Today is Good Friday (or in Dutch, Goede vrijdag). We're starting out with sunny weather, but it's supposed to turn to rain. How fitting. Today is also my birthday. I'm forgoing any celebrations to honour our Lord's death instead, and I'm okay with that. I'm listening to Taize songs, what they would be singing back in Canada. I always loved Easter weekend at church, it's such beautiful music. I don't care so much for the songs we're singing now. Besides not understanding them too much yet, they just don't have the solemn 'feel' to them like Taize has. We have no soloists.
I was a bit sad the other day about missing normal Easter routine at church, but while I was sitting in church Thrusday night, I got to witness new routines. Our church is the diocesan church and we had like, 12 priests there AND the bishop, several altar servers, even a female deacon (I think? I'm presuming her position) and incense up the wazoo (it was fantastic). It's always such a sight to witness such a gathering.
So I'm very curious about tonight's service. I liked Good Friday service the best at COOL; I think they conducted and arranged it very well. (A small note to anyone reading from COOL.. I can only imagine how stressed out J. is right now, thus stressing everyone else out. Try not to kill anyone, eh. Hold fast, it's almost over) ;)
In other news... I have my first client! A friend of mine has asked me to make brownies for her son's birthday on Monday. Woot! I just might throw in something a little extra for the "thanks for having faith in me". :)
Remember how I said the recipes I'm doing are read by like.. 3000 or so people? Yeah.. no. Turns out the magazine doesn't have circulation in the whole town (short of volunteers to deliver). So it's only read by 1800 people. Wanna hear something, though? One of the members of the editors team went to interview the other lady who also submits recipes (has been doing it for years, writes cookbooks and stuff) had my breadpudding recipe page open and the recipe made on the counter! I couldn't believe it! And then I worry, right. Inner diaglogue: "Omg, I hope I gave correct measurements." "What if it turns out differently for her? (and not in a good way)" "What if.. " "What if... " Bah. I finally let it go and hoped for the best.
Taxes. Oh, hateful taxes. Do not move to another country and do your previous country's taxes. It's hell. Hell I tell you! I can't file electronically, I have to do it by mail. Which I haven't done yet. Cause I'm still researching..stuff (best way to go about it, etc). That will be my focus over the next couple days.
Stuff to do, so I best get to it. I'm attending my first Stations of the Cross this afternoon (better late than never?). Won't understand it much, but it'll be nice to see. Then a choir member invited me over for dinner before we have to go back to sing tonight. That was sweet :)
Oh.. remind me to tell you about how they celebrate birthdays in the Netherlands, later. :)
May you find time to reflect today and remain in prayer. Peace be with you.