Friday Five-Five Thanks

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Hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving!  Since moving to the mountains our family has created a new tradition.  We serve at the local Mission Center on Thanksgiving morning.  Our kids are at the age where they can easily take life for granted.  Seeing the meals handed out along with bags of groceries to sustain people for the weekend is always a mix of emotions.  Joy in the helping, our hearts aching that more can’t be done to foster change.  Thanksgiving is always a time of reflection of what we truly have to be thankful for.  Narrowing down five for Mrs. Disciple’s #FridayFive was a great way to reflect on all this year has brought our family.

 1- God’s sustaining of our family.  My health, Ordell’s job, our kids transitions…it has been QUITE a few years of emotional and physical challenges.  Through all of it God has sustained our family unit, protecting us and drawing us closer to each other and Him.

2- God’s provision.  Our move occurred before the sale of our house and although we have renters it always seems there is a new issue.  A roof leak, raised taxes, a unethical property manager.  Through it all we’ve managed to pay all the bills each month, purchase a new car and pay off debt.  Random jobs, inheritance and gifts have come at crazy times in overwhelming amounts.  God’s provision of us this year has been a loud and clear reminder that He always sees our needs.

3- Our move.  It might seem crazy to be thankful for a move that I just said has added stress to our lives, but with all that stress it has also brought healing, growth and a new beginning.  The opportunities our family can take advantage of in our current town are overwhelming at times.  It’s been so amazing to show our boys just a little more clearly how big our world is.

4- A warm November.  I know we’ll likely pay for it, but having the sun out and weather in the 60’s or warmer for the majority of November has been an awesome gift!  Our life in the mountains can be unpredictable weather wise with snow as early as Halloween some years.  We got through the football season without shoveling the field this year and that is definitely something to be thankful for!

5- A church home.  It’s been close to a year since we finally found a church home.  I’m so thankful for God putting people in my life who could invite me to Lifeline and for the welcome we received while there.  It is a privilege to go to a church where you are stretched and challenged and also invited into deep worship of God!  I had just about lost hope we would find such a place here…but again, God provided!

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Friday Five Five Senses

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November is an interesting month in our house.  For everyone else life is amping up, but for us, a new normal of football-less weekends, seeing Ordell more often and meals all together is just beginning for the first time since August.  November holds some favorite things for me, here they are using the Five Senses for Mrs. Disciple’s #FridayFive

See-The leaves are falling and what was filled with bursts of gold, red and orange is now all turning to brown.  This makes the tops of our mountains dark.  The branches are preparing to hold snow soon, and as much as I love the colors, the change is welcome as the days get shorter.

Hear-My kids laughing.  With Daddy around more often everything seems more fun.  The laughing also is easier to hear because the chilly days cause us to huddle indoors.

Smell-Leaves burning.  I grew up with this smell being a constant, and now days it reminds me that s’mores are a possibility any night of the week.

Taste-Winter Coffee drinks!!  I know everyone obsesses over the Pumpkin Spice latte but for me the peppermint white mocha from Starbucks or the Spiced White Chocolate Mocha from Caribou Coffee are my favorites!

Feel-Warmth, wrapping up in cozy blankets might be a necessity of cold nights, but it’s not something I dislike!

Friday Five- 5 Dinner Guests

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Linking up with Mrs. Disciple today!  Her #FridayFive post are a great way for me to wrap up the week.  This week is 5 dinner guest.  I have to admit, I adore having people for a good meal, so this one is a tough one.  For our family, favorite meals are often shared best with large groups.  So, here are my five favorite groups of dinner guests.

My first beloved group is my husband’s football team.  If you love to cook for a crowd invite your local offensive linemen over for dinner.   This particular meal consisted of 18 quarts of chili, 14 quarts of apple crisp, 10 lbs of corn bread, and one lonely little salad.  I cannot tell you how great it is to hear the moans of appreciation after you own littles complain about everything you cook!

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The second dinner guests I love to host is my extended family.  Growing up I had no idea that the special foods I ate at my grandparent’s house would become trendy one day.  Jajek, roasted basmati rice, chada, swarma chicken on pita bread.  My Assyrian roots are best celebrated when my cousins and aunts and uncles all get together and compare notes on what foods “should” taste like.

Third, missionaries.  Growing up we always hosted the local missionaries for Missions Week.  The Christian and Missionary Alliance churches I attended from birth through high school emphasized missions in a wonderful way.  At least once a year furloughing missionaries would travel to the different churches supporting them and they would speak.  We always hosted missionaries in our homes that week for meals.  Hearing about their daily lives, looking up their country on my globe and seeing the pictures of their work allowed me to understand the vastness of the world from a young age.

Another group I loved having for meals was a group of just graduated and still in school, college women.  There was a short season where lunch together at my house once a month or so was a highlight.  The girls would share what was going on in their lives lingering over food and fellowship as long as their schedules allowed.  Although this scenario is repeated frequently is smaller groups there was something about that particular group.  A few got engaged, several started their first post college job and everyone experienced how hard true friendships are once you aren’t living in the dorms together.

The fifth group I’d love to host is actually one I haven’t had the pleasure of hosting yet. The Glorious Table has an amazing group of women.  I have no doubt conversation would flow well, this groups has shared themselves vulnerably.  Women who are willing to go deep are the best dinner company in my opinion!

Friday Five- Favorite Quotes

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Mrs. Disciple has be coming up with some pretty creative Friday Fives!  This week is Five Favorite Quotes.  I’ll be honest, it can be hard to narrow this list to just Five quotes and then of course my mind goes completely blank when I actually need them!

A coach will impact more people in a year than the average person does in a lifetime

Many times I have to remind myself as to why we live such an insane life!  This quote by Billy Graham is a great reminder.  1

When I heard this quote in The Imagination Game I knew it would be one to remember!

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Even though this quote is from a box of diapers I can’t help but be reminded of my spiritual walk when I read this!

I’m not su3re who first said these words, but I know they apply to my life!

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I’ve chosen this last quote as my fifth, although there are many more I’d love to add, these sum up what I spend a lot of time focusing on, and telling myself and others 🙂

Friday Five-Fall Traditions

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Participating in Friday Five again!  You can link up over at Mrs. Disciple and Empty Plate Full Heart

Growing up in the midwest and then moving to the VA mountains my kiddos had a shock to the system our first fall here.  Oh sure you can pick up a pumpkin at the Walmart anywhere, but it’s not the same as driving down the road to the pumpkin patch!  At the same time, every area has great traditions and we’ve picked up a few new ones!

IMG_1929Of course our most fun tradition is FOOTBALL!  With a husband who coaches college football it is a given our week days are filled with football practice and our weekends are filled with tailgates, bonfires, pep rallies, and of course games.  There is a distinct smell that fall carries with it, and the same can be said for a football team after a game. 😉  We wouldn’t have it any other way though!IMG_1972

When we lived in Midwest as a stay at home mom with 2 littles, our week days were filled with plenty of quick runs to the apple orchard followed by homemade apple sauce and such.  Last fall our boys voiced their frustration at our lack of fall festivities and I had to admit, even I was missing Apple Days. 🙂

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IMG_2039Apple Picking at the local orchard.  Whether a school field trip or a weekend with the team was away, we would fill up on apples as we picked and head home with bags and bags plus some cider to enjoy.  There is something about a fresh picked apple that cannot be recreated!

Pumpkin Patch pumpkin picking was always a favorite.  The hay ride out the the pumpkins, pulling it right off the vine and getting a few to puree as well.  We often paint the pumpkins instead of carving, but the pie pumpkin seeds would always be saved for road trip snacking!IMG_2093

Corn Mazes are a given in Illinois.  Our area was filled with corn and soy bean fields and the mazes were always a fun way to burn off some energy!

Moving to the mountains we’ve adopted a few new traditions, although with one entering middle school next year they may be slipping away fast.

Costume parade at school were a new things for our family.  Having always used costumes from the costume bin for dorm floor trick or treating the fact that costumes were not only allowed in school but encouraged was very exciting to my kids!

Our new team has a bi-week built in each year.  This has been a treasure in the middle of the season.  While our team heals up we grab Coach and head on the road for a “Bi-Week get-away”.  Whether it’s to see another team play or just a day of fun in a neighboring city we get out and about without anyone else and re-connect as a family.  (Had to add this last one of my little, sometimes you get dad’s attention any way you can.)IMG_2196