Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The loving moments fill our time thanks to our newest member, Josephine/Josie/Jo Jo Bean!

Our grandson, Patrick, is so enjoying some snuggle time on the couch with 6 week old Josie.  She is starting to look and smile and try to reach out for things.  Mostly she brings out the LOVE from all of us around her.  Therese is in love with her and never far away, as are the 3 that are around 4 years old.  Rose, Bernadette and Patrick love to sit and kiss and hold her from time to time.  Grandma cherishes the gentle calm and love she brings out of all of us in the midst of my 3 oldest girls along with their 13 kids on the farm all at once!
Big sister, Bernadette, along with her cousin, Patrick, sharing some quiet loving time with new little Jo Jo Bean!  Patrick will have a little sister in a couple months, too!  He is thinking that will be a good thing.

I have missed out on some of the craziness the last couple days.  Yesterday I spent the afternoon and evening with Pat's mom and today I picked up bales while the girls along with the kids went to our old swimming hole - Camden State Park.  Therese asked me if I taught the girls how to swim there.  "No they were taking swimming lessons and then we would go there to practice what they learned." 
Rose and Bernadette sleep together each night, and this morning Nancy laid little Josie by Rose to snuggle.  I must say that I appreciate the quieter times with all these kids.  It is very special each night to sit and pray with the two girls before they go to sleep.  Rose is 4 and Berna will be 4 in November, and they both know The Our Father, The Hail Mary, and the Glory Be, plus the guardian angel prayer.  They also sing with their sweet voices, Jesus loves me, when we are done with our petitions for their families.  Melt a grandma's heart and sends me off to my bed filled with love and joy!
Romeo pondering how much his adoring big sister, Therese, loves this baby girlie.  In a few months, Romeo, you will not be the baby any more and you will have a baby sister to love.

It is exciting to see the Matthew version of Jesus calming the storm today... so close to our anniversary on Father's Day 2009 when the Gospel was the version from Mark 4. 
The 3 oldest, who grew up in this home..."The downstairs is so different and then we go up stairs and see that it is all still the same just with 5 more kids in those rooms!"   I love to see them visiting and sharing.  I especially love how they share the same values and ideas and love for Jesus and His Bride, The Catholic Church!  Pat's wisdom through the Holy Spirit that we are called to be open to LIFE and raise LIGHTS for the world now to the next generation!  So amazing!
Did I mention that until Josie we had twice as many boys than girls?... now with 2 new granddaughters, the girls are trying to catch up!  Tractors are plentiful and popular as you can imagine.

I am loving the calm that comes around our little baby girl.  The kids know that they need to be gentle, loving and careful with her, and she seems to respond to their sweetness towards her.  She looks very hard and long at them and it seems that her mouth is turning into a smile more and more.  How I appreciate that in the midst of this storm called 8 boys and 5 girls and most of them are 8 and under.  Actually there are 7 under 4!  I have been amazed at how the kids are enjoying each other and getting along!
Talk about sweetness and peaceful moments...

Jesus how we love LIFE!  We protect it and cherish LIFE no matter the cost!  How my heart is sick with total disbelief at what happened with the supreme court yesterday and to see the cheering and excitement at the thought of more ease in taking the life of unborn babies!  How can this horrible sin and crime against LIFE come to be and how can all these women think that taking an innocent human life can be any kind of good or right?  Lord!  I am sick about the lies and deceit of Satan causing millions of little lives to be cut short so brutally and casually.  How can this be?  I do not recognize this world and how it has embraced the culture of death wholeheartedly.  Have I died and gone to hell?  I might think so if it weren't for my domestic Church/family and the Truth that The Church shares with the world.  May our small embracing of the Culture of LIFE change the world one person at a time.  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
Maria stopped in to spend some time with her grandma Anna.  Life is a gift from conception to natural death.  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
They hadn't seen Great-grandma since Christmas...
It takes a lot of food to feed this bunch.  Watermelon is best eaten outside.  Ruth is awaiting her porch for her house, so she is using the firepit at night for meals much more than I have for years.  She loves her outside eating, and it sure helps with the mess!
Her new door to enter the house rather than the garage when the new porch is there in a few months.  Now you would fall out of the house.
It is really true that a new life is a calming force as she requires lots of holding and caring for her every need.  She responds to that Love for life!
Romeo and Therese watching grandpa working on the rake.
Romeo gets a ride and the clouds are so pretty!
The pot broke, but it sure seems to like being planted in a pail!
picking up bales
Onto the rack...
From one rack to the one behind me.
Rose and Patrick cleaning windows before going to swim.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/father-joseph-carola-sj/first-mass-of-thanksgiving-putting-ones-hand-to-a-cruciform-plow/10154792495552565...  The homily by Father Carola from the first mass of Garrett on Sunday.  You can read the whole amazing sermon if you would like.  Such a beautiful description of the priesthood!
A picture shared by Nancy - even Jo Jo got into the dress up!
"All the cousins are together on the farm for a week. You might think that at 6 weeks Josie is too young to be part of the fun, but you'd be wrong! She has been dressed up, carried around and loved loved loved! ‪#‎dosmallthingswithlove"
So true!
How our girls and their kids love their time on the farm together!
The Afters - Every good thing
Jeremy Camp - Same Power
Peter Mayer - Holy Now

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