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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.Family night I always enjoy having my family here. These days when four of my five children live nearby, we try and have family night at least twice a month. Several of our children have lived abroad and are back here for now, and one still lives in China with his family. I cherish these face-to-face times we have to laugh, eat, debate, and share God’s grace in our lives.

2.Rest I have had a low-key restful week, which I pretty much always need after we travel. When we are traveling it’s hard to know for sure that I am eating gluten-free and avoiding the foods that make me sick. I did fairly well – only sick twice – but am grateful to be home again and to rest.

3.Crazy, amazing weather One of the things we missed when we moved to Alberta from the States many years ago was thunderstorms. While we would enjoy an occasional storm in Calgary, it was nothing like the humidity-infused, light and noise shows that defined South Carolina storms. This summer we have had many breathtaking thunderstorms in the Edmonton area. But not only did we have severe thunderstorm warnings here, we had a tornado warning while we were in Saskatchewan. In a moment of craziness, Bud and I drove around and took pictures of the menacing sky and the beautiful sunset colours as the storm weakened.

"What tornado warning?"

“What tornado warning?”

tornado warning

tornado warning

beginning to clear

beginning to clear

sun behind clouds

sun behind clouds

sunset coming

sunset coming

after the warning

after the warning

 

4.Joy in truth I have been deeply impressed as I have been studying the Scriptures that God is for us. He is for His children. This does not mean that we do not have trials or difficulties, but as we go through troubling times, God is there, encouraging us as we learn needed lessons, comforting us as we encounter our own failings, healing us as we acknowledge our sin-soaked brokenness and turn to Him for help. I find this deeply encouraging and the source of exceptional peace in dark moments.

5.Truffles The Lindt Lindor white chocolate truffles are gluten free…..and oh, so yummy!

Have you counted your blessings this week?

Here are more pictures from our Saskatchewan trip.

hawk

hawk

taking off

taking off

circling

circling

hawk and hay

hawk and hay

thistle

thistle

moon in the mist

moon in the mist

over the rise

over the rise

fix building (16)

twins

fix building (7) - Copy

total abandon

fix building (4)

beyond the fence

fix building (3)

still standing

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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.

Farm fresh eggs. The young ladies who help clean my house brought me some lovely brown eggs. Why do they seem to taste better when the shells are brown?

Getting (almost) caught up Since the wedding at the end of February I have felt behind in getting necessary things accomplished. Some of it involves preparing for Bible studies and speaking engagements, but most of it is mundane stuff like ironing, cleaning out closets, preparing for taxes in two countries….you know, boring but necessary stuff. This week I was able to take care of a few of those things, which brings a feeling of satisfaction. After the ladies retreat next weekend I will have a retirement planning project to work on and some final tax information to send off. Maybe by the end of May I will feel completely caught up!

Date day My husband and I had a date day on Monday, his day off this semester. It was fun to go out for coffee and later out for lunch while getting a few errands done and spending time talking together.

Lending books from my library Some of the younger women from our church have been asking to borrow some of my books. During our years in Calgary we were blessed with a used bookstore that sold only Christian books. I was able to build a substantial missionary biography library due to their extensive stock and extremely reasonable prices. These books are full of gems to challenge, encourage and bless us in our Christian walk and I am delighted to be able to share them with others. Side note: If you have borrowed any of my books, even if you have had them for years, would you please send them home? Their Mommy wants them back!

Lead on card sales I have a ministry of making and giving away hand crafted greeting cards with Bible verses on them. I love blessing people with my cards, but I have been looking for a way to at least pay for my expenses. This week I was given a couple of leads for possibly selling my cards. I hope these pan out!

I have no new nature photographs from this week, but I will share some favorites from our trip to Scotland several years ago. I hope to take some pictures on the way to and from the ladies’ retreat next weekend, so check with me in two weeks for those.

Scottish Thistle

Scottish Thistle

Bagpipes in Sterling

Bagpipes in Sterling

Sunset over Garrique

Sunset over Garrique

"Sheepies"

“Sheepies”

Rainbow over the valley

Rainbow over the valley

Torthorwald castle ruins

Torthorwald castle ruins

Dundee

Dundee

Garrique sunset

Garrique sunset

Edinburgh church

Edinburgh church

Mary Slessor Window Dundee

Mary Slessor Window Dundee

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