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, 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.

It’s actually been kind of a frustrating week for me: it seemed like every day unexpected interruptions came up and I didn’t accomplish much of wanted I wanted to this week. But it’s in those kinds of weeks that it’s most helpful to look for the good things. Here are a few from my week:

1. Getting the Internet back. It was only off for a few hours yesterday (right when I was in the middle of trying to write a post! So that one will have to wait for another day). But it amazed me how dependent on it I was! Even to the point of getting frustrated that I couldn’t look up the phone number for our provider online. 🙂 I don’t know what the trouble was, but I’m glad it is over.

2. Getting a drawer organized.

Before:

After:

I had been wanting to do that for ages and finally remembered to get the little trays to do so. It didn’t take too long: it was accomplished while I was cooking something.

3. Getting rid of some things. I don’t let go of things easily: I figure it will cost more to replace it if I change my mind, so if I have room, I’d rather keep it, even in a box somewhere. But sometimes even I have to go through and donate some excess, and it felt good to send a couple of bags and several boxes to the thrift store this week.

4. Christian music. I know I have mentioned that before in different capacities, but I especially appreciated it this week when I was very irritated over something, I don’t even remember what, and put a CD in while I started dinner. Before long my heart and thoughts and feelings were changed and the irritation had melted away.

5. Getting up later. The church that Jesse’s school is under had special meetings this week and pushed the school start time a half an hour later to help families who had been out to the meetings in the evenings. I could get used to a later wake-up time.

Bonus: I don’t know if I can honestly say this is a favorite or not — it’s exciting but also a little wistful: Jesse brought his cap and gown for graduation home this week.

And that reminds me of another favorite: going through his pictures from a babyhood through the present for a project for both the Junior-Senior Banquet and graduation. Such fun. Reminds me, though, that I wanted to have a scrapbook ready for graduation and need to get cracking on that…

So — though I wasn’t sure I was going to find five good things this week, I ended up with more than five, and I was reminded I did get some things accomplished even though it didn’t feel like it. It probably felt that way because I didn’t get the biggest thing done: Jesse’s graduation announcements. Maybe tomorrow!

Have a good weekend!

14 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. That’s what’s so great about fff – we intentionally look for the good – even if we don’t think they were there – and they always are! Good for you! Hope you get those grad announcements finished today!

  2. I have a couple of drawers that look like your before picture….I keep my measuring spoons in a zip lock bag in the drawer so they’re not hard to find…another thing that needs organizing is my jewelry and I’ve wanted to take photos of my good jewelry so I could make a file. I want to designate who is to get certain bits when I’m no longer here…..did you ever notice how hard it is to tell the ‘real’ jewelry from the costume stuff.
    I was thinking this was Jesse’s last year….I remember how bittersweet the senior year was for Daughter when I knew she’d soon be leaving home for college.
    Blessings,
    Mama Bear

  3. Nice organization. I have a drawer that needs that done too. I’ve been doing lots of organization and putting together donation items this week too. We have lots to do to get ready for the new baby. I need to clean out 2 whole rooms. The spare bedroom which has lots of furniture and excess “stuff” will become the baby’s room and needs to go into the bonus room which has turned into a “junk” room. It’s nice to finally get these rooms organized 🙂

  4. I love looking at a drawer after it has been organized. Decluttering does make you feel good!

    I was in your shoes last year when I had my youngest graduating… so I know how you feel.

  5. Oh, I know that cap and gown feeling! Wow, do you want to come to Florida and do some organizing? :0) I’m with you on Christian music — a lifesaver at times. Have a great week!

  6. It always is so rewarding to get a little organized and to get your internet up and running again. Your youngest graduating. That’s always quite the milestone. Hope you can get those announcements knocked out this weekend! Listening to worship music is always a win win for me! blessings…

  7. Sounds like a nice week. An extra amount of sleep is always good! And I love getting organized. And I know what you mean by getting frustrated when the internet is not working. We are so dependent on it!! Have a great weekend!!

  8. Lovely drawer! That cap and gown does sound a bit hard to swallow! I have a hard time saying goodbye to things, but it does feel so good afterwards!

    Wanted to let you know that I replied to your comment on the blog, but wasn’t sure if you would see it regarding the 5 love languages. They did specify that children (not adults) only have the options of verbal or behaviorally responding when angry. I edited the post to reflect that, too, though the specific quote didn’t mention it.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  9. Ah, yes, that panicky feeling when the internet’s down and we can’t look anything up!! Glad it was only a brief time for you. That’s very handy that you could organize while cooking — now that’s multitasking!

  10. I am just the opposite of you ! I get rid of things immediately and then sometimes regret, that I gave or throw them away !

    BTW I have to go to a pedicure, it’s impossible to cut my footnails they are so hard that she has to use a little electric saw ! They look very nice but are impossible to cut. Even Mr. G. with special pedicure things can’t do it, lol !

  11. Some weeks are definitely like that. So glad you still joined in and looked for the blessings amongst the frustration. Your organized drawer made me smile. Love that. I need to go through mine again and get rid of gadgets that I just never use. And bonus for multi-tasking and not taking time from other things…say, blogging. ;v)

    Mine youngest will be bringing home her cap and gown in a couple of weeks. We need to get her dress tried on and make sure it still fits to a tee and needs no changes. Sigh. I’m very back and forth with my feelings on her graduation.

  12. When we start ‘looking’ for the faves we can find them 🙂
    Isn’t it funny how we think a project is going to take a long time to do, and then when we actually do it, it hardly takes any time at all. It’s great that you did that organizing in such a short amount of time.

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