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November 20, 2010

Canada v. Colorado: The Battle over Snow and Thanksgiving

Canada v. Colorado: The Battle over Snow and Thanksgiving

Canada v. Colorado: The Battle over Snow and Thanksgiving

 

It seems that God is smiling on us and has chosen to bless us with a blizzard. Well, it hasn’t actually happened yet, but I have faith in the weatherman. What’s more, I trust in God, because Mary, Melissa, and I asked for a blizzard to come tonight. We are all anticipating seeing a few feet soar down over the next few days. Granted, a few of us are more excited than others about this, especially those of us from colder parts of the continent. Having been born and raised in the frigid land of winter known as Canada, I said I wouldn’t be impressed with the snow until we got a blizzard. This weekend will show if Manitoba or Colorado can deliver the best snow (I’m not sure which side I am cheering for).

 

On a more serious note, today saw the end of our classes with Dr. Bauman. It’s ironic how at the beginning of the semester we were all pretty intimidated by him, but I don’t think there was a single one that was not sad to see him go today. Dr. Bauman has been the one that has taught us some of the most important lessons that we’ve learned in our time here. Most of all, he has showed us how to ask the great questions like “What is a good life, and what good is life?” “What is a good education?” and “Should we be snipers for Jesus?” Dr. Bauman has taught us that it is important to study literature, because it asks and answers the great questions. He has showed us the history of the church, and we’ve been able to look at the different ways that those who went before us answered many of the questions we are trying to figure out. This has also explained a lot of why things are the way they are today; we’ve started to be aware of the giants whose shoulders we stand on. We have been challenged to examine politics and economics and what our place in these areas should be. Bauman also offers some of the best entertainment I’ve ever had in a classroom, and Snow Wolf Lodge is usually filled with lines from class with Bauman (we even have an entire fridge dedicated to Bauman quotes). On behalf of all the other students, I would like to offer up a thank you to Dr. Bauman; in one way or another he has changed all of out lives—none of us will walk away the same people we came in as.

 

This coming week will bring what I have been told is the “real Thanksgiving.” To me Thanksgiving really happens in October, but I won’t ever turn down turkey and apple pie. There is also an excitement surging through the air for more than just the food; with Thanksgiving, the lodge will be overflowing with some of our families whom we haven’t seen for a few months—mine included.  For all of the rest of you that will be visiting, I can’t wait to meet you all and put faces to the families that we have all been hearing so much about.

Blogger's Bio: With one year completed at the University of Manitoba in Canada, Nicolea wants to be a Worldview and/or Biology professor. “I really enjoy science; learning how and why things work the way they do, and in general learning more about the amazing world that God has created.”  Nicolea grew up on a farm in Canada and participated in student council, and worship band.  She also works as a Math and Science tutor, and teaches violin.  Nicolea enjoys music, drama, reading writing, traveling and working on her family’s farm.


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