Saturday, April 15, 2017

Because by Your Holy Cross, You have Redeemed the World

Just a little reflection I wrote last night...

Francesco Hayez, Crucifixion with Mary Magdalene Kneeling and Weeping, 1827 | Museo Diocesano Milano:  

     "Today, my dear Lord, is Good Friday.  It was today so many hundreds of years ago that You died on the Cross for the sins of the world, for my sins.  How awesome is it that as You hung there in the acutest of agonies You thought of each one of us, You even thought of me.  With what have I repaid You for this in my meager little life?  With what can I ever hope to repay You?  I have nothing to offer that You have not already given me, nothing to lighten this great debt I owe!  And so I offer the one thing in my power to give You, I offer You myself and all my imperfections.  Take them and refine these imperfections and turn them into deep sentiments of Faith, Hope, and Love.  I offer these gifts to You and place them at the foot of Your Holy Cross to remain there always.  Accept them, my Jesus, and remember me when You come into Your Kingdom!" 

     I have two prayer requests to ask of you all before I go, the first is for my great-uncle, who passed away early this morning from cancer.  He had been away from the Church and Sacraments for much of his adult life, please pray for the repose of his soul.

     And the second is for my sister who is several days overdue expecting my first niece.  It was revealed on an ultrasound this past week that the baby has shifted to a breech position (head up feet down) and unless she shifts into the correct position within the next few days, she may need to be delivered via C-section, emergency C-section if she hasn't shifted prior to the onset of labor.  Please pray for a safe delivery of both mama and baby!  St. Gerard, pray for us!

     Thank you all in advance for your prayers, you have no idea how much we appreciate them!


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Leaving On A Jet Plane

Well.... not exactly.  It's more like:

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On a train though, not a jet plane ;)  I'm going to visit my sister!!!! And wonderful brother-in-law, too, of course!!!!  (I couldn't forget you, Big Brother ;) )  I've been looking forward to this trip for months now but I still can't believe that I'll actually be in the throws of it in just a few days!  Crazy how time flies, huh?

Anyway, so now I'm to the point in travel preparations where seats are booked, arrangements made, and everything appears pretty well set!  Well, with the exception of that one, tiny little detail, so minor it almost isn't worth mentioning.  Which detail? 

 Packing. Joy.

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 Granted, I usually don't have an issue with this.  I am usually a pretty light packer, but I don't know exactly how long I will be staying with my dear family this trip, possibly a month or there abouts, so I kinda feel like this:

"Me normally: "That's ok I'll wear the same shirt for 5 days" Me packing for vacation: "I'll probably change 7 times a day so I'll need 42 shirts" ":


Okay, so maybe not quite like that, but still!  

I have this continual back and forth going on in my head that looks something like this:

    "Well, it's supposed to be pretty cold in New York still, I should probably bring some layers so I'm nice and toasty."  
"Oh, but it's Spring now! I might get too warm in long sleeves, better pack a couple t-shirts, just to be safe."  
"Good idea!  Better not forget that ballgown, though, I need something to wear if the Queen invites me to tea!"

Sound accurate?

 #letyourcolorout "I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I ~ I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." ~ Robert Frost:

 Regardless of all these little worries and stresses involved in traveling though, they aren't the important things.  Nope.  The destination is well worth the journey, and the journey is just the beginning of the adventure!

I just hope I can convince my animals of that...

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The blizzard o' '17

If you are at all in tune with the national news, you may have seen a report of a "huge killer blizzard sweeping across the Northeast" in the last few days.  Well I just so happen to live around that dear lovely part of good old America and amply partook of Winter's vengeful wrath!

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Nah, it wasn't all that bad ;)  It was still coming down quite wet and heavy at the time of this photo, but I don't think we got much more than 16" total.  Definitely manageable, I've seen a whole lot more come down a whole lot faster!

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 And I don't mind the snow too much, which is more than I can say for these poor little girls!  Chickens are generally pretty cold hardy, but the entire time I was out clearing around the coop, I could hear a powerful lot of complaining going on!  Oh well, it is only their first winter, maybe they'll learn to just deal with it.  Oh not... ;)

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 Yeah, you saw right, that's a vanilla car freshener. Believe it or not, they're great for keeping away flies in summer! And I was just too lazy to take them inside.

I still can't really see what they have to complain about, though, inside the coop it was a nice toasty 36 degrees!  I mean, who would complain about that?

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 The girls were being a bit chicken cowardly about getting their feet wet, however.  Louisa and Elsbeth were taking turns sticking their heads out the guillotine like, "Is it still there? Eww! It's still there!"

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 Despite their apparent disapprobation for the unusual weather conditions, they did give me 11 eggs, so I suppose I shouldn't complain!

Did any of you get snow the last few days?  Did your pets/livestock have an opinion of the weather?


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello! *waves excitedly*  So last week I was tagged by Sarah at "Life of a Homeschooler" (you really should check out her blog, its adorable and I love it), with the Sunshine Award!  In the past, as you are all well aware, I usually put off writing these tag post thingies for weeks a long, long, long, long time.  But this one looked so cheery and springy and happy that I simply couldn't put it off more than a few days!

Abandoned Yellow House in Nova Scotia. Photo by Matt Madden & Kim Vallis. [12001920].:
This house looks like sunshine, doesn't it?  It looks like a good place to begin an adventure!

Sarah's questions:

1.) Do you like primary, pastel, or neon colors best?
Okay, so I'm not really a huge fan of primary colors.  I suppose I'd lean more towards pastels, but I like bright, vibrant colors, too, so probably a mixture of those together.   


 Like this gorgeous bouquet, actually!  That's perfect!

2.) What was the last movie you watched in the movie theater?
Ugh.  Despicable Me 2.  I did not enjoy that movie, sorry if you loved it!  I saw it, hmmm....3 years ago?  I was visiting my "city" aunt with a couple of my cousins and apparently that was the only movie worth viewing at the time.  Oh well, it could've been worse.  As a general rule, though, I'm not a huge fan of theater movies. I actually kind of go into panic-mode! Between the huge, bright screen in a dark place, strange people, and the incredible volume, I would much prefer to watch a movie from my living room couch!

3.) What is your favorite kind of weather, sunny, rainy, cloudy, etc.?
That is a tough question.  Ordinarily, I would say rainy, although I have a tendency of being fickle about my favorite weather ;)  If I wake up and the sky is brightest blue, the sun is shining and the birds are singing, I'm all like, "I love days like this!".  Then the next day it's dark and cloudy, maybe spitting an occasional sprinkle, I've got a good book, cup o' tea and a blanket, and I'm like, "I love days like this!".  So yeah, don't ask, it all depends ;)
Emma in the rain, Romola Garai, 2009:
 I'd say this is me in a rain shower, except I wouldn't use the umbrella.  It is common knowledge that dancing with an umbrella is cumbersome and probably dangerous, too ;)

4.)  Who is your favorite Disney princess?  Do they have a live-action movie?  If so, do you like the cartoon or live-action better?
You had to go and ask me this question!  I have three favorites, how can I possibly choose between them!?  Fine, since you're forcing me, my favorites are Rapunzel, Aurora, and Cinderella!  

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 "But don't you know me? Why, We've met before!"
"We have?"
"Yes! You said so yourself, 'once upon a dream'!"

 As to the second part of your question, only Cinderella has a live-action movie and I thought it was AWESOME!  Such amazing colors and visual presentation!  It was splendid!

 Oh yes I did find THAT scene!

But as far as my favorite animated movie, that goes to Tangled!  That is one of my favorite movies of all time ever!  And that's saying a lot.

*FLYNN & RAPUNZEL ~ Tangled, 2010 Today was a fairytale:

5.)  Are you a morning person or do you like to sleep in?
 Uhhhhhhh.... No, no I am not a morning person, at least not on purpose.  Then again, though, I don't really like to sleep in late, either, at least not really late.  Really late for me is like, 9 o'clock!
6.)  What social media site do you use most often?
Pinterest.  Pinterest is social media, right?  I don't know, maybe it isn't.  I don't really use anything else remotely social media related!
7.)  Is there a fictional character who you wish had a blog?
I.....don't think so, no.
8.)  Coffee or tea?
Tea, all the way!!!  Tea is the best.  I do drink coffee on occasion, more often when my sister is around, but not by habit, ordinarily.  I like it, though, especially iced!
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 And I do so love my hugs <3

9.)  Do you have a favorite teenager post?
I can't say that I have a specific favorite, but I've seen a few I thought were funny.  Like these ones:

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10.)  Can you think of a favorite song of yours that has the word "Sunshine" in it?
The first that came to mind was John Denver's "Sunshine On My Shoulder".  It's pretty and I like to sing it, but not my favorite!

 "Loch Lomond", now that is one of my favorites, and there is a line towards the middle about "sunshine".  This is actually the song that got me into Celtic music!  I know pretty much the whole thing from memory, it's so pretty!  Have a listen and let me know if you like it :)

 And that concludes this extraordinarily loooooong post!  Thanks, Sarah, those were super fun questions!  If anyone else wants to have a go at answering any or all of them, consider yourself tagged ;)  If you do, leave a comment or link to your own post, I'd love to hear your answers!

~Emma ♥