Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday Favorite Five

I have something to confess. The past few weeks I didn't participate in Susanne's Friday Fave Five because I was basically in a bad mood. (Well, last week I was just plain busy.) But wrapping up moving into our house produced a variety of stresses and it was hard to see beyond them. I kinda felt I ought to be participating in FFF but at the same time, well, I just didn't.

These verses comes to mind:

And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20

But Job replied, "You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?" So in all this, Job said nothing wrong. Job 2:10

Whether good or "bad" I need to thank God for it. It is all for my good. (It's admittedly easier to say this after the fact and usually not during the trial.)

Things I am grateful for:

1. That my daughter, who has been very sick with a bad cough, does not have RSV or whooping cough. (She was tested for both.) She has an ear infection though and so we're down for the count on antibiotics. I'm very grateful re: whooping cough in particular as several of our family friends have it and it just sounds absolutely harsh, terrible and frightening!

2. I had an absolutely fantastic time with my friend last week. She came with her baby girl and we had a few extremely fun days with one another. We talked and talked and talked and enjoyed each other's company very well. I loved it.

3. Our oven works and doesn't smell like smoke! Every appliance in the kitchen had to be replaced but we were able to run the cleaner on our oven and it works! In a celebratory gesture, I made brownies with peanut butter chips. They were yummy.

4. When I was in my early 20's I bought a bunch of Disney song soundtracks. (Don't ask me why. I really don't want to confess that much about my personality.) At any rate, this past week my children have been thoroughly enjoying them. My oldest sits riveted next to the music player listening to the songs and memorizing them. My two boys together belt out, "YO HO! YO HO! A Pirate's Life for MEEEeee!" in unison. It's very funny in person, if not in writing. Apparently I made a good investment in the lives of my future children when I bought those CD's. It might be argued that they are being enjoyed by an appropriate age group now but really. . . ! Who DOESN'T smile when you hear, "You can FLY!"

5. It is a weekend. And for that I am very, very grateful!


  1. I, am extremely grateful that it is Friday.
    I am so glad the Girl doesn't have anything bad, I pray she will continue to recover and heal.
    I'll do you one better on the Disney soundtracks; My Mr bought me the entire set for our second Anniversary! (And we listened to them together.) He knows all the good ones, I skip to Beauty and the Beast or Jungle Book!
    (Singing)..Look for the Bear Necessities....

    1. This morning when I woke up the "chorus" to The Monkey's Uncle was running through my head. I've never seen that show (?) but that's always the one that repeats itself in my brain. Shall we analyze? ;)

  2. Will pray that your little one's cough and ear infection get better quickly! I JUST had my tetanus updated and along with it they gave me the dose of pertussis....if your children have been vaccinated they should be ok for quite a few years....I had no idea the docs were updating everyone's pertussis vaccine until I started reading about whooping cough going around some areas of our state! Thank the Lord for medicine and vaccines! Those brownies sound yummy...glad you are finding the blessings among the hard times :)

  3. It's odd that the place where the smoke damage originated didn't have to be replaced. But I am glad it's working!

    Hope your little one is feeling better soon.

    Glad you had a good time with your friend!

    I know what you mean -- it's much easier to discern how we should think after a trial that in it. Hopefully life will be completely back to normal soon (whatever that is. Ha!)

    1. Oh! The smoke originated from the stove. I cooked it in a pot on the stove.

      For the record, last week I bought a crock pot big enough to cook a chicken. AND it turns itself off when it's done cooking. :P

      (The oven is to the side, set inside a cabinet which thankfully seemed to protect it adequately. Every other appliance - fridge, dishwasher, stove and microwave - had to be replaced.)

  4. I am enjoying the yo ho ho-ing. I remember my brothers and cousin singing the same rousing chorus while alternately hanging their arms around one anothers' shoulders and raising imaginary mugs to swing in time to their song.

  5. M had lots of ear infections as baby/toddler. Her only symptom: cough.

    A good way to celebrate a working oven. And really, last week may have been busy for me, too, but I recall being rather...irritable. :)

  6. I agree that celebrating your working oven by baking brownies, especially with peanut butter chips, is a good thing!

    I do know how you feel. We didn't have to replace our kitchen appliances when we remodeled after the flood, but then six months later, the fridge quit and we did have to get a new one. Appliances are sooo expensive ...

    I'm so glad you got to have a good visit with your girlfriend. Girl time is so important!

  7. I'm so glad your little girl just has an ear infection, even though that's horrible enough! I'll be praying for that to get better.

    Grasshopper has been asking to watch "Tick Tock" a lot lately, which is actually "Beauty and the Beast". I've been enjoying it! :)

    Have you seen those "pirate" guys that sing on the Disney channel(after "Jake and the Neverland Pirates"?) They're actually a real group that sings. Their songs are always stuck in my head. Jonathan even likes them, which is saying a lot.

  8. That was a good week especially that you don't have to worry anymore about your daughter !

  9. I absolutely agree that celebrating a working oven by baking brownies is completely appropriate. What a blessing to have all your appliances back (and improved).

    Hurray for weekends! I'm thoroughly enjoying mine. I hope you are too.

  10. I'm so glad your little one has nothing worse than an ear infection. That whooping cough is really scary.

    Sounds like it was a week that was on the tougher side. I'm glad you joined in today. Hoping that your next week leaves you many moments to get refreshed and rejuvinated.