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FFF spring

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. Our ladies’ retreat last weekend was a blessing. It was lovely to spend time with friends from various churches in Alberta and Saskatchewan, to be encouraged in the Word, and to enjoy warm weather in a camp setting.

2. My daughters and son-in-law prepared a nice Mother’s Day dinner, which we celebrated together on Monday night. I cherish time we can spend together as a family.

Because of that warm weather I caved in and planted my seedlings early this year. The rule of thumb in our area is not to plant until the Victoria Day weekend (a week before Memorial Day for my Stateside friends.) Then we had an unexpected night of frost, and all my plants perished. Ah well, back to the drawing board!

3. We purchased our home in the winter so I was absolutely delighted to find dark purple lilacs bloom the first spring we were in this house. Due to the exceptionally warm weather, they have bloomed early this year. I really love the dark purple variety!

Beautiful dark purple lilacs

Beautiful dark purple lilacs

Purple lilacs

Purple lilacs

4. I have not been feeling well and consulted my doctor this week. She is supportive, encouraging, and gives me latitude to work on my health concerns in non-traditional ways. I really appreciate her.

5. My youngest daughter accompanied me to the ladies’ retreat and helped me tend the book table I set up each year at the retreat. I talked in to driving home the back way so I could look for some rural scenes to photograph. I got us lost for a while but we had a good chat and I found a few things to photograph. It was precious time spent with one of my children.

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Weathered

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Beyond the fence

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Rural charm

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Sunset sky

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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.

Ladies’ Retreat Our annual Ladies’ Retreat was held last Friday and Saturday based on the theme ‘Rest for Your Souls’ based on Matthew 11:28-30. It was an encouraging time of Bible study and fellowship for ladies from various parts of Alberta.

More herbs and veggies! Update on my herb garden: In addition to peppermint, spearmint, basil, oregano, and chives, I also have lemon verbena (wonderfully fragrant!) rosemary (with you in mind, Emma!) French thyme, summer savory, marjoram, lavender, and what we thought was dill, but ended up being fennel. Not sure how I will use that one since neither Bud nor I am fond of anise.

We also planted (probably overplanted) onions, garlic, Yukon Gold potatoes, one Jenny Linn melon plant, two zucchini plants, one butternut squash plant, and peas and green beans around the edges of the planters. In separate pots we planted three types of kale. Looking forward to my morning smoothies with fresh greens from the garden!

Anniversary Monday was our 36th anniversary and Bud took me to a nice restaurant for dinner that night. He had arranged for a beautiful bouquet of flowers and some white chocolate to be waiting at the table. The restaurant, Blue Rare, easily accommodated my gluten-free and food sensitivity requirements and presented us with a complementary slice of in-house made caramel pecan cheesecake for dessert. When we got back home we found another beautiful bouquet of flowers left by our daughters. A lovely evening!

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Flowers from my sweetie

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Flowers from our daughters

Fab family doctor Once again my family doctor has been an incredible blessing to me as I continue my health journey. A meeting with a new health care professional left me feeling somewhat bullied and quite perplexed. When my doctor learned of this she told me she was going to speak to this person to advocate on my behalf because she was my partner in my health journey and wants me to have continued success.

Fun café In our small town we have a quaint and quirky café called the Crepe and Shake. The owner has converted her garage into a kitchen, offers outdoor only seating, and makes the best French-style crepes (we live in a French-themed village) around. She grows what foods she can on her property and sources as much of it locally as possible. This place is gluten-free friendly, kid and family friendly, and is a favorite warm weather place to eat. For lunch one day last week a friend and I split a salted caramel milkshake and each had a savory crepe. Mmmmm!

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FFF spring

 

Suzanne at Living to Tell the Story hosts this weekly exercise in recounting a few blessings from the previous week.  It has encouraged and blessed my soul to participate!

1.  WCBF Ladies Retreat – We had wonderful fellowship and great physical and spiritual food at the ladies retreat.  It was a very encouraging time away.

 2.  Changed plans – My husband has been on vacation this week.  We were planning to go away, but Saturday night my leg (the side that needs hip replacement) went into severe and extremely painful spasms so that I could not even walk without someone helping me.  My dear husband set aside his longed-for time away to be with me and help me.  Though not what we had originally planned, we have been having a restful and enjoyable stay-cation at home.                                                                                           Bud and Deb 1985 ish

3.  Anniversary – Sunday I will have been married to this wonderful man for 35 years.  We were both young, idealistic, and immature when we married, but God has taught us and strengthened our love for each other and for Him over these 35 years.  I am so blessed!! (This pic was taken after we had been married about 6 years.  Don’t you love the glasses?)

4. Loving family and friends – Once again my family(especially Sarah) and my church family have blessed us and loved us this past week when I could do very little for myself.  My heartfelt thanks to each of you who have prayed and provided over this past week.

5.  Green landscapes – It has rained all week (Yay! No snow!!) and today dawned sunny and warm.  Everything has greened up this week.  Today I am mobile enough to plant my raised bed herb garden.

“Count your blessings, name them one by one,  count your blessings, see what God has done!”

 

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