Friday’s Fave Five #28

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Thanks to Suzanne at Living to Tell the Story we use Fridays to recount at least five blessings from the week.  Check out Suzanne’s blog to find out how you can join in too!

1.  Divine protection  The past couple of weeks God granted special safety to several members of our family.

Our youngest daughter, Emma, was at the Bund, a waterfront section of downtown Shanghai, on New Year’s Eve when over thirty people were trampled to death and dozens more injured.

Another two daughters, Laura and Anna, flew home January 2 from their holiday trip to Scotland. For some weird reason, the last leg of their flight from Calgary to Edmonton, required a 15 hour layover. Calgary is three hours away by car so Sarah, the remaining daughter, drove down to fetch them. That day a winter storm hit and Sarah witnessed multiple collisions and spin-outs on the QE2, the large highway between Alberta’s two major cities. After picking up her sisters from the airport, conditions worsened and they witnessed several more accidents. The girls pulled off at a Motel 6 and enjoyed a safe and restful evening before returning home the next day.

Just this morning on my way to physio, an older gentleman almost pulled his van into my car as I was preparing to park. I truly believe that God spares us from many more dangerous situations than we realize.

2. A few days away My husband has been longing to get away for a few days, but it just hadn’t worked out on several levels. A colleague in ministry and his wife own a property with two beautiful log cabins on it. They live in the larger one and use the second one as a guest house for family and friends. We were invited to spend some time there and enjoyed a quiet couple of days on the prairies.

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3. Longer days! December and January with their short days and cold, gloomy weather can be really tough on the body. Many of us suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in the winter due to the lack of sunshine. This December was amazing with above average temperatures and mostly sunny days. Thus far January has been very cold, but that is bearable when the sun is shining, which it has much of the time. Psychologically it helps to know that we have passed the winter solstice and that the days are getting longer. Yay!!

4. New clothes Since my six week post-op check-up I have been able to get out and resume many of my regular activities. Preparing for the first day back to church I put on one of my skirts and it slowly slid down. One small yank and it fell to the floor. Same with skirt two. It’s fun to get rid of the old clothes and pick up new ones (at least new to me) on my continuing weight loss journey.

5. New stove on the way There comes a time in the life of any appliance to stop repairing and just replace the thing. Last week our oven sizzled and snapped as the heating element burned through. Two of the burners don’t work properly, the bottom storage door is broken, the handle has been repaired several times, and the self clean feature and door lock mechanism stopped working a couple of years ago. I was able to order a new stove at a great price. We have to wait until early next month for delivery, but that’s ok. I’m glad for a microwave and a toaster oven in the meantime.