Nine Months Together…Then It Ends

Soon our family will have a new member.  Any day now my god-daughter will give birth, and as a mother of four I know exactly how these last few weeks  feels…especially when it is your first.  She has no idea of what is in store for her, but she is eagerly welcoming the unexpected with open arms. No one knows the sex of the child…although…

Moments that Matter

                               “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you                                            will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3) Thanks to my father and son, I understand this…

Alzheimer Patient’s Request

http://www.viralnova.com/alzheimers-poem/ This brought tears to my eyes, and reminded me once again that when we serve others, their needs come first. Too often we try to force a particular view, action, or thought on others because we feel it will help. This poem reminds us that oftentimes just being there is enough. Sitting quietly, holding a hand, is more important than we will ever know.

Emails and Me

Email can be a powerful tool for communication, or a major distraction.  As a person who has over 300 unread emails in her “daily” mailbox I personally consider emails a burdensome necessity to everyday life.  Scanning the new arrivals I quickly open those of importance and glide right past the ones marked with “fwd” or “hi” or “just seeing how you are”…BUSY, I think to…

Who Are You?

Do you know who you are? I do – and it has nothing to do with my height, my intellect, or my achievements. My perception is not rooted in my hair color, my weight, or my financial statements. It isn’t even based on my family genetics, makeup, or community standing.  Three words can sum up my perception of myself: I am a back-pew person. I…

Just One Hug a Day

Please take time to watch this video, profiled on MSN. Tim’s Place A childhood friend of mine posted this video on Facebook with the caption “Be Still My Heart” 🙂  I could not resist. You see, Tim has Downs Syndrome.  More importantly, Tim owns a restaurant in Alburquerque New Mexico, and it is a popular gathering place for the locals.  Being in the restaurant business has…

Everything is Local

Picking up our paper today, I remembered Tip O’Neil’s favorite saying about politics: “in politics, everything is local”. This is also true of almost everything. One town thirty miles away is in the midst of a teacher’s strike – but it does not affect me. The city of Cleveland is in the midst of trying to mitigate the effects of a police chase which ended…

A Week of Change

As a child, Friday meant freedom from school. As a mother, Friday usually meant a take home pizza instead of cooking a full meal for the family As a parent with teenagers, Friday also meant a night of listening for car doors. Now,  to keep Lent as a period of personal growth, Friday will have a new meaning. FRI = Forgive and Resolve Issues with…

Thursday’s Helpful Hint

My father used to say, in frustration, Jesus Christ…and not exactly in a prayer either. He would lose his keys – “Jesus Christ, who moved my keys”. Or, when we were stuck in traffic he was known to utter “Jesus Christ, what is the problem!” There were even times he would call upon Our Lord’s name after viewing the state of our bedrooms, the toy…

Wednesday’s Reminder

This has been an interesting week. Monday I spent the day trying NOT to Mention Other’s Negatives (MON) – although driving nine hours solo helped me quite a bit.  Then, opting not to listen to talk radio which in turn negated the need to  talk back to the hosts (yes, I realize they don’t know when I call them names) also aided in my success.  And then…