- The amazing story of the 13 becoming Catholic!
- Our marriage stories - "The world needs LIGHTS!"
- John's cancer stories
- Now the stories of John's 4 sisters...Ruth, Nancy, Maria, and Susan/Little Sister Hallel!
- Susan Angela Agnes/Little Sister Hallel - the story of a Call
- The story of little Lamb - grandson Patrick
Sunday, November 30, 2014
I am very excited for this to be the first Sunday of Advent. My advent wreath will have to be found tomorrow morning as I am off to work today. Although this is my 43rd Advent since becoming Catholic in 1971 at Christmas midnight mass at the Cenacle convent, each one has been one of great preparation and longing for the coming of my Lord more and more fully into my LIFE. Advent never grows old and worn out! It just is the filled with so much reflection and longing for the LIGHT to come into the world of darkness.
To share 2014 with 3 new grandsons is so amazing! They are just blossoming as they are surrounded by so much love and care. The way our family is growing in size with new ones and as the little ones grow a year older. We all say around here that the gifts and excitement is for the little ones... I could care less about getting the gifts! For me the gathering together to share our time and the LOVE of Jesus and His Bride, The Church, is all I want!
Dear Lord, go with me this day and help me to be a good servant. May I hold that seed of excitement within me as I look to the LIGHT that is coming into the world. Not only with the coming of Christmas and your birth, but also with the promise that we are to be always ready for when you come again. May we always carry your LIGHT within and share it with all we meet. Most especially those closest to us in our domestic Church/family. Jesus, we trust in YOU. Amen and Hallelujah
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Saturdays are devoted to The Blessed Virgin Mary and just reading grandmothers sharing how they receive the utmost of JOY from their grandchildren... it brings the grand in grandmother and father to a whole new meaning. It is an elegant and elevated kind of LOVE we are gifted with as in our older ages we are able to experience the Love without all the work and sacrifice of our own. At times we are called upon to step into that role once again, and we find a new appreciation for all the years we did it day after day. How does this rambling relate to Our Spiritual Mother? Well, thanks to her sacrifice and saying "Yes" to the Holy Spirit true healing LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT entered the world! She did not have any earthly grandchildren, but spiritually we are adopted sons and daughters of The Lord and she is our GRANDMother! She looks after our needs and loves us and holds us and takes us to her Son, Jesus our Savior!
It is so appropriate that we begin the first weekend of Advent with a day devoted to The Blessed Virgin Mary! Nancy, John and Pat were remembering 6 years ago when they took two of the Little Sisters back to the Community in KC after studying English up in the Cities for a few weeks. They shared the vigil tonight and into the morning hours of Advent, and shared a meal and grew in the knowledge and love of our new family!
Friday, November 28, 2014
The two toddler girls close the door to the playhouse... trying to keep out the cold, but it doesn't work too well.
The girls getting a ride from the boys... heading to the sledding hill in the pasture.
All the kids came home and took a nice afternoon nap along with some of the parents. Grandpa had promised to do something fun with the kids tonight, but what do you do with a 3 year old and a 2 year old and a 5 month old? Answer: play hide-and-go-seek!
Dominic hiding under Bernadette's blanket...
It was fun after supper to watch the little ones and grandpa, mom and dad play hide-and-go-seek together. Gus is famous for telling where he is, and tonight he just talked so was quite easy to find. But we all had fun! Me watching and laughing and the others counting, hiding and finding/seeking! Fun was had by all and we didn't have to go out in the cold or go anywhere. That along with turkey meal left-overs made it a great time for young and old! Now they are in the front room watching Muppets Christmas Carol. This old lady is heading to bed as I have to work at the nursing home this weekend. I just had to say goodnight/goodbye to Dominic til they return while Bill is in Colorado in a week. Bless-bless, Barb
All 3 girls with braids today! I am in girl hair heaven, and they all sit so nice for me while I have so much fun! Jesus, thank you for the little simple things in life that bring us happiness. Jesus, we are thankful and grateful for all your blessings. Jesus, we trust in YOU. Bless-bless, Barb
I am off with lunch for the troops! I will end with a picture of our sharing on facetime with Maria and family last evening... so wonderful!
Thursday, November 27, 2014
We were entertained by Nancy's camera as it was not only set on a timer and would blink, but it snapped about 8 pictures in quick succession.... so if this looks a lot like the first one, well it was taken a few seconds before or after the other one.
One of the moving one they put together from all our pictures - Nancy is trying to get Bernadette to look at the camera and then you see her look around and see her eye. It is kind of fun to see how they put us together... some don't do much and some do a lot. Enjoy! Bless-bless, Barb
Our Family Thanksgiving is now complete with a wonderful facetime sharing with Maria and family in Texas! It was so sweet to see Patrick and Rose reconnect after they were so close in Michigan! It makes me so excited to know that in a couple weeks they can play and hang out at Cross Christmas Camp!
It was so great to see Romeo for the first time. Soon we can all hold him and meet him for real! A wonderful sharing with both Maria and family plus Hallel - our family time is complete in the modern sense of phone and computer and all the ways that Pat and I don't really understand but we use and enjoy!
Patrick and Rose were sweet and smiling.... Soon we can meet Romeo! Life is good! Bless-bless, Barb