Friday’s Fave Five #50

FFF daisies

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.Gluten Free Deals I have been eating gluten free for three years now, since I first found out I was severely gluten intolerant. Finding products and recipes I enjoy has been an interesting challenge. Recently I learned that offers some well-priced deals for gluten free foods I like. Well-priced, as in less expensive than any store sale I have found to date. I have ordered gf products twice now when ordering books for my husband, and thus qualified for free shipping. Even though has offered food items for quite a while, has been slowly catching up. Yipee for good deals!

2. Photography I’m still learning how to use my new camera. Since taking landscape shots is currently my favorite photographic interest, and I love the contrast between light and shadow, I wanted to buy a hood for one of my lenses. The hood helps shield the sun from the lens so the photo doesn’t have glare or spots on it. (Although I have taken some very artistically interesting photos that do have spots or shady areas on them.) Anyway, it took a while to find the right hood, so I am glad to now have one!

I didn’t get out to take pictures this week (working on taxes!!) so here are a few of my favorites from our trip to Arizona this past December.

AZ Canyon park (5) Az Sedona

AZ Grand Canyon (19) AZ Grand Canyon (56)

AZ Grand Canyon (7) AZ Grand Canyon (8)

3. Memories of Mom My mom would have been 86 on April 2, but she went to be with the Lord thirteen years ago after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Hardly a day goes by that I do not think of ways in which my parents influenced me. I was blessed with caring parents. They were not perfect, but they loved my sister and me. So often I wished I had asked more questions about their childhoods, their teen years, what it was like to live in war time, what were their extended families like, what they thought about certain things. Sadly, I did not learn to ask these sorts of questions until I married my husband and he taught me how to both ask questions and express myself orally. By then we lived far away, I was busy rearing five kids and serving in ministry, and I simply never thought to ask about those things. Anyway, Thanks, Mom, for your influence.

4. Protection This week I was spared from a collision. I have been driving for MANY years, but I do not particularly enjoy driving. I enjoy the freedom of getting myself from A to B, but if someone is coming with me and wants to drive, I’m all for it. On the Whitemud, a major road in Edmonton, I was merging right to exit while exiting traffic was merging left in the lane to my right. Sound confusing? Yep! It was. I checked right and no one was coming so I began moving into the right lane. I was barely in that lane when out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a red SUV suddenly squeezing into that lane from the exit lane. I was able to pull back and he whizzed by on my right. If I had completed my merge we would have had much more than a fender bender. So thankful for God’s protection!

5. More Signs of Spring There is more green to be seen this week and temperatures continue to be warm (though we did wake up to a dusting of snow on Tuesday morning!) Perhaps we will even escape a not-so-uncommon spring dump of snow this year!

What blessings did you enjoy this week?

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… least most of the time!

Have a joyful week!