Friday’s Fave Five – November 8, 2019

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Sometimes a week is so FULL that it flies right by without reflection. That is why I take time each week to look at what happened and then express gratitude for the big and little things. This quote reminds me why it is important to especially look at the small things like a to-do list and frozen yogurt.

ONE. Book Club. At our November meeting, we discussed The Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans. It was interesting to hear the different perspectives of the group. It was interesting to note how at the end of the project, Evans loved the Bible (more) and wanted to study/meditate more on it. There were two big takeaways for me. 1. Buy more ethical products, like fair-trade chocolate and coffee. 2. Cheer on the ladies around me; cheer on their big and small victories. Cheer them on just because of who they are. Well done, women of valor! I am grateful that we can read a diverse range of books and hear each other’s comments. I am grateful for my “sisters” and their valor.

TWO. To-do Lists. I love to-do lists. I love the actual writing of the list. And I love the actual accomplishing of the tasks on the list. This week, I was able to mark off most items from each day’s list. Using a to-list helps me to curb my “squirrel” tendencies. I am more easily able to remind myself what the TASK I am doing right now is. I am grateful that I am finally learning how to write a doable list for each day. I am grateful for the energy to get the tasks done. My shoulder injury is impacting me less and less each week.

THREE. Frozen yogurt and an early bedtime. This has been a week of long days at work since I was working on three projects. One night I came home TIRED and late. My daughter was also TIRED. So we went out to dinner – a dinner of frozen yogurt. Afterward, I went straight to bed. (This time change is kicking my behind!) I am grateful for the opportunity to eat frozen yogurt. I am grateful for eating it with my daughter. I am grateful for being able to go to bed early and sleep well!

FOUR. Packing Party. A group from church gathered to pack up shoeboxes. We collected all year long and had enough items for 53 boxes. Next year, we will make sure to have more of the following items: soap and soap containers, brushes, washcloths, and crayons. I am grateful for the folks who donated. I am grateful for the ladies who helped p[ack the boxes. While it was a lot of fun. You’d be surprised to know how hard it is on the body to pack for 2.5 hours. I am grateful that we get to impact the lives of 53 kiddos and their families.

FIVE. Driving with more ease. Hurray. The nerve pain (in my right arm) when I drive is almost gone. My shoulder is still stiff. But I am able to drive much more easily. Driving, as it turns out, is good physical therapy for my arm since I put the arm in positions that stretch it. This type of therapy is more exciting because I get an actual reward at the end (arrival at my destination). I am grateful that I finally have some transportation independence. And I am grateful that I am able to use my arm more and more each week.

Join us at this link, to share your five fave blessings. Or leave a comment on this post. Here is my list. Let’s cheer each other on in the big and small things we share.

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  • 1. wendyj59  |  . at .

    Yay glad your arm has improved and you’re able to drive. I would feel very cooped up if I couldn’t drive my car. Well done on the shoebox project and on having frozen yoghurt for dinner. Sometimes when we’re tired we just have to go with the flow and if dinner is frozen yoghurt so be it! I find I am much more productive if I make a to do list but I also need to be more realistic at times. Enjoy your weekend.


  • 2. faitheturner  |  . at .

    Oh Susan i am so glad you can drive again and your arm is improving!! Glory to God!
    Yay for Operation Xmas Child, i am shopping this weekend for mine.
    That book is supposed to be a good one….at least I’ve heard good things about it!
    Fro yo for dinner???! Yikes!!! I’d need to be on my treadmill afterwards but how fun for you and your daughter.
    The time change is great in the autumn!! We get the extra hour of sleep!!!
    Happy weekend!


  • 3. Barbara Harper  |  . at .

    I’ve heard good and bad about that book. I have it but have not read it yet. I imagine you all had a lively discussion. 🙂 We do need to cheer each other on more. I like making and crossing off to-do lists as well. That’s neat to pack all together like that! We bring ours to church already assembled (mine is on my to-do list for this week). But it would be tiring to do that many at once–yet fun to do it with others. I am so happy your pain is easing and you can drive! It takes me a while to adjust to the time change, too. I like the extra hour on Sat. night, but now it seems so late so much earlier.


  • 4. Willow  |  . at .

    Our church is participating in the shoe boxes project too. I think it’s a great ministry.
    Hurray for healing shoulders. Even being able to drive and reward yourself with the destination is a great accomplishment.
    I’m a list maker too, and I love to mark off the things I’ve done. May I suggest that the first item on your task list should always be ‘make a list’, so when you have finished writing up your tasks, you can mark off the first item!
    I hope you are having a great week.



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