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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Deo Gratias

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"If the only prayer you ever say in your life is thank you, it will be enough." - Meister Eckhart


Colleen, from her inspiring blog Thoughts on Grace, hosts this wonderful meme each Wednesday. She says, "Deo Gratias is Latin for Thanks be to God. Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big & small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude!"

Each week, I join Colleen in remembering & sharing the many blessings in my life. This is such a great exercise for me, helping me to focus on the good that truly is happening in my life, no matter how many trials & stresses I may have.
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1) Aunt M.'s funeral last Thursday was a beautiful celebration of her life. She touched many people in her 95 years. Deo Gratias! 

2) I got together w/ my dear "Mom Therapy" friend yesterday while our kids hung out together. These times are so refreshing & uplifting. Deo Gratias!

3) By chance, we started some of our Christmas shopping yesterday. Matt & The Archangel found an item on Amazon that will be perfect for The Saint. Deo Gratias!

4) The Professor stayed w/ us this past weekend. At one point, he was napping in one of our living room chairs. The Saint asked me if he could get a blanket & cover Grandpa up. So sweet! Deo Gratias!

5) Recently I posted that I was thankful to be doubling my hours at work due to another receptionist leaving. Well, they changed the hours & they now do not fit w/ my schedule for the longterm. However, I am available to help out until the new receptionist is trained. These extra hours will be helpful for Christmas shopping! Deo Gratias!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Light in the Darkness


"All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle." ~ St. Francis of Assisi

Let us be that single candle, spreading light into a dark world!

Welcome to my Light in the Darkness meme! (If you missed my post on the inspiration for this meme, you can read all about it HERE.)

This is the place to share good things that are happening in our world...whether it's a link to a news article/video, something from your personal experience...anything good that can bring light into darkness!
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While searching for today's "Light in the Darkness", I came across this article. See how one woman turned a loss into a fun gain after her coworkers challenged her. In addition to the article, there is a 4 1/2 minute time lapsed video w/ the article that shows how she built her Lego leg. Kudos for her ingenuity & creativity!



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Deo Gratias - In Memory

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"If the only prayer you ever say in your life is thank you, it will be enough." - Meister Eckhart


Colleen, from her inspiring blog Thoughts on Grace, hosts this wonderful meme each Wednesday. She says, "Deo Gratias is Latin for Thanks be to God. Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big & small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude!"

Each week, I join Colleen in remembering & sharing the many blessings in my life. This is such a great exercise for me, helping me to focus on the good that truly is happening in my life, no matter how many trials & stresses I may have.
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Matt's aunt passed away over the weekend. She is The Professor's oldest (95 years old) sister. I'd like to use my Deo Gratias today in honor of Aunt M.

1) When she found out she had breast cancer a few years ago, she chose not to get treatment or even see how far it had progressed. At her age, I would've done the same thing. I think it gave more quality to her final years w/out feeling the ill effects of chemo or radiation. Deo Gratias! 

2) Aunt M. was a wonderful cook. Until this past year or so, every time we visited, she had her homemade Mexican rice & other delectable Mexican treats for us. I remember going to my first family reunion & Aunt M. had prepared a huge batch of her rice. Everyone loved it & there was hardly any left! Deo Gratias!

3) On one of our trips to visit her last year, she showed me how to make her rice. It's one of those unwritten recipes passed down through families. I've made it several times &, even though it will never be exactly like hers, it comes close. Deo Gratias!

4) She was a great caretaker. She cared for her parents until they passed away in the mid 80s. Until a little over a year ago, The Professor lived w/ her & she had taken care of him for many years, before he moved in w/ my SIL. Whenever we would visit her, she'd always be up serving & making sure we were taken care of before sitting down to eat. Deo Gratias!

5) Aunt M. is no longer suffering. I know her final months were full of much pain & discomfort. She was strong in her Catholic Faith & truly led an wonderful example for all who knew her. Deo Gratias!

Rest in Peace, Aunt M. We'll miss you dearly, but know that your pain & suffering are now gone. May the Lord welcome you w/ open arms into His Heavenly Kingdom.