Friday September 9, 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!
1. Hard work. This seems appropriate on the heels of Labor Day. That hard work? It was my hubby’s. He spent practically his entire Labor Day in our yard. We now have new plants (Red Button Ginger) with glossy green leaves and a touch of a red bloom. New mulch, new edging—he outdid himself!
2. Family celebrations. Yesterday was the littlest Groves’s first birthday. (Aiden, that is.) I wrote a little about his celebration and our part in it here. (Check out the pictures!) We couldn’t be there (oh, my heart) and neither could two of the boys, but we got great reports and plenty of video and great photos.
3. Work in general. Thankful for work? Well, yes. As these tough times stretch on and on and as we look toward our future, I am thankful for work for me and my husband. And you know what? We both love our work. We feel called to do what we’re doing. That sure beats hating what you do and just doing it for the money. It looks like I may be writing about my teacher work soon—a new blog for teachers will soon launch and I’ll be contributing. I’m excited!
4. Movie night. We saw a fun movie last weekend—Midnight in Paris. It stars Owen Wilson, who I always enjoy, as a writer. Although it’s set in modern times, while he’s in Paris he finds himself mingling with the likes of Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. A few caveats: it’s a Woody Allen movie so it’s very “talkie”—lots of navel-gazing. If you don’t like Allen’s movies, you wouldn’t enjoy it. It was SO much fun to see some of my favorite writers depicted. And they were so true to what I’ve read about them! (My hubby said, “I enjoyed it, but…” The literary allusions weren’t his cup of tea, but he was still a good sport.)
5. This quote:
“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because, in the last analysis, all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.” (Frederick Buechner)
In boredom and pain, excitement and gladness—all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace. Isn’t that lovely? Help me remember that, Lord!
Wishing you some key moments full of grace this week.