Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday's Fave Five #414

Welcome!  It's week's end and time for Friday's Fave Five.  Please join in as we look for blessings through out our last week and share 5 of them.

1.  Outside time.  It has been brutal weather since Christmas.  None of us have been outside much and we were all starting to get a bad case of cabin fever.  Well this week we had some warmer weather come through with a chinook and there has been some outside time each day with the dayhome kids.  It is a major mess out there with slush and water because all that snow is melting very quickly but I'll take it.  Fresh air always makes me feel better.  And NO SHOVELING!

2.  Teachable moments.  You might be thinking I mean teachable moments I may have with the kids.  But this time I actually mean myself.  In my personal study book I thought I was getting what the first chapter was trying to tell me, I thought I knew the lesson.  But a situation happened and in the moment I didn't even realize the significance until I came home and there on the coffee table lay the book.  As soon as I layed eyes on it I knew immediately what had occurred.   And I knew that God was trying to teach me something.  Love when that happens.  Though sometimes the lesson is tough, I am aware of God's love in these situations, in that He wants me to grow and learn and makes ways for me to understand.

3.  Chai Tea.  In the winter I am drawn to hot soothing teas in the evenings and this week I've been enjoying spicy chai tea.  The spicier the better.  Mixed with frothed milk and just a dab of honey.  So calming to me enjoyed with a favorite tv show or my book of the day.

4.  Helpful people.  I am quite techie challenged when it comes to something new.   My study group is doing a study that is accessed through apple tv at the church.  I had no idea how to work the thing and was so grateful that someone who knew how took the time after church to give me a lesson on it.  Then when study night was actually on and I turned on the tv someone had totally set it up so it went directly to where I needed it to go.  No fooling around for me.  So grateful both those individuals took time and effort to make something easier for me.

5.  Pockets of breathing time through out the day.  And don't actually mean real breathing but just little moments to catch my breath.  Working with infants to preschoolers sometimes means I hit the floor running and barely have time in a day to even race to the bathroom.  Just being real here.  But I've been noticing that lately that there are times that I can slow down, sit down, relax, recoup.  It's wonderful and I'll take it however it presents itself.

What were your favorite blessings of the week?


Gattina said...

It's the same here weatherwise, not put a dog outside. I like the expression cabin fever ! That's exactly what I have and high temperature ! With this weather I also have breathing troubles, I have a chronic disease always forget the name and sometimes even when the weather is bright and the sun shines I am quickly breathless. You should have checked it by a lung specialist, it's important !

Faith said...

It has been really weirdly mild here in NY! we actually managed to get some playground time in with the prek Im teaching at. fun!!
i live all your faves and i recently discovered starbucks cinnamkn chai tea and love it!! I bought a box ffor my oldest gal for xmas and she let me try some😀❤

love teachable moments with my daughters AND with my Savior and I.
happy weekend Susanne...i hooe you get lots of reading time in.

Barbara H. said...

Glad you and the children got some outside time and fresh air! I imagine snow shoveling gets old pretty quickly. I love those kind of teachable moments, when God brings something together to impact us in an unmistakable way. I am techie challenged as well, especially in a setting like that getting ready for others. Glad people who knew the system were there to help! And I couldn't make it without those breathing pockets during the day, so I can imagine how much more they are needed with a house full of little ones. Dear as they are, they don't leave one much time to string coherent thoughts together. :-) I'm pretty exhausted after our one grandchild leaves, though I love him dearly.

Willow said...

And we are getting more rain--this is a weird winter.
I can imagine all day with no breathing room would be completely exhausting. I'm glad you're getting those spaces. And teachable moments and tech help--yes, I can relate!

Deb said...

It's nice that you are having a bit of warm-up there so you can get outside. I agree with you that we don't need to look far to recognize those moments when God is trying to teach us, and all we need to do is be open to the lesson. Hope you have a nice weekend!

nikkipolani said...

We're glad for fresh air, too, though it's more from the rain! So glad you're getting a breather from all that snow and cold.

Isn't it great when we recognize God's voice in our day? I'm glad you experienced His presence this week.

Ann said...

Congratulations on catching your breath!! Child care providers, teachers, mothers - all know how rare and wonderful that is!

Wendy said...

Really important to be able to catch your breath during the day. Makes for a more relaxing evening. I don't mind it being cold and even snow but not the mess afterwards. Fortunately we haven't had that this year.