Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday journal

We had a short reprieve, like two days, from the cold, and now it's back. The snow mostly melted except for the very high plowed snow mountains,which became slightly less high mountains. We also had a big rain, thunder and lightning storm. Hopefully the rain washed away a lot of that street dirt. Yuck. The birds are still feeding frequently, as are the squirrels, and I think I've noticed some funny business between the boy and girl squirrels, if you know what I mean.

I had a whopper headache all day yesterday which usually means we're getting big weather. Right now the sun is out, so it's obviously not this morning. I haven't looked at a forecast.

I want to thank so many of you who took time to give me your condolences in the combox. Your thoughts and prayers are much appreciated. You know, on an intellectual level we know that our loved ones can not live forever, and 97 is a "ripe old age," but when we lose one we loved and who cared for us, intellect doesn't really matter. We grieve. We mourn the loss of that time as much as the person. I know that because I was very close to my grandma, and she helped to form me from a young age, I grieve the loss of my childhood spent with her, as much as anything. I am grateful that I lived as long as I did with my grandma alive. I don't think many people can say they lost a grandparent in their 50s.

Today I planned my grandma's funeral Mass, and I am so grateful for that distraction as much as the joy in giving her the very best I could. Each hymn and reading was hand-picked just for her. Faith didn't get quite as much school work done today, but she learned that when her mother reads scripture out loud, she cries. I can say that with a chuckle, as my mother said it was a good thing I was choosing the readings and not reading them. Amen.

 This evening Noah has a session with a chemistry tutor at Ohio State (our first with this tutor -- keep your fingers crossed) and we are taking the opportunity to take the big boys and Tay out to dinner. Five Guys burgers and fries are on the menu. Yum. And I look forward to eating with my big kids as much as the burgers.

Photo for the day...

I spy...

Jammin' Lemon Ginger tea...gotta have a hot cuppa all the time

Latin flash cards

A new car rosary for the shop. I love that color of aqua.

Girligami -- cute origami just for girls Faith received for her birthday. I think I like it more than she does. See the cupcake?

Lampwork beads for the Paters for my grandma's rosary. She lost the one I made for her 90th birthday, which was blessed by our bishop (sad face). Or, at least it couldn't be found when my uncle moved her. This one she'll be buried with. And engraved crucifix and center with her birthstone is being overnighted to me.

Jesus Calling, a devotional book for children. Another gift for Faith, and a great way to start the day.

My current read, When I Found You, borrowed on my Kindle. So far, pretty good. 

Binder clips, useful for "pinning" costume fabric made with lycra. I am sewing hip hop shirts for dance.


  1. I love what you wrote about your grandma. So true and beautiful.
    I found when my grandparents have died, it is the loss of someone who has always been there. All of a sudden, they just aren't. Not in the same way anyway. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    1. That's just it, Jamie. Thank you for the prayers.

  2. Barbara, I am so sorry for your loss. I was very close to my grandma as well. There is just never enough time that you can spend with some people. But I have to tell you, she was such an amazing lady that her life and light still burns bright in my heart, as I am sure your grandma's light will burn in you as well.
    I am sure that her mass will be beautiful and I pray you and all who miss her will be comforted and feel her love always.

    1. Sniff. Thanks, Amy Caroline. Much appreciated thoughts.

  3. Yes, you were so blessed to have your dear grandma in your life for so long! And she must has been a wonderful lady, if she helped to form you as you said. I never had a living grandmother, but I can imagine how close you must have been. Prayers continue for all of you!
    And wasn't that 'reprieve' such a tease! It seems like the cold is harder to deal with now that we had that little foretaste of spring. Someday it will come to stay. In the meantime, put the kettle on!

  4. i love you even more because you cry reading scripture. i totally get that.
    your love and devotion and passion and compassion is literally pouring out of you..you are a beautiful grand daughter, daughter, and mother.

    prayers for peace for your grandmother and family


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