"Even when the rainbow seems to pass right by me....I'm still finding Gold in the clouds....."

15 February 2013

Small Moments

Friday  Fave Five time!  The day we look back on the week, find 5 blessings from God, and share them with other bloggers.  Join in and link up over at Susanne's.

In chatting with the teacher I work with every morning and most afternoons, I found that she does something called "Small Moments". She has a mason jar and every so often she will find a "blessing"....a small moment...in the day or evening, when she's frustrated or sad or happy and she writes it down on a small piece of paper and places it in the mason jar. It's her Small Moments Jar. I'm doing the same thing except I keep a journal and am adding to my 1000 gifts.  It is good to give thanks to the Lord and look for those small moments He puts in our lives.......I had several this past week and boy did I need them......it was a TOUGH week.


  • ANTIBIOTICS AND A QUICK APPOINTMENT!  On Monday I decided to see my doctor to find out why I had a headache (I suspected sinus infection) after 6 days of over the counter treatments.  She said it WAS a sinus infection and wrote me a Rx for a strong antibiotic.  The headache is still on-again/off -again, but mainly "off" and the other good thing is that I checked in 10 minutes before my appointment, sat down and was immediately called!  That like never happens...I usually wait at least 10 minutes.  So thankful for this quick appointment as it was a super busy day with a full evening of activities.  I love when God brings a surprise like that!

  • YELLOW ROSES!  When I returned from ballet with Claire on Tuesday evening, Dave had our late dinner just about finished and these roses on the dining room table waiting for me.  Yes, he was 2 days early with the Valentine's gift.  Loved this!  and he knows my fave color for roses is yellow. This really helped make a tough day a little nicer and we had a relaxing evening once the kitchen was cleaned up. He definitely knows my love language and that is such a blessing!
  • TREATS FOR CO-WORKERS!  I have 3 teachers I work closely with at the school.  2 Special Education teachers (one of whom is my direct supervising teacher) and the general education 2nd grade classroom teacher. I love them all and I love buying or making them little treats. For Valentine's Day I baked my special no fat mocha chip brownies.  The recipe calls for frosting but I stick with the light approach and just sprinkle a little powdered sugar on them.  They all loved them.  The blessing for me is that this fills my love tank since "gifts" is my primary love language!!

  • CARD FROM COLLEGE GIRL!  Our oldest daughter sent Dave and I a lovely Valentine's card. The awesome thing was that the message inside totally fit our family!  Her note to us just made my day.....I miss her when she's out at Gordon and this card just made me so happy that she  was given to us by God....what a blessing she has been to us. From the moment I gave birth to her, I have felt an overwhelming gratitude to the Lord for the blessing she is. I love that I get to be her mom!

"To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."

This quote is one I found on a card at The Fresh Market. It totally describes the gen ed teacher I work with.  So I bought it for her! She has been willing to listen to me vent about some frustrations with the Special Education team this year and always has an encouraging word for me.  She is cheerful, the children love and respect her, and they help me to aide the special needs boy in the classroom because of her encouragement. I think she made my list last week too but it's been another tough week at work with a couple of situations that I can't discuss here and.......she listens and understands. She is always giving me a smile or hug on a tough day..those days that feel "stormy" are ones that she just keeps telling me are ones where we need to look for those small moments.  Working alongside someone like that is a huge blessing.

That wraps up my week. All of the schools in the Capital Region have next week off due to Winter Recess.  Claire and I are excited about getting some projects done around the house, relaxing and reading, and I will even have time to browse some blogs, do some writing on here about things that God has been showing and teaching me lately.  I'm also looking forward to working out a little more each day and having some relaxing mornings. A couple of day trips are in the planning stages as well!!

Whatever your plans for the weekend are, I encourage you to look for the small moments.....the little things are sometimes the biggest blessings!


Kathie said...

Faith - you are doing such an incredible job looking for the blessings especially in a hard week! I love that most of your blessings are other people. That blesses them!

Glad you got the sinus infection sorted quickly. There seems to be so much sickness going around. Hope you're over it soon.

A very sweet hubby!! Mine brought me flowers too.

And what a sweet surprise to hear from your girl at Gordon.

I'm glad that you have such supportive co-workers. Sounds like you're a wonderful encouragement to them too.

Enjoy your weekend!

Melissa R said...

So glad that your doctor appointment went well and the antibiotic is working! Sounds like a sweet week in your family. Enjoy the roses. :)

Ann said...

A whole week off!! We're just glad to be getting Monday!! Congratulations--

Susanne said...

That sinus infection does not sound like fun at all. Glad you finally went to the doctor and got it looked at. And getting in right away is a bonus. That's a rarity around here.

Love that quote. The best perspective on success.

Sweet that Courtney sent you a valentine.

Barbara H. said...

That is unusual to get right in at the doctor's! Hope your sinus infection clears up soon.

My m-i-l's favorite color is yellow.

The treats sound fun! And love notes from our kids are marvelous.

Sue said...

No fat mocha chip brownies-sounds great! Could you post the recipe?

Laura@OutnumberedMom said...

A week off? ENJOY, Faith!

So glad you got some antibiotics and are feeling better. Sounds like you work with some of the awesome people I work with. What a blessing, huh?

Sweet card from your college girl! How nice. Have a great time this coming week!

Willow said...

Enjoy your week off! It sounds like it's coming at a good time for you to relax, take a deep breath and face the rest of the year.
Blessings to you as you work through your situation on your team.

Gattina said...

How sweet of your daughter to send a card. We don't celebrate Valentine's day, 45 years ago nobody knew about it so now we always forget, lol !

Heather said...

That was so sweet of your husband to have dinner and roses!!!

I love to give small gifts like that to family and friends.

The card from your daughter was so thoughtful. I love cards!!

Have a great weekend!

Homemanager said...

Glad that you are feeling better, Faith! Lovely presents from the family! Linds surprised me with an beautiful purple and white orchid, a bag of dark chocolate pieces and...an Amazon Paperwhite (latest kindle)!!! It was so unexpected...the Lord has really blessed us with special husbands..

Melanie said...

What a fantastic week (despite the headaches)!! Love the roses (my fave flower but in red) and what a special treat unexpected! You have a lovely husband. Great getting a card from your daughter. How sweet that you made treats for your co-workers :)