Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Time Flies

14 Years to be exact!

UPDATE:  Now that it's Thursday, I'll fill you all in on my engagement/wedding ring.  Originally, I had my engagement ring and my simple, beautiful wedding band.  I would wear these together everyday, but I always had a fear that I would lose the band.  Paul and I talked about fusing the two together to make a heftier ring that I wouldn't lose.  We never really got around to doing it until our 10 year Anniversary.  When we met with our jeweler, he suggested adding a second band to balance the engagement ring.  I agreed that it did look better like that so we bought another band, and the jeweler fused the 3 rings together.  Another thing that happened was that I went down a couple ring sizes.  With my weight loss over the years, my rings were in danger of slipping off my finger.  So when the jeweler fused the rings, he also resized the originals.  So there you have it!  BTW if you're looking for a very good jeweler I highly recommend ours....Mark Anderson in Lakeville, MN.  He works independently, has access to exceptional diamonds, and years of experience.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thinking About Being Thankful

My heart is so filled with gratitude for so many things this Thanksgiving.  As I sit here, it is with a heavy heart that I may not get to go to Mass tomorrow morning to thank God for His many blessings over the year.  Jane has been running a fever all day so I'll likely stay home with her and Nick tomorrow morning.  I've been thinking of the following things that I wanted to place on the altar because I'm so humbly grateful for God's mercy....

  • Jane being discharged by Dr. Dahl, her orthopedist, because her legs are straightening and she's steadily grown over the last year,
  • Jane being discharged by Dr. Abuzzahab, her endocrinologist, because her growth has been steady making it possible to forego the growth hormone injections for 2 more years,
  • Grandpa Ben being here for one more day even though he suffers daily with chest pain and ongoing heart failure....everyday is a gift for him and he is a gift to us!
  • My youngest brother not having to have back surgery for the time being and getting substantial relief from pain due to a herniated disc,
  • Having our van back after a small fender bender which caused many split shift Masses because we couldn't all fit in the loaner car:(
  • For getting to go to 2 retreats this year!
  • For getting answers to High School questions for Monica after 2 months of agonizing over it all,
  • For getting a very clear mission as a Catholic in a world and nation hostile to the Gospel's message
  • For a strong marriage and healthy and happy children
  • For the vocations to be a wife and mother
Thank you all for any prayers you said for our family.  I've been very quiet over here over the past few months.  I've been too busy living each moment and haven't taken time to catalog everything we've said or done.  It's been a real change from what I was used to, but I've welcomed that change and actually enjoyed living it.

God Bless You All On Thanksgiving Day!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

In Case I Get Too Busy Between Now and Thursday....

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

I've already baked 2 pies and roasted my turkey so I'm going to be eating bon bons tomorrow.  Not!!  In case you need a little help getting some perspective both practical and spiritual for the big day, you can check out Auntie Leila's post here.  Oh, and here's a little peek of the cookies I want to make for the kids for T-Day.  Aren't they cute?  My cookie pics will be forthcoming.

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