Family, Friends, Words: Friday's Fave Five

Friday February 25, 2011


Time for a rundown of my favorite things from this week. Once again, a great time to look back and count your blessings! Thanks to Susanne from Living to Tell the Story for hosting. Visit Susanne and join us.

Here are five of my week’s blessings:

1. An incredible weekend! Hubby and I flew away and got to see my mom, three of our boys, our sweet daughter-in-law and precious grandson all from Friday to Monday. Added bonuses? Staying with my college roommate and meeting a son's new girlfriend – both were great! There are a few pictures (and a little parody of flying) in my earlier post here.

2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Oh, my…what a book. I was transported to another time, another place, another skin. What a story. I could not put it down. So incredibly thought-provoking.

3. Friends like this. Jeanie will probably have my head for talking about her like this (the last thing she wants to do is “toot her own horn”), but I have to link to my sweet friend’s blog so you can see her heart. Her journey with Esther touches me so because she is a twin of all those wonderful friends and neighbors who minister to my 85 year old mom in my absence. Those of us on the receiving end of such love and compassion understand; all we can say is “Thanks.”

4. This review. Shonya of Learning How Much I Don’t Know shared from her heart about my book, and it’s just such a great review. I just sat here with a big, silly grin on my face as I read it. You know, I’m Outnumbered is the book of my heart – I wrote it for boy moms, and to hear from one who felt encouraged? It’s such a blessing. Thanks again, Shonya.

5. An Emerson quote. I know I’ve referenced this quote before, and it was probably at this same spot on FFF. But I can’t help it – I just love it. What a great notion to live by.

Don’t waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

FFF Friends, I was off baby-holding last weekend, so I didn’t make my way around very well. But I’ll be seeing you this weekend at your place.

A great week to you.

21 comments:

Jean Wise said...

Laura yes off with your head. We all do what is right in our heart for others.....Thank you for kind words

Faith said...

Love your faves this week and once again, a fantastic quote from one of my faves! I read The Help last summer and it left a profound impact and started good discussion between my family and I....it was an excellent read. So glad you got time for that baby holding!! Enjoy your weekend, Laura.

Diane said...

Sounds like a wonderful time with family! I've never heard a book giving you new skin like that.... powerful endorsement! :O)

Laura said...

I love this little peek into your week, Laura! Sounds like some good stuff going on in your neighborhood :). I'll have to check out The Help...I sure could use some new skin :)

Jerralea said...

"Chant the beauty of the good" I love it! Thanks for sharing!

Glad you got some "baby holding" time!

Shonya said...

I also really enjoyed The Help when I read it last year. It's a great story, easy to read, and thought-provoking all at the same time.

I'm glad you were blessed by the review--esp since your book blessed me so much! :D

Susanne said...

I read "the Help" last year. What a great book, much more than just a simple story and you're right, very thought provoking.

Very cute pics of you and your grandson. I cannot believe how fast he is growing!

ellen b. said...

Oh I'm so glad you had such a wonderful weekend and got to spend time with so many loved ones! How sweet is that?! Love that quote and I might just steal it for my facebook status...

barbarah said...

Sounds like a perfect weekend!

It's good to be reminded that people are more important than lists.

I'm glad another boy mom found your book!

Our Village is a Little Different said...

I'm so glad you had a nice visit with your friends and family. I'm a sentimental one, and love to be surrounded by love. How nice to have a grand baby to love! Younhave a great list. Your friend sounds like a wonderful woman.

Heidiopia said...

oh, happy things, happy things! A great way to start the weekend! I've been behind on my reading this week, so I'm heading over to check out pics of your sweet grandbaby. Have a blessed weekend, Laura!

becky said...

Glad to know you had such a great visit...in spite of the airports!

Debbie said...

That does sound like an incredible and very busy weekend. It's always nice to catch up with old friends and visit with family.

Sandy said...

Oh what a GREAT weekend....and your post about the weekend was funny. Baby holding and lovin makes it ALL worthwhile. Chant the beauty of Good and the beauty of God....all good. :)

Lisa notes... said...

Glad you enjoyed The Help, too. I agree that it was a very thought-provoking book. How fun to get to baby-hold last weekend! No better way to spend your time.

Brenda said...

I loved the book The Help, so much fun to read.

Sounds like a great week with a fun trip!

Gattina said...

How nice to see your family !
I will see my little grandson today for the first time since Christmas ! He is 3 months old now. They are coming from Amsterdam !

Nanato4 said...

Based on your comments and those of your friends, I am definitely going to need to check out "The Help".

It certainly sounds like you had a simply fabulous week ... especially the part about the weekend that included your grandson.

Have a blessed weekend!

Melissa said...

I'm so glad that your mom has friends and neighbors who care for her when you can't be there. That's so important.

Glad, too, that you had a wonderful visit with family and friends!

Jientje said...

Time spent with family is precious, I can imagine you had a great weekend. I hope this one is as good as that one!

Susan DiMickele said...

Just read The Help too!

You and I are on the same page as usual. It was great.

So fun to keep up with your life.

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