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Friday’s Fave Five: 12-18-2015

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.

 

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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!

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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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Friday’s Fave Fave – 12/11/15

“Find the good and praise it,” (Alex Haley).

Getting together with these folks was surely part of the good of my week.

Getting together with these folks was surely part of the good of my week.

A look back at my past week reveals things that are good and a cause for gratitude. In this post I share five such things.

ONE. Family Traditions. On Sunday I had the privilege of being part of my grand daughter’s first Christmas cookie-making time.

  • I forgot to bring a few things so we walked to a near by outside mall to a kitchen store. The walk, the lights on the street, and being with one another added so much to the day.
  • You know how kiddos (especially ones of the toddler variety) LOVE to
    Daddy taught Sofia the proper way to 'clean" frosting off the beater.

    Daddy taught Sofia the proper way to ‘clean” frosting off the beater.

    dump sprinkles onto their cookie creations? Well, not my Sofia. She very delicately gave two tiny shakes of the jar onto the chosen cookies. Although she was quite generous when using the frosting tubes.

  • But like every other kiddo, she’d lick the knife and eat a cookie when the adults weren’t looking.
  • Truth be told, I ate a few cookies that way, too.

TWO. Praying Friends. I believe in the power and “help” of prayer. I am so blessed to have a circle of folks who pray for me regularly. And blessed to have folks I can call or text to say, “please pray!”

Sofia and I also made our 2nd annual Christmas ornament. Last year it was a glittered hand-print (her's of course). This year it was a glittered Sofia The First ornament.

Sofia and I also made our 2nd annual Christmas ornament. Last year it was a glittered hand-print (her’s of course). This year it was a glittered Sofia The First Princess ornament.

THREE. Celebration of Life. I went to a memorial service for a friend’s father this week. It was such an inspiring service. I hope my life reveals such inspiration at my life’s end. I am grateful for Jim’s legacy and example. Both make me want to be a better woman.

FOUR. Music. This week music has cheered and inspired me . I have also used it as an aid to study and for sounder sleep.

FIVE. Small Group. On Mondays I facilitate two small groups. We are going through Face-to-Face with Naomi and Ruth: Together for the Journey by Janet Thompson.

  • I love hearing the answers and questions they have from the book, the Bible, and each other.
  • I love seeing their insights and growth. I love seeing the affection they have for each other.
  • We had an especially thought-provoking time last Monday. Two of my fave questions were as follows. (1) How teachable are you?  (2) What kind of person brings out a teachable spirit in you?

Holiday FFFThese are five of my blessings from last week. Share in the comments or link up at Living to Tell the Story to share your own post of five blessings.

 

 

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Friday’s Fave Five – December 4, 2015

leaf FFFIn light of the shootings in SO CAL this week, this is an appropriate gratitude quote: “Counting blessings is the quickest way to restore balance in the face of disaster and tragedy” (Margaret Brownlwy). 

ONE. I spent the last weekend with my daughter. And one of those days was spent in Yosemite. My daughter moved into a one bedroom last week (in Yosemite National Park) and asked me to bring down a couple of things. I am grateful that I got to eat a turkey dinner with her even if it was on Saturday and in the food mart. I am also grateful that she is soooooo happy.

TWO. Celebrated a friend’s 50th birthday at Starbucks. Theresa set up her own party. What a good example that is for me to see others ask for what they want/need. I got to have a Peppermint Mocha, celebrate Theresa and also chat with Lori. I am blessed by their perseverance in life, their walk with God, and they way they love/like me.

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This is the 3rd snowman ornament I’ve made this season already. I am getting out of control!

THREE. Made a snowman ornament. I used this tutorial for an owl ornament and substituted snowman stickers. I LOVE my ornament. Crafting is always a great stress reliever for me and also is way I can think without pressure. Does that make sense?

FOUR. 71 sign ups for my church Senior Christmas party. This year my team and I switched things up and instead of a potluck, we are having it catered. And we also changed the venue. Because of these changes, I was hoping for 50 folks. I am thrilled that 71 people trust us with this updated event.

FIVE. A new sweater. A woman from church sometimes brings me things that she finds on sale. I wish I had that knack at the thrift store. This time it is a sweater and it is PURPLE. I’ve been looking for purple tops because I want to wear purple on the 4 Sundays of Advent. The only person who knew that was God. I am doubly BLESSED.

Up for sharing some of your blessings? Leave a comment or go to Susanne’s Friday’s Fave Fave at Living to Tell the Story to link up your post.

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Friday’s Fave Five – November 20, 2015

 

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My grand-daughter is good medicine

I’ve been remiss these past weeks and haven’t written a Friday’s Fave Five. Here is this week’s offering.

ONE. I’ve been coping with a cold for 3 weeks now. I spent several days last week with my son’s family getting loved on. And after an impromptu visit with friends (Shula & John), I came home with tea, vitamins and some fresh eggs from their hens. I am feeling better  – just a lingering cough.

TWO. I attended a Tea, fashion show and fundraiser sponsored by The CLUB. It is a respite program (adult day care for folks with memory issues) that meets at our church. The food and company were delicious. And the models (regular women) did a great job and I have some new wardrobe pieces in mind to purchase.

THREE. Celebrated a friend’s birthday. Marsha and I took Gillian to lunch at Plates Cafe & Catering. We all ordered the special of the day, meatloaf sandwiches and sweet potato fries. YUMMM. This restaurant is run by St John’s Shelter for Women and Children. They help homeless women find a footing in life by offering them training and work so they can increase their job skills and employability.

My version of a prayer pumpkin

My version of a prayer pumpkin

FOUR. Prayer pumpkin helps with a new way of praying. Have you ever prayed according to topic each day? If yes, what were your categories?

I haven’t until recently. I am quite liking this method. I don’t know where to stop without feeling guilty. I believe in the power of prayer and I know that when I do stop there is still so much more to pray for. This new way of prayer (for me) is giving me some doable boundaries. Does that sound silly or shallow?

FIVE. I repotted a plant. Trudy (volunteer receptionist at work) brought everything I needed to repot my philodendron plant, months ago. Finally this week I did the dirty deed – mainly because it wouldn’t stand up anymore. I am grateful it has recovered quite nicely and adds lovely life to my office.

leaf FFFYour Turn . . . Write your own FFF and link up at Living to Tell the Story. Or leave a comment sharing your own blessings from this past week.

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Singles Thanksgiving Bucket List

My version of the prayer pumpkin

My version of the prayer pumpkin. Read #6 to know what I am talking about.

Sometimes single people don’t get to spend the holiday with family or friends. It is more of a solo event. But even if that is true, we can still celebrate and celebrate well. I’ve seen lots of Thanksgiving Bucket List ideas for families, but none for singles. Below is a list of some things to do, if you are alone this Thanksgiving. Of course, these ideas would work for couples or groups of people as well.

  1. Watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Youtube has this 25 minute video here. After you have watched the video, take this quiz.
  2. Watch one of these motivational  movies (all on Amazon Instant Video) – Ring the BellFaith Like Potatoesor The Ultimate Life
  3. Write a gratitude letter. Or better yet start your own gratitude project. Here is my original list. The main point is to tell someone thanks and why you are grateful for them.
  4. Eat a festive meal. Of course the traditional turkey and stuffing works. But if that sounds too time- and labour-intensive, make a shepherd’s pie with ground turkey and mashed sweet potatoes. Here is my recipe.
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    I printed the silverware holder on orange paper.  Isn’t it cute?

    Add decorative table touches. Fresh flowers put into a faux pumpkin (or even real pumpkin) are very nice. But you could also make your decorations. For instance these silverware holders are easy to make: Print, cut, glue. We made and used these at our October Secret Sister Reveal Party.

  6. Pray. Praying ad-lib or using a prayer prompt are some standard ways of praying. But what about adding faux or real pumpkins to your table decor and using them as a prompt? Of course you are confused. So go read this post about prayer pumpkins.
  7. Take a walk. Enjoy the scenery. Say hello to other folks who are out. But you can add something special to your time outdoors by taking yourself on a gratitude scavenger hunt. Go here for directions to this activity. 
  8. Execute a Random Act of Kindness. At this post I give 20 RAK ideas. At this one, I list 10 RAK ideas.
  9. Read. Choose your favourite genre or something . . . . funny . . . encouraging . . . or heart-warming.
  10. Craft. A holiday is made better when crafting time is allowed. What about making a Christmas ornament? I have a ton of ornament ideas at this Pinterest board. I make snowman ornaments with my family (almost) every year, I am thinking about making this block snowman ornament especially since I still have my kiddos’ wooden alphabet blocks.
  11. Put up your holiday decorations. Turn on some holiday music and turn your place into a winter wonderland.
  12. Watch a Christmas movie. Here is an idea . . .  Paper AngelsNow that you are at the end of your day, watch a movie. Here is my post 3 Reasons to Watch Christmas Movies.
  13. Insert your idea here. What would you add to this list of things a single person can do to spark up what could otherwise be a lonely holiday?

Your Turn . . . Will you be doing any of these activities?  . . . What would you add to this list?

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Choosing Gratitude As a Way of Living & Feeling

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This book helped me to rethink the importance of a gratitude mindset.

Each November I try to do things that will help me focus on and increase gratitude in my life. This year I read James Autry’s  Choosing Gratitude: Learning to Love the Life You Have. It was a quick read and my highlights are below.

Autry says gratitude is much more than saying, “Thank you.” It is a way of living and even a way of feeling. He encourages us to continually take gratitude inventories in the different parts of our life: Family and Friends, Community, Work, Play.

After reflecting on these, we are invited to share the lists with others.  Autry would like this writing, reflection and sharing to lead to others doing the same. He’d like to start a gratitude movement.

I like the sound of that, too: a worldwide gratitude movement.

In any situation, Autry says, we can focus on the bad or the good. We can complain or give thanks for how things worked out in spite of the bad. We can look for the blessings that helped us cope and for the people who intervened.

I am a glass half-full type of person. I surround my thoughts with quotes that support that type of positive mentality. So I really liked the gratitude quotes Autry scattered throughout his book. Here are my faves . . .

  • “No duty is more urgent than of returning thanks,” Saint Ambrose.
  • “We owe thankfulness to God, not sour faces,” Rumi.
  • “Thanksgiving is good but thanks-living is better,” Matthew Henry.
  • “The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings,” Eric Hoffer.

Your Turn . . . Are you more of a glass half full or half empty?  . . . What do you do to increase your awareness of the blessings that surround you? . . . Do you have a fave quote from the above?

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Friday’s Fave Five 11/6/2015

This princess and I had pizza with some family before going out to

This princess and I had pizza with some family before going out to “harvest” candy.

One. Church Celebration. We celebrated the ministry of our pastor and his wife. They have been here 25 years. It was heart-touching to be reminded of their godly example, investment in lives, and leadership.

Two. Grand daughter time. She spent the weekend with me since her parents were at an out-of-town wedding. We were busy: activities, food, trick-or-treating.  Go to this link to see some of what we did.

Three. #write31days. I wrote about Finding Laughter. I missed two days, but I plan on finishing those. Go here for the landing page which has all the posts in one spot. My biggest take away is that laughter is a choice just like being grateful is a choice. And the best foundation of this choice is Christ.

Four. New blog. I’ve been toying with starting a new blog as a way to get back on track with GREAT self-care. I started a diabetes blog this month because November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Come visit me.

leaf FFFFive. Sick Days. I have a cold and am glad I have time to take off work to just get better. PS. Leave tips on how to quickly.get over this cold

Leave a comment about one of your blessings. Or go to Living to Tell the Story to link up your own Fridays Fave Five.

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