Friday’s Fave Five

christmas FFF

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 first Friday and FFF of December! Here are some of the best parts of my week:

1. “Christmas Tree Day,” as Timothy called it – the day we choose our tree and decorate it and the rest of the house for Christmas. I love that we still do this all together as a family. We set aside my oldest son’s special ornaments for him to add when he comes later this month. Mittu brought over chili and cornbread.

2. Rain holding off. The day we planned to get our tree, rain was forecast for the later morning. Then Saturday morning we woke up to steady rain. I prayed Friday night and Saturday morning that the rain would hold off at least until we got our tree home. It did – in fact, it held off until my husband got most of the outdoor decorations up as well. Our tree was pretty wet when we got it, but the drive home of top of the car dried it out pretty well. It touched my heart that God would grant that unessential, but heartfelt request.

3. Snowflakes on the ceiling – or decorating with boys. At our last house, there was a hook above where we set our Christmas tree, leftover from a hanging light or planter. One year one of the boys hung a plastic snowflake ornament up on that hook. I blustered about it but finally accepted it. Then it became a tradition to see who could get the snowflake ornament on that hook without my noticing. When we moved to this house, there was no hook on the ceiling, so one of them taped the snowflake to the ceiling. This year they took it up a notch:



If you can’t quite see them, there are snowflakes hanging all around the room. 🙂 One of the boys wanted to hang some from the ceiling fan blades…thankfully they didn’t go that far!

4. A movie with Jim. A week or two ago we watched An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving, based on a Louisa May Alcott story. This week Jim and I watched its sequel, An Old-Fashioned Christmas. Jim is not all that into period dramas, so I appreciated his watching this with me. 🙂 We watched these through the Hallmark channel app on our Apple TV, but I imagine they are available to rent in the usual places.

5. Impromptu get-togethers. Besides planned outings, activities, and dinners, it’s fun when Jason, Mittu, and Timothy come over unexpectedly. Sunday nights have been “fend for yourself night” in the kitchen ever since the boys were old enough to run the microwave. We usually have something leftover or in the freezer, so everyone rummages around for their own preferences whenever they get hungry. Another impromptu gathering occurred last night when Mittu texted and asked if they could bring dinner over. Always! It was very good! And since Jim had been out of town for a couple of days, and I had the full care of his mom, it was nice to have dinner taken care of.

Happy Friday!


10 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. Wonderful how our great and awesome God goes before you in each situation. :0) Love the snowflake decorations and your tree is lovely. Blessed Christmas to you & yours Barbara. so appreciate your blog.

  2. Ah! To have someone ask if they could bring dinner over sounds heavenly! So glad you have that. Your house looks so cozy, and I love the arched doorway. On a recent homes tour, one of my girls mentioned loving those too. Keep on enjoying the Christmas season …

  3. I just wanted to tell you that I enjoy your blog. I am a mom of four sons(ages 15-21) so I enjoy reading about your interactions with your grown sons, daughter-in-law, and grandson. I also enjoy your book reviews. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  4. Oh what a pretty family room! Everything looks just right for the Christmas season!

    How perfectly wonderful that the Lord held off the rain until you got the tree home and that your dil brought over dinner! That’s a true blessing!!

    Happy weekend, Barbara!

  5. Love the snowflakes and all those stockings hanging up. Yes an offer of dinner would always be well received here, especially when unexpected. Have a good weekend.

  6. I know I’ve said it before but Mittu is such a blessing with the meals she shares! The snowflake “tradition” made me smile. Boys and what they do to fool their moms. I can just imagine the snowflakes whirling if you turned on the fan without noticing them. What a sweet answer to prayer.

  7. I echo what Susanne wrote about Mittu. She said exactly what I was thinking. You are blessed with a wonderful daughter-in-law.
    I found myself playing I Spy the Snowflake in your photo. That’s a fun tradition to introduce to Timothy.
    We pray for rain. You pray for rain to stay away 🙂

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