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,  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!

11 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. So nice to have everyone home for awhile, at least.

    Sounds like you had a very nice anniversary celebration, in spite of not feeling well.

    Love the gingerbread houses!

    Have a blessed Christmas!

  2. Sounds like your week is ending on an up, Barbara. And wasn’t it just providential that you had your anniversary dinner at home? Noisy crowds would’ve made it difficult to do much more than wolf down your food and leave! The gingerbread houses look adorable. I enjoyed your post with close-up photos of each. Hope you enjoy your wonderful together time with family as you celebrate our Savior’s birth.

  3. I’m so sorry for all the troubles mid-week (I’m looking forward to reading about Susie), but so glad for the bright spots in your week, especially your anniversary! Enjoy Christmas with your family this weekend!

  4. glad you’re feeling better….and yay for gingerbread houses/traditions! Happy Anniversary and Merry Christmas!! what a festive time of year for you! My little girl turned 13 on Wednesday so we have lots going on just before xmas as well…..it’s all fun tho isn’t it?

  5. SO exciting about your newspaper article, Barbara!! That is so great. What a great picture of you too, and how creative of Mittu.

    So sorry to hear about your dog…we’re probably facing that here pretty soon and we know it. It’s hard.

    Love your new gingerbread house tradition. Must have been great fun. They’re beautiful. Glad you’re feeling better and have a wonderful Christmas!!

  6. I love all your gingerbread houses! That is something we have never done before … I’m saving the idea as something to do with my future grandchildren.

    Happy anniversary! And that is a great photo that Mittu fixed up for you.

    Congratulations on your newspaper column! It’s awesome that the editor did not take stuff out.

  7. Happy anniversary! That’s creative and thoughtful of Mittu. The gingerbread houses are really lovely. Congratulations on your second newspaper column.

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