Friday’s Fave Five

Welcome to Friday’s Fave Five, hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story, in which 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 blesses us with. Click on the button to learn more, then go to Susanne’s to read others’ faves and link up your own.

1. The ladies’ Christmas party at church. Well, actually, at someone’s home, and we got lost on some scary, dark roads (GPS wasn’t recognizing the address), but we eventually got there. Mittu went with me. I’ve been missing the ladies’ group from my old church and the Christmas party there was one of my favorite times of year. This was different, of course, but very good and a lot of fun.  And I won one of the door prizes — Lindt truffles! The testimony the speaker shared was a tremendous blessing.

2. Snow day!

We had snow Sunday night and Monday. I worked on Christmas cards and our Christmas letter and Mittu made treats:

The rest of the week we had ice — not so much fun, though Jesse enjoyed being off school for a couple more days.

3. Good shopping experiences. So far both customers and sales clerks have been pretty in good spirits, and lines have been longer than usual but not too very long. In only one store were my nerves getting frayed because the store had carts but did not allow room to get them around the aisles very well — so I left that store after just a short while. I think I am mostly done shopping — I need to sit down and take stock, but I think, except for 2-3 things,  all I have left is little stocking stuffers.

4. Christmas decorations. We finally got our tree and decorations up last weekend. When I wrote a couple of years ago about our “misfit” ornaments that we still like to use, I mentioned that my kids like to do odd things with some of the ornaments. This year my husband tucked a couple in unusual places, and it was fun to discover them throughout the day. One was this sleigh on top of the log cabin:

And the other was this snowman visiting the family figurines (which my oldest keeps threatening to draw happy faces on):

5. Jason’s surprise package. We got a package in the mail addressed to Jason, but he hadn’t ordered anything that he remembered. So, thinking maybe it was something Jim ordered, I put it away until he got home. I took him into our room and asked him about it. He started to open it, and it looked like…a computer. We called Jason in and asked, “Did you order a computer????” We didn’t think so because we had just taken his Mac with a broken screen in to be fixed earlier in the week. As it turned out, he had caught an announcement about a giveaway for Google Chrome — and he had won! They hadn’t sent him any kind of notification — just the computer. He was thrilled! They’ve had such a hard year, it was neat to see the Lord bless them that way.

Since last week I’ve observed the anniversary of the passing of both my parents, which is a mixture of sadness and nostalgia, but the Lord blessed with an otherwise very good week.

Have a great weekend!

18 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. Those treats look delicious! What are they?

    Your snow day picture is so beautiful – we’re looking for some snow up here on PEI. It’s all green. Not a fleck in sight. 😦 🙂

    How wonderful for Jason – what a blessing!

    I know the sad and nostalgic feeling – my mom and dad have been gone now for many years but I still miss them.

    Hope your weekend is filled with blessing!

  2. Free computer! Awesome! 🙂

    Is that a little nest in the snow photo…it looks like there’s one in the tree…

    Love the comment about drawing smilies on the figurines…that cracked me up! 😀

  3. Those odd things your family do with christmas ornaments sound fun. Ah, look at the snow! Makes me think of Polar Express 🙂 Congratulations on your door prize win. Happy Friday!

  4. Oh wow! What a surprise and treat for Jason! That’s awesome.

    That picture of the ice and snow around the bird’s nest is incredible.

    And those treats that Mittu made look absolutely yummy. I could eat them all myself!

    Glad you had good time at the ladies Christmas party!

  5. What a great week my friend. I still haven’t done my Christmas cards or any shopping…YIKES!!! I’m glad the Christmas party was a success and that weather looks mighty cold I tell ya. Will you do me a favor please. Ask Jason if he is a beta tester for Google Chrome new operating system. I saw that from them and filled out a form as well but obviously I wasn’t chosen. Dang. But congratulations to Jason. He’s gonna have fun with that I’m sure. 🙂 Have a great weekend 🙂

  6. I LOVE the frozen nest picture…I noticed it in the first shot and was so happy you took a close up! Yummo…the peppermint pretzels…oh, I wish I could reach into my computer screen…but then, if I could do that I’d just beg to come over! Smiles and MUCH love to you and yours today!!

  7. Glad you got to go to a new Christmas party. I can’t imagine how difficult it would be for me to have to start over with all new friends but you sound like you’re doing great with that. Yummy—those treats look absolutely delicious. Ha—thinking about your son drawing faces on the family figurines. A free computer? Wow! Congrats to Jason. Understanding your nostalgia over the anniversaries of losing your parents…

    Have a great weekend!

  8. Ice is one of my the things I dislike about winter…we had it predicted on Wednesday and it did ice up on bridges, school was dismissed at 11:00 but I didn’t have any here at my house.
    I’m glad you’re finding Church activities similar to the ones you had before…I’m still searching for the right one…I really should just go to the one I went to before we moved to Memphis because we’ve visited several but have not found a home..We attend our Daughter’s church which is very near but it just hasn’t fulfilled our expectations and although we’re there often, we do not feel it is where we should move our membership.
    What a surprise for Jason…
    Mama Bear

  9. What a wonderful blessing for Jason! It’s so much fun to win something, even Lindt chocolates. The one good thing about snow and ice is the staying inside 🙂 I’m glad you were at least able to get to the Christmas party.
    Have a great weekend!

  10. You had a nice week too and apparently we are sitting in the same boat = snow ! Over night it has snowed again and lots of flights have been cancelled. Fortunately I don’t have to take a plane !

  11. You son wanting to draw happy faces on the Willow Tree family cracks me right up. As does the ornaments turning up in odd places. Too fun.

    Mittu’s treats look wonderful. Yummy.

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