Friday’s Fave Five #38

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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.

1. China calling Wednesday night I stepped into my office to turn off my computer. Just as I was ready to shut it down a skype call came through from my son in China. We had been playing skype tag since Mother’s Day when he tried to call. What a treat to be able to see his face and chat with him for a while!

2. New and improved My husband and brother-in-law fixed my herb planter that fell apart at the end of last summer. They changed the design to make it stronger. It looks great! They also worked on a second raised planter for my vegetables. How kind of them to use their skills for this project!

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Hoping this year’s will look as good!

 

3. Fragrant herbs Yesterday my daughter took me to a greenhouse to buy some herbs. Last year I missed out on the peppermint because I waited too long to buy my herbs. So far I have peppermint, spearmint, basil, oregano, and chives.

4. Hello sunshine! Since the weird spring snow a couple of weeks ago we have had beautiful weather. This week we have summery warmth and lots of sunshine. Ahhh!

5. Beautiful papers My doctor has moved into a new office. After my appointment there yesterday I stopped by a nearby stationery and wedding invitation store that is closing its retail site. I found some beautiful papers and envelopes I can use for card making, and all at discount prices!

Friday’s Fave Five #6

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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.

1. Is it spring yet?  Because of my limited mobility, this year I find myself REALLY longing for winter to be over.  The ice is enemy to my ability to get around on my own.  But as in all things, we can turn our thoughts, this time to the blessings that accompany wintry weather.  The past week as been full of sunshine!  I am very grateful for the longer days and that it has been warming up to minus eight to ten during the day.  My kitchen is particularly sunny in the afternoon because it faces south.  This is a view from our kitchen garden doors:Sunshine on the snow

Plus the trees and bushes look pretty when the sun shines on the ice and snow!

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2. Mondays are family night.  Our daughters and their roommate come over and we share a meal and talk or watch a favorite BBC program.  Sometimes I make the meal and sometimes they pick up a roasted chicken and a salad from the store on the way home from work. It’s a real blessing to have them living nearby and for the fellowship we enjoy together.

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3. Hangout with our kids in China. Our other two children live in China.  I am extremely grateful for Skype, Hangouts, and other media that allows us to have a weekly face to face chat.  It’s great to be able to talk with our youngest daughter then have our son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren pop into her room and visit with us too.  One of the greatest sacrifice missionaries of old had to face was the possibility of never seeing family again once they left for the field.  We are so blessed to be able to communicate every day if we wish.

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4. Memories of my mom. As I was cleaning out 2013 files in order to prepare for tax time, I came across the results of old allergy testing I had when I was ten.  I had uncovered it when going through files I had collected from my parents’ home when we sold their house.  Because I had food sensitivity testing last summer I stuck the ancient file in with my current one.  In various places on those test results I saw notations in my mother’s handwriting, and loving memories of my mom flooded my heart and mind.  I was blessed beyond measure to have a godly, loving mother and I look forward to seeing her again in heaven one day.

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5. Taxes The thing I hate most to do every year is taxes.  Because we are dual citizens we have to file in two countries, and because my husband’s work does not fall into one simple category, we have to keep track of a lot of things for tax time.  Normally it is a very stressful time for me.  However this year I got an early start, did not feel at all stressed by doing it, and am actually almost all done with my part.  This is a big, big blessing to me!