It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.
The first Friday and FFF of December! Here are some of the best parts of my week:
1. “Christmas Tree Day,” as Timothy called it – the day we choose our tree and decorate it and the rest of the house for Christmas. I love that we still do this all together as a family. We set aside my oldest son’s special ornaments for him to add when he comes later this month. Mittu brought over chili and cornbread.
2. Rain holding off. The day we planned to get our tree, rain was forecast for the later morning. Then Saturday morning we woke up to steady rain. I prayed Friday night and Saturday morning that the rain would hold off at least until we got our tree home. It did – in fact, it held off until my husband got most of the outdoor decorations up as well. Our tree was pretty wet when we got it, but the drive home of top of the car dried it out pretty well. It touched my heart that God would grant that unessential, but heartfelt request.
3. Snowflakes on the ceiling – or decorating with boys. At our last house, there was a hook above where we set our Christmas tree, leftover from a hanging light or planter. One year one of the boys hung a plastic snowflake ornament up on that hook. I blustered about it but finally accepted it. Then it became a tradition to see who could get the snowflake ornament on that hook without my noticing. When we moved to this house, there was no hook on the ceiling, so one of them taped the snowflake to the ceiling. This year they took it up a notch:
If you can’t quite see them, there are snowflakes hanging all around the room. 🙂 One of the boys wanted to hang some from the ceiling fan blades…thankfully they didn’t go that far!
4. A movie with Jim. A week or two ago we watched An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving, based on a Louisa May Alcott story. This week Jim and I watched its sequel, An Old-Fashioned Christmas. Jim is not all that into period dramas, so I appreciated his watching this with me. 🙂 We watched these through the Hallmark channel app on our Apple TV, but I imagine they are available to rent in the usual places.
5. Impromptu get-togethers. Besides planned outings, activities, and dinners, it’s fun when Jason, Mittu, and Timothy come over unexpectedly. Sunday nights have been “fend for yourself night” in the kitchen ever since the boys were old enough to run the microwave. We usually have something leftover or in the freezer, so everyone rummages around for their own preferences whenever they get hungry. Another impromptu gathering occurred last night when Mittu texted and asked if they could bring dinner over. Always! It was very good! And since Jim had been out of town for a couple of days, and I had the full care of his mom, it was nice to have dinner taken care of.