Friday the Thirteen’s Fave Five

FFF fall leaves 2My, my…I do believe it is Friday the 13th.  If you are the superstitious type, it might be giving you pause, but for me….I’m just thankful to be alive and ready to post another Friday’s Fave Five.  It’s a comforting feeling to have the assurance that God has control of my days and my future whether it is Friday the 13th or 20th or any date.  So let’s place that black cat firmly aside and head on to my list of Friday’s Faves.

1.  Finding new cousins. Thanks to some pictures that I posted of my great-grandfather, Emil Graf, I was able to connect with two more cousins, previously unknown to me, on the Graf side of the family.  They stumbled across my pictures up on Flickr while doing some searches on Emil and discovered that they had many of the same pictures that I had.  What a treat to find family and to be able to share more bits of the puzzle that makes up the crazy quilt of our heritage.  And speaking of treats, my hubby, The Commander, just forwarded this link to me yesterday with a panoramic view of the town that my great-grandfather and his family emigrated from in Switzerland.  Go ahead and click on it and take a look.  It will be well worth it.  Oh my, it is unbelievably beautiful.  Have you every had those moments when a place just resonates with your soul?  My son calls it my “fey” moments.  But I swear, when I saw that picture, it was like I was suddenly there walking around those cobblestone streets and smelling the crisp air, hearing the sounds, and just feeling very much at home.  I think this is going to have to go on my list of places to visit.

Rainey Square2.  I finished my first square in the Great American Aran Afghan.  This is the Susan Rainey square which won 1st place of all the designs submitted for the afghan.  It is the first square that our afghan class has done.  One down and nineteen to go.  I’ll talk about this square more in another post but I wanted to give you a peek at it since having it finished is definitely a “fave” for this week.

SW Mother Daughter Scrapbookers3.  Spending time with my daughter last weekend. It was so nice to be able to spend last Friday, Saturday, and part of Sunday with our daughter, Laura  during the scrapbooking retreat.  We had such a good time.  An extra bonus was heading over to visit Laura’s grandmother at the nursing home after lunch on Sunday.  Mom was alert that day and was able to visit with the two of us and enjoy Laura’s presence, which was a real blessing.

Thanksgiving Hat4.  Making plans for our family Thanksgiving reunion. Oh, I have BIG plans for fun when my brother and his family arrive.  We always do wacky things and laugh until our sides are sore.  One of the things I have planned is to go “bag” some of these Thanksgiving hats for the family to wear for one or two of our family portraits.  Since my daughter and son-in-law don’t read my blog (heh, heh, heh), I know that this will come as a surprise to them when I pull out these beauties and will help firmly set the mood for our day, which by the way, our daughter and hubby are hosting for the first time every.  How cool is that?

Operation Christmas Child5.  Preparing a box of goodies for Operation Christmas Child. This Sunday our church is collecting boxes to send off to Samaritan’s Purse for their annual “Operation Christmas Child.”  This is such a wonderful event that really blesses so many boys and girls around the world.  If you know of a church or organization who is collecting filled shoeboxes for this, I’d highly recommend participating in it, too.  If you’d like to read more about Operation Christmas Child, you can read about it here.

What are you thankful for this past week?  Come join us in blogging about your Fave Five’s or read about what others are writing about at Living to Tell the Story.




6 Responses

  1. We’re doing our boxes this weekend and I’m sure they will make my list next week!

    Spending time doing something we love with our children is extra special.

    What a beautiful square!

  2. That afghan square looks marvelous!

    Your #1 and 3 are so great! 5, too. All of them, really!

  3. How wonderful that you are preparing a box for Operation Christmas Child. I have distributed those in other countries and it really makes the children happy.

  4. i like your fave five. i’ve seen hats like those to knit on ravelry. they’re hilarious.
    your square is great.

  5. I’m glad you had mentioned Operation Christmas Child – our church is packing boxes this weekend too and I had forgotten – thanks!!

    What a beautiful afghan square. The finished product will be gorgeous!

    Your T hats are hilarious – don’t forget pictures!

  6. Those T hats: the employees at Trader Joe’s were wearing them today! Hilarious!

    I was waiting for a report on the scrapbooking retreat! I knew it would make your fave list this week.

    I’m going to go over and look at the Graf family’s hometown…you know why!

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