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.

OK, so what happened to the slower, lazy, laid-back days of summer? 🙂 They seem to be too fast and too busy, but here are some of the highlights of the last week:

1. A replaced gift card. Almost two years ago when we moved one week and then went back to SC to help Jeremy move, I had a birthday in there, and my main gift was a sizable gift card. Somewhere in all the shuffling, it got lost. I knew I had put it back in the birthday card and assumed I’d find it as I continued unpacking, but didn’t. After some months I told my husband about it. We still had the receipt, so he was going to see if they would replace it. But here that store isn’t near us, so we just kept forgetting about it. We had to go somewhere the week before last that was near that place and finally took care of it, and after taking the information and checking their records, they sent us a replacement. They didn’t even take any off the balance — Jim said it was illegal to do so now. So that’s a relief, and now I can plan a shopping excursion. 🙂

2. Touring a local community college. They seemed really on top of things, everyone was very helpful,  and we were impressed.They have ties with several universities, so after getting a two-year associates degree he can go on to a university and have his credits transfer. And he gets plunged into his major courses right away, so he can find out early on whether the major he is interested in in one that he likes and can handle.

3. Good talks. If Jesse goes to the above college, which seems likely at this point, he’ll be the first of my children not to go to a Christian college. That makes me both sad and apprehensive, but we had a good talk about ways to handle that. A couple of kids from his high school are going there, he’ll be living at home and going to the same church, so hopefully he will stay grounded. Of course, ultimately, whether in a Christian or secular place, one’s own relationship with the Lord needs to be maintained and one needs to walk closely with Him.

4. Mexican food! We went to a Mexican food place for lunch after the tour Monday and then had enchiladas last night.

5. Finishing books. Books are always a favorite. but I was bogged down in a long one for a while, so it was nice to complete that and get on to some others.

I keep thinking the next week will be slower and less busy, but it hasn’t happened so far. Maybe this will be the week that comes true! 🙂

14 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. We left those lazy, laid-back days of summer in our youth! LOL! If only our children would recognize them as such…

    • I didn’t say I didn’t agree with it. 🙂 And of course he carries his faith with him everywhere he goes, but choices can either strengthen it or weaken it, in a secular or even religious setting.

  2. Love your #3. So wise of you to consider each of your kids individually…in their own place and time. As a mom of four, I know that’s hard to do but oh so important.

  3. Hopefully your son will find some great Christian friends at his new college – and as you mentioned, he’ll still be involved in your home church fellowship. Good that you can really talk with him – that’s a blessing and will help keep him grounded.

    Glad you found your gift card! What a treat 🙂

    Have fun shopping!

    And hope you have a laid-back weekend!

  4. How blessed that you were able to have your gift card replaced! Have fun shopping!

    I love having Mexican food, too. In fact, last night we had some. I tried a new recipe for Chicken Taquitos. It was good, and even better for lunch today.

  5. If you figure out how to slow the week down, let me in on it!

    You’ve given all your sons great roots and role models. I am certain no matter where Jesse goes to college, God will find him and make his presence known.

  6. i LOVE your number 3 fave the best. My oldest is in a Christian college, out of state, but not too far (we ‘re in eastern NY and she is in north east Boston) and we also had a talk if she had chosen one of the local secular colleges. for her, it was best to go to Gordon but…..we have friends who chose secular and they are walking with the Lord just fine. I think for them, getting grounded in a church and having other christians in a campus club has helped. You had a great list of faves!! happy weekend!!

  7. I can imagine what a relief it was to have that gift card replaced! Have fun shopping. 😉

    Mexican food is one of our favorites around here. We don’t eat out much, but when we do Mexican is somewhere in the top choices.

    I know just what you mean about finishing up books. Sometimes, as much as I’m enjoying a story, I just want to move on.

  8. Glad they replaced that gift card for you. I don’t think we have too many Christian colleges or universities around here that focus on studies other than theological and ministerial. I can’t think of a one in fact.

  9. Wonderful — so nice that the giftcard didn’t go to waste. I think I can understand your trepidation on #3, but at least you’ll still have your son close by and perhaps more conversations that help him cling stronger to his faith.

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