I truly can't believe it's Friday already! This past week just flew by but I think it's partly because we had Monday off....due to honoring Christopher Columbus.
It is definitely autumn here now...the nights are much cooler, although we haven't had frost yet, and the sun is setting much earlier...some people like that...and although I do enjoy the 4 different seasons, I am not a fan of the "darker, earlier" thing. But as in all things, there are always blessings to be found, so let's try to find five of our faves from the past week and share them by linking up at Susanne's site.
- BONFIRE! Last Saturday evening, Dave and I hosted a Wine and Cheese Bonfire for Couples. We invited some members of our church who happen to belong to a social group I organize. What fun we had!! Every couple brought a bottle of wine to share/sample from, and I provided the cheese and crackers and hot drinks for those folks who don't drink wine. The evening was perfect for a fire in the backyard! I love these kinds of casual events with good friends and am so thankful for all the laughs and good conversation.
|Claire and Noah at his house before the Homecoming Dance|
- HOMECOMING! For some reason, our school district scheduled Homecoming for the long holiday weekend but everything worked out. Claire (now a junior!) and her group of friends went to the game together on Friday evening after she marched in the parade representing Russian Club. Then Saturday evening was the Homecoming Dance which she went to with her boyfriend and other friends. They all looked so nice in their semi-formal dress. (a rule in our high school is that they dress up for Homecoming). AND...our football team won the game the night before, 40 something to 0!!!! The reason this makes my fave list though is because all of us moms decided to take turns with the driving. I was the mom who drove the gang to the parade and game. Another mom brought them home. I drove Claire to her bf's house the next night and his folks got them to the Dance and another mom brought them all home. This helps because even though Claire has her license, it is just a junior one as she is under 17 and NYS law says she cannot drive past 9 pm. The dance got out at 10:30 so everything worked out for everyone. I'm very thankful for this group of moms and friends.
|Side view of National Museum of Dance|
Saratoga Spa State Park
Saratoga Springs, NY
|lawn at National Museum of Dance|
- QUIET TIME! On Sunday afternoon, Claire had her first Nutcracker rehearsal at the School of the Arts (National Museum of Dance) on the grounds of Saratoga Spa State Park in this city. Her rehearsal was one hour long so I had brought my book, blanket, an apple and my water bottle to relax under the maples on the lawn. The other moms either ran errands or just sat in their cars but the day was so gorgeous at 72 degrees that I just had to be outside! What a lovely spot and I'm so thankful I had that time to read a good book and relax before having her practice driving the route home.
|overlooking the Vanerwhacker Wild Forest Region of the Central ADKS|
from the summit of Moxham Mountain
12 October 2015
|along the Moxham Mountain Trail|
|Central Adirondacks from summit of Moxham|
|From first overlook on the ridgeline across Moxham Mountain|
- COLUMBUS DAY HIKE! Since Monday was a holiday, my friend Kathy and I hiked a new-to-us trail up Moxham Mountain. Moxham's trail is relatively new...it was built in 2012. Previously, people would rappel up the cliff sides to get to the top. The weather was absolutely perfect! Temp was about 74 degrees in town and about 70 on the summit. The hike was a total of 5.4 miles so was a perfect work out and we enjoyed lunch on the summit, lingering to talk to other hikers. The fall foliage was at its peak up in the Adirondacks this past weekend so after this week, those same colors are going to look very muted. I'm thankful I had this day to hike and for all the great photos we took!!
- SCRIPTURE! I just love it when I'm reading in the Bible and a Scripture jumps out at me or causes me to think.......to really "chew" on the meat of it. This happened twice in the last week and I'm so thankful for God's words to me. He is so faithful. I can't imagine my life without walking with my Savior. (If you're interested, the post I wrote based on part of the above Scripture can be found here.)
Can you find five blessings from your week?? Please do share one in the comment section below!!
Have a restful weekend!