Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the first Friday's Fave Five of 2014. I'm so excited to be starting another year of purposefully looking for blessings and good things in my life and being able to share back and forth with you all. It's a real encouragement for me and I hope it is for you too! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and I pray that 2014 will be filled with God's wonders and blessings of love, joy, health and peace for you all!
Now onto the last of 2013's favorites.
1. All the "kids" making it back to respective places they needed to be safe and sound. All three kids flew the coop and made it where they needed to be without any mishaps. Granted we drove T., our youngest at 19, back to her city for school. This was a decision my husband made because of all things, there was a "flash freeze" in the big city she had to pass through and a "zero visibility and blowing snow" the night before on the majority of highway from the big city to her school city. Yikes. In all my years living here I don't ever recall hearing of a flash freeze (though I may be wrong). It's a bizarre thing. One day it's blowing warm chinook winds above 0*Celcius (32*F), right balmy, and overnight the temp dropped so fast and so drastically it created a flash freeze of all the wetness from the melt. And the zero visibility is just crazy! So we knew the roads might be not in good shape that morning. So her Dad and her drove in her car and me and K., my oldest, drove in my car behind. And I'm so glad we did. While T is a very good driver it was a little scary in some spots. The visibility was then really good but some slippery parts and some snow on a few parts of the highway. There must have been at least 30 cars in the ditch between the big city and her school city. Which begs me to ask...what is so darn important that people have to risk driving on roads that police had been warning for hours about to stay off of and to stay put? I just don't understand people. On the way home we came to a dead standstill twice in long line ups while we waited for tow trucks to pull some of those cars out of the ditches. But for the most part when we went the roads weren't too bad, although busy as usual, and she made it home safe and was only an hour late for work. The other two didn't have to leave for a few days after that and the roads were good for the both of them and they made it without delays or mishaps.
2. A husband who is willing to go out of his way to see his daughter home safely even though it meant 7 hours of driving and gas money spent. My heart wells with love for him at his care and concern for his children. Even though they are grown and considered adults.
3. Pit stop in the big city on the way home. Again, thanks to my hubby who made a stop to please me so that I could run into one of the bigger malls where they sell and install my favorite brand of electronic screen protection. They don't have this kiosk in my city and I was thankful as we were already getting behind in getting home because of the stops on the highway. My phone is now protected.
4. Dinner at Chili's in the big city. Again, thanks to hubby who stopped to treat us to dinner at Chili's, a restaurant we don't have in our city and a fave of ours, so that we could eat as all we'd had that day was a corn dog. Had the best avocado burger, ever!
5. Opening a fresh, new calendar to January. There is something soothing and exciting to turn that page and see all those days that as of yet are unmarked and not filled with things to do. I know that won't last but at least for a day or two I'll enjoy looking at the fresh, clean & unmarked calendar.
What have your favorites been this past week?