It’s been another busy week and I needed a break so I thought I would do a short but fun post with my Friday Favorites. Here are the things that I am loving this week. 🙂
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This Week’s Fave Anticipation
Hints of Spring
It’s been rainy the last few days but there are signs of spring around as tiny buds are showing and a few are beginning to bloom. I can’t wait until March so I can start planting flowers on our deck garden.
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This Week’s Fave Lotion
For Christmas I received a new lotion called Happiness from Bath and Body Works. It has Bergamot Essential Oil, which creates a sense of well being and Mandarin Essential Oil, which helps improve mood. I’ve gotta admit, I think it works! I love the fresh, citrusy smell and so do my boys. Each of my three little guys came up to me (at different times) and hugged me and said I smelled really good. So either this stuff is great or… I normally smell like crap. 😉
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This Week’s Fave Book
For the last three months my Reading List has been dominated by the Harry Potter series. In November I read the first book for the first time. After that I couldn’t put them down until I finished them all. (I can’t imagine how hard it would have been to wait a year between books.) Today I officially finished all the books (and the movies) with plenty of tears shed in between. After so much HP, I am not sure what book to tackle next!
I want to do a classic I have yet to read and looked over Modern Mrs. Darcy’s suggestions and have narrowed it down to either Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy or The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. Any suggestions on which one to pick?
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This Week’s Fave Catholic Item
Photo credit: smallthingsgr8tlove
I bought this cute canvas rosary pouch from smallthingsgr8love on etsy. This would be a great little gift for Valentines or in an Easter basket.
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This Week’s Fave Comfort
The Sisterhood/Brotherhood of Prayer
This morning Brian is going for another one of his big cancer tests. He’s taken this test three times in his life so far. The first time is when they first found the cancer. The second time was when the cancer came back after his surgery. The third time they didn’t find cancer but on that same day his dad had a stoke and was changed forever. Sooo this test has very unhappy memories for our family!
Cancer is such a roller coaster ride. Even when it is gone, you can never feel fully “free” from it since there is the constant testing to make sure it hasn’t returned. It is a good thing so it can be detected early and dealt with but it also makes it harder because you’re constantly thrown back into “what if” mode every time a test date approaches. In the meantime, I am thankful for the prayers of my family and friends who pray not only for a positive outcome but for our family to not let fear overtake our hope and faith in God. I am so thankful to all of those lifting us up in prayer. May the end of this test be filled with joy and thanksgiving.
UPDATE: Brian’s procedure/testing went well and the doc said everything looks great. No signs of cancer. Blessed be God!
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This Week’s Fave Learning Tool
In January, after the holidays and all the excess, I always get the itch to purge, simplify and organize. These two books have been my reading material and motivation.
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This Week’s Fave Challenge
Organized Simplicity Challenge (Jan 22 – Feb 2 2018)
To put what I am learning into action, I have joined Stephanie Wood Weinert’s #organizedsimplicity Challenge. She is following the Organized Simplicity book (above) and has a Facebook Group for participants to follow along. Full disclosure, I can never seem to get all the work done on the days assigned since there are some days I am not home at all but I do what I can.
Katheryn Whitaker is joining Stephanie and the other day on an IG Live she said three things that really stuck with me. Paraphrased:
- Strive for better not perfect. Even if only a small amount of progress is made, it is still better than when we started.
- Purging is a process. We’re never really “done” because as time passes our family’s needs changes and the purge continues.
- When you have order in your home, you leave space in your heart for Christ. (I especially love that one.)
There’s more I want to share but I’ll save that for later in a separate post. 🙂
Okay, that’s it for this week. I’d love to hear what your favorites are this week. I added a link-up for anyone interested.
And if you happen to list 7 favorites, you can also link-up with awesome Kelly for 7 Quick Takes.
Then go and link up with one of my favorite bloggers, Ashley for January’s Five Favorites. I’m so excited! I didn’t realize she was still doing Five Favorites. Plus, she is also doing an awesome give away!
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1. Create a post with your Friday Favorites.
2. Add a link back here so others can play along.
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