Friday’s Fave Five: 12-18-2015

Holiday FFFHello, Friday. It is time to share five blessings from my last week. To tell us your blessings, leave a comment or write a post and link up at Living to Tell the Story on the Friday’s Fave Five meme.

 

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Bip and I are showing off our garland and our smiles.

ONE. Craft Night. Even though December is a BUSY time Lina walked 8 adults and 2 children through the mechanics of folding a magazine into a Christmas tree. We even made origami garland and ornaments. We had some goodies and lots of laughter and chatting interspersed with our folding. I am grateful for friend breaks (especially during a busy time) and getting the chance to create,

TWO.  A BUSY SUNDAY. I coordinated two events for this day. The 1st one was the Kids program. This year the kids (from PreK – Senior adults) combined forces to help us celebrate last Sunday at church. Their influence and presence were seen in receiving the offering Advent reading, special music, and skit. Joan and Jeanne deserve special mention for their creativity and leadership in making this all happen. It was a memorable morning highlighting the Jesus we love and serve.

The 2nd event was the Senior Christmas Party. Whew! A lot of details were followed one after the other in order to make this event happen. And each detail was executed WELL! MANY thanks go to the PEP 55+ ministry team (Jeanette, Marsha, and Shirley), Trudy, Joan, and Gillian for the roles they filled. Our catered event was beautiful and tasty. The seniors were truly spoiled!

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For a variety of reasons I did not decorate this year for Christmas. So my daughter did a couple of things to “Christmasfy” my apartment.

THREE. Surprise visit. We had a death in the family and my daughter was able to come home for a few days thanks to her manager who re-arranged her schedule (even though it is a HECTIC time) and to a generous friend who lent Elizabeth her car.

The cell reception to Yosemite is not that great so we don’t get to chat much. Although we did while she was here! And she surprised me by making and hanging decorations from my ceiling and with a poinsettia plant. It sure looks festive in my room!!!

FOUR. Making meals. Several times a month my friend Marsha and I gather to eat soup and salad and watch a movie. Sometimes we bake/cook together. This past week we made a cheesy brown rice and chicken (with bacon) casserole. We gave these to two different families. I am grateful that I have a friend that does such things with me.

These 2 lovely ladies were waiting patient;y for the celebration to start.

patiently waiting for the celebration

FIVE. Wedding. I enjoyed attending this wedding. Weddings are always a great reminder of how to love well. The couple exemplify selfless love and I enjoyed hearing some of their recent history. God has a prominent place in that history.

I am grateful for their example and desire to live according to His will.

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Top Ten Books I Read in 2015

I have read 60 books so far in 2015 and there are still 2 weeks left. I read so many GREAT books. It really was hard to pick just 10 and the list keeps changing. But for today, here is my list.

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ONE. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.  I am not a naturally clutter-free person; so this book offered some good, although different from the norm, advice for me.

  • My home is (or can be) a sacred space.Take care that it is a place of joy.
  • Focus on what to keep – things that bring joy. Feel positive about every item in my home. Don’t keep things that have unhappy feelings attached to them.

unbrokenTWO: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. I also watched the movie and listened to an interview Louie Zamperini gave.

  • Louie Zamperini had disaster after disaster after disaster happen and yet he continued living.
  • His tenacity and inspiring outlook on life inspires me and makes me want to be more tenacious in the face of my own disasters.
  • Shows the power of God’s healing and redemption.

mwfTHREE. MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend by Rachel Bertsche. This year i discovered some books where folks took on year-long projects and then wrote about them. That intrigues me as I see the power one project has for a year instead of trying to do many projects in a year. This is the first such book I read this year.

  • As someone who lets a busy life interfere with making and developing deep friendships, I liked this book’s focus.
  • I was informed and encouraged to do the same. Perhaps in 2016 I will make this my focus.

OprahFOUR. Living Oprah by Robyn Okrant. This is the 2nd year-long project book I read.

  • This was a novel twist on following self-help literature especially since sometimes the advice contradicta.
  • This book points out how contradictory media messages are targeted to women. We need to be aware and CHOOSE for OURselves what it the best way to live. Don’t be a sheep.

scentFIVE. The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge. This is a new author to me.

  • mental illness . . . spiritual discipline
  • love and renewal
  • an unexpected find

 

tolstoySIX. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch. This is my 3rd yearlong project book to read.

  • Reading a book a day is ambitious.
  • Words impact me – a LOT. So using reading as therapy makes sense to me.
  • I would have read all self-help books which might not have been as beneficial.

lightSEVEN. Last Light, Night Light, True Light, &amp; Dawn’s Light (a Restoration Novel Series) by Terri Blackstock. Yes, yes, yes, this is really a trilogy which I have classified as one book. And I did read them one after another for a week.

  • It is ONE story though about the world’s population living without electricity. Of course this impacts every area of life and the characters struggle with bare survival  – at first.
  • I liked the faith component and figuring out how to have a good life with a community surrounding you and without conveniences.

NickEIGHT. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens. I’ve only read 3 other Dickens books and every time I read one, I love it.

  • Shoot me if you want, but I like and even need a HAPPY ending. This book delivers.
  • Although I wasn’t sure that was where the book would end.
  • I will read more Dickens in 2016.

 

HOPENINE. The Hope Quotient by Ray Johnson. Hope is in short supply. But we are not left without resources.

  • Hope is an option.
  • Our foundation of hope is Christ.
  • There are things I can do to bring more hope into my life, my church and my workplace.
  • I would like to go through this book with a group of people.

AustenTEN. Any book by Jane Austen. I read all her novels (for adults) this year for the Austen in August Reading Challenge. I recommend them ALL. Yes, here I am cheating because these are 6 different books with 6 different story lines.

  • I enjoyed reading each book for a different reason.
  • If I had to pick a fave it would be Emma. Going from haughty to humble is something I can relate to and hope where I end up in life (humble).

TTTYour Turn . . . I wrote this post for Top Ten Tuesday. . . . Write your own list and link up at Top Ten Tuesday. . . . or share what books made your Top Ten list in the comments.

 

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Friday’s Fave Fave – 12/11/15

“Find the good and praise it,” (Alex Haley).

Getting together with these folks was surely part of the good of my week.

Getting together with these folks was surely part of the good of my week.

A look back at my past week reveals things that are good and a cause for gratitude. In this post I share five such things.

ONE. Family Traditions. On Sunday I had the privilege of being part of my grand daughter’s first Christmas cookie-making time.

  • I forgot to bring a few things so we walked to a near by outside mall to a kitchen store. The walk, the lights on the street, and being with one another added so much to the day.
  • You know how kiddos (especially ones of the toddler variety) LOVE to
    Daddy taught Sofia the proper way to 'clean" frosting off the beater.

    Daddy taught Sofia the proper way to ‘clean” frosting off the beater.

    dump sprinkles onto their cookie creations? Well, not my Sofia. She very delicately gave two tiny shakes of the jar onto the chosen cookies. Although she was quite generous when using the frosting tubes.

  • But like every other kiddo, she’d lick the knife and eat a cookie when the adults weren’t looking.
  • Truth be told, I ate a few cookies that way, too.

TWO. Praying Friends. I believe in the power and “help” of prayer. I am so blessed to have a circle of folks who pray for me regularly. And blessed to have folks I can call or text to say, “please pray!”

Sofia and I also made our 2nd annual Christmas ornament. Last year it was a glittered hand-print (her's of course). This year it was a glittered Sofia The First ornament.

Sofia and I also made our 2nd annual Christmas ornament. Last year it was a glittered hand-print (her’s of course). This year it was a glittered Sofia The First Princess ornament.

THREE. Celebration of Life. I went to a memorial service for a friend’s father this week. It was such an inspiring service. I hope my life reveals such inspiration at my life’s end. I am grateful for Jim’s legacy and example. Both make me want to be a better woman.

FOUR. Music. This week music has cheered and inspired me . I have also used it as an aid to study and for sounder sleep.

FIVE. Small Group. On Mondays I facilitate two small groups. We are going through Face-to-Face with Naomi and Ruth: Together for the Journey by Janet Thompson.

  • I love hearing the answers and questions they have from the book, the Bible, and each other.
  • I love seeing their insights and growth. I love seeing the affection they have for each other.
  • We had an especially thought-provoking time last Monday. Two of my fave questions were as follows. (1) How teachable are you?  (2) What kind of person brings out a teachable spirit in you?

Holiday FFFThese are five of my blessings from last week. Share in the comments or link up at Living to Tell the Story to share your own post of five blessings.

 

 

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Meaningful Seconds

time surrounded by flowerstiny seeds of time …

they are not neutral, we must …

plant our world in good.

Your Turn . . . The “seconds of our lives are so important. If we squander our seconds, we squander our life and potentially harm those around us. How good are you at using your seconds well?

Here are two quotes I especially like.

  • “Yesterday was the last day on the calendar of the past. Tomorrow will be the first day on the calendar of the future. Today is both the first and the last day of the present. Use it well.”  ~ Israelmore Ayivor
  • “Life hits you hard. But it takes you three seconds to decide if you are a superhero or not. I am.” ~ Hrithik Roshan

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Sleep Haiku

 

sleepa welcome ending

frantic mind, weary body

resets in deep sleep

 

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Making Origami Christmas Trees at CNC

FullSizeRender (81)Hello CNC Ladies, 

Did any of you see this Tree that was by the sign-up sheet last Sunday? BEAUTIFUL!

Our 2 hour class is this Friday in Rudat Hall;                   5:30-7:30pm.

You’ll want to be on time so you can devote all 120 minutes to this project, snacking, and visiting.

Things to Bring –                                                       NOT MANDATORY – just helpful

  1. glue gun
  2. wrapping paper scraps – to make your ornaments
  3. snack
  4. scissors
  5. ruler

Lina Washabaugh is our teacher.                                                                                     I am looking forward to seeing y’all and making my own beautiful creation.

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Christmas Magic

CHIRTMAS MAGICMagic.

Christmas

Magic is real.

Saviour – the reason.

Giving – in need and fun.

Lights – glow and astound.

Advent – prepares our heart.

Cards – affectionate remembering.

Time  –  to ponder  . . . . . .  be with others.

Christmas magic is real, if we make it real.

How will you grab Christmas magic today?

 

NOTE: This post is for the WordPress writing 101 2 week poetry prompts. I don’t know if I will do this everyday, but at least I did day 1.

 

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