Friday, November 12, 2021

Friday's Fave Five #388

Welcome to Friday's Fave Five.  A place to pause and reflect on the goodness of God in our everyday and then to be thankful and grateful.  Won't you join us?

I love this quote that I read somewhere and tucked away.   It is so relevant to me with everything going on both personally and in society as a whole.  And it reflects the purpose of Friday's Fave Five.  To search out the small joys we might miss simply because we are so focused on the big thing.

“Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.”
― Pearl S. Buck

Let us be the kind of people who don't pass by the small joys of life that God give us in our pursuit of big happiness.   Sure there will be big happiness events in our lives and they are fun and obvious and we are so grateful for those but it is the small joys in our everyday living that add up where we can see God hand in our days and how He provides and cares for us.  If you are new to this, guidelines are linked in the sidebar to read, then just join on in.

 ~ day trip ~  Sunday we took a spontaneous day trip to Calgary to visit with my son and daughter.  Our son just bought his first home this fall and we were excited to see it in person.  Then we did a little shopping at our favorite farmer's market where we bought him a cute planter for his entry table as a house warming gift. We then met up with our youngest daughter who also lives there and had supper before we drove home.  It was a relaxing enjoyable day.

~ tea date ~  Tuesday I had a tea date with a dear friend who will be moving away soon.  We had some good deep conversation, encouraging words for each other and lots of laughter that evening.  I treasure this lady who became a part of my ladies bible study many years ago.  She has such a quiet trust in God's leading that is inspiring and her courage in the face of having to do some hard things in the last few years have been a great example for me.  I treasure her wisdom and friendship and I will really miss her when her and hubby move in a couple of months.

~ willing friend ~ I'm very thankful to another friend who is a true blessing in my life.  Mom had another ER visit on Friday.  Because my sis had taken so much time off of work already a couple weeks before when Mom got ill,  she was unable to go in.  My friend rearranged her whole afternoon at the drop of a hat to sub for me with the dayhome so I could go in.  I don't take her willingness lightly at all.  It is a real blessing.

~ Burundi Mutana coffee from Kayanza Province, East Africa~ A local coffee grinder gets only one bag of this coffee in once a year.  It's produced by small local growers on volcanic loam.  They announce when it's coming and if you want some you have to put your name on however many lbs you want.  It's expensive but I had a gift card that I had gotten for Christmas from one of my dayhome parents so I got myself a pound.  It's really different and really good.  The bag says it has notes of Baker's Chocolate, sweet orange, cherry cola snap.  That is the natural tones of it, it's not a flavored coffee.  I'm not sure about the cherry cola but I definitely taste chocolate and orange.  It's my Saturday morning choice of coffee where I can sit and slowly enjoy it (as compared to gulping it down to get myself awake to start the work day kind of coffee experience).  At least until the last bean is ground.  Yum.

~ the varmint turned one this week~  This lil' stinker turned 1 this week.  Never a dull moment with him around.  We're thankful for the gift that he was after our other beloved dog passed away in the spring.   He's kept us busy and entertained. 

What have been your favorite small joys this week?


Gattina said...

You had your up and downs this week too, except that I only have downs ! That's nice that your son could buy his first house ! The Corona Virus saga continues with it's up and downs, for the moment it's getting worse. Now they talk about vaccinating toddlers ! crazy !! your doggie has such a cute face I can immagine that you have a lot of fun with him !

a spirit of simplicity said...

ooh that coffee sounds so good! Congratulations to your son on his new home. Dear friends certainly are one of life's finest blessings.

Deb said...

Hi Susanne. I love that you were able to spend the day with your children and see your son's new home. That coffee sounds good, even though I am not a coffee drinker. So glad you could meet up with your friend before she moved, and it great that your friend could take over your day home so you could be with your mom. Friends are wonderful and a true gift from God! That is such a cute picture of your puppy, who isn't really a puppy any more! Glad you had a positive week, and I am glad I could join in the link-up. See you again soon!

Barbara Harper said...

I so agree about the small happinesses throughout our days. I'm so glad you had the fun day trip and tea date. That is a great friend to be able to fill in on short notice. I'm so sorry your mom had another ER scare. Your dog is cute, but looks mischievous. :-)

Linda Hoye said...

Sounds like a rich, good week. P.S. the varmint is very cute!

Faith said...

Oh my gosh I want that coffee!!!!! SOUNDS AMAZING.

Cute puppy...happy birthday to your little stinker. hahahah

I love that you had a tea date....very special indeed.

How fun to take a day trip to see you son and daughter. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a weekend day.


Willow said...

I love that Pearl S. Buck quote--yes! The small things are what truly bring happiness and contentment.
Bless that friend who stepped in to help with the dayhome this week. You are blessed with so many wonderful friends.
I am sitting here imagining the taste of that coffee...mmmmm.
Have a good, quiet, restful weekend.

ellen b. said...

That's a great friend who stepped in for you. That pup does look like he's a rascal. Hope you are having a relaxing weekend.

Karen said...

That's a perfect quote summing up FFF. Your day trip sounds like fun. Congratulations to your son on his first home! Sorry to hear about your mom's ER trip. Thank goodness for good friends. I cherish my friends more and more as the years go by. How would I get through some of life's trials without them? Your pup looks like he enjoys posing for photos! Such personality!