Friday’s Fave Five #31

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It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

My daughter’s surprise visit is almost over. Early Monday she heads back to Shanghai and nursing school. Barring any other surprises, we won’t see her again until 11 months from now.

Sometimes I wish I was not such an emotional creature. I am not fond of goodbyes and am not looking forward to that aspect of Monday morning. Anticipating this goodbye is a reminder to me to focus on the time we have been able to spend together with our youngest these past 5 weeks. We dedicated each of our children to the Lord when they were born, not to do our will but to follow His will. Our blessing now is that our children do love the Lord and are following what He has set before them to do, even when that takes them far from us and the comforts of home.

1. Our kids are a blessing to us All of our kids have been, and continue to be, a big help to us in multiple ways. Having Emma staying with us these past few weeks meant she willingly took care of some of the physical stuff that I still need help with after my surgery. That has been a blessing. Thanks, Em!

2. Good report from the surgeon Last Thursday I saw my orthopedic surgeon again. The hip joint has healed well and I don’t need to see him again until October. My muscles are still slow in getting back to normal due to a flare of fibromyalgia. I just need to be patient, listen to my body, and slowly return my physiotherapy exercises as my flare subsides. I hope to be able to retire my cane by the summer!

3. ‘No charge!’There is construction all around our area. This week when Emma was driving she picked up a small bolt in one of the tires. Our local Fountain Tire repaired it without charge, which was an unexpected blessing.

4. Fun with my kids The murder mystery event was lots of fun! It took me a while to ‘get’ my character and to ask the right questions of the other participants, but I eventually caught on. It was nice to meet some new people and spend time with family and friends. (No, I wasn’t the bad guy. They had to kill my character off so I could go home early!!)

5. Thoughtful husband Several times a month my husband surprises me by bringing home a Starbucks’ green tea latte fixed just the way I like it. I love that he does this without me asking, just because he knows I like them.

Oh, I’m going to throw in a lagniappe blessing this week. While shopping this past week I came across a $5 rack and was able to buy a spring coat in my new size for just $5!  Though it may not be the favorite coat I’ve ever owned, it will carry me through the spring and hopefully into an even smaller size in the fall!


7 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five #31

  1. great list of faves!! i get to see my oldest daughter in just another week!! she’ll be coming home from Gordon College (MA) next weekend for her spring break! i’m so happy!! Enjoy the rest of the time with your youngest!


  2. Hello from your old college friend Ann! I truly feel your pain. My son left to return to China two weeks ago. It doesn’t matter how old they are or how many times they go away – it’s still that mom’s heart that hurts. Mine will be back in July, though, but the first time he was gone for 17 months. A long time. For the sake of the Father!!


  3. I thing we’ll always feel that pang when our kids leave. So glad you had this time together. Glad you’re healing so well from your surgery, too, and found a good coat for a great price. How wonderful to get the tire fixed at no cost. Very nice of your husband to bring you just the drink you like. I’ve never been to a murder mystery event, but once at one of my kid’s parties they played a couple of rounds of a game where someone was “killed” and we ask to ask questions to figure out the culprit. I never did quite figure it out, but it was fun.


  4. I know just how you feel. The last time my grandkids went back to Colorado, I said goodbye to them the night before because I didn’t want to watch them leave my house in the car!

    So wonderful your daughter was able to “surprise visit” you! I’m sure she has been a big comfort to you as you recover from surgery.


  5. Those are some really great blessings this week. So glad you got a good surgeon’s report and that you are slowly getting stronger. That was a great length of visit from your girl. It’s hard to say good bye each time. I totally get that. Your murder mystery event sounds fun. I’ve never been to one of those.


  6. I do understand the ‘leaving’ and as the child who left my parents and moved across the Pacific, I understand the feelings of the one who is leaving, too.
    Good news from the dr!


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