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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.

Anniversary trip My husband and I have been away this week celebrating our 37th anniversary. God provided for us in a very special way so we could rent a well-appointed roomy condo in beautiful Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia. We have had a relaxing week of rest and exploration.

Mountains all around. Radium Hot Springs is located between two mountain ranges. Different weather conditions have allowed us to enjoy a wide variety of ‘moods’ of these magnificent mountain ranges.

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Snow-capped beauty

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Storm passing by

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Mists descending

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Magnificent peaks

 

Revisiting the town of Invermere, where we vacationed 25 years ago. My mother-in-law joined us for that vacation, the last significant time we spent with her with her before Alzhe imers took away the wonderful mother she was to all of us. During that vacation Mom used to take our children one at a time to the local bakery to enjoy a treat together. That bakery is still there, owned by the same people, and still creating some amazing breads and pastries. They also have a nice selection of gluten free bread and pastries which I really enjoyed sampling!

An opportunity to photograph the beauty. My husband has taken me out every day to explore and allow me to take pictures. Though we have had sunshine, rain, slush or hail every day, we still found many wonderful things to photograph. I’m including some from day 5 at the end of this post.

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Amazing cloud formation

Building

Rural rustic

deer

This little guy came right up to the side of the road as we were driving by.

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BC wildflower

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Pretty purple

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Brightening the landscape

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These grow wild along the roadside

Hot tub I got to sit in a hot tub a couple of different times to see if soaking in the warm waters would help my fibromyalgia, which has been flaring up lately. It did not help much, but it felt great to soak.

But…..it’s always nice to arrive home safely!

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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.

Ladies’ Retreat Our annual Ladies’ Retreat was held last Friday and Saturday based on the theme ‘Rest for Your Souls’ based on Matthew 11:28-30. It was an encouraging time of Bible study and fellowship for ladies from various parts of Alberta.

More herbs and veggies! Update on my herb garden: In addition to peppermint, spearmint, basil, oregano, and chives, I also have lemon verbena (wonderfully fragrant!) rosemary (with you in mind, Emma!) French thyme, summer savory, marjoram, lavender, and what we thought was dill, but ended up being fennel. Not sure how I will use that one since neither Bud nor I am fond of anise.

We also planted (probably overplanted) onions, garlic, Yukon Gold potatoes, one Jenny Linn melon plant, two zucchini plants, one butternut squash plant, and peas and green beans around the edges of the planters. In separate pots we planted three types of kale. Looking forward to my morning smoothies with fresh greens from the garden!

Anniversary Monday was our 36th anniversary and Bud took me to a nice restaurant for dinner that night. He had arranged for a beautiful bouquet of flowers and some white chocolate to be waiting at the table. The restaurant, Blue Rare, easily accommodated my gluten-free and food sensitivity requirements and presented us with a complementary slice of in-house made caramel pecan cheesecake for dessert. When we got back home we found another beautiful bouquet of flowers left by our daughters. A lovely evening!

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Flowers from my sweetie

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Flowers from our daughters

Fab family doctor Once again my family doctor has been an incredible blessing to me as I continue my health journey. A meeting with a new health care professional left me feeling somewhat bullied and quite perplexed. When my doctor learned of this she told me she was going to speak to this person to advocate on my behalf because she was my partner in my health journey and wants me to have continued success.

Fun café In our small town we have a quaint and quirky café called the Crepe and Shake. The owner has converted her garage into a kitchen, offers outdoor only seating, and makes the best French-style crepes (we live in a French-themed village) around. She grows what foods she can on her property and sources as much of it locally as possible. This place is gluten-free friendly, kid and family friendly, and is a favorite warm weather place to eat. For lunch one day last week a friend and I split a salted caramel milkshake and each had a savory crepe. Mmmmm!

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Suzanne at Living to Tell the Story hosts this weekly exercise in recounting a few blessings from the previous week.  It has encouraged and blessed my soul to participate!

1.  WCBF Ladies Retreat – We had wonderful fellowship and great physical and spiritual food at the ladies retreat.  It was a very encouraging time away.

 2.  Changed plans – My husband has been on vacation this week.  We were planning to go away, but Saturday night my leg (the side that needs hip replacement) went into severe and extremely painful spasms so that I could not even walk without someone helping me.  My dear husband set aside his longed-for time away to be with me and help me.  Though not what we had originally planned, we have been having a restful and enjoyable stay-cation at home.                                                                                           Bud and Deb 1985 ish

3.  Anniversary – Sunday I will have been married to this wonderful man for 35 years.  We were both young, idealistic, and immature when we married, but God has taught us and strengthened our love for each other and for Him over these 35 years.  I am so blessed!! (This pic was taken after we had been married about 6 years.  Don’t you love the glasses?)

4. Loving family and friends – Once again my family(especially Sarah) and my church family have blessed us and loved us this past week when I could do very little for myself.  My heartfelt thanks to each of you who have prayed and provided over this past week.

5.  Green landscapes – It has rained all week (Yay! No snow!!) and today dawned sunny and warm.  Everything has greened up this week.  Today I am mobile enough to plant my raised bed herb garden.

“Count your blessings, name them one by one,  count your blessings, see what God has done!”

 

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FFF birds on a wire

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.

I confess I wanted to skip the Fave Fives this week because it has been a week of struggling for me physically, which inevitably affects my ability to think and my mindset.  Then came the thought, “There is something very wrong with a Christian who cannot come up with five blessings from the previous week!”  So true!  So here we go…

1. My family chipped in together to buy me a Ninja Ultima blender (think Vitamix, but half the price) for Christmas.  It is a powerful machine and has inspired me to experiment with my morning veggie-fruit-yogurt smoothies.  I’m working on shifting my pH away from acidic to more alkaline and have discovered I like the kale-spinach-zucchini-carrot combo…when I add an apple and some raspberries to the mix.

2. My husband and I were married in a double wedding with his sister and her husband almost 35 years ago.  Although ministry for each couple has separated us physically, we try to get together every 5 years to celebrate our mutual anniversary.  This year we are looking at heading to the Grand Canyon and it’s been fun to start researching what is available.  That set me to thinking about previous trips and brought back some lovely memories.

3. When I was waffling about posting this week God reminded me of the passage in 1 Samuel 30 when David encouraged himself in the Lord his God after the devastating raid on Ziglag.  I turned to the scriptures with that in mind and was blessed by meditating on the Word.

4.Last night my daughter-in-law sent us their flight itineraries for this summer.  Our son and his wife live and teach in China and are the busy parents of our two grandchildren.  Each summer the Chinese contingency hits North American soil and splits their time between Canada and the US, where her parents live.  Woo-hoo!!  Just a few short months!!

5.The missionary book organization project is almost finished. When I told my daughter Sarah that I was getting my office cleaned up, she laughed.  Hard.  I guess I will be forever known for my piling system of organization.  But, hey!  I know where all my stuff is…..at least most of the time!

Have a joyful week!

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