Friday’s Fave Five #9

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I waited until later in the day to post my Fave Five list until I talked with the specialist.  Good news!

1. In the queue.   I am now officially in the queue to have my hip replaced!  They will assign me a surgeon (I could have picked one if I had a preference, but my last hip replacement was done in Calgary and I don’t know any of the surgeons in Edmonton.)  The referring doctor said up to six weeks to see the  surgeon, but the receptionist sais up to twelve weeks to see him, with surgery 3 to 4 months after that.  I’m going to be praying that we can get this all done sooner rather than later.  In other news…..I will also need my left knee replaced.  This helps explain some of mobility issues from the past months. Guess I’m vying for the bionic woman award!

2. On my own.  This Monday enough ice had melted that I was able to meander out to do errands on my own.  Though I drove around only in town, it felt great to be able to be out and about without inconveniencing anyone else.

3. Two years in double ministry.  Today marks two years since Bud started serving as the Pastor of preaching and teaching at Lighthouse in addition to his responsibilities at the college.  His gifts meld perfectly with Pastor David’s gifts and the two men serve harmoniously together.

4. Spring cleaning.  I’ve begun spring cleaning with the assistance of my house helpers.  It’s satisfying to clean up and clean out!  Bonus:  one of the charities sends a truck around to pick up donations so I don’t even have to concern myself with getting the stuff to a thrift store.

5. Less pain.  This past week I have had a cold, but have experienced a significant improvement in my fibromyalgia symptoms.  It’s good to be able to say, “Today is a good day!” several days in a row.

Friday’s Fave Five

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’m trying to begin using this feature on Fridays.  Thanks Barbara H for the idea and thanks Susanne for starting it!  

1.  I am very grateful that the days are getting longer.  Many of us from ‘the true North, strong and free’ suffer from various degrees of seasonal affective disorder – SAD – in December and January.  Not only are we enjoying a few more minutes of sunlight each day, but we have been blessed with almost record breaking warm weather the past two weeks.  A nice break in our normally long and snowy winters!

2.  My hip needs to be replaced and I currently have limited mobility.  This fact, coupled with icy sidewalks, means I don’t go out on my own right now.  I am extremely grateful for my family and friends who willingly drive me and offer me an arm for stability when I am out.  Their service is a huge blessing to me.

3.  After my kids were grown I gave them each a box of ornaments from their childhood and began doing themed Christmas trees. Each Christmas I decide on the colors for the next year then keep my eyes open for ornaments and decor at the after Christmas specials.  This year I was so excited to find some lovely bits at 90% off.  My colors for next year?  Green, red, and gold.

4.  My many food intolerances make meal planning a challenge at times.  I try to make a pot of soup each week and use that for my lunches.  As I made my latest pot of chicken vegetable soup, I added some dried herbs harvested from my herb garden.  The aroma was wonderful and made me eager to plan this years’ herb garden.  Thanks to my husband I have lovely raised boxes to plant in.  Now what herbs shall I plant this year? Hmmmm.

5.  When we moved from Calgary almost five years ago we packed and moved almost 8,000 books from my husband’s study and my children’s book and biographical library.  My husband’s theological books and church history volumes are now part of the college library and many of the children’s books have been divvied up among our children.  I’ve just begun reorganizing my almost 1000 missionary biographies and reading (or rereading them) as prep for writing my missionary stories for kids.  It dawned on me the other day that this time of limited mobility is the perfect time for all of this reading.  I have been abundantly blessed by reading about these missionaries!