Friday May 27, 2011
Can you name five blessings from your week? Susanne from Living to Tell the Story hosts Friday’s Fave Five each week. Click on over and see her if you’d like to join in!
Here are my favorites for this week:
1. Do I need to say it? The school year is over. I know, you’ve been hearing the countdown for weeks, and now, here it is. It was a little bittersweet this year, as I find myself saying goodbye to friends who are leaving us. I can’t think what it will be like without some of them. Regardless, they have made an impact on kids’ lives and on our hearts.
2. Summer reading. I’m already planning it. The stack by the side of my bed is growing. And I hope to get a good, healthy start on writing a novel that’s dancing around in my head, so there’s some reading to be done for research there, too.
3. Firsts. A couple of my sons are experiencing firsts, and it’s neat to hear. The pastor son has done his first funeral among other things, and his church is gearing up for Vacation Bible School in a big way. He’s in there, with a hammer and nails, too, as they build the background for the kids. Another son is doing job interviews, getting closer to that first job. And there’s always first real love…
4. An opportunity. I got to pitch a couple of articles for a magazine this week, and I’m hoping at least one of those will happen.
5. A perfect summer quote.
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” (John Lubbock)
That’s hard for me to “get” sometimes – “rest is not idleness.” We tend to be a busy family, but when we do stop and rest, I see such a difference – in the world around me, and in my heart.
And one more little -- but very important -- thing. Bigger Picture Blogs has put together Help 4 Joplin, an organization that's hosting an online auction to raise funds for The Salvation Army in Joplin, Missouri. Items for the auction have been donated by a number of businesses, and all proceeds from the auction will directly benefit relief efforts in Joplin. There's more information here about how you can help spread the word, too.
Here’s to summer!