I’ve decided: I want to move.
We have been in Canada’s Capitol since Saturday night, staying with the Gilman family. On Monday we went to Parliament Hill!
One of our friends had arranged to take us on a tour of Parliament, where he worked until just recently. His roomate currently works in Parliament as an MP’s assistant, so he was our official tour guide…meaning they gave us a private tour! We went through security, and began our tour in the Chapel room in the East Block of the Parliament buildings. We spent some time praying for our country which was, as our friend put it: “precious”. Dad read from Malachi four and prayed it over our nation.
Then, because of our friend’s roomate being there, we got to walk in an underground tunnel to the Center Block Parliament building. We were given a magnificant tour. We saw the House of Commons. In the House of Commons, I saw “the tipped chair”, the seat in which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sits. We saw the Senate, where we heard about the daily proccession of the Mace, which allows Parliament to begin. And the Library, wow! Beautiful wooden bookshelves full of books, the gold-covered dome…it was gorgeous! The floors are glass. In some places throughout Parliament there is scripture in stone and stain-glass, which was encouraging to see. We also went up the Peace Tower where we got an incredibly beauiful view! Being in the Parliament buildings was inspiring and awesome. The Parliament buildings are full of beauty and seeped in a real sense of pride for Canada.
We also drove by 24 Sussex Drive and ate lunch on the lawn of Parliament Hill. Talk about surreal!
Later in the evening, we attended Monday Night in the Park, which is an young-adults-church in an Ottawa park along the Rideau river that our friend helps organize and lead. Our family led worship, and Dad preached the vision of MM. It was super fun and we got to meet some neat people. After the program was over, little Richard stole the show by rapping the first verse of “Be Like You” by Lecrae in an impromptu display of adorable talent.
Ottawa is awesome, and I love the idea of working in Parliament one day. The people here are really friendly, and the Gilman’s are great. I don’t know what the future holds -maybe I’ll move to Ottawa, maybe I’ll go overseas to the Middle East (which is definitely an interest) or maybe I’ll always be on the Island. But hey- I don’t need to know. All I need to know is that for today, I am called to love Jesus and serve my family….in little ol’ Orono Ontario. ☺
Kaitlyn -on behalf of the Snyder clan