Sunday, December 23, 2012

Life for us this last Week of Advent

FOR TODAY

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.

Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.

Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.

Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.

Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.

Amen.
- Saint Augustine of Hippo

Outside my window...it is not snowing. I am a little jealous of those who have snow out their windows this week. Who doesn't dream of a White Christmas? But, there is a little nip in the air, the weather is pleasant to be outside, a beautiful December day in Texas.

I am thinking...about the teen drunk driving accidents and texting accidents in my county. It seems the teens are dying every month in these senseless accidents. Horribly tragic! Parents are looking for answers, no simple answers. We tell our kids not to drink and drive, not to get in a car when someone has been drinking. And if they are in a situation, get a cab (our treat) or call us any hour of night or day and we'll take them home. But we'll never know if that is enough. The kids in our county have ranch parties where the parents actually provide the alcohol, but don't stop these kids from driving. There are better ways for kids to spend their times socializing. We are praying for the two teen deaths this weekend, one dui and one texting.

I am praying for..children and those who are to care for them. I am praying for their happiness and safety this Christmas season, especially for this little boy and his foster parents, and the birth father that now wants him.

I am thankful...for a peaceful Advent, and looking forward to celebrating Christmas.

In the kitchen...busy, busy place! I made goodie baked gifts for some neighbors friends and our priest. Gingerbread, brownies, cut out cookies, peanut butter kisses. People who live in this house are suffering resisting the yummy yummy smells coming from the kitchen. I am making plenty I share with them too. The girls delivered the packages to our neighbors, many who came to the door thinking they were selling something. (do we do that too much?). And when told it was a gift from us to them, they were met with hugs, Oh's & Ah's of excitement. 

I am wondering...about how blogging Catholics eat each other up. We don't need an enemy when we destroy from within. There are a few disappointing arguments going on in the blogging world and it is so disappointing to see Catholics demean and attack each other over petty issues. How is this walking in Christ? Don't they know how many others are "in the room?"
You see the same thing in political circles as well, (the current fiscal cliff debate within the GOP).
It's like they never heard of that age old polite practice that you don't bash your family in front of people outside the family, or if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything.

I am reading...Tabitha's Travels. Trying to get the kids together to finish before tomorrow.  They have really enjoyed the story unfolding and imagining what life was like going around Jesus' birth.

I am watching...this video Top 10 Reasons for Hope 2012.




I am looking forward to...my parents are coming for a visit Christmas Eve and they are bringing my mother in law! We are all so excited and look forward to company!

I am pondering...sleep talking. Sleep talker conversations are just plain creepy. Cc sleeps so deep that I don't know how to wake her, just in her own time. But if I have to move her because she falls asleep somewhere, she will be "awake" enough so  I can talk and she will answer back . She never remembers and you can tell she isn't fully present. I don't like talking to her like that, what part of he brain am I talking to? Or... would this be a good time to fill her subconscious with good info?
My hubbie has told me I am like that, eyes open conversations that I do not remember.

I am thinking... you might like this tour of the Church of the Nativity. It is on my bucket list to see in person.

A favorite quote/verse/prayer for today...second chapter of St. Luke...10-11

 And the Angel said to them: Fear not: for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people:
 For this day is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ, the Lord, in the city of David.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Really looking forward for Christmas to begin. We have been preparing for a month, and really looking forward to relax and adore this little babe who came to save us all.

Something that made me chuckle.
just silliness, but I have felt like I had conversations like this as a teacher.




A peek into my day...
counting down 
two more days until Christmas!

I hope you have a very, Merry Christmas!




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