Here's my Friday five for today:
1. Getting together for breakfast with friends last week. We met at this iconic place:
|From summer 2010|
|Also from summer 2010|
2. Strength for some very busy days, as Mr. T and I try to pour a couple hours each day into the clean-out of my childhood home. It's hard to juggle everything. Below is an envelope from a digest-sized Valentine Ideals magazine found at the house. Magazine and envelope recently sold in my shop.
3. Great fellowship with our old friends Syd and Cyndy, as Syd filled our church's pulpit last Sunday. We had them over for lunch, along with friends from church. One of our aforementioned busy days was Saturday, when I got all of the food organized for Sunday's lunch and also cleaned the house in preparation. Syd's messages were so encouraging for a new year!
4. Answered prayer in some situations we've had on our minds for awhile. We really need to take more careful note of answered prayers. God is answering them every day!
|Graphic by Abby at Little Birdie Blessings|
And a few reflections for this month:
It's been a great month in many ways, but I'm a bit disappointed with how little I've accomplished. The month didn't really go as I expected it would, and I know part of that had to do with my hubby's retirement (planned for mid-December) getting pushed off to mid-January instead. Since then, he has also worked a week or so with our son-in-law, which feels like a vacation to him since a remodel in someone's home starts a lot later in the morning than a logging job!
We've done a bit of decluttering here, and he has jumped into housework as he said he would, scrubbing the tub and shower, changing sheets, helping out in the kitchen, vacuuming, and more. We've also spent a good number of hours at my childhood home, taking loads to the dump, thrift store, and book drop. But there is such a long way to go!
Last night I mentioned to Mr. T that I felt I had accomplished so little during the day. As we talked through it, I realized I had actually accomplished quite a bit, but it just didn't feel that way. I think now that part of my feeling of not accomplishing much has to do with not taking even small bits of time to do things I enjoy, like writing or crafting.
Into my discouragement this morning fell this blog post from Sally Clarkson: Exhausted Already this January? Create Spaces of Rest. Did I ever need this! I am going to be doing what I can to create some small spaces of rest in the midst of extreme busyness. Maybe this will be a blessing to someone else today also.
|Graphic from Baptist Bible Hour|
Hope you all have a nice weekend!