Bryn had so much fun playing in the snow last week. Someone blessed us with a gently-used ski outfit that fit her perfectly and kept her warm. She loved the bright color of the jacket.
Good Monday morning, Friends! It’s chilly, overcast, and rainy at my house today. Doesn’t that sound delightful? I’m thankful for a warm, cozy house and my fuzzy slippers.
We had a nice weekend. Saturday morning whizzed by. I made the drive to a nearby town to do some grocery shopping and also picked up the proceeds from my most recent consignment store drop off. I usually donate most of the kids’ outgrown clothes to our local thrift store, but occasionally I consign some of the nicer items and use the proceeds on new purchases. Every little bit helps!
After I got back home, I put a turkey breast in the oven to cook so that I could take it to our ladies’ Christmas party at church later in the day. Our ladies group always has a great time fellowshipping together. I am so thankful for the ladies in our church! We enjoyed a delicious meal and exchanged gifts. Those who participated in the Secret Sister swap learned who their Secret Sister was for this past year. I received a frilly purple apron, a box of gourmet chocolates, and a yummy scented candle from my Secret Sister. One of the ladies shared a very timely devotional entitled “Serving a Cup of Christmas” about how we should fill our cups to overflowing with cheer, love, joy, memories, and hope during the Christmas season. She gave each of us a special Christmas mug to serve as a reminder of what we should be focusing on in the midst of this busy month. The picture below is the mug I received.
Saturday night we had the first of our family Christmas movie nights. I don’t know that I have made a conscious effort to actually put these movie nights on the calendar before, but I’ve added them this time around. Steven got the first pick, and he chose Scrooge, his favorite Christmas movie. He only likes the Albert Finney version from 1970. Despite my valiant effort to stay awake, I apparently fell asleep on Steven’s lap at some point because he woke me up as the final credits rolled. Oh well, I tried!
Sundays are busy days and just seem to fly by. I always enjoy the chatter of my junior high Sunday school class. Most mornings they are full of energy, and yesterday they had plenty. My heart was stirred by the choir special about our Saviour during the worship service, and Steven preached a great message from Romans 6. I was able to sneak in a short nap after lunch, and then it was back to church for choir practice. I got to love on five little ones in the nursery during the evening service. So, yes, Sunday was a busy day; but it was a very good day.
I’m off to tidy up the house, take a peek at my weekly calendar, and then get ready to drive to the girls’ basketball game this evening. Have a wonderful day!
Happy Friday! I’m linking up with Susanne to share five happy things from this week. Feel free to join us and share some of your blessings, too.
1. I’m stretching back to last week for my biggest fave. Steven and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary on the 24th of March. Needless to say, this was a very special day for us. Time has flown by, and God has been faithful to keep our marriage strong.
2. The girls and I attended a percussion ensemble concert at the local college. The ensemble was super talented, and we enjoyed our “girl time.”
3. Our church choir presented its Easter cantata on Palm Sunday evening. Everyone involved did a great job. I think that having the cantata before Easter Sunday was a smart idea because it enabled folks from other churches who didn’t have services that night to attend, and it also helped prepare hearts for Easter week as we celebrate Christ’s victory over death.
4. Shay and I took a day trip to preview the music program at a college a couple hours away from us. It’s hard to believe that we are to that point with our firstborn! On the way home, we stopped by a thrift store that I had visited a couple of times before. It’s always hit-or-miss, but this time was a definite hit. I found a thirty-one™ utility tote, in new condition, and it was monogrammed with my initial. I snatched it up for $2, ran it through the gentle cycle in the washing machine (even though it’s not recommended), and now I have a pretty tote to put to good use. I just love the bright colors and butterflies!
5. Warmer weather arrived after last weekend’s snow, and that got me thinking about how blessed I am to have healthy children. Not one of them has been hospitalized since they were babies. They made it through our first snowy winter with just one of them having more than a sniffle. I am so thankful that God has blessed them with good health, and I hope that I never take that for granted.