It’s just flour, eggs, oil, sugar, vanilla, baking powder, milk and a bit of salt. But together it makes delicious pancakes for my children to enjoy. Continue reading
I live in a tiny corner of the vast universe that God created. It is painted with the strokes of the artist with diverse colors; green grass, blue skies, white clouds, amber sunsets, and clear creek water. Continue reading
As Catholics there was an intentional distance from the Bible. In the past we were not advised to read the Bible because we, the lay people, could not understand it. Vatican II changed everything in the 1960′s and we were encouraged to read the Bible and the language of the Sunday Liturgy changed so we could hear it being proclaimed to us weekly. In fact if you go to Church every Sunday for 3 years you will hear 90% of the Bible.
We are also encouraged to read the Bible in our homes. My Bible is worn because I use it. I reference it, look up scripture readings and read it. The Bible is the inspired word of God. We are suppose to be close to God so don’t put it on a shelf and let it collect dust. Hold it, open it, pray with it, read it and let the Word of God inspire you daily.
Last weekend we went to the University of Louisville, Speed School of Engineering Expo. My children had a great time. There were many hands on activities for children. This is Jake proudly holding his egg that did not break. The children had to try to make some type of vessel to house the egg in and then drop it about 15 feet. Each of my children managed to successfully create a secure vessel with some creativity. Continue reading
Another candle on the cake, another year old, one more wish to make… Continue reading
Sometimes the beauty of the ones closest to us is blurred.
Whose beauty have you missed or neglected to acknowledge lately because of their proximity?
I can’t believe it is already Ash Wednesday! So, what are you going to give up? What are you going to do different? What is the point of giving something up and then getting it back at Easter? I think we have forgotten the point of it all.
God gave us everything we need to be in a deep relationship with him, each other, nature and ourselves. But life and all of its accessories truly get in the way of our relationships. If we give up those vices, bad habits, that lead us away from the goodness of deeper relationships and instead concentrate on our virtues, good habits that lead us towards God and others, then we will be more open to a relationship with God, others and ourselves.
This Lent think about what takes you away from God, not attending Church, not praying enough, not trying to learn about God. What takes you away from your loved ones, making work your first priority in your life, spending all your free time on your hobbies instead of with your loved ones, dangerous habits that hurt yourself and others. Give up the bad habits and replace them with good ones; spend more time praying and becoming closer to God, leave work at work and spend the time at home with your family and spouse instead of in front of the computer or TV, walk away from the addictions in your life and face who you are with the support of those who love you the most.
What you give up or try to change is between you and God. When you empty yourself of the bad habits you have room to fill yourself with the love of God, others and yourself.
Each day we are given a new gift box. In the morning when we open our eyes and our feet hit the ground the gift has been accepted. Continue reading
This is a friend of my daughter’s at a gymnastics competition. She received lots of medals at the meet including 1st overall! It was exciting for my daughter and me to watch her compete. She was so good and graceful. It was obvious that tons of practice culminates into this type of performance. Continue reading