Every week, I plan to post a couple of extra times here at Willow's Cottage, and every week, Thursday evening arrives, and I realize that I haven't done it. Lately, my life has been so busy that I'm just glad I have Friday Fave Fives to 'force' me to stop, focus, look back, and actually write something and remember what has blessed me this week.
1. Yeah. The house sale. Nope. Nothing yet. But one thing that has been a blessing is that our house is staying clean and organized. In fact, it was important this Monday night. On Sunday, we all suddenly realized that the couple who usually hosts our sermon based small group on Monday evening was out of town and so...I volunteered our house. Another sweet thing is that the others all arranged to bring snacks, so I didn't have to do that part of the hosting.
2. AND we had such a great time together Monday night catching up and laughing and praying together. We are so blessed by our group of fifteen friends.
3. On Sunday after church, we invited our new Pastor of Youth and Discipleship and his wife to have lunch with us. We have a few connections with them already (like our niece working with her) and it was great getting to know them better. I'm thankful for that time.
4. I'm doing two other Bible studies this semester, one on Titus and the other on 1st, 2nd and 3rd John. These are all short books in the New Testament, but they're loaded with lots of good teaching. I'm thankful I have time and opportunity to do these studies.
5. The Professor and I have started reading through another series of murder mysteries. This time it's novels written by Ngaio Marsh, a New Zealand author of the mid Twentieth Century (1895-1982). Her references and word use have led me on a few rabbit trails (like what is an Adam fireplace???) and that's almost as much fun as trying to decipher who is the murderer.
Thanks to all of you who mentioned our plans to sell our house. Yes, we are moving out of the area. It will be hard to leave our wonderful city which is so close to my beloved beach and ocean and to leave our church and friends and The Professor's family. But we know it's the right thing to do to move closer to our children and grandchildren. Updates will come as we know them. And thank you to everyone who reads and comments here at Willow's Cottage. I truly love and value each one of you.
And a couple of beach photos to enjoy.