Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday's Fave Five, February 10, 2012

Time to reflect on this week's joys:

1.  The week started out on a note of sadness.  I learned that one of the boys in my youth group I attended growing up passed away.  It really shook me up on many levels but mainly because I had said the last time I was home that NEXT visit I was going to be sure and go out to see Ricky and Gayle.  And now I can't.

You may ask why then am I mentioning this on a list of favorites?  I am thankful for the wonderful youth group I belonged to at Amelia Baptist Church.  I met these wonderful people when I was 13 and stayed until I moved away to get married at age 20. I have many fond memories, and that is what I chose to dwell on this week.

I've written before about the two faithful moms, Roberta and Lois, that shepherded us kids. You can read about them here. Their work was cut out for them, keeping track of the core group:  me, Donnie and Eva, Ricky and Gayle, Bonnie Faye, Debbie, Ronnie Gaskin, David McKendree, Ronnie McKendree, Danny, Paul and Patsy Hart, Brenda Whitehurst - well, I could go on and on. Thank you all for the wonderful times of friendship.  You made teen-age life wonderful!
2. This week was also a week of bronchitis for my hubby and sinus infections for me. Again, looking for the silver lining in a cloud of sickness:  I'm thankful for hot tea, warm jammies, soft tissues with lotion, and a comfy couch to rest on. Creature comforts really help when you don't feel at your best.

3. The main event of the week was that on Monday, Jim and I celebrated 36 years of marriage.  Because neither of us were feeling well, we really haven't celebrated our anniversary yet. It feels good, though, to reflect on 36 years of learning to do life together.  We are each other's biggest fan, and we often tell each other we would "be lost without you."

4. Quote of the week:

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought,
and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
G.K. Chesterton

Can this mean that the highest form of thought is participating in Friday's Favorite Five?

5.  I got my hair done last night - I'm loving it!  Don't think me vain, but it's definitely a favorite to have a good hair day.

Hey, why don't you link up at Susanne's blog, Living to Tell the Story and share YOUR five?


Mo said...

Happy Anniversary!

Lisa notes... said...

You've done such a beautiful job in finding the joys in hard situations! I have a wonderful teenage youth group too, and it really set a good tone for my spiritual growth from that point forward. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend though. So hard.

Congratulations on 36 years!!! How wonderful!

I like to think I'm not vain either, but oh to have a good hair day can certainly put me in a better mood. ha.

Annette {This Simple Home} said...

You are finding the blessings! Happy anniversary!

ellen b. said...

Ahh yes, a good hair day is wonderful. Happy anniversary to the two of you. Hope you are feeling real well soon and can enjoy a celebration. I got an email about a friend from the church I grew up in, too. Always sad news coupled with peace in knowing they are with the Lord. Hope you feel well this weekend.

Brenda said...

Having a good hair day is a favorite!

Congratulations on 36 years of marriage, amazing!

Willow said...

Happy 36th Anniversary to you! I'm sorry you had to spend it being sick but there is a celebration to look forward to :)

Susanne said...

I guess we are all pretty high thinkers then, us fave fiver's. ;v)

I'm sorry that a former friend passed away. It's nice you have so many great memories of a youth group that involved him.

Good haircuts are definitely a favorite! And happy Anniversary to both you and your hubby. Hope you're soon feeling better so you can celebrate in style.