Friday, October 17, 2008

Fridays Fave 5

Seeing how this blog has been all dark and wallowy lately, and that my life has pretty much been the same, I thought I could use an enforced pick-me-up. In fact, right before I sat down to write this I had just finished a loud ugly weep about how I should never have had four children because I can't be a good mama to four at once and I am a horrible wife because I asked my husband to skip going to the football game on Saturday to help me and my house is such a mess I keep tripping on things and the floor is making my feet black and I should just hide in my bedroom and eat Halloween candy until January.

I know. Pity-party much?

So I saw this at Beck's place the other day. And we all know I love all things Beck. Well, unless it involves pastry dough or cooking with yeast or celebrating 231 holidays a year. ('Cause goodness knows I can't even manage the 7 - Yes, I counted them! - I do celebrate.) I don't love those things but I love Beck for loving them and I adore her funny, heart tugging, sarcastic writing. So really, if you are one of the 3 people in the blogosphere that doesn't read her blog, you're missing out.

Anyhow, she linked to this Friday Fave 5 thing at a Blog I have never been to before. The rules state
"It can be anything that tickled your fancy over the week. Favorite quotes, posts, happenings, scriptures, recipes, pictures, etc., etc."
I love this idea. I have always found that the best medicine for my wallowy-ness is to stop and count my blessings. And this time I only have to count to five.


  1. Because of the crazy busy week I had I was determined to make a big pan of something that we could eat as leftovers. I decided to try this new recipe that my friend Karen sent me, even though it was from Martha Stewart. I actually believe that Martha Stewart was put on this planet just to make people like me feel even worse about their domestic shortcomings. I regularly boo and hiss at her at magazine in the grocery store. But this recipe was very yummy and surprisingly simple. And it turned out so great I even took a picture. A first ever for me, a picture of food I prepared. Thanks Karen.
  2. Lisa over at Lisa Writes, who said she was going to going on a blogging hiatus but didn't - thank goodness, wrote this post on what she has learned in her last 17 years of marriage. It really touched me.
  3. Due to some job changes I was able to start back to Community Bible Study on Wednesday. I know that this will add even more busyness to my life but I am so excited to be returning to a wonderful program and a wonderful group of women who are passionate about digging into God's Word and finding the treasures inside.
  4. While at CBS we were discussing Abraham and a time when he stepped outside of God's plan and put his family in danger. It is so comforting for me to see how God was able to guide him back on track and still use him in amazing ways. What can I say, Bible Stories about God doing His work through screw-ups like me; they give me hope.
  5. Look what I got in the mail this week! I won this over at In the Trenches... and I couldn't be more excited. I have been coveting cards from Tinyprints.com ever since my Christmas Card fiasco of last year. They have gorgeous card designs and so many more choices than the places I usually shop. I can't wait to start playing with pictures for this years cards. Just have to take the pictures...but we won't talk about that. This is a post about good things.
As an aside, I was planning on using the news that Korto won Project Runway as one of my Fave 5 things for this week, but I can't because she didn't. She was robbed, I tell you, robbed. Ah well, I'm just glad it wasn't rude Kenley, (Even if I did think this dress of hers was fantastically adorable.)

14 comments:

Karen said...

you must be underrating your domestic achievements. That dinner looks amazing.
I also wept and managed to rebuke myself for procreating today b/c now I'm depressed and am going to mess them up forever. But I haven't yet, so I'm going to stay sane reading blogs til Matt comes home.

Lori said...

Ooooo... I love tiny prints! Don't tell, but I am actually saving their mailing so I can semi-copy some of their designs on my own. Last year I actually designed my own Christmas cards on Print Shop and had them printed at Office Max for much less than ordering them. I'm NOT suggesting this is for everyone, I am just confessing that I am not above sort of, kind of, ummm... copying, I'll stick with "copying." :)

I'm jealous of your CBS group. I would love something like that!

Rick Bucich said...

Congratulations from all of us at Tiny Prints! We have a bunch of new designs that we're really excited about...but don't tell Lori;) kidding of course.

Have a great weekend!

Rick @ Tiny Prints

Julie said...

If I was not eight months pregnant, I would come help you with the house. It amazes me how quickly it can get overwhelming.

Beck said...

Awwwwwwwwwww, Joy! I should send you a picture of what my house looks like right now (hint: it is not clean) to cheer you right up. So I get to spend the weekend digging our house out of squalor. I am looking forward to it, uh huh.

I think you'll really like Susanne's blog - she is a very blessings-focused writer! And it was lovely reading your list, too.

Sarah Porter said...

These are really cute invitations announcements cards, but I found three websites that have lots of unique baby shower invitations, personalized birthday party invitations and custom Holy Communion baptism invitations cards at:

http://www.cardsshoppe.com
http://www.express-invitations.com
http://www.announcements-shoppe.com

I have ordered from all three for different occasions and been very pleased. Take and look and see what you think.

Lori said...

Uh oh. I'm busted.

Just so we are clear. I could never make anything as adorable as the designs at tiny prints. Seriously. Nothing to see here, people. Move along...

karen said...

Ooh! I'm glad it came out well for you, too. That chicken thing is FAB.

I'm also glad you're able to go to CBS again. A little time for yourself each week is good for your soul...whether you're studying the Bible or not.

Lisa writes... said...

Look! I'm between the chicken and Bible study--how cool is that?!?

Love your list, even if I wasn't on it, and find myself a little envious on the CBS (oh yeah and the gift certificate)...

Love you, girl!

Lisa writes... said...

Ooops, I meant to say I would still love your list even if I wasn't on it...

Chrissy said...

You deserve those Christmas cards after all you went through last year.

And yay for CBS. I have dropped out of our church's morning one this year, and I really miss it. I'm glad you got a chance to go back.

Kyla said...

Hopefully that gift card will prevent the nightmare that was last year's card fiasco! Awesome!

the dragonfly said...

Ooooh, that does look yummy! A bit much for just me and the Little Mister, but maybe for when the Sergeant comes home. :)

And hooray for winning the gift certificate! I'm actually making my Christmas cards again this year. A couple friends and I are having a "party" in about a week. Probably several parties, in fact. It's going to take us awhile.. :)

kramsell said...

I'm glad you had the same feelings I did about project runway, what a shame! Don't tell him I told you, but Jon actually was glued to the TV during the finale with me, ha, ha! I think he secretly liked Kenley(sp?), I just liked her hair and hair accessories, her personality was not cute. Korto is still the winner in my mind:)