Friday January 11, 2013
Do you hear the song when you read that title? I do. Can't get it out of my head. And I love it.
I'm happy to be back and linking up with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story, and happy to be greeting my Friday's Fave Five friends once again. I look forward to making the rounds to see what's happening, and I can't wait to hear from you all. Hope your holidays were beautiful.
My favorites from the last couple of weeks:
1. A great holiday time with family. There were a lot of us crammed into a small space, but it was great! All the boys were there, the lovely (and brave) daughter-in-law, the precious grandson, and my hospitable mom who opened her home to us. We even had snow! Snowballs were thrown, snowmen were crafted, and grandson Aiden got a ride down the hill. It was just awesome being together.
2. My hubby. After all the hubbub, it was nice riding home two days with my sweet husband -- time to talk, nap, read, listen. We do love to drive and be together.
3. That pile of books by my bed. I got even MORE books for Christmas! (My boys know what I love, and they got me some great ones.) I must admit, I already had a pile and now it has grown larger. I think I'll post sometime on the books by my bed.
4. Some exciting things for 2013. There's a wedding coming in June (our son Andrew and his fiancee Tiffany), one son is at Sundance Film Festival, another is anticipating a really cool internship possibility and working at the Winter Olympics, and the Groves family is hoping to add a little girl -- our eldest son and his wife are praying about taking steps toward an adoption from India. News about a novel of mine is upcoming, too. Lots of exciting things!
5. This quote: "When you love another person you see the face of God." (Les Mis)
Yes, Victor Hugo -- one of my heroes. You know that question people ask -- "If you could have dinner with anyone from history..."? I've added Victor to my list. I've long loved Les Miserables, and the film was a delight.
Maybe we could quibble about the quote, theologically. But think about it. When Valjean was loved, unlovely as he was with a bag of stolen silver goods in his hands, his life began to change. Then he, in turn, showed love and mercy to others.
Some have complained that the movie was depressing, gritty. Well, yeah. That's what life is like, and it's truly what life was like in that era, for so many. But the hope that persisted through it all! Just remember the last two words of the finale -- "Tomorrow comes."
Wishing you great tomorrows in the coming week,