Friday’s Fave Five

Susanne at Living to Tell the Story hosts Friday’s Fave Five so we can share our favorite things from the last week. This has been a wonderful exercise in looking for and appreciating the good things God gives. Click on the button to learn more, then go to Susanne’s to read others’ faves and link up your own.

Some of my favorites from this past week:

1. We had the closing for our new house in TN on Monday! That was exciting, plus it was nice to actually see it again. Though I am having mixed emotions — the excitement of the new place and the sadness at leaving the oldest kids behind — we’re already planning the first visits!

2. Finding more “treasures” in cleaning out boxes. One was a notebook of angst-filled teen-age poetry. I haven’t had time to go through it yet, but I am glad to have found it, especially since it wasn’t where I thought it was! Another was a newspaper clipping of a column I wrote in a local small neighborhood newspaper for our school when I was in 11th or 12th grade. My speech teacher knew someone involved with that paper and connected me to that opportunity. I had forgotten about it, and since I was throwing away most things that looked like newspaper clippings (because most of them were recipes or articles that I’ve lived without for all these years now), I was glad I spotted that without throwing at away. Another was a note from the business office of my college that someone had put $500 on my school account back then — that was a special reminder of a special blessing.

3. A good, soaking rain. We’ve needed it and had sprinkles here and there, but finally got a good rain in our area this week.

4. Scheduling the movers for next week. I mentioned a few days ago that in my husband’s preliminary conversations with them, it didn’t look like they could come in the time frame we wanted, but it all worked out well.

5. Helpful kids. I’ve had to call on each of them for various kinds of help — moving boxes, sorting through things, computer help, making goodies for Jesse’s party tomorrow, etc., and they’ve all graciously been willing to pitch in wherever needed.

I don’t know if I will be here for FFF next week — we’ll be in the midst of moving, and I don’t know when the computer will be set up and operational. Hopefully as soon as possible!

9 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. I didn’t think you’d be around this week, Barbara, with all the moving plans going on. But I’m glad to read of your faves in the midst of what must be pretty hectic. Hope it all goes smoothly!

  2. I love finding “treasures” when sorting through desk drawers and so on, Barbara!
    We could surely use a good soaking rain here in SE Ohio. We’re going to water the garden this evening. It is so dry.
    What a blessing you have in your children. It is so great that they are pitching in when you need them!
    So glad you’ve been able to continue blogging even when you are sorting and packing and all.

  3. So excited for you as you embark upon this adventure! (I look forward to moving someday so we can get rid of some things…!)

    Love the account of memories you found packed away, and how your kids are so helpful. Know that I’m praying for you this week. Hope all goes smoothly.

  4. Having moved so many times myself, I know the stress and exhaustion. Hurray for your kids for stepping up to help! I’ll be praying for you this week.

  5. Aha… moving. You’re going to LOVE your new home and routine… but give it time.

    We’ve moved both our kids twice each and our parents twice each and ourselves … ALL of us, in the past few years… that’s a lot of boxes! We’re in a season of transition, that’s for sure. Welcome to mid-life! ღ

  6. Well, in case we don’t connect for a few days, good luck on the move…hope everything goes as planned and you do not over extend yourself but take time for rest and me time…we’ll want to see photos of the new place once you’re settled as well as the area around your new home…I took a Bible study when we moved to Memphis titled ‘Moving On after Moving In’. It was so helpful…one of the things I remember is unpacking special things right away…You might want to pack them yourself with your necessities…For me it was the windchimes Daddy made for me..I’ve hung them on each house we’ve moved to since we left the farm in 1993….just something like that makes you feel at home right away…
    Will you have a studio in the new house? Perhaps it would be good to create that space right away…or the corner for your quiet time…whatever says “home” for you….
    Mama Bear

  7. I love reminiscing over old stuff, found stuff or even stuff that you know was there and you took it back out again. I remember I had wrapped china up in newspaper and when I had moved to the Island the china became important 11 years later when I opened my tea room and found surprise after surprise. Not the china but the old newspaper headings from the time I had wrapped it up

    Con-grads on the house, the emotions are normal.

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