of hours at the Toy Warehouse in Richmond Hill? J
On Saturday night David and I drove down to Tyndale to see Phylicia and the Toronto Mass Choir’s “A Gospel Christmas” show! WOW! It was incredible! The venue = on point! And the energy that the choir brings is second to none. David especially loved the drummer and keyboardist. Ha ha…he took in most of the concert with his eyes closed….telling me “shhhhhhh” so that I didn’t ruin the experience for him. HA HA.
On Sunday morning I whipped to church bright and early to make sure that everything was ready for the KidsQuest Christmas play that I was running. On Saturday we had a 3 hour dress rehearsal that was OKAY at BEST. We couldn’t get the sound working so it was difficult to practice solos and dances, and there were a few kids absent so I left feeling a little concerned about the show. But, on Sunday the sound team found a solution to the sound problem and the play went without a hitch! Thank-you God for the opportunity to present such an incredible message of LOVE with the KidsQuest kids! Check out the ADORABLE ornaments that the kids made to hand out:
On Sunday evening a group of about 20 people from RHCC braved the -10 temperatures and did some carolling at Mill Pond in Richmond Hill. Even though it took a good HOUR to thaw out after the event, we had about 15 people from the community attend and singing carols in the freezing cold was really fun! Next year I’m thinking food trucks serving hot chocolate… and LOTS of heat lamps!!
I finished off Sunday with a girls night out at Moxies! It was really fun to connect with friends from camp over lettuce wraps and nearly every dessert on the menu! HA.
A huge shout out to EVERYONE who stepped up to help me this week, to my family who sent encouraging text from ‘across the pond’ AND my amazing husband who rarely says “no”! I love you all! Xoxo
Hi! I'm Mrs. Julia Dawe,