It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.
Here are some highlights of the past week:
1. A pink hoodie! I don’t know why I have never gotten a hoodie before now. I got it partly to wear with gym clothes, but I am finding it perfect for in-between sweater and jacket temperatures.
2. An uninterrupted afternoon. I’ve mentioned before that, though I appreciate hospice’s services for my mother-in-law, one frustration for me is having so many people come in and out of my home. There is a bath aide two days a week, a nurse one day a week, a chaplain once every 10 days-2 weeks, a social worker once a month, and a doctor once every 3 or 4 months. Last week they all came in the same week (some without calling ahead…argh!), and I felt like my time was extremely fragmented. This week was starting out the same, but for different reasons, and this is the week I needed to finish the ladies’ booklet I compile for church. I didn’t get started on it til Wednesday – and I needed to have it ready to print by Friday. Usually I get started on it much earlier than that. I felt if I could get one good solid afternoon to work on it, I could make a good dent in it – and that finally happened Wednesday. With that time and a lot of prayer, I got most of it done then and finished up the rest Thursday except for something I am waiting on from someone else. Thank you, Lord! That afternoon felt so good.
3. The rowing machine at the fitness center is something I didn’t think I could do, between knee problems and not having much arm strength. But I tried it Saturday and love it!
4. Pink tulips. I had seen and almost got some at the store to bring some springiness into the house, but ended up not buying them. My son and daughter-in-law didn’t even know about that but surprised me with some pink tulips one day this week.
5. Sunshine! It was rainy and overcast earlier in the week, but it’s always heartening to see the sunshine again. Plus we got one day in the 60s, a nice preview of spring. It’s back to the 20s now with snow forecast for next week – but spring is coming!
Loved the sharing about the pink tulips. God and your kids are good. :o)
Could you tell me about the ladie’s booklet you mentioned? I’m always looking for new things to do for our ladies.
I’d be happy to, Regina. Forgive me for taking a while to answer – I wasn’t at the computer much over the weekend. Then when I started to answer you last night, I decided to expand it into a full blog post here: https://barbarah.wordpress.com/2016/02/09/our-church-ladies-booklet/
Thanks for asking!
On Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 9:40 AM, Stray Thoughts wrote:
Love the surprises you’ve enjoyed this week, Barbara. Sounds like you are enjoying your gym membership. I had to smile at the last one — we rejoice at the opposite weather events 😉
#2 was definitely a needed blessing. So good that you were able to concentrate in the brief time available to you.
I know what you mean about interruptions. I do not have people coming to my house but it seams as if every other day we had to go help someone including MIL and my mother. I cook all my MIL’s evening meals and do her laundry and clean her apartment once a week. So by the time I get to do some things I need done I have maybe an hour or hour in half before I have to fix supper. I Just keep telling myself that it is just this time in my life to help my mom and MIL. I would want someone to help me too. I know you do not feel bad about having to help, just a little stressful to not get our things done, even a little peace to study the Bible. I started getting up earlier so I could get that in too. I know the Lord will strengthen you as he does all of us he gives us a mission to do.
I was stiff like a broom and then I started Yoga gymnastic, now I am just the opposite. It will do you good ! Being interrupted by so many care takers is certainly not easy. My friend had this with her husband for 7 years !
Ahhh — the mentioning of tulips …. spring can’t come early enough for me. :o) Glad you had a great week!
I so ‘get it’ about having time without distractions. Even when they are a blessing to have, they can still be inconvenient. I love the favorite about the tulips:) I could use a breath of spring right now! Perhaps I’ll have to buy my own.
What a nice pick-me-up getting pink tulips! The Lord knows how to give us desires of our hearts! 😉
I covet uninterrupted afternoons … they are quite rare in my life! Glad you were able to have one to finish your project.
I’m with you on the interruption front. It’s nice to have solid blocks of time to complete projects.
What a sweet surprise in the pink tulips!
What crazy weather! Just wear that pink hoodie and gaze at the pink tulips and pretend there is no snow!
I’m glad for you that you were able to finish that booklet–I know that I treasure my ‘alone time’.
How neat the story of the tulips is. I have a couple of hoodies and love them. Glad you were able to find that time to complete what you had to do. It’s hard to stay on track when there is continuous interruptions.