Friday’s Fave Five – January 4, 2013
- 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?