Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday Favorites

It's been a little while since I've participated in a Friday's Fave Five, hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and I thought I'd hop back in again this week. It's a good time to sit back and reflect on five of your favorite things (i.e., little or big blessings!) that happened over the course of the past week. Here are some things that were and are particularly meaningful to me at this time:

1. We are now down to the FINAL MONTH OF PREGNANCY! (That could likely be numbers 1-5 on the list right there!) Very ready to be done. Very thankful that the end is very reasonably in sight! (Can I hear a hallelujah and amen!?) One more month and then the general population can stop commenting on my size! (You have no idea what a mental and emotional relief this will be!!)

2. I'm grateful for books and movies which help to pass the time. That might not seem like a very big deal, but when you can't move around a lot it's nice to have things that keep you company, keep you engaged, and keep you thinking about something other than pregnancy. We recently finished watching John Adams miniseries which was interestingly good. I'll have more to say about that later but in the meantime, I recommend it. (Thanks to the friend who pushed it in the first place!)

I've been watching documentaries and saw the Nanny McPhee movies (didn't care for those much) and, uh, if you read this blog - you know I've been reading!

3. This should be up higher on the list but I'm particularly grateful for my husband who has been doing double-time at home, taking care of (and playing with!) the kids when I'm out of steam and can't move. He has been making lunches and dinners and cleaning up afterward and does it all without complaint! He never makes me feel guilty as I close the bedroom door and collapse for naps. I have a fantastic husband.

Speaking of which, way back when - when we were getting to know one another while taking ballroom dance classes - we used to waltz to this particular song which I liked then but like much better now. It was stuck in my head the other day and I was remembering. This song was becoming true "way back" then. It's very true now.

(This is still my hands-down favorite song to waltz to. Makes you feel like you are flying in oh so many ways!)

4. Aaron Keyes. He's my "new discovery" in the world of contemporary Christian music. I've been enjoyed his song "Psalm 62" and when I started following the Youtube suggested links to his other music, I found that I liked it! His lyrics are solid and his devotion to truth obvious. I've never heard his songs played on the radio although they should be. It feels like I found my "other SCC" (i.e., I know I can buy an album and not be disappointed - or infuriated - by lack of substantial truths.) After listening to the Youtube videos, I tracked down a copy of his album, Not Guilty Anymore.

He has interesting hair, to be sure, but if you haven't given him a listen, I recommend him. Close your eyes if the hair bugs you. He wrote a blog post re: having Concrete Foundations (linked) in choosing worship music. He requires his students to list 10 Bible verses to back up the lyrics of any song that they want to sing in a worship setting. That's admirable. Love it! Wish more worship leaders would do the same thing for themselves and anyone on their team.

This is his song "To Make Your Name Great" which I discovered on my Youtube binge.

5. A couple of date nights here in the not-too-distant past. We haven't had very many in the past few months and I kinda didn't realize it. Then we had a babysitter lined up for twice in one week! What are we to do with our sweet selves!? First, went to go see The King's Speech in the theater. (Loved it.) Then we went to go and see comedian Tim Hawkins perform and that was a hilariously good time! One and a half hours of solid-and-very-much-needed laughter. We were so grateful for the blessing of being able to get away by ourselves for a few evenings. I don't anticipate that happening very much in the next few months as we adjust to life with a newborn so we'll take what we can get and be enormously happy with it!

What about you? What things are you grateful for this week?

Thanks, Susanne, for faithfully hosting and reminding us to look back and be grateful for the "little" things, as well as the big things, that God sends our way.


Lisa notes... said...

Nice to have you back with FFF while we can get you. Your last month of pregnancy??? Yea! So glad you have a helpful husband. I’m sure he’ll come in handy even more next month. :-)

I’ll have to check out Aaron Keyes. I love that he requires his students to back up lyrics with scripture.

Have a great weekend!

Karen said...

Sounds like you've been on bedrest for a while? I hope this last month goes quickly for you! I've enjoyed browsing through your blog. Lots of great reviews.

Carrie said...

No, not bedrest. I've just been so achy, sore and have stretched so much that my muscles aren't really keeping up the pace and moving around too much actually *really* hurts. So there's been a lot of sitting still, sitting down and just not moving.

Sandy@Jesus and Dark Choc said...

Hey I liked the Aaron Keyes link, I had not heard of him. Thanks for sharing it! :) Congrats on ALMOST having that sweet baby to hold.....hang in there. Sounds like hubs has been wonderful! And we saw Tim Hawkins several years does make for a FUN night out!!

Narnia_girl said...

I also enjoyed the John Adams miniseries. Very well done.
Sorry you are wore out, but what a blessing to have a helpful husband. Take care! :)

Serena said...

We heard glowing reviews of John Adams, so we checked it out from the library. The librarian who did the checking out told me that she and her husband couldn't finish it. "Oh!" I said while thinking, "They must not be history buffs." And then we couldn't finish it, either.

I look forward to your review!

ellen b said...

Oh I can hardly remember the last month of pregnancy but I do vaguely remember passionately wanting that baby on the outside instead of the inside. How sweet that your husband is coming to your aid. He sounds like a gem. I'll have to check out that miniseries...

Laura@OutnumberedMom said...

Welcome back! So excited about that last month -- and your hubby sounds like he's been wonderful.

I'll have to pass along the Aaron Keys link to my son who's a worship leader for his church.

Take care of yourself - enjoy Spring!

Susanne said...

How more month and then you can introduce us to your beautiful new baby.

I love that song you waltzed to. Funny but I always just thought it was a musical piece from "Shrek". I had no idea it was a "real" song. LOL.

Hazel said...

A gem of a husband, books, movies, music are all wonderful. And last month of pregnancy - take care.

Carrie said...

Susanne - Yup. Commonly known as the "Shrek waltz" in the dancing circles we were in. =)

Ellen b. - Oh yes! THOSE sentiments. "COME OUT" Uh-huh. Very ready. =)

Barbara H. said...

Hurray for the final month! And dates nights while you can get them! Must be a riot to see Tim Hawkins in person.

I didn't realize that was a "real song" either. Pretty!

Brenda said...

Its great that your husband is so helpful, that will be even more wonderful once the baby comes!

May the next month pass quickly!

Catherine said...

I hope you enjoy this final month. I know how uncomfortable it can be. And why do people feel the need to tell a woman how huge she is? When I was pregnant with my twins, well.. I don't need to tell you!

I loved John Adams, and also love Aaron Keyes and Tim Hawkins. I'm going to have to wait and see the King's Speech on DVD, but I'm looking forward to it!

Marg said...

Welcome back to FFF...I think there are more of us out there that always find our way back when we don't know where to start.
We will wait to hear about the news of the birth of your next child.
I loved the King's Speech..and especially the music.
Sounds like you have a caring husband who understand what you are dealing with...He's a keeper.
We'll wait for the good news.

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