Saturday, March 14, 2015

Friday Favorites

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.
(Jan Richardson ~ Beloved retreat for Lent)
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!


Susanne said...

I love this post, Karen! There is so much grace in our lives if we would be but be aware of it. It shows up in such subtle ways at times. I'm glad you experienced grace this week. The story of your friend really blessed me because I think we can all relate to that in some way! Would love to see that exhibit. It sounds amazing!

Susanne said...

Oh and I'm loving that little blanket! So sweet. Good for you for plugging away at it.

Mereknits said...

Well sheep never really look in the same direction in life so why should they on a blanket? I LOVE it and I am so, so glad you finished it. It is a treasure and you should be so proud of yourself. Grace is something I need to work on every single day. I fail miserably sometimes but I still try.

Susan said...

You learned quite a bit in knitting your blanket that will translate quite nicely to living a grace-filled life: patience, diligence and letting go of imperfections. And the finished project is adorable! Well done!!!

Isn't God good? He cares about our relationships and unity and planned that face-to-face time with your friend.How great to be on level ground again.

And finally what a treat to know that your daughter is loved well and tenderly by your son-n-law.

I am going to look for moments of grace in my life today.

Faith said...

ah...the grace of God....i loved your thoughts on the topic...and how special to do some face time with your friend and that the friendship has been restored. God is good! The little blanket is just sweet and how wonderful that your daughter has a caring loving husband for you to know! Loved your faves!!

Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading your posts. They inspire me to look at the beauty in the world and the joy of spending time with loved ones. Carol

Willow said...

What a sweet knitting project--those aren't 'mistakes'--'they're design elements'. I actually like the sheep going different directions--that adds interest and, you know, it's what sheep do.
So glad grace played a part in your week!

Melinda said...

On Spring break so getting things
done around the house. Visiting with friends too.

Sounds like you had a great week.
The baby blanket is adorable.

M : )