Outside my window...same forecast for the next three months: sunny and way too hot, abundant humidity.
I am thinking...discouragement is just a decision away. To have a good attitude is a conscious choice, sometimes a seemingly impossible task.
I am praying for..guidance and deliverance.
I am thankful...for my husband and sweet kids.
In the kitchen...Euly has been a busy chef: brownies/ ice cream cake, and tuna casserole.
I found this interesting... article on homeschooling.
and this article about the sad commonality of lying.
Ceci and I went to Molly and Nicholas' violin and viola orchestra recital. So many talented kids! Here is nick's debut just five months on the viola.
Sharing from Facebook "Love Being Catholic" page...
In a mother's womb were two babies. One asked the other: "Do you believe in life after delivery?" The other replies, "why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later. "Nonsense," says the other. "There is no life after delivery. What would that life be?" "I don't know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths." The other says "This is absurd! Walking is impossible. And eat with our mouths? Ridiculous. The umbilical cord supplies nutrition. Life after delivery is to be excluded. The umbilical cord is too short." "I think there is something and maybe it's different than it is here." the other replies, "No one has ever come back from there. Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery it is nothing but darkness and anxiety and it takes us nowhere." "Well, I don't know," says the other, "but certainly we will see mother and she will take care of us." "Mother??" You believe in mother? Where is she now? "She is all around us. It is in her that we live. Without her there would not be this world." "I don't see her, so it's only logical that she doesn't exist." To which the other replied, "sometimes when you're in silence you can hear her, you can perceive her." I believe there is a reality after delivery and we are here to prepare ourselves for that reality....
Around the house...getting house ready to host a really big surprise party for a special person in our lives. Can't give it away this week, hopefully I will be ready to show the fun next Sunday.
I had the wonderful opportunity... to attend a wedding on Friday. It wasn't an ordinary wedding, this wedding is planned by the groom so faithfully to the traditional Latin rite, I was blown away by the beauty. First, the couple choose the Feast of the Sacred Heart for their nuptials. The bridesmaids wore white and red sari's, matching the groom's red sash. (Red and white are traditional colors for the blood and water shed forth from our Lord, and the groom's family were of Indian decent, hence most women in attendance wore beautiful sari's). The priests were specially chosen to officiate over this Mass, in a Solemn High Mass with our parish's schola and ladies choir singing from the choir loft, like angels. The men's voices were rich chanting the Gregorian Chants, and the girls' voices were angelic. The sermon was tailored toward the bride and groom, but messages for us all. I am always so moved by the beauty of the Solemn Latin Mass, I can not understand or fathom how some can be opposed to it. It is so reverent. Heads are bowed at every mention of our Lord's Holy name. The celebration has symbolism to catechize the watchful attendee, and missal to follow along in Latin or English, so you really could be involved every part of the Nuptial Mass.
It was also a treat to visit Annunciation with its stain glass, statues and murals.
Blessings to the bride and groom!
I am pondering...how quickly Americans will thoughtlessly surrender their rights that our forefathers fought, defended and died for. We give up so much personal information on blogs, facebook and other sites with our consent, so the government finds the need to take advantage and steal our privacy through our phone calls, emails and photos of what we receive in the mail. I enjoy watching Ted Cruz on the Judiciary Committee interviewing the perpetrators in the administration scandals, unfortunately his voice is a singular one. Keep him and all our leaders in your prayers. And stand up for your personal liberties!
Friday, June 7, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s comments on the NSA’s gathering of Americans’ private phone records:
We should always be mindful of the need for government to have the tools necessary to keep Americans safe in a dangerous world, where there are enemies plotting to attack us. We have seen the face of that enemy time and again, most recently in the terrorist attacks at Fort Hood, Benghazi and Boston to name a few.
But on one hand the Obama Administration says this enemy is in retreat, yet on the other, they are implementing what appears to be an unprecedented and intrusive surveillance system on private American citizens in the name of guarding against that enemy. Just today, the president encouraged us to trust him on this – to trust that there are safeguards to ensure our privacy is protected, trust that there is a system of checks and balances to prevent an abuse of power. But in light of this Administration's track record, how can they expect to be trusted?
We have discovered over the past few months an ongoing pattern of wanton disregard not only for Americans' privacy, but for the truth – DOJ's refusal to be forthcoming about drone policy, IRS's targeting groups for their political beliefs and then misleading the American people about it, DOJ's targeting of journalists for doing their jobs, and now what seems an unprecedented intrusion into Americans' personal phone records and potentially into their broader online activities.
Americans trusted President Obama when he came to office promising the most transparent administration in history. But that trust has been broken and the only way to earn it back is to tell the truth. That's what Americans deserve. I will be working with my colleagues in the Senate who share my concerns to ensure that we have all the facts about these surveillance programs, and that our government is appropriately balancing concerns of national security with Americans' personal liberties.
I am reading...Rush's opinion of the current administration, and you should too.
A few plans for the rest of the week... doctor, dentist, surprise party planning, surprise party shopping, surprise party cooking, table & chair rental, clean, clean, clean my house, get yard ready, get food ready, then ... enjoy a great party!
A peek into my day...our delicious sweet treat: turtle ice cream brownie cake by Euly.