Friday’s Fave Five #78

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I’ve been sick this past week so this post is quite late. It’s not Friday. But you know that!

Susanne hosts Living to Tell the Story and encourages others to share blessings of the week on Fridays. Here are a few of mine from this week.

Pictures from the past My mom went to be with the Lord almost 14 years ago. This week a friend sent me some photos of my mom enjoying fellowship at a Sunday School class Christmas party from fifteen years ago. A bonus that I didn’t notice at first was a partial shot of my dad in the corner of one of the pictures. Thank you, Beth. Your kind gesture blessed me and made my day.

My wonderful Mom

My wonderful Mom

Supplement sale One of the supplements I take that seems to help my fibromyalgia is a bit pricey. This week I found it on sale for about half of what I normally pay!

Medication provided Our doctor has put my husband on an expensive new medication, and it is helping him. We were praying about how to come up with the $300 + extra a month to pay for it, and God provided several months’ worth at no charge to us!

Answers to prayer Parenting adults is not like parenting juveniles. We no longer ‘control’ the decisions of our offspring, nor do we want to. But this does not mean we are no longer affected by the burdens and concerns of our children.

This week one of our daughters who has been diligently searching and praying for a better job, had a promising job interview. Is this job God’s answer for her need? I don’t know, but I am praying with eager anticipation, waiting to see how God will meet her need and other needs in the lives of all my children.

On the mend I have been dealing with an exhausting cough for over seven weeks. My primary source of nutrition has been the myriad cough drops and green tea I’ve consumed to try and soothe the persistent coughing fits! However…the last couple of days I seem to be getting better. Yay! I’m thankful for good doctors, helpful treatments, and the Great Physician.

No new photos this week because I wasn’t feeling well enough to go out in frigid temps to take pictures. I found a few more favorites from several months ago as I was organizing and backing up files this week.

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Grandson ‘modeling” Cows Canada sleeper

Banff National Park Clouds lifting

Banff National Park Clouds lifting

Banff National Park misty peaks

Banff National Park misty peaks

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Banff National Park cloudy cap

Here are this week’s Valentine cards from Purple Grandma Designs.

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Friday’s Fave Five #77

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Susanne hosts Living to Tell the Story and encourages others to share blessings of thee week on Fridays. Here are a few of mine from this week.

1. Beautiful ice fog We had three full days in a row that were foggy so that many surfaces had layers of ice fog (hoar frost) on them. It made everything picture postcard beautiful.

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January ice fog

2. Family night Our daughters and son-in-law joined us on Monday to celebrate my husband’s birthday. I tried out a couple recipes to cook both grouse and venison. Both meats were tasty and the time together as family was a blessing.

3. Borrowed grandchildren I always enjoy visiting with my surrogate grandchildren. This week these precious ones came over with their mom for a lunch visit. I hope they have as much fun visiting Purple Grandma as she has hosting them!

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Borrowed grandchildren

4. Church growth Our church continues to grow, both organically and from new folks joining with us. We have two baby showers for church ladies over the next couple of weeks. When these little ones are born, we will have added 10 new babies to the church family over the last year and a half or so. We’ve also been blessed over the past few months with a number of new individuals and families choosing to worship with us and attend membership classes in preparation for joining the church.

5. Photography The beautiful ice fog days inspired some interesting photos. I played with different filters this week. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Ice fog acreage

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Cottony cold

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Ice fog branches

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Directional ice fog

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Looks like fake spray-on snow!

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Shivering sunflower

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Frosty splendor

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Frosty raspberry

I began working on some Valentine cards this week. Here are the latest cards from Purple Grandma Designs.

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Friday’s Fave Five #74 plus A Few Alberta Photos Day 5

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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.

I didn’t get many guesses on my new word last week. The word new to me was frore which means frozen or frosty. Cool word, eh? I used in in of my photo titles. I’ll let you know when I use another new word in future posts.

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Warm homes It’s been in the minus 20’s C this week – brrrr! I am grateful for our warm homes on these bitterly cold days. Some of the missionary stories I’ve read speak of the winter weather conditions in Canada in the 1800’s. These dedicated pioneers often had only open fireplaces in log cabins to keep warm inside, and buffalo robes to bundle up in when braving the elements. Their lives depended on them making proper preparations just to live. Central heat is truly a blessing.

Time with my daughters Saturday we visited Greenland Garden Center and enjoyed looking at all the beautifully decorated Christmas trees. It was a fun outing with the girls.

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My wonderful daughters

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Love the colours of this tree!

Tea Those who know me well know that I love tea. My food sensitivities prevent me from enjoying black tea very often, but I really like green tea, and am learning to enjoy rooibos teas. This week I received some new flavors of green tea, rooibos tea, and fruit infused tisanes. They’ve been especially enjoyable on these cold days.

Those senior discounts When do senior discounts kick in? I’ve found out it depends on the organization offering the discount. Thus far I have encountered discounts for those over 50, 55, 60, 62, or 65, depending on the place. Also, you must ask for the discount in most places now since some people were offended if the cashier asked if they qualified for the senior discount, and they were, say, only 45. I mean, honestly, if an 18-year-old is serving you and you have greying hair, to them you must be a senior, right? Anyway, I got some great deals this week due to coupons and that senior discount.

Answers to prayer I was looking for some particular items for my grandchildren and was having a hard time finding them. After praying about them, the Lord directed me to just the right thing at a wonderful price.

Cards and Photos Here are some Purple Grandma Designs cards I made this week and a few photos from over the past month. This is my last post for a few weeks. I hope you all have a Blessed Christmas!

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More beautiful Banff

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Ice fog everywhere

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Stunning drive

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Old and new

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Shadows on the pond

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A Few Alberta Photos Day 4

Tomorrow will be my last post for a few weeks. Hope you are blessed by the beauty of God’s creation in these photos.

The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein. Psalm 24:1

www.esvbible.org/Psalm+24 

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Sunlight and shadow

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Winter’s first kiss

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Beyond the valley

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Vivid contrast

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Beautiful Banff National Park

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Frozen fence

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In the spotlight

A Few Alberta Photos Day 3

It’s another cold day in Alberta. The high today is expected to be -18C (around zero F.) Any way you measure it, it’s mighty cold out there!

This morning as I was driving home from an appointment I noticed a sun dog. I didn’t get a change to take a picture since I was driving, but it’s a really impressive phenomenon.

It’s day 3 in my photos of Alberta series. These were all taken in the past few weeks. I hope you enjoy them and join me in praising our Creator God for the gift of beauty in nature.

 

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Layered loveliness

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Even the most insignificant has a moment of glory

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Frigid foggy farm building

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Whiter than snow

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Afternoon awe

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Chalky contrast on cobalt

A Few Alberta Photos Day 2

Frigid temperatures arrived Sunday night and we are in the minus 20’s C (below zero F for all my American friends,)  These pictures were taken before the deep freeze hit, but most are still pretty wintery.

I am blessed that God has allowed us to live in such a beautiful part of the world. As you look at these photos, perhaps you’ll take a moment to reflect on Psalm 8 where the psalmist praises God for His majesty, glory, and creative artistry.

O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

http://biblehub.com/esv/psalms/8.htm

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Majestic views

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Lake Minnewanka

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Canmore

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Sun and snow fence

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Breathtaking beauty

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The mundane sparkles

A Few Alberta Photos Day 1

I have some nice photos taken over the past month in our travels in Alberta. I’ll share a few each day this week. Hope you enjoy them.

Majestic Mountains

Majestic mountains near Banff

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Snowy foliage

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Enrobed in snow

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Near Lake Minnewanka 

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Condo visitors

"Good Morning!"

“Good Morning!”

Friday’s Fave Five #73

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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.

(I used a word in this post that is new to me. Can you find it?)

Gluten-free waffles When you buy or order gluten-free foods you are always taking a chance that the item is truly gluten-free and that it tastes good. Often it not only does not taste good, the flavor is minimal or weird, and the texture is sandy. This week I discovered Nature’s Path Organic Gluten-free Pumpkin Spice Waffles. Good flavour! No weird textures! Yum!!

Combined church service Last Sunday night we had a combined church service with five area churches that are like-minded in the essentials of the faith. Meadowlands Baptist Church is the host church for Foundation Baptist College where my husband works. That church has been instrumental in starting or providing pulpit supply for many churches over the past 15 or so years. It was a blessed evening of fellowship, testimonies, singing, and a message from Ephesians. Ephesians 4:3 reminds us to “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” We were blessed by that unity last Sunday.

Beautiful scenery We’ve had quite a few foggy days over the month. When the weather is colder and foggy, the trees and bushes are covered with ice fog, what we used to call hoar frost. This morning we had a layer of snow on top of a layer of hoar frost. It made the trees and bushes look like they had been sprayed with that flocking you used to find at Christmastime. This morning the fog lifted for a while and we had blue skies. The clean, white branches against the brilliant blue skies were beautiful!

Sparkling grasses

Sparkling grasses

Clean, soft sheets There is nothing quite like sleeping on freshly laundered soft sheets. Ahhh!

A deal on something needed Today I picked up a supplement I needed. When I got to the store, they were having a 25% off sale!

Cards and Photos Here are some Purple Grandma Designs cards I made this week. There is a Christmas-themed Bible verse on the front or inside each Christmas card.

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Here are a few more photos from today.

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Flocked tree

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Beautiful contrast

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Glimpsing the pond

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Frore and sharp

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Cold and old

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Forlorn in the fog

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Frosted cerulean

Friday’s Fave Five

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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.

Upcoming trip We are preparing to meet a special young man next month, our newest grandson, James. We’ve never been to China before and have found the process for obtaining visas quite interesting (and more expensive than we had anticipated,) but we now have all the formal stuff in place. Tuesday our oldest daughter drove me downtown to pick up the visas. It was fun to spend time together, and because I am directionally deficient, I am grateful for her excellent navigational skills in getting me safely downtown and back again!

Laughing babies There is nothing quite like a laughing baby to make people smile. Some giggle, some chortle or snort, and some have the most adorable belly laughs. I’m looking forward to hands-on time with my newest grandson, but until then, other sweet babies in my life are a real joy and blessing.

US College Football I enjoy US college football, and following Ohio State in particular. Because we had a trial membership of Sirius radio, we listened to the Ohio State Michigan State game as we drove back from our church leadership meeting last Saturday. It was a real nail-biter, but so much fun to listen to!

Cupppa There is nothing like a hot cup of tea (or a tea latte) on these colder days. Because of my food sensitivities I can no longer have coffee or black teas. Green teas are my favorite and I am learning to enjoy caffeine-free rooibos options in the evening.

Cards and Photos It was very foggy as we drove back from our trip to the mountains. I captured several intriguing fog-influenced scenes as we drove along. We encountered thick fog, sun-streaked fog, swirling fog, and wind blown fog. Some of the pictures have an eerie, lonely appearance so I decided to play around with filters and fixes. I’m still learning, but it was a lot of fun. Hope you enjoy these.

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Foggy solitude

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Swirling mists at Canada Olympic Park

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Rays of hope

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Beyond solitude

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Foggy fence line

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Edge of woods – grey filter

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Edge of woods – brown filter

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Ice fog

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Shrouded light

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Introverts united

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Final bow

My Purple Grandma Designs ministry has been busy these past few weeks. With Christmas cards, special orders, and craft fairs (my friend is selling my cards at her table) I have sold quite a few cards. I have also been able to give away some cards to new believers and will be giving away some more over the Christmas season. Here are some I finished up this week:

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Friday’s fave Five #71

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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.

Friends in ministry We had a leadership retreat for the church this week. It was wonderful to spend time together with the other pastor and his wife in prayer and fellowship and making plans for the future of our church.

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Mountain splendor

Help with fibromyalgia My fibromyalgia has been in a flare lately and I have had more trouble than usual with muscle spasms and pain. One of my daughters came over and worked on the muscles in my neck and shoulders to provide some relief until I could make it to the massage therapist. Her help was a particular blessing to me.

Garage When we first moved from Calgary to Edmonton, we converted the garage into an office for my husband. He now has an office at the college and the garage has been made back into a garage. I enjoy observing how much pleasure and satisfaction my husband gets out of being able to park his vehicle in a garage. It’s especially nice not have to scrape ice and snow off the car before heading to work!

Yummy food My husband and I split a delicious steak dinner this week. Everything from the asparagus to the mushrooms to the steak were all scrumptious! (And gluten free!!)

Cards and Photos I made a special order card this week and finished up some fall-themed cards for my Purple Grandma Designs ministry.

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Special order

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From the fall collection

I’ve been trying different things to capture the effects of the sun in landscape photos. Here are some pictures from this past week.

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Behind the storm

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Sunset glow

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Burst of light

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Swirling mists

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Shrouded peak

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Alberta prairie

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View from the balcony