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Sunday Sermon, Spectacular Sunsets, and Some Other Mother’s Day Stuff

11 May

“All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”

~ Abraham Lincoln (My favorite quote of all time.)

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Another morning of 9 o’clock Mass in my pajamas. Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus telling the disciples not to be troubled, and that if they believed in the Father and in Him, a place will be prepared for them.

Amen, amen, I say to you,

whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,

and will do greater ones than these,

because I am going to the Father.”

My take on it…Jesus tries to tell us that if we believe and follow His example, He will prepare a place for us.

Shortly after Mass, a call and Mother’s Day wishes from my family. My little granddaughters are so adorable, blowing me kisses and saying I love you.

Then, so many texts and calls from friends, exchanging Mother’s Day wishes.

When my son in California called, he said he wanted to surprise me, but he needed to let me know that something was going to be delivered at my door at 7 pm. I thought, I wonder if it would be flowers. I told my sons that flowers are so nice, but really, they only last such a short time. Just a card or call was more than fine. So was he sending flowers? Nooooo! Rosati’s Chicago style pizza. Delivered hot and delicious. Oh man! Missing my Chicago pizza. Perfect!

So, after sampling some decadent cheesy delicacies, it was time for my evening walk. Oh… and the sunset. The perfect ending to a perfect day.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the women who make the world a better place, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, and wonderful friends. But most of all… to my beautiful “ANGEL MOTHER” who smiles down from heaven.

Sunday:) Mother’s Day Tribute

12 May

The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.” – –

~St. Therese of Lisieux

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A beautiful sunny Sunday after endless gray days of rain and gloom. Greeting before Mass was especially cheerful with all the Mother’s Day greetings and hugs.

When I got home, I got to FaceTime with my grand-daughters and Joe and Lindsay.. Matt sent me flowers and there were endless texts and FaceTime greetings.

But, when I woke this morning, I said a special “good morning” to my sweet Angel Mother in heaven. Happy Mother’s Day.

A little video tribute to Mom. Love you! Miss you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNBNk9ty3NY

Sunday Sermon and Mother’s Day Memories

14 May

“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”

― Abraham Lincoln

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My favorite picture of my mother and ME. (I cringe when people say my mother and I. Improper grammar.)

On my way to church this morning, I couldn’t help but feel sad on my first Mother’s Day without Mom. I miss my daily morning calls. I miss her sweet voice and her giggles on the phone or her hugs and laughter when we were together.

This morning, as I greeted at the door before Mass, I felt a comfort knowing that Mom was in heaven and smiling at me. She has sent me many signs, lucky pennies and butterflies that follow me around. So, I know there’s a heaven and Mom is there patiently waiting for her family and friends.

Today, being Mother’s Day and Ascension Sunday, made it even a more beautiful service. The children came up and sang as they put flowers by the statue of the Virgin Mary.

Today’s reading was about Jesus telling the disciples to go out and proclaim the gospel.

MK 16:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples:

“Go into the whole world

and proclaim the gospel to every creature.

My take on it… back then, we didn’t have radio, television, the internet, Facebook and Twitter. People had to travel and send letters to share news. We have all these gifts and technologies at our fingertips. You would think that we could spread love and hope and goodwill throughout the world. You would think we could end war and hatred and evil. Hasn’t worked so far. So, let’s keep trying.

At the end of Mass, Father asked all the mothers to stand up for a special blessing. As we stood, and all the other congregation raised their hands to join in the blessing, Father asked God to bless all the mothers, mothers in heaven, women who are loving caregivers, and all the nurturing women who take care of so many people. Uncontrollable tears rolled down my face. I tried to look up to stop them from trickling further. That didn’t work, so I just went with the flow…literally.

Reposting my poem for my angel mother.

My Angel Mother

If you don’t believe in angels

I’m here to say it’s true

There are angels up in heaven

They’re watching over you,

So, I asked my angel mother

I whispered in her ear

When you get up there in heaven

Please show us you are near.

If only you could send a sign

As only angels can

We will know you’re safe in heaven

And that you have a plan.

To watch and guard us every day

You’ll guide us from above

So, you left two lucky pennies

Beneath your painting, signed with love.

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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When I went for my long afternoon walk, I said,”Well, its Mother’s Day Mom. Are you going to send me a sign?” Almost an hour later, I’d forgotten my request. I was a couple of blocks from home, and that annoying smooshed beer can was still by the curb on a neighbor’s lawn. I didn’t want to carry it all the way home, but turned around to pick it up. As I picked up the grungy can, just a few inches away was a lucky quarter.

I guess it was my Mother’s Day bonus. 25 times as lucky as a penny. Thanks Mom.

Sunday:) Mother’s Day Memories

15 May

Abraham Lincoln“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” 

― Abraham Lincoln

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I use that Lincoln quote all the time when I refer to my angel mother, Trini. She is by far the sweetest, kindest, most loving mother ever placed on this planet. I have been blessed and honored to be raised and loved by this lovely lady. She will be celebrating her 90th birthday in just a few weeks. She has been an inspiration to her three daughters, all her siblings, family and pretty much everyone who has ever met her. Love you Mom.

 

This is one of my favorite pictures because it captures our silly nature, not to mention our common love of ice cream.

I have also been blessed with two wonderful sons, Joe and Matt. They are grown men, but will always be my babies. I miss them very much, but now being a new grandma, I plan on visiting more often. Look out! Nothing sillier,  mushier, crazier and more annoying than a new grandmother.


Matt and Joe, the loves of my life. I wrote a little poem way back in 2010 when I stumbled across some of the silly keepsakes I had tucked away in a drawer. There are literally hundreds of letters, school papers, school crafts, baby clothes and toys. I still have all those gifts and memories and I will never part with them. 

NOODLE NECKLACE

I miss that noodle necklace

And the handprint plaster plaque

Those earrings made of Play dough
How I wish those days were back
When you raced home after school
A secret present just for me
 I had to keep my eyes closed
To wrap before I could see
Several yards of gift wrap needed
Two big rolls of tape were used
Then my hands were gently treated
To a huge package wrapped and glued 
I tore it open with pleasure
There printed in glitter of blue
The gift I always will treasure
With a card that said, “I LUV YOU.”
I miss that noodle necklace……
~Toni Andrukaitis Mother’s Day 2010
Now, I’m a grandmother and there is yet another generation to cherish and love with all my heart. Motherhood is the best gig ever.


Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful ladies out there who are mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, but especially those wonderful women who were not blessed with children of their own. They give their love and share their gifts and nurture and take care of so many people. This is their day too. It should also be called…HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY.

Sunday Sermon:) And a Blessed Mother’s Day

9 May

“I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” 
― Mitch Albom, For One More Day

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The clouds threatened this morning, but no rain before church. It was an especially good morning to be greeting before Mass. All the mothers were  dressed in their finest, with smiling faces, with children and babies in tow. It was good to say, “Happy Mother’s Day,” and be greeted in return. 

Then, to add to the lovely Ascension Sunday service, several children were making their First Communion. Proud reverent young faces. Handsome boys sporting white shirts and grown up ties, and the girls all dressed in white, with veils and ribbons, like little brides. The best part was watching them return to their seats. They had that angelic look of receiving a special gift.

Father also my made sure to have a special prayer for all the mothers and women who care for others. 

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Gospel Jn 17 20-26

Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying:

“Holy Father, I pray not only for them,

but also for those who will believe in me through their word,

so that they may all be one,

as you, Father, are in me and I in you,

that they also may be in us,

that the world may believe that you sent me.

And I have given them the glory you gave me,

so that they may be one, as we are one,

I in them and you in me,……………..

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Now, for my Mother’s Day. I talked to my beautiful Mom this morning, as I do every morning since I can remember. That’s the best way to start my day. She has been my inspiration, my best friend, and the joy of my life.

  
Then, being a pretty awesome mother myself, (all modesty aside) my wonderful son, Joe and his lovely wife, Lindsay, sent me some beautiful pink roses that came with a cute clear vase that will be painted in the future.

  
Then, when I got home from church, more beautiful flowers and chocolates from my dear son, Matt. I’m one lucky mom.

  
“I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” 

― Mitch Albom

VERY TRUE!

I hope you all had a great day. I sure did. I am truly blessed.

  
My babies! They are in their 30’s now…or are they still babies?

Sunday Sermon, Storms, and A Special Happy Mother’s Day to You

11 May

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.

Inspirational Quotes on Mothers Day by: Abraham Lincoln

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Don’t poets know it, Better than others? God can’t be always everywhere: and, so, Invented Mothers.

Sir Edwin Arnold

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I woke this morning to my cell phone sqwaking an alert. I jumped up and saw it was just for a flash flood warning. Just…better than the tornado, run for cover warning. It was pouring and pelting rain, so I decided that 9 o’clock Mass was not such a great idea. I almost bagged the whole church thing, but it was better by 11. I hate to miss “praying for us sinners,” as I joke with Mom every Sunday.

After the Gospel today, Father Don asked all the mothers and women caregivers to stand for a special blessing. He spoke about the special love that mothers share with their families. It’s nice to have a special day, isn’t it? After church, I came home and had a nutritious breakfast. NOT!

  
Cake! I had cake for breakfast. Life is short!

Both my boys called to wish me a Happy Mother’s Day, but they are sweet boys and pretty much call me every Sunday. I am blessed.

  
I received flowers. So pretty. These two grown men are my pride, my joy, and the greatest thing that ever happened to me. This is how they look in my heart. Forever my babies. Adorable!

   
 And then, I have been blessed to have the greatest mother in the entire world.

  

Happy Mother’s Day!

   
 

A Special Mother’s Day Sunday

12 May

“As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot now imagine a life without her.”
― Kristin Hannah, Summer Island
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What a beautiful quote. It represents my thoughts exactly. My mother is the sun and the moon! We talk on the phone everyday, and I can’t imagine starting my day without her sweet voice and soft giggles. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

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This morning at 9o’clock Mass, there was also a baptism of two baby girls. The entire congregation celebrated the welcoming of these two young souls into the arms of Christianity. I thought of my two sons on their baptismal days. It takes many people to raise a child. I also realized that mothers are more than just women who gave us life. There are all those grandmothers, aunts, godmothers, nurses, doctors, teachers and friends who nurture each child. And believe me, a woman’s heart and love cannot be equalled.

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When I got home, I had a missed call from Joe. We played phone tag a couple of times, but then we finally got to talk. I thanked him for the flowers he sent and he thanked me for being a great mom. Later, Matt called and asked if I received his flowers. I hadn’t, but as we spoke the doorbell rang, and there they were. I live for the phone calls, to hear their voices, to share their days.

My sons are far away, but tucked close to my heart every day. Mother’s Day is everyday when you have an amazing mother and are blessed with wonderful children. And today, I have beautiful flowers everywhere to brighten my day.

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