Each year the pre-school class goes on a field trip to a pumpkin patch. The teacher rotates between two different ones so if you have a child in pre-school for two years they go somewhere different each year. This year we went a to a pumpkin patch that was further away than last year, about a 45 minute drive. I think the kids liked that because this allowed for a longer bus ride.
The morning we went was a little colder than usual and I don't think it's been that cold since. I don't remember the exact temperature, only that I wish I would have worn long underwear! It also took all day to warm up!
Aside from the pumpkin patch being very large and offering many things to do, we saw something else quite unique going down the road. Just before we got to the pumpkin patch we spied this:
It's not everyday you see a house going down the road
We had a great time and were very thankful to be able to go the Apple Orchard.
Two weeks ago we were visiting my sister and her kids for Hannah's birthday. I wanted to go to Mass where we got married. I thought it would be great to visit the priest and have him meet our kids. I was saddened for us to hear that he had retired, but of course, happy for him. So we decided to go to church at my sister's church.
God is this good:
A priest walks into the sanctuary, guess who it was? Yes, the priest who married us! I couldn't even believe it. Of course, I hailed him down after Mass, and introduced the kids to him and told him of how I had hoped to see him at the neighboring town's church as our anniversary was coming up and thought it would be great to see him and the church. He said he was still living in the area but would be moving soon. He said he thought he would go to Mass elsewhere so he could give the new priest some space. Just so sweet. Made my day!
God is that good!
Happy Anniversary Dear Husband!
I love you more today then the day I met you, the day we were married and after each of our children were born. I will love you more tomorrow and each day thereafter.
I truly thank God for allowing me to be your wife.
The Littles and I had an opportunity to visit the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus last Sunday. A few months ago I met Mother Mary Clare and her sister Molly after Mass one morning . Then last week after Friday Mass, Molly told me Sunday would be the last opportunity to visit the convent in its entirety before becoming cloistered. So after talking it over with Adam, it worked out that we were able to go.
It's a little bit of a drive for us to their new convent but it was a bright, sunshiny, crisp, Fall day. We played I Spy for miles and actually, we were there in no time at all. Perfect day for a "Sunday Drive".
There were many visitors to take a peek for one reason or another. I happened to hear quite a few people commenting on how things were so different looking from what was previously their school. You see, the convent was a middle school. The Sisters worked hard all Summer to convert the school into a convent.
I too went for a few reasons; to show my kids one type of vocation for women, for all of us to see where the Sister's live, and for an opportunity of questions the kids themselves might have. I say might because, really my kids young. I should also say that I wanted them to have the opportunity to meet young (all under 32?) Sisters.
We were warmly greeted by Mother Mary Clare. Henry, Karley & Sophie all showed her their prized possessions.
Later that night Adam told me Henry mentioned the Sisters don't go to the grocery store. He wondered why Henry would tell him that. I put the pieces together for him that the Sisters live on Divine Providence and that our tour guide Sister Maris Stellas was explaining to a member of our group that they don't go to the grocery store or target, etc. (Hence, the part Henry understood.) She further explained how, for instance, they are very creative cooks, they have learned the treasure of eggs, etc.
I thought about that for quite awhile. Not only does their living on Divine Providence help themselves but it also helps us to remember the sisters, young women working charitably for and living for God and how to be generous with our neighbor. What an example they are!
We are so blessed to have the Handmaids in our diocese!
I am posting this either early or late, depending on how you look at it. In any case, October 13 isn't the day we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany but I blessed our house anyway.
I am copying from our priest, Fr. Tony, as written in our church bulletin:
Epiphany Blessing of Homes
As we celebrate Epiphany, the Magi coming to bring their gifts to the Christ-Child, I would like to remind you of the house blessing that also goes with the feast. One popular religious tradition since the Middle Ages has been associated with the feast of the Epiphany: the blessing of homes with holy water (to remind us of of our baptism) and chalk (an incarnational image because it reminds us of the dust of the earth from which we were made). The ritual calls for the inside of the main door to be marked, with blessed chalk, the initials of the Magi and the numerals of the new year connected with crosses: 20 + C + M + B + 11. The initials remind us of the legendary names of the Magi - Casper, Melchior, and Balthasar - and also stand for the Latin motto: Christus mansionem benedicat, "May Christ bless this house."
The following can be used to bless your home:
The three wisemen, Caspar Melchior, and Balthasar followed the star of God's Son who became human 2000 years ago. May Christ bless our dwelling and remain with us throughout the new year.
Mark over the inside of the door with the blessed chalk:
20 + C + M + B + 11, and say "May Christ bless this house."