Friday’s Fave Five

Welcome to Friday’s Fave Five, hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story, in which we can share five of 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.

I was just thinking that since we skipped FFF last week for Good Friday, I’d have two weeks of faves to choose from — but I can’t remember the week before last! Isn’t that sad?

But on to this week’s faves:

1. Easter. Though in a sense we remember Christ’s death and resurrection every week, there is just something special about Easter morning church services. Our church here just has one longer service on Easter morning with no evening service. The sermon, special music, and communion service all worked together to fill my heart with joy and worship and appreciation anew for what Jesus did for us.

And then Easter dinner is another fave part of the day. A local grocery store sells a brown sugar-glazed spiral-sliced ham that we like every bit as much as the more expensive name brands. Plus we had cheesy potatoes and I think a salad, and Chocolate Dream Pie for dessert. I had been looking for an old recipe I had for French Silk Pie that I hadn’t used in a long time, but was dismayed to see it contained raw eggs, as did every online recipe I could find of it. I just couldn’t make myself do that, but while looking around I saw a recipe in my files for Dream Pie. I didn’t know they even still made those Dream Whip packets, but they do. My husband said he liked the pie better than the frozen kind I sometimes buy. Oh, and we had Resurrection Rolls with Easter breakfast.

My husband doesn’t like not having an evening service, especially on holidays when it seems we should be doing more and not less to commemorate them, but I have to say I loved taking a nap without setting the alarm clock and having a leisurely evening.

I could have made my whole FFF about Easter. But here are a few others faves, and I’ll try to keep them shorter:

2. An annual physical is NOT a favorite, but getting it over with is. I had been thinking about putting off til summer but finally decided to just get it done.

3. Comments. A lot of blog friends were taking blog breaks last week, and even those who were around were understandably busy getting ready for the holiday. But going about four days with no comments at all was really lonely. It was good to have some people come back by this week.

4. Red Lobster. We don’t all go out to eat often due to the expense, but one day it was just three of us at home and Jim had a gift card for Red Lobster, so we went. We hadn’t been there in months, and it was really good!

5. Irises and azaleas. In the continuing unfolding of spring, these have been the newest contributors around town. I’m used to seeing azaleas, but I’m not used to seeing so many homes with irises in their yards. So pretty!

And I am abundantly thankful for safety during the awful weather this week. I forgot to mention in my post about tornadoes and thunderstorms that Jason and Mittu were driving through severe storms in Arkansas on their way back to TN from a visit in OK earlier in the week. When you see footage of the storms and the massive destruction, you realize there is really no defense against that kind of thing. My heart goes out to those affected by the storms this week.

12 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. Those storms have really been devastating Barbara. I’m glad your kids were safe. Easter is such a great celebration. I really enjoy it. I had my annual last week. I’m happy to have it over plus my mammogram!
    Have a great weekend.

  2. I enjoy having a leisurely Sunday evening, too. The fact that they are rare makes it more special!

    I adore irises and azaleas. One of the reasons that I love spring so much is to enjoy the flowers.

  3. I love those cheddar biscuits at Red Lobster. Yum.

    No azaleas here yet, but my rhododendron is in bloom. Yay!

    Enjoyed reading your faves (as always).

  4. Oh dear! I know I did a lot of truncated reading and commenting last week, but I can’t believe I skipped commenting here so many days in a row! I am so sorry! I know I hate when that happens to me. If it is any consolation, I did read. I always check out my regulars even if I don’t take time to comment.

    • Oh, no problem — I wasn’t trying to make anyone feel bad but rather just saying I missed hearing from people who usually stop by. There are days I do more reading than commenting, too.

  5. I was so glad to read through your tornadoes post that you were not in the path of one of those monster storms. The devastation is incredible and I’m glad Jason and Mittu reached their destination safely.

    Your Easter celebration sounds just lovely — and the springy blooms too.

  6. I hear you on the comments. (Is a baby a good excuse?!) =D I’ve kept all my favorites untouched in my google reader so that I could catch up with everyone ASAP!

    Glad to know that you had a wonderful Easter – and a relaxed Easter evening! We didn’t do very much around these parts, obviously, but it was a good day. (I spent the entirety of in bed but I had a good person to cuddle with!)

  7. Ah, we always love Red Lobster, but haven’t been for a while.

    We are also extremely thankful for safety through the storms. Am remembering those who lost their homes though…

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