Sunday, November 4, 2012

Life for us this weekend

The weekend started off hot. A wonderful rain storm came in and set it back to fall. 
Plus we should get another hour of sleep tonight. but when you have little ones in the house, there is no guarantee of any sleep.
Outside my window...
Beautiful, yard work done early. Monarchs flitting around my overgrown lantana plants. I had the windows open today to enjoy the sounds, smells and breeze of rain storm.
I am thinking...
that I am the luckiest momma!
I got to take a five mile bike ride with my two middle girls while toddler slept and by oldest daughter made shrimp wonton soup. So good. Very happy.

I am praying for...
Our country!

From the depths I have cried out to Thee, 
O Lord: Lord, hear my prayer: from the 
depths I have cried out to Thee, O Lord.*

I am thankful...
Police are vigilant at capturing vandals in my neighborhood and we had added excitement to my and Molly's night time walk; happy to have helped in a small way.
In the kitchen...
fresh banana bread. 
Dinner friend chicken, mash potatoes & gravy.
I am creating...
a prayer booklet for my Sunday school kids to learn the Act of Contrition
I am wondering...
why I never have good luck growing melons! Euly found this pretty one this week, but it was either picked too early or grew too late in the season. It smelled heavenly of watermelon, but was totally white on the insides.
15 pounds
I am reading...
Secret Garden as a read aloud. It is definitely a "Keep reading!" kind of book.
I am watching...
The tv was left on, and I sat down to see what was playing, and it was a movie called Kick Butt (but you know in this day and age it was a different word). I am starting to become more and more concerned about the use of children carrying out the violence as a trend in movies. This baby faced girl murdering people! It is not cute. It is frightful horror displayed as cuteness (with blood all over her).
 Oh, please.
Hannah was a movie about a young girl raised to be an assassin and carried out her training in very calculated, violent efforts; but, of course it is "okay" because the villains these sweet girls are up against are beyond horrible, yes, even pure evil. But still, is there no adult hero to kick the bad guys?
Then Hunger Games...! I had ignored it, until my husband bought it on pay per view and I watched with him. A new level, kid on kid violence til the death. What next? Don't want to imagine.
 I guess the message is that there is no one else to save the free world except this child. Really? What does this do the psyche of the youth of America. Prepare to kill with no feelings? Aw, sad.
Well, I know I have not helped stop the cause by viewing these movies.
I don't know what else to do but suggest you don't bother...?
I am looking forward to...
hosting Max in from college with three of his friends.  Molly and I will have to think of some good food to cook for them since they have been living on college style institution food and Whataburger for the past few months.
A favorite quote/verse/prayer for today...
A little bit from Colin in Secret Garden about not dwelling on what ailed him after his doctor tried to remind him he was ill. Lesson being: it is good to think positive (even if his ailments weren't real). The mind (and good support) can have a much to do with our physical state. As a note, I read it aloud because I want to tone down the "magic, magic, magic" and emphasize God's workings in nature.
"I don't want to remember," interrupted the rajah appearing again," when I lie by myself and remember I begin to have pains everywhere, and I think of things that make me begin to scream because I hate them so. If there was a doctor anywhere who could make you forget you were ill instead of remembering it, I would have brought him here."and he waved a thin hand which ought really to have been covered with royal signet rings made of rubies. "It is because my cousin makes me forget that she makes me better."

Then from Matthew's Gospel at mass this morning:

'And behold a woman, who was troubled 
with an issue of blood twelve years, came 
behind Him, and touched the hem of His 
garment. For she said within herself: If I 
shall touch only His garment, I shall be 
healed. But Jesus turning and seeing her, 
said: Be of good  heart, daughter, thy faith 
hath made thee whole. And the woman was 
made whole from that hour." *
* from the Propers for the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost (today)

A few plans for the rest of the week:
quiet week for a change. Every week in October had a big field trip; this week we are concentrating on school. 
A peek into my day...
on our evening walk by the lake.

Saint Thomas More:
 “You must not abandon the ship in a storm because you cannot control the winds….
What you cannot turn to good, you must at least make as little bad as you can.”

Have a great week - and get out and vote, if you haven't already.

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