Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A new novice at the Abbey

What a lovely photo... I check the website of the abbey often for photos. Love the look on my sister's face!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Number Four is 24!

Today Number Four celebrates 24 years! He works three jobs, bought a new car, and is planning on returning to the marines OCS this summer. Most of al he is wonderful company. He sings and lectors at church as well.






Monday, January 15, 2018

Parish Magazine

 I continue to enjoy writing for the parish magazine and these are in the upcoming issue. I added Father Terry teaching Religious Ed because he does such a wonderful job!






Sunday, January 14, 2018

Back to Coop classes

This week we mapped India, drew banners of every kind, and studied for the GeoBee which Husband and I will lead next class.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Roses for the Blessed Mother

I continue to bring flowers to the Blessed Virgin at church, honoring her, thanking her for so much she has done for me, and asking her for so many things. (Friend Mary Ruane has helped me many times and her talent and ability as a florist is light years beyond mine.) 

This past weekend I grabbed a quick and inexpensive discount store bouquet without looking much at it. I was surprised as I arranged the flowers at church at their beauty! 

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.Amen.




Friday, January 12, 2018

more on putting Christmas things away

As I was cleaning and organizing the ornaments, I was again marveling at the little paper house--my favorite of all-- that I built from junk mail more than 30 years ago. And crushed egg shells. I came across the original "plans" for it that my dear aunt drew for me, as mine is but an inferior copy of the one she had that I loved during my childhood.



And I came across this Christmas soap my friend Pattie P. sent me long long ago when we lived in NJ. I could never use it--every Christmas I just enjoy the smells! Again I pt it away, this time offering prayers as her husbands is in the last stages of terminal cancer.

And last but not least I took another photo of the Nativity before I put it away--noticing the gift of the little rainbow on the wall behind it. Whatever secular culture does with the rainbow, its milenar meaning of God's Promise isn't likely to go away. I took it to heart. It will be a year of new challenges, I suspect. Kids starting new lives, work and school decisions to be made, and more. And yet God promises still--we should live each day carefully and under His love and guidance, and He will take care of us. We are thankful and confident under His Love.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Putting away ornaments

Number Six made these for many of us

Number One and Ciara brought the most beautiful ornaments from one of their trips
where they visited a traditional  Christmas store


Number One brought meet this one from the Sacred Arts  national conference in Chicago! 

This one was given to us by my sis Marta long ago... years before she became Sister Martina OSB

Our family's love for geography
Number Two also brought a lovely new one!
   
We have a few of these beautiful hand painted duck eggs from Hungary
from Husband's summer field seasons there some twenty years ago