I love celebrating Christmas. I love celebrating the birth of Christ. There is so much to celebrate, so much to learn, so much love to share. It is my time for peace. I spend so much time preparing that I do not enjoy it until it is finally here. I'm sure you can understand as a teacher and then as a business owner we are pulled and prodded. That does not even include being a mother and grandmother. When Christmas finally gets here and no one is pulling, I can enjoy. I can enjoy the calmness and togetherness that the season has to offer. I love it. I take in every second of it.
I am now back in the classroom but my home is still fully decorated awaiting the Epiphany. It is so hard to let go of this. It keeps me so much at peace. The birth of a child is so special. Especially when that child gave everything for me. I am so special that he gave everything for me.
Don't forget on this Epiphany to give your gift to the Christ Child. You have so much to offer. You are so very special.
Answer: Spending a day inside with family. What a great day! We have been in the kitchen all morning and loving it. The grandchildren are spending the day with us today while their mom studies for her state boards. Sorry you cannot enjoy our results in the same way we did but you can see the fun. Pax
This is to all mothers. It is a very special job that God has given us. It is not an easy job but it is the best in the world. As for my own special Mom, I love you, Mom. Thanks so much for everything you have done for me.
What a beautiful day it is. I can only hope that my children can one day say that I did for them what my mom did for me.
Our Confirmation Candidate, His beloved St. Patrick, and His Sponsor - his Godfather and my brother. We had a beautiful confirmation last Thursday evening. I am just getting around to posting it now. Lauren made the cake, of course. It came out so perfect. I bought the statue years ago on a trip to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania for Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show. I knew he would pick St. Patrick as it is his middle name and his grandfather's name. Joe came in to be his sponsor. Thank you Joe. William is very blessed to have you as a Godfather.
A friend told me lately that it is so good when your children confirm because you are no longer accountable for their sins. That statement hit me very hard. Am I accountable for all of my children's sins? I don't think that we really are but as parents we sure feel like we are.
God, he is yours. He is a faithful catholic who struggles as we all do. We live in a very hard world with temptation all around us. Please guide us to do the right thing. Help us to know what is right and wrong and to pray in times of confusion. We are blessed to be catholic and I am proud of my son and all of my children.
This weekend we had a great Mother/Daughter trip to Canton, Tx. We did lots of shopping, lots of eating, and lots of walking. We were three mother/daughter teams who love the same things.
You can see from our pictures that the only time we stopped was to sit for only a few minutes to get a bite to eat and it was so worth it. It was so cold that the girls bought precious little head pieces. It warmed up nicely in the afternoons. You can tell who the photograher was because I never did get a picture with Lauren. Then all of a sudden guess who we bumped into. Theresa from Garden Antiques Vintage passed by and we were so very happy to take a picture with her. We won't be able to make it to her blog party in Warrenton this year and we are so disappointed. It was great. Theresa is so fun. Thanks Theresa for the picture. Thanks to my friends for this great trip. We made lots of memories we won't forget. I thank God for the gifts of family and friends.
Happy New Year. It has been so good to enjoy the Holiday Season. My little ones are back from their ski trip. I was so very lonesome. They had a great time of course. I stayed home and enjoyed my home. It was so good to be home. That will end in a couple of days. I go back to school on Wednesday to hear lots of stories about everyone's Christmas.
With the new year here, we remember all the things that happened last year. I had a good year. It was such a year of change for my family but I can honestly say that it was a very good year. What will this new year bring? All I can hope for is another year with my family. What do I think God wants from us this year?
He wants us to Bloom. Be the best that he made of you. Share everything. We have so much to give and it is right inside of us. Give it to the fullest. It is OK to make mistakes. We all do. We are supposed to. Just keep going and learn from them.
Today is the 9 year anniversary of my Dad's death. I still think of him everyday. I love you Dad.
To harvest means to bring in and to collect all that we have worked for. It shows our hard work. This Thanksgiving we harvest our Blessings. We bring close to us all who are important to us. We bring together at heart and also in body all of those who touch our lives. I spoke earlier this week about how I would focus on being thankful for every person in my life.
It is amazing. Think of a sister who is so different from you and all that she has to give you that you are not. Think of a brother who is hard. It reminds you of ways you need to toughen up. Be hard but still love. Think of a brother who has the heart of a big bear and how you just want to crumble and offer yourself to whoever is in need. Think of the moms in your life who do and do and do just because they love. We are all so blessed.
Harvest your blessings this Thanksgiving - your parents, your siblings, your spouse, your children, your children - in - law, your grandchildren and your friends and not so much friends. Help us Lord to see your purpose.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my Bloggers and Friends.