Ah Friday, how I do love you. In addition to being the end of the work week I now look forward to looking back at the week and finding my favorites. Visit Susanne at Living to Tell the Story to see more favorites.
1. Starting off today with something I saw this morning - a backyard filled with birds. I live right in the middle of the city, so I don't see a lot of birds normally. But this morning when I took my coffee cup back in the kitchen I looked out the window and there they were. Included in the crowd were 3 of the biggest, brightest bluejays that I've seen a long while. Seeing God's creations like this always makes me smile in pleasure. I'm thinking of setting up a bird feeder again so that maybe they'll continue to come to my yard.
2. Advent Services at church started this week. Maybe if we had Wednesday night services all year long I wouldn't be this excited, but for now I have to say that this is the best mid-week pick-me-up ever. Sitting with my husband and daughter and worshiping is one of those "it doesn't get any better than this" type of feelings. I'm so thankful that these services are available to us.
3. Family Teamwork - Last Wednesday the first to arrive at our house was my in-law's. We sat at the kitchen table visiting and finalizing the meal plan for Thanksgiving and it was a great time of sharing. My sister-in-law called to tell me that they were stuck on the highway and not moving at all. I looked it up on the gps and called my mom and grandma so that I could help re-route them and keep them from getting caught in the mess. We found out later that a semi had overturned and no traffic at all was getting by, so it was great to have gotten the warning call in time to get mom and grandma out of the mess.
4. Family Teamwork Part II - I'll admit that I was a little concerned over how well I'd be able to get things done this Thanksgiving since I have broken ribs. Why in the world I worried I'll never know - I was treated like a queen! Everybody here pitched in and did so much. Funny thing is that I have the world's tiniest kitchen and it was fun to see how many cooks you really can get in there when you try (sort of like the clowns in the car at the circus???). I lost count of how many times we'd hear "excuse me" or "oh, sorry!" from people bumping into one another. And this is also the first year my daughter, 24, really took part in the food preparations, so that was very special to me. We even cooked the turkey using a spread of butter and poultry seasoning similar to what she'd seen on the Food Network. Every woman knows that it makes you feel good to contribute to the meal and her smile showed she felt the same.
5. My first Christmas Card! A photo card from a family member with a picture of the cutest 2 year old boy ever. Is there anything that can compare to the fun feeling of going out to the mailbox to get your mail and finding Christmas cards? Which reminds me that I need to get mine done and in the mail.
It also reminds me of a tradition I read about many years ago that I just love. When you open a Christmas card take a few minutes to stop and pray for the person/family that sent it to you. Many times a Christmas card will be the only time you hear from some people, so don't let the opportunity to pray for them pass you by.