Well, THIS was weird!  I didn’t work on a speech today!!!!!!!  lol

Today was the celebration of the canonization of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, North America’s first Aboriginal saint (and dear to Meaghan’s heart) so we went to the Native church here to honour St. Kateri and Lloyd and Meaghan’s M’iq M’aq ancestors.  We ended up staying with Father D and 3 of his friends for lunch and well into the afternoon.  We got home at 3:00.  It was incredibly pleasurable to spend time with people and not have any kind of agenda whatsoever.  We talked about everything under the sun and just enjoyed each other.

Today I got a lot of love.  People emailed, facebooked and messaged me and lifted my spirits and touched my heart so deeply it moved me to tears.  How incredibly blessed I am!!!!

Today is also (even more importantly to us) the 10th anniversary of the day Lloyd and I met.  When I think about who we were 10 years ago and who we are now, the difference staggers me.  We truly are different people and God used us to rescue each other.  It was a perfect fit and the only one that could have worked for each of us.  If someone had told me at the beginning of that day that 10 years later I’d be a happy practicising Catholic, I’d have laughed until I burst a kidney.   Then I would have drank myself to death to prevent it from happening!

The tale of how we met is pretty strange and epic and I’m not up to telling it just now so it will have to wait for another day.  (I know, pretty rotten eh?)  Suffice it to say, “So how did you two meet?” is a question we still have trouble answering.  Once in a while, just for the shock value, I’ll tell the entire story to a stranger and they usually need a drink afterwards.  lol

The 6 giant pieces of whiteboard are staring me in the face, just waiting to be fixed to the wall.  I am eager to begin mapping The Big Speech.  We have to trim them a bit more to fit the 2 big sliding doors in our bedroom and Lloyd seemed apprehensive….  “you want it to cover both doors?”

“Well, yeah honey, I want a WHOLE wall and this is the only available wall we have so we have to do it.”

It’s nice that the house is OURS now and I don’t have to ask the landlords!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Getting out my big list of big ideas.

TOMORROW I’m going to see Ed Tate,    the 2000 World Champion of Public Speaking (yes, I am taking a ferry back into the city, having been home for a whole 25 hours now).  Ed is the creator of my second favourite World Speech “One of Those Days”!  I can’t wait to meet him and hear what he has to say.

I have 2nd row seats thanks to another “The Man” who believes in me.  I don’t know what’s going to happen but I know it’s going to be good!