Thursday, November 3, 2016

"I consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord." Philippians 3

Good morning sunshine!  Both eyes wide open and a sweet smile for her mom this morning!  Yes, the mustache is temporarily back, as she is in NICU and is constantly being monitored.  They are being super careful with her, but she is doing wonderfully!  She is nursing like a champ!
Therese so loved holding her with her warm special quilt that she sewed for her, and the onesie that is now on her with a matching owl, and that was not planned, from wonderful Aunt T!
Therese got to give her sister a bottle with moma's milk in it. "I have never been able to feed a bottle before!"  Therese's long wait for her wonderful sister is now here, and she is such a wonderful helper for mom already! 
Therese has her live dolly to dress and care for.  So sweet and special! 
"I'm the little sister" from wonderful Aunt T!  Her IV is now out since she is eating so well!  The Librande girls are so wonderful to see together surrounded and filled with so much LOVE! 

These words from St Paul to the Philippians this morning just were too great to not ponder here in the Ronald MacDonald room this morning!  Whatever gains I had, these I have come to consider a loss because of Christ.  More than that, I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. 
Isn't this the Truth?  Yes, nothing can compare to our love from Jesus for us in our humble sinful state - He gave his life for me!
St Louis is a pretty town, but we are not in a position to take in the sights... our hotel is just a few blocks from the Children's place.
It is all very nice and easy to figure out the ins and outs... we appreciate it all!
Quite the place!  Therese is having the adventure of her young life, and thankfully her new baby sister is healthy and sweet!
Helping the nurse when she is getting her IV out.
Snapping her onesie after getting her dressed for the first time!

It is such a great gift to me to be able to be here with my girls - Maria and her two daughters!  Joe's mom is holding down the fort at home with Joe and the 3 boys.  Soon we will all be together and we know of their prayers and thoughts!  It was so nice to have Little Sister Hallel call Maria yesterday from Rome and to know of her prayers and those of The Community of the Lamb all around the world.  We know that the prayers are at work!  How blessed we are to have such wonderful support and love of Jesus and His Bride, The Church!  Today is the feast of St Martin de Porres, and we have the wonderful readings from The Word feeding us and reminding us of how we are His alone and that is all we need to concern ourselves with.  The words "Jesus, we trust in you." are so meaningful in all these little hitches we encounter along the way.
One of the few bottles she will ever get from mom.

Jesus, we thank you for all the support in prayer we are blessed with!  No matter the darkness/fear/challenges we encounter on this journey - you come and seek and find us, the lost sheep, and place us on your shoulders and bring us back rejoicing!  We are beloved by you and all life is a gift!  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
So much like her mom and sister!  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
Friend of the poor and the marginalized, pray for us.
She was so happy to get her tubes out and just loved to celebrate in daddy's arms!  A great article by Nancy to help us all embrace our doing small things with great LOVE!
Danielle Rose - Small Things with great love
Third Day - Mountain of God
I wept on my trip at the two Third Day songs, including this one!  My son-in-law, Joe, plays the guitar and sings just like them, and so my ride was enriched by 9 hours of Christian music and tears and prayers - 10 decades of the rosary and a chaplet remembering my dead/souls in or awaiting heaven!  Thank you, Lord, for the wonderful music that was the wind beneath my wings!

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