Sunday, September 24, 2017

A green lush fall... "So good that you are here!" "It is never too late to accept his mercy."

Not singing sweetly but crying loudly in front of the new corn TP we had just put up with their help.  With 4 of them 6 and under it seems that they all can't be happy at the same time! 

The lush green of our late fall really showed up with the beautiful huge yellow ears of corn. 

The readings today remind us that it is never too late to be invited by Jesus to love and to serve and to forgive as we are forgiven!  Father asked us if we invite others to come and share in the banquet of life with us... so true! 
Great humble family time last night with two daughters and their combined 10 kids!  We shared our new chickens, getting kids ready for bed including grandpa brushing the girls' hair. I did not know that grandpa liked to help with the girl's hair.  So sweet and heartwarming and both Berna and Rose said that grandpa did a nice and gentle job getting their hair nice and smooth.
These two girls - in about 6 weeks Berna will join Rose in the 5 year old club... just 6 months apart they will be a year apart in school!
Lots of little helpers celebrating Fall and growing food to feed the world.
The cows liked a few of the ears that fell off too, right Dominic?
Our two oldest girls catching up with our lush green beautiful fall all around them. 
We used to call these "the two criminals."  They are getting sweeter and more grown up every day!
Helping in the field.... they now know what a corn TP is...

Jesus, we trust in you.  Bless-bless, Barb
These two are 10 months apart!  They will grow up sharing experiences on the farm, too.  Family is a gift that ties us one to another.

John is very excited to share Jesus in the Eucharist with others as a Eucharistic Minister... he jumped up today when he realized that there were not enough going forward.  After mass a good friend came over and exclaimed to John that seeing him up there made him thank God that John had been spared from his battle with brain cancer 8 years ago.  "When I see you excited to share Jesus...I am reminded that you are here and have been given healing and life to go forward for Jesus."
John had two of his Goddaughters here for the weekend.  They both seem to know and like to be held by him. 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

St Pio celebration with family waffles/chickens butchering/babies galore!

The girls chased the boys with some chicken feet!  They were the brave ones.. the boys screamed and ran away.  It was quite a morning of doing a family job after grandpa made waffles for all 17 of us with his mom's trusty waffle iron!
Waffles were a hit!!! 
Helper girls and scared boys...  The day has gotten away - two chickens are in the oven for supper with our crew of Nancy's family here visiting from KC.
The two baby girls on the porch in the heat yesterday while the feed pile was covered in the heat and the wind!  Puppies and kitties too!
Those 10 months that separates them will be smaller and smaller.  They will share adventures together on the farm...
Like their 5 year old sisters who found the eggs in the hens to be very interesting.  Once again the boys said "gross" and ran away!
Supper for 17 on the wonderful porch in the midst of sharing farm work of covering the pile.
Love to see a table full of family!  Just as the women cared for the "family" of Jesus and his 12 "provided for them out of their resources."

Reading about Pio before Pat and I did breakfast, and the readings linger in my heart.... Jesus, we trust in you.  Bless-bless, Barb and all
Eating our wonderful applesauce with an old baby spoon - the handle bent so that she can get most of it to her mouth.  "This is why we do the work!"
Most of it in her mouth! 
John with two of his Goddaughters! 
Family time making our food - chicken time!

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Friday, September 22, 2017

"Compete well for the faith." St Paul and "provided for them out of their resources" Luke

Joy is just about big enough to have her first bubble sink...for now she hears her happy siblings in their swimsuits and playing in the hot tub... all that fun lies ahead for you little girl! 
It has become a new fun thing to bring swimsuits to grandmas and play in the hoy hot tub/Mary and Jesus look over them... Life is an ongoing adventure! 

Nancy is on her way here with her 4 and the tub will get used by lots of kids!  We also have a pile of feed to cover before the rain comes, and chickens to butcher in the morning, and probably some tomato canning too!  Life comes at us in waves and sometimes it is hard to keep our heads above the water! 

Picking my mini pumpkins this morning with the cute cows looking on...

The day is a bit stressful with all that is hanging over my head... I cling to the words of St Paul, yet feel that I do less than well - "Compete well for the faith."  I find that my selfishness gets in the way and the angst that fills me when I can't do what I want clouds my doing things out of the goodness of my heart.  I make the mistake of having in mind how I would like my day to go, and then feel resentful and upset when I am intruded upon.  Forgive me, Lord!
A lot of JOY!

I loved the homey feel of the Gospel today of Jesus traveling and preaching and sharing the Good News of the Kingdom of God along with the Twelve and then those grateful women, whom he had healed and ministered to, "who provided for them out of their resources."  Why homey?  Because I can envision the women working together to make the huge meals for Jesus and his followers along with those that come to the table - "Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do."  Luke 9  I am encountering this when our family gathers as there will be about that many this weekend with 18 of us gathering at the table for meals.  Ruth and I have a system of putting together from what each of us has in our cupboards and pulling together feast after feast!  The words "provided for them out of their resources" truly is true and experienced by us.  A wonderful family time! 
The last day of feeding chickens...

Lord, I am weak, I am forgiven and given chance after chance to love and serve you better and die to self!  May I return the love and forgiveness I have been given.  Thank you for family time supreme, and may we give without counting the cost.  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
from this...
To this... the wind is trying to blow them off, and putting that tarp on the pile is going to take super human strength.
Out in the gathering space when I got my best hour of the week in Adoration with my Lord!  Yes, Lord, may I be a better disciple and I do DARE!  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
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Advice from A Wise Old Man

-Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

-Keep skunks and bankers at a distance....

-Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

-A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

-Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled.

-Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.

-Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.

-Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

-It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

-You cannot unsay a cruel word.

-Every path has a few puddles.

-When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

-The best sermons are lived, not preached.

-Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.

-Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

-Live a good, honorable life… Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

-Don‘t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.

-Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.

-If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

-Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

-The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.

-Always drink upstream from the herd.

-Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

-Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.

-If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around..

-Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.

-Most times, it comes down to common sense.
Feast day tomorrow along with my brother, Jim's birthday, and Goddaughter, Erika's birthday!
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"Joy isn't found in the material objects surrounding us, but in the inner recesses of the soul. One can possess joy in a prison cell as well as in a palace."
-St Therese

And real joy can not be shaken by anything. Even piles and piles of laundry.

Hillary Scot - Thy will be done

Thursday, September 21, 2017

"It might be a challenge, but does that mean that you don't go forward?" Pat

How many 13 year old boys have a 5 1/2 month old baby sister over their shoulders wanting to grab a big handful of that red frosting?  So few in this world!  Simon is one lucky boy to be growing up with 5 younger siblings to share his life with... family is always a part of your life!

Simon has shown a lot of maturity in this last year with many new challenges socially and in other areas of his life.  He is in the autism spectrum, so the social aspect is probably the most challenging for him, but he has spread his wings and attended numerous camps and the State Fair on his own in the last year! 

It is true that in the KC area that Archbishop Naumann will baptize families that are welcoming #5 or above in their families.  It seems that he is encouraging families to embrace LIFE and raising LIGHTS!  Nancy is hopeful that their new little one due around Easter could be baptized by him!  I know that for Nancy in the KC area,  and Maria in the military and homeschooling... they encounter more than the average large families!  So having a baby sharing her brother's 13th birthday party is not that crazy for them!  And a possibility for their families also.
A special meal of Simon's favorite spaghetti on their beautiful porch... Another wonderful part of Simon's life is that he is a farmboy living on the farm with his family!  Grandpa just gave him some money that they earned in helping to put in some fence around a new pasture this summer!

The wise words of my husband really made an impression this morning...  He was discussing on the phone about some new dirt her got and how he leveled it and is now stock piling feed there.  "It will probably be a challenge until it settles well over some time, but do you not make improvements and go forward because of that?"  He is not blinded to how rain could make it hard to get around there, but he also knows that it will over time become better and better until it gets to great with some hard work and frustrations along the way.  Such a good attitude at persevering.
Holding back little sister, 5 year old Rose Ida, from helping blow out those candles... she would, too!

 A lot of this same philosophy applies to all of us on our journey doesn't it?  That we need to go forward and struggle through the mud on our path knowing that in order to get to heaven forever with Jesus and Mary and the Saints including St Matthew on this his feast day... we need to deal with those struggles with perseverance and determination... now the key would be to do that with the attributes St Paul gives to us and the Ephesians today..."I urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
bearing with one another through love,
striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit
through the bond of peace:
one Body and one Spirit,
as you were also called to the one hope of your call;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all."
Now that would make the struggles so much more Christ-filled wouldn't it?  In my experience the frustrations bring with them angst, yelling, cursing, and misery!  So much to take to prayer!
Doing some experimenting with Josephine with an angel in the light for sympathy cards...

The result of living in Faith and sharing it as Christ has in his plan for each one of us..."for building up the Body of Christ,
until we all attain to the unity of faith
and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,
to the extent of the full stature of Christ. "  Ephesians 4

Lord, how we long to mature in our faith... you call unto us - "Follow me."  Your example of humbly taking all that comes your way on the journey to the Cross reminds us of how we too can embrace that humility and patience and be more like you.  As St Matthew we can leave behind our selfish greed and indulgences and find freedom to give without counting the cost!  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and hallelujah
Such a wonderful father and husband!  He takes his youngest to see Our Lady of Lourdes.. they have a new life we are surrounding by prayer in the womb... "I got this statue for Nancy on our anniversary this year."  Wow!  What a beautiful testament of knowing what really matters in life/love/light!  So blessed to have our daughters and their growing families open to life and raising lights, and sharing our Faith!  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
The fall like landscape and the cows in front of my little red barn.  Of course that sign is only true if you put Faith first of all! 
Love this!  Boys with their trucks and puppies! 
Ruth and Paul model for me over and over how we go forward with big goals and accomplish beautiful things like this amazing porch for family time supreme!  Their vision is like walking into a fairy land of perfection and they use it daily!  LOVE!
Out this morning to feed the chickens while they crowed at the cows and the cows mooed back!  Life is special for this city girl come to the farm!

LOVE is a gift!
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"Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now."
-St Mother Teresa

And teach me how to be a mother to my children.

You, St Matthew, truly did walk away from treasure of this world to embrace treasure in heaven.  May we too!

"We cultivate a very small field for Christ, but we love it, knowing that God does not require great achievements but a heart that holds back nothing for self."
-St. Rose Phillipine Duchesne

Our fields are small, but oh how they can bloom with love.

Newsboys - God's not dead
The Afters - Broken Hallelujah
Pentonix - Hallelujah