As quickly as the babies change and grow in front of our eyes with each new day. It truly is like a flower unfolding before us! Nancy will be arriving with her little ones tonight, and we were told that her baby girl is now crawling and "getting into a lot of trouble!" The last time we saw her she wasn't able to sit up on her own, and that was just at Christmas! That first year of life is astronomical for all the changes and it truly is a daily changing!
Just back from traveling with my husband to get the last of our tile for our final bathroom remodel about 1 1/2 hour away. Pat will be giving a talk about the sacraments at a retreat this weekend, so much of the time was going over that. But what really struck a cord with me was a brief sharing with someone about my age. He shared that he had learned from his mother that you kindly and sweetly mention that a turn is coming up when his dad would be distracted and talking, so as to keep the peace. I realized that I can be snappy and short. We both in that moment realized that when you take a challenging situation and are meek and gentle and loving in your response that it will bear calmer and better results. He has carried this over to when his wife is driving, and it was powerful to see that the hard lessons we learn in our families can then bear fruit for us in our own relationship with our spouse! "I never realized til now how much I did learn from my mother's example." he shared with me.
The Holy Spirit spoke through Pat when I got confused by all the others at our engagement encounter saying that we should only bring 2 kids into this messed up world at the most. "Are we being selfish to have a lot of kids?" "No, the world needs lights." All my fears melted away and vanished into thin air! How my heart is saddened by all the lights that have been extinguished by abortion! Lord, may this horror and evil come to an end!
Jesus, our family will soon be complete... all but Hallel, although we know she is with us in spirit and her prayers for us, and Captain Joseph, who is away in training. Nancy and Bill are arriving tonight, Lord, asking for safety in travels for them. I might have to add the two missing to the family pictures we will be taking over our time together. Give us the best of Family time as we share our Faith/Family/Farm in this beautiful spring like weather. Nancy was reminded that rubber boots will be a must! Lord, Family time is the Best! May we serve without counting the cost. Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
Pat and Paul testifying in front of the legislature yesterday
"Lyon County Farm Bureau members Paul Lanoue and Pat Verly, along with MFBF President Paap, testified before the MN House Transportation and Regional Government Finance Committee today supporting HF125, which prohibits road authorities from establishing certain requirements and permits that govern road ditch mowing."
Pontifical High Mass in the Ordinary Form celebrated ad orientem by Archbishop Emeritus of Lipa, His Excellency Ramon Arguelles
"Do you believe in the power of prayer? Let's renew our covenant with our Lord today, and ask Him to do a great work of mercy in our nation, our families and culture, and in the hearts and lives of all His people throughout the world. We certainly could use a special grace of deeper conversion."