Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday Favorites

Time to look back over the week and find the gold nuggets.  I always jot down a list on paper and end up with more than five.  That's a good thing.  Thanks, Susanne, for hosting! 

1.  High School teachers.  I spent a couple of days at my daughter's school this week.  Whenever I'm there, I am struck by how dedicated the teachers and staff are to the kids.  They go so far above and beyond what they are called to do as educators.  God bless them.

2. Free internet radio.  There may be others, but I listen to Pandora.  I've created several stations -- Country, Classical and an electic station labeled "Dan Fogelberg."  I just created a holiday music station.  There's a limit on how many free hours you get each month, but I've never reached it and sometimes I play the music for hours.

3.  A new closet.  When our son moved out, I gained an entire closet in what is now a guest room.  Yesterday, I put away all the tablecloths that have been stuffed in a cupboard in my sewing room.  They're all on hangers -- Christmas, Thanksgiving, lace, spring -- freshly ironed and where I can easily get to them. 

4.  Dinner last night.  The Middle Child is home from college, the Firstborn came for supper and the Girl Child was physically and emotionally present.  I made lasagna, salad and garlic bread.  We forgot to put the leaf back in the table, but it was all the nicer, all squished together.

5.  Laundry.  As odd as it sounds.  As my kids get older and I struggle with what to do or say  to help them through certain situations, I find some satisfaction in being able to at least provide them with clean, freshly laundered clothes to wear.  Clean shirt, clean socks, a fresh armor to face their day.

Hope you find much to be thankful for this week:)

10 comments:

Mereknits said...

I love this post as I love all your Friday posts. I bet you were so happy to see your babies all together and eating your yummy dinner. I agree with the laundry it is something I can still do for them, however I still get ticked off when they don't put it away.
Have a wonderful weekend with your family.
Meredith

Lisa notes... said...

Yes, may God bless all teachers. They definitely work hard. My daughter loves Pandora too. I need to look into it.

What a fun family meal you had! I look forward to having all my kids home soon. And doing their laundry--that is a sweet gift to give.

Jerralea said...

I'm always ready to thank God for teachers!

I need to check out Pandora. My office gets sooo quiet in the afternoons.

I've always wanted to have enough space to hang my tablecloths. I'll try to not be jealous!

Barbara H. said...

I need to remember to pray for my son's teachers - I do appreciate them.

I have Pandora but forget to listen to it. I usually have CDs or the radio on, but it is a nice alternative.

How neat to have a place to hang and keep tablecloths!

Sounds like a lovely dinner.

ellen b said...

That sounds like a nice squishy meal you enjoyed with everyone. Yes...sometimes clean laundry is the best we can offer.
I love hanging my tablecloths, too. Have a great weekend.

Becky said...

YOU are a wise and loving mama. I never ever looked at laundry that way. I'm so happy you are all together again. Enjoy your Thanksgiving time together.

Rizzi said...

SOUNDS LIKE YOU REALLY ENJOYED YOUR WEEK, BET YOU ARE HAPPY LUKE IS HOME VISITING FROM SCHOOL.....IT IS NICE HAVING EVERYONE AROUND THE DINNER TABLE....I REMEMBER GROWING UP WHEN I LIVED ON GOULD AVENUE, OUR TABLE IN THE KITCHEN WAS A LONG ONE...MAMA AND DADDY AND SEVEN KIDS.....BOY THEY WERE THE DAYS..A LOT OF FUN.....GOOD MEMORIES.....TAKE CARE...LOVE YA, AUNT RIZ

Country Dreaming said...

Sounds like a busy week for you.
It is always good when the whole family gets back together.
Enjoy your weekend.

Melinda

Leslie said...

Another great 5!! I am with you on the #5 I sometimes struggle to say to the right thing to my 20yr old, so when I can just do something sweet for her to show her that I am hear and that I love her. : )
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Susan@FruitfulWords said...

Your #5 is so tender. IMHO our kids can (usually) handle the tough stuff in life, but it is much easier when they know they have our love and support. I bet your kiddos know this from you, Karen.

Those family dinners when everyone is present (emotionally and physically) are so satisfying and sure fill up my love tank! So glad you had that this week.