Friday’s Fave Five #23

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On Friday we take a few minutes to share five blessings from the week.  Suzanne at Living to Tell the Story hosts this weekly exercise which has truly encouraged me to both think about our blessings and to thank the Lord for them.

1. Beautiful weather We have had a week of absolutely beautiful weather.  I am so grateful for every day of warmth and sunshine. Thank you, Lord!

2. Harvest We live in a small town outside of the large city of Edmonton.  When you drive out of our town in any direction you see field after field of crops – wheat, canola, barley, and much more.  The farmers have been working hard to bring in the harvest this week.  It is fascinating to me to watch the huge machinery pulling in acre after acre of beautiful crops.  Just as I never tired of the mountain views when we lived in Calgary, I never tire of all the lovely farms around Edmonton.

3. Making cards  When I am having a bad day with my fibromyalgia or my arthritis I sometimes work on making cards.  As a pastor’s wife I have found that my new normal, as determined by my physical limitations, is very different from ministry in my healthy days.  In searching for  new way to minister to the ladies in our church I started writing notes of encouragement, and giving my scripture cards to our ladies on special occasions.  I find making the cards is a good way to start using up my cabinet full of scrapbooking odds and ends, and a therapeutic outlet for me on my down days.

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4. Progress!  My amazing oldest daughter is now down 135 lbs, working closely with her doctor and is swimming and training for a 5 k run.  She’s my accountability partner and I am happy that as of this morning I am down 36 lbs.  Yay!

5. Kale chips Don’t remember if I have mentioned this before but I have discovered kale chips, and absolutely love them.  The recipe is super simple and the result is far tastier than you might imagine.  You rinse the kale, tear the leaves into 1” – 2” pieces, spread them on a kitchen towel or paper towel and dry them as thoroughly as possible.  Spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet and drizzle olive oil on them then sprinkle with seasoning (I use pink salt.)  Bake at 275 for 20 minutes and voila! Crispy, delicious, and nutritious chips!

What are some of your blessings from the week?

5 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five #23

  1. congrats on you and your daughter’s weight loss!! SOOO important….keep up the good work. YUM i LOVE kale chips and am trying to get my hubby to like them…..i think he’ll eat them now….if you visit the blog you will find out why 🙂 Those cards are absolutely beautiful. I have arthritis in my hip and lower back and my “go to ” activity is reading a good book after my core workouts. I hope you have a good weekend!

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  2. I love your cards! I have so much card-making equipment, I really need to use it. I can testify it is special to get even a note these days, and a handmade one just enhances it.

    Congrats on the weight loss! I had heard of kale chips but hadn’t looked up how to make them, Sounds easy enough! I might give it a whirl.

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  3. Your card ministry is a wonderful idea. I’m sure the ladies are so pleased to receive them.

    I have to drive a few miles to see agricultural fields in my area, but I always enjoy it when my errands take me that way. It’s a beautiful sight.

    Congratulations on the weight loss! The kale chips sound interesting and so easy!

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  4. I love kale! And those chips sound delicious! Congrats to you and your girl on your weight loss! What a wonderful way you have found to minister to ladies. I love cards and love giving and receiving them. It has become such a rare thing these days with email and ecards now at most people’s fingertips. I bet your cards bring much joy.

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  5. I love kale chips! Have you tried sweet potato rounds? Made the same way. Just cut thin slices.
    We can see the agricultural fields (so many strawberries) right from our neighborhood. People are amazed that Southern CA is so agricultural.
    Love your cards!!

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