Friday, November 4, 2016

Hotel room morning prayer... St Charles in St Louis! "Children of LIGHT... stand firm in the Lord!"

How we are enjoying big sister Therese with her bundle of JOY!  She has been so excited for the arrival of her little sister that she has kept herself busy so the time would pass quicker.  She has made many of us bracelets and sent them in the mail.  I have a wonderful personalized potholder with a cross stitched saint on it.  She made a wonderful blanket for her new sister with a cross stitched family of 7 on it.  Now our wonderful Therese is in her special happy place with her baby sister in her arms, and she has been holding her a lot!  She has been giving her a bottle and just singing to her and swinging back and forth in the circular chair.  She brought another onesie to dress her in today, but we found her swaddled in this and underneath...
She rocked this spotted sleeper!  We are very ready to get home, but they continue to be cautious and want her to be off her O2 for 12 hours... we pray and hope it is soon!!!!  She is so wonderful and healthy and such a pretty and sweet girl!

Our morning started with wonderful morning prayer shared in our hotel room and the richness of the feast day of St Charles Borromeo... it was powerful to read how he worked very hard at a difficult time on our amazing Church to bring back The True Church after the Reformation... revise the breviary and the Roman Missal.  That is endearing to me with the breviary's importance in Catholic journey!  He was also a lawyer, so...
So adorable and wide awake after she ate.

We are reminded in the Gospel today that we are to "stand firm in the Lord" by St Paul and that we are to be prudent as children of the light in all that we do each day.  It really was good to start our day in prayer so that we may go forth and meet with determination and trusting in His Plan! 
We have found a wonderful place to pass the time!  Thank you, Ronald MacDonald...we have TV, washer, driers, showers, pop, snacks, comfortable chairs and an quiet room with recliners where Maria can put her feet up and take a nap!  Therese and I watched home improvement shows yesterday and ate peanut butter crackers and smarts.  We are having a wonderful time while we await our little sweet girl coming home!

Lord, it is good to be here with 3 of my girls!  It is wonderful to share prayer and smiles and snuggles and laughter along with the ups and downs that are coming our way.  We trust in you, and know that you are always with us as we stand with you...St Paul reminds us that "our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.  He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified Body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself."  Philippians 3  So come Holy Spirit and fill us with the Way, The Truth and the LIFE/Jesus Christ within.  Allowing us to die to self, so that you may live in us and we may become your hands and feet!  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
A pretty common sight... Therese loving up her baby sister!  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke

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