Saturday, January 31, 2009

UE in Snow

UE in Snow
Originally uploaded by Scuddr
Since I haven't gotten my pics down loaded yet. Thought I'd share this one from the campus at the University of Evansville. We still have no Vectren electricity, but we do have the generator running. The laundry is nearly finished and then it will be time to shut some things off to use the stove to fix dinner. Thought SOS (creamed chip beef on biscuits) sounded pretty good.

They are talking about not getting everyone back on line until the middle of next week. They say more snow is in the forecast for early next week. We are so fortunate to have been able to get the generator and have the kerosene heater. We'd be happy to have guests but the neighbors have all made other arrangements. You are welcome to drop by for dinner if you wish.

God bless you all for your kind words and prayers. And Thanks be to GOD!!!!! Thanks, too, to Scuddr at UofE for the pic.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Quick Update...

Awoke this morning to find we were not one of 40,000 people without electricity but 55,000 and may not have it until first of next week. So the Tucson trip is off as well. The generator is working well on the frig and furnace...get to watch some television and read. God is good, all the time. Going to add tomorrows The Quotable and then eat dinner...


And give thanks be to God!!!

Will catch up on visiting when the electricity is up and running again.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A Short Note...

Have been without elelctricty since about midnoc. Ron and Roy drove to Terre Haute to meet Marianne and Eric who picked up two generators they got from Lowes in INDY. Computer is only on long enough to ask you to pray for the 40,000 people without electricity in this area and Eastern KY, as well. (The computer is a luxury right now.) Roads are awful, as before we go the 6 inches of snow there was an inch of ice and freezing rain for nearly all day yesterday. God will provide and indeed he has in the generosity of those here. God bless us all and you, too.


Thanks be to God!!!

As in "The Quotable"
There is no contradiction in
his kindness, nor any defect in his wisdom.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Joining the Journey...

I would ask you to visit Kim at a new blog Falling On His Grace. She is a precious neophyte and I think she has a sincere heart and a story to tell just like all of us. I enjoyed my visit. You will, too. She has just joined us on the journey. Welcome, Kim!


Thanks be to God!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Billy Graham's Prayer for Our Nation

'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and Set us free. Amen!'

Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, 'The Rest of the Story,' and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called 'One nation under God.'

Think about this: If you forward this prayer to everyone on your e-mail list or place it on our blog, in less than 30 days it would be heard by the world.

Thanks be to God

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Words of Wisdom About Grandparents

Can you beat this? I received this from my dear friend Karen. This is wonderful and makes you smile each time you see it. The wonders of grandparenting. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting.~Author Unknown

What a bargain grandchildren are! I give them my loose change,
and they giv
e me a million dollars' worth of pleasure. ~Gene Perret

Grandmothers are just 'antique' little girls. ~Author Unknown

Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild.
~Welsh Proverb
A grandmother is a babysitter who watches the kids instead
of the television. ~Author Unknown

Never have
children, only grandchildren. ~Gore Vidal

Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment you're just
a mother. The n
ext you are all-wise and prehistoric ~Pam Brown

Grandchildren don't stay young forever, which is good because
Grandfathers have only so many horsy rides in them. ~Gene Perret

When grandparents enter the door, discipline flies out the window.
~Ogden Nash

Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just
you all day and now the day was complete. ~ Marcy DeMareeGrandmas never run out of hugs or cookies. ~Author unknown

Grandmas hold our tiny hands for just a little while, but our
hearts forever.
~Author Unknown

If I had known how wonderful it would be to have grandchildren,
I'd have had them
first. ~Lois Wyse

My grandkids bel
ieve I'm the oldest thing in the world. And after
two or three hours with them, I believe it, too. ~Gene Perret

If becoming a grandmother was only a matter of choice, I should
advise every one of you straight away to become one. There is
no fun for old people like it! ~Hannah Whithall Smith

It's such a grand thing to be a mother of a mother - that's why the
world calls her grandmother. ~Author Unknown
Grandchildren are God's way of compensating us for growing
old. ~Mary H. Waldrip

You do not really understand something unless you can explain
it to your grandmother. ~Proverb

An hour with your grandchildren can make you feel young again.
Anything long
er than that, and you start to age quickly. ~Gene Perret

The best baby-sitters, of course, are the
baby's grandparents. You
feel completely comfortable entrusting your
baby to them for long
periods, which is why most grandparents f
lee to Florida. ~Dave Barry

I wish I had the energy that my grandchildren have - if only for
self-defense. ~Ge
ne Perret

Grandmother-grandchild relationships are simple. Grandmas
are short on critic
ism and long on love. ~Author Unknown

Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do.
Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of
little children. ~Alex Haley

- a wonderful mother with lots of
practice. ~Author Unknown

A grandparent is old on the outside but young on
the inside. ~Author

One of the most powerful handclasps is that of a new
grandbaby around the finger of a gr
andfather. ~Joy Hargrove

It's amazing how grandparents seem so young once you
become one. ~
Author Unknown

If your baby is 'beautiful and perfect, never cries or
sleeps on schedule and burps on demand, an angel all the
time,' you're the grandma. ~Teresa Bloomingdale

Grandparents are similar to a piece of string - handy to have
around and easily wrapped around the fingers of their
~Author Unknown

What is it about grandparents that is so lovely? I'd like to say
that grandparents are God's gifts to ch
ildren. And if they can
but see, hear and feel what these people have to give, they
can mature at a fast rate. ~Bill Cosby

Grandchildren don't make a man feel old; it's the knowledge
that he's married to a grandmother. ~G. Norman Collie

Thanks be to God!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Tagged Once More

I was tagged by Tracy and RoyalTLady some time ago to do two different MEME's but very much the same in some respects. Catch up is what this is called and I think I can combine them without offending anyone, because they ask me to consider things about who I am.

So, dear friends, these are the rules slightly altered to condense time and space.

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself and things that make you happy.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they've been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

So here it is. I will tell you what makes me happy and tie it to that random thing that brings our that happiness.

1. My faith. I am privileged to be lector in my parish of St. John the Baptist.

2. My family. I love family reunions. Laughing, loving and telling stories.

3. Sharing my faith. I am in awe of those I meet each year who wish to enter our faith community, as I am privileged to work in the RCIA process at St John's.

4. My grandchildren. From oldest to youngest they make me so happy. Happy because I can see the love and warmth with which they are nourished by their parents.

5. Bible Study. I've always been curious about the Bible and its wealth of instruction. Now I belong to two groups that are nourishing me.

6. My job. I cannot think of a time when I didn't want to help someone. When I was little I would read the monthly Maryknoll Magazine and tell Mom I wanted to be a missionary. Well, Providence led me to nursing. And in a way I'm a missionary as I must help and aid others daily, even to the point of prayer.

I hope this works and no one is offended by this combination but for me this was a wonderful time for reflection on how these two topics really are one. Thank you!

I choose to tag:








Thanks be to God!

Picture is by tomate d'spingles with thanx!

Thanks and Gratitude...

I am humbled to find that there are two who think I deserve this gift. So I say thank you to Esther at A Catholic Mom in Hawaii and Tracy at A Catholic Mom in Minnesota.
“These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”

So I offer this award to:

A Catholic Notebook

Are We There Yet

Eileen on Him...At least I try!!


Sailing by Starlight

~~A Truckers Wife~

The Dutchess


As Mom would say, "And one to grow on..."

Catholic Teacher's Musings

God bless you all. There are so many of you that brighten my day, lift my spirits, and challenge my humanity. Thank you very much, each and every one of you!


Thanks be to God!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Lemonade in January!!

I've been blessed by having this award bestowed on my by Lisa at Are We There Yet. I have been late in posting this but receiving it makes me pleased to know others think I can "make lemonade from lemons" and not just walk around with "sour" disposition. Life is way too short to allow the "sour" lemons to win! Soooo, get out the pitcher, squeeze those lemons and put in sugar (or Splenda if you must) to taste and the SMILE!!!!! Thank you Lisa!

I now offer this award to:

Christ's Rose

Spreading Joy

Unexpected Journey

Catholic Mom in Minnesota

~UKOK's Place~

Crocus in the Valley


Thanks be to God
Tracy and RoyaltyLady do not despair. I'm thinking about those "6" things.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Journey Continues...

_MG_2265 Eagle Approach
Originally uploaded by Joe McCabe
to pray for the Pro-life movement. Because we have completed the Pro-Life Rosary Novena and the Pro-Life Novena sponsored by the Knights of Columbus this Holy Crusade must continue. I am grateful to all who have assisted and participated in these nine glorious days of prayer...BUT do not STOP the prayers!!!!! This "army" travels on the wings of prayer. Let us continue to fly!


Thank you again
Thanks be to God!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Novena for Life IX

Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. ~~Romans 3:5

So with unending HOPE we pray.

Meditating on the Gift of Life


Thanks be to God!!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Imagine the Potential!

Just imagine! There is so much potential if we'd just let God do what He does best, create, nurture, and love!

Thanks be to God!

Novena for Life VIII

To surrender oneself is more than to devote oneself, more than to give oneself, it is even something more than to abandon oneself to God. In a word, to surrender oneself is to die to everything and to self, to be no longer concerned with self except to keep it continually turned toward God. ~~Saint Marie Victoire Couderc~~

We pray.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Novena for Life VII

Accept, O Lord my love, even when my ears and eyes, my lips and hands are not fully disciplined yet in the service of love. Accept my love as a desire to love you more every day. Amen ~~Henri J.M. Nouwen~~ (The Only Necessary Thing, pg. 203)

Let us pray.

Remembering Our Forefathers


Thanks be to God!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Novena for Life VI

The life of every human being is sacred as the creation of God, and is of infinite value because He created each person including the unborn child. ~~Blessed Mother Teresa~~

We are called to serve and so we pray:

Friday, January 16, 2009

Novena for Life V

"Putting away falsehood, speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, for we are members one of another. ~~Ephesians 4: 25~~

Let us pray:

Resting Only in Your Truth

Thanks be to God!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Novena for Life IV

"[Abraham] did not doubt God's promise in unbelief; rather he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God and was fully convinced that what he had promised was also able to do." ~~Romans 4: 20-21~~

And so we pray.

To Love Through Amazement

Thanks be to God!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Novena for Life III

The very fact that God has placed a certain soul in your way is a sign that God wants you to do something for him or her. It is not chance; it has been planned by God We are bound by conscience to help him or her. ~~Blessed Mother Teresa~~

As we continue this journey, I would also ask you to pray the Prolife Rosary as well.

To Truth Through Amazement

Thanks be to God

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Novena for Life II

[God's beloved Son] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creations. ~~Colossians 1:15~~

Good day to you all. Let us pray.

Living Life for Eternity

Thanks be to God!

Monday, January 12, 2009

A Novena For Life I, 2009

I begin, as I did last year, the Novena For Life offered by the Knights of Columbus. Please join me daily on this prayerful journey. I will post the link daily for the next 9 days. I appreciate your caring companionship,

Created to Live with You

Thanks be to God!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The "G" Challenge

Well it happened. Laura at Catholic Teachers Musing challeneged me to list 10 words using the letter G in honor of GrandmaK. I'm supposing that's one G I can't use. To begin:

It's been thrown down and now I must accept the challenge. (At least there was no "double-dog-dare!)

The one and only, three in one Triune God. The essence of life.

Being a grandmother is a badge of honor. I wear it with pride. It's also a continuation of this fabulous gene pool.

A gorgeous flower with strong stems and beautifully fragile flowers.

This means many things to me. Prayers before and after meals. Gratitude for so many gifts. It is the way one carries herself with dignity.

"Good Grief!"
My favorite comic strip is Peanuts and Charlie Brown my favorite example of humility.

Sunrises, sunsets, days, nights, and life.

Grand Canyon
One of God's greatest works of art. You cannot explain the grandeur (bonus G-word) unless you've stood and taken in the beauty.

How can it be anything but my favorite color? Is there any other color if you family roots go all the way back to the Emerald Isle?

Great day...
it is and you all have one, too!


Thank you Laura
Thanks be to God

Friday, January 09, 2009

A Bit of Catholic Trivia

Originally uploaded by Patricia Drury
The first bishop of the United States was John Carroll, brother of Daniel Carroll (who signed the Constitution) and cousin to Charles Carroll (who singed the Declaration of Independence). 1735 John attended a Jesuit grammar school in Maryland and St. Omer's College in Flanders. In 1753, he joined the Society of Jesus. At 34, He was ordained in Europe and taught philosophy and theology in Belgium for the next four years.

In 1772, Pope Clement XIV dissolved the Society of Jesus under pressure from European Kings who, among other things, didn't like that the Jesuits were subject only to the Pope.

Fr. Carroll returned to the U.S. to serve in Maryland and
Virginia, arriving just as the American Revolution was beginning. Along with his cousin Charles and Benjamin Franklin, he was asked to help convince Canada to either join the American Patriots or remain neutral during the war.

In 1788, Rome gave permission for the establishment of a diocese that would extend from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River, and from Canada to Florida and directed priests to conduct an election to choose the bishop. In 1790, priests elected Fr,Carroll; he was consecrated bishop in 1790.

In a 2008 talk honoring Archbishop Carroll, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of Milwaukee noted: "Had Carroll not stepped into the wasteland, either the microscopic Catholic Church would have languished, with member leaving clergy adrift,souls lost, to the faith and the Church never quite 'making it' in the new country or Rome would have appointed a foreign superior...thus making the Catholic Church seem even more an outsider than ever."

Carroll was a close friend of George Washington, and delivered a funeral tribute when Washington died in 1799.
~~The Blue Book~~

Thursday, January 08, 2009

The Road to Providence

Photo by peatadownunder1

My journey with Christ has gone through many transitions. Just as in our humanity we age and mature, so it should be in our spirituality. The last two months of my journey to become an Associate of the Sisters of Providence have focused on prayer.

While we met yesterday, Sister Dorothy and I discussed many things about prayer. For one who has wept because she thought she could not pray or even learn to pray as a young mother and how the way I prayed was certainly unacceptable to God as I grew older, I learned by my study this last month that, Indeed, He has always been there. And my life, as I choose to live, it can be prayer.

Reflecting on my life, I have developed a mental scrapbook. A book I now call Providential Life. I could spend days sharing with you the ways in which the Triune God has affected and shaped my life.

Though I think the story of God's providence in my life is Pulitzer prize material and how I would love to share the tales of His presence in my life, I will not. (I heard the sigh!) I would simply ask each of you to sit quietly in His presence and share once again those times when he was near at hand. Reflect on the times you were most aware of that presence and soon He will be reminding you of all the other times you have forgotten.

The key is to be quiet! This is a tool I have been working on for years. I do think the more I practice the larger my wonderful scrapbook will become. It's great when you can collaborate when preparing a book even though you and He are the only ones to see the pages in your mind. Give it a try!!

Thanks be to God!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Meditation, Walking on Water With Jesus

Peter Walking On Water.
Originally uploaded by J.Rashid
From today's Magnificat.

May the Lord give us
all the courage that we need
to go the way he shepherds us.

That when he calls
we may go unfrightened.

If he bids us come to him
across the waters,
that unfrightened we may go

And if he bids us climb a hill
may we not notice that it is a hill,
mindful only of
the happiness of his company.

He made us for himself,
that we should travel with him
and see him at the last
in his unveiled beauty
in the abiding city where
he is light
and happiness
and endless home,

Father Bede Jarrett, O.P.

Father Jarrett (+ 1934) was a Dominican priest from England renowned for his preaching, his lectures,and many books on theology and spirituality.

Today is my Road to Providence Day. Pray we are blessed by the had of the Holy Spirit and we both have save travel.

Thanks be to God

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

What are you looking for?

Crow insearch of water
Originally uploaded by makphoto

This is a humorous picture of crows searching for water. We look at the crow with the Styrofoam cup and laugh! How funny!!

Amy Welborn takes us someplace else when we ask that question.

"When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, 'What are you looking for?'"
~John 1:38~

More times than I care to admit, I stride into a room or up the stairs with a great air of purpose and then come to a stop, bewildered. I haven't a clue as to why I'm there.

What is the world was I looking for?

If Jesus were to stop us in the middle of our confident daily journeys from room to room, meeting to meeting, and goal to goal and ask us the question he poses to the disciples here would we have an answer?

Lord, help me look at my life today and discern what it is I'm looking for.
A Catholic Woman's Book of Days


I read this and then reflected on tie question EasterA posed on her blog yesterday and have the feeling I am called to act! And so now I call on the Holy Spirit to help me answer that question, "What am I looking for?" Discernment comes in many forms. This came in a simple question from a friend's blog.


Thanks be to God!

"Crow in search of water" originally uploaded by makphoto

Sunday, January 04, 2009

My Maker

Picture by
Irish Patchwork Society

The gifts just keep on arriving. Had to share this one, in all its beauty. You may never look at a quilt in the same way again!

My Maker

As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls.

Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles; an angel sat before each
of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life.

But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile,
I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in every day life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.

I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and
the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened.

My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth
together, threadbare and empty, like binding air.

Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose; each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise.

My gaze dropped to the ground in shame I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life, and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness, and wealth, and false accusations that took from me my world, as I knew it. I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me.

And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was.

I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light.

An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes.

Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light
flooded the many holes, creating an image, the face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, 'Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles.

Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you.'

May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through!

God determines who walks into your's up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go.'


Thanks be to God!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

The Year In Review MEME

Saw on Therese's site Aussie Coffee Shop and will give it a try.

How to Play. 1) Look back to your archives for 2008.) Collect the first sentence you wrote every month for the whole year. (This doesn't have to be the literal first day of the month--just the first post.)3) Entertain us on your blog, link back here, and post a comment here with the link to your blog. (And if you're blogless, just remember the first sentence you spoke every month for the whole year and post it here.

Here Is my contribution.

January Do you remember this picture, those "neolithic-looking" rocks, that I thought were so ugly,The Traveler is Home? Link

February I would ask you all to visit Kathleen at The Daily Grotto for the entire story but needless to say this young lady, Melissa, is in need of our prayers. Link

March By e-mail I got an update from China Little Flower and the work Shannon Walsh is doing for those unfortunate children she works with. Link

April We sometimes forget that there is more to Easter than the celebration of our Lord's Resurrection Day. Link

May Simply put, this is a day in which we can all come together in communion with all faiths to pray for the "health" of our nation. Link

June I was wondering what I was going to say after I had posted The Last Lecture. Link

July I've been tagged again. Link

August mother cradles child,,, she caresses her with love...that's what mothers do. Link

It time for the most recent newsletter for China Little Flower. Link

October When it's your one of your namesakes feast day you find ways to celebrate. Link

November Well, wouldn't you know? Link

December Even with viruses going around everywhere, it seems that one never expects the one you rely on heavily to get one. Link

Well, as you can see. I had quite a year. The blessing about doing this MEME is that I had the time to reflect on the year by not only going to the 1st post of the month, but also stopping by to read some of the others and read the comments of those generous friends who came by to pay a visit.

I say thank you to Therese for this MEME opportunity and I encourage others to do it too. It is a wonderful tool for reflection. If you choose to do this MEME please let me know so that I can come and reflect with you!!

*The MEME started here at Amy's Word from the Herd
*Visit also Linda at ~~A Truckers Wife~~, Peggy at A Catholic Notebook


Thanks be to God!!!

There Is no significance attributed to the picture I just wanted to use it because I like it. It's called The Cherry Tree, Cherry Willingham, Lincolnshire by Lincolnian

Friday, January 02, 2009

Bad Haiku Friday

The New Year has come
Hooray and Hallelujah
Peace and Joy to ALL!


Had such a grand day yesterday! We went to see Bedtime Stories with Kellie and Neil. All went to Sonic and I got my New Year's Cherry Lime Slush. We came home and watched the Monk Marathon. Now, can there be anything better than that?

Ron, Kellie and Neil are all sleeping in and now I must get ready for WORK!!


Thanks be to God!!!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

NEW YEAR, 2009

Wishing all a Happy Holy New Year
with Thanks be to


It should be noted that you may have seen this video here before. It's one of my favorites!