With Thomas in town over the Thanksgiving holiday, we decided to road trip it up to Government Camp in search of snow. Charlie (our pup) has never seen snow! So it was fun. Not a lot of snow, but enough to make us all feel festive.
Saturday we decorated the big tree at University of Portland. We’ve decorated the tree for the past 6-7 years. My husband works there. It’s the kick off to our advent season and we have a great time celebrating and decorating.
We had a great Thanksgiving with family this year. Everyone was here! Jeromy’s 3 siblings, their spouses and all the kids. My sister in law hosted and it was so nice and relaxing. I felt so grateful and thankful to be there with everyone.
Now it’s the first Sunday of Advent. A time to prepare, pray and ready our hearts. My absolute favorite time of the year!
“Jesus said to his disciples: “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die of freight in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when ear signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.
“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man”The gospel of the Lord. Luke 21:25-28, 34-36
I was listening to a wonderful Podcast about money from Sterling Jaquith the other day and suddenly felt inspired myself.
I have a love of books and Amazon prime. It’s just a click of the mouse. So easy. I don’t have to leave my house. The books are delivered free of charge and I only have to wait a day or two. Instant!!
It’s too easy. Too convenient. It’s also a detriment to our discretionary funds. Eek. But true. I think to myself that $20 here and there is no big deal. I’ll just take it from the grocery budget. Or whatever. So I do. My book buying habit has never put us in financial jeopardy. But, I do see if I set that same amount aside, we’d have a very nice account for Christmas. Or vacation.
The truth is, I have enough books to read to last me a good year. At least.
So that’s what my goal is. No buying books for myself until Christmas 2017. I’ll make a wish list and share with my husband or mom in case they want to gift me a book for my birthday. It will be a way for me to save money and delay that instant gratification that seems to become so habit forming.
So, thank you Sterling for that podcast. It really spoke to me! I love being inspired like that to make positive changes. Better yet, it’s a lesson to my children as well. If Mom can do it, so can they!
It’s hard to imagine another horrific tragedy has occurred. The feeling of helplessness, loss and fear overcome me as I watch the news each day. I feel so small. How can I help? What can I do? Who can I comfort?
As I sit in Adoration yesterday it comes to me. Pray. Pray. Pray. That’s what I can do. I can comfort my loved ones and myself with prayer. Small? Yes. However, prayer covers a multitude of fears and anxiety. Stress, loss, sorrow and helplessness.
Yesterday at Youth Group I had the children paint Saint Peg Dolls. Specifically, we painted St. Genevieve who is the Patron Saint of Paris. We talked a little while painting about our fears and I expressed upon the children to keep Paris and the people in their prayers this week.
I took the three youngest to the cemetery today. In recognition of many veterans who have passed.