Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Project 365 - April 1-7

So, April showers bring May flowers...or something.  Beginning of April had a day of 80 degree sun followed by snow.   Typical Colorado.

April 1 - Dinner at Saj.  We went to a presentation at Aspen Academy and the Streets of Southglenn were close by.   Very tasty dinner...and baklava!  We went to a presentation sponsored by Trading for Treasures (creating jobs for women in Rwanda by selling their handiwork here in the states) featuring Immaculee Ilibagiza, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide in 1994 who spent three months in a cramped 3x4 foot bathroom with 7 other women in the home of a pastor to avoid being killed.   She has a peace about her that is amazing.   One of the stories she told was about praying the rosary, the Lord's prayer specifically.   Knowing that Hutu's were killing Tutsi's right outside the house she struggled with the phrase "forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us."  In her heart, she couldn't pray what she didn't believe, so she decided to omit that portion of the prayer.  God knew what was in her heart.   After a while she determined that she couldn't just eliminate a part of the Lord's Prayer.  Over time she prayed for her heart to be changed (she had lots of time to pray, since they couldn't speak during their time in the bathroom).    Immaculee had a great way of speaking that really put you in the moment, feeling her emotions (and I am not doing justice to it here).     One of the other great things she said was "if you have to choose between being right or being kind, choose being kind."

April 2 - An amazingly beautiful day.  We had brunch at Paris on the Platte.   Since it was free day at the DAM we went to check out the Blink exhibit on light and sound.
Cow sculpture outside the art museum - One of the exhibit rooms

April 3 - And then the weather changed....
April 4 - Baking for the youth talent show, yellow cake with key lime filling and lime cream cheese frosting...sprinkles inspired by a technique on Cupcake Wars
April 5 - Reading about Yellowstone in Budget Travel
April 6 - More baking for the youth
April 7 - Saturday Morning by Lauraine Snelling.   The first book I picked up from her at the library was a random find, but now I seek her out.  It was a great read that I finished over the weekend.

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