- 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, May 31, 2015
My mom just called with an update on dad. No, he did not come home today, because he had some atrial fib which they are treating with meds first. So, even though he is looking good and feeling good... it will probably be a day or so before he comes back home. "Is he lonely?" No, he is sending people home or telling them not to come. He is liking his quiet, which he is not getting much of. He is getting a lot of attention from the nurses and the doctors." My mom has been on a big adventure with my brother, Phil, today. They went to mass in Stillwater, had lunch, went down to see dad at Vets, then checked out the bowling alley/restaurant he has been hired to manage. Lord, I know that you are holding dad in the palm of your hand. It is so wonderful to still have our sharp and alert parents in our lives. Jesus, we trust in you. Bless-bless, Barb
Maria shared this great picture of David with is pet snail yesterday! But wait til you see the pictures T took of the snail close up! I am thrilled to have another budding photographer and she is only 7 years old! I have my girls - all 3 and two with amazing cameras that I can now borrow from regularly... so there are many loving eyes recording our lives! Add that to the thousands of pictures I take monthly and it is an avalanche which is burying me regularly in LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT unending!
Therese, I am in awe of this picture you took! The colors and the textures and the lighting - It is a prize winner! Did she lay it out or just snap this naturally? It is wonderfully great! It really helps that they are in the lush East coast and no longer in the desert Southwest, but I am very impressed to have the younger girls coming up in the ranks. 9 year old Mary also is winning awards with her great eye in 4H!
It has been a full morning already with early morning work with the cows, mass as a family with Ruth and Paul with their 5 and John. Then carry forth the Eucharist over to Pat's mother's home complete with reading the readings, sharing the homily, prayers and Eucharist, followed by the hymn - Beautiful Savior! Then wonderful egg bake thanks to RaTerra!
The words of Jesus to us today at the end of the Gospel- Matthew 28:20
All power in heaven and earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of The Father, The Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.
We need to start doing this first of all in our domestic Church/home!
Jesus, we are into ordinary time again, yet how can the mystery of The Trinity ever be anything but the highest of Feast days? The LOVE of the 3 in 1 is so evident in our openness to LIFE, raising LIGHTS in the LOVE of Faith we have with Jesus and His Bride, The Church! We truly do cry out "Abba" "Daddy!" "Father" when we are loved and cared for with such tender loving care in the big powerful loving arms of a wonderful Father/grandfather/husband. Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
Another stunning picture taken by 7 year old Therese! I think that I will retire and just use the pictures taken by my family now. Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
I am quite sure that my dad will be coming home today after his heart valve replacement on Thursday morning. Amazing!
This man died in Aushwitz to save the life of a father with children!
More words of encouragement from a modern day Saint!
Hawk Nelson - Drops in the Ocean
Newsboys - We believe
Saturday, May 30, 2015
I am in the midst of wave after wave of LIFE filling me with wonder and awe at how I am in between two worlds here and Heaven! I am aware that I am overly involved in the 7 little ones I have in heaven, and now 3 grandchildren joining them. I have heard that there is a possibility that maybe I suffered from post partum and it never was dealt with so that is why they are with me on this journey. I would want it no other way, and I feel that they are in heaven to pray for me and help me on this journey of LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT, and it just shows how much help I need! Why now so strongly? I recalled that 4 years ago Maria was here to meet newborn Gus and lost her baby, and now Nancy at the same time and with much the same experience! Was it actually the same day? Looking back Maria lost hers on June 3 and Nancy a few days ago on May 28th!
Maria showing me a picture of her baby at 6 weeks in the ultrasound taken when she started spotting while here visiting Nancy with her newborn, Augustine, 4 years ago- the baby had a heartbeat! She lost it a few days later here at home, and then returned to her husband in Missouri. We didn't dare travel back due to her uncertain pregnancy. Now 4 years later we have just, once again, had an early loss with Nancy, who was 6-8 weeks along with a baby with a heartbeat. She lost it hours later. She is already getting pressure to say that she is glad that this happened and to forget this small glitch and concentrate on the 3 little ones she has. Of course, she knows that she is blessed to have her children, and to still be nursing her youngest son, who will be 1 in a few weeks, but we feel so strongly about all LIFE that we grieve their loss to us. We do, however, feel that they are in a better place with Our Lord and The Blessed Virgin Mary in heaven, and that they continue to be in our lives calling us to look to heaven and praying for our journey to get there and meet them and join them!
I prayed so hard that my girls would not have to go through this, as I did 6 times with my 7 losses - one was 2 sacks, so I call them twins- yet, I am coming to realize that it powerfully keeps us focused on heaven! I have named all mine - Christopher, Thomas, Joseph, Paul, William, Robert, and Mary. I thought that I couldn't carry girls and then John snuck in there and the last one I was hopeful that if it were a girl I would not lose it... not to be. How I longed to have one more after John to show the world that I didn't quit because I had finally had my boy. The answer was no to that, too!
Maria getting roses from her husband to show his love and support in the midst of such powerful emotions and LIFE events 4 years ago...
In the midst of my pondering this day of these oceans that run so deep in me... the Biblical words lest you forget came to me... I googled it
Deuteronomy 8:11-18English Standard Version (ESV)
11 “Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, 12 lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, 13 and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, 15 who led you through the great and terrifying wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock, 16 who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end. 17 Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ 18 You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day. "
This is so true for me! My little ones - now adding grandchildren to that number/prayer army/LIFE force in heaven - cannot be forgotten or left behind for me as they remind me every day of where I am headed and how I need Jesus and His Bride, The Church, each day to get there! My 5 here with me do give me so much JOY to share our Faith, love of Family and openness to LIFE and raising LIGHTS in The Church... but to have that other foot over into Heaven with my now 10 there is where I keep knowing that I surely need help to get there, and lots of it! I need to get out of the way so that the Holy Spirit may use me, and I do feel that sharing this message is an important one in this world where LIFE is not valued and babies are killed in the womb!
Saturdays in The Church we celebrate the greatness/humbleness of The Blessed Virgin Mary! How appropriate in my ponderings today and the emotional state I am in due to once again sharing this deep experience of a short LIFE in our wombs with another one of my daughters! From the Magnificat this day in morning prayer;
God wills that everyone be saved: set free, made whole, brought to the joy of the kingdom. Mary pondered and did the will of God not reluctantly, out of a sense of martyred duty, but with her whole heart, in delight. see www.magnificat.com
How I long to do this better in the ups and downs of LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT!
Nancy with baby Gus Gus 4 years ago... Happy Feast day today, Nancy Anna Joan of Arc!
Such a strong patron Saint - turn to her and The Blessed Virgin Mary to fight for you in the battle for Truth in this world that LIFE is a gift to be protected and cherished no matter the cost!
Jesus, I am yours and only long to do your will in all that comes to me with my life journey. The Cross is to be embraced to find LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT/Jesus as we go forward down the narrow path. Lest we forget that we are nothing without you and all that we gain in this world other than our Faith and our Family is worth nothing. May we die to self so that the Holy Spirit may work in us and use us to change the world/the culture of death into a culture of LIFE. We are weak and we need you, O Lord. Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
John 4 years ago watching for heat with Lilly and curious cow. Today they are out AIing many... the cycle of LIFE around and around. Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
John's Patron Saint Augustine is always a good one!
Isaiah 49:15New International Version (NIV)
15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!"
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!"
One more for today! Just as we are not forgotten how can any of our little ones be forgotten by us?
Holy Mother - Eric Clapton... he was in the depths of despair due to drug addiction and found comfort each day since from Mary!
Holy Mother - Eric Clapton and Pavarotti
Friday, May 29, 2015
My wonderful parents taken on my dad's 90th birthday in March!
A week ago on Saturday morning I was sharing time with my parents in their lovely home. We shared the morning prayer/office together led by my dad... Deacon Robert! He then asked us to pray over him as he prepared the best way possible for his upcoming heart valve surgery with PRAYER and trust in Jesus! It was beautiful to pray over my dad, and to hear the wonderful words from my mother for her dearly beloved! We all ended our prayer together feeling so much peace and trust in Jesus.
Now my dad's surgery was done yesterday, and he came through fine. The valve is in place with no leaking and it is bovine/cow! These cow and calf people are smiling to think that dad now has a tiny peace of cow in him - giving him a new lease on some better years with us. My mom has returned home, because she has seen my dad leave the ICU and now in a regular room with all of his tubes out and the nurse told her that there are old 90 year olds and young 90 year olds..."Bob is a young 90 year old." Yes! We have all seen that and with his hearing us now due to the cochlear implant we are so blessed to have him fully with us! I love to have him share and teach me from his deep study of The Word and spiritual reading - we share the same LOVE for The Church and that is wonderful to the highest heights to share with my parents!
We love you dad, and we are so glad that you are recovering like the young 90 year old we all know you are! My dad is one person in my family that reads my blog and gives me wonderful positive input. It means so much to me! His ministry in The Church has filtered down to me, and I am forever grateful for my parents bringing all 13 of us into The Church!
Much emotions dropping as the rain on me this day... My dad is slowly recovering from his heart valve replacement in ICU at Vet's hospital in the Cities. It went well and now to regain his strength and get rid of the many tubes he has including oxygen. It all makes him look sick and hard for my mom and sibs to see him that way. We all assure ourselves that his health was OKed by the doctors for this and he will come through fine.
Jesus, today in the Gospel you were disappointed by the fig tree having no fruit... yet, we know that the tree of the Cross is never without fruit. How do we know this? First of all we look at how we gain LIFE through your Cross, and that you ask us to take up/drag/carry/embrace our cross and follow after you. So often we see in our lives how we find LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT though the crosses in our lives! Being open to LIFE brings us to find LOVE everlasting - those that are here with us and those in heaven praying for us and keeping our eyes focused on heaven as our goal! May we continually cleanse the temple of our souls and not allow distractions to keep us from you. Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
I have become a big fan of this woman's wisdom!
Both brought salvation into our world! And both speak so powerfully of humility we are called to. I am getting a large dose today and it is painful to say the least!
Danielle Rose- Litany of humility
Danielle Rose - wonderfully made
A heart beating with love and life and light no matter how short we will cherish always!
From Maria's sharing yesterday calling it Romeo is tied to her apron strings... Yes, she is very loved and blessed!
Holy Mother by Clapton and Pavarotti