Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Halllel in the air/ a Hallel Psalm at mass today! "The Lord is good to all..." Psalm 145

Our Lady of Medjugorje looks down on the warm scene of our little 5 month old granddaughter, Evie/Evangeline, getting a bubble sink first thing in the morning, while we are all gathered around eating breakfast.  Her grandpa, Pat's, huge hands gently holding her up in the sink of warm water and bubbles. 

Pat and I awoke realizing that with the time 7 hours ahead in Rome that our Little Sister Hallel is most likely in the air coming to the U.S. today as she had a stand-by ticket for today.  Prayers for safe travels and knowing that she is safely here in Kansas City... How delightful as a prayer of praise from our hearts knowing that our daughter is here in our country and soon we will be united with her for some precious family time and "real hugs!"  In the midst of the readings for mass today - A Hallel Psalm - Psalm 145!

Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:8-9, 13cd-14, 17-18

R. (8a) The Lord is gracious and merciful.
The LORD is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and of great kindness.
The LORD is good to all
and compassionate toward all his works.
R. The Lord is gracious and merciful.
The LORD is faithful in all his words
and holy in all his works.
The LORD lifts up all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
R. The Lord is gracious and merciful.
The LORD is just in all his ways
and holy in all his works.
The LORD is near to all who call upon him,
to all who call upon him in truth.
R. The Lord is gracious and merciful.
We know that our Hallel is truly calling upon her spouse, Jesus Christ, in Truth!
Ruth back from her doctor's appointment... all is well, "see you on Friday."  Soon we will have our newest granddaughter in our arms! 

Therese is feeding grandma's deep feelings of JOY for having my family all together on the horizon.  "You will get grandpa holding all 3 baby girls, and can I help you pick out their matching dresses, grandma?"  Yes, there will be hundreds of family pictures to hold close to my heart the memories of all being together with our Little Sister Hallel  - the first time in 4 years that she has come home to the farm!
A hot pink sun hat and lunch with short sleeves on the porch on a glorious day yesterday!  Ruth has plans to put her new porch on the house she grew up in on the farm - now their newly remodeled farmhouse.  Her goal is to have her porch completed in time for a huge breakfast on the farm - the crowd attending could reach 1,000!  They certainly are willing to do the work and promote the farm!  Amazing!
Meals are a production, and we have it down to a science.  A crew does the cooking and another crew does the cleanup.  I usually let the girls do the cooking and then I chase them out of the kitchen and do the dishes, and put the food away.  We know that each meal we fill the dishwasher!  25 of us with two nursing babies among them adds up to huge meals!  Family time supreme! 

I have been quizzing John and Maria to try to remember the food that Susan/Hallel likes - I guess we just decided that after living in Europe for these many years that she would love to have just homemade farm meals.  Lots of beef in every meal with lots of fresh vegetables - the first week in May there could be radishes and lettuce from the garden!  Lots of our wonderful food we can for 6 families including her Community of the Lamb in KC!  I notice that there is really no milk served with meals, and so I think that she will enjoy that while home... lots of cold Milk!!!  "Nothing like cold milk!" is something the kids have heard from their dad over and over, and now I hear it echoed most especially from Ruth! 
So adorable - baby girl napping in the sun with her little hands behind her head.

Of course with Ruth just a little over a day away from having her baby girl the first reading from Isaiah really strikes a cord for me...
"Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb?  Even should she forget, I will never forget you."  Isaiah 49:15  How comforting these words are knowing that our sweet new granddaughter is being cared for by her loving Savior!  So many prayers and trusting in his caring for them until she is safely here in her families loving arms!  We too take heart knowing how much we are loved - from here to eternity with Jesus, Mary and all the Saints!
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These words from St Pio fill me with the Trust I need to know that all will be well!  It will be so amazing to call KC and tell Hallel that her newest niece is here safe and sound, and thank her for her prayers without ceasing we are all blessed with as she daily spends time in Adoration and mass in her contemplative life as a spouse of Christ!
Surrounded and warmed by the LIGHT as she is protected and loved no matter the cost!  Babies are such a gift and are totally dependent upon their family for their cares!  All life should be protected and cherished from conception to natural death no matter the cost!
A picture of relaxation... how she laid back in the warm bubble sink totally relaxed and at peace and trusting in our care for her every needs!
Such a sweet and happy little girl, who is gifting us with so much joy at having a little one living with us, and those smiles that are like sunshine in our lives when we look at her and our eyes hold each other!
School, supper, and family time along with begging dogs... never a dull moment in our house filled with Maria and her family, John, farmer Pat and I...  We have a very big house and we fill it up regularly with family.  "Family time is the Best" on our little red barn, and so true!
Little girl fell asleep on mom's shoulder while her 4 older siblings had an adventure at the creek in the pasture on a beautiful spring day! 

The Gospel speaks today of Jesus accomplishing the work of his Father in this world.  Jesus speaks of judgment...
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If only we die to self and allow LOVE to fill us through The Holy Spirit... then we yearn always to be forever in heaven with Jesus and our eyes of focused on HIM... although we sin and fall short, he "never will forget you" if only we fall on our knees and humbly ask for forgiveness, and then return that forgiveness and mercy to those the closest to us in our domestic Church/family!
The cat in the tree... happy times!

Jesus, life is so rich and filled to the brim! Never a dull moment is so true of our following you down the narrow path carrying/dragging our Most Cherished Cross.  Be with our Little Sister Hallel as she comes across the ocean to be close to us... allowing us to spend Easter with her and her family of the Lamb!  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen
Big brother and sister helping Romeo back across after he had fallen and gotten wet and muddy!  What fun!  All the other kids want to join him, but mom said "no." 
Back to the house and in the tub... another reason that falling into the creek is fun!  The balloons found a home there after the birthday celebration for Therese.  Even grandma has a few balloons join her in the Jacuzzi!  Anything but dull around here!  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
Red barn and red rubber boots... Maria might get to help plant the garden this year!  There is something wrong about getting older and losing all of your helpers.  Ruth and her bunch are very good about helping grandma I have to say!
The swings are a hit!
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Answer our prayer, O Lord!
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Along the way are trials, which allow us to die to self and we long for victory over sin and death!
"Nothing, how little ever so it be, if it is suffered for God's sake, can pass without merit in the sight of God." -Thomas A. Kempis 
Thomas A'Kempis is my mentor of Truth as a baby Catholic I devoured Imitation of Christ!

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The Best!!!!  Love!!!  Dad how does this flesh out your favorite verse? 

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