5 Blessings From My Week

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Time to share the week’s blessings with a Friday’s Fave Five (FFF) post. Why don’t you write your own list and link up at Living to Tell the Story? My list is below.

Small warning: I am chatty today.

1. Unexpected date. My daughter, Elizabeth, and other students from her junior college were bussed to the our state’s capital to protest the education budget cuts. Their part of the rally was done early so, Elizabeth called to see if I was available. Of course! We spent a lovely hour together.

[My daughter was prepared for the worst (pepper spray to the face) by bringing 2 bandanas soaked in apple cider vinegar. One for her and one for whoever was next to her. Isn’t Google so helpful? Thankfully it was peaceful where she was. ]

This swing is a chair (yes, with a back). My how swings have changed since my kiddos were little.

 We went to a Cool Playground. Around W&8th street near downtown Sacramento is a big park with a cool playground. There are swings with the traditional seats and red chairs with chains, lots of structures to climb on, slide down, twirl around, and teeter back and forth. Plenty of free parking.

If an old lady like me enjoyed this playtime, just imagine what your kiddos will think of the place. Seriously, if you are looking for a great park to play in, get yourself there today! 

 We had Delish Iced Chai Latte. This is my new drink of choice. I need to Google this drink and see if I can make it at home.

Elizabeth and I walked to Insight Coffee Roasters (8th and S Street) for our chai drinks which were served in canning jars with handles. So cute. I hope to go back with my computer to do some work and then come home with a bag of fresh roasted coffee. Go here for more info about Insight.

2. Nursery Help. I am part of a team of folks who is building up the volunteer roster for CNC‘s nursery and children’s ministry. 3 folks have said yes to helping out in the nursery. I am very honoured and happy to work and worship with folks from CNC. They are generous, sensitive to the needs of others, and fun to be around.

Sammi is whizzing through the water.

3. Swim Meet. I like to attend my nieces’ events and for some reason this year, my schedule has been wonky and I’ve missed too many events. BUT I was able to attend Sammi’s swim meet.

I enjoyed time with my youngest niece and her mom (my sis), watching and cheering Sammi and other Lancers on to victory. We were able to stand right NEXT to the pool. My shoes were soaked. I was amazed. Another blessing was that the sun shone brightly.

4. Successful Garage Sale. Our church had a garage sale so folks could earn money for our upcoming all-church retreat (September 14-16). 18 spots were filled by individuals/families/couples in addition to a H-U-G-E spot for stuff donated to the church.

We also had a food area: home-made cookies, chilled bottled water, combination pizza, red licorice, and popcorn fresh from the popping machine. The smells, sights, and sounds were tantalizing and paired well with our blue-skyed, warmish day.

Pizza is always a popular food for our potlucks.

5. Potluck & Social Time. The food theme was anything green or Irish. I brought food with a California twist: combination pizza (plenty of green peppers on top) and baked sweet potato fries.

Our 2 women’s Wednesday night small groups get together the 1st Wednesday of the month for dinner and then we split for our study time. The room was packed and we had 3 new ladies. So we decided to forego the study (and that is not a decision I make lightly b/c I jealousy guard our study time).

We introduced ourselves with a colour that matched the first letter of our name. I am “Salmon Susan.” Then we shared what we’ve been getting out of the study. I am especially moved by how much all of us are growing in our relationship with God, the Bible, and each other. This sharing time was encouraging to me.

QUESTION THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH FFF: What would you put on your Theological Bucket List?  It could be anything from visiting a religious site … reading certain books … memorizing portions of Scripture … practising spiritual disciplines … hearing a specific preacher … etc.

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  • 1. Willow  |  . at .

    Great list of faves this week! I included a (somewhat) impromptu lunch with my girl too 🙂

    That park looks like so much fun! You’re making me want to find some parks in my area.

    You asked about theological bucket list entries: mine would be to visit Israel and to develop a more vibrant prayer life.


    • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

      A more vibrant prayer life is on my list too. I spent a long weekend in Jerusalem and that was not long enough. Going back is certainly on my bucket list.


  • 3. Willow  |  . at .

    PS: What are you doing up so late? lol


    • 4. susan2009  |  . at .

      Same thing you are, reading and commenting on blogs. 😉


  • 5. Brenda  |  . at .

    I’m so proud of Elizabeth for joining in that protest. It makes me sad to see how much public education costs in CA now. Back in the day I paid $100/semester and my husband only paid $40/semester! Now they say its cheaper to go to Harvard than a CA state university.

    I love downtown Sac, its so beautiful.


    • 6. susan2009  |  . at .

      I long for those types of costs for our students. That is ridiculous that it’s cheaper to go to Harvard. I don’t know what the answer is though.


  • 7. Laura  |  . at .

    Sounds like a great week. Love those potlucks! I’d love to answer your question, but I’m going to have to ponder that awhile…! Great question. Have a great week!


    • 8. susan2009  |  . at .

      I tried to reply on your site, Laura, but I wasn’t able to. So I sent you an email instead.

      Looking forward to your theological bucket list answers.


  • 9. orples  |  . at .

    I’m glad your yard sale was successful. Mine last one was a total flop. I was moving and trying to get rid of accumulated ‘stuff’. Turned out to be a good day for Am Vets though. 🙂 Looks like you had a fun week overall. Good for you!


    • 10. susan2009  |  . at .

      Personally I don’t like having garage sales because I also don’t make much money nor do I care to haggle about money. Although I like going to garage sales.

      I think the reason the church did so well is because there was LOTS of stuff.


    • 11. orples  |  . at .

      I ended up donating what I didn’t sell. I was moving and I didn’t feel like packing it all up. I’m not much on hosting garage sales either. It hardly seems worth the effort.


  • 12. Susanne  |  . at .

    You ladies who were able to get a visit in with your girls are so blessed. Glad the demonstration was a peaceful one!

    A good swing does a soul good. :v)


    • 13. susan2009  |  . at .

      Yes, isn’t that surprising that so many of us had visits with our daughters this week. How blessed we all were.

      Swinging is certainly fun. Now if only I could somehow figure out how to make it an energy burning sport.


  • 14. Kara  |  . at .

    i love when my daughter’s get together with me…unexpectedly is even better!


  • 16. Elizabeth  |  . at .

    It was lovely seeing you too. Thanks for changing your schedule to meet up with me last minute.


    • 17. susan2009  |  . at .

      I was more than happy to do so, my favourite daughter. 😉 Besides having a lovely time with you, it was fun at the park and getting a drink. I am blessed you want to spend time with me.


  • 18. Annette W  |  . at .

    What a special treat to have lunch with your daughter! I’m so glad you love your city! So important to love your community!


  • 19. Bluerose  |  . at .

    I have never saw one of those swings. How cool! It does look like fun.

    I’m so glad you’re finding help with the nursery. Those are awesome things! 🙂

    Your Wednesday night ladies’ class sounds wonderful (and fun)!


  • 20. Jerri  |  . at .

    Glad your church did so well with their yard sale. They are so much work! I love to go to yard sales; have them? not so much.

    I’m always hearing about chai lattes… I’m going to have to try one.

    I would someday love to go to Israel. I don’t want to see the commercial stuff so much, but would love to walk where Jesus walked!


  • 21. Gattina  |  . at .

    Sounds like a nice week !


  • 22. nikkipolani  |  . at .

    Susan, your chattiness warning made me smile! How terrific that you got to spend time with your sister and daughter and nieces, too! Your study sounds like a great group of people. To answer your question on my fff, the small group of gals really keeps us on task. And though we are all from fairly different walks of life, our spiritual conversations really gel as we study and discover together. We are embarking on a new study next week on various Proverbs, based on Tim Keller’s sermon series. Then, we’ll probably get back to a Precept study, though we haven’t decided which one yet.



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