Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday's Fave 5

It's time for Friday's Fave 5, hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story. Here's a look back at my week, reflecting on the good stuff!
1. Our first really chilly weather of the season. The heat in the house went on last night, that's how cold it was! 37 degrees this morning and it is supposed to warm up to 68. This is definitely "cuppa tea" weather and I love it. (Lipton tea with milk and sugar, please)
2. This morning I met Kathy for breakfast at Panera. As I said, the morning was cold, but a bagel, mocha latte and 38 years of friendship warmed it right up:)
3. I went to Sofa Mart with my camera and got some ideas for the living room. The salesperson was the nicest guy and so low-pressure. A family man with six kids. Heck, with six kids he probably goes to work just to get away, forget the sales.
4. Joe and I made reservations for his trip home at Christmas time (Christmas is coming!), and talked about Thanksgiving when we will drive out to see him!
5. Going back and really looking at what made this week special is that on Wednesday, Matt returned to Iraq to finish his tour of duty. Yes, it was sad saying goodbye again. But , not surprisingly having him here just put a whole different spin on what's important. His homecoming had us all gathered together again. He spent precious time with his wife and his boys. When the two weeks was over, it was the just being together that everyone treasured. It takes you back to what's important and that's the love and the ties that bind a family together.

14 comments:

Robin said...

Oh Karen - that is so true - it's just being together with family that matters more than anything else in the world. I have really been feeling that way this week in light of all the scary financial stuff going on. I know that as long as we are together and healthy and serving the Lord- I can't ask for anything more.

Anonymous said...

You are so blessed to have a 38 year long friendship.
Have a great weekend

justabeachkat said...

What a great list of your blessings!

Hugs!
Kat

Barb said...

Your list is very moving, Karen, especially number five. I know how special a time it is when you all gather together before a loved one leaves to go to a dangerous place.

So sweet, your list. I love it. Since we live in the same state, and I've only recently moved to the western side of the mountains, I know exactly the weather you're having where I lived for 25 years. Beautiful. Colorado in the fall is just beautiful.

Let's pray for a NICE winter this year. Right? :-)

Susanne said...

Your #5 just gripped my heart. You are so right. Being with loved ones is truly what we remember and treasure the most! Beautiful!

A 38 year friendship is amazing and truly a blessing!

Renna said...

Ack! I forgot to do the FF5!

The cold weather sounds nice. I love wintertime.

I'm sure it must have been so hard for you all to say goodbye to Matt once again. He's fortunate to have loving family behind praying for him.

Julia said...

I agree that hot tea on a cold day really is a great thing! In fact I could go for one right now.....

Barbara H. said...

That is a great idea to go shopping with the camera first.

I love the cooler weather, too. We also just had our first of the autumn.

Your #5 almost brings tears to my eyes -- so true.

Tristi Pinkston said...

Sounds like you had a great week -- Iraq notwithstanding.

All Rileyed Up said...

That was a beautifully put number five. All the best to your family and Matt's safe return.

Bill said...

Hi! I'm catching up on your blog, so I may be here longer than 16 minutes. I've been so busy that by the time I get home I usually go to bed early.
I am so glad that you enjoyed your time with your brother. It does put the proper perspective on life.
People are so much more important than things.

Bill said...

p.s. your blog's new look is very nice! I turn my back for a short while, and you remodel!

Jen said...

Love does bind us all together. I'm sorry he is gone again....praying for his safe return. Your favs are great. I love coffee with good friends as well....nothing like it.

gail@more than a song said...

I hope he has an uneventful finish to his tour of duty....I'm SO thankful for all of them.