Five Minute Friday:: FAVORITE

It’s Five Minute Friday time again!  And— for the first time ever— I’m actually doing it ON Friday!  Each week I try to join the Five Minute Friday community and write for 5 minutes flat on the one-word prompt given for that week. Lots of fun and a little scary to be so vulnerable at times.  This week’s word: 




“When the dog bites/ When the bee stings/ When I’m feeling sad// I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad” ~Fräulein Maria, The Sound of Music

“I love smiling.  Smiling’s my favorite!” ~Buddy, Elf

What are some of my favorite things?
  • smiling 😉
  • lists
  • naming gratitudes
  • stream-of-conscious writing
  • seeing someone be vulnerable (aka courageous)
  • getting something off my chest
  • acting/responding to someone in a more mature way than I would have 5 years ago— Yay! Progress is possible!! Even for me!
  • spacious places– “The Lord brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me.” ~ 2 Samuel 22:20
  • the hope of a more spacious, more remote home someday
  • when J gets talkative and chatters on about his heart and life and work and relationships— I love being able to witness him in his brilliant “aha! moments”
  • when I overhear my kids using good manners without me prompting them
  • tucking in my kids at night— kneeling next to their beds for bedtime prayers (Thank you, Anne of Green Gables books, for reminding me that simple, “old fashioned habits” are some of the most amazing habits to incorporate in my life!)
  • this quote: “Cherish the small things, for someday you will realize they were the big things.”
  • making my mother-in-law cry because of a gift or card I’ve given her
  • watching the kids play joyfully and kindly together— and watching them play kindly with other kids too
  • watching Abby swim butterfly— I wish I could make it look so graceful and effortless!  Just beautiful.
  • watching Ellie interact with adults— I am amazed at how much she has come out of her shell and courageously embraced the reality that in life you sometimes have to meet people who are a little intimidating but if you just treat them with kindness and respect— and maybe a bit of humor— it’s not so bad after all.
  • Ben running through the house at top speed with his shield— the intensity on his face reveals that he does, in fact, believe he is Captain America!


favorite things


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What about you?

What spills out of you when you hear the word “favorite”?

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