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Weekend Reflections #222: Ornament

Ornaments like these were a gift given to those who had participated   in a memorial for those who’d died.  It's a gift which keeps on giving  because it's tied to warm memories.
linking with great pleasure to James' Weekend Reflections #222

Haiku My Heart: Family Christmas Gathering

My home is small in size, but it radiated BIG love today. Hugs were shared   as each member of my family traipsed in, their arms full of gifts, and big grins on their faces. I love it when they are all here and the rooms "shrink"  to a coziness that I miss when there are only my cats and me.

blessed is my life             with a family who shares            their love and presence 

linking lovingly to  Haiku My Heart

Random 5 Friday: Some of My Favorites

Random Friday Five 1. My favorite mystery authors  are Faye Kellerman, Tess Gerritsen and Louise Penny.  I quiver with anticipation when I hear that a  new Gamache mystery will soon be published. 2. My favorite seasons are spring and autumn. Spring- because of all the new life: flora and fauna.   Autumn- for the jewel-like colors of the turning leaves. 3.My favorite home interior colors  are blue and brown with a jolt of candy-apple red. 4.My favorite car color is red.  5. A car I would have liked to own is an MG.    
     Here's my honey with his car.  This was  taken overseas while he was serving in the US Air Force. By the time I met him in 1957, he was driving a plain black 1957 Chevy.  Boo hoo! So it could not be said that I fell for him because of his sleek sports car!
linking to Nancy Claey's Random 5 Friday; visit and join in the fun!

Leannah's First Christmas

Leannah Marie her Christmas premiere angelic visage

Joy to the World!

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare him room, And heaven and nature sing, And heaven and nature sing, And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Give thanks for Mary's "yes" to the angel of God. Rejoice for the birth of our Lord!
From my heart, I wish each of you the Savior's  love and peace for you and your family. Nonnie

Christmas 2004: Our Last Christmas Together

Not known to us, this was to be our last Christmas. Would we have done anything differently? I think not. We celebrated Christmas with all the bells and whistles, shiny ornaments on the tree,  lots of them homemade by family;  many were gifts from my students over the years. Tons of gifts stacked beneath the tree for all our loved ones. Of course, the genuine celebration of Christmas began with Christmas Eve Mass.   When Charles and I were much younger, the children and I went to midnight Mass.   But as the years flew by,  my energy didn’t last long enough for that.  Beginning with the new millennium,  our Christmas started with opening gifts on Christmas Eve,  then our going to 5:30 p.m. Mass.  From there, our children and their families headed for home.
I hope that I’m not seeming maudlin sharing this,  but it seems that no matter how much time has passed  since my husband died,  that warm memories of our special times together  creep to the forefront of my brain.  

Postcards from Paradise: Eucharistic Adoration

Heavenly Father,  increase our faith in the Real Presence  of Your Son Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.  We are obliged to adore Him,  to give Him thanks and to make reparation for sins. We need your peace in our hearts and among nations. We need conversion from our sins  and the mercy of Your forgiveness.   May we obtain this through prayer  and our union with the Eucharistic Lord. Our parish has Eucharistic Adoration each second Sunday of the month and on the fourth Thursday of each month. The latter is through S.E.E.D. Seeking Evangelization through Eucharistic Devotion. Father Keane had been slated as the S.E.E.D. speaker for December. In his stead,  the Eucharistic Adoration  was dedicated to him and for his soul.
linking to  our gracious hostess Rebecca atPostcards from Paradise