Hi there! Mr Squirrel and I want to give you a very warm welcome to Friday’s blessing list! He’s a very good-looking little chap and posed nicely for his picture. I think he deserves to be the featured photo on this week’s Friday’s Favourites!

And here’s another extra – taken just this morning. The sun came up in a blaze of golden glory. I grabbed my camera, ran outside, (yes in my pjs!) and captured the magic seconds before the sun disappeared behind the clouds.

Such beauty in nature! And it happens every day – what a gift! I’m counting it along with these:

1. Wonder

I’ve had a movie gift card tucked away in my purse since last Christmas and I finally used it this week. Sarah and I, along with some friends, saw the movie Wonder. It’s based on the book by R. J. Palacio. It’s a heart-warming movie, with a beautiful message of kindness and friendship. It has its comic moments too. It’s one of the best movies I’ve seen in years.  And now I really want to re-read the book.


2. Audio-books

I love listening to audio-books when I’m doing household chores. I discovered this series a few years ago and  listen to it every year. Dr Chrissi Hart (who has a lovely English accent) reads every single book in the Narnia tales. And does an awesome job! And on top of that? It’s free! Check it out here

3. Baking

Baking is one of the household chores I do as I listen to audiobooks. But I love to bake so I’m not sure I’d classify it as a chore. 🙂 I recently tried a new recipe for Ginger Crinkles – a favourite cookie around here. I’ve tried lots of recipes but this is one of the best – Jamie Deen’s Old-fashioned Ginger Crinkles  Spicy, chewy and so good! Just in time for Christmas baking. Do you bake for Christmas? What are your family’s favourites?

4. Grand-daughter time

Josie got off the school-bus at our house for the very first time last week. What fun! We had a snack and then played a game. I bought this Memory game at the Missions store. After I explained the rules, she proceeded to win the game hands down!  Smart little cookie! and pretty too. Here she is with John, all dressed up for a Father-Daughter Princess Ball in aid of A21.

A proud daddy and an excited little girl!

They had such fun!

5. 1st Birthday

Cian, our youngest grandchild, and the fourth of the 2016 babies, turned one year old yesterday!

I had fun creating this watercolour birthday card for him!


Happy birthday sweetheart!! Wish we were with you to celebrate your special day! ❤


So glad you joined me this week! Thanks for coming by!

Many blessings,

with love,

For more Friday Blessing lists, visit Susanne at Living To Tell The Story

7 thoughts on “December 1st Blessing List

  1. Willow says:

    Beautiful photos of nature and family. Happy birthday to Cian!


  2. Lovely post, Kathie. First birthdays are the best. I haven’t seen or read “Wonder” but have heard so many good things about it. It’s on my list.


  3. Ellen says:

    Wonderful times captured in your photos. Love your watercolor card! Babies! Oye! They grow so fast! Happy December to you and yours.


  4. Oh my goodness, beautiful little grandchildren! and that card! So sweet, you are very talented.


  5. Ann says:

    I enjoyed your post!! Precious children. And the cookies look wonderful! You are an excellent photographer.


  6. Faith says:

    happy birthday to the little one and wow Josie is just so grown up now!! How pretty she is and so cute with the American girl doll!!

    stunning sunrise!!!

    I’m going to check out that ginger cookie recipe. our faves that i bake are my Russian tea cakes, Chocolate crinkles and Chocolate-orange fudge. I also make mocha bars which are amazing. My baking starts tomorrow and i watch Netflix movies or series while i bake as i am NOT a fan of audio books. I prefer curling up on the couch and holding and smelling my library books. Ha!

    Have a great start to the Advent season, Kathie


  7. Barbara H. says:

    Wow – that sunrise photo is just stunning. I’ve seen previews for that movie and thought it looked good. I didn’t know it came from a book – will have to look it up! We bake something called Harvest Loaf Cake every year (kind of a pumpkin bread with chocolate chips and a wonderful glaze with cinnamon and nutmeg). My d-i-l is gluten intolerant, and I felt bad that she couldn’t have this. I found a GF pumpkin bread mix (I think made by King Arthur Flour) and added spices, chocolate chips, and the glaze, and it came out pretty close! We also use a GF sugar cookie mix, mainly for decorating. Some years I make gingerbread bears, but they’re a little more labor intensive (a lot of rolling dough into balls), so I haven’t in a while. But I think my grandson would enjoy them. Josie looks like such a princess, especially in that white coat! Happy birthday to Cian! What a cutie! And that card is adorable!

    You asked on my blog about keeping the tree hydrated. I’m concerned about that. We used to decorate it further into December, but it was always so busy then, and my oldest used to come home for Thanksgiving, so we started doing it the Saturday after. But Thanksgiving was a little earlier in the month this time, so I am hoping the tree does ok. We’re watering it a lot.


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