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Sunday Sermon and Silly FaceTime With Grandma

24 Sep

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.

~Norman Cousins


Another drizzly dreary Sunday. We’ve had a lot of rain with flooding in many areas. I’ve been lucky with no water problems…so far. I’ve almost got the ark built in the backyard. I just need to start gathering the animals two by two. (A little Noah and Bible humor)

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus teaching and traveling with His disciples. They were arguing amongst themselves about who was the greatest.

Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them,

“If anyone wishes to be first,

he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”

Taking a child, he placed it in their midst,

and putting his arms around it, he said to them,

“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me;

and whoever receives me,

receives not me but the One who sent me.”

My take on it… those people who are so consumed with being first, being wealthy and powerful, being selfish and only thinking of themselves, those are just worldly things. Those people will be last at the time of final judgement. Those who shows kindness to the poor and helpless, those will come first.

When I got home from church, I was feeling drowsy and lazy. It was too drizzly to walk. I seriously debated whether to take a nap or go meet some friends for brunch. I chose brunch. We met at Harry’s On the Harbor in Adriatica. It was nice to see some folks from our Single Mingle group that I hadn’t seen in a long time because I usually don’t go to Sunday brunch and they don’t go to karaoke.

When I got home, I tried to be productive, doing some laundry and cleaning the kitchen, but the gloomy day made my eyes heavy. So, I took a little nap. It didn’t last long because my phone dinged with a text. My son asked if I wanted to FaceTime with baby Belle. Yay! Of course. That is always the highlight of my Sunday.

They went to the zoo today, and stopped for pizza. Belle was wearing more pizza than she consumed.

My blessings are countless. I see little Belle and see my sweet angel mother’s face.

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

4 Sep

“Start each day counting your blessings and you will be blessed every day.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


“When you start to do the things that you truly love, it wouldn’t matter whether it is Monday or Friday; you would be so excited to wake up each morning to work on your passions.”

― Edmond Mbiaka


Aren’t those a wonderful quotes? Love what you do and do what you love every day. Start each day counting your blessings and you will be blessed every day.

My days are always blessed. AND! Today we got some well deserved and appreciated rain here in north Texas. I gleefully walked in the rain, occasionally opening my umbrella when the drops were too heavy.

Many people were off from work for Labor Day. It was a good day.

A week in a peek. Friends, family, new friends, old friends, artists, gardens, tall buildings, and my beautiful grand-baby.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

20 Aug

“There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.”

Mother Teresa


As I drove to church this morning, I literally had to pull over, jump out of my car and take a picture of the sun trying to burst through the scattered speckled clouds. The photo couldn’t do justice to the actual glow and radiant beams of light that pierced the sky.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus telling the crowds that He was the living bread. The Jews were confused wondering how Jesus expected them to eat his flesh.

Yes, this is a confusing concept, and my take on it as a Catholic is… during the sacred sacrament of the Eucharist, the bread and wine are blessed and commemorated, symbolizing the sacrifice of flesh and blood when Jesus died on the cross. Bread and wine sustains our body, following Jesus sustains our souls. We consume the bread, profess our faith, and follow His teachings and examples. “Whoever eats this bread lives forever.”


JN 6:51-58

Jesus said to the crowds:

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven;

whoever eats this bread will live forever;

and the bread that I will give

is my flesh for the life of the world.”


After Mass, I came came home and went for a long steamy walk. A good time for thinking and contemplating life.

One of the highlights, if not the the best part of my Sunday is, a FaceTime visit with my adorable 1 1/2 year old grand-daughter.

She is going to be a good little mother’s helper. She was changing her baby’s diaper.

Then, she burped the baby after hugging and rocking her.

Baby was tired, so she put her in the stroller for a walk. I got dizzy just watching her scurry around the house. Mom and Dad have their hands full, for sure. Love you all and thanks for the call.

Sunday is my favorite day. When I count my blessings, Sunday keeps me very, very, very busy counting my many blessings.

Theme Song Throwback Thursday

27 Jul

“Little girls, like butterflies, need no excuse.”

~Robert A. Heinlein


Where do the years go? It seems like yesterday that I was a little girl. Now, when I look in the mirror, that little girl has has grey hair and wrinkles. But then God gives me a beautiful little grand-daughter to watch grow up. I look in her big brown eyes, and I can see myself, my mother, and my little boy now a man. Where do the years go?

Throw back Thursday… “When I was just a little girl, I asked my mother, what will I be?”…

My little Belle. May all your big dreams come true.

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

18 Jun

“When you plant a seed, make sure to water, nurture, love and repeat. The same goes for raising children and living your life.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


“A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.”

Chinese Proverb


Wow! It was already blazing hot this morning outside of church. But, St. Gabriel’s is always cool inside with warm welcoming hearts within. We had a visiting priest from Quito, Ecuador saying Mass this morning. He travels the world raising money for The Working Boys’ Center in Quito. This center was founded in 1964 to help poor young boys working in the streets, then later entire families, helping them financially and spiritually. They have helped over 30,000 people through their programs. St. Gabriel is a very loving and generous parish.

Today’s Gospel, I thought, was very appropriate for Father’s Day… the parable of the mustard seed…

He said,

“To what shall we compare the kingdom of God,

or what parable can we use for it?

It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground,

is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.

But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants

and puts forth large branches,

so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.”

With many such parables

he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it…

My take on it… whether it be the kingdom of God or our life here on earth, the tiniest seed can become the largest plant. How we raise our children, live our lives, share with others, these are the seeds that we plant today for the future. The smallest kindness or good example or generous act we do may go unnoticed by us, but may plant a seed in our children, families, friends and neighbors.


This morning, seeing that it was Father’s Day, I went onto Facebook and posted a picture of the best father that I know. All of my friends had posted photos of their dad or their husband, saying what great fathers they were. I posted a picture of my son Joe. He embodies everything that I think a great father should be. He adores his little girl and spends so much time with her. She adores him right back. He is a wonderful son, good husband and great dad. My dad wasn’t always that great. Joe’s father wasn’t that great. But, my son Joe is that little mustard seed that absorbed all those amazing worldly nutrients and became a great dad. I can honestly say he is the best father I have ever known.

When I was looking through photos to use for my post today, I saw a picture that Joe posted on our iCloud share this morning. I may not get to see my sons and family very often, but thank goodness for technology and FaceTime. This really made me smile and tear up a little.

That little mustard seed….

My little granddaughter has the best standard by which to measure. Happy Father’s Day, Mijo.

Saturday:) Saying Goodbye Can Be Beautiful

26 May

“The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye, the story of love is hello and goodbye…until we meet again”

Jimi Hendrix


You usually think of saying goodbye as being a sad thing. I’ve had more than my fair share of those sad and painful goodbyes. That’s why I like to share some of my happy beautiful moments with you.

This beautiful face makes saying goodbye an absolute joy. These precious ramblings will be imprinted in my heart forever.

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

15 May

I’ve learned that all a person has in life is family and friends. If you lose those, you have nothing, so friends are to be treasured more than anything else in the world. “

Trey Parker And Matt Stone


Another good week. Warm weather, warm friends, sunshine, silliness. A week of learning, lunches, sharing, singing, and special Mother’s Day affections.