Sunday, December 2, 2018

It is officially Advent

A new year, a new hope that Our Lord will come back soon.

Today was a beautiful day, mostly. There was some whining and nap/night-time woes but there was so much love. There was a game of sardines played in our pjs, breakfast at the table then getting ready to go use our YMCA swimming pool. Every time Nathaniel says it, it sounds like he's saying Hawaii. So cute.

At the pool there was some quiet time and then "Home" came on and just melted my heart. It made me feel like you are part of these outings, and you are. Thanks be to God for such love.

George Bush and Barbara have both passed away and I admired their trust in Our Lord. I hadn't seen the first picture, but I thought of the second one and it did bring such warmth to my heart. I'm praying for one of those reunions and until then, I trust that God has you in His loving hands.

Nose-kissy, nose-kissy. Mi amor. Mi corazon!

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

A natter: Sweet Home Alabama

JMJ

So, it's been more than two years since I posted on this lil o'l of mine. So much has changed and yet so much has stayed the same.

I laugh because I realized that the last blog I posted was a day when I donated blood and had to answer whether I thought I was pregnant. I answered wrong. EAC joined us last year in February and she is just the most cuddly bundle of joy that God could have given us. We are blessed.

We are also living in Alabama right now. Never in my life would I have thought that I'd be living in Alabama. NEVER. It was a good move for the family and the kids are really enjoying it. We belong to a thriving Catholic parish and really feel like God brought us here. We do miss our EP family though, we all miss them so much. NCC cries almost everytime he sees his Abuelitos on the phone and it just breaks my heart. All we can do is trust in God and hope that His plan for us in the future is to bring us back together soon.

There are also a lot of changes for me dealing with work. I'm currently unemployed and starting to look for a work from home job. I have no clue what I'll be working on and  I'm trying to find something remote. It's so weird being unemployed after more than 20 years. God is good, so I'm just praying some of the Catholic companies I've applied to actually write me back. I applied to an EWTN postion, but unfortunately they don't do remote locations. It was still such a treat to apply!

So, that's what's going on over here in a snap shot. I'll try to post more often and I'm excited and hopeful about it all. Is there something new that y'all are looking forward to or hopeful about?

ADios!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Little things: Quiet time

JMJ

God Love You!

Today, I felt a tiny bit like a junkie or an addict. I love my TV watching and internet surfing - I do. Today it just seemed too much.

I prayed to God yesterday, to help me make more time for Him - to teach me how. Today, as I was donating blood (go donate blood if you haven't) it was quiet and relaxing and I couldn't just sit there. I sat there and wanted my nook or a book so I turned to Pinterest to pass the time and my mind just felt so jumbled. There is too little quiet time in my life.

At home, we constantly have the TV on. It's a Caillou and Thomas binge watch early in the morning, followed by some "If I'm happy and you know it" sing a long time, then some GMA or Today for me. It is always on. I've tried to turn it off here and there, and I do limit the kids time as recommended - but I'm not good at limiting mine. I'm terrible it. Am I so afraid of being bored?

So like I've done before, I tried and today we had the TV going but a lovely classical piano station on Pandora. It was nice. I focused all my attention at the tasks at hand - the smile on my boy's face when we got the train going on his play track by itself. He tried to follow it around the table but couldn't catch up. His smile is priceless.

Then clean-up time with my BB, which resulted in no tablet for her tomorrow because of a blue stain on her bed which she so sweetly said she did not see. She is only five, but devastated by this harsh development. She needs the quiet time, though - just as much as I do and I must work harder to make it a part of our every day life.

This day, this quiet time was not silent - but more present. It is a little thing, but it is such a gift.

How do you get your quiet time in?

ADios!


Monday, June 13, 2016

The Sunday Plan: Pan de Vida

JMJ

Aloha my friends!

We have made it back from a beautiful vacation to Hawaii, we are blessed. Some of my friends have referred to it as visiting "paradise," and yes God's creations are magnificent - but paradise it is not.

I try to keep away from the news and so my husband told me about the latest tragedy on the way to Mass on Sunday morning. I didn't really know how bad it was until last night.

My heart hurts.

This week at Mass, the song below is the one that stood out to me and the rendition by this artist is beautiful and simple. We need more beauty in this world, more love. Always love.


Pan de Vida by Bob Hurd

Pan de vida,
Cuerpo del Senor.
Cup of Blessing,
Blood of Christ the Lord.
At this table, the last shall be first.
Poder es servir,
porque Dios es amor.

We are the dwelling of God,
fragile, and wounded and weak
We are the body of Christ,
called to be the compassion of God

Pan de vida,
Cuerpo del Senor.
Cup of Blessing,
Blood of Christ the Lord.
At this table, the last shall be first.
Poder es servir,
porque Dios es amor.

Somos el templo de Dios,
fragiles seres humanos.
Somos el cuerpo de Cristo
Llamados a ser compasivos.

Pan de vida,
Cuerpo del Senor.
Cup of Blessing,
Blood of Christ the Lord.
At this table, the last shall be first.
Poder es servir,
porque Dios es amor.

You call me teacher and Lord,
I who have washed your feet.
So you must do as I do,
so the greatest must become the least.

Pan de vida,
Cuerpo del Senor.
Cup of Blessing,
Blood of Christ the Lord.
At this table, the last shall be first.
Poder es servir,
porque Dios es amor.

Ustedes me llaman Senor,
me inclino a lavarles los pies.
Algan lo mismo umildes,
sirviendose unos a otros.

Pan de vida,
Cuerpo del Senor.
Cup of Blessing,
Blood of Christ the Lord.
At this table, the last shall be first.
Poder es servir,
porque Dios es amor.

There is no Jew or Greek,
there is no slave or free.
There is no woman or man,
only heirs of the promise of God

Pan de vida,
Cuerpo del Senor.
Cup of Blessing,
Blood of Christ the Lord.
At this table, the last shall be first.
Poder es servir,
porque Dios es amor.

No hay esclavos ni libres,
no hay mujeres ni hombres,
solo aquellos que hereran el reino que Dios prometio.

Pan de vida,
Cuerpo del Senor.
Cup of Blessing,
Blood of Christ the Lord.
At this table, the last shall be first.
Poder es servir,
porque Dios es amor.

A Dios!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Sunday Plan: Lead me to the Cross

JMJ

So yes, I'm going to sneak right on in like I haven't been absent from all things blog related in months and post today's beautiful, oh so beautiful song!

The verse that struck a chord with me was "Rid me of myself, I belong to You." It is so difficult for me to do this, I fight it like my BBs fight going to bed! There is prayer though, and I pray to always remember what He's done for me. May He quiet our souls and may we always remember.



Savior I come
Quiet my soul remember
Redemption's hill
Where Your blood was spilled
For my ransom

Everything I once held dear
I count it all as lost
Lead me to the cross
Where Your love poured out

Bring me to my knees
Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself
I belong to You

oh Lead me, lead me to the cross

You were as I
Tempted and trialed
You are
The word became flesh
Bore my sin in death
Now you're risen

Everything I once held dear
I count it all as lost
Lead me to the cross
Where your love poured out
Lead Bring me to my knees

Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself I belong to you
Oh, Lead me!
Lead me to the cross

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To your heart
To your heart
Lead me to your heart
Lead me to your heart

Lead me to the cross where your love poured out
Bring me to my knees Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself I belong to you

Lead me....
Lead me...
Lead me to the cross
Where your love poured out

Lead Bring me to my knees
Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself
I belong to you
Oh Lead me
Lead me to the cross.
ADios!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

MAM: Immaculate Conception

JMJ

God Love You!

12/7/2013

I know I have not posted in forever, but it gets real and busy most of the time and I'm so grateful for it all.

I've had this post on draft for a couple of months and as providence would have it, I get to post about it today - on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Here are some of the highlights Mother Angelica goes into:


  • For us to TRY to grasp the wonder of Mary
  • The Pieta and the degree of love in that piece
  • The awesomeness of our creation and how we're not awe struck at the wonder of God!
  • The hunger for God
  • The hunger to adore our Lady
  • The hunger for Holy Days of Obligation
  • Better to die with your boots on, than to have to face the Lord and say "I was too tired"
  • Get your soul in order - confession!
  • She takes a call about infertility

As I was reading this list, the hunger for Holy Days of Obligation jumped up out at me - the thought that we need to feel obligated to do something at times. How we sense a feeling of love when others expect something from us.

I see it in my daughter, when she asks me if it's seven yet. We have a rule that says "no Ipad after seven." She doesn't watch the Ipad often, but when she does she is somehow comforted in knowing that I have set some rules for her - for her own good.

So if you can, try your hardest to make it to Mass today!



ADios!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Sunday Plan: Amazing Grace

JMJ

God love you!

So I believe it was last week that I wanted to start posting the song that spoke to me most during Mass. As it happens with me often, I never got around to actually writing that post but I kept thinking about it throughout the week.

This week, it just happened that the song the 10 am choir chose to sing was "Amazing Grace." Good one God!

I know there are many renditions that will just bring you to your knees. This rendition, however was made more special by the elderly man who I had the pleasure to sit next to. His voice was so soft and worn and he sang each word with such meaning, with such love. I just couldn't help it, I cried - it doesn't take much these days.

It turns out it was his birthday, too. I wanted to tell him that I hope my children grow up to sing like that one day. I wanted to tell him that he did his Mama proud that day and to keep singing like that every day of his life. Sometimes, when I want to say things like this to someone I know no longer has a Mama this side of heaven, it almost makes me feel like I'm talking to my BBC. Don't ask me why, it just does. A lump in my throat and a few tears, and I didn't tell him - so I'm telling you instead.

The cool thing, though is that in my "research" for this post, and by "research" I mean the "Amazing Grace" Wiki page, I learned all about John Newton's amazing conversion and how he came to believe God had begun to work through him. I learned that his conversion, like mine and many others is a day to day thing. God is constantly calling us back to Him.

I also learned that Mr. Newton had been reading The Christian's Pattern, a summary of the 15th-century The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis. That is just amazing! The same book that sits on my table and never finished. I must change this.

The video below says it is the best version by far which I think is a crazy claim seeing as how it's estimated that it's performed over 10 million times annually. As for me, I'll never forget the rendition by the man sitting next to me!

What's your favorite rendition?





In keeping with the Sunday plan posts, I'm going to be posting my workout plan for the week. It'll be a good way to keep me accountable and to hopefully remind you to get that body moving!!!

Monday: ripped-with-hiit-hiit-circuit-upper-body
Tuesday: ripped-with-hiit-hiit-circuit-lower-body
Wednesday: ripped-with-hiit-plyo-hiit-one + ripped-with-hiit-bonus-abs-one
Thursday: ripped-with-hiit-lift-it-hit-it-back-biceps-shoulders
Friday: ripped-with-hiit-lift-it-hiit-it-legs

ADios!