Oh my. How could a week have already skipped by? But it did, so welcome once again to Friday and Friday's Fave Five. And a very happy Valentine's Day everyone. I hope you know and are assured that whether you have a valentine or not you are absolutely, fully, wholly loved by God! In a week where the time has just whizzed right by I'm especially glad I have this intentional place where I can pause and take note of blessings and good things in my life. Please join me in being intentional in gratitude not just one day a year at Thanksgiving but daily.
~ valentine treats ~ I am so not a baker. Love to cook, bake... not so much. And with the hectic week I totally forgot to plan for valentine's day for the dayhome. So last night I was making a quick run to the grocery store to get some strawberries and valentines cookies for snacks. The first store had not one strawberry or valentine cookie in sight! Thankfully the other grocery store was only a block away and had exactly what I needed. And apparently I was not the only one that realized it was valentine's tomorrow and needed stuff. The dollar store was humming with people getting stuff as was the card aisle at the drugstore. And it wasn't just guys, lots of women digging through the dwindling stock of cards and chocolates.
~ extra time on my massage appointment ~ after the crazy week I was very thankful to have had a massage appointment last night. I tend to get knots in my back around the shoulder blades and these appointments have been so helpful in keeping those at bay. I remember before massages how tight I used to get and how painful it used to be. Anyway, last night she gave me some extra time. It's a little thing she does for those booked in the evening before or the day of valentine's as a little gift. It was so nice to have those extra minutes.
~ dinner and games night at our friend's home ~ We were treated to a delicious dinner of chicken parmesan and sides and a fun games night at our good friends'. We always love hanging out with these two because we can really just be ourselves with them. We laugh a lot, we all love good food and enjoy sharing meals together, and we played a fun card game with lots of teasing and competitive joking around. A lovely few hours.
~ new to me tea ~ at the above mentioned dinner my friend made some of this delicious tea for me. It was so good and seeing I liked it so much she sent me home with a full box to enjoy. Yum!
~ playpen gifted to me ~ in a childcare dayhome, at least in mine, the playpens the kids use to sleep in are put up and taken down on a daily basis. Lots of wear and tear so they are inspected regularly and replaced as needed. Playpens can get quite costly and when I had 2 start to show signs of needing to be replaced at once I kinda took a deep breath. When one of the parents found out I needed a playpen, she offered me hers that is only about 3 years old and only used a few times when her little guy was a baby. And she won't let me pay her for it. What a blessing that was! And the other one I was able to score a half off sale.
What little things are you grateful for from the past week?