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Sunday Sunset 

Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting.” ~Richard Paul Evans

Today was a beautiful day in northern Maine. We enjoyed some time at and on the lake. While the day was beautiful, the sunset was gorgeous. It is amazing how it changes – the colors are different from one minute to the next. As soon as you have seen it, it disappears.

Everything changes: the people in our lives, the earth we live on, the lives we live. We must not wait until it disappears to enjoy it, but embrace it. Take a picture. Visit family. Be aware. Remember. 


Golf Cart Rides and Old Friends 

I know it’s Saintly Saturday. Or was…I’m posting late because we spent the evening with old friends at Riley’s high school reunion. Today’s saint is Saint John the Baptist. John was Jesus’s cousin. He spoke about Jesus’s coming and was a pretty extreme guy. We can all be extreme or over the top sometimes. John had a reason – Jesus. Do you have a reason?  Is it Jesus?  I hope I’m extreme for Jesus. Just like Ayla and Avery’ s desire to ride the golf cart over and over again, I hope to continuously be extreme for Jesus. 

A Place to Pee and A Snack to Eat

We traveled up the 95 this afternoon and our first stop was a rinky-dink place to pee.  When you have children (or you are pregnant) you need to stop to pee.  I’m grateful for these tiny places off of the highway. They may not get much business but when people travel they need gas and they need a place to pee. 

Our second stop (and final destination) was at Memere and Pepere’s store. There were snacks, rides in the stock cart and lobster encounters. When people get to their final destination they need food and a good laugh.       

First Day of Summer

On this first day of summer, we enjoyed some time outside.  Ayla ran through the sprinkler.  Avery found his way onto the tractor.  It will be a bittersweet day when he can actually mow the lawn.  I’ve also felt baby girl move a lot more lately.  She’s growing, too.  While I wish I had more time or energy to clean up and pick up, I realize my time is better spent enjoying life rather than trying to pick up after it. 

enjoy every moment

True Colors

“True Colors” performed by Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick in Trolls is the Tempo for this Tuesday.  We’ve watched Trolls twice and this is my favorite song from the movie. It’s Ayla’s favorite, too.  I’m glad she likes it – it’s about being yourself.  God made each of us in His image and likeness.  We must show our true colors – we each have talents to share with the world. Show your true colors.  They are beautiful. You are beautiful. 

This world makes you crazy
And you’ve taken all you can bear
Just, call me up
‘Cause I will always be there
And I see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you

So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful
Like a rainbow

   

Exploration

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”  ~John Muir

Ayla had her first day of science camp and she loved it so much she wanted to do more “exploring” with her new mini notebook and pencil outside the building.  We stayed and she found, among other things, wild strawberries, caterpillars and spiders. Avery was glad we stayed, too. It was a perfect day for exploring – the sun was out, but the wind was blowing – no mosquitos or black flies around!

Today I was reminded that summertime is for exploration.  Life is FULL.  We have to embrace and allow ourselves to take the time for the exploration.   

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all Dad’s out there, especially my dedicated husband.  He works hard to provide for our family. I am truly grateful.  Our kids love their Dad – he’s fun, a supporter and the silliest tickle monster.

Along with Father’s Day, today is the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ – Corpus Christi.  While nothing can compare to the Lord’s gift of the Holy Eucharist to the Church, fathers give of their time, talent and treasure to support and provide for their families.  What a gift it is to have a Dad and a blessing to be one. 

    

Saint Botulph and Rick Charette

This Saintly Saturday’s Saint is Saint Botulph.  He is a patron saint of farming and travelers.  His brother Adulph is also a Saint.  They lived during the 5th century.  Saint Botulph built an abbey and taught his fellow spiritual brothers.  He lived a long life full of humility and good virtue.

Although this Saintly Saturday’s Saint is unrelated, I brought the kids to see Rick Charette.  We’ve watched him perform before but it is always a treat to see him again.  Ayla loves it and Avery busted a few dance moves, too.  I am glad to have opportunities of learning and fun to bring my children. 

Ocean World

Ayla found a screen-free activity book I bought a few years ago and has been set on doing the activities or making things (slime, dough, pretend worlds).  Yesterday we made “cloud dough.”  Today she wanted to make a water world and my mom suggested an ocean world using the cloud dough as sand.  She’s needed encouragement but has been using her imagination to have fun.  We also made some glitter slime after finding the right ingredients.  It is fun to watch her explore new textures and develop her imagination. I need to remember to remain patient in her learning.