Saturday, April 26, 2008

A Surprise for Martha

My brother-in-law, Harvey, loves to plan special surprises for my sister. Next year Martha will turn 40 while we are traveling, so he made plans to fly me to Calgary for her 39th birthday, and therefore start her 40th year in a very special way! And was she ever surprised!!

We spent the night in Banff and had a fabulous meal in town. Then spent her birthday at Sunshine skiing on fresh snow! It was an extraordinary day - we both let out "yahoo's" and squeals of delight as we made our way down the runs. There might have been a few "ooh my legs are aching" and a quick stop to catch our breath in there too. The skiing was fantastic! It had been a couple years since I'd skied in the Rockies. There is no doubt that my favourite place in the whole entire world is on top of a mountain. And what a privilege to be there for the day celebrating the gift my sister is to me! Thanks Harvey - I definitely got spoiled in the process of helping Martha celebrate this birthday. It had been a long time since the two of us could spend an entire day together by ourselves catching up and offering encouragement about all sorts of things. And it might be awhile before we have an opportunity to do that again ... but we have a mountain full of memories to sustain for a little while.

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