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!