Friday’s Fave Five

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“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.

Nooks all over the home were decorated with a festive Christmas theme.

Nooks all over the home were decorated with a festive Christmas theme.

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.

1st ornament I gave to Em. Her 2 sisters received the same on that year as well.

1st ornament I gave to Em. Her 2 sisters received the same one that year as well.

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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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Faith  |  . at .

    Sounds like a week full of blessings for you!! love the Xmas decorations…..and yay for getting together with family and friends…tis the season!! be blessed this weekend. (I need to find that book!! it sounds like a GOOD one!)

  • 2. catladymarsha  |  . at .

    And we do love ‘bonus gifts’, as we call them in our family. What a lovely week ! MIss you too :-)

  • 3. Susanne  |  . at .

    Sounds like a wonderful week of good company, and thinking of others. The book sounds like one to look for!

  • 4. Barbara H.  |  . at .

    That’s my favorite part of hanging ornaments — talking about the memories associated with them.

    Glad you had a quiet evening in the midst of the busyness.

    The shower, party, ornament-making, and impromptu dinner all sound fun!

  • 5. willowknits  |  . at .

    No tree here this year either since we’ll be at our daughter’s for Christmas. I miss it so I bought a wreath–that helps. I’m sure it was fun to be with your sis’s family.
    What a great week you had, though–sounds like fun and full of accomplishments.

  • 6. Annette {This Simple Mom}  |  . at .

    Yay for a sister filling your Christmas decorating needs! :) Congratulations on your first grandchild! I hope your relationship continues to grow with your son and DIL. :)

  • 7. nikkipolani  |  . at .

    Oh, your week sounds utterly delightful! Very Christmasy and full of good cheer. Hurray for a fun and successful Angel Tree party! And pretty (and inexpensive) ornaments.


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