Friday’s Fave Five – November 11

What a week this has been! This morning, I’m taking time to breathe and look back at the blessings with a Friday’s Fave Five Post.

An accepted offer. We were on our way home from church on Sunday when our realtor called. “An offer came in this morning,” he said. And this time it was a good one. We’ve had lots of interest in our home, but from folks who need to sell their home first. That’s not the best option in a market such as this. But this one was different and, after the usual back-and-forth business, we accepted the offer on Monday. Sold!

A new home in Moose Jaw. As soon as the electronic ink was dry on the offer, we began working with our Moose Jaw realtor, grateful for the many trips we made in the summer to scope out the market listings, to secure a home there. Oh, the magic of technology as she took us on a virtual showing of a home across the street from the one we’ve been considering. This one is new on the market, by the same builder, and the sellers are motivated. It was a no-brainer. We put in an offer and it was accepted on Wednesday. We take possession on December 9. Saskatchewan, here we come!

Coffee and conversation. Old (as in long-time) friends are a sweet, sweet thing. We used to visit on one another’s homes when our kiddos were babies and toddlers. Now we enjoy coffee together while our Yorkies provide entertainment. A new puppy (at her house) prompted this visit and, while Murphy might have been a tad overwhelmed with the whole thing, it was time very well spent for my friend and me.

A float. With the whirlwind this week turned out to be, I needed a break. Ninety minutes floating in a sensory deprivation chamber was just the ticket. I’m seriously going to miss this place when we move. The closest place to float will be Regina (about a 40 minute drive) so I’ll be doing it less often—especially in the winter when we’ll need a very good reason to drive to the Queen City.

Chinese takeout. We kicked keto to the curb last night and ordered dinner from our favourite Chinese restaurant—another place we’ll miss. We order a single dinner-for-one and it’s enough for both of us for dinner with leftovers for lunch the following day. We’ll be on the lookout for reasonably  priced, fresh and delicious Chinese food, when we get to Moose Jaw.

Can I add a sixth favourite? Of course I can, it’s my blog!

The story of Moses. A friend sent me a link to a message from Mission Hills Church in Colorado. As an adoptee, I’ve long identified with Moses who was also abandoned (I know, that’s a tough pill to swallow, but that’s how those of us who were adopted, like Moses, feel about it), made big mistakes, and struggled with his self-esteem (But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.“) I’ve heard many messages and read many commentaries on Moses, but there is something in this message that meets me where I need a Holy encounter. Maybe you too?

Don’t Forget Your Stick | Craig Smith | Exodus 3:16-4:17 | Control Issues from Mission Hills Church on Vimeo.

Well, that’s it for a very eventful and emotionally exhausting week. It’s Remembrance Day here in Canada, and we honour those who served to protect our freedoms. I’m thinking of my dad, Edward Louis Brauer, who served overseas and was welcomed back to his hometown Moose Jaw when the war was over. Thanks, Dad. Lest we forget.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Congratulations, Linda, on the sale of your home and finding a new one! So happy for you!

  2. Thanks, Karen!

  3. Congratulations on the sale of your home! I read an article just this morning advising potential home buyers to sell their home before they buy another.

  4. One house sold and another bought. I hope both sales go through without any snafus! 😀

  5. how wonderful you sold your home and found a new one! I would LOVE to visit western Canada. I just really would love to spend time in Alberta, specifically Banff National Park. I hear Saskatchewan is always like winter….is that true??
    I’m glad you found a message that touched your heart. I do know several people who have been adopted and none of them report feeling abandoned. One young girl was a newborn when she was left on a hospital step in china!! (the daughter of a good friend of mine from church). My friend says most children who feel abandoned are the ones who began with a birth mother. I would love to hear your adoption story!! I was going to adopt a baby if I didn’t get married and have my own children but God blessed us with 2 girls.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Congratulations on the sale of your home and the purchase of the new one in Moose Jaw. Wow! That is a fast turn around.
    I have 2 adopted grandchildren so I sort of get where you are at. I am glad that the sermon comforted you.
    Here in the US we are also celebrating our veterans! My dad, my uncle, my father-in-law, my husband and my son.
    Have a fun weekend…packing boxes!

  7. Wow, that’s great to get the old and new houses bought and sold! I’m so thankful for electronics making all that a bit easier instead of having to make multiple trips.

    It’s so fun to visit with friends in person. The Chinese place we like best isn’t near our house, but if we’re in the area, we like to get take-out from there.

    It’s so neat when a message resonates with you.

  8. All the best on your move, Linda!

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