Friday’s fave Five #37

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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!

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.