Friday’s Fave Five – January 4, 2013

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“Writing helps to fff winter button (1)

  1. organize thoughts,
  2. facilitate integration, and
  3. helps you accept your own experiences and put them in context.” Robert Emmons

“In essence, it allows you to see the meaning of events going on around you and create meaning in your own life.” Robert Emmons, a professor at the University of California, Davis,

Participating in the weekly Friday’s Fave Five gives me that opportunity to see the meaning of my life. And to make sure that gratitude is a big part of it. Below are five things from this past week for which I am grateful.

One. Enjoyed time way. I stayed at my daughter’s home for 5 days and she was there for 2 of them. The other 3 days she was at a retreat. Her home did not need a sitter, but it was a nice retreat for me to stay there. Since Elizabeth doesn’t have internet access I was unplugged. I read books, wrote, slept, and thought. It was a restful time.

Aren't these figures adorable? I can hardly wait until sticky hands play with them.

Aren’t these figures adorable? I can hardly wait until sticky hands play with them.

Two. Bought first Grandma item for my home. I didn’t “need” anything at the Christian book store, but went in anyway. I saw a Fisher Price Nativity. It was half off. One was left! What’s grandma to do? SO I bought it and look forward to many little hands playing with and talking about His Birth for many, many years.

Three. Caught a teen in the act & tattled. Before I went on vacation, I noticed that the playground at church was spotless. And I knew who did it.

So one of my first acts this week was to talk to the parents about it. As I shared the story with the ‘rents, Lewis’ “excuse” was, “Well, I had nothing to do.” Isn’t that awesome? isn’t Lewis awesome?!

Four. Sobbed some at the movie. Time off meant I had time for a movie with a friend. There were quite a few to choose from: Lincoln, Les Miserables, The Hobbit, Life of Pi. We picked Les Miserables.

I was unprepared for the emotionality of this film. Oh, my! I am so glad my kiddos weren’t around filming me like these kids filmed their parents. But then, I am a quiet sobber.

It made me think about my role in helping the poor. I don’t know what will change in my life as a result. But I do want to help more!!

Our hands still need to be painted. That will happen next week end.

These are not our Santa Hands. Our hands are not painted yet. That will happen next week-end.

Five. New church and new hands. Since I had Sunday off, I went to the church my godson and his family attends. It was a lovely and inspirational time.

Afterwards we had lunch and then got down to business. . . . Creating hands business. We made hand prints on salt dough, cut them out, and then baked them for a couple of hours at 200 degrees. We put a hole in the top so they can be hung. I am looking forward to finishing these hands. For Santa Hands directions go here.

Note: The Santa Hands photograph is from Mummy2five.

Your Turn . . . What is something that turns your gratitude on from this past week?

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  • 1. Faith  |  . at .

    Oh how fun to shop for “grandma” things!! adorable nativity! I didn’t know you werea grandmother!! Your time away sounds lovely and much needed…I saw Life of Pi during Thanksgiving vacation in MA, The Hobbit for my youngest daughter’s birthday and tomorrow nite we are using gift certificates to see Les Miserables. That was one of my all time favorite novels. Then again I love all things French so…..:) we RARELY go to the movies so we have really been splurging lately!!

  • 2. Amy @ Hope Is the Word  |  . at .

    Wow! What a great list! We have that Little People Nativity, and my two year old boy loved playing with it this year. In fact, I’m not sure we ever found all the pieces (yet). ;-). What a nice time you must’ve had, alone at your daughter’s house. (I’m sure your time together was lovely, too.). I would love to go somewhere and have NOTHING to do for a few days! How great that you “tattles” on that teen. That’s an attitude I need to adopt, even with my own children. Last (how did my comment get so long?!?), my dh and I saw Les Mis Christmas week. In fact, I’m less than 100 pages away from finishing the novel right now for the first time. I think I need to go back and watch the movie again. I know what you mean about it making you think of the poor and how you can help.

    I responded to your comment on my blog.

    Have a lovely weekend!

  • 3. Barbara H.  |  . at .

    Sounds like a lovely break!

    I have enjoyed reading a few different versions of Les Mis and saw the 10th anniversary production, but haven’t seen this film yet. I want to! We’re not big movie-goers but I do want to see this some time.

    How fun to buy Grandma stuff! I look forward to doing that some time, hopefully before too long.

  • What a great week. I remember when my children were teenagers and they used to do nice things like that.

  • 5. Susanne  |  . at .

    I love those little nativities! I noticed that our bookstore also had Noah’s Ark. I commented I wished that those were around when my kids were little but I’ll be sure buying if and when the grands start coming.

    All you FFF’s are making me want to go see Les Mis. I’ve never read it or seen any version. Sounds like I best have kleenex with me.

    Happy New Year.

  • 6. Jerralea  |  . at .

    Glad you had some quiet time away! Always a good thing – and sometimes unplugged is even better ….

    I’m beginning to feel like the only one who hasn’t seen Les Miserables!

    Good for you – catching a teen being good!

  • 7. willowknits  |  . at .

    Great Faves list. I especially was drawn to the five days of ‘retreat’. Sounds wonderful. Thanks for the ‘warning’ about Les Mis. I’ll go with someone who won’t mind if I sob a little.

  • 8. nikkipolani  |  . at .

    That was you doing your Grandma duty by getting that adorable nativity. Well done. How nice to have a retreat in the midst of a busy season. I keep hearing people warn others to bring tissues if they plan to see Les Mis. Guess you concur!


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