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ONE. HONEY Greek Yogurt. It’s a given that I prefer Greek yogurt. But why didn’t anyone tell me about the honey flavoured Greek Yogurt? Ohhh, such deliciousness.
TWO. BIBLE reading with a friend. A friend and I (Michelle) are reading through the Bible together. This is her first time through it. I LOVE the questions and insights she has. It keeps the reading fresh. Plus we get to have a bit of time to catch up and then end in prayer.
THREE. BED TREATS are done. When we have our women’s ministry retreat, we put together bed treats. It is some sort of “container” that holds a few pieces of chocolate and earplugs. We place them on each bed before the women arrive. Some years they are totally handmade, like the time we sewed pencil cases. Or they might be a heart-shaped tin box which we bought at Michael’s.
FOUR. SWIMMING pool weather. This past week I was able to swim twice at my apartment complex outdoor pool. I am trying to get into better shape before going to India (Late July). The nice thing about swimming as opposed to walking is that I can more easily exercise other parts of the body besides the legs.
FIVE. Mother’s Day SPOILING. Mother’s Day was filled with pressies, special phone calls, time with the family, a gorgeous lunch, and I even got some work done. It was FUN work though. Why yes, I do have a favourite steak: filet mignon.
Your Turn . . . So tell us what your faves are from this week.
It is Friday and I am thinking and writing about five favorites from my past week. Go here to join in the fun.
1. Finished Mother’s Day gifts for the women in our church. Each year the women’s ministry team gives something to this invaluable group of women: mothers. We’ve made corsages, cards, and candy. We’ve decorated pens and lip balm tins. We always include a verse. Not only is it rewarding to encourage the moms. It is FUN to get with the gals of this team and craft and talk. I will post a photograph after Mother’s Day.
2. Saw Les Mis and ate home made pizza. My boss and his wife had some folks over for pizza cooked on a bbq. We had 3 types of pizza: 2 savory and 1 dessert. It was delish!!! This is the 2nd time I saw Les Mis. It was just as impactful, but at least this time I didn’t sob.
3. Mentoring is going well. We’ve started a new to us ministry in our church: a mentoring program for the ladies. The age range is teen to 60′s. It is fun to hear how each pairing is so different.
- One pair communicates mainly through texting.
- Another meets face-to-face each week.
- One is by phone every other week.
- One pair is going through a book together.
- And one focuses on the goals set at their first meeting.
I am enjoying my “pairing” and am reminded weekly of God’s grace. I pray that my mentee also gets this same encouragement.
4. Weekly small group is awesome! I know that my 66 Love Letters group is often one of my 5 faves. This past week was no exception. It was a smaller group than normal so of course the dynamics were different. We had lots to share. I can’t think of a specific thing that made it awesome except that the friendships there are growing, encouraging, and honest. Do you think the German Chocolate cake could have influenced my feelings? :)
5. Walked with a friend. I like to walk by myself as this is a time to reflect and work out things. But lately I just can’t seem to get out the door. So it was awesome that a friend and I walked 2 miles. We caught up with each other’s lives. We planned. We praised God. And I felt so emotionally FULL afterwards.
Your Turn . . . What is a favourite from your week? Leave a comment.
- I wrote a (rough draft) paper for work.
- I read up for my talk for Retreat.
- I made a Kindle cover from an old hard back book.
- And I enjoyed going with 3 family members to see Rafi as a kid wolf in Jungle Book (play).
But wait, there’s more. I am extra wordy today because its been a long time since I’ve posted an FFF.
So below are 5 more highlights from the week.
- Getting to know my 3-month old grand-daughter. Today I got to hear her first giggles. Her mom sent me a 17 second video of this event. It is cuteness!!! AND I got to hold her some when I visited last weekend.
- Fixed headlight. The bulb has been burned out for weeks. When I visited my daughter last weekend, she changed it while I read the directions.
- I had one vhs video transferred to a dvd (at CVS). I wanted to try one first to see if it was worth it. It is! I watched home movies with my kiddos from when they were 6 and 7 years old. We had two hours of memories with my (deceased) mom, site-seeing in England and Wales, and hearing my kiddos with their cute British accents.
- I participated in the April Blogging From A to Z Challenge. I only missed 4 days. That is pretty good for me. But I do plan on finishing these posts. It was also cool to be able to “meet” new bloggers.
- I finalized my India mission letter today. And I created an Event on Facebook for an upcoming fundraiser: a yard sale, car wash and flea market on Saturday, May 18. We will be doing 3 (main) things in India. (1) Host a conference for 500 women. (2) Buy and pack shoeboxes to give to children. (3) Raise money for and buy 60 sewing machines. Go to the following link to read more about the trip: INDIA Trip is More Than Travel Delight; It Includes a Conference, Shoeboxes, & Sewing Machines.
Leave a comment about a fave from your week. Or better yet, write your own list and link up at Susanne’s Living to Tell the Story.
This Friday’s Fave Five leads up to Easter, Jesus’ most loving and miraculous moment.
“The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ came to do three things. (1) He came to have my past forgiven, (2) [gave me] a purpose for living and (3) and [bought me] a home in Heaven,” (Rick Warren).
I am also grateful for the following events that occurred this past week.
One. Meeting new family. I celebrated (a belated
birthday) with family in the East Bay. I had the lovely opportunity to meet my daughter-in-love’s aunt (from Chile) and mom (from Chile but lives in VA).
These two sisters were quite patient with my lame attempts at speaking Spanish. They didn’t even laugh when I said, “mas mejor” instead of “mucho mejor.” I was trying to say, “much better.”
Two. Snuggling. Over the weekend I had two snuggling opportunities with my 2-month-old grand daughter. She was soooo alert. And her smiles melted my heart. For some reason most of the family vetoed my idea of buying this pacifier or even this one.
Three. Truth in Art. I love seeing the creations the Sunday School kiddos make that reinforces their lessons. Many thanks to the teachers who add these to the curriculum so that truths stick and are fun to learn.
The directions to make the crosses are here.
Four. Shopping. I don’t care for clothes shopping. It is such a pain to find clothes that match and fit well especially trousers. But after attending my first CAbi party, I now have a new view on clothes shopping. And it was a fun experience.
Five. Mentoring. Our church just started a 6-month mentoring program for the ladies. I am quite pleased to be part of this. My mentee is quite sharp, motivated, curious, and loves the LORD. So I know being her partner will cause me to grow a BUNCH.
Your Turn . . . Please share what has caused you gratitude this week.
Link your post to Susanne’s Living to Tell the Story or leave a comment here.
I sure do especially in regards to gratitude. I frequently find quotes, songs, research studies, and whole chapters on gratitude in media that is not necessarily about gratitude.
Below is my latest find from this book, The 4:8 Principle: The Secret to a Joy-Filled Life by Tommy Newberry. Newberry states that gratitude is a feeling, a capacity, and a choice (pages 179-180).
The Nature of Gratitude
“Gratitude is a feeling. It is a sense of joy and appreciation in response to receiving a gift, whether that is a concrete object or an abstract gesture.”
Since I believe that EVERYTHING I have or receive is from the hand of God (directly or indirectly), ALL that I have or receive is a gift. So I want gratitude to be a natural and ongoing feeling.
“Gratitude is a capacity. It is the learned skill of uncovering and creating meaning and value in everyday situations and relationships.”
This is why Friday’s Fave Fave (FFF) is such an important “report” to do each week. It gives me the weekly assignment of looking at the past 7 days and looking for the value in people, events, and things. Doing this helps me to not take people, events, and things for granted.
“Gratitude is a choice. It is a conscious and deliberate decision to focus on life’s blessings rather than its shortcomings. Life will always have shortcomings, and it will always have virtues. When you focus on your blessings, your life feels abundant. When you focus on what’s missing, life feels incomplete.”
Writing my FFF post helps me to dwell on life’s blessings. And I do feel rich! So without further delay, here are five blessings from this past week.
ONE. I am on vacation and have been since last Friday. 2 days left before back to work. On Sunday my daughter had a party for my son, Tim. I gave him his birthday present: a remote controlled helicopter. I liked blessing him with a gift, card, and my presence. I certainly have been blessed by him.
TWO. A group photograph with our small family. Last year’s photo is the last one at this post.
THREE. Since a grandbaby is about to make her debut, I hunted in the garage for the items I’ve kept since mine were infants. I found the baby blanket that Elizabeth’s great-grandma made for her. With Elizabeth’s blessings, I gave it to Daniella and Tim for their sweetheart.
FOUR. Gardening at Elizabeth’s home. Each day of vacation I spent hours in the rest of the yard pruning. I am sore and I sure slept well. I have missed gardening and so this was a real treat for me.
FIVE. I read five books. I am trying to empty my bookshelves and so took time this vacation to read. Besides being a wonderful way to pass time, I learn, get encouraged, and have fun.
- Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. I was surprised that this book had so many positive references to God, salvation, and the Bible. I was also surprised to find ONE sentence that was a whole page long!
- The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. This Newberry Honor Book for young readers is a book I’ve had on my shelf for years and years. It was a fun, quick read and made me want to study Egypt again. Anyone want to do a unit study with me?
- The 4:8 Principle: The Secret to a Joy-Filled Life by Tommy Newberry. I wrote about this book at the top of this page.
- Traveling Light: Releasing the Burdens You Were never Intended to Bear by Max Lucado. Lucado’s book on the 23 Psalm was a quick read with a good study guide. I would love to do this book in a group.
Your Turn . . . Read what other have posted. Or better yet, write about your own blessings and link up for this week’s Friday’s Fave Five.
I am blessed to have special people in my life. And at times I get to celebrate them. Here are 5 ways I celebrated the people for which I am grateful for this week.
1. Birthday shindig. An awesome lady, Reva, had her 90th birthday last week. We had a birthday shindig, not to be confused with birthday party, for her. The theme was “This is Your Life” and the food theme was a decadent dessert potluck buffet! I brought orange chocolate chip cookies. Elvis made an appearance and sang.
Many family members flew in, unknown to Reva, to surprise her. Letters, from others who couldn’t be there, shared memories of times with our birthday girl. Of course there was a time for folks there to share too by a story or card.
2. Meal. Cynthia and Andy added another son to their family. I was honored to take a meal over to them, crockpot beef stew. I thought ahead and made extra so I’d have dinner for a couple of days for myself. The meal was a treat for them and for me (since I don’t cook much anymore).
3. Prayer. One of our Wednesday night Bible study ladies had a birthday that night. And she was attending our group. So after a few emails, it was settled. We had a surprise birthday party complete with homemade cake, peanut butter frosting, and a card. Candles, ice cream, and soda were also part of this festive menu.
My favourite part of the evening was the prayer. Before we even started our group, we gathered around Roberta and prayed for her concerns and blessed her. We almost didn’t get to eat as I forgot all about it until I said the final closing prayer and looked at the table laden with s-o-f-t ice cream and all the other goodies. Good thing no one had to leave right away!!!
4. Doing-what-the-birthday-person-loves-to-do party. My son, Tim, celebrated his 3oth birthday. Instead of a regular party, he had a “let’s go see a hockey game” party. Hockey is one of Tim’s sports loves. (He is an avid Colorado Avalanche fan.) I am sure it was a great night. I haven’t been feeling that well so I didn’t drive to the Bay Area and join in. I am sad, but I was promised there’d be pictures on Facebook.
5. Handmade. In a week or so, a baby girl is joining our family, my first grandchild. Many conversations with my nieces and daughter end in, “And we are having a new baby soon.” I think the whole family is as excited as Tim and Daniella (the parents). Kadie and I have been talking about making something for the baby. I bought yarn and she’s going to loom-knit a hat and we will knit a baby blanket together.
Your Turn . . . Who have you celebrated recently? . . . What is a way you celebrate the people in your life?
This week has not been full of WOW blessings. But when I look, I can find blessings none-the-less. So in keeping with my weekend ritual, here are my Friday’s Fave Five.
ONE. Lovely and long phone call with my daughter.
TWO. Fresh paint on the walls of two rooms in the children’s ministry wing.
THREE. Collecting things for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.
FOUR. Reading the Bible in 4 months with a small group of people.
FIVE. Reading just-for-me books.
BONUS: Watched October Baby (Redbox rental). Ohhh, the power of forgiveness and of being wanted. Have tissues around if you watch it.
Share your blessing(s) in the comments or write a post and link up with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.
- organize thoughts,
- facilitate integration, and
- 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.
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!!
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?
ONE. This is almost the last Friday’s Fave Five (FFF) of 2012. I want to thank Brenda who is a faithful FFF poster. I first met Brenda after she was a speaker for one of our annual teas at CNC. Brenda mentioned that she had a blog so of course I checked her’s out. She is the one who introduced me to this weekly meme. I am so glad that most weeks I participate. I am so glad that I have met and gotten to know other faithful FFF bloggers. I look forward to more of the same in 2013.
TWO. Children’s Ministry (prek – 5th grade) Christmas play was a success. The live singing was very cute and the video of the play turned out just as I imagined/hoped it would. The kiddos did a great job with their lines. And I think the three wise women of Christmas (Elizabeth – mother of John the Baptist), Mary – the mother of Jesus, and Anna the prophetess) told the Christmas story in a fresh and still accurate way.
THREE. We handed out thank yous to the children’s ministry (cm) volunteers: hand made cards and glittered ornaments. More photos of glittered ornaments are here. A little over 60 men, women, teens, and tweens helped out this past year in CM. They each made a difference and made a huge job workable by their faithful service and loving attitudes.
FOUR. I invited a friend to the office Christmas party. My designated food to bring was a dessert. Since my friend is allergic to a lot of foods, I made something I knew she could eat: a cranberry Jello dish with some yummy add ins like fruit and nuts. The recipe is here.
FIVE. The already mentioned office Christmas party was a fun way to get together. No work and lots of laughter. I work with THE best group of folks who spur me on by their faithfulness, love, integrity, and energy.
Go to Susanne’s Living to Tell the Story to read other’s FFF’s or to link up your own post.
“Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” William Arthur Ward
Lots of ordinary opportunities this week that upon refection truly are blessings.
1. House- and pet-sat. The house was decorated for Christmas. The phone didn’t ring for me once. The dog and I cuddled. It was quiet. I read Can Martha Have a Mary Christmas? Untangling Expectations and Truly Experiencing Jesus. I finished it in one night – I recommend it.
2. Angel Tree party. Another church bought the gifts for the 92 kiddos. We had the party. Denise helped me and had great ideas. Cookie kits + decorating a song book ornament + photo opp with Santa while he gave out presents = a GREAT time for all. Plus we had lots of help from the 30 Hour Famine staff and kiddos.
3. Baby shower. My son and daughter-in-love were given a shower for their first child (my 1st grandchild). I met some of their awesome friends. Two of my nieces drove with me from Sacramento to Oakland so we had “special” time in the car to and fro. Plus my daughter was able to join us as well. AND I even bought gifts (without the aid of a list) that were good ones: 2 bilingual board books, a cool ball thingee, and a hand print ornament kit.
4. Decorated tree with sista’s family. My apartment is too small to put up a tree. But I do like decorating. So when sista invited me over to help, I said, “YES!” It was so fun to look at the ornaments and talk about the memories associated with them.
5. Glittered ornaments. The 2 nursery coordinators helped me to make glittered ornaments as thank yous for the volunteers in Children’s Ministries. It was a fast, inexpensive, nice-looking ornament to make. I hope the recipients like them as much as I do.
BONUS: Impromptu dinner and shopping. A call from a friend I haven’t seen in awhile ended up with us spending time at Rubios and Target together. I’ve missed her.
Feeling grateful? Leave a comment telling why. Or write a post and link up at Susanne’s Living to Tell the Story.
You have some of the “ingredients” to make your very own Frosty the Snowman Christmas Tree. Or is it snow woman?
You’ve probably seen photos of such trees on the web. Like the one here. How do you like my miniature version at a fraction of the cost and labour? If’/when I do a tutorial for this cutie, I will hotlink it here.
Working on this creation has been a favourite activity. It has brought me joy and a time to stop the brain from going into over-drive. That makes me grateful.
Read on for four other things that are on my Friday’s Fave list. . . .
TWO. Women’s Christmas Party Devotional Inspiration. Thanks to Barbara (from Stray Thoughts) I found our theme this year, a Christmas Version of I Corinthians 13. Our game and sharing time revolved around making sure this Christmas season was about loving those around us. It isn’t about having the best decorated home, tastiest treats, prettiest and most packages, and engaging in charitable works. If these are done without love, the actions are useless.
THREE. Supporting a Friend’s New Job. Ken Cooley, a member of my church and husband of a co-worker won a seat as a CA assembly member. Ken was sworn into office on Monday. A bunch of us attended that and it was a privilege. Ken is a man of integrity and godly wisdom. I am excited to see how his term(s) in office will make a practical difference for CA,
FOUR. Filming Going Well. This year we are filming the Children’s Christmas play. It will be shown on December 16th at both services. After each of the 3 film vignettes, there will be live singing lead by the children (Emmanuel and Joy to the World) and one solo (Mary, Did You Know?) Phil (videographer & creative genius) and Pam (wardrobe, director, etc) have been awesome to work with. Their ideas, their direction for the kiddos, and their perseverance has been encouraging. I pray that the final product leads all in attendance to reflect anew upon the miracle and purpose of Jesus’s birth.
FIVE. Prayer time at Bible Study. I know I’ve said this before, but it is a favorite again this week. One of the first things we do at our study is to have one person share a bit about what’s going on in their life. Then we gather round and pray. This “activity” helps us to get to know one another better – to see the real person with the mask taken off. And it is an emotional support for the one being prayed over. Read Prayer Impacts us in 5 Ways. In the comments Brenda (from Brenda’s Blog) has added 4 more ways prayer helps us.
BONUS: Christmas Lights on Homes. While taking kiddos home after a filming shoot, we came across a street with 4 homes all AGLOW with lights everywhere in their yards and on their homes. Truly magical looking. I remembered this while reading Brenda’s FFF.
Your Turn . . . Please share a blessing, a gratitude, a favourite time from your past week either in the comments or on your blog. To read what others have to say, go to Susanne’s place at Living to Tell the Story.
- Almost 3 Dozen Christmas Snowman Crafts
- Frosty the Snowman Video (length – 25:26)
- Play Felt Tree and Felt Frosty the Snowman (taped to the a wall)
- Video on How to Make a 3 Foot Frosty the Snowman Christmas Tree
Hurray, I posted everyday in November. You know what? I benefited from this practice in 3 ways. Go here to read how I benefited and what made my gratitude list for November 2012.
- Voice mail. Receiving a sweet thank you message from my godson on my cell phone.
- Hot chocolate. Drinking hot chocolate from one of my snowman mugs. This has been especially nice since it’s been cooler and rainy.
- Ornament making. Spent the day after Thanksgiving making ornaments (mostly snowmen) with my nieces and daughter. Go to this link and also this link to see some of them.This is our 2nd annual event.
- Simple gift. A gift of a cakepop from Starbucks reminded me of the pleasure of simple gifts. Go here to read ”It Is the Thought About the Gift That Matters.“
- Tree lighting. Attended my city’s tree lighting ceremony with my niece, Em. Besides visiting all the vendors and coming away with a reusable (grocery) bag and a yo-yo (this will be a gift for one of my OCC boxes for next year), we shared a Subway sandwich and frozen yogurt. I like being in a small enough city that I can meet folks (I know) wherever I go.
Bonus. Em let me interview her about a Bible storybook I recently bought. I loved that she was so intense and articulate about her ideas. And she didn’t mind me asking her questions or taking her picture. Here’s the link for that post: 3 Reasons to Read This Bible Storybook (an interview with an 11-year-old).
Your Turn . . . What is on your gratitude list? Leave a comment or link up at Susanne’s.