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Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

24 Dec

“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe..”

~Saint Augustine

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A beautiful day here in Northbrook. The sun was out, the air was crisp and cold, and we made it to church on time. I forgot all the steps and drama of getting a little one ready to go anywhere. There are diaper bags, diapers, wipes, books, snacks, baby dolls, and a lot of patience required. Belle was a trooper and was quiet and cooperative for well over an hour. Very unusual for a two year old. Plus, it was an extra long Mass with two baptisms during the service.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Mary visiting her cousin, Elizabeth, who was also with child…

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,

the infant leaped in her womb,

and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,

cried out in a loud voice and said,

“Blessed are you among women,

and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

And how does this happen to me,

that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,

the infant in my womb leaped for joy.

Blessed are you who believed

that what was spoken to you by the Lord

would be fulfilled.”

My take on it…Mary was very brave and faithful, accepting that she would give birth to the Lord and Savior. Her husband, Joseph, also accepted the wishes of God. And Elizabeth, knew that Mary carried a special child the minute she heard her voice. That’s what faith is all about. Accepting what God has chosen for you, and having faith that you will be blessed.

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After Mass, we went over to light a candle. I said a prayer of thanks for our beautiful growing family. We are truly blessed.

We stopped at the store to pick up a few last minute essentials, then home for lunch and a nap. NO! I didn’t get a nap, but I could use one. But, I did get to spend more time holding and rocking baby Sophie while Mom and Dad ate lunch or attended to household chores.

Being a Gamma is only a part-time job, but the pay is most rewarding.

Saturday:) Sittin’ Around Some More

23 Dec

“pretending to do something when you’re doing nothing is an art form in itself.”

― sue grafton

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Sometimes, just sitting around makes for a perfect day. And it was very nice to just sit around with my family, rocking the baby and playing with my two year old grand-daughter.

It’s wonderful to be a Gamma, with no agenda, and not a worry in the world. I do keep busy with a lot of counting…counting my blessings.

Let’s not forget keeping busy playing with our baby dolls. This one was wanting to wear her Notre Dame helmet today. Go Irish!

Even the dog was sitting around all day. Yep, a lazy Saturday. It’s a good thing.

Wednesday:) What Ya Been Up To, Miss Toni?

19 Dec

“Make something special for the ones you love. That Amazon box at the door just can’t say, ‘Look what I made for you!’ ”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I stayed up late last night to paint the letters for the new baby’s room. Everyone was up to bed, so the perfect time to watch the Hallmark Channel and paint pink roses. I finally finished around 1 a.m. They turned out pretty nice. They will go up in the baby’s room when Daddy has a minute to put them up. That might be in June. They have their hands full.

Here’s how they turned out. They should look nice on the pink walls. I’m glad that I had time to make something special for Sophie.

Montage Monday:)A Week In A Wittle Peek

18 Dec

“A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.”

*Carl Sandburg

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A very exciting week with new grand-daughter arriving, and family and friends.

A week in a Peek…

Single Word Sunday:) GAMMA

17 Dec

“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”

~Buddha

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Just one word to describe this beautiful Sunday…GAMMA.

Gamma got to hold Baby Sophie today for the first time. If you think the second time around is not as special, we’ll, you’d be wrong. Love has no limits, but rather grows exponentially.

“Love is lovelier the second time around.” (A show tune, for those up for the challenge.”

Here’s a challenge for you. Can you describe your day with just one word?

Saturday:) Sophie Anne Arrived Safe and Sound

16 Dec

“Babies are bits of stardust, blown from the hand of God.” Barretto

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Baby watch is over and Sophie Anne arrived last night at 9:23 p.m. Weighing in at 6lbs 7 oz, and 18 1/2 in. long. This Gamma is very blessed and thankful for all the prayers from friends and family for her safe, healthy and beautiful arrival.

Welcome to the world Sophie Anne.

Friday:) Gamma on Baby Watch

15 Dec

A new baby is like the beginning of all things—wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.     

Eda J. Le Shan

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I’m sitting here anxiously waiting for grand-daughter #2 to arrive. #1 and I have been bonding and I think Gamma is finally is getting the hang of things. I even put on the diaper forwards instead of backwards this time. Yay!

It should be any time soon, but if you’re reading this now, prayers and good thoughts will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

I guess you’ll find out tomorrow on the next installment of “WHERE’S BABY?”

In the meantime, a little giggling from Gamma and her #1 girl.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh7mA4c3P5w