Friday, December 21, 2012

Fave Five #222



Well, what on earth happened to this week?  Before I knew it here it was Thursday evening.  Lots going on over here at my house, amongst them, me fighting headaches and a cold.  Blech.  But there is good things happening too and I'm going to focus on those and be grateful!

1.  The opportunity I have to be able to buy my family gifts for Christmas.  Our church does food hampers by assigning each homegroup a person or family that needs one.  Contributing to one of these always makes me realize how very truly blessed that I am.  I may not be as well off as so and so, or have a big fancy new house or go on trips all over the place, but there is so much that I do have.  I am humbled that I am within my budget to be able to just go buy most of the things I would like to give my family for gifts.  

2.  And along with that, doing up a Christmas hamper, with a group of ladies that I'm close to is a lot of fun.  Planning whats to go in it, everyone contributing, and packing it up is fun.  I'm blessed to be with a great group of people who make all sorts of things fun.

3.  Like our Ladies Study Food and Fun night.  We put the study aside for an evening and just had plain fun.  Lots of yummy finger food, conversation and games.  Love our Christmas night.

4.  Oldest Daughter home safely for Christmas.  At this time of year, the weather can get awful.  It can turn  just like that and be pretty brutal on the highways.  But she had an absolutely beautiful day to come home.  Though in her city one province away the weather is about 23* C colder than here and has about a couple feet of snow, the highways were clear and driving was good.  I'm so thankful for that.

5.  Groceries are the only thing I have left to buy!  So glad about that.  Things were up in the air as to what meal was happening at which location, I think it's all been decided and we are good to go.  Looking forward to it.

I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas filled with God's love, joy and peace!






15 comments:

nikkipolani said...

I like the Christmas hamper idea and projects like it for a bit of perspective adjustment. Hurray for daughter safe at home (how are things with the latest child to leave the nest?). Yes, groceries left only for me, too. Happy weekend-before-Christmas!

Gattina said...

That's a good idea with Christmas hampers ! I finished my shopping for the Christmas eve and Christmas day food ! My son with family is coming ! Geez I am not used to that anymore, we haven't celebrated Christmas here since about 6 years ! phew !

Mrs. C said...

I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas with your family. We are so blessed to be able to spend it with those we love! :)

Faith said...

a crazy busy day for me susanne...claire's bday, courtney coming home from college, my last day at the school until 2013....so i'll be back to read your faves much later today....like maybe even around midnite! LOL

Annette {This Simple Home} said...

Merry Christmas!

Your gratitude for life really shows in this post!

Ann said...

Always nice when children get home safely!! I understand!!

Barbara H. said...

My son got in last night. We had been having days in the 50s, but last night while he was traveling we started having high winds, cold, and even some snow flurries. But thankfully all his flights went well.

One thing that struck me after reading Little Women was the emphasis they put on giving to others though they were considered poor themselves. The hampers sound like neat projects.

I missed our ladies' Christmas party. At the time I just didn't want to go -- Jim was sick, though not so sick he needed me home, I was tired, I didn't want to drive 30 minutes in the dark by myself to the home where it was being held. But I am regretting missing it now. Nothing I can do about it now but I can try to remember when I don't want to go out next year that I will wish I had.

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Heather said...

I love doing shoe boxes with our boys. It's our second year to do it and they love it too!

How nice to have your 4 daughters home. I know you are overjoyed!

Have a Merry Christmas!

Jerralea said...

It is truly a blessing to be able to give your family gifts.

Glad your girl is home and all is well.

Merry Christmas to you, Susanne. Thanks for hosting FFF all year!

Willow said...

We are the ones traveling and we have arrived safely. Two more groups are still traveling and we are praying for safety. Hurray for you finishing your shopping!

Merry Christmas!

ellen b. said...

So glad your daughter arrived safe and sound. I know the anticipation of that. Sounds like a good grateful week. Blessings on your weekend!

Karen said...

Merry Christmas, Susanne!

Faith said...

My college gal was here just minutes before I arrived home from work at 3:15! the school where I teach was crazy today so it was a real blessing to hug on my oldest baby! LOl....I too love getting together for food and fun with my small group of ladies....there's nothing like friendship at Christmas time. So glad your family is together...i love the spirit of your post! You really ARE grateful and it shows!! Merry Christmas to you, Susanne!! OH and by the way YOU won the sample of my famous fudge. You will need to email me your address. You can email me at faithe(dot)turner724(at)gmail(dot)com. thanks!!

Lynette said...

Merry Christmas!

Kathie said...

Oh I've been a little slack with FFF for a few weeks - but I wanted to pop in and wish you a very Happy Christmas! May your days be filled with every blessing!