Friday’s Fave Five #6


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.

1. Is it spring yet?  Because of my limited mobility, this year I find myself REALLY longing for winter to be over.  The ice is enemy to my ability to get around on my own.  But as in all things, we can turn our thoughts, this time to the blessings that accompany wintry weather.  The past week as been full of sunshine!  I am very grateful for the longer days and that it has been warming up to minus eight to ten during the day.  My kitchen is particularly sunny in the afternoon because it faces south.  This is a view from our kitchen garden doors:Sunshine on the snow

Plus the trees and bushes look pretty when the sun shines on the ice and snow!


2. Mondays are family night.  Our daughters and their roommate come over and we share a meal and talk or watch a favorite BBC program.  Sometimes I make the meal and sometimes they pick up a roasted chicken and a salad from the store on the way home from work. It’s a real blessing to have them living nearby and for the fellowship we enjoy together.


3. Hangout with our kids in China. Our other two children live in China.  I am extremely grateful for Skype, Hangouts, and other media that allows us to have a weekly face to face chat.  It’s great to be able to talk with our youngest daughter then have our son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren pop into her room and visit with us too.  One of the greatest sacrifice missionaries of old had to face was the possibility of never seeing family again once they left for the field.  We are so blessed to be able to communicate every day if we wish.

Christmas chat from China 1

4. Memories of my mom. As I was cleaning out 2013 files in order to prepare for tax time, I came across the results of old allergy testing I had when I was ten.  I had uncovered it when going through files I had collected from my parents’ home when we sold their house.  Because I had food sensitivity testing last summer I stuck the ancient file in with my current one.  In various places on those test results I saw notations in my mother’s handwriting, and loving memories of my mom flooded my heart and mind.  I was blessed beyond measure to have a godly, loving mother and I look forward to seeing her again in heaven one day.

Janet Zook circa 1950 001

5. Taxes The thing I hate most to do every year is taxes.  Because we are dual citizens we have to file in two countries, and because my husband’s work does not fall into one simple category, we have to keep track of a lot of things for tax time.  Normally it is a very stressful time for me.  However this year I got an early start, did not feel at all stressed by doing it, and am actually almost all done with my part.  This is a big, big blessing to me!

6 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five #6

  1. “Warmed up to minus eight to ten” – oh my.

    Sunshine is so therapeutic. This winter it seems a lot of our bad weather has occurred in patches over several days, and it was so good to see the sun come out for a time.

    I’m thankful, too, for the ability to connect with kids long distance. My oldest is in RI, and we use FaceTime on the iPhone and then hook it up to be able to see it on the TV, so he can be a part of birthdays and such that he can’t attend.

    Is that a picture of your Mom? If so, you look just like her! It’s sweet to come across something in my mom’s handwriting. She didn’t write much, so I treasure what I have from her.

    Wow, your taxes sound pretty complicated. Glad it is not so stressful this year.


    • Yes, Barbara, that is a picture of my mom. I find I appreciate and understand my parents more and more the older I grow! We had sunshine again today! I can be and will be thankful for that gift after this long winter!!


  2. whoa….not sure where you live but you warmed UP to minus 8??? yikes….we did have -4 one day in January here in eastern NY but wow…..your temps are downright BITTER!! Love family nights and hate taxes..thankfully my husband does those and I just look them over and sign on the dotted line…er….online i mean 🙂 Happy weekend!!


    • I live in Alberta, Canada and sometimes forget to convert temperatures into F for my US friends. Minus 8 is about 17 F. I think though that spring has finally blown in. Today we had plus 7 (about 45 F) with a nice breeze and snow and ice was melting everywhere!


  3. Isn’t it crazy when we talk in such glowing terms of it warming up to -8? I totally get it. This weekend is bitter once again. Even I, who loves winter, am so ready for spring this year!

    You have a lovely family! Love how you do a weekly night with your girls even though they are no longer at home. And isn’t technology wonderful to keep in touch with your kids far away?!


    • I think spring has finally stepped through the doorway. We had plus 7 today and the weather models project plus temperatures for the foreseeable future! Bring it on!!


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