Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday's Fave 5

It's time for Friday's Fave Five, to look back over the week and see the blessings that abound.  If you'd like to join in, link up with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.

1.  A huge blessing in my week, was meeting my new goddaughter for the first time.  She is 13-months-old and a bundle of joy.  Her forever family waited for what must have seemed like forever to finally bring her home from her native land in China.  Stephanie Lian is beautiful, happy and as sweet as can be.  Her chubby, dimpled hands patted my cheek, "fed" me with a spoon, and clutched measuring cups and kitchen whisks while banging them on the table.  I'm going to love watching her grow.

2. Christmas shopping this afternoon with my sister-in-law.  We make it an annual tradition to shop together for our nieces.  The boys far outnumber the one girl in our two families, so it's a treat to be able to shop for girl things for our three teenage nieces. 

3.  Preparing for Christmas this year, the first year in a long time that I haven't been working, has been so much fun.  Between having the extra time and deciding to keep it simple this year, the holiday bustle has been a joy.  For one thing, like many moms, I started the tradition years ago of collecting ornaments for my kids.  With three kids times at least one ornament a year for each of them. . . well, you do the math. This year, I chose a few for each of them to hang on the tree, along with the old fashioned Christmas balls that I love, and the rest of the kids' ornaments I'm packing up in separate boxes for each of them.

4.  Bella.  I've been taking my dogs to the local dog park each day, and it is there that we met Bella.  She is a charming, graceful, black beauty of a Great Dane.  I look forward to seeing her each day, and she is kind enough to make me think that I'm special to her, because she'll come bounding across the park on her long legs with knobby knees, and gently nudge my hand to be petted.   I think I need a Great Dane.  My house will not be complete without one.  She is sweet and gentle. 

5.  Last weekend, I was fortunate to attend a half day retreat in preparation for Advent.  It's a lesson in which I need constant reminding, this invitation to learn how to wait and be present in the moment. 

Thank you, Susanne, for continuing this tradition of finding the blessings in each week.

9 comments:

Becky said...

"...the invitation to wait and be present in the moment." Beautifully put.

Country Dreaming said...

Sounds like you had a great week.
I'm thankful for not having too bad of a reaction to the dry roasted peanuts I ate Monday night--causing me to be sick for two days.
Tomorrow we will begin "the" decorating.

Have a great one.

Melinda

cindy said...

Each year we did the exchange ornaments, this morning we are having an ornament making.

I lost one close to my heart this year.

Leslie said...

such a great 5 things..
I feel like the season is passing me by without me realy getting into it. I've gotta get with it!!!

I love your header.
Have a great weekend.

Susanne said...

When you said your house wouldn't be complete with out a great dane my first thought was that Disney movie where the guy brought a great dane home and his wife had three little daschunds so the great dane would try to do what the daschunds were doing. It's called The Ugly Daschund and is hilarious. Think I'll go rent it. Anyway, my mind, it wanders this week. :vD

I like your idea of the kids just picking a few of their fav ornaments and packing the rest away. I have the same dilemma so that it's almost become my kids tree and my ornaments hardly fit anymore. I'm adopting this idea!

How sweet to meet your goddaughter. She sounds adorable.

Karyn said...

I really enjoyed your list...so full of Christmas and joy!

Rizzi said...

WHAT A WONDERFUL WEEK YOU HAD, SOUNDED SO RELAXING. I HEARD ABOUT THE NEW BABY FROM AUNT MARY, HOW WONDERFUL. SHE SOUNDS DARLING. I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN WHEN YOU SAY HOW THE KIDS ARE GETTING OLDER, JENNA WILL BE 17, CAN'T BELIEVE IT.
HAVE A NICE WEEKEND.
LOVE, AUNT RIZ

Mom2fur said...

You sound like you have a happy life. Baby Stephanie Lian must be a little cherub!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Loved reading these, as always :) We all have so much to be thankful for, if we but stop and think!

Bella sounds wonderful, so sweet and gentle! So glad you've met her. We saw a dog running along the highway night before last, in the run, stuck in the middle and I've been upset about that puppy ever since. I'm such a sucker for dog stories :)

Hope you're having a great week and a joyous Christmas season!