Friday’s Fave Five #13

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On Fridays we take time to look back over the blessings of the week, sponsored by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.

I need to lose weight.  Anyone who knows me knows this has been a struggle for most of my adulthood.  It will help my hip replacement (and knee replacement) and my general health.  I’ve lost 20 lbs over the last year and a half but lately have gotten stuck.  I’ve begun seeing a dietitian, a wonderful young woman who is helping me to learn to be more deliberate in making food choices.  When I have a fibromyalgia flare I either do not want to eat at all or I eat whatever.  The dietitian has me keeping a food diary and trying to help me identify my poor food choice triggers.  I’m very grateful for this help.

My middle daughter drove me downtown Edmonton so I could renew our Canadian passports.  If my passport had not fallen in love with a water bottle and become saturated in good old H2O, the process would have been simpler and I could have renewed at a passport office nearby. I am not fond of driving downtown anywhere.  The one-way streets, traffic direction lanes that change depending on the time of day, and steep, curving hills all bamboozle me. My daughter drives this route almost every day for work and cheerfully chauffeured me to the passport office and back home again.  Thanks, Sarah!

My kitchen herbs are growing and not dying!  I suppose it helps that I am actually remembering to water them.

I stopped at a grocery store near my doctor’s office and unexpectedly found yellow crook necked squash.  For some reason this favorite squash of ours is really hard to find here. I sautéed some onions, sliced up the squash, added some gluten-free chicken bouillon and voila! a yummy side dish.

Today is Good Friday.  I am blessed and humbled to remember the substitutionary work of Christ on the cross.  The third verse of Horatio Spafford’s hymn, It Is Well with My Soul, is a favorite of mine and I have been meditating on it today.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

Have a blessed Easter!

Friday’s Fave Five #11

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Sharing blessings causes us to stop and remember all the Lord is doing for us even in the midst of trying weeks.  Here are some highlights from my week:

1. Holding a newborn baby There is nothing quite like holding a newborn baby, a helpless bit of humanity less than 24 hours old.  This sweet little boy has three older and very attentive sisters, and loving parents.  As I held him his wee little eyes would open just a slit then slowly shut again as he drifted back into sleep.  Precious!

2. Memories of my mother The little one mentioned above was born on my mother’s birthday.  I have been reflecting on my mother and her impact on my life.  We had a close relationship but there are many things I wish I had asked her about her childhood, family history, and especially the family photo album.  Who are all of these people pictured and how did they touch your life?  Makes me more thoughtful about labeling my photos and telling my kids about my childhood.

3. Kitchen herbs I bought little pots of thyme and oregano at the grocery store this week.  I can use them in my weekly recipe of soup and, if I defy all my past history, can nurture them along until planting time, which around here is mid-May at the earliest.

4. The Mind’s Eye recordings  My husband found some recordings online from The Mind’s Eye, a group of audio recording artists from the 80’s.  We used to own several cassette series dramatized by this group and they were very, very good.  We would listen as we traveled and our kids loved to hear the tapes over and over again. This week Bud and I have been listening to their dramatization of The Hobbit. They’re as good as I remember!

5. My family – photos from China My son, who lives and teaches in China, posted some beautiful pictures of the family this week.  My youngest daughter is enrolled in the nursing program our son oversees.  In just a few short months my son, his wife, their two kids and my youngest daughter will be home for the annual monthly visit.  I am eagerly anticipating that time together as a family!

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