Hope in Family 

Among other things, I pick up messes that get made again. I fold baskets and baskets of laundry, sometimes more than once. 
Among other things, I witness laughing, creativity, short dance parties, and development. 

Thankfully, at the end of the day, I am able to share these things with my best friend and husband. 

Seeing my 3 beautiful children playing, cuddling and talking with their father makes my heart expand a little. 

There is Hope in the blessing of family.  I am grateful to have this life and my vocation. 


The 2nd Sunday of Advent 

I had many views today and the above picture was one of them. On this 2nd Sunday of Advent I have Faith in the Lord. He is my stronghold. The precious views I had in my life today were all given to me by Him. Just as Joseph and Mary had Faith as they journeyed to Bethlehem, so do I have Faith in my Journey. 

Thank you, Lord, for my beautiful life. 

Saint Juan Diego and Snow 

Saint Juan Diego is the saint for this Saintly Saturday. He is attributed to first seeing the apparition of the Blessed Mother Our Lady of Guadalupe in the 16th century.  He was also the first saint indigenous to the Americas to be canonized.  

Today was the first snowfall and Ayla was so excited. She went outside and then had a friend over to play. Their excitement was a reminder to me to slow down and enjoy little things, like the first snow.  Things can appear where you least expect, just as Our Lady appeared to Saint Juan Diego. 

Childhood Friend

Last week we received our first Christmas card. This card was sent by a childhood friend of mine. Opening the card made my day and the days following. There is something special about hearing from an old friend. Our lives change and evolve, but the people we meet have an impact. Thanks, Tiffany, for thinking of me and my family.

 The Advent and Christmas seasons are some of the best times to reconnect and to better connect with friends and family. Enjoy time together and love one another. 

Don’t Lose Hope

“I can’t remember the last time I heard somebody talking about heaven. And that’s the great promise of hope that God has given us. This is not home. We’re just pilgrims on a journey. We might set it up like it’s home, and build great houses, and make them really comfortable, and get all our stuff and feel like we’re at home. But that’s a mistake, too. This is not home. We’re not home yet. We’re on a journey. We’re pilgrims. And when we forget that, it’s easy to lose hope.” -Matthew Kelly

Don’t lose hope. Think about all the hope Christmas brings!

Watching Them Grow

It’s so fun to watch my children grow up. Sometimes I feel sad because I don’t want them to grow up. Other times I am joyful because I witness first hand their development. Ayla had her show choir club performance last night. It was cute to watch her dance and show her personality. Today she came home and showed me her name in cursive, complete with a heart at the end. She is teaching herself and she said she will persevere (she learned about perseverance and having a growth mindset at school). It’s fun to watch her grow. 

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

“Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” is the Advent carol I’d like to introduce on this Tempo Tuesday.  Meredith Andrew’s rendition is beautiful.  It is also wonderfully sung by Fernando Ortega.  Advent is a time of waiting.  We wait for Jesus’s birthday.  It’s exciting!  Just as a child is anxious for his or her birthday, we are excited to celebrate Jesus.  God promised to send someone for HIs people.  Jesus was long expected. His promise was fulfilled and now we wait for Jesus again. 

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

Hope Is A Certainty

I am excited that Dynamic Catholic chose Hope as their theme for their Best Advent Ever reflections.  Everyday I receive an email that has a link to a short video that helps in my preparation for Jesus’s birthday. I’ll share a few of them as Advent progresses. Today’s reflection is entitled “Wishful Thinking.” 

“You know, some folks think that hope is wishful thinking or some kind of naive, “Pollyanna” optimism. But hope is far from that. Hope is beyond our own capacities and our own strengths, and hope is a certainty. It’s the certainty that you and I know where we’re going, and we know who’s going with us.” -Allen Hunt 

Ayla took this “Selfie” of her and Avery. SO CUTE!

1st Sunday of Advent

Happy Advent! I always hope to be well prepared for Advent by having the Advent calendar and Advent wreath ready. The truth is it sneaks up on me. Just this evening I found the wreath and set it up in time to light the first purple candle of Promise before supper. The calendar is still hiding in a Christmas decorations bucket. Maybe tomorrow I’ll find it. 

No matter what, I know God is here and will meet me – Emily – where I am. Life can be busy but, I Hope to remember that this month (and all months for that matter) are about Jesus, “the Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.”

Saint Apollonia 

This Saintly Saturday I’d like to introduce you to Saint Apollonia, the patron saint of dental diseases and dentists. Saint Apollonia was martyred by having her teeth knocked out, her face kicked and then burned in a fire in the 200s for refusing to denounce her faith. She also is the namesake for the children’s dental clinic my mom founded five years ago. 

I am sure my mom has prayed for Saint Apollonia to pray for her endeavors and for all the children who sit in a chair at the clinic. This weekend was a big fundraiser for operating expenses – a festival of trees. Many people worked hard to make it happen. Their hard work is fruitful and hopeful. 

My mom and dad are always helping others. I’m glad I have such great examples of people who live like Jesus wants us to live – loving others.