Friday, April 24, 2015

7 Quick Takes Friday



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I would have posted something last week, but I forgot and couldn't think of anything to write anyhow. Not to mention my work schedule for last week was a tiny bit crazy, but that is just life and we have to deal with it.

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On Tuesday my friend Grace wrote a post on her blog My Spare Oom called What No One Tells You About College. "Talking about all the things people DON'T tell you about college - good and bad" (what Grace said when she shared the link on Facebook).

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Again on Tuesday I was reading another interesting article. This time on the subject of the words things that can happen to you in your 20s. Since I am in my 20s I thought that it was something to think about and potentially learn from. "The worst thing that can happen to you in your twenties would be if it were easy."

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"We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us …” 
Romans 5:3-5

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Friday, April 10, 2015

7 Quick Takes Friday



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I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! I did :) For as long as I can remember my family and I have tried to visit both sides of the family on Easter Sunday, but sometimes that doesn't end up happening. This year we went and visited my grandma in the evening on Holy Saturday. We had pizza dinner and watched the movie "Groundhog Day" on the tv since it was on. It was a funny movie. On Sunday we went to mass at our church and then came home and had my other grandparents over for dinner. After dinner and the dishes were done most of us went on the traditional walk that we take. And if you haven't read it yet here is a more accurate description of what my life has been like this week since Sunday.

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This is what the sanctuary of our church looked like on Easter!

This is from our after dinner walk :)

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Well I decided to do Camp NaNoWriMo this month and I am doing ok in my writing. While it still needs some work before it's the way that I want it written but at least I am trying to write down all of the ideas that are floating around in my head. What I'll do to my story once it is finished I don't know. 

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I had to add this part into my story because we have all done it at some point in our lives.

At Wal-Mart, while his grandmother was waiting in line at the deli to pick up some ham and turkey, Arthur took the shopping cart and grocery list and went around the store. As he was going through one of the aisle in the frozen section, since no one else was there, Arthur stood on the back if the cart and rode it to the end of the aisle.

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This picture looks like it would make a very cool cover for a book.


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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Running Around Like a Chicken with Its Head Cut Off


If I had a better name for this post I would have used it, but I don't, though the title still fits how I feel this week.

Monday I was supposed to go to work at one o'clock since it was the last day of break for the kids that I nanny. But the mom had to switch part of her work schedule around and ended up taking the day off, but forgot to call me ahead of time. So I ended up getting the day off.

Tuesday (Yesterday, depending on when you are reading this), I had school all day and then I had to go to work after that. I didn't get home until closer to 8 p.m. Since it was AJ's birthday yesterday I quickly ate the \Italian sausage and french fries, that my family had saved me for dinner, before we sang to him and had dessert.

Wednesday I had to go to work at 10:30 because the dad had to go in to work early and the youngest kids that I watch is doing part time school right now. So I stayed with her for a little bit before I had to drop her off at school. Once she was dropped off I went to the closest Panera Bread and stayed there for a while before having to pick up the two younger kids from school. After picking up the two youngest kids I had to drive over to the school that their older sister goes to and pick her up from after school soccer practice. Then we grabbed McDonald's for dinner and then I dropped two of the kids off for their Catechism class.

Tomorrow/Thursday I have to do more running around, because I have school and then I have to go to an acupuncture appointment before going to pick kids up from school. Thankfully after picking up the kids I can take them home.

Friday is the only real slow day that I have this week, because I just have a doctor's appointment in the morning and then I don't have to go to work until the kids get off of school.

And that is why I gave this post the title that I did. So even though I am not a mom I know what it feels like to be running around all over the place.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!!!



John 20:1-29Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

20 And on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalen cometh early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre; and she saw the stone taken away from the sepulchre.
She ran, therefore, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and saith to them: They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.
Peter therefore went out, and that other disciple, and they came to the sepulchre.
And they both ran together, and that other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.
And when he stooped down, he saw the linen cloths lying; but yet he went not in.
Then cometh Simon Peter, following him, and went into the sepulchre, and saw the linen cloths lying,
And the napkin that had been about his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but apart, wrapped up into one place.
Then that other disciple also went in, who came first to the sepulchre: and he saw, and believed.
For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.
10 The disciples therefore departed again to their home.
11 But Mary stood at the sepulchre without, weeping. Now as she was weeping, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,
12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been laid.
13 They say to her: Woman, why weepest thou? She saith to them: Because they have taken away my Lord; and I know not where they have laid him.
14 When she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing; and she knew not that it was Jesus.
15 Jesus saith to her: Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, thinking it was the gardener, saith to him: Sir, if thou hast taken him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
16 Jesus saith to her: Mary. She turning, saith to him: Rabboni (which is to say, Master).
17 Jesus saith to her: Do not touch me, for I am not yet ascended to my Father. But go to my brethren, and say to them: I ascend to my Father and to your Father, to my God and your God.
18 Mary Magdalen cometh, and telleth the disciples: I have seen the Lord, and these things he said to me.
19 Now when it was late that same day, the first of the week, and the doors were shut, where the disciples were gathered together, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them: Peace be to you.
20 And when he had said this, he shewed them his hands and his side. The disciples therefore were glad, when they saw the Lord.
21 He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you.
22 When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost.
23 Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.
24 Now Thomas, one of the twelve, who is called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
25 The other disciples therefore said to him: We have seen the Lord. But he said to them: Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.
26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them. Jesus cometh, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said: Peace be to you.
27 Then he saith to Thomas: Put in thy finger hither, and see my hands; and bring hither thy hand, and put it into my side; and be not faithless, but believing.
28 Thomas answered, and said to him: My Lord, and my God.
29 Jesus saith to him: Because thou hast seen me, Thomas, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and have believed.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Good Friday Meditation



Read - John 18:1-19:42

Carrying the cross himself, he set out. (John 19:17)
Where do you see yourself, as Jesus walks the rough path to the hill of Golgotha? Are you a bystander, waiting for the procession to pass so that you can be about your business? Are you a friend, hurrying behind, distraught but unable to desert him? Maybe you're a soldier, driving him before you.

No matter what perspective you view in the story, Jesus is always at the center, orchestrating each action. At no point in John's Gospel is Jesus helpless or bewildered. He shows nothing but steadfast purposefulness. At his word, a whole contingent of soldiers falls back (John 18:6). Standing before Pilate, he holds fast, while the procurator becomes increasingly anxious and afraid (19:8). He manfully takes up his cross and marches to his fate (19:17). And at what appears to be his lowest point, Jesus announces calmly and definitively, "It is finished" and hands over his spirit to the Father (19:30). Far from humiliating defeat, this his his moment of victory!

As you ponder the story of the Passion today, let it fill you will peace and confidence in your salvation. Try to sense Jesus' willingness, his determination, his calm perseverance. Your life is safe in his nail scarred hands; your soul is secure in his pierced heart.

So instead of pushing quickly through the gloominess of today with your heart set on the joy of Easter Sunday, slow down and tack stock. Try to experience Jesus' Passion more personally, looking for signs of his authority and his mastery of the situation. Walk with him. Listen to the words that he speaks, and hear the assuredness in them.

Then follow his example and offer yourself to God, confident that you belong to him. See how committed he is to you, and commit yourself to him just as deeply. Know that whatever "cross" you have, you can take it up with the same courage and authority Jesus showed. He is walking with you, strengthening you every step of the way.

"Thank you Jesus, for taking up the cross for me and for all of us. Lord, give me a share in your confidence, your courage, and your commitment."

Taken from "The Word Among Us" Lent booklet.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Holy Thursday Meditation


Read: John 13:1-15

Unless I wash you...(John 13:8)
What an astounding image the Lord gave his disciples and us of his love! The King of kings bends over us and humbly washes our feet. Such care and concern he shows for us, his people! This is the very nature of Jesus' love for us: it is so intense that it moved him to lower himself to take on the position of a servant for our sakes. 

"You will never wash my feet" (John 13:8). How many times have we echoed Peter's words and tried to keep Jesus from ministering to us? Maybe we have thought we don't deserve such love. Or maybe we have thought we don't need to be washed clean. But to each of us, Jesus says, "Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me." Unless we let him cleanse us and care for us, we will end up separated from him.

Jesus wants to wash us, both in Baptism and in our everyday lives. He wants to help us and refresh us. Accepting that offer means quieting our hearts and minds so that we can recall his love and feel his presence. Of course we have duties and obligations that we must accomplish every day, but if we let our duties take precedence over Jesus, we will miss out on all that he can do for us.

Today, we enter into the Easter Triduum, the great three-day celebration of our redemption. By spending extra time with the Lord at the various liturgies this weekend, we can give him the opportunity to wash our feet again. We can give him permission to move more freely in our hearts. And whenever we do that, we are changed a little bit more into his image. We are filled a little bit more with his love and power. We become his servants in the world, washing the feet of those around us.

"Jesus, during these next few days, help me to come into your presence and let you wash my feet. I don't want my busyness to get the better of me. Instead, I want more of you. Help me to surrender the pride that won't let you minister to me. Come, Lord, and fill me with your love."

Taken from "The Word Among Us" Lent booklet