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Come Together in Love

“‘Again, amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth
about anything for which they are to pray,
it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.’” -Matthew 18:19-20

This is an excerpt from today’s Gospel reading.  If we are to show each other love – the love that Jesus taught us – than we must come together.  Lord, help us to come together in love and demonstrate hope. 

I had a nice visit with my Memere, aunt, great-uncle, father and cousins today.  I am grateful and blessed.   

Sing, Sing a Song

Ayla was excited all day today because it was her birthday. 

“I’m six.”   

“You can’t call me a 5 year old anymore.” 

“It’s my birthday.” 

Her excitement brought me joy.  I loved celebrating her birthday with her – her life has brought me much joy.    

She shares her birthday with the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  There must have been much joy and hope when Mary was ready to be taken from her earthly home to her heavenly one.  May we see that we are not meant for this world – but also know that we are to cherish every moment here. 

Looking for Tempo Tuesday? Check out “Sing, Sing a Song” by the Carpenters.

Birthday Blessings

Happy Birthday to my hard-working, outdoors-loving, fun-dad husband, Riley.  The more birthdays he has, the more handsome he becomes.  I am thankful he is who he is and that he lets me be me.  I’ll continue to make cakes for him for as long as I live.  The greatest thing about today was seeing the kids’ faces when he came home and their joy of sharing in the birthday fun.   

Tiny Whispering Sound

I heard almost nothing at Mass today.  It’ll be even more interesting to attend Mass when baby #3 arrives.  My mom filled me in about what struck her – the 1st reading from the Book of Kings.  God is everywhere, but sometimes He is the loudest in the “tiny whispering sound.”  Are we listening?    

At the mountain of God, Horeb,
Elijah came to a cave where he took shelter.
Then the LORD said to him,
“Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD;
the LORD will be passing by.”
A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains
and crushing rocks before the LORD—
but the LORD was not in the wind.
After the wind there was an earthquake—
but the LORD was not in the earthquake.
After the earthquake there was fire—
but the LORD was not in the fire.
After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound.
When he heard this,
Elijah hid his face in his cloak
and went and stood at the entrance of the cave.
                   1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a

Watching Ayla sing and dance in the rain today was God whispering to me to enjoy that moment.  I pray I can listen in all ways. 

Saint Jane Frances de Chantal

Saint Jane Frances de Chantal is this Saintly Saturday’s Saint.  She was a wife and mother of six, who, after her husband died, helped found the Congregation of the Visitation Sisters of Holy Mary at Annecy.  Saint Jane experienced much death and “spiritual dryness” in her life.  She had good days and bad days; although a Saint, her life does not differ from our own “regular” lives. 

Saint Jane, pray for all mothers, that we may use each moment as a way to draw nearer to the Lord. Amen.  

*Ayla rode her bike in the Children’s Day parade.  Avery and I walked with her. 

Cousins Make the Best of Friends

Lots of fun was had today.  Riley and I took Ayla on a date to Sweet Frog.  Memere Norma pulled out Ayla’s second top tooth.  To top it all off, we had a wonderful cookout with some beautiful cousins.  My cousin Brooke and her son stopped to visit before they head back home and we had some other area cousins visit, too.  It’s always great to be with my cousins.  We are blessed to have grown up friends and now our children can play as friends.  May they always know that their family ties will bring them together. 

Silly Songs

We are blessed with a beautiful community library in our town.  The people who work there are nice and the children’s librarians are fun.  They enjoy what they do.  This evening was the end of the summer reading program party.  The library staff hosted a great party at our local playground/park and Judy Pancoast performed some of her silly songs for the kids.  Ayla loved it.  She and Avery also enjoyed the cardboard cutout of Captain Underpants.  I am thankful to have fun, educational events to take my children. 

Hurry Up and Slow Down

I’ve been trying to not be in a hurry lately.  Hurry up and get in the car. Hurry up and pick up the toys.  Hurry up and get supper ready.  It’s hard, but it’s been less stressful.  I prepare to leave the house earlier.  I give Ayla extra time.  Sometimes I just sit and wait for her to finish her craft.  When she asks me to read her a book, I go and sit and read.  The chores pile up.  The precious time reading to her does, too.  That’s what matters more. 

*Ayla fell asleep “reading” her new library book

Whom Shall I Fear?

Unfortunately, a young man I briefly met a few years ago, and a cousin to my dear friend, passed away from cancer last night.  I did not know Luke, but I did know that his Faith in Jesus was clear and evident.  I feel that it is appropriate to introduce you to “Whom Shall I Fear” by Chris Tomlin on this Tempo Tuesday.  “Though darkness fills the night, it cannot hide the light.”  We have nothing to fear because the Lord is on our side – He will keep His promises.  May Luke rest peacefully in the arms of Jesus. 

Whom Shall I Fear

You hear me when I call
You are my morning song
Though darkness fills the night
It cannot hide the light
Whom shall I fear?

You crush the enemy
Underneath my feet
You are my sword and shield
Though trouble linger still
Whom shall I fear?

I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies is always by my side
The One who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies is always by my side

My strength is in Your name
For You alone can save
You will deliver me
Yours is the victory
Whom shall I fear?
Whom shall I fear?

And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in Your hands
I’m holding on to Your promises
You are faithful
You are faithful

Independence

As a parent I want to teach my children to be strong and independent.  Ayla is old enough now to do many things herself.  She is growing up. One of her responsibilities is to empty the dishwasher and today she did it almost entirely by herself.  After coming home tonight she wanted some slices of he baguette I had just purchased. She took it upon herself to get out a cutting board and bread knife and cut herself some pieces. I pray I can continue to encourage her to be independent and confident.