Friday’s Fave Five

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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 kind of an up and down week. I had thought about doing an “up and down” or family update post yesterday, but time got away from me. But here are some of the “ups”:

1. Jim’s birthday was last Wednesday, but he had to be out of town that day, so we celebrated Saturday.


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2. Wednesday night Coffeshop Apologetics. A man in our church has been doing a series called Coffehouse or Coffeshop Apologetics on Wednesday nights basically talking about ways to talk to atheists, agnostics, moral relativists, etc. Evidently God has given him a real ministry in that regard that we hadn’t even known about, but what he’s had to share had been very interesting.

3. These stands were on sale half price at Hobby Lobby:

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Aren’t they cute? They are smaller than normal, only about 8″ or so across, but I have an 6″ cake pan that will make the perfect small dessert for it!

4. Finally getting this project done. It was originally supposed to be a fall wreath, but I got stuck trying to make burlap roses — I never could get the hang of it. Then I was going to do a winter wreath in neutrals. But as we’re getting closer to spring I decided to throw some pink in there, and I think it’ll work, even though felt is more wintery in my mind.

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I made the pink felt roses using this tutorial but bought the other ones, gluing a button in the middle of a couple of them.

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It had been a long time since I had fired up the ol’ hot glue gun, but I enjoyed it!

5. Getting some things hung up around the house that had been sitting in the sewing room for months in some cases. Indecision is my biggest road block! But I finally decided to just go with what I had been thinking about, and I think it pretty much works. I guess I could have taken pictures of those…but no time just now as I’m off to a meeting at Jim’s mom’s place soon.

In family news, Jim did get the pathology report back from his kidney surgery, and the mass was indeed cancerous, which is pretty much what we expected, but there’s no sign of it in the lymph nodes or lymphatic system, so that is very good. He has a follow-up appointment with an oncologist next week just to see if we need to do any other scans to make sure there is nothing else lurking around somewhere. He’s continuing to do well, though still a little tender in places.

Happy Friday to you!

13 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. I love Hobby Lobby! Those stands are very cute. I just bought 6″ cake pans, but I haven’t used them yet. 🙂

    Thank the Lord that your husband had no sign of cancer in the lymphatic system!

    I’m no decorator, but I think the wreath would work for either winter or spring.

  2. We don’t have a Hobby Lobby here, but who knew you could buy cake stands there? Love the scalloped edges on those. I’ve always wanted a spring themed wreath for the front door but I must say it would clash with the snow we have right now. LOL.

    Glad to hear Jim is doing well after surgery. Continuing to pray for his full recovery and for continued good health.

  3. I love those little cake stands! So cute!

    I’m also very glad to hear that, although Jim’s tumor was cancerous, there is no sign of it anywhere else. I just keep remembering how amazing it is that it was caught so early. God is good! His timing is perfect!

  4. Hi Barbara,

    Always enjoy your Friday post. Happy Birthday to Jim – will continue to pray that God will heal him.

    I do miss Hobby Lobby — we don’t really have one too close to us. Those stands are adorable.

    Your wreath looks pretty!

    Are you familiar with RC Sproul? I think he used to do the “coffee house” talks too. You can listen to him online.

    Have a blessed weekend.

  5. I love your glass plates, especially the domed one.
    Your rosettes turned out very pretty.
    Glad to hear the cancer hasn’t spread, though this whole ordeal has to be tough on all of you. I will be praying.

  6. I haven’t been inside our Hobby Lobby in quite some time….it’s so big and overwhelming to me! LOL…those cake stands are adorable! I love your roses…nice work…I can’t do that kind of thing…no patience for it! I love wreaths though and tend to do berry ones. Happy Belated birthday to your husband and praise God the cancer didn’t spread.

  7. Cute stands! We don’t have a Hobby Lobby here, but I always love to visit one. The wreath turned out so cute! Glad to hear you got encouraging news from the doctor and I hope this week’s visit is another good one.

    Happy birthday to your hubby. Have a great week ahead.

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  9. Some lovely springy pinks in your post this week! Those cake stands are so sweet looking. So nice that your husband has recovered enough from major surgery to return to work and resume many duties, including birthday cake!

  10. Love the stands from Hobby Lobby! Regrettably, we don’t have one of those here either. (Another downside to living all the way on the West Coast!) I miss that store! Such wonderful finds for the home.

  11. Happy belated birthday to Jim!

    The stands are cute. When you bake cakes, do showcase them on those stands.

    I’m glad that Jim is continuing to do well. I will keep you and your family in prayers.

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