Sunday, May 20, 2018

One day old kittens, Lilacs, engagement traditions,wedding showers, Holy Spirit/Pentecost 2018

Kittens born in the garage the day before are now in the proverbial clothes basket in the house.  Their mom, Ruth, our oldest broke her dad down as a young girl and kittens in the house was set 30 or more years ago. 
Such a wonderful shower for Bobbi put on by the Verlys!  Some of them met Bobbi for the first time and shared how lucky we are.... Yes!!!  She is a gem and such a special addition to our families.
Rose is such a wonderful assistant to Bobbi at all 3 showers!  She finds the card to be read first, than she helps open, and then models the present for all to see.  She seems almost as excited as her soon-to-be Aunt Bobbi to see what each present holds!
Joy, with Aunt RaTerra and a visiting puppy... sharing crackers together in the light.
A very special time just 2 weeks from the big day we will share celebrating John and Bobbi!
I am in heaven... the lilacs are at their peak!  LOVE!
The baby corn plants are up and wondering where the nice warm weather went yesterday!
Family job of putting cows and calves out to pasture.
The pasture that is a long way from home...  Cows and calves are so happy to be on grass!
The last load at sunset...
Pentecost Sunday... the Church begins as we are filled with His Spirit and become his hands and feet!
Roses and lilies and a very special Rose!
Love family time at mass and after... plan to go to Ruth and Paul's for a family breakfast.  Pat reminded me of how since his dad died in 1996 we would go over to his mother's after mass and share breakfast with her... that is a deeply ingrained and cherished tradition! 
Sweet times together are the best!
Joy is a big girl on  booster at the table.  She two fisted doughnuts!
Meeting Black Jack the day old kitten...
John and Bobbi humored me with some lilac pictures by the grain bins - a tradition for the engaged in the family before!
Our Lady reflected in the lilacs!! So glorious is she in our lives.  Through her "Yes" we have found LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT as the Holy Spirit animates our existence!
Godson, David, climbs the apple tree to give bunny ears in the apple blossoms.
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Adorable rock pickers from 3 years ago!   We will be starting to pick tomorrow... Jesus, we trust in you.  Bless-bless, Barbara Mary Luke

While unloading rock wagon kids asked why we picked rocks from the fields. My response is that as farmers we care for the land and our equipment. David thanked me for picking up the big rocks so he doesn't have to lift them in the future. Oh the stones we move for the kids so they have a clearer path. Don't worry boys, there will be more rocks to get next year!"  Paul's words are true... plenty of rocks this year!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

"Come and ride with me." Our stories continue Our Lords/There are also many other things that Jesus did,

12 year old granddaughter, Mary and I in our pink at Sunday breakfast after sharing mass together as an extended family. 

She is newly back from her week at Camp Foley and to put her time in a nutshell... she was Mary the Brave taking a snake and two spiders out of the girl's bathroom and helping take tics off of people.  Down to earth and very caring and sweet I would call her!  She loves her farm life!
My mother gazing upon her 50th great grandchild, who was just days old last weekend at a shower my family put on for our John and Bobbi! 

I am brimming with the beauty of our families with all the times we have gathered to shower Bobbi!  The final words from the Gospel today are so true!!!
"There are also many other things that Jesus did,
but if these were to be described individually,
I do not think the whole world would contain the books
that would be written."  John 21:25

Each of us as followers of Christ and His Bride, The Church, have our stories in which Jesus is at work in our lives!  I have filled volumes galore with my sharing here for the last 9 years since John fought the giant, Brain cancer, and won!  Each of our lives is His Story and certainly would fill the world with Books! 
I am so blessed to share in the stories of my 5 children here on earth... John was just giving me hugs for the 29 years of being his mom and the wonderful 5 children we raised..."You 5 are so much better than I am, and I learn and grow from all of you!"

Lord, I am yours and I am so unworthy of your LOVE for me... may I return that to all I encounter.  Most especially those the closest to me in my domestic Church/family.  Jesus, your story as you show me your plan in my life is a masterpiece!  You amaze me and bless me beyond anything I could have ever planned for myself!  You are in control and I am yours!  Jesus, I trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
After weeks of long hours getting the crop in... hubby, Pat, the gopher keeping everyone going got to sit in the huge quadtrack and dig the last field back by the lake.  "Come ride with me.  It feels nice to just sit and not have to run and put out the fires!" 

So we went back and forth and he shared with me memories of Sunday afternoons fishing in lake Marshall with his hired man or his dad and his brothers.  It was peaceful and a nice way to end planting for this year.  Bless the crops, O Lord, give us the warmth of the sun and the rains we need to feed the world.  Bless-bless, Barbara Mary Luke
My garden is in and it feels like a huge relief...  LOVE!
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“O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.” — St. Augustine of Hippo
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Ruth is a farmer and so much more!
Danielle Rose - The Saint that is just me
His plan is for us to become saints!

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want..." Psalm 23 comes to life

So much going on called family on the farm!  Paul heading out to dig around the farm after Pat had filled him up with water, while Ruth with her kids is putting down the tarp in the wind.  My position on the corner holding it down just happened to be in the midst of sweet smelling apple blossoms with amazing white puffy clouds to make the scene picture prefect!

Ruth shared that while she worked on her garden yesterday she was surrounded by wonderful smells from all the blossoms.  Apple blossoms galore all around the garden and then lilacs as she walked through the back yard. 

I appreciated help on my gardening from John and Bobbi.  Thank you!
The clouds added to the beauty of cows and calves out on the green pasture with the freshly planted field over the fence.  It makes Psalm 23 come to life, and allows my inner place to find some peace knowing that there is a God who loves me and watches over me... "The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want..."
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LOVE!!!  It makes me calm my nerves inside that are building with all that lies ahead!
The waters for them to drink and cool off in... "he restores my soul!" 

Jesus reveals his unconditional love and forgiveness today in the Gospel where he forgives Peter for his denying him at his most needy time facing death on the cross.  Yet, he makes him the rock upon which the Church is built!  We are called to "follow me" as we too far forgiven unconditionally and are asked to "feed my sheep." 

May we share The Truth and The Word/Jesus without hesitation and give the love we have been given and the mercy we have been shown in return!
Joy watches from the wagon... Ruth said she was so happy to be outside a lot of the day yesterday playing happily while Ruth worked long and hard on getting her gardens started.  These kids are getting a wonderful example of being a great gardener and a hard worker!
The farm family hard at work as a team while the field around the farm is planted as soybeans this year.
Over at the farm early this morning and Rose had to pose with her new short hair for summer...
A secret for Luke... the boys got new haircuts, too!  All done on their wonderful porch.
Rose brought out some muffins fresh out of the oven to share with grandpa, and he took them to share with the men delivering the seed.  Sharing breakfast before the bus comes?
Breakfast on a glorious morning while the bus stops to pick up the kids for school.   Today Simon has track and field day at HRS!  A step back in time...
Joy has a great spot to keep an eye on her grandpa coming home with the truck from the field.  "She hears grandpa's voice and she has to go to him!  I think they love him so much because he allows them to do whatever they want."  We thought that was the job description of grandparents, right?

The Psalm for today is a good reminder also of how Jesus has saved us from our sins and failures in life...
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he put our transgressions from us.
R. The Lord has established his throne in heaven.
Casting Crowns - East to West... from one nail scarred hand to the other!

Jesus your death on the cross shows us how we are to follow after you carrying/dragging our Most Cherished Cross and dying to self so that you may live in us!  You do not leave us alone but you gave us your Mother at the foot of the Cross to bring into our homes and to become the mother we all need to comfort us and care for us and to bring our needs to you.  The Saints also are there to help us down the narrow path.  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
How we are enjoying the porch in this wonderful weather... no bugs and warm breezes!  Thank you John and Bobbi for helping me and sharing time with me. Bless-bless, Barbara Mary Luke

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Every word is a bell of truth and beauty!  "mercy shall follow me all the days of my life!"
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Today, we remember St. John I, who was imprisoned and killed because of his rejection of the Arian Heresy. May we have his courage to defend and explain our Faith.
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Say "yes" to life and raising LIGHTS to change the world!
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Ginny Owens - If you want me to
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

the Lord stood by him and said, "Take courage." Acts 23:11

Joy was a tiny newborn last spring, so in many ways this is her first spring of appleblossoms, lilacs, putting in the garden and all that comes with spring for us.  I was up early helping hubby this morning move around and so I ended up on the farm, and coaxed Ruth to pose with sweet Joy in the appleblossoms before she took over the tiller from her dad.
Ruth out picking her first lilac bouquet for the year, and I now have one on my table, too!!!  Joy loves to keep her eyes on her mom... her "pretty pretty moma" I call  her and that is very true!

It doesn't seem that long ago that I took some of Ruth's graduation pictures in front of these very bushes with a huge bouquet of perfect lilacs!  Now she has a 13 year old son as her oldest child and the farm she grew up on is now their home to grow up in! 

A year after we moved here when Ruth was 7... I had John, and a year after they moved here they welcomed sweet Joy Jean!  It is always so amazing how our lives mirror each others and how much Ruth is living the life she grew up with.  There is something so special for me to be able to have so many of the same experiences and to step back in time. 
We love spring!!!  WE love sharing our life on the farm with a young wonderful family, and holding onto such a bright future for our farm! 

Paul is out putting in the last fields of beans and also Brad, who is expecting his first child at the end of July!  So wonderful to have two young families farming towards and bright strong farm future! 
I remember well the little ones playing in the dirt while we put in the garden.  Joy had some dirty fingers and tasted her first dirt (?) before grandma put her down for a morning nap!
Mommy tilling the garden under the apple blossoms... soon she will have the crew out helping her put in the seeds and the plants... Just like I did a generation ago.  Now I will have John and Bobbi here tonight to help me get my garden tilled and some of it planted!  I am so grateful for getting help now that I don't have it built in with a house full of kids.

Both the first reading from Acts and the Gospel of John are getting towards the end of their time in this world.  I loved how Paul was ministered by the Jesus that he only met as he was set to destroy the Christians on the road to Damascus!  That encounter filled him with The Truth and how he burned to share it without hesitation far and wide after being prayed over and receiving the indwelling of the Holy Spirit...

the Lord stood by him and said, "Take courage..."Acts 23:11  So true for us also as we follow Jesus carrying/dragging our most Cherished Cross!
Icie, pink, dragonfly pillow, and newly mowed grass with apple blossoms in the pasture behind...  Joy thinks life is pretty wonderful on the farm with her big wonderful family! 

She will be happy to see her big sister, Mary, who has been away at Camp Foley for the week.  I can't wait to hear about her time there... talk about a flashback to my family as Ruth on down to John all went for this same week and I went as a chaperone with my 4th girl, Susan/Hallel!  I have my own memories of camp Foley from first hand experience! 

There is a good chance that your mom will go to Camp Foley with you in 11 years, Joy, and how those years will fly by!  Life is a blur sometimes in how fast it goes by, but a gloriously beautiful masterpiece of a blur like an impressionist painting!
That apple tree in the pasture is eaten by the cows... but it looks like we will have plenty this summer with all the wonderful blossoms on the trees!

There are so many times when the Lord has stood by me and reminded me to "Take courage!"  I do get worried and scared and anxious when there are big things coming up, but nothing good comes from that!  I am reminded that I am not in control and Jesus is, so give it all to him and trust!  I think that he could also say... TRUST!

" Jesus, I trust in you." came our way first of all from St Faustina in her Divine Mercy...  In the midst of John's brain cancer coming back through the chemo, and we were devastated we were reminded to repeat this phrase when we are facing more than we can handle on our own by Bishop LeVoir; "Jesus, I trust in you."

In Rochester in 2009... he is now 9 years out and cancer free and the new John.  He will be marrying Bobbi in just a little over 2 weeks after asking the Lord to show him the path he has for him for many years of ups and downs!
When you wait that long and pray and trust that much... the outcome is so much JOY that is shows in your smiles and your attitude to all those around you!  Godson, David, will be herding up 4 little girls, also God children in the wedding!  LOVE!

Jesus, I am overwhelmed by You!!! I love you with my all and long to trust in all that you are doing in my life and my domestic church/family with all that I am!  May I give without counting the cost and die so self so that you may live in me and I may become your hands and feet and heart to love as you have loved me!  Jesus, I trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
This wonderful family fills our old farmhouse with so much LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT!  We are thrilled to have them loving farm life and helping when needed with cheerful willing attitudes!  Guardian angels need to be vigilant,
and we pray for cheerfulness to reign supreme in the midst of all the stressors that come with farming and livestock.  Bless-bless, Barbara Mary Luke
John and Mary shared a special bond as they both love the stage( they have been in the summer musical together for a couple years now) and speech!  "Me love me some Mary!"  I know she is having a wonderful week at Camp Foley!
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John 17.. the Gospel today and why we take courage and TRUST!
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Where we gain our strength!
Danielle Rose - If I touch him
Chaplet of Divine Mercy... used this with my mother in law on her last days!
Hillary Scott - Thy will be done
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5 years ago... 6 month old Bernadette while mom and dad were in Scotland for a wedding.  Such a good girl for grandma on the farm.. now it has been Ruth's swings and farm for 2 years!  The Lord's plans are mysterious and amazing!

Jesus, we trust in you.

No cavities from Fort Lewis, WA!!!

And snuggles with that pretty pretty mommy, Maria, who will be here before we know it!  Yeah!!!