Hello everyone! Welcome to Friday's Fave Five. Our little corner of the internet to reset out focus and look for blessings in our past week and be grateful for them. Why do we do this? Because as humans in general, we lean towards noticing the negative way more than we do noticing the blessings that come our way. And our culture trains us to never be content and grateful for what we have. We must always be striving for more, more, more. And because our culture also trys to tell us that we are self sufficient, that we can do it all, that it's all up to us. Looking for the blessings in our lives shows us that we really are not in total control, only God is, and that He is the Giver of all good gifts. It teaches us when we are busy looking for blessings and being grateful for them we have way less time to dwell in negativity. It lifts us up and helps us get through the really hard things of life as we look for even the smallest bits of good. It helps make us better people. Are you ready to join us?
~ anniversary ~ today I celebrate being married to my Sweetheart for 38 years. We have seen and experienced so much together, blessings and hard times both and I wouldn't trade any of it for it's made us strong together! Though we don't always see eye to eye, what couple does, we face whatever life throws at us together. He loves God and has such a grateful attitude. He has my heart and always will.
~ bike ride ~ Sunday was absolutely gorgeous outside so we hopped on our bikes and had a very relaxing ride to one of our favorites subdivisions in town. A stop at a Starbucks along the way for an iced coffee and a rest was the cherry on top of a lovely couple of hours spent together with my hubby.
~ quiet evenings ~ lately I've kinda fallen into a nice evening routine that I've been able to keep up. After supper, I relax with hubby and watch a little tv, then I check my emails and catch up on the computer. When the evening has cooled a bit I take the dog for his evening walk and then a little reading, cleaning up the kitchen and it's bed. I find the sameness of the weekday evening brings peace and calm.
~ a friend's offer ~ we've been going through my Mom's home in order to ready it to sell. We have had an organization make us an offer and though they are a great organization my sister and I and Mom feel totally out of our league in the process and what we have to know in order to negotiate well. A realtor friend of mine, whom I asked to do the fair market value on it, offered to either advise and talk us through it or to negotiate it for us without listing it for very little in compensation. I am so grateful because I was totally stressed about it all. We have no idea what we are doing and the organization has a board of 12 people who have done this before so it's nice to know we have someone who totally knows what he is doing and has our back.
~ beautiful peonies ~ peonies are one of my absolute favorite flowers and though I have a bush it's totally in the wrong place in the yard and doesn't flower hardly at all. My Mom's bushes however are prolific with blooms and I've been enjoying them in their season!
What are you grateful for this week?