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

23 February 2018

Winter Break Faves

It's been a nice, relaxing week as I've been home all week on Winter Break!

I do miss my preschool  students and I'm hoping they are all getting healthy and ready for the next month of learning.  Meanwhile, I've had some little blessings in the week that I'm sharing for the FFF post.  Link up at Susanne's to share yours!

  • GUATEMALA GIFT!  Dave arrived back in town late last Saturday night and he had a gift for all of us.  A beautiful blanket for Courtney and coffee for me. Claire will receive her tea when she is home for spring break next month. I do love Guatemalan coffee.  Thank goodness we have a grinder because he could only get it in whole bean this time.  It is amazing!!  He knows my love language for sure!  (and the missions team had a wonderful week of serving...thank you to all who prayed for my husband)
Adirondack Country Store
Northville, NY

my cousin Kenny and I
at a north country diner
  • TRIP NORTH:  my cousin Kenny and I hardly ever get together but when we do we always enjoy good food and conversation.  I did a little shopping first in his village, which happens to be the same village where my mother grew up and where I would spend my summers at our family camp.  It's located in the southern Adirondack mountains and they still have 15 inches of snow up there!  However, I loved the fresh mountain air!  There's nothing like it!  I did some shopping and then met Kenny for lunch at a little diner I'd never been to. The prices were fantastic as was the food!  We then followed lunch with a glass of wine at a local sports pub we like.  It was good to get together with my cousin and I'm thankful we have stayed in touch.
Lunch on my deck!

our backyard on 21 February at 70 degrees!
  • SPRING TEMPS!  WOW....on Wednesday, we woke up to very warm temps and the day got up to 73 degrees in the Capital Region!  I loved it!!  Of course yesterday we were back to 34 degrees and cloudy when I woke up.  But still.....I enjoyed the sunshine, took a drive to a new-to-me nature preserve where I will be hiking next month and came home to eat lunch on the deck!  I loved it!!  Thank you God for that brief respite of spring temperatures!  

  • LUNCH DATE!  I had a lunch date yesterday with my dear friend and spiritual mentor.  Oh my goodness.  We decided to try a rather new-to-us place right in town.  Apparently they've been around for 20 years but recently moved to our locale.  You can see their menu here.  They use all fresh produce and organic items as well as super foods.  It is amazing. The best part was sharing great conversation and prayer with my dear friend and mentor.  I had to run some things by M and get her spiritual input,  and she asked me to pray for some specific things and then asked my input on something. It was such great conversation from a spiritual aspect. It was also great  to catch up on family news from one another.  We'll do this again in the late spring.  I'm so very thankful for good Christian friends who love to stay connected!

  • IN MEMORY OF:  By now most of the world has learned of the Rev Billy Graham's death....er....new life with Jesus in heaven!  AMEN!  I was teary-eyed when I first heard the news because he was such a great preacher and so full of integrity.  And because our pastor served under him, he made a video in memory of him.  Dave and I had the pleasure to see Billy Graham at his Albany Crusade in July 1990.  We had just come back from our honeymoon! I'm so thankful for the legacy Billy Graham leaves this world and for the fact that he served well and represented Christ well.  Hopefully this link will work for you so you can hear my pastor's remarks. Please click on the link and it will bring you right to the tribute.

That wraps up my week.

I hope you all have a relaxing weekend.


Barbara H. said...

Sounds like a fun winter break! We got up to the 70s today, too. So nice! What great gifts from Guatemala! Glad the trip went well and you had good visits with your cousin and friend.

Wendy said...

Seems like you had a good winter break and hopefully are well rested and ready to get back to work. Glad to hear your hubby got home safely.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

Sounds like a great winter break. My mum and her sister were both pregnant at the same time...twice! My cousin and I are both born in April of the same year and my sister and her sister are both born in December of the same year! So we always have a great time whenever we get together.

Willow said...

I was at two Billy Graham crusades in Portland, OR--1968 and again in the 1990s. 'Well done, good and faithful servant'!
You had some great school break get togethers. That lunch place sounds like a spot I could get to love.
Coffee is my love language too :) And I'm glad Dave is home safe and refreshed.

Susanne said...

Perfect timing for that wonderful warm day coming on your break. Your lunch sounds wonderful all the way around. Fun that you got to visit with your cousin. I have grown up with only meeting my cousins once in my life when I was 10 because they live in Hungary. It's a relationship I've always been sad that I don't have.