Happy and Blessed 2018

Yes, it’s another New Years post! Happy New Year!

And yes, we are celebrating with sparkling cider ๐Ÿ˜Š

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It’s that time, yet again, for all the well-intentioned new years’ resolutions complete with the ever-so-popular weight loss resolutions, new year-new me resolutions, pay-off-my-credit-card resolutions, live-a-debt-free-life resolutions along with a multitude of equally yet totally-reachable goals that somehow never or almost never get met for any number of reasons.

For me, my new years’ resolution is quite simple: to live my life more fully immersed in the life God gave me, to embrace everything He is and everything He created me to be in order to spread the goodness of Him to those around me. My goal is to lead my children, by example, to everlasting life. He affords us many graces, answers many prayers (maybe in the way we want or maybe not), and is always the strength we need to endure the trials we face. His love is unabounding, His forgiveness is an absolute miracle – a miracle that we should not take for granted, and His wisdom is boundless. He only asks us to love Him and to love others as He loves us.

So, as you ring in the new year, as you make your new years’ resolutions remember we are who we are because God created the world. Remember Him in your resolutions. Remember Him in your every day life.

Happy New Year. May you all have a blessed New Year complete with God’s love and promises.

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Over Coffee #4

My Goodness! It’s been over a year since we had coffee. I’d love a hot cup of joe, how about you? So much has happened soย please join me and I will tell you all about it.

If we were having coffee right now, the first thing I would tell you is my oldest son graduated this past May. He and his girlfriend got a place together over the summer. They are doing well, both on break from college, but will be back at in January.

If we were having coffee right now, I’d be excited to tell you we welcomed our newest addition, a baby girl in August so I have my hands full with her.

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that all the kids are in school this year except the baby and our 4yo who still gets to be home reminding me how much she wants to be in school with her siblings. I am quite impressed with the girls’ school this year, Montessori was implemented in 1 and 2 grade. Next year the Montessori program will be school-wide. We are quite excited for that! Five out of seven children are attending provide school this year, but only the girls’ school uses the Montessori program.

If we were having coffee right now………your well aware that we just celebrated the Birth of Jesus Christ (Christmas). Most everyone attended Christmas Vigil, but I had a sick one so the baby and I stayed home with her. I was able to attend the Christmas Mass the next morning, though. I appreciated that time with the Lord.

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you all about all the wonderful chances I’ve had to volunteer this year. For Halloween or All Saint’s Day, I helped at the girls’ school for an afternoon with games. I so enjoy being part of such a close-knit group of people. The school they attend is small, less than 100 students, so everyone knows everyone. Everyone is very friendly and inviting. The staff is excellent. I also had the opportunity to ‘sit-in’ on my youngest child’s class. The teachers allow this periodically in order for parents to get a better understanding of the daily happenings in a Montessori classroom. I volunteered to be part of the Starry Night Sweetheart Ball committee. Being part of the committee has opened doors for me to meet other parents as well as to offer my support to what happens throughout the school year.

If we were having coffee right now, I’d end our little chat by telling you how much I’ve enjoyed your company. We mustn’t let so much time escape between visits.

A New Series: Life Moments……Life Moment #1

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Our lives are full of ups and downs, twists and turns, joys and disappointments. These inevitable parts of life can be draining or fulfilling, but with God by your side the moments will seem less draining or more fulfilling. God is with us every second of every hour of every day. No matter how draining a moment may be it is still a moment to be treasured, to be thankful for. In this new series, I hope to encourage others to turn to God and to never give up.

Life moment #1

My husband called me out on something the other day, something that I say that has been irritating to him for years and he yelled at me about it when I said it that day during a phone conversation with him. Much to your chagrin, the ‘what’ doesn’t matter as much as the lesson. Anyway, I don’t take kindly to being yelled at but it was an easy enough fix, I just hung up on him. Feeling justified in my anger at being yelled at, I went through it in my head what I would say to him when he got home.

First, I would let him know how much I dislike being yelled at, which I’ve already done a million and one times. Then I would tell him how mean he is. And then I’d storm away with all my justified anger. I’d probably say a few more things just because. And I would wait, expectantly, for the apology I felt I was owed.

But,

as I was planning all of this in my head,

it suddenly came over me…..

I do, in fact, say the exact kind of stuff that he just yelled at me about.

So now,

I waited, in earnest, for him to walk through the door so I could deliver the apology I owed him.

Which is exactly what I did when he walked in the kitchen a short while later.

Lesson: We cannot change or ‘fix’ others….not our spouses, not our friends, not our children or anyone else, we can only change ourselves and that is only possible with God’s grace, forgiveness, guidance, and love.

A Time for Unbridled Joy

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As my children anxiously await Christmas Day, I am reminded of that excited spirit of my own as a youngster when Christmas Day finally arrived. Not a consistent church going family as a child, I knew of Jesus and that Christmas was His day, but I considered it more for us than for Him. I am thankful that my children know differently, but they also put what they know into practice. Their excitement for Christmas continues to grow as they age and their understanding of Jesus’ s birthday matures.

Sadly, many adults in the world have lost their excitement for Christmas through loss of faith or loss of childhood years (age-wise). They are no longer children with a zest for life. Instead, they are adults with an accumulation of bills, wealth for some, broken-ness (finances and spirit) for others, and a boatload of stress. And still others are just stuck in a I-don’t-want-this-life mindset.

Ladies and gentlemen, as you and your family approach Jesus’ s birthday, look kindly upon strangers, open your hearts to forgiveness of the wrongs against you, and be thankful for whatever life you have not only because the next person may or may not have it worse than you do, but also because our Savior is alive within all of us. We only have to acknowledge Him and allow Him to work in our lives. Remember the reason for the season. Acknowledge it. Love it. Live it. And your excitement for Christmas will return tenfold.

Mine has.

When I gaze upon the tree in our home,ย  I am in awe of the season. When I witness the love of my family and friends and strangers around me, I am in the presence of Jesus. I couldn’t ask for a better way or reason to be excited.

Merry Christmas