Friday’s Fave Five #4

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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.

We had another out-of the ordinary week with some sadness but also some blessings.  God is good – always – and I am glad to rest in that knowledge.  So here are some blessings from the week…

1.  Visit from my niece My niece from South Carolina is up here visiting our daughter Sarah.  These two girls, daughters of two brothers, were born a few months apart.  Though ministry in different parts of North America initially provided limited contact for the two families, the girls have reconnected as young adults and have enjoyed some international travel together.  The girls are headed to scenic Jasper to experience a few exciting winter activities.

2.  A supportive physician I have a wonderful physician who has compassion and is working with me to try and sort out my current medical concerns.  She cares more for me as a person than for squeezing my symptoms into a particular medical diagnosis.  Her willingness to allow me to incorporate traditional medications and alternative remedies has helped me eliminate some of my medical problems….and we continue to work on the remaining issues.

3.  A loving husband I love how my husband calls me up and asks me to lunch.  He did that today and took me to a restaurant where it’s safe for me to eat.  He has been my sweetheart for thirty-five years.

4.  Many daughters God has given me four daughters, a daughter-in-law, and a number of daughters in the faith. I love their individual gifts and abilities and am blessed to be a part of each of their lives.

5.  Green tea While I can no longer have regular tea or coffee, I really enjoy green tea.  My two favorites?  Peach green tea (loose tea) from Glenn’s in Red Deer served with delicious local honey, and Starbucks green tea latte, half sweet, non-fat.   Yum!

Hope you have a week of encouragement and blessings.


Grandpa and Didi

Our son, daughter-in-law and their two small ones are staying with us for a few weeks.  Dave and Des teach English in Asia and our opportunity to spend face to face time with them is limited.  When each of our five children was born we dedicated them to the Lord.  Bud and I understood (at least on some level) that this likely meant that God might direct them to live and work in a place far from us.

China is far from Canada. We are so grateful for Skype and Dropbox and e-mail and phone calls.  Many of the missionary biographies I read speak heart-wrenchingly of men and women leaving home and family never to see loved ones again.  They were willing to do this out of love for God and in obedience to the Great Commission.

We are very, very blessed to have these few weeks together as a family.  Three of our daughters finished college and worked elsewhere for a time.  They moved to our area last year.  Our youngest daughter leaves to begin her second year of Bible school soon, but she’s been home for the summer.  So right now all five of our children, our daughter-in-law, and our two grandchildren are nearby.  Very blessed.

Author Lois Wyse once said, “If I had known how wonderful it would be to have grandchildren, I’d have had them first.”  We are having a wonderful, interactive time with our grandkids.  They are delightful and do unexpected things, and we can give them back to mom and dad after we spoil them a bit.

Chloe is a little bit of a thing who just turned two (born on Canada Day!) but she is very articulate and conversive.  It’s easy to forget that she is just two at times. We have read books, played in the yard, tasted herbs from the herb garden, and played delightful, imaginative games together.  She loves to sing and recite and repeat things she’s heard.  We were humored by her recitation of a Mother Goose rhyme, “To market, to market to buy a ……fence!” (there was a fence in the picture) and “Home again, home again…..bibbity, bobbity, boo!”  (we’d been singing the Cinderella song, too.)

Little Paul is called Didi (Chinese for little brother.)  He is four months old, as chunky as his sister is diminutive, and full of smiles and cooing.  He’s almost turned over but that shoulder keeps getting in the way!  Chloe loves her Didi and he is laid back even with all of her frenetic attention and(usually)gentle hugging and kissing (think Energizer bunny.)

One cannot help but think of Proverbs 17:6, “Children’s children are the crown of old men” with grandchildren in our lives.  Grandmas feel that way too. Dave and Des are rearing their little ones with love and care and boundaries.  The children are sweet and polite and fun to be around.  Yes, we are blessed. Very, very blessed.