Sunday, March 13, 2016

Pondering a young family on the farm again... so right!

Looking out on a beautiful day and watching David riding his bike down the driveway while the angel seems to love the change of young kids and new life bringing a bright future to our farm!  Ruth and Paul working so hard and with passion for farming and informing the whole world about the importance of agriculture to feed the world!  It is wonderful to see that passion and love of farming as a way of life and not just a job on to their 5 children. 
The newly remodeled main floor is starting to take shape - found this couches here in the living room.
The amazing large table came up and then the refrigerator, freezer, dishes, and food for the kitchen.  Now all we wait for is the stove, carpeting in the bedroom and we are able to get back to semi-normal living...  Semi as Pat and I will be here enjoying the new place while Ruth and Paul slowly move their things over.  We are all excited and ready for the change!
A view of the kids out enjoying a beautiful day on the farm... adds to the warmth of the spring sunshine.
 
Many powerful readings on this 5th Sunday of lent - in a week Palm Sunday and then Easter the following Sunday!  It is crazy exciting to think that we could gather for the first Easter here in Ruth and Paul's home... it is looking hopeful for that.  One verse that really grabbed me today was St Paul in the glorious reading from Philippians 3:8-14... Forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God's upward calling, in Christ Jesus.  I have been told that I dwell too much in the past, and I have defended that over and over in what I feel is my message/what our marriage and family is based on - being open to LIFE and raising LIGHTS!  I feel that St Paul is speaking of the sins which we have struggled with to leave behind, yet holding onto the Cross that has brought us to the Truth/LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT!
Great shared fun- double bubble sink- for Ruth's two youngest, who came in dirty after an afternoon of play.  The huge farm sink is already getting a lot of use for dishes and kids.  It was just fun to have the house filled with family life as they are excited to make this farmhouse their own! 
 
The Gospel - The woman taken in adultery is so powerful to listen to and to see how Jesus with all wisdom and understanding reminded those present and we ourselves that we are none of us perfect and without sin!  Can you imagine if someone pridefully picked up a stone to throw - in other words, announcing "I am perfect and without sin."  No!  We all have our dirty little secret sins that we are ashamed of, but what could be more humiliating than to be found in the act of adultery? It is a big sin, and it out there for all to scowl at and look at you with disdain!  We are not asked to do public confession rather we are given the gift to coming to Jesus alone in the priest and telling him our inner darkness and sin and hear his words to us - "You are forgiven, go and sin no more."
We oooed and aaaed over the amazing LIGHT we have in this new remodel and vision of Ruth and Paul!  Farmlife honored inside and outside!
 
Jesus, your Mercy is overwhelming to us... we are filled with so much thanksgiving for all your unconditional LOVE for our weakness and guilt.   We need your Spirit to assist us in going forward and to what lies ahead and to sin no more!  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen
Worn out after a big day on the farm!
It is so nice to have some quiet Sunday time today after mass with only Pat and then communion with his mother this morning.  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
The queen in residence in her sun room with company on a wonderful day!
A borrowed picture of the spontaneous gathering yesterday at moms... Wow!  A picture of great worth and of just a fraction of those that are Family. 
May we find this freedom offered us this Lent and always in The Church!
 
Lauren Daigle - how can it be
Danielle Rose - If I touch him

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