Thank you, Susanne, for hosting Fave Fives each week! It’s so encouraging to start the New Year focusing on the positive parts of the week.
1. Time spent with family. We’re up to visit my mum and dad. Always a delight and the highlight of my week. :o)
2. I could watch my children play at the beach every. single. day. And they are happy to play at the beach every. single. day. Win-win.
3. Spending a relaxing evening with some dear girlfriends on Sunday. We brought our 12 kiddos and let them snuggle up and watch Despicable Me 2 while we Mommas sipped wine and talked away the night. Can’t believe none of us thought to get a picture of all the kids piled together on and around the couch!
4. There is always plenty of knitting going on when I’m with my talented mum. I’m working on finishing up the loose ends- quite literally- for this grey cabled blanket and started my first ever sock. I just love self-striping yarn, don’t you??
5. Trader Joe’s. It sounds silly, I know, but bear me out. It is a company that I love to support and shop at thanks to its ethos.
When my husband was deployed to Iraq (we were just engaged back then), I purchased a large number of his favorite protein bars to send in a care package and the grocer- from a store in a very non military beach city in Los Angeles- noticed and immediately brought out a whole box to send to him with the store’s thanks. A while ago, our favorite check-out clerk (who always remembers my son’s name and favorite super hero) knew that my husband was away at the time and brought me a bouquet of yellow flowers to cheer my day. And just yesterday they did it again- proved that as a company Trader Joe’s truly cares about people.
I stopped in at a Trader Joe’s by my parents’ house for a few things and noticed an elderly couple sitting outside in the sun. As I walked out, I noticed they were still sitting there with their groceries. I went over and asked if they needed a ride. They replied that they lived in an assisted living home and had called the bus to come pick them up. They thanked me graciously, but insisted I go on my way alone. I felt just awful walking away. However, they were quite insistent that they didn’t want to mess up the bus schedule. As I looked over while putting away my cart, I noticed that one of the Trader Joe’s employees was setting up an umbrella so they could sit in the shade as they waited and had brought out some water bottles. Occasions like this make me happy to shop at Trader Joe’s and this moment of kindness was a bittersweet highlight to my week.
Hope your weeks have had glimpses of compassionate moments as well!