Friday’s Fave Five #49

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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.

1. Nature Sanctuary Monday is my husband’s day off this semester. This week we visited a nature sanctuary in the nearby town of Devon. Occasional thawed spots dotted the still-frozen pond where ducks and geese congregated in hopeful anticipation of a quick swim. A lovely boardwalk allowed us to meander through the preserve, the bracing breeze hinting at the coming changes of spring while patches of snow still clung tenaciously to the underbrush. At first glace everything looked brown and barren, but on closer examination I found pussy willows just beginning to show their soft heads. Here are a few pictures from our outing:

Pussy Willows

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Shriveled berries

Cloud reflection

And, of course, a picture of weathered rural buildings!

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2. Photo Book Blessing I had some deals from Shutterfly and was able to finish a photo book of the wedding. A couple of problems cropped up when all my backgrounds and embellishments disappeared after I saved and closed the program before finishing my book. Customer service could not have been nicer to work with, and I was given an extension on my deals until their tech folks could work out the glitches. When I actually finished my work and was ready to order, I entered an advertised code and saved an additional $20 on my order of 3 books.

3. An New Life A dear friend who has suffer the miscarriage of 7 children is expecting a little one in July. We are delighted for this couple and pray God’s protection and blessing during this pregnancy.

4. Clarity God has given me some clarity and direction about a few decisions I need to make. I am so thankful for this.

5. Normal? What’s Normal? I’m finally catching up on things that were not priorities during all that surrounded the wedding – before, during, and after. I have some special events I am preparing for over the next few weeks. What used to be normal seems to be changing!

And just for fun, a bit of trivia from the lid of my Snapple bottle: Real fact # 1014 “Forty is the only number whose letters are in alphabetical order.” There you have it!

Did you enjoy some special blessings this week?

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Friday’s Fave Five #8

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Susanne hosts the Friday’s Fave Five at Living to Tell the Story.  I have been challenged each week to focus on just five blessings each week and share them here with you.  I hope this encourages you to find blessings in the small things each week!

1. Geese returning – Today I heard the ‘honk, honk, honk’ of a gaggle of geese flying overhead as they return home.  Spring is almost here!

2. Warmer weather – It has been a crazy winter in many places in the Northern Hemisphere this year.  Though we may not have seen the end of winter quite yet, I am grateful for this past week of warmer weather.  The snow and ice are disappearing quickly which means I will soon be able to get out and about on my own.  Yay!

3. Ministry to ladies – One of my burdens is to be able to encourage other ladies.  In spite of my current health limitations God had allowed me to visit with ladies here in my home and to communicate via all of today’s wonderful technology.  I am very grateful for that.

4. House guests – I am grateful for the help of friends and family so that we can still extend hospitality to others.  A colleague of my husband’s has been in town teaching a block class at the college and is staying with us.  I enjoy hearing the sometimes animated discussions between these men as they hash out thorny theological issues. I am blessed that my husband prepares breakfast for our guest at a time of day when I am barely functional.  My daughter and my young helpers cleaned the house before our guest’s arrival. So thankful for the help they each give.

5. Kindness of others – My current flare of fibromyalgia has inspired many of my friends to offer information and suggestions for treatments and supplements that they hope will help.  Though I cannot possibly afford every option offered, I am grateful for the love and kindness behind the offers.  Plus, knowledge is power.  As I research various options for fibromyalgia treatment, I can make educated choices about what to try.  I’m looking forward to the day when researchers can tell us what causes the symptoms instead of just giving us a list of symptoms that define the condition.