Friday’s Fave Five
“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.
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