Welcome to Friday's Fave Five. Our little group here is trying from week to week to cultivate an intentional attitude of looking for the good blessings in our lives. On good weeks, average weeks and even on not so great weeks. Why? Because it helps us to have gratitude for the lives given to us, to live in a state of better contentment and to enjoy the gift. Please join us.
Safe travels for my daughter who was driving to Calgary to take a friend to the airport. The day she came back was insanely windy. I'm talking Hurricane level 1 winds. My city reached gusts of 113 km (70.2 mph) and parts of the province got up to 149 kmp (92.5 mph)! There are points on the highway where they actually have signs for truckers to be aware of the wind gusts in the area on the best of days but Tuesday was shocking in it's nature. A lot of Alberta went into emergency mode as the crazy wind overturned semi trucks on several highways, including the one which my girl had to travel, it derailed 2 trains in 2 different areas, I know...unbelievable! Several grass fires started all over the province and quickly went out of control including on a mile up the road from me and another about acreage community about 10 minutes out of town, where people had to be evacuated. Several areas of my city lost power for hours unrelated to the fire. Some families lost everything when their home got caught in the sudden path of the fire outside of Calgary. One firefighter lost his life fighting one of the grass fires by the Alberta/Saskatchewan border. It was a scary day. And this is what she was driving home in. But her little beetle made it home just fine and for that I am very thankful! My heart cries for the families who lost so much.
An amazing sunset was the good thing that came out of the crazy wind on the Monday. I glanced out the window to see this:
So beautiful!! God truly is the original artist and I'm thankful for my sight to see it!
Lunch out after church. Hubby and I were blessed to have our daughter and her friend join us along with another couple who are good friends of ours out for lunch. It was a really fun time with lots of laughs, great company and really good food. After a great service it, it just topped off the day.
Braised lamb tacos with a corn and bean side.
Operation Christmas Child kickoff at church. I love this ministry and getting to work in it and kick it off each year is a blessing. It's so much fun and I love sharing the passion for it with my congregation! I was especially blessed when our visiting guest went out shopping right after lunch with my daughter and packed a box to give in spite of never hearing about Operation Christmas Child before.
What were your favorite "good things", blessings, from this last week?