Maggie and Bill and family

It’s the time of year when celebrations abound: graduations (the end of that season), weddings, anniversaries, family reunions, and more. I’ve just officiated the blessing of my sister-in-law’s recent marriage, an event that incorporated a variety of celebrations within the celebration. Fun stuff, all around!

The season notwithstanding, causes to celebrate can be found in our daily/weekly/monthly lives, too. For today’s FF, share with us five things you are celebrating these days!

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Anne Fraley is an Episcopal priest serving Grace Church, Broad Brook, CT.  A dog-lover from prepubescent days, she also dabbles in canine massage. Newly transitioned back to her home state, she is reveling in rediscovering old haunts and exploring new ones. Occasionally she succeeds at reviving her blog at reverent irreverence.

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11 thoughts on “Friday Five: celebrations

  1. Five things I’m celebrating:

    1) Graduation with an Mdiv., May 2016
    2) Ordination to the transitional diaconate, June 2016
    3) A beautiful ten-day vacation with my young adult children
    4) The return of my knitting mojo
    5) The return of my reading mojo

    I loved seminary, but it impacted my ability to fully relax, even during times set aside for sabbath rest!


    1. Congratulations all around! Div School–phew! Yay for the ordination! Joy for time with family, and so glad to have another sister jumping into the mojo pool with knitting and reading (me too!). Can’t wait to hear about the journeys that will unfold from the above.


  2. Huh, tried to answer this and the reply got eaten! Nothing much to celebrate in the UK right now, alas.


    – It is a week of celebration for my sister, with her birthday, her husband’s birthday and their wedding anniversary all within the next week.
    – My elder grandson gave his first flute recital at school this week (he is 6, going into Year 2 in September) and apparently did very well.
    – There is a Festival of Transport Design on Sunday, which I am looking forward to.
    – We have been invited to celebrate Iftar at a local mosque on Sunday
    – The Tour de France starts tomorrow.


  3. I hear ya on the cloudy forecast there in the UK. Courage! 🙂 A Festival of Transport Design actually sounds rather fascinating. Glad you’ve got that ahead of you to anticipate with a glad heart. And way cool about celebrating Iftar! So glad there are some good things happening to offer some cheer.


  4. Well… I’m celebrating a vacation, starting next Thursday. My entire extended family on my dad’s side likes to pick a spot and get together. If everybody shows up, this time there will be 23 of us, ranging in age from 3 to 74, in two houses at Grand Lake in Colorado. We’re taking the train out because neither of us likes to fly, and weren’t really all that excited about driving the whole way. (The train leaves Omaha at 11 p.m. and gets into Denver at 7 a.m., and the sound of the rails and rocking of the cars put me right to sleep every time.)

    When we have had our fill of family togetherness, Mike and I have a reservation for just the two of us at Bear Creek Cabins outside Evergreen. Many years ago, we had one of our big family gatherings (there were substantially fewer of us then) at that place, then known as Davidson Lodges. It was fall, and I was in first grade, and my parents got me out of school for it; but I had to do homework every night. I’ve always wanted to go back, but this is the first chance I’ve had.

    Oh…and on the day we come home, it’ll be my birthday.

    Other celebrations I’ve been involved with were a huge wedding two weeks ago, and a celebration of life this past Tuesday for the son of some of my church folks–and father of one of my youth group kids. He fought cancer for six years. He wanted to hang on until his younger son graduated from high school, and he made it…just. He was my age, and just an all-round good guy. Since we do a lot of stuff ecumenically and my Methodist and Presbyterian colleagues and I have all had contact with him and his family over the years (he was Methodist, as is his brother), we did the service together.


  5. The older I get the more I appreciate the opportunities to be together with extended family. I’m glad yours makes an effort on an annual basis. Enjoy the time revisiting Bear Creek, and early birthday greetings to you!


  6. Friday Play Devotions: 5 things to celebrate
    1. upcoming vacation
    2. the completion of a playscape installed and given in memory of my son who died, across from my former church in park…. (in lieu of flowers, folks donated $ to see a playspace created)
    3. a camel ride at a zoo today
    4. discovering a gift certificate to use at a local place, given as a kind of door prize at an event I went to recently…received an insulated cup and when I opened it to clean it…I found the gift cert!
    5. the fact that I took a shower today without anxiety about what the boys were doing…they are getting older and the video worked like a charm…


    1. What a lovely way to celebrate your son’s ongoing presence in your life and the community. I’m sorry for your loss. And yay on the gift certificate! Enjoy it!


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