Friday’s Fave Five and Happy New Year!

On Fridays I like to pause for a few moments with Susanne and friends
to reflect on some of the blessings of the week.

What better way to start the new year than with thankfulness? And my heart is full from the last two weeks.

1. Our 41st anniversary. My daughter-in-law made us a wonderful anniversary dinner with chicken cordon bleu and cute cupcakes the night before our anniversary. We usually go out to eat for our anniversary but did not this year due to the pandemic. So Jim grilled pork chops while I made the side items, and I loaded the dishwasher while he hand-washed the big things. A nice evening.

2. All the family together. My oldest son was booked to come by train again, but the pandemic in general and our exposure to COVID in particular had a question mark over our plans. So we were thankful everything worked out for him to come, especially as he lives alone and had been isolated for a long while. I was thankful Jim was safe driving him to and from the train station three hours away in the middle of the night. We enjoyed lots of talking, laughing, games, and eating. Mittu found some cookie-decorating kits at the gluten free bakery their family likes, and we worked on those one night.

3. Snow and sleepovers. We experienced our second-ever white Christmas. It wasn’t a favorite at first, though, as my middle son and daughter-in-law were on icy roads Christmas Eve. They asked if they could sleep over so as not to take a chance on not being able to get here Christmas Day (the temperatures were supposed to get down to 12 overnight). They ended up staying for two nights, and it was fun to have everyone under one roof and to have Timothy pad in to say goodnight and good morning in his jammies. Then the day after Christmas, some of the kids went sledding and had a snowball fight. Timothy proclaimed it the “best day ever.”

4. Christmas, of course, with the celebration of Jesus’ birth, good food, thoughtful presents.

5. A tour of my son and daughter-in-law’s new house while Jeremy was here. They are doing some painting and small jobs before moving in. I am excited for them! And a new neighbor came over to introduce herself while we were there.

Bonus: I don’t think the actual Christmas star the wise men saw was the planets that aligned last week—I think that star was one-of-a-kind. But it was fun to see what they called the Christmas star. My husband has an interest in astronomy and used to buy and sell microscopes and telescopes on eBay, and he kept one big one. So we got to take a look.

I love setting up calendars for the new year and looking forward to a fresh new start. I hope you and yours have a wonderful and happy new year.

8 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five and Happy New Year!

  1. How fun that you got to see the Christmas star through a telescope! And how wonderful you were all able to be together for Christmas and that everyone arrived safely! I sure smiled at Timothy declaring “best day ever”. I’m with you, Timothy! I loved sledding with my kids when they were little. Happy New Year, Barbara!

  2. Happy new year and happy anniversary, Barbara! I am drooling through the screen at those cupcakes. How fun that you had overnight guests for your white Christmas 😉

  3. I’m glad you got to see the Christmas star. We had cloudy skies (and snow) those nights.
    And you got your white Christmas! So did we. Brrrrr. Your family was wise to stay with you, and it was extra fun.
    Happy Anniversary to you! And congrats to your son and family on that new house!
    Happy New Year!

  4. What a terrific photo of the two of you for your anniversary! Sounds like a lovely lovely dinner with your beloveds. Gretchen posted this on her blog and I’m using a modified version: May God grant you a new year full of the experience of His favor and salvation.

  5. You are lucky that you were able to celebrate Christmas with your family ! We are still not allowedd to receive more than one person that’s why we cheated on New Year and my 4 best friends came over because otherwise they would have been alone.
    I heard you will get tighter rules, I really am fed up ! And this vaccin, I don’t believe that it is OK in such a short time !

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