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, 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.
It’s been a very full week with both ups and downs. Among the downs, which all happened to occur on Wednesday: not feeling well, hearing that a college friend had passed away, and our dog, Susie, whom we’d had for almost 14 years, dying. I plan to write a post about her next week.
But here are some of the favorite “ups”:
1. A fun family evening making gingerbread houses for the first time.
2. Our 32nd wedding anniversary. Jason and Mittu came over the night before and made dinner, cheesecake, and a giant peanut butter chocolate chip cookie to celebrate. Mittu made this for us:
She took a photo from our 30th anniversary trip, painted a canvas, and applied the photo with Mod Podge so it looks like it has been painted on the canvas. I’ve seen tutorials for this online but haven’t tried it yet. It turned out very nice!
On our actual anniversary, I was having some pretty severe tummy troubles in the afternoon. By dinner time I was feeling better but not sure I was up to dinner out. Jim suggested getting take-out from a nice local restaurant. When he came back with the food, he said the restaurant was so jam-packed he didn’t think we would have enjoyed it there anyway, so we were very happy to have a quiet evening at home with good food (that I enjoyed not cooking!)
3. Jeremy’s home!
4. Time together as a family. Jason and Mittu are going to her mom’s for Christmas, and it’s sad that we won’t all be together, but we do have to share them sometimes. 🙂 I am glad they are able to go, and I’m very glad we got to spend some time all together after Jeremy got here before they had to leave. Our Christmas is going to be in several stages this year: Jason and Mittu exchanged their presents with Jeremy then, and we’ll exchange ours with them after they get back.
5. My second newspaper column ran a couple of Sundays ago. I forgot to mention it last FFF. It contained the hope of the gospel amid the loss of family members during December, and I wasn’t sure how much the editor would let me include, but thankfully he didn’t edit out any of it. I got a number of positive responses from it: I’m thankful it was a help to people.
I hope you all have a wonderful, Christ-centered Christmas!