Welcome to Friday's Fave Five. Time to intentionally look for blessings from our last week and to pause and be grateful for those things in our life that make our days, that keep us going, that lift us up. I have found over the years of doing this exercise, that if I discipline myself to do it during good and not so good times, that I am more likely to find good things even in the midst of situations that might not in themselves be good. It's cultivating a thankful attitude and in my experience, when I have that it makes the not so good times not quite so crushing. So onwards and upwards towards more thankfulness.
1. Dad's birthday. Lovely bbq at my sister's place. Because Mother's Day and my Dad's birthday are so close and we celebrate them separately because they, meaning Mom and Dad, are not together, my sis and I share the dinner responsibilities. Last week I was the meat and bun and she was sides and dessert and for my Dad's bday it was switched around. We had a nice time celebrating my dad who turned 85. I can't believe that!
This is my dad with Kim, our oldest child, at her wedding last month. What a blessing that was having both my mom and dad still alive and able to attend her wedding!
2. Worship night. Our church hosted a 2 hour worship event on Saturday night. Although I went late because of my Dad's birthday the time I did get to spend in extended worship was really nice. It was nice to see a great turnout and even to see people from other congregations there! I know it is a ton of extra work for the worship team and I so appreciate them doing it.
3. Bit of a break on the job. This week the littlest one's (16 months) family went camping so it gave me a break. Don't get me wrong, I love the little ones to bits but boy oh boy, sometimes you don't realize how much you really need that break until you actually have it. That age is a LOT of work! The rest of the kids and I did some stuff that's hard when there is such a little one around.
4. Movie afternoon with Hubby. This last Sunday actually found me with all my chores remarkably done. Even grocery shopping. So Sunday was actually what the Lord meant it to be: a day of rest. We had a lovely bbq steak lunch with just me, Hubby and our girlafter church. We put our feet up and read and ordered a $1 movie off the tv. Turned out we really enjoy it. Then hubby and I went for a lovely yet challenging coulee trail walk. Listening to the birds singing, watching storks feeding on the river off in the distance and just enjoying each other's company was totally refreshing. Ready for the new week!
5. Words of encouragement.
I've always loved a good quote, especially ones that in a sentence can lift your spirits and give encouragement. I like this one because it reminds me God is not finished with me yet in spite of mistakes or set backs. I am not the same as I was!
What were your favourite blessings of the last week?