Friday’s fave Five #37

FFF tulips

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

1. Black raspberries I enjoy black raspberries. We grew some in my yard in Ohio when I was a kid but have not found a place that sells just fresh or frozen black raspberries here in Edmonton. Blackberries, yes. Red raspberries, yes, even occasionally yellow raspberries. But not black raspberries. I bought several bags of frozen organic berries a local store had put on clearance a few weeks ago. When I opened the first one the other day I was delighted to find black raspberries in the mix. I carefully picked out several and savored each bite. Ah the memories!

2. Whack the eggs A friend was sharing a recipe she had created for gluten free bread. She listed all of the ingredients then gave the directions. One of the first things she wrote to do was ‘whack the egg.’ I just about choked with laughter! Ok, it was bedtime, I was tired, and she had just texted me the recipe, but it really struck me as funny. I kept chuckling as I drifted off to sleep. Whisk, whack, what’s the difference?

3. BBQ My brother-in-law is up here teaching a seminary course at our Bible college. Today he took us out for lunch at a new (to me) BBQ place called Fired Up BBQ. It advertises itself as gluten-free friendly. The portions were large, the food is freshly prepared each day, and they offer many gluten-free sides to go with the BBQ. The prices were reasonable, everything was delicious (we all shared tastes of the meats we had ordered) and nothing made me sick because of hidden gluten. I hope we can go back again soon!

4. Travel and vacation We are going to have to travel some this summer for ministry. The best part? Looks like we will be able to spend some time with my husband’s sister and her husband while we are away. We were married in a double wedding 36 years ago. Some years we get to vacation together in celebration of our shared anniversary. And that is always something to look forward to.

5. Green tea latte surprise A green tea latte at a discounted price because of the kindness of a young friend. That was an unexpected blessing today!

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Friday’s Fave Five #3

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!