For several years I have participated in a fun blog activity called Friday’s Fave Five, and I am determined to keep participating each week. I think it will be good to reflect on 5 good things that happened each week.
I have an awesome friend who is doing some painting for me. I had promised Madi that I would paint her room this summer, well I got caught up in other projects and did not get it done. Also around that time I became so consumed that something was wrong with Curt….. it just never happened. And dear Madi had already taken down everything off her walls and gotten her room ready to paint. I told her we would do it the first weekend in Oct. HOWEVER, that was the weekend we found out hubs has early onset dementia/Alzheimer’s…so it didn’t happen that weekend. But a dear friend came to my rescue over Christmas break, I was sharing with her about how bad I felt that I hadn’t done it and……….. she volunteered to do it!!!!!!!! At first I didn’t know what to say, but “YES!!” quickly emerged from my mouth. 🙂 She has been over twice this week to work on it………it’s starting to look so nice! 🙂 Oh I am just so thankful for her TLC with my daughter’s room!
We got a new Canon Rebel camera, it is so sweet! We really want to document this time in our life with some good pics. And my sweet husband who has alzheimer’s ordered the camera online, got it all set up and started to taking pics with it. This is such a crazy disease, he has trouble with some simple tasks, but has been able to learn how to use this somewhat complex camera!! Regardless I am loving this new camera!
I started playing with the camera some and took this shot of hubs……can you tell he is enjoying not having to shave every day!
My kids…….life is crazy these days, but my kids make me laugh every day!! Curt and I have always had a sense of humor and apparently they both got the humor gene also! 🙂
And finally ( I know this is only 4 things this week, but this next one counts as two….it’s amazing and I must share it!) I received a gift bag at school right before Christmas. The teacher who gave it to me emphasized to me that it was not from her, she was just delivering it. I took it to my classroom and finally looked at it at the end of the day. Inside was this sweet praying angel.
There was also a typed note and a check. I opened the note to find these endearing words;
“Experiences…….it’s what our lives are made of……We would like you to accept this gift and experience something fun…..something relaxing and enjoyable away from your daily worries and duties…..we know how important this is and how seldom we make the time to do it.
Funny how many times we are not even aware of how many people we touch throughout our lives…..sometimes directly……..sometimes indirectly…….sometimes through actions……..sometimes through words…….sometimes by the smallest thing that we don’t even see…….So please accept this small gift from people of lives both of you have touched…….some that you know……..some that you don’t……and each time you look at this angel…..know that someone is thinking of you and someone is praying for you………………
I cry all over again as I re-type those beautifully scripted words. Those words enough were a gift to both Curt and I…..but the story doesn’t end there!!
The check enclosed was for $646.32!!!!!!!!!!
And….yes there is more…………..Curt and I had just booked an upcoming ski vacation. Curt has always taken the kids skiing and wanted to take them to ski in Vermont while he still can ski. We hadn’t told a soul that we had even made the reservations or anything about the trip. The package deal that we had just booked for 4 nights cost us an amazing……………
Lodging and lift ticket package cost $636!!!!!!!!!!
Some may call that a cool coincidence, but here at Jesus and Dark Chocolate I truly believe God had His hand in all of it!
I truly can say that during our storm of life, we have been blessed by God!
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