November, 2008

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From the Road

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Dave & I are in Illinois visiting my family and friends for Thanksgiving.  We’ve had a really nice time.  The trip out here was tedious because we hit some snow in PA & OH so the trip took three hours longer than normal.  We made it safely though and have enjoyed our time here.  I finally got to see my baby niece.  She’s adorable and sweet.  My older niece is a bundle of energy, really talkative and just a joy. My brother & sister-in-law are doing a great job raising those girls, such wonderful parents.

Monday we spent the day with dear friends down in Argenta.  I always have a great time there.  Today, Dave & I ate lunch and dinner with good friends here in Peoria.  We also visited both sets of my grandparents in their respective cemeteries in Havana & Springfield.  My Springfield grandparents just received their new headstone with my grandmother’s information added.  My grandparents in Havana won’t get their headstone until after the Spring thaw so the stone can be set properly.

Tomorrow we are laying low and hanging out at my parent’s house for the most part.  Maybe we’ll also get some things fixed for Thanksgiving so there is less to do tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Okay, so it is a little early yet, but in a few days Dave & I are leaving to visit with my family for Thanksgiving.  I can’t wait to get back to IL and see my family and friends.  There is a new neice I still haven’t seen and I’m dying to hold her.  And my older niece (who will turn 3 soon) must have grow a ton since I last saw her too.  Oh, and my friend’s kids are probably all giants by now too.  Argh, I miss everyone back there so much sometimes.  I can’t complain too much though as I’ve got the bestest husband, a wonderful home, new family and some new friends here.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  May you all be blessed to spend time with your favorite people around you. And may you also be able to look back on this past year and have much to be thankful for.

Two Years!

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Dave & I celebrated our second anniversary on Tuesday.  We had a lovely day today.  We ate breakfast at a local diner, went shopping (I got new tennis shoes) and had dinner at a different restaurant here in town.  And the owner, very nice fellow who walks amongst his guests when he can, stopped at our table and ask how we were doing.  Dave said we were celebrating our anniversary so he had the waitress bring us each a slice of bakalava.

I must say that marrying Dave was the best decision I ever made!!  May God continue to bountifully bless our marriage.

The Weekend and Running Around Today

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Dave & I had a really nice weekend together.

Friday evening (Halloween) we sat on the porch and handed out candy.  We had fewer kids than last year, but we still had probably 60+ kids.  We’ve decided that since our house is situated off the street a bit, that kids seem to make a mental calculation of the ratio of potential candy to the distance they’d have to walk to get it.  We say this because we had every light on in the house AND a bright porch light AND we were sitting on the porch and still many kids kind of paused at the end of the drive-way and then walked on.  And we had good candy too…

Saturday we worked on cleaning up the site around the brand new frame for the sugarhouse (shed like building used to boil down maple sap into maple syrup) after the big wind storm took down all our protective tarps and plastic.   The frame wasn’t damaged a bit though, so that was good.  So instead of the walls & roof being a staged project over the next year or so we have to do it ASAP.  We also created a level area where the new evaporator will go when we pick it up in a few weeks.  The evaporator is going to get a real roof and walls now that we know a casual storm can knock out tarps and such.

Sunday we went to church and had a really nice day hanging out here at home.  Dave took care of leaves in the front yard and cleaned up the yard some too.

Today, I’ve got some running around to do so I’ll not be home most of the day.  Since the Farmer’s Markets are over, I’m going to try cutting my running around back to just a couple days a week again to save on gas and money spent.

I hope everyone has a great day!!

Solemnity of All Saints

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

For those folks still learning about the Catholic Faith (like me, since I’m a convert), here is a little blurb about today in the Church calendar.

During the year the Church celebrates one by one the feasts of the saints. Today she joins them all in one festival. In addition to those whose names she knows, she recalls in a magnificent vision all the others “of all nations and tribes standing before the throne and in sight of the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands, proclaiming Him who redeemed them in His Blood.”  (from Catholic Culture)

So in simpler terms, today we call to mind all those folks who have lived great lives for Christ that have gone before us; especially those who have died for Christ and/or been specially named a Saint by the Catholic Church.

Today’s Gospel reading was Matthew 5:1-12a,

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven.”

Pretty much everything a person needs to know about being Holy is listed above!  What a great reminder.  I tend to fall short of being Holy nearly every moment of every day.  Just to pick one attribute from the list…meekness, it is not an adjective I think anyone has ever used to describe my personality. I’ve learned that when you are a Christian, you are never done learning how to be less of yourself and more of Christ.

So thank you God, for giving us such wonderful examples in the lives of the Saints, so that we can choose, as they did, to reject our silly selves and choose instead to be more like your Son in the way we conduct our lives.