My last two weekends have been vastly different, but equally wonderful. Two weeks ago I went to the Atlanta Dogwood festival. A huge collection of artists and performers, this event only comes around to Atlanta one weekend a year. Last year it was miserable and rainy, and so I decided not to go, but this year the weather was absolutely incredible. And add to that the fact that I was surrounded by people I love, and it made for a perfect first time visit to the dogwood festival. There were music and dance performances from people and styles all over the world, vendors selling yummy food, exquisite art on display, and even some dog racing and performances. My only regret is not wearing enough sunscreen :).
The next weekend, Easter weekend, I went home to Albany to celebrate Passover with my family. Passover is one of my favorite days of the entire year. It’s a lot of work to prepare for, and it’s always over in only a couple of hours; but taking the time to remember and celebrate what God did for His people so many years ago is just really special to me. It was even more special this year, because I got to bring home Amy and Michael with me. And Chris and Julia and Julia’s parents were also able to come down – we had a full house, but full hearts, as well. I found the days leading up to Passover quite amusing – I kept getting messages from Amy, Michael, and mom telling me how excited they all were. I must admit, I shared their excitement. And once we got there, I found myself just randomly bursting into smiles on multiple occasions. I was just so happy to be surrounded by so many people that I loved so much. Despite the stress of school, the job hunt, and everything else, I have been very blessed, indeed.