Friday’s Fave Five #50

FFF daisies

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

1.Gluten Free Deals I have been eating gluten free for three years now, since I first found out I was severely gluten intolerant. Finding products and recipes I enjoy has been an interesting challenge. Recently I learned that offers some well-priced deals for gluten free foods I like. Well-priced, as in less expensive than any store sale I have found to date. I have ordered gf products twice now when ordering books for my husband, and thus qualified for free shipping. Even though has offered food items for quite a while, has been slowly catching up. Yipee for good deals!

2. Photography I’m still learning how to use my new camera. Since taking landscape shots is currently my favorite photographic interest, and I love the contrast between light and shadow, I wanted to buy a hood for one of my lenses. The hood helps shield the sun from the lens so the photo doesn’t have glare or spots on it. (Although I have taken some very artistically interesting photos that do have spots or shady areas on them.) Anyway, it took a while to find the right hood, so I am glad to now have one!

I didn’t get out to take pictures this week (working on taxes!!) so here are a few of my favorites from our trip to Arizona this past December.

AZ Canyon park (5) Az Sedona

AZ Grand Canyon (19) AZ Grand Canyon (56)

AZ Grand Canyon (7) AZ Grand Canyon (8)

3. Memories of Mom My mom would have been 86 on April 2, but she went to be with the Lord thirteen years ago after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Hardly a day goes by that I do not think of ways in which my parents influenced me. I was blessed with caring parents. They were not perfect, but they loved my sister and me. So often I wished I had asked more questions about their childhoods, their teen years, what it was like to live in war time, what were their extended families like, what they thought about certain things. Sadly, I did not learn to ask these sorts of questions until I married my husband and he taught me how to both ask questions and express myself orally. By then we lived far away, I was busy rearing five kids and serving in ministry, and I simply never thought to ask about those things. Anyway, Thanks, Mom, for your influence.

4. Protection This week I was spared from a collision. I have been driving for MANY years, but I do not particularly enjoy driving. I enjoy the freedom of getting myself from A to B, but if someone is coming with me and wants to drive, I’m all for it. On the Whitemud, a major road in Edmonton, I was merging right to exit while exiting traffic was merging left in the lane to my right. Sound confusing? Yep! It was. I checked right and no one was coming so I began moving into the right lane. I was barely in that lane when out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a red SUV suddenly squeezing into that lane from the exit lane. I was able to pull back and he whizzed by on my right. If I had completed my merge we would have had much more than a fender bender. So thankful for God’s protection!

5. More Signs of Spring There is more green to be seen this week and temperatures continue to be warm (though we did wake up to a dusting of snow on Tuesday morning!) Perhaps we will even escape a not-so-uncommon spring dump of snow this year!

What blessings did you enjoy this week?

7 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five #50

  1. We’ve found a few GF items for my d-i-l on Amazon. Here the grocery stores are adding more items all the time, some a little pricy.

    There are questions I regret not asking my mom before she passed away or my m-i-l before she became non-verbal.

    So thankful for God’s protection while you were driving. Sometimes I wonder if in heaven we’ll be shown all the times God protected us when we didn’t even know we were in danger.

    We’ve had up and down, back and forth weather the last week or two, but spring is definitely winning!


  2. I tend to get a few gluten free products from time to time although no one in the family has to eat GF. I like the ones at Whole Foods or Hannaford. Since we tend to buy plant based foods, I wouldn’t be able to order online!! lol……but maybe I will check out pastas or breads. Praise God for His protection during your driving!! He is GOOD. Happy spring!


  3. Your Mom was a Godly woman. Glad to have known her. I think of her…and my own Mom when I water my lone African violet! Thankful for the Angel of the Lord encamping round about us…even on busy highways! Remember all of those trips that we made back and forth to college? I never knew that you didn’t enjoy driving. I didn’t!!


  4. Your Mom was a Godly woman. Glad to have known her. I think about her…and my own Mom when I water my lone African violet! Glad the Angel of the Lord protected you.


  5. Your description of the near accident made me shudder. And I am thankful too for your safety that day. Having spent MANY years driving in Los Angeles, I have learned to be a better driver– in LA there are two kinds of drivers: the good and the dead.
    My mom is gone too and like you I am thankful for her!


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