Wednesday, February 15, 2017

"Grandma come and take our picture by Mary... "David. Trusting as Jesus leads us by the hand!

A Valentine "tea party" out on the sunny porch in mid February.  Yes, all the guests had to wear their jackets, but there was some barefoot kids playing in the sandbox.  David was so sweet as he grabbed Therese' hand and went over to pose by Our Lady, as he knows how much I love to visit her with smiling kids giving her a hug.  Such a wonderful gift for grandma from my sweet 8 year olds!  Always love and find comfort in your Mother of heaven and earth!
All but Romeo, who is down for a nap, the 9 kids including 3 month old Evangeline as the centerpiece!  Sharing family time and love in the warm sun on the porch in A warm spell in February!
Then a beautiful centerpiece arrived from dad for their mom, and joined little Em... "I love you."  from their dad in training away from their family.

The Gospel today is Jesus healing the blind man brought to him, then Jesus takes him by the hand and leads him where he has to lay hands on him twice to fully heal him.  The first time he can partially see man that look like trees walking around, and then "he laid hands on the man's eyes a second time and he saw clearly."  Mark 8

I put myself in this man's place and to feel the hand of Christ take mine in my darkness and lead me... that is that Trust that we are called to each day.  For the ways of God are mysterious and not as we would wish or ask for a lot of times.  It takes trust in being led by Jesus, and then we don't always find that healing or understanding being clearly seen when a door closes for us or a Cross enters our lives suddenly.  There are many times different factors that enter into our healing or our finding our way down the narrow path carrying/dragging our Most Cherished Cross.  We must give the control over to Jesus and find strength as he touches us over and over through many means of family, the Sacraments, the Saints with us each day, Our Spiritual Mother always there to bring us to her Son.  The vision of how we are being healed might take a long and hard journey filled with giving the control over to Jesus over and over. 
A winter picnic/tea party to celebrate a loving family sharing our busy lives together... food made by both moms with hot chocolate or orange spice tea.  The flowers arrived just as we were starting our party and added the perfect centerpiece of a loving husband showing his love from afar for his wife, who is separated for his training in he army.  A cross they are asked to carry at this time in their marriage...
A beautiful spread in the warm sun!  Ruth spoke about how excited she is to have her new porch in the South side of the house in the sun.  We all know they will use it a lot!
Of course, I had to take more than one!

The story from Genesis in the first reading today is waiting patiently for the flood to recede on the earth.  The promise of God to us rang in my farmer wife ears, after almost 40 years of marriage...'As long as the earth lasts, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."  God to us, and something we can trust in and count on with all the ups and downs and changes that comes to us in our domestic Church/family.  Yes, each year is different and the rains and the winds and the cold and the heat are unique to that year and the farmer is so intuned to all of that and depends upon it for when he can plant and when he can harvest and if there is a good harvest or a poor one for different reasons... yet there is always a day and night each day, and we adjust to what is happening.  Life is certainly interesting and a puzzle to be figured out with a lot of prayer surrounding all that we do...
Little girl joins her first Valentine party and first tea out on the porch, there is not likely to be another Valentine party on the porch for a very long time or if ever. Usually it is about 40 degrees colder and lots of snow!
Yummy hot chocolate in my grandmother's cute china cups, and cookies, cupcakes, and candy from her Valentines at school.  A special time had by all!
Wearing a white sweater Ruth found in her hope chest - one that Ruth and her sisters wore.  She looks so much like her mom did, and that is so special and fun for me to have again.
Evangeline checking out her Patron Saint, St John Paul II... "he introduced the new Evangelization."  How I love him and look forward to sharing that Feast day with her on October 22, and am thrilled to share my love for this wonderful pope, who was pope for the entire first 27 years of our marriage and is my champion for Family and LIFE!  How I will love to share with her as she grows older about this amazing man to walk with her on her journey called LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT!
Hot chocolate, buttermilk biscuits just out of the oven, cupcakes and cookies in the bright sun!

Jesus, we thank you for taking us by the hand and leading us in the ways of your Truth.  How?  By the pillars of our Faith as Father reminded us at mass today- The Word, which guides us and feeds us, and The Eucharist, Jesus in his Body and Blood there to fill us and give us all we need to follow down the narrow path.  We long to reach heaven forever with you, your Mother and all the Saints.  May we die to self so that you may live and work in our marriages, families/domestic Church, our work, our play our ups and downs of life.  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
Life is a gift and oh so beautiful - to be protected and cherished no matter the cost!  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
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A picture to warm my heart from KC!  See Jo Jo in her tiger hat!  They will arrive here late tomorrow night!
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