Friday’s Fave Five: 12-18-2015

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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.



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!


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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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Barbara H.  |  . at .

    The craft night sounds so fun! Glad your events went well and your daughter was able to come for the funeral. I enjoy weddings, too, especially when the couple has put God first and sought Him in their plans.


  • 2. Willow  |  . at .

    I love the idea of getting together to eat, cook and watch movies.
    Seeing your daughter was a special blessing even though the occasion wasn’t a happy one. I’m glad for you that you had that extra and unexpected time together.


  • 3. Karen  |  . at .

    The night with your friend sounds so nice. Treasured time for sure. Have a very merry Christmas, Susan.


  • 4. Faith  |  . at .

    i love doing special things with my closest friends! Glad you got to cook and watch movies! Yay for Christmas programs, dinners, and all the fun things that make up this holiday season. Merry Christmas Susan!!(btw…my name is Faith (Gold in the Clouds) not Willow. Willow is Linda from Willow’s Cottage 🙂 I did love hearing from you on my blog 🙂


  • 5. nikkipolani  |  . at .

    You are highly commended to have gotten through those organized events, Susan! And even sneaking in some friend/creative time sounds like a great break between the busy.

    Like you, Christmas decorations are at a minimum this year. Though I miss the ornaments of old and sparkly things and greenery, I don’t miss all the work involved to get it all in place and then taken down again. But it was lovely of your daughter to bring some festive color to your apartment.

    Merry Christmas, Susan, and thank you for all your thoughtful comments and posts in 2015.


  • 6. Susanne  |  . at .

    I love doing stuff like that when with friends. I remember one where we made 10 dozen perogies! Wow, you have done a lot in organizing different things. Bless you for all your work. Merry Christmas, Susan!



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