Friday, May 26, 2017

"when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the pain..." John 16

A morning at the farm as our cattle are going to market today.  Hormone free.. the meat will be traveling to Europe. Grandma will be watching the kids and running for things they need. 
A beautiful day with Rose, Luke, and Joy as we put clothes on the line and had some time to hang out while mom was out on a 4 wheeler watching for heat.  A group effort and this old grandma prefers time doing the housework and child watch to rolling under fences and walking among the cows and calves in the muddy pasture.
Joy seemed to love the wonderful weather... feeling the warmth, smelling the fresh mowed grass and the clean fresh clothes on the line, and listening to the birds sing and her brother and sister running around and playing in the sand box. 

Hanging out with sweet little Joy, who is 8 weeks old today... the Gospel jumps out to me as Ruth just went through the birth of her 6th child!  Jesus said to his disciples:
"Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn,
while the world rejoices;
you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.
When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived;
but when she has given birth to a child,
she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy
that a child has been born into the world.
So you also are now in anguish.
But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice,
and no one will take your joy away from you."  John 16
So true!!!  And Ruth was just sharing that her C-section incision was a very big reminder of the pain we women experience in order to bring LIFE into the world.  Yes, we have the closeness and JOY of feeding and nurturing and caring for all the needs of the new little one.  Soon the pain is long forgotten with the happiness of a new member in our family!
Rose and Luke pushing their sister around keeps her happy while grandma puts clothes on the line.  Talk about stepping back in time... many times with kids and grandkids out by the clothesline in this same grove!
Off for a stroll/Joy ride!  The lush green grass feel good for our bare feet.  It is the best to have their young family bringing so much LIFE to the farm!
Joy is one lucky little girl to grow up on a big family full of exciting times on the farm!
Today a lot of excitement with the pile of sand they will need to pack in under their new porch!  Soft and moist and fun to dig in for the kids!  Super fun to have a playmate, right Luke and Rose?

Lord, as mothers and grandmothers we are so blessed to have the privilege of bringing new life into the world!  Being open to LIFE and raising LIGHTS!  Sitting here in the farmhouse that I raised my family in, now made new with Ruth's vision of being able to see the farm and her canning kitchen... now the new porch will add that outdoor space that she loves to use for meals and family gatherings!  To have my oldest daughter living the life she had here growing up now for her own kids!  The best!  Truly we are celebrating our Faith/Family/Farm on this glorious day in which we are watching our cattle go to market after the men have worked hard to raise them to feed the world.  Jesus, we thank you for all that you give us with each new day in The Church, and foremost that we share our Faith as a family united in our goal to get to Heaven forever with You, Jesus, Mary and the Saints!  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
Luke by the sandbox with a dog, a cat and a tractor (toy) and the corn coming up... the great life of a farm kid. 
Joy growing big and sweet.  Ruth reports that she puts herself to sleep at night, and only gets up once to eat.  Such a wonderful new addition to a great farm family!  LIFE is a gift!
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
Soon this will be packed for their porch to rest upon, but great to play in now!
They are forever blessed to have a new baby sister!  thank you, Lord!
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St Philip Neri today... he was a joyful priest...St Philip Neri was noted for his ability to be cheerful and to laugh from the depths of his burning love for the crucified Christ and to win over hearts for Christ by the quality of his joy.
As my husband is known to say; "You win more with honey rather than vinegar."
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And he loved Our Lady with me!!!
Image may contain: text  A good article and another reminder that nuns living out their lives would be so much better for these women and girls as they would be there living with them and not a staff or hired workers around the clock!  Plus the sisters would have their prayer and the love of their spouse to help them in their ministry with these women that have become shells of themselves after all the abuse they have faced in sex trafficking.  A very powerful paragraph;
“One of the things I think you have to understand: human trafficking is not a problem. Human trafficking is a symptom,” he added. “We live in a society where we determine who has the right to be born. We live in a society where we get to decide who dies and when, with our elderly. And now there’s some recent things about Planned Parenthood, we’re talking about selling baby parts and making $52,000/week on baby parts.”
“For God’s sake, we have so devalued the dignity of human life that by and large as a society we see human life as a matter of profit, pleasure or possession,” he said. “Human life has become a commodity. Human trafficking is one more aspect of that.” Kevin Jones - EWTN
Lines full, and baby enjoying a glorious day... this is your world on the farm, Joy! 

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