Saturday, 31 March 2018

Keeping Sabbath


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The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;

the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;

it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing.

The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,

the majesty of Carmel and Sharon,

they shall see the glory of the Lord,

the majesty of our God.

Isaiah 35:1-2








Friday, 30 March 2018

30 March





I went to see my grandson, Verne on Saturday.

He calls me Hopie...well, he's learning to call me Hopie.

He calls me Hohu right now. 

Melt's my grandmother's heart.




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Joe and I went out to dinner over the weekend.

He got filet minion and I had scallops. 

Both meals were delicious.  

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We had Joe's son, Jack, with us Saturday and Sunday.

His brother, Joey, was sick with strep throat so he stayed home.

It was nice to have Jack to ourselves for a bit.

He's a teenager now so isn't really all that talkative with us anymore. 

I miss the old Jack...but I know he'll be back soon.

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I have been doing more reading lately. 

It's been a while since I've picked up a book. 



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So... daffodils are coming up in the old church yard.

I am absolutely dying for it to be spring.





Thursday, 29 March 2018

Seen about town





daffodils in the old church yard

not quite blooming yet but well on their way toward flowers.














Tuesday, 27 March 2018

puddles of joy





 My beautiful grandson found himself a mud/snow puddle at the bottom of the slide!

What little boy could resist such a joyful promise of spring to come!














Monday, 26 March 2018

26 March


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Grandchildren are the crown of the aged
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and parents are the pride of their children.






Verne is learning to say my name!!

Oh my heart!

I suppose if I was Nana he would have said it already

but I chose to be Hopi and so he says "Ho-hu"

Which just about melts every little part of me into a puddle at his sweet little feet.

Speaking of puddles..




We went to the playground

and Verne found himself a mud puddle to splash around in. 





He loved going down the slides and climbing up and down the stairs.




...Christopher Robin woke up the next day
the sneezles had vanished away
and the look in his eye
seemed to say to the sky
now how to amuse them today...


Saturday, 24 March 2018

Keeping Sabbath




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Do not live in fear little flock.

It has pleased your father to give you the kingdom.

Luke 12:32













Friday, 23 March 2018

23 March


I have been reading a wonderful book called The Mindful Catholic by Dr. Gregory Bottaro.

It would be a good book for any Christian believer to read. It doesn't apply strictly to

Catholics. There are mindfulness exercises at the end of each chapter and I have been

practicing those weekly. It talks about clearing our thoughts to make more room

for God to be present in them. 

Here in New England we had a winter that was much like spring and we are 

having a spring that is much like winter. We've had winter storm after

winter storm. This past one though, turned out to be rain and what a relief. It actually

melted some of the snow that was on the ground from the last storm!




My daughter sent me a sweet picture of a St. Patrick's day card that I had mailed last week

and some beautiful yellow daffodils she picked up at the market. 

They looked so pretty next to each other. She's been texting me a lot this week.

It makes my mother's (and grandmother's) heart happy to hear from her.

I have made it to church every Sunday this month and I have set aside time for

daily devotions and prayer every morning. I can't say I'm where I want to be yet as

I really want to have a time during the evening for prayer as well. But, I have 

begun to develop the habits that I have been working toward.

I can't say that all of my prayers have been answered...

what I can say, is that when things get chaotic or I come up against

difficult situations, I am able to find recollect my thoughts and find peace

again very quickly. I am the one who finds the calm and the path for my family

and the way to do that most effectively is to find Jesus where ever I happen to be. 


My husband and I have adjusted our diets considerably in the past 6 months.

We started out following the Paleo diet and have slowly introduced

foods that were forbidden...mostly grains. 

I have figured out which grains agree with me and which don't and it's been so helpful.

I've lost almost 20 pounds but that was an unexpected surprise!

I feel better! 














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