Friday’s Fave Five

. at . 6 comments

FFF daisies

Today I’m looking over my past week to see where some of the blessings are. Doing this shows me that my life has enough. Enough connections, enough answered prayers, enough happiness.

To share your blessings and show that you have enough leave a comment here. Or go to Susanne’s at Living to Tell the Story and link up your FFF post.

1. I finished a book: Carpe Mañana: Is Your Church Ready to Seize Tomorrow? by Leonard Sweet. Here are some of his thoughts that are making me THINK!

  • We are now living in a world where each person can create their own world. Do you share the same media life as your children? What about you and your spouse?
  •             What are the implications for faith of living in a world where everyone inhabits different realities? (p 60)
  • In every arena of life, we are facing the inconceivable. Everyday existence has become s sci-fi chapter. In fact, science fiction can hardly keep ahead of reality. In the lifetimes of most natives [folks born after 1962] and the lifetimes of their children, there will be raised the most stupendous ethical challenges and brow-knitting puzzlements ever faces by humankind. Life is now a moral chess game of enormous complexity. (p 91)
  • The people of planet Earth are getting fatter . . . while the people of planet Earth are starving to death. In 2000, half the world’s population is struggling with obesity, while 1.3 billion people live on less than a dollar a day. (p 129)
  • In a world of doomsayers, how can the Christian be a doomslayer, one who has, in G.K. Chesterton’s words, “hardened his heart with hope” and sings and slings that heart at a lost world? (p 29)

2.  I bought 4 tops to go with 4 skirts for my India trip. Now all I need to get “clothing-wise” is a poncho and travel towel.


Because of some savvy shopping, I even have $5 left.

3. I now have complete funding for the missions trip to India. THANKS to all who supported me through donations, encouragement and prayers. We leave July 29th.

4. On Sunday I met with  a couple of gals from my college cohort. We haven’t met for 7 years. We started with an even dozen folks in our cohort at William Jessup University. By the time the 2 year program ended, we had 4 women and 3 men.


Cindy, Monique and I (left-to-right) shared our life story since graduating (2006) and we went through some of Cindy’s course notebooks. We talked about teachers, lessons learned, and said praises to God that we even MADE it through the program!

5. A friend sewed for me. I needed a queen sheet folded in half (length-wise) and sewed together like a sleeping bag. Since that turned out to be a smallish space, Michelle sewed in an extra strip along the long side. Now I am ready to sleep anywhere when in India. And Michelle is going to sew two more: one for my sista and one for my niece. THANKS, Michelle.


Michelle sewed the bottom and half of the side together. Then she hand-stitched 18 inches of Velcro on the side.

About these ads

Entry filed under: Friday's Fave Five (FFF), Gratitude List, Main. Tags: , .

Friday’s Fave Five 8 Characteristics that Encourage Kids to Worship

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Laura Lee Groves  |  . at .

    That book sounds fascinating! Glad to hear your funding is all in place. Can’t wait to hear about your trip!

    How nice to have a friend sew for you. Have a great week ahead.

  • 2. Brenda  |  . at .

    That sheet sleeping bag is a great idea! I should have had one of those when we lived in latin America!

    I love your selection of tops and skirts, you’ll feel comfortable knowing you are dressed appropriately.

  • 3. Susanne  |  . at .

    Friends who sew are friends to keep! ;v) That’s awesome that she could help you out like that.

    The date is coming up fast. I’m getting so excited for you.

  • How fun to get together with old friends. Sounds like you are all set for your trip. You must be getting very excited.

  • 5. willow  |  . at .

    That sounds like a great book (i love it that so many FFFers post about the books we read). Love that GK Chesterton quote.
    Yay for having all the clothes ready for travel and that ‘sleeping bag’ sewn and ready to throw in the suitcase too.
    You had a great week, especially meeting up with your friends.

  • 6. blessedmama3  |  . at .

    Hi, Susan! I have an award for you at my blog. ;-)


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed

Latest Tweets

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 567 other followers

Pie Record – 55 Pies in 52 Weeks

1. Raspberry Freeze Pie
2. Derby Pie
3. Apple Pie
4. Dark Chocolate Cream Pie
5. Strawberry Yogurt Pie
6. Toll House Pie
7. Tamale Pie
8. Turtle Pecan Pie
9. GF, DF Apple Crumble
10. Upside Down Apple Pie

Creative Endeavors – 55 in 52 Weeks

1. Planted Spring boxes.
2. Played Scrabble in Spanish.
3. Created Salt Clay Crosses.
4. Making Mother's Day gifts for the ladies in our church.
5. Copied 2 cards at a card party.
6. Wrote rough draft.
7. Cut a hardback book into a Kindle cover
8. Boiled cans of sweetened condensed milk to make dulce de leche twice.
9. & 10. Met 2 more times to make Mother's Day gifts for church ladies.
11. Hemmed pants - Hey, it involved a thread & needle.
12. Sewed a lime green felt piggy bank. Filling it with quarters. This is for Women' s Retreat 2015.
13. Made Chai ice cream & ginger cookies for India DInner Fundraiser. (Thanks, Gillian.)
14. Researched & prepped initial dragonfly project for CM at work. (Thanks Trudy for doing the rest!)
15. Built a table (with my daughter).
16. Decoupaged the table.
17. Assembled candy bar with specialized wrappers.
18. Baked Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
19. Decorated my daughter's Christmas Tree
20. Decorated a wreath
21. Made thumbprint snowman ornaments
22. Decorated my Christmas tree
23. Cooked up bottles of fudge and butterscotch sauce
24. Created a melted crayon picture
25. Baked Earl Grey Cookies
26. Created Sharpie art on my white mug
27. Made a candle in a tea cup
28. Whipped up some cream cheese mints
29. Hand sewed 6 heart shaped tea bags to hold Russian Morning #24.
30. Hand sewed 6 heart shaped tea bags to hold Masala Chai.
31. Baked Lemon Marshmallow cookies
32. Put together a mini teacup pincushion
33. Hand-tied a no-sew fleece baby blanket
34. Decoupaged eyeballs to bottom of glass
35. Glued together a teacup birdfeeder.
36. Designed a diaper bag name tag holder (for nursery at church).
37. Hand tied a no sew fleece baby blanket
38. Weaved 4 ribbon book markers
39. Made another teacup candle
40. Designed and helped assemble magnets for the Women's Annual Tea
41. Sewed 7 teabags for Earl Grey Tea
42. Chalkboard lids for cute jars

Book Record – 55 Books in 52 Weeks

1. Fearfully & Wonderfully Made by Dr. Paul Brand & Philip Yancey
2. Acts of Love: The Power of Encouragement by David Jeremiah
3. Plan B by Anne Lamott
4. The Mysterious Voyage of Captain Kidd by A.B.C. Whipple
5. The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars
6. Mister God, This is Anna by Fynn
7. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
8. The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
9. Johannes Kepler: Giant of Faith and Science by John Tiner
10.The Quest for Character by Charles Swindoll
11. Masters of Mystery: 56 Short Stories of Mystery, Intrigue, & Suspense (by different authors)
12. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
13. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
14. Secrets of the Vine for Women: Breaking Through to Abundance by Darlene Wilkinson
15. Out of Solitude by Henri Nouwen
16. Wholly Sanctified by A.B. Simpson
17. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
18. Teaching Kids Authentic Worship: How to Keep Them Close to God for LIFE by Kathleen Chapman
19. A Shorter Life of Christ by Donald Guthrie
20. Whole Prayer: Speaking and Listening to God by Walter Wangerin Jr.
21. Carpe Mañana by Leonard Sweet
22. Sadako and the Thousand Paper cranes by Eleanor Coerr
23. Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
24. In His Steps by Chalres Sheldon
25. Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit Written & Compiled by Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen
26. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
In My Father's House by Corrie ten Boom with C. C. Carlson
27. Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging by Brennan Manning
28. The King in the Window by Adam Gopnik
29. In the Eye of the Storm by Max Lucado
30. Valhalla Rising by Clive Cussler
31. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
32. Unleashing Your Potential: Discovering Your God-Given Opportunities for Ministry by Frank Tillapaugh
33. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
34. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
35. The Telling by Ursella Le Guin (library)
36. The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov (library)
37. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan (library)
38. Traveling Light by Max Lucado
39. Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard
40. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhug h
41. The Accused by Nancy Rue
42. Daniel Boone: Wilderness Scout, A story of the greatest frontiersman by Stewart Edward White
43. Seven Guides to Effective Prayer by Colin Whittaker
44. Prayer: Life's Limitless Reach by Jack R. Taylor
45. The Magnitude of Prayer by Kermit R. Olsen
46. Prayer Changes Things by Charles L. Allen
47. How to Make Prayer Exciting! by Bill & Pam Malone
48. If God Already Knows, Why Pray? by Douglas F. Kelly
49. Praying Together by Rosalind Rinker

Stuff I’ve Written and When

Book of Braille Sculptures

By Elizabeth Symington



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 567 other followers

%d bloggers like this: