Friday’s Fave Five

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It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

The last Friday’s Fave Five before Christmas! And the next to last one before the end of the year! I hope you have a quiet moment in the midst of all the Christmas activities to count the blessings of the last week.

1. A Christmas potluck lunch. A small church we visited a couple of weeks ago announced they were having a Christmas potluck last Sunday. Normally, due to needing to get home so Great-grandma’s caregiver can get off on time, we can’t stay for things like that, but this church meets a little earlier than usual, so we thought it would work out ok, and we explained to the pastor that we might have to leave before everything was over. The timing turned out to be just fine, and it was quite an enjoyable time. We don’t know yet if this church is “the one,” but I really enjoy the people. Updated to add: I forgot to mention, the pastor and his wife are from South Africa and brought everyone one of those crackers – the wrapped gift you pull on and it makes a loud pop and opens to reveal a small gift. These contained little gifts – a bouncy ball, a small top, a miniature skateboard key ring, etc. – and a paper crown and joke or riddle. It was fun to see what everyone got and to read the jokes and riddles to the others at the table. But what was most fun for me was that I had heard and read of those but had never actually seen or received one, so I particularly enjoyed that!

2. A salvaged meal. I generally make a chicken/potato/carrots crockpot meal for potlucks and company, and got up early to assemble it for the dinner last Sunday. But I miscalculated the time, and half an hour before time to leave, the chicken was almost as raw as it was when I started. It would only have a little over an hour in the crockpot once we got there, which wouldn’t be enough time at all for it to get done. I resigned myself to not being able to take it, figuring I would just turn it on low and we’d have it as a family later. But Jim suggested putting the inner pot in the microwave – so we tried it, and it worked! We put it in for five minutes increments, stirring in-between until time to leave, then did so a couple of times there. Though some of the potatoes weren’t quite as done as normal, overall it was ok, and I was glad to have been able to contribute. One boy in his early teens asked the pastor’s wife who made it because he really liked it and wanted the recipe. That touched my heart!

3. Christmas cards. Though we receive fewer every year, I’m glad a number of people still send Christmas cards. I love both sending and receiving them and I especially love the family newsletters and catching up with loved ones.


4. Our 38th anniversary! Jim and I celebrated 38 years of marriage this week by going out for breakfast and then for dinner. It’s almost the only time we go out for an evening meal, since we have to pay extra for someone to stay with Jim’s mom, so it was a treat in many ways.

5. Time to talk. Of course, my husband and I do talk every day, but at our anniversary breakfast we had a more extensive time than usual, and it was good to have that time to talk more in depth. He had started his Christmas break that day, and though we both had things to do, we also weren’t rushed and were able to enjoy the time.

We’re looking forward to having the family all together as our oldest comes home this weekend, and then we’re highly anticipating Christmas, especially with a three-year-old! I hope you all have a wonderful time with family celebrating the birth of our Savior!

10 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. Oh Barbara how FUN to get one of those little pop gifts. I’ve never had one either although I’ve seen them and one time my oldest (when she was about 3) was at a birthday party where the host had them and she was petrified! haha.. I’m so glad your chicken dinner worked out…..great idea to pop it in the microwave!!

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! That is a lot of years and a great testimony to your lives. I’m thankful you had the time with your husband for two meals out too.

    I’m sending and receiving less cards too but I always LOVE getting and sending them and I read all the newsletters that come our way. I love them!! mine was scaled back this year but i do enjoy making them.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your wonderful family.

  2. Happy Anniversary! What an awesome accomplishment!

    I hope that you “the one”. That is a hard thing to do these days. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas! 😀

  3. Sounds like you’ve got your Christmas off to a great start already, Barbara. I’ve never seen one of those crackers either; what a fun gift! I do love receiving cards and newsletters at Christmas. But I took off this year myself. Maybe next year I’ll jump back in. 🙂 Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

  4. As always I enjoyed your fave five…we try to sit outside together when its warm enough or have a fire in winter out there…we talk a lot which never seems to happen if we are inside as we’re doing our own thing….for Christmas we’re getting a hot tub, mainly for our aches and pains but I”m sure it will be a time to talk, too.
    Mama Bear

  5. Those crackers are a fun tradition at a Christmas meal my good friends host with us and another couple. We always have a good laugh as the prizes in them end up with the perfect person. Happy Anniversary! It’s wonderful you were able to do both a breakfast and a dinner together. May you celebrate many more! Your church dinner sounds like it was a lot of fun. Looking for a new church is really hard.

  6. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband! Thirty-eight years is a true accomplishment! And I’m glad you had those two meals together.
    Your Christmas potluck sounds like so much fun!

  7. These Christmas crackers are tradition in the UK, in Germany we have them on New Year and in Belgium they do as they want, or on both events. I have got some Christmas cards, but more and more people send virtual once.

  8. Happy anniversary, Barbara! Glad you were able to have a special evening out.

    I hope the church where you attended the potluck turns out to be “the one!” A church family is a great blessing.

    Good thinking on microwaving the crockpot meal – I don’t think that would have occurred to me!

  9. Lovely lovely fives, Barbara. It made me feel more relaxed just to read of your more leisurely time w your husband to celebrate your anniversary. Hurray for salvaged meals!

    I love the newsy Christmas letters, too, and have gotten some post-Christmas in response to cards I’d sent out. It’s a lovely tradition.

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