Welcome to Friday’s Fave Five, hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story, in which we can share five of our favorite things from the last week, wonderful exercise in looking for and appreciating the good things God blesses us with. Click on the button to learn more, then go to Susanne’s to read others’ faves and link up your own.
It’s been an…..interesting week. Jesse was sick earlier in the week, then his computer imploded. We moved my mother-in-law into a new assisted living place yesterday, and Jesse (age 18) had a minor accident on the way over. Nothing makes one’s heart drop like answering the phone and hearing, “Mom, I hit someone.” But thankfully no one was hurt and both cars were drivable, though Jesse was pretty shaken. But God sprinkled blessings throughout the week as well. So my favorite parts of this week are:
1. Safety and appreciation that Jesse’s accident wasn’t worse. Thinking about “what might have been” isn’t productive, so I try not to go there, but I am so glad for God’s protection over what could have been much worse.
2. My mother-in-law’s move going well. We had decided to stop mentioning the move until it was actually time to go, because she kept forgetting and we’d have to go through all the whys and wherefores each time. She got a little restless during the morning here at home with Mittu and me, saying she was ready to go back to her room. We’d tell her we needed to wait for Jim to get back. When it was finally time to take her over, I thought he’d sit her down and explain the situation again, but instead he just took her to the new place and said, “This is your new home, Mom.” That turned out to be the wiser course of action. She seemed to roll with it — she didn’t ask what was going on or ask to go back to the old place. She might in the next few days as she adjusts mentally to new surroundings and people, and it takes a while for staff to get used to the particulars of caring for a new person, so we’d appreciate continued prayer for her. But overall things went about as well as they could have during the move.
3. Family pulling together. We so appreciated everyone chipping in and pulling together to get Mom moved and settled.
4. Our church’s Ladies’ Christmas Party. Such fun, and one friend shared a wonderful, transparent testimony of God’s working in her life.
5. Another Dinner for Six with church folks, with a twist: this was the first time we’d had small children in our house for ages, and the first time we’d had someone in a wheelchair other than my mother-in-law. We knew the previous homeowner had been in a wheelchair, and though the whole house isn’t outfitted for a disabled person, the main doors are wider. Jim had built a ramp for his mom’s wheelchair. So we were pretty confident everything would work out ok, but it was nice when it actually did. We had kept back and cleaned up a few toys for the children, and they enjoyed them and everything went ok on that front as well.This was actually from a previous week, but I had forgotten to mention it.
Bonus: Gingerbread Teddy Bears.
Looking forward this week to our church choir’s Christmas program Sunday and then Jeremy coming home Wednesday! And to our 32nd anniversary — haven’t decided just what to do yet, but we usually just go out to eat and enjoy a quiet evening together. And of course there’s lots to do for Christmas yet!
Have a good weekend!