Celebrated Ame's 39th before she flew off on a well-deserved vacation. Time is tight since this is like a super busy period at work for us (on separate projects), and we were hard-pressed to find a date to meet. We love catching up with one another IRL and it isn't too difficult to go down the list of dates to squeeze out a slot for a loooong lunch and a few cups of coffee.
We got gifts for the birthday girl, but we didn't manage to do cakes or dessert or candles. Hurhurhur. Never mind, we'll buy her loads of ice-cream when she gets back. She's an ice-cream monster. For all the talk of cutting down on dessert, she definitely inhales like four scoops of ice-cream a week. I'm not exaggerating.
This is a momentous year of changes for Ame. She finally made the decision to quit her job. It's been a decision that she has mulled over for almost three years. She has made plans and will devote her time to her heart's calling.
May your paths lead straight and your heart stays light and true. Happy Birthday, dearest Ame. To the new beginnings.
 Therefore having always confidence, knowing that, while we are in the body, we are absent from the Lord.  (For we walk by faith, and not by sight.)  But we are confident, and have a good will to be absent rather from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
~ Corinthians 2:5, Douay-Rheims