I'm joining Susanne at Living To Tell the Story for Friday's Fave Five. Each week, we share five blessings we've enjoyed during the past week.Hop over and take a look at others' blessings, then share some of your own!
1.Yet another Christmas party, this one for my Patch the Pirate Club students. We didn't have a lesson, practice a song, or listen to a story, but we had treats, games, and a craft. And now we have a break! We're taking the next two weeks off from Patch Club - and this teacher is grateful!
2. A Christmas quilt. I found this quilt at the thrift store last spring. I love the colors in it (they match my craft room), so I've been using it on the bed in there until this week, when I realized it would look great hanging over the back of the love seat in our living room. I'm really enjoying seeing it all through the day as I work around the house.
3. Pain relievers. A couple of years ago, I was diagnosed with rotator cuff tendinitis in my right shoulder. Since my original visit to the doctor and a little physical therapy, it hasn't bothered me very much. But yesterday morning I woke up and couldn't move the entire right side of my upper body without pain. I told Wes that if pain meant I was dying, I was dying. Enter Aleve. Within half an hour I was moving more freely and without as much pain. Today I'm sore and still a little stiff, but the pain is better. This getting old thing is rough! ;)
4. Dates with my honey. On Thursday nights we usually end up at the local auction (there's that getting old thing again), and last night was no exception. There was a particular item we wanted to bid on, but the starting bid was higher than we wanted to pay. That was all we were interested in, so we left after that item ended. We stopped by Starbucks on the way home and had coffee and shared a cookie. It was nice to just slow down, look at each other, and talk for a few minutes! A date doesn't have to be expensive or elaborate - coffee and a cookie can be magical!
5. Genetics. I find family traits fascinating. The other night I was looking for old Christmas pictures from my childhood when I came across a picture of my maternal grandfather when he was a young man. I did a double-take when I picked up the picture: he looked strikingly like my second son, Andrew, who is 22 years old! My grandfather died when I was 3, so I don't have any memories of him, and most of the pictures I'd seen were of him as an older man. I knew my son favored my mother's side of the family, but this picture just amazed me. And made me happy. I don't remember my grandfather, and my mother passed away when I was 16. Seeing their traits in my son is like a gift to me!
"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." Luke 2:11, 12