Monday, April 20, 2015

A Work of Mercy

On the off chance that you haven't heard the story of Niki Rogan and her eight children, I'm sharing it here so that you can join everyone in praying for them, and offering them financial assistance if that is at all possible.

Early last Friday morning, Niki, her husband Mike and their 7 children (at that time) were driving to the hospital as Niki was in labor with their 8th child.  On the way, they were involved in a car accident with a deer.  Mike died as a result of that accident and Niki went on to deliver their little boy later that day.  The other children sustained only minor injuries from the accident.

Coming on the heels of the prior weekend's deaths, I went into a major spin with this one.  I, along with everyone else, I'm sure, cannot fathom this whole scenario.  Why, God, why?  

In an effort to help the family, a friend of theirs started a GoFundMe for them.  They have raised an incredible sum of money in a very short time.  If you can, please, please pray for this family and then go here to help them out financially.  
I keep hearing more and more stories of moms, dads, kids young and old, dieing very suddenly and it is incredibly unnerving.  This takes a HUGE amount of trust in God because it just doesn't all make sense.

Jesus I Trust In You!

God Bless!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A New Room and An Instagram Announcement

For about the past five years or so, Ms 11 yo and Ms 16 yo have been sharing a double bed on the lower portion of a bunk bed set.  When they began this journey it was easy because they were both small.  Let's just say that the past few years haven't been a cake-walk for Ms 16 yo, who most mornings I would find sleeping on the edge of the bed as Ms 11 yo would be sprawled across the rest of it. 

Ms 16 yo and I have been brainstorming for awhile on how to get her her own bed...and then how to fit it in the room!  Well, things worked out recently in her favor and we were able to snag a twin sized bed.  This meant, of course, that her other four roommates had to be in agreement about removing some furniture and changing things up.

Here is where we started (or at least close to where we started as we had already begun taking things apart here):

We put the double on the bottom back to a twin to make room for the stand-alone twin bed.  See all the stuff on the desk and the night stand?  Guess how much stuff was in all those drawers?  Yep, a lot.  It all had to go somewhere.  Actually, now that I think about it, I'm not sure where it went, but it's not in the room!

Here we are mid-way through the project.  Bed shrunk, most of the stuff vacated.  Now it's time to move that desk.  Here's where having a strong, teenage son comes in handy.

And finally, the big reveal.  

We ended up switching two of the other girls around, too, just to make things easier.  Here is the new bed set-up.  It looks a little out of place, but in a few days, I suppose, it will look normal to everyone.

Here is the other side of the room.  Ms 11 yo had her bed shrunk so she needed to get new bedding. She's my flashy one.  Can you tell which of the beds is hers?? Yikes, I don't know how it won't keep her awake at night :)

This was perfect timing for a new project I've decided to start.  I've been thinking about other ways to promote my book, "A Plan for Joy in the Home", so I thought it might be fun to use Instagram.  I'm planning on posting photos that have to do with organizing, planning, help for the busy mom, joy, fun and many other things.  If you'd like to follow along (I'll follow back), you can find me by searching:  aplanforjoy.  I hope you have fun following and find it useful.

God Bless!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Dose of Perspective

Last night I went to the wake of a 33 year old man who found out last Saturday that he had Acute Leukemia and died the following Saturday.  I've been friends with his mother for the past 15 years or so but never knew him.  What I came to find out was what an incredible young man he was.  We stood in line for over two hours last night and that was shortened only because it was getting late and they were "rushing" people through.  Most people I talked to stood in line for 3 1/2 to 4 hours to pay their respects.  This young man definitely left a mark on the people he encountered.  What a testimony to him and to his family.  They are burying him today, so if you could please say a prayer for his soul and for his family who will all miss him deeply.  

In another town, not all that far away, a woman and her nine children will be burying her husband and their father.  He died on Divine Mercy Sunday, as his parish was celebrating Mass, after a battle with cancer.  He had a devotion to the Divine Mercy Chaplet, setting his watch alarm for 3:00 and stopping every day that he could to pray the chaplet.  What a testimony to his faith.  While I can't make it to that wake, I am sure that the lines will be just as long at this wake, too.  Please pray for his soul and for his family.

Two things like this, happening on the same weekend, really put your mind in a spin.  How would I feel as the mother burying her son?  How would I feel as the wife burying her husband?  For a short time, at least, it really puts things in perspective.  No longer does being inconvenienced seem like such a big deal.  Unfortunately I know from experience that time will pass and I'll lose that perspective.  For now, I'm just trying to look at each day and be thankful that we are all still here - healthy and happy.

As our pastor said last Sunday, hold on to your spouse and your children, your mother and your father, while you have them here because you just never know when the Lord will want them back.  I'm not trying to be Debbie Downer, but there is just so much suffering right now that I'm just trying to keep the right perspective in my life and be thankful for each and every day.  

Jesus I trust in you...even when nothing makes sense.

God Bless!


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Roll With It Thursday

Welcome to "Roll With It Thursday" where we just roll with whatever the day brings our way.

I was supposed to have my carpets cleaned, and I did, or at least a small corner of one room before they had an equipment problem.  They'll be back tomorrow to finish, or I guess really start, the job.

I was kind of cornered in my kitchen because of all of the main rooms being in disarray so I did what everyone who is stuck in their kitchen does...clean out the cabinets and drawers.  I didn't really throw away a lot or put much stuff in the give-away pile, but I did succeed in getting rid of all evidence of our winter, furry friends (those of you who live a in rural setting will understand).

We went to noon Mass since the carpet guys had left early enough.  That was a nice surprise as I didn't think we'd make it based on how slow things were going.

All day long we've been under the threat of severe weather.  The first of one of the season. There's something that I find soothing about thunderstorms so I was kind of hoping for at least a little bit of banging and booming and flashing.  At the same time, though, I have a daughter who doesn't like bad weather, let alone driving in it, so as her mother, it does add some stress to me, too, when I know she will be out during a storm.  So on a disappointing and yet not disappointing note, the severe weather seems to have totally least from our area (not sure about farther north).  Yet again they get everyone all hyped up only to be let down.  

On another unexpected note, Ms 19 yo just got home from school and took everyone to the library so here I sit, in my clean kitchen next to my partially cleaned carpeting with my patio door open to the warm, sunny day, breathing a sigh of contentment.  Except that I just saw what time it is and realized that I need to get up and get dinner started.  Oh well, it was pleasant while it lasted.  Hope you've been able to roll with whatever kind of day your Thursday has been.

God Bless!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easter, Family and Fun

This year for the first time we were able to do the traditional 7 Church Hop on Holy Thursday.  In the past our parish has been in a more remote location so it has only been possible to visit two or three parishes at best.  This year, since our new parish is in a much more populated area, we were able to visit seven churches.  It was beautiful!  I can't wait to do it again next year.  Ms 23 yo had to work, so I took pictures of all the churches we visited and texted them to her so she could be with us in spirit.  Here are three of my favorites.

Our parish

The Cathedral

While I love the convenience of taking pictures on my phone, I realize now how difficult it is to keep my hands steady.  This then requires many more tries before I get one I like.

 Good Friday we went to the afternoon service, went home and had our penitential fish fillets and not so penitential hot cross buns, then colored our eggs, which proved to be a bit too rowdy for the day.

Holy Saturday is always such a hard day.  You feel the joy of Easter approaching but yet it is supposed to be a day of silence and waiting.  Nothing silent went on at our house.  A lot of baking and cleaning did.  We tried to keep it to a quiet roar.

Easter Sunday was glorious, as to be expected.  Our parish is beautiful on a normal day, but was decked out nicely for Easter.

 Our boys are part of a Historic Altar Boy society and they got to serve in historic looking cassocks on Easter.  It really added to the visual beauty of the Mass.  Here they are looking like superheroes. 

Saving the Mass at a time!
 After taking lots of pictures, we headed back home for a nice, quiet dinner with my mom, dad and uncle.

Lest we loose our celebratory spirit too soon, my youngest son celebrated his 10th birthday yesterday.  

More good food and cake!  Now we are all double-digits!  Oh how bittersweet.

While this is our Easter break off from school this week, the weather is not being very cooperative so I think it will be a laid-back, restful kind of week around here.  Next week, of course, looks to be gorgeous.  Oh well, that will be incentive to get the work done early, won't it?

God Bless!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!


God Bless!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Holy Saturday

God Bless!