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Susanne hosts Living to Tell the Story and encourages others to share blessings of the week on Fridays. Here are a few of mine from this week.

1. Spring! After all that snow in April we have finally been enjoying exceptionally warm and sunny days. Three of our daughters came over Monday night and we grilled shrimp skewers and ate outside. Anna made another British Cooking show recipe for the family to enjoy.

Alberta skies

Anna bakes our day!

2. Provision We are rejoicing that this week God provided Anna with a better paying job.

3. Vocabulary I love words. I love the nuances that words give to a sentence or story. I love learning new words and playing games like Balderdash that teach new words.

Sadly, I’m not a very good speller. I used to ask my mom how to spell certain words (my mom was a wiz with spelling and grammar.) She would ALWAYS tell me to look it up in the dictionary. This did not make sense to my young mind. How can you look it up if you don’t know how it is spelled? And, of course, she would then say, “Sound it out.” So, I would look it up, sound it out, and learn something.

But when I was bored I would sit and read entry after entry in the dictionary just for fun. I learned about forms and tenses and definitions and punctuation, and pronunciation (I just had to look up that spelling!) and all kinds of helpful details.

This week a young man came to our door selling security systems. (He reminded me of a young Larry Fitch, a man I first met in my college days whose life has blessed my family at various times in the years since.) This salesman was giving me his spiel in a friendly, non-pushy way when out came the words incremental and decremental. Now, incremental I knew, but decremental? That was new to me. I’m afraid I heard little of his talk after that. I was turning the word over in my mind and delighting in the fact that a techy kid at the door taught me a new word!

4. Progress I have about half of my culled books ready to sell. Yay for sorting and purging!

5. More deals The first Tuesday of every month two local grocery stores offer a percentage off your shopping that day. One offers 15% and the other 10%. I made it to both stores this month to pick up items each stocks that the other does not. When I got to the checkout at the 10% store, they were giving customers 15% off that day. That was an unexpected blessing.

Thanks to everyone who told me my FFF link wasn’t working. I think I have it fixed now!!

Some pictures of my cute grandchildren in China

Clover field beauty

This stuff is itchy!

Brotherly love

Here are some custom order cards from this week for Purple Grandma Designs

For a 102-year-old mom!!

Custom order card

Custom order card

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Susanne hosts Living to Tell the Story and encourages others to share blessings of the week on Fridays. Here are a few of mine from this week.

Windows open and birds singing. We have had a weird, weird April weather wise. Last weekend brought a big snowstorm followed by a few spring-like days. The forecast is for more snow this weekend. Sigh. Despite the fickle weather, I am extremely grateful for the days when we can open the windows and air out the house. It’s nice to hear the birds singing, too. And spring can’t really be that far away for us, can it?

Technology Yesterday I had to go to Costco to take care of a problem with my husband’s new glasses and pick up a few things. I was walking down one of the main aisles and saw a display of drones for sale. I find technology fascinating (though my proficiency with it does not match my appreciation for it!) and mentioned seeing the display to my husband. We had to go back today to fix the glasses problem and while there, my hubby wanted to look at the drones. Long story short, we came home with an early anniversary gift for him. It was fun to watch him figuring out how the drone worked. An adopted granddaughter stayed glued to his side mesmerized by the buzzing and flying of the drone.

More technology My daughter-in-law does an amazing job of regularly posting photos and video clips of their life in China so those of us in North America can keep up with their lives. I’m grateful for the technology that makes this possible. Our youngest grandson is recovering from whooping cough and our oldest grandson from a stomach bug. Even though we can’t be there with them to help, we can pray for them during these times and have peace that they remain in God’s care at all times.

I love, love, love this picture of my grandson in a backpack in the change room while his mama is trying on clothes.

Taxes, part one. I finished all the accounting and other necessary information for our Canadian taxes and have turned it all in to our wonderful tax lady. Now I just need to pull together the papers I need for the US taxes. The hard part is done, and because we live out of the US, we have an automatic extension to file each year. Doing taxes is probably my least favorite responsibility and I am always very relieved when that work is behind me for another year.

Beautiful violets My African violets continue to thrive and it looks like I need to transplant them again or maybe prune them. My black thumb has evidently been banished and I am able to keep plants alive. Speaking of which, I am very eager to get my garden planted, but we need the weather to cooperate first. Last week of May is usually the earliest things get planted safely here.

I tried a few different filters on my violets photos. Which one do you like best?

For those of you who are friends on Facebook you have read the two installments about the ‘our’ ducks. Here are a couple of pictures of Drake and Dessa Duck, new neighborhood residents.

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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.

This has been a crazy busy week full of blessings and faith-stretching moments.

1. Our son is healing Sunday morning we received word that our son had been admitted to hospital in Shanghai where he ministers and works. It’s at these times that it’s hard for this mama to live on the other side of the world. Many friends joined with us in praying for David and he is now back home recovering, but still having to be treated with IV antibiotics. I’m so grateful that God watches over His own.

2. Sweet chirping of birds How wonderful it is to have the windows open and to hear the sweet chirping of birds outside! The magpies will swoop in soon enough with their raucous demanding noise so this little respite from their clamour is lovely. Yay for Spring!

3. New friends This week I met a new ministry sister and had a lovely visit with her. I’m thankful for my fellow pastors’ wives and the blessing and encouragement each one of them brings to my life.

4. Hi Grandma! I love it when the little ones run up to me and greet me with, “Hi Grandma!” When I was visiting my ministry sister a little neighbor boy told me he would hold my hand to help me down the front stairs because “You always need to help old people get places.” He was so kind and delightfully honest and thoughtful. I chuckled all the way home.

5. A partner in my health journey About two years ago I started a journey to improve my health. The year prior to that I was in so much pain and had such brain fog that my response to “How are you?” was simply, “I’m alive.” And some days I even questioned that. Every day I would drag myself through the day thinking, “My body is killing me.” God lead me to a caring family doctor who has partnered with me in this health journey. I am not a list of symptoms, but a person to her. She listens to me when I tell her about any medical research I have done, she asks for my evaluation after sending me to a specialist, and she supports me in making changes or using alternative remedies that others in my situation have found helpful. That blessing, that freedom of partnership in caring for my health, has allowed me to slowly improve and gives me great hope for continued success.

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This weekly exercise has forced me to stop and think about the many, many, blessings in my life.  Sadly I find that my mind quickly jumps to problems, injustices, or needs much more quickly than to counting my many blessings.  Thanks, Susanne for hosting FFF!

This past week my constant companion has been the dread pirate…I mean the dreadful cold which has been circulating and pouncing on innocent, unsuspecting victims.  This undesirable creature generously gifted me with the full meal deal – sore throat, coughing, stuffy nose, runny nose, (yes, both, and occasionally at the same time) coughing, blocked ears, painful sinuses, coughing, sneezing, and more coughing.  In light of this I am thankful for…..

1.  Tissues, cough syrup, hot tea, chicken soup and Vaseline (for my Rudolph-imitating nose.)

2.  Books I was able to do some extra reading this week and finished an audio format of The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Covert by Rosaria Butterfield. Very compelling read about how God got the attention of a liberal, feminist, lesbian, tenured English professor and drew her to faith in Christ through a Christian couple who demonstrated love, friendship, kindness and wisdom as they interacted with Rosaria and shared the gospel with her.

3. Magnifying glass I am thankful for my magnifying glass which allows these aging eyes to read the small print.  Sure seems to be a lot more small print than there used to be. 🙂

4.  Spring!…Oh yohoo, Spring!…Winter has been like an expected guest who arrived early, overstayed his welcome, and refused to leave when it was time to go. I am grateful that the cold and snow of this past week will soon be gone and gentle spring will bless us with warmth, and growth, and greater mobility.

5.  Christmas cards To all of you who didn’t receive a Christmas card from us this past year:  sorry, I didn’t get any sent out. The good news is that this week I finished making cards for this coming Christmas.  Yay!  Now somebody remind me in November when I can’t find them that I stored them in the craft cabinet.

Maybe you can stop for a minute and thank God for some of the blessings of the past week!

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Susanne hosts the Friday’s Fave Five at Living to Tell the Story.  I have been challenged each week to focus on just five blessings each week and share them here with you.  I hope this encourages you to find blessings in the small things each week!

1. Geese returning – Today I heard the ‘honk, honk, honk’ of a gaggle of geese flying overhead as they return home.  Spring is almost here!

2. Warmer weather – It has been a crazy winter in many places in the Northern Hemisphere this year.  Though we may not have seen the end of winter quite yet, I am grateful for this past week of warmer weather.  The snow and ice are disappearing quickly which means I will soon be able to get out and about on my own.  Yay!

3. Ministry to ladies – One of my burdens is to be able to encourage other ladies.  In spite of my current health limitations God had allowed me to visit with ladies here in my home and to communicate via all of today’s wonderful technology.  I am very grateful for that.

4. House guests – I am grateful for the help of friends and family so that we can still extend hospitality to others.  A colleague of my husband’s has been in town teaching a block class at the college and is staying with us.  I enjoy hearing the sometimes animated discussions between these men as they hash out thorny theological issues. I am blessed that my husband prepares breakfast for our guest at a time of day when I am barely functional.  My daughter and my young helpers cleaned the house before our guest’s arrival. So thankful for the help they each give.

5. Kindness of others – My current flare of fibromyalgia has inspired many of my friends to offer information and suggestions for treatments and supplements that they hope will help.  Though I cannot possibly afford every option offered, I am grateful for the love and kindness behind the offers.  Plus, knowledge is power.  As I research various options for fibromyalgia treatment, I can make educated choices about what to try.  I’m looking forward to the day when researchers can tell us what causes the symptoms instead of just giving us a list of symptoms that define the condition.

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