Friday’s Fave Five

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

There wasn’t an official Fave Five last week, but I didn’t know that until after I had already posted. But I don’t think I could have held in all the blessings from that week, anyway, with Christmas, our 40th anniversary, and some fund outings.

Happy 2020 to you! Already there are blessings to be counted! Here are some of mine:

1. Family time. We continued our Christmas break over last weekend, went bowling, hung out at the mall for a bit, played more games at home. It’s always hard to say good-bye, but we’ll all be together again in April, Lord willing.

2. A day of rest. Usually when we’re all together, we have a day or two of just hanging around the house. But we didn’t have that this time. We had something going every day. We realized that this break ended up being a little shorter—Jeremy’s flight was delayed a day, plus the calendar didn’t work out to incorporate his New Year’s Day off into the Christmas visit as we’ve done before. So while I loved the time together, I also loved crashing the rest of Sunday after church.

3. Getting the house back in order. It’s a mixture of sadness and satisfaction to put the Christmas decorations away. But it’s one more step in turning from the old year to the new.

4. New calendars. I love setting them up for the new year, jotting down everyone’s birthdays and anniversaries.

5. A son getting through a problem. Jesse’s car battery died while Jim and I were away on a belated anniversary get-away (more on that next week!) I felt for him, having to find someone to jump his car at work in the pouring rain. He got it going, took it somewhere to be tested, and bought a new battery. Such are the challenges of adulting. He handled it well.

Happy 2020 to you! One verse that always comes to mind in a new year:

Deuteronomy 11:11-12: But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven: A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.

12 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. Oh Barbara i really like that Scripture!!
    I completely relate to your feelings regarding your boy. Same thing happened to our youngest in NH last year with my 12 yr old Nissan i gave her for college. She had to call AAA for a battery check and it was completely dead so they towed her somewhere and put a new one in for her. I told her it’s all part of adulting, ha!

    I love a day to just relax and wrote about the same thing!
    There’s nothing quite like hanging up a brand new calendar for the new year!!
    Happy New Year!

  2. Happy 2020 to you. I do love new calendars and planners and all things smacking of fresh starts!
    Sorry your son had to adult in the rain! No one likes that!
    I love the scripture you shared. I hadn’t noticed it before.

  3. Happy New Year! I only got a 2020 calendar today and I still need to fill in all my dates. I know what you mean about needing a break. We seem to have been involved with family and grandsons since Christmas Eve. We did get one day on our own but my first real day with no responsibility will be on Tuesday. Can’t wait!

  4. I too love the look and feel of a new calendar! I’m with you too on un-decorating from Christmas being both happy and sad. Yay for your son getting his problem solved!! Hopefully that was a confidence-booster for him.

  5. Your story about your son reminds me of the same kind of thing that happened to our son a while back. He was actually quite proud when he told us about taking his car into the repair shop, having the battery checked and even buying a new tire to replace one that was wearing out. I think young adults do feel really proud when they handle problems on their own. Sounds like you have had a good holiday. Enjoy your weekend.

  6. Well, I haven’t got to the clearing away of Christmas things yet, but returning to work has set the start of the new year. Glad you had some solid fun family time— and some relax time too! Aren’t those blank calendars full of promise?

  7. It’s nice to have a “nothing” day. I love new calendars also. I like to spend an afternoon just before New Year’s planning the year ahead.

  8. It feels good to see our grown kids handle situations well, doesn’t it? I enjoyed the rest of your list, too. Nothing days, new calendars! and the house back to normal. I always miss the Christmas tree and feel sad taking it down. But it is soon forgotten when I see my nice, clean, more spacious living room

  9. Although we had a nice Christmas and New Year’s Eve, I am happy that from Monday on normal life starts again ! I was happy when I got out of my bed at 9 am that all Christmas decorations plus the tree had disappeared ! My cleaning lady is an angel she had done it already !

  10. Oooo! A new calendar! That’s always fun–I still have to fill mine out with the birthdays and anniversaries.
    I’m ‘crashing’ today. Our Christmas, New Years time has been crazy busy. This coming week will be busy too, so today is my ‘down day’ and I can finally get around to visit for FFF.
    Happy New Year to you!

  11. Happy New Year to you, Barbara! I love a new fresh calendar. So many unfilled new possibilities! I was so ready to take down the Christmas stuff this year. It’s wonderful when our kids handle adult situations on their own.

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