She got to hang out with the bigger girls, Joy, who is 3 and Josephine who is 4... there is a group of 3 boys in 6 weeks including her big brother ,Jude, between Birdie and the bigger girls. Evangeline in Fort Lewis has yet to meet her new baby cousin, and is also in this group of girl cousins at 3 1/2. There are fake plans for all the cousins to come together at the end of August!
They certainly loved their naps with their blankets after lunch! It made for a peaceful home indeed. Maybe that is where I need to "put my feet up" after lunch. That nap is sacred for my father, too, so that works all the way around.
Dad came out to breakfast this morning blessing our shared home for 12 weeks today with "Peace come upon this home"... straight from the Gospel today. It is a good thing indeed, as especially today there is an edge in the air, after getting reprimanded in a few ways that is leaving me feeling poor, lowly, defeated, and less than great or wonderful. I call is a huge piece of humble pie, and it is not an easy pill to swallow as it is bitter and huge enough to choke on! I know we are called upon to be humble and hence I embrace it and turn to prayer over it!
The Gospel today from Matthew 10...
Jesus said to his Apostles:
“As you go, make this proclamation:
‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
Cure the sick, raise the dead,
cleanse the lepers, drive out demons.
Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.
Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts;
no sack for the journey, or a second tunic,
or sandals, or walking stick.
The laborer deserves his keep.
Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it,
and stay there until you leave.
As you enter a house, wish it peace..."
A tall order, and how I ask for that peace to dwell here in this home with my father now on hospice for 12 weeks! Day after day of taking one day at a time and dealing with all that comes our way including those stumbles!
The first reading today from Hosea 11 - describes such a beautiful picture of how God loves us as we are truly His!
who took them in my arms;
I drew them with human cords,
with bands of love;
I fostered them like one
who raises an infant to his cheeks;
Yet, though I stooped to feed my child,
they did not know that I was their healer.
Love this quote from St Mother Teresa...
Isaiah 61:10 10I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Jesus, yes, I am weak and lowly and that is when I turn to you. I am nothing without you and may I die to self so that you may live in me and I may become your hands and feet and speak of your Truth to the highest heavens! May your peace stay within these walls and may we do your work of prayer without ceasing and growing in your Truth! Amen and Hallelujah
Maybe there was a Lady bug in that bouquet - that would make her smile!
Danielle did each mystery of the rosary to song - check it out!