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 been yet another busy week, and a busy couple of weekends ahead, but after that things should get back to “normal.” Here are some highlights from this past week.

1. Mother’s Day. My family always makes makes this a great day. Jim grilled, Jason and Mittu prepared the rest of the meal and cleaned up the kitchen afterward, all were very generous in their gifts and sweet with their cards. We got to “facetime” via iPhone with Jeremy (Jim hooks it up to the TV so we can all see and talk to him), and after a couple of failed attempts at having Grandma talk with her oldest son in CA, we finally got to Facetime over the iPhone and TV with them. She wasn’t talking much at first — she gets confused by it all — but they did have a few connected bits of conversation.

2. Roses. Some of you know I’ve missed the roses from our old house. Jim, Jason and Mittu bought these for the new house!

3. Helps for Grandma. It’s hard sometimes to know what to get Jim’s mom. She doesn’t need or have room for more “stuff,” she doesn’t read much any more. Lately she’s been getting mixed up as to which great-grandkids go with which of her kids and what all their names are, etc., so Jim got an idea to make a wall display to go near her bed with everyone’s photos and their names in large print, and I got the idea to make a little booklet of all the families.

Of course we know that won’t “solve” the memory problems, but it gives her some ways to remind herself of them as often as she wants to.

4. Jesse’s Junior-Senior Banquet. This is The Big Event of the Year at his school, at least for the juniors and seniors, and from all he described he had a great time. I had a special mom-son moment helping him pick out the corsage (and his date and her mom both liked it!) Here he is all dressed up and ready to go:

By the way, the package I mentioned last week arriving when I had prayed for it to — that was the vest he’s wearing to match his date’s dress.

Aren’t they cute? 🙂

5. Time to veg in the midst of all the busyness. There were a couple of days when I was just super-tired, and I’d been wanting to watch the movies made from a couple of books I had listened to via audiobook, Ivanhoe and North and South, so I took some time to relax and do that. I shared my thoughts about them here.

6. Ebenezers. Do Not Depart was calling for some modern day Ebenezer stories, commemorating times of God’s help in our lives, and it was a blessing to think through and share some of those here.

Have a great weekend! We’re looking forward to Jeremy coming home this weekend!

12 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. Oh, your son’s date’s dress was so pretty! What a cute idea for him to wear a matching vest!

    I have to say I’m loving the look of that chocolate cake! Are those Reese’s peanut butter cups on top of it?

  2. Sounds like a nice week. Your Mother’s Day dessert looks wonderful! Wish I had a piece of that right now! And what a thoughtful, practical idea for your mother-in-law. I will have to remember that. Love your roses. I bought a rosebush last year, but it isn’t looking too good. I don’t have a very good greenthumb.

    Have a wonderul weekend!

  3. What a nice couple ! and your mother day celebrations sounds great too !
    My friend has offered her 90 year old mother a photo frame where you stick an USB key in and so she has the whole family “going” by. She has 28 grand and great grandchildren ! She was very happy with it and put it on the top of her TV.

  4. They look wonderful. What a gorgeous dress. Glad the vest arrived on time for him to wear.

    What thoughtful gifts those were for your MIL. Your Mother’s day sounds like it was lovely.

  5. A very cute couple – hope they had a wonderful time!!

    What great gifts for your mil. I’m sure she’ll enjoy looking through them and showing them to other visitors!

    Pretty roses!

    Glad you had some time rest a bit this week – it sounds good to me too!

    Happy weekend!

  6. Jesse and his date look SO nice!! Our Junior/Senior was last weekend, too. Love your roses. And that cake? So pretty!

    Have a great week ahead!

  7. That cake looks like “death by chocolate” and what a way to go! :o) And, I really did think Jesse and his date looked nice. Purple is my favorite color. I was glad to see the girl’s very pretty, modest dress. She looked gorgeous! And, roses! When we moved here, I was so mad because the place had had some rose bushes outside the house, and sheep ate them down to non-existent! Now, we have some more bushes, but it’s so wet up here, they get rust! Oh well . . . . Life is good anyway! :o) We do get several flowers yearly. :o) I thought the idea for your mother-in-law was excellent. Congratulations to Jesse on his graduation!

  8. I think your idea of the family booklet is fantastic. My friends’ mom was big into genealogy until strokes made it impossible for her to use a computer. But we took pictures of the family photos she’d been collecting and made them into three giant posters for her nursing home room. They’re a great conversation starter for visitors who come.

    That cake looks like it was made with great love. Glad your Mother’s Day was filled with good family loving.

  9. Yay for the time to veg! That definitely sounds important. I love The Date’s dress! Very pretty.

    And I just have to say I love that cake also, though I’m not going to stare it it for too long least I be tempted.

  10. Morning, Barbara. Your husband is a good man to have taught your children to show devotion to their mother. And, he is a good son (to have married a good daughter-in-law!) to think of a fabulous gift to help Grandma remember the many names and faces of her large family.

    Jesse sure looked “spiffy” and his date is a good match for him.

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