Wednesday, July 22


I had a great time with Michelle! We mostly stayed in Monday, but Tuesday I took her for a walk to show her half of the city (what I could easily walk to).

Somehow, despite all the times she had been here, she had "experienced it while remaining innocent of the knowledge of it!" LOL! In other words, while she has driven in and out of the city, and been to Tim Hortons and Wal-Mart, she had only ever been driven there or directed there. Didn't know it for herself. So I took her on a walk to the mall and back (next time I'll have to have Deb take her in the big loop across from the mall and around by Wal-Mart and back so she can understand the rest of the city and not just follow directions).

Then we went to the Chef's Bistro! What a cute place! It had the feel of being an up-scale Greek restaurant mixed with the simplicity of a Starbucks (you could sit and study or surf the internet, if ya wanted). It was sweet and comfortable (almost homey) while having the modern deco of a suave place I'd likely see on one of Deb's favorite traveling/cooking channels. They had several different orders with humus, seafood, salads, and Fred's favorite: a gyro! I don't remember what Michelle had, but I had the chef's salad with a couple wraps (forget it's actual title, sorry); we followed that with a couple real Cappuccino's, and topped it with two nice-size pieces of their Snickers Cheesecake...And I, of course, had plenty of leftover from both the meal & desert to take home and snack on tomorrow!

Afterward, Michelle & I drove to the movie theater and watched The Proposal! I'd seen it before, but I had no problem seeing it again; it's that good!

Sadly, she had to leave early this morning so she could go to work tonight; but hey, I think two great days with such a great friend will undoubtedly carry me till the next time we meet again! And I couldn't have asked for a better two days either! It wasn't even too cold for the walking either (not like it has been thus far, Odd July! Oi!); thanks God!

And Thanks Michelle! Have a safe trip home, and may you be a blessing at work!

Tuesday, July 21


Hey all!
So I joined Twitter a while ago, but saw no point to it then. After Deb joined, however, and showed me how it works, I've decided to give it another go. So for anyone interested, I'm on there and will try and follow that on a regular basis too...I've also fixed this place to copy my Twitter updates over on the right, so y'all can always read my quicky, 160-characters-or-less updates from there even if y'all don't join Twitter itself!

Christ's blessings to y'all,
<>< Hannah Joy

Monday, July 20

Busy fun...

"When it rains, it pours." I've never understood why it always seems to do that in life. One thing will decide to be on a particular Saturday and suddenly three other things decide it would be a great day for that too. What's more, y'all have had several weekends or days or space of time before that in which ya were practically board from having nothing to do (or at least nothing unusual to do). Then FINALLY something comes up and ya get excited, and suddenly...Oi!

Well, Michelle is here for a couple days, which I've been looking forward to for a very long time (ever since she hinted at the possibility several months ago). Then a couple days ago we find out Grandma & Grandpa have decided to come as well, for the week. Everyone arrives the same day (today) within a couple hours apart! What's more, Deb & Fred had been gone for the weekend visiting a church in OH; they just got in late last night & pretty much went to bed shortly after arriving...

Anyway, suffice it to say I think we've finally got the house in a rather good shape, all things considered; and now we're kicking our heels up -- for at least a few minutes -- catching up and hanging out...we'll see what comes after that!

May your day be blessed as well; if not in the blessed company of friends and family, then in the simple solitude of more God-time!
<>< HJ

Thursday, July 16

Long-awaited update...

Dear Blog-friends,

I know I haven't been on here in a while. Seems like I've dropped off the face of the earth; I suddenly went from writing constantly to nothing for almost a year. Well, I can't say that I've been really busy, since I haven't been on any missions trips in that time either; however, I have been traveling around the US more with/visiting my friends & family (see the photo albums to the right). But mostly I've been expressing myself --as I always do-- in writing; the difference being that it's either more personal and therefore tucked away in the journal by my Bible or it's been in the book/s I started several years ago and have been too busy to work on since moving here and traveling abroad so much.

I'm sorry I haven't written much here lately -- I'll try and remedy that; no promises though -- but if you have an account on facebook, look me up there (it's easier to get on there for a second to post a simple one-liner update every few days then to get on here and write some lengthy piece that'll break up whatever train of thought I might have going for the other writing/s).

Christ's blessings to y'all,
<>< HJ

PS. I almost forgot what kept my attention for a couple months: I finished my Philippines I just need to compile the photos from the last two Africa trips and the Honduras trip to put in two more scrapbooks...