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Friday’s Fave Five

Some ministry and personal milestones happened this week which I also mentioned last week. We finished missions week and I had more birthday celebrations. I am looking for this week’s five favourite things because of a meme that Susanne from Living to Tell the Story does each week. Join us in sharing your week’s blessings.

Most adorable and tasty birthday dessert ever. The fruit on the Popsicle stick is 2 raspberries.

Most adorable and tasty birthday dessert ever.

ONE. GREAT BIRTHDAY FOOD. Again I had ice cream and waffles for breakfast although this time it was for MY birthday. And for MY birthday dinner we ate steak salad!

My niece made the most gorgeous dessert: dark chocolate covered fruit with a side of real whipped cream and more berries.  The fruit on the Popsicle stick is 2 raspberries.


There were 13 beautifully decorated tables. I sat at this table and our hostess, Rima, was a first timer and was awesome.

Rima used her grandma’s china. Gorgeous!

TWO. MISSIONS TEA. Oh, my, I could do an FFF just on the Tea! And I probably will.

Our speaker, Marcia, spoke on an oxymoron of God’s love: how we are protected by God and yet know we will suffer. Marcia is a senior citizen who has worked, mainly in Africa, for the past 36 years. She has seen PLENTY of protection and suffering and still loves, worships, and serves God.

My hostess, Rima, was one of 13 hostesses. She did an awesome job making us feel welcome & coordinating food for our table.


Go Giants! The game went into overtime to break a tie score. And then it was suspended because it got too dark to finish.

THREE. BASEBALL GAME. I attended a game because one of the players (who attends my church) invited me. I was surprised at how small the ball looked.  I’ve never attended a Little League game before. My kiddos were into soccer and softball.

It was FUN watching and cheering.

And I found a job that I want to have. I want to be in charge of the lights on the scoreboard. It would be even cooler if I could also be in charge of the fireworks when there is a home run. Although they  don’t have fireworks at Little League games, they should.


John's theology of pain has helped me to go though my own dark times better. It was awesome to be able to meet one of my spiritual heroes.

John’s theology of pain has helped me to go though my own dark times better. It was awesome to be able to meet one of my spiritual heroes.

FOUR. JOHN STUMBO VISITED. John is the president of our denomination. This week about 30 pastors and C&MA workers gathered at my church to meet with him. John encouraged us from 2 Corinthians 4, asked us questions about our ministries, and then he and another pastor prayed and said a blessing over each of us.

I first heard about John in 2009 when he was a pastor at an Alliance church in Oregon. He went through a mysterious and severe illness, that looked terminal, which God eventually delivered him from. I wrote a post about it here: Peace and Hope While in the Depth of Pain – John Stumbo’s Story

My online group helps e to not dunk my head.

My online group helps me to not dunk my head. This cartoon was found on

FIVE. HEALTH SUPPORT. When I was diagnosed with diabetes a year ago, I knew I needed support, lots of it. So I started a Facebook group called B.U.F.F.

We are B.U.F.F. stands for Brilliantly Utilizing Friends & Facts to combat diabetes. We use these two avenues to move ourselves towards a healthier lifestyle where diabetes doesn’t rule. We do!

At times I do really well at managing my health and other times not so well. When I am doing well, it is in part because of this support group. I am figuring out what works especially when allergies are hitting me so hard! This group encourages me to stay the course even though my numbers don’t always reflect my hard and diligent work.

FFF springPlease share your blessings by writing and linking your own FFF or share a blessing in the comments.

Happy FIRST day of spring especially to you folks where there is still some snow.

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Friday’s Fave Five

FFF springI didn’t have to look far to find five blessings this week. After you read mine, why don’t you share some of yours?

ONE. Annual Church  Meeting. Fear not, this was no stuffy, boring time! We now have this government required meeting as a regular part of our church service instead of having an extra meeting time after church. While writing my reports, I found that 70% of the parents and grandparents who use our children’s ministry for their kiddos also volunteer in that same ministry. And I further discovered . . .

  • 22% are teens
  • 45% are adults (under 55 years old)
  • 33% are adults 55+ (in age).

TWO. Women’s Ministry meeting and (my birthday) dinner.  There are only 3 of us on the team, but we sure gel! We made some new plans. Our reveal will be in April. And I am looking forward to getting to know and minister more to the women of CNC.

We put together a short video about what  what our church means to us which was showed at our Annual Meeting.

THREE. Unexpected Meal and Visit. Marsha and I didn’t plan on meeting up for supper and a movie this week. But I wanted to borrow some kitchen tools for some goodies I am making for a Missions Tea on Saturday. Turns out she was in the middle of making this delicious beauty  (don’t let the eggplant scare you away) and invited me to stay. She added Katamari olives and oh, my, this meal is YUMMM. It has a comfort food appeal. It will be on my menu rotation for sure.

FOUR. Missions Week. Every year at church we have a Missions Celebration. Ours is this week. So far I have been to a Missions Breakfast (for those 55 years and older) and a Missions Dessert (both yesterday on my birthday). WOW – both times were so awesome. We got a great overview of the work being done in Africa and heard snippets of their 36 years of ministry. These events were inspiring and showcased God’s power and personal care for people.

FIVE. Birthday Love. My birthday capped off a marvelous week. Days like that (filled with great stories, people, love and food) are so awesome, they are probably illegal!  And I keep listening to these Happy Birthday Greetings from my grand-daughter.

Take some time now to think about what has made your week special. I’d love to hear!


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Friday’s Fave Five

It is time to recount five blessings from last week. I had FFF springforgotten
what a great week it was until I looked at the calendar and my photos. Do you ever do that, forget what a great week you’ve had because of looking so intently at the details of today or even tomorrow?



Debbie’s use of glass and shapes is so pretty. The next class isn’t until after Easter.  ;(

ONE. CRAFTING. A friend (Debbie) and I attended a mosaic-making class at a church up the hill from us. This was the first class for both of us. Some people (namely Debbie) are better at this first time craft than others (namely me). I doubt I will be showing ya’ll a photo of my project.

But it was a fun time even though we didn’t speak much. I enjoyed breaking the glass and fitting it into my pattern (a cross). My brain felt very rested after the class.




I am on the left. Myrna is on the right.

TWO. CRAB-FEED. This is the first crab feed I have ever attended. I had a wonderful time with the other 3 ladies (Sydney, Myrna, and Wilma) in our group. We chatted about this-and-that. And of course we ATE. I especially liked the shrimp. ;)


This mother-daughter duo, Wilma & Sydney, formed the rest of our crab-feed party.

THREE. ANOTHER WAFFLE & ICE CREAM BREAKFAST. Yep, another birthday was celebrated last week, my sister’s 50th. I love that my sister’s family has such a unique way of celebrating birthdays.

Happy Birthday, to my favourite sister, Jenny. She cultivates a thoughtful, generous, fun, resourceful, and godly-thinking life. Many are blessed by her (including me).

On a side note: Do you know how this tradition started? Years ago Jenny, Mark and their girls went back East to visit some of Mark’s family. They were there for the 4th of July. The Back East family has a tradition of having waffles and ice cream for breakfast. That idea was transported West and expanded to include birthdays.


I made LOTS of “play doughs” snakes for Fia to cut up.

FOUR. GRAND DAUGHTER TIME. I took a day off, mid-week, and spent it with some of my Bay Area family. Now of course I LOVE all my Bay Area family. But nothing beats playing with my 2-year-old grand-daughter. Know what I mean?

We played with play dough, bubbles, and at the park. A new sand table, some búho (owl) stickers, and reading took up our time as well.

FIVE. STAFF DAY-LONG RETREAT. I always enjoy these. The concentrated time to plan for the next quarter is so helpful especially in seeing how the various ministries fit in with each other.


These Dollar Store bubbles were quite the hit. I am amazed at her dexterity.

On a side note: We start all our meetings by answering this question: What is some good news you have to share (from your life or ministry)? This is a great way to start with a positive mind-set. It reminds us that there is GREAT stuff happening and that God is INVOLVED in a powerful, consistent, and loving way.


Oh, my! Here Fia is on the big swing. I didn’t even know that she graduated from the bucket swing.

BONUS: SOUP, SALAD, & A MOVIE. Another end-of-week meet-up with a dear friend (Marcia). She made an awesome pork and bean soup and gluten-free bread just for the occasion. I even have some leftovers to enjoy over the weekend. And of course I had some kitty snuggles as well. This evening was a GREAT way to end my work week.

We are now caught up with Agent Carter and The Good Witch. The Good Witch is a new series on Hallmark. It will be worth getting attached to.

So, take some time to look over your past week and share some of your blessings. Are you surprised by any of them? Check out other Friday’s Fave Five posts or share your own at Susanne’s Living to Tell the Story.

READ THIS FOR A SMILE While I was pushing my 2-year-old Fia on the swing, a 3-year-old boy came up and pointed to the bucket swing.

“This swing is for babies.”

He then pointed to the swing Fia was in and said, “This swing is for big boys. And I am a big boy.”

Fia was happy to trade, but as soon as he left, she went right back to swinging on the “big boy swing.”

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Friday’s Fave Five

This week has come to a close and so it is time to share five blessings. To read other lists or to link up your own list go to Friday’s Fave Five at Susanne’s Living to Tell the Story.


This photo made the cutest stamp.

ONE. I sent out Valentine’s Day cards. And to make them extra special, I mailed them with stamps I ordered from At this site you design stamps with a photo of your choice. I made stamps with my precious granddaughter’s photo.

This darling even made a card for me using a heart-shaped potato stamp and red paint.


Kadie enjoys rugby, knitting, eating sushi, and making snapchat videos.


TWO. Valentine’s Day is always extra special because we also celebrate the birthday of one of my nieces, Kadie. She came home from college for the festive weekend. This sweetheart is caring, funny, talented, godly, and a joy to be around.

THREE. Besides having our traditional birthday breakfast of waffles and ice cream, we also had a birthday dinner. Family and friends gathered for good food, lots of visiting, and even some rowdy singing. We sang pop and Christian music with guitar and ukulele accompaniment.


“Repent and be faithful to the Gospel.”

FOUR. Lent started this week. Even though I didn’t grow up in or currently attend a liturgical church, I enjoy observing Lent. I wrote this post of ideas to help me (us) observe Lent. On Wednesday night I attended a Lent service with some Catholic friends, Joe and Geri. It was a moving and meaningful service. Afterwards we ate fish tacos. Read about my 1st Ash Wednesday service here.

FIVE. Last night I gathered with the gals (Reggie and Bip) from the Women’s Ministry Team (from church). We assembled the magnets for our annual women’s missionary tea. I think this is our 10th  tea and every year we give out a magnet. This year’s magnets are soooooo cute. And to top it off, they only cost about $0.45 each. I will post a photo of them after our tea. Until then they design is top-secret!

Have a happy and warm week and be sure to look for items for your next Friday’s Fave Five.

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Friday’s Fave Five

HEART FFF graphicTime to share this week’s favourite blessings.

One. Celebrating new life. On Sunday we had 7 baptisms. Kids, tweens, teens, and adults took the plunge. The sermon (how to handle financial worry) and music rocked! I was grateful for the celebration and being able to be part of it.

Two. Take a meal, hold a baby. No, I don’t cook much anymore. When I cook it apparently means means someone died.

However I am good at getting food to go. Like this week I took 2 pizzas (one of them was heart-shaped and pepperoni) to a family with a new baby. I was BLESSED because I got to hold the precious little guy. Mama, baby and family are adjusting well.


Most of the evening Fluffy sat on my lap enjoying the attention I gave her. And I was grateful for her attention to me.

Three. Cat love. Wednesday night I was at Marsha’s again for soup, salad, and a movie. One of Marsha’s cats has taken a shine to me. Where ever I was, that is where Fluffy was. And she didn’t even bite me this time.

Four. Motivational tool. Have you heard of Give it 100? Go to this website and sign up to work on a project for 100 (or more) days. Every day you post a 10 second video about your progress.

I am on Day 43 of blogging. My goal was to declutter or finish 40 of my draft posts. I started with 276 – I LOVE to start. I am down to 97. I have missed 2 days and still managed to BEAT my goal. I am thankful this tool is motivating me beyond my imagination.


I can’t believe how BIG Lennon is getting. And I am grateful I get to be part of this family’s life.

Five. Home made meal and a movie. Nope, I didn’t cook, but my godson’s mom did and had me over.

Before dinner I helped Lennon with his Valentine’s Day cards. He wrote his name and I wrote “you.” Evidently the kiddos weren’t supposed to write each other’s names in the “To” field.

We had Crockpot Paleo Thai Stew with riced cauliflower. YUMMMMM. We all ate everything on our plates.

After dinner we watched my godson’s favourite movie, Mr. Peabody & Sherman. This is a movie I would watch again. I loved all the cultural references.

Your Turn . . . Now that you’ve read my fave five from this week, don’t you want to write and post your own list? If yes, go to Living to Tell the Story to link up.

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Friday’s Fave Five

FFF birds on a wireMy favorite devotional reading so far this year:

“We don’t thank enough because we don’t think enough. Concentrated remembrance turns up vast quantities of material that derive from God and then are happily re-expressed in thanksgiving.” (Praying with the Psalms by Eugene Peterson)

This thought is a fitting way for me to start recounting my Friday’s Fave Five. Go here to read more and/or link up your own gratitude post at Living to Tell the Story.

Sofia is funny,loving, verbal, curious, active, smart, and joyous. I couldn't love her any more than I already do. . . . And oh, isn't chocolate just a heavenly taste? . . . Or maybe it is all about the frosting?

Sofia is funny, loving, verbal, curious, active, smart, and joyous. I couldn’t love her any more than I already do. . . .  And oh, isn’t chocolate just a heavenly taste? . . . Or maybe it is all about the frosting?

ONE. My grand-daughter turned two. We had a lovely party at a nearby park which had a playground and picnic tables in a small grove of redwood trees.

TWO. This text from my daughter-in-love about my grand-daughter: “Sofia and I are on the bus right now and she won’t let me put my feet up on the seat in front of me because she is saving it for you!” That just melted my heart!!!

THREE. Watching Murdach Mysteries on (free) Hulu. I discovered this new (to me) series and there are 6 free seasons on Hulu. This detective show is set in the late 1800’s in Toronto. Murdach is a catholic detective with reasoning skills like those of Sherlock Holmes. To solve the “who-donnit,” he uses new technology to his advantage.

FOUR. Decluttered for 6 hours this week. This was made possible because of binge-watching the Murdach Mysteries. Combining these two activities made a boring activity (decluttering) more than bearable and a frivolous one (watching TV) take on meaning. I took a  HUGE garbage bag, a plastic tub, and grocery bag FULL of items to the thrift store this week.

FIVE. Dinner and a movie with a friend. Marsha and I have similar food preferences (no sugar, low carb, but lots of salad and soup please). And we have similar viewing preferences as well.

Lately we’ve been getting together to eat and watch The Good Witch movies (starring Catherine Bell from Jag and The Army Wives ). Go here to see the first movie for free. We were inspired to see all these now because the movies have been turned into a TV series. The 2 hour premiere is on February 28 on Hallmark.

Your Turn . . . So what makes your Fave Five list this week? 

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Friday’s Fave Five



I haven’t participated in Friday’s Fave Five since last March when I found out I had diabetes T2 and some other health issues. I have been spending my time and energies dealing with my health. But I have missed thinking about and writing my FFF’s. So that is what I am doing today.

  1. This row of salad perfectly complimented the lasagna and foccacia bread.

    This row of salad perfectly complimented the lasagna and focaccia bread.

    Staff Appreciation Dinner – Last week the Governing Board from church (where I work), had a dinner to show their appreciation. The dinner was quite delicious and beautiful. And the 3 desserts were all quite decadent. And even better was the conversation. I am grateful to work in such a place where appreciation is not rare.

  2. 2 Oscar movies – One thing on this year’s list of 57 Things To Do is to watch the Oscar nominated movies for best picture. A friend, Pam, joined me in watching The Imitation Game and Selma. I am grateful to have a friend who is willing to join me in this quest of mine. And I am grateful for gifted men like Alan Turing and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr who both made a huge impact on our world.
  3. Photo of me with one of the gals (Mary) from my church.

    Photo of me with one of the gals (Mary – left side) from my church.

    MLK walk. On Monday members of my church joined 28,00 other people as we walked from Sac City College to the Capitol in memory of Dr. King and his work (about 5 miles). Since I had just seen Selma the day before, this walk was especially meaningful to me. I am grateful for the many, many folks who sacrificed during the Civil Rights era so that the US could be a more equal union. I know this work is not done yet, but if these 28,000+ are any indication, we have folks who are willing to keep on keeping on in this battle for racial unity.

  4. Found my Fitbit. During the Christmas season I placed my Fitbit in a safe place, but I couldn’t remember where that was. Yesterday I found it on the dining room table on TOP of a pile. I live alone and have no idea how it got there. I am grateful that no matter how it got there, it was found. And I know it will help me get back on track to walking 10,000 steps a day which will positively impact my diabetes management.
  5. Reading on my Tablet. Another thing on my 57 Things To Do is to read more this year. I was re-gifted a tablet and it is an awesome way to read. In the past 2 weeks I have read Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption and am now reading a book about (the Apostle) Paul: A Man of Grace and Grit. I am grateful for this anonymous person who re-gifted this device to me. I am finding it very useful for reading and social media. I imagine I will find other uses for it, too.

So that’s my top five list for this week. What is on your list? Go to Living to Tell the Story to read more such Faves and to link up your own post of FFF’s:

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57 Things I’ve Done by March 2016

1. Bought Personalized 2015 Photo Calendar
2. Bought Personalized Stamps
3. Wrote 2 Blackout Poems
4. Movie Marathon: The Good Witch Films (7 of them)
5. Family Special Time (Lennon, Kadie)

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1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.
2. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
3. Inspiration Sandwich by SARK.
4. A Man of Grit and Grace: Paul by Charles Swindoll
5. Prayer: Life's Limitless Reach by Jack R Taylor
6. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
7. The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
8. MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend by Rachel Bertsche
9. I'm Glad I'm a Mom: Inspirational Stories of Love, Laughter, and Everyday Life by Hearts at Home
10. The Great Divorce by CS Lewis
11. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
12. Lay My Isaac Down by Carol Kent
13. A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
14. Living Oprah by Robyn Okrant
15. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
16. What's So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey
17. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
18. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
19. The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance by John Trent & Gary Smalley
20. The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter's 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds by Rip Esselstyn
21. The Pursuit of God Paperback by A. W. Tozer
22.-25. Last Light, Night Light, True Light, & Dawn's Light (a Restoration Novel Series) by Terri Blackstock
26.. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

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