GRACE meets us in the details of our life, in the dailiness of it, showing up in moments of connection and beauty that come to greet us. The friend who calls at the right time. The word that arrives when we most need it. A moment that stops us in our tracks with un-looked for delight or loveliness, a gesture of forgiveness or help or blessing that can shift the course of a day.
1. For me, Friday Fave Five is about looking for grace-filled moments in my week. I love the definition of grace that Jan Richardson gives in her on-line Lenten retreat. Grace was the topic for the week and through our study my eyes have been opened to it in new ways.
2. Grace filled the moments spent with a group of friends at dinner one night. I ending up sitting across the table from a friend that had bruised my feelings a bit not long ago. After a few of hours of talking and laughing I'm on level ground again and cherish the years we've had together and what lies ahead. Grace either placed me in the right chair, or found its way to soften my heart.
3. The way my son-in-law looks at my daughter and how tender he is in caring for her. The opportunity I have to welcome him as a member of our family and to honor and respect him as my daughter's husband.
4. My Aunt Ann and I went to the Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century Exhibit at the Denver Art Museum yesterday. The jewelry and other objects on display were stunning. We marveled at the workmanship and were in awe of some of the pieces worn by our favorite film stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly. My grandmother had a love for the movies, and as we took in the section that was devoted to the stars, and the one that displayed photos of the 1920s and styles of that era, I thought about Gram, and Auntie Ann shared some of her stories. We had a lovely day.
5. Knitting this project for Emily's baby has been (mostly) pure joy. Thanks to Meredith for coaching me through it, and despite the fact that there are a few little oopsies (my first project of this kind). And the sheep got feisty and ended up going different directions sometimes, instead of the orderly march that the pattern intended. I learned a lot in the process. About knitting, patience, diligence and letting go of small imperfections. The color doesn't show well in this photo, but the main yarn is a soft yellow.
How was your week? Leave a comment or link up with the crew at Friday's Fave Five. Have a good weekend, everyone!
Outside my window . . .The sun is shining, sky is blue. Blades of green grass are poking through patches of snow still on the ground. There are still patches of snow on rooftops and melting mounds of snow along the edges of driveways.
I am listening to . . . Zac Brown Band, Whatever It Is
I am thinking . . . about how much I enjoy my water aerobics class. No matter how hard it is to drag myself over there some mornings, I'm always glad I go. The ladies in my class are a lot of fun.
I am thankful . . . for how easy it is to keep in touch by phone these days. Growing up, long distance calls were so rare and expensive. Now, I can talk to anyone in my family for as long as I want. I tend to take it for granted. I just had a nice long chat with my brother Andy:)
In the kitchen . . . last night I tried a new recipe for Chicken Spinach Ravioli Lasagna. It needs a little work on the seasonings, but it was easy and fun to make. Tonight's menu is salmon, sweet potatoes and a vegetable.
I am wearing . . . capris and a sweatshirt. A nod to both spring and snow still on the ground.
I am creating . . .a baby blanket for granddaughter #2. It's almost finished!
I am going . . . to take my camera to get it fixed. Been on my to-do list for a very long time.
I am wondering . . . what would happen if the events of Stephen King's The Stand really came true, and I was part of the 1% of the earth's population that survived. And I was the most advanced science person alive in my town. Only because I made it through college chemistry and biology, 99% of which I've forgotten. These are the things that keep me awake at night. I wish I had studied harder.
I am reading . . .
I am hoping. . . that The Stand never really comes true.
I am looking forward to . . . putting pictures in this album:)
I am learning . . . truth is stranger than fiction.
Around the house . . . Spring Cleaning would be a good idea.
I am pondering . . . that I am living proof that you can plan and plan and plan, and life has a way of taking its own twists and turns.
A favorite quote for today . . . Do or do not. There is no try. ~~Yoda
One of my favorite things . . . going for pedicures yesterday with Emily and Kathy. We all got pink in anticipation of Baby Brooklynn.
A few plans for the rest of the week . . . going out with friends to dinner and a comedy club; meeting with our Rockies Season Ticket group to choose games for this season; going to the art museum with my aunt to see this exhibit.
A peek into my day . . .
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It's time to join in the Friday Fave Five crowd and take a look back at the week. For some reason, I had a hard time keeping up with what day of the week it was all week long. However, I'm sure today is Friday, because the link for FFF is up!
1. Spring broke through this week! February broke a record for us in the amount of snow that accumulated. Tuesday night we had another little snow storm, but today was warm and sunny.
2. Movie night at home. We've been watching a lot of movies on Netflix this winter. Some good, some not so good, but since it's so much cheaper than going out to the theatre, we're willing to suffer through a few duds now and again. (i.e. Grand Budapest Hotel. Terrible!) This week we watched And So It Goes with Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas. They are both good actors and while the story line was a bit weak, I just loved watching the two of them together.
3. An old/new favorite store! One of my favorite places to shop closed their doors last year. It was an old farmhouse with different vendors that rented out each room. Lots of antiques and crafts and unique gifts. Well, one of the vendors opened her own store and it's even better than the original. She has a tea room, too. I started my Christmas shopping this week -- the earliest ever for me.
4. The Lenten retreat that I'm doing online has been so rewarding and I just love reading the lessons each day.
5. Looking forward to a nice weekend. Some free time to work on craft projects -- a Spring wreath that I'm probably premature in making -- and house projects. On Sunday, meeting friends for lunch.
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I hope your week was filled with good moments and happy surprises!
It's time for another edition of Friday Fave Five. I love doing this little exercise in looking back on the blessings in my week.
1. I'm participating in an online retreat for Lent. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to join in on this journey and for the incredible people I've met so far.
2. I'm saddened by the loss of my Uncle Andy who passed on earlier this week. He was one of a kind, a member of the Greatest Generation and just an all-around good man. As my cousins have shared their memories of his life, I'm reminded of how blessed we all were by his presence.
3. I finished Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown, and met with my book club to discuss it. It is based on the true story of Mary Rowlandson, a minister's wife in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1676, Mary is among a group of people captured by Indians. During her three-month captivity, she finds herself drawn to the Indians' way of life, and upon return to her Puritan community she is deeply torn. The story is both riveting and poetic. Loved it.
4. Exercising this week. I managed to do something every day -- water aerobics on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and walking with my friend Joan, on Tuesday and Thursday. I'm grateful that my schedule allows for me to start my days this way.
5. Anticipating my daughter's baby shower on Sunday. My sister-in-law Jenny is staying with us this weekend, my dear friend Pamela is coming from out of town. I'm excited for Emily and feel incredibly blessed to have such loving family and friends.
What were your favorites this week? Join up with the FFF crowd at Susanne's place and do share!
For Christmas, my friend Mary helped me come up with an idea for my kids that is turning out to be a lot of fun. My "kids" are all living on their own now, adjusting to life as newlyweds or students. Of late they've all become interested in cooking, realizing that it is more economical and more nutritious to prepare meals at home. Since they are all on tight budgets, I wanted to do something practical for them for Christmas. They each got a 'fun' gift, too:)
So, my 'theme' was cooking. For each of them, one of their gifts was related to cooking. A hand mixer, baking pans, really good cooking knives. I had fun filling their stockings with some of my favorite cooking gadgets.
Then, Mary helped me come up with the idea of having cooking lessons. I let each "couple" choose a two- week menu plan from this book.
The idea is that Dan and I purchase the groceries and set up our kitchen to prepare the recipes. Then, each household gets to come over to our house to put together the recipes. The kids go home with meals to fill their freezers. And I get to spend time with my kids. It's a win/win!
Joe and Sam were the first ones to take me up on my offer. It was a good plan to have them start first, because they both already know how to cook, so I mainly washed dishes;) Joe did most of the assembling.
Sam did the prep. We talked about remedies for dicing onions so as not to weep uncontrollably. But, we never did come up with a good solution. There were lots of onions to dice for 14 meals. He was a good sport!
I think they were pleased with their haul! Next up, Miranda and Luke!