Pieces of Heaven

Friday, December 23, 2011

I Will Wait Upon The Lord...

I'm learning slowly how to trust.
When God allows certain things to happen-
and you're not sure how it is going to work-
He always pulls through. I'm learning not
to take things for granted...
Thinking of the Blessed Mother and her
example. Remembering that she was frightened-
that her whole life, all the things she had
imagined for herself, disappeared with her
willingness to serve God.
However, with that willingness, God bestowed
upon her numerous gifts, and she became
what she was MEANT to be. She wanted what He
wanted, and it was right, and good- it was
beyond anything she could have ever imagined.
Please- help me to resign to Your will, O Lord.
I feel great joy within me, but great fear.
Great thankfulness-
But great want.
You bestowed upon us all the faith we will
ever need- please give me the grace to
unlock that faith, and to wait upon You.
Thank you for your gift to us.
Help us to trust.

Mary, Mother of God- pray for us!
Pray for me to be like you!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Things I Appreciate

MY HUSBAND. His patience and loving kindness toward me through everything is amazing. I love that even when I am scared or worried, he is calm, rational and wise.

HAPPY OLD MEN. At the end of the school day today, an old man- probably in his late seventies stopped me in the hallway and was telling me about his late wife and their thirteen children. He had told me, "I married an angel when I married my wife. She was so good with the children and so good to me." He then "oooed" and "awed" over David. So sweet.

DIRTY DIAPERS. After they are changed, regardless of the mess, David is happy.

OUR DUPLEX: Having our own space: priceless.

OUR "FIRST" CHRISTMAS TREE: We bought our "first" tree this year. Yes, it is a fake tree. (Having a real tree with Charlie would be a disaster.) It's nice to have in our living room, and Joseph loves looking at the "pity" (pretty) tree with "da star."

MY FAVORITE VOLUNTEER: Well, I suppose I shouldn't have favorites. But- I had the best and sweetest old lady working in my office making copies and filing things. Thursday was her last day because she is in the early stages of Alzheimers and wanted to leave before she started making mistakes. I LOVE that lady. God sent an angel to my office, and I'm not sure how everything will get done without her- and I loved her company. I learned so much!

SURPRISES: Well...I "sort of" appreciate surprises. I'll update this more later.

WASHERS AND DRYERS: This year, my husband and I are buying a washer and dryer for each other for Christmas...and I am SO excited. It is not easy to have two babies (two BOYS at that) and not have a washer and dryer around. Come January 5th- no more visiting Mom and Dad to use them for their washing machine- which I'm sure they will appreciate.

CHRISTMAS MUSIC: I've had a difficult time getting into the "Christmas Spirit" this past month. However, I appreciate Pandora and listening to Christmas music in my office. That really helped today. I especially love the song "O Holy Night." That is my most favorite Christmas song- it always brings tears to my eyes. Maranatha- come Lord Jesus!

QUIET TIME: The boys are all asleep. When I say the boys, I mean ALL the boys: husband, Joe-Joe, David and Charlie. It gives me time to think.

If I don't get online again before Christmas, I hope everyone has a most blessed and holy Christmas and Happy New Year.