Friday’s Fave Five

Welcome to Friday’s Fave Five, hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story, in which we can share five of our favorite things from the last week, a wonderful exercise in looking for and appreciating the good things God blesses us with. Click on the button to learn more, then go to Susanne’s to read others’ faves and link up your own.

I’m trying to begin using this feature on Fridays.  Thanks Barbara H for the idea and thanks Susanne for starting it!  

1.  I am very grateful that the days are getting longer.  Many of us from ‘the true North, strong and free’ suffer from various degrees of seasonal affective disorder – SAD – in December and January.  Not only are we enjoying a few more minutes of sunlight each day, but we have been blessed with almost record breaking warm weather the past two weeks.  A nice break in our normally long and snowy winters!

2.  My hip needs to be replaced and I currently have limited mobility.  This fact, coupled with icy sidewalks, means I don’t go out on my own right now.  I am extremely grateful for my family and friends who willingly drive me and offer me an arm for stability when I am out.  Their service is a huge blessing to me.

3.  After my kids were grown I gave them each a box of ornaments from their childhood and began doing themed Christmas trees. Each Christmas I decide on the colors for the next year then keep my eyes open for ornaments and decor at the after Christmas specials.  This year I was so excited to find some lovely bits at 90% off.  My colors for next year?  Green, red, and gold.

4.  My many food intolerances make meal planning a challenge at times.  I try to make a pot of soup each week and use that for my lunches.  As I made my latest pot of chicken vegetable soup, I added some dried herbs harvested from my herb garden.  The aroma was wonderful and made me eager to plan this years’ herb garden.  Thanks to my husband I have lovely raised boxes to plant in.  Now what herbs shall I plant this year? Hmmmm.

5.  When we moved from Calgary almost five years ago we packed and moved almost 8,000 books from my husband’s study and my children’s book and biographical library.  My husband’s theological books and church history volumes are now part of the college library and many of the children’s books have been divvied up among our children.  I’ve just begun reorganizing my almost 1000 missionary biographies and reading (or rereading them) as prep for writing my missionary stories for kids.  It dawned on me the other day that this time of limited mobility is the perfect time for all of this reading.  I have been abundantly blessed by reading about these missionaries!

20 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. I am enjoying reading your blog. You have so many helpful and interesting ideas. I’m glad you can do something with the wonderful missionary biographies. I think real-life people need to be written on more often. I can still picture when we were both “Stripes” at THE WILDS the summer of 1976!:-) Always good to hear news of you or from you. I check the table on the mezzanine in Alumni Bldg. for your prayer letters, too and do pray for you.
    Love your friend, Rachel L.

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    • Thanks Rachel! Wow! Those Wilds years were a long time ago. God certainly used them to teach me a great deal. Thanks for checking for our prayer letters and especially for your prayers. If you are interested you can ask GFA to send you our e-mail version. Are you still teaching?

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  2. It really is nice to have the days lengthen. Sounds like you are further North than me, though. Hope your hip replacement and recovery go well. My mom felt so much better after hers…

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    • Thank you Ellen! I had one hip done seven years ago so I know what to expect. After that last replacement healed I was able to travel on several study tours in Europe with my husband. I hope this surgery produces equally satisfying results!!

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  3. I’m so glad you’re participating in FFF!

    If I have trouble with shorter days while living in the South, I don’t know how I’d do up North. I’m glad, too, for gradually increasing daylight this time of year.

    Several years ago when a virus hit my spine, one of the things it left me with is balance issues and numbness in my feet, so I am pretty much housebound when it is icy out. How neat that you have someone to go with you for errands and such.

    How neat to have raised beds! If I were going to have any type of garden, that’s what I would need. I have never worked with fresh herbs but my oldest son likes to use them, and I have been thinking about maybe trying to grow some basil.

    Somehow I missed (or maybe just forgot – highly possible) that you moved from Calgary. Where are you now?

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    • I would have tried FFF earlier if only I could have figured out the Mr. Linky business! My tech savvy son lives in China so I had to prevail on one of the younger teachers at the college to set me up.

      We moved to Edmonton, three hours north of Calgary, in March of ’09. We came here to start Foundation Baptist College.

      Our kids have lived and ministered in various places throughout the world. I am particularly blessed right now to have three of them nearby. I know that will likely change as time goes by so I am enjoying it while I can!!

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  4. Welcome! Reading is one of my favorite pastimes — how awesome to have the time to do it. And soup is so wonderful when it’s cold out. What a blessing that you have family to ferry you around right now. Hope you have a great week ahead!

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    • Thank you Laura! I am blessed beyond measure. I get to go out into this lovely weather tomorrow and am looking forward to it….especially since we all know winter isn’t over yet!

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  5. Welcome! Reading is one of my favorite pastimes — how nice to have time to do it right now. Soup is so great when it’s cold like this. And what a blessing to have family to ferry you around. Hope you have a great week ahead!

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  6. Welcome to the FFF community! love the explanation for your blog title 🙂 Well, I live in eastern NY and let me tell ya, we are NOT having a warm spell right now. Last night was something like -12!!!! love your faves and how nice that you get to use raised beds. I grew cherry tomatoes on my deck last summer and that was fun. I also grew parsley and basil in pots……the basil didn’t do well so I”m planning other things this year…haven’t decided yet though what those herbs will be 🙂 Happy weekend!!

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    • Thank you for the warm welcome! This year’s herb garden will be my fourth year. It used to be a joke in the family that I had a black thumb…and I still do with indoor plants! When my husband suggested the raised bed garden I had serious doubts, but amazingly, everything lived and most of it flourished. I am excited to get going….but it IS only January!!

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  7. Welcome to FFF! I’ve enjoyed exploring your blog. :o) What a great perspective on using your time being homebound to read and write about missionary stories. I love that you are writing them for children! Your soup sounds delicious. :o)

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  8. Welcome to FFF! We have some things in common – Canadian (I’m from PEI), grandmother (I have 1 and 2 on the way), love reading and making pots of lovely hot soup in winter. My husband and I attended Winnipeg Bible College (not too far from your neck of the woods). Have a blessed weekend!

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    • Thank you Kathie! Yea, another Canadian! We need soup during these challenging winters, don’t we? How nice to ‘meet’ so many lovely FFF friends with common backgrounds and interests!

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  9. Welcome to FFF! I’m a Canadian gal too, southern Alberta, so I’ve thoroughly been enjoying the nice warm temps of the last couple of weeks, though here that means wind comes with it. I was in awe of the number of books you had! That is amazing. I can’t imagine what it would be like to move all of those. I love your attitude about taking this time of not be able to be out and about to accomplish a wonderful goal. Enjoy seeing it come to fruition! And now you have me craving homemade soup!

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    • Thanks Susanne! We lived in Calgary for 20+ years before moving here to the Edmonton area. I missed the chinooks but feel like we’ve had some chinook-like weather this winter! Thanks for setting up the FFF. I look forward to participating regularly.

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  10. Looking forward to more reasons to be thankful! I was reminded this weekend of how thankful I should be for such a large amount of indoor living space, especially compared to many folks around the world.

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  11. Your writing of missionary stories for kids sounds like a wonderful project. Don’t forget to add Isobel Kuhn!
    I’m from the Pacific North West and now live in Southern California–SAD is one of the reasons we moved south.
    Herbs: parsley and basil. You can’t have too much of either one.

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    • Isobel Kuhn is a favorite, as is Rosalind Goforth…both Canadians by the way! I love parsley and basil (and oregano, and spearmint, and peppermint, and thyme, and summer savory, and lemon verbena, and…….) Can’t wait to plant!!

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