Chatting Over Chocolate

Friday, May 23, 2014

Five Loves on Friday!


Happy Friday!  Let's get right to the good stuff, shall we?

1.  Parade 2014
Little One had so much fun representing her taekwondo school in our city's parade last weekend.  She was even able to break a wooden board and choose who to give it away to!  So much cooler than tossing candy!

2.  Six on Sunday
In case you missed it, the lovely Jennie of The Diary of a Real Housewife invited me to be part of her Six on Sunday series last weekend.  It was a really fun Q&A session!  Thanks again for having me, Jennie!

3.  She's growing up before our eyes!
Our church offers children's classes during services through 3rd grade.  Last Sunday the kids moved up to the grade level they will be in during the coming 2014-2015 school year.  This meant Little One (now officially a 4th grader) sat in with us throughout the service for the first time.  It was beautiful to all be in the service together as a family.  I praise God for the blessing of a biblically solid, Christ-exalting, Gospel-centered church!

4.  Fresh Flowers
My irises are in bloom!  *happy sigh*  They don't last long, but they are gorgeous while they do!

...& the best for last...

5.  The {annual} BEST Gift of the Year
Sunday my parents had Jason, the girls, and I over for a cookout in belated celebration of Mother's Day.  It was such a beautiful day and we soaked up the sunshine, savored the scrumptious eats, and enjoyed an afternoon of laughing and talking about memories of days gone by and of future fun.  One of the highlights of this celebration was flipping through one of the best gifts EVER!  Years ago my mom began the most precious tradition.  Every year she takes several hundred snapshots of our time together and of the one on one time my parents enjoy with our girls.  She then creates a photo album that captures everything from celebrating holidays to sleepover fun.  I treasure these albums far more than I can fully express! Memories are priceless ...time to wrap this up and create a few. ;)


Have a fabulous weekend!


Join me in the adventures to come!
Facebook // Bloglovin' // Pinterest // Polyvore // Join via GFC @ left side bar

Linking up with:
The Diary of a Real Housewife | Friday Favorites


...If you're visiting from one of these link ups, be sure to say, "Hello!"  
I'd love to come check out your Friday 5 too! ;)

10 comments:

  1. What a great week for you! Love that it's all centered around family....truly a gift. And those a;bums? Priceless and I know cherished. Enjoy your irises...they are beautiful and so regal looking in my opinion!

    I hope you have a great weekend. Enjoy!

    ReplyDelete
  2. It looks like you and your family had a great week! Your words are so sweet about your daughter getting to sit in the service with you and your husband at church! I love your beautiful irises - they are impressive! Hope you have a wonderful weekend full of fun memories.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I just read your Q&A session with Jennie over The Diary of a Real Housewife. So fun! Have a nice weekend with your family! :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Wow! What a great gift from your mom! I really love that idea :) And that's so wonderful that your whole family is in church together now! Such pretty irises!!! I just love spring! Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. What a great week you had. I love that your little one got to sit through service with you.
    That is so awesome that your mom makes those albums for you! What a priceless gift!
    Enjoy your weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hey Brenda! Your little girl looks so cute marching in that parade! It looks like you had a great week! Hopefully you also have a fabulous MDW! xo

    ReplyDelete
  7. That's so sweet that your mom captures those memories and even more impressive that she's that tech savy to do that!

    ReplyDelete
  8. The gift of memories is always such a great gift! Experiences, trips, and memories are always better than other gifts...although I'm kind of excited for my new laptop that was my belated birthday gift. I was just looking through my archives (trying to find a picture of corn...of all things) and I love how many memories I have recorded of Aria that I've already forgotten about. It's so nice to already have them stored elsewhere so I can always look back at them. So that is just so sweet of your mama!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Loved your Six over at Jennie's blog - what a fun series! And those irises are STUNNING, such a perfect pop of color for spring!

    ReplyDelete
  10. You DID save the best for last! What a precious, precious tradition! One to cherish forever!!!!! Bless it! xx

    ReplyDelete

I would love to hear from you today!! I enjoy reading each and every comment I receive. (I do moderate them before they're published. Gotta keep it family friendly! ;)) My preferred means of replying to you is via email, so please make sure you aren't a "no-reply blogger". It's sad when you take the time to leave a sweet lit'l comment, but I'm unable to reach you with my appreciation. If I can't reply to you through email, I will reply directly below your comment, right here on this post. ;)

Thanks for visiting! Have a fabulous day! :*)