Outside my window ~
We are back in Texas where the weather is still very warm. I already miss the chilly night breezes of the Midwest gently blowing over my bed making me want to snuggle up under the quilt.
Speaking of that bed, below is a dresser in my childhood bedroom that now displays little, ornate picture frames of the grandchildren who have already received their First Holy Communions.
I am thankful for ~
* my parents and their openness to life!
Here is a picture of my mom, her 9 children, their spouses, and grandchildren...
46 in all!
As my friend Carol told me, my mom is a wealthy person.
* I am thankful for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and being witness to the sweet, young love of my niece, Megan, and her beloved spouse.
* I am thankful for hearing one of the BEST maid of honor speeches ever given (written and delivered by niece, Emily, Megan's sister).
Emily has a degree in English/writing and has great wit and humor ;)
* I am thankful for my mother-in-law. After renting our vehicle at the airport, we drove up to visit her briefly last Thursday. She lives about 90 miles north of my mother.
(Clare, my MIL, had six children and David is the baby.)
* I am thankful for having the chance to see another niece, Johanna, who lives with Grandma Clare to help her out.
* I am thankful to witness a dazzling rainbow on the drive from my MIL's house to my mother's house. It reminded me of my father who passed away 9 years ago.
It literally was sparkling!
* I am thankful to have had a cup of morning coffee with my mom...each morning!
* I am thankful for my sisters.
My mom and dad had 4 daughters. (Left to right) Jane is the 4th daughter, Mary is the 1st daughter, Sue is the 2nd daughter (as well as the mother of the bride), and I was the 3rd daughter.
That photo was snapped at the rehearsal dinner.
I love it!
What I am reading ~
My friend Carol also suggested the book Gifted Hands, The Ben Carson Story (Ben Carson is a GOP candidate running for presidency.)
I have not picked my candidate yet.
I must say, however, the character traits that this man holds are way above and beyond our current president!
From the school room ~
* I took one week off from schooling to accommodate our 4-day trip.
The BEST school decision was to make sure we had off the day AFTER we got back into town. We had a very smooth re-entry because of that extra day.
I love love love being in control of our own school calendar!!!
* Living Liturgy:: In honor of the Feast of St. Adrian (Sept. 8), we watched the movie The Robe.
St. Adrian was a Roman soldier, a pagan, who was so moved by the faith of the Christians converted to Christianity himself. For this, he died a terrible death.
Around the house and From the kitchen ~
Yesterday we celebrated Miss Mabel's 12th birthday.
Look at how much she resembles her Grammy in this photo!
Miss Mabel has had a rather drawn out birthday celebration this year ;) A couple of weeks back, she had her big, horse themed birthday party with her friends. Here.
* Our kids receive a big party every four years ending on their 16th.
While we were in Illinois, David's sister, brother-in-law, niece, and great-niece & nephew drove up the 60 miles from their homes to visit us at my mom's. His niece, Grace, made these beautiful cupcakes to celebrate Mabel's birthday!
I am praying for ~
* an end to abortion
* that the Confirmation class will go well this year (it begins this evening)
* for all who have asked me to pray for them
I am listening to ~
Miss Clementine is now in for a nap.
The kids are working at their school work and I've had the chance to work on this post off and on today.
Coming down the pike this week ~
Tuesday - Miss Sally works in the evening
Wednesday - Confirmation Classes begin - I'm teaching 8th grade, second year prep.
Thursday - PT for Miss Sally's knee
Thursday - Miss Sally works in the evening
Saturday - Stan the man has a birthday party to attend
A final photo to share ~
Wishing you all a great week!
~ Patty ~