Throwback Thursday repost….this was last year just after the elections.

Happy Almost Advent! What a beautiful time of the year! One can’t help getting into the Advent, spirit, can one? Some chatty things….

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I thought you’d like this one. Our little granddaughter, Nini (Sienna) is 4 and is very observant and articulate. This is the text I got from her mom, Theresa:

Nini: Can I have an orange?

Me (Mom): No.

Nini: But, Mom, this is Oranging Day, cuz that guy won (Donald Trump), to lead us in our country!

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Haha! Smart Kid. It’s worth a try…..

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Father gave a sermon this Sunday about Advent. It was very good…the kind that just sticks.

Do you remember 2010 and the Chilean Mining Accident? Thirty-three men were in a collapsed mine, 2300 ft. underground and 3 miles from the entrance to the cave! And they were there for 69 days!! Frightening!!

How they must have longed for the light! How they must have longed to be rescued! I really can’t imagine.

President of Chile visiting the miners at the hospital after they were rescued:

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Father then compared that longing to the longing of men before Christ’s coming. How they longed for the light and to be rescued!

We, too, must stir up a longing for the Christ Child at Christmas through our Advent preparations and sacrifices, whatever they may be. The more we put into Advent, the more will be the fulfilling of our heart at Christmas by Him who loves us so much!

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Then Father talked about the Blue Ox in the story of the very big lumberjack, Paul Bunyan. Father is from Minnesota and that is where the story originated.

The Blue Ox was so big that you could tie the end of a road onto his neck and he would pull and pull, until it straightened right out…so they say. πŸ˜€

(Father is very smart to tell these stories because that’s the glue that makes the sermon stick.)

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Anyway, he went on to ask what windy roads we have between God and ourselves?Β  What is it in our life that makes it hard to get to God and for Him to get to us? What vices, addictions, attachments and other things are in the way of giving our lives to Him?

Whatever it is, we need to work on them, pray about them, go to confession….make those winding, hard-to-travel roads straight again! It is a must if we are to grow in virtue and love of God!

Great meditations!

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These are our granddaughters Emma and Sienna. As you can see, it starts young….after many minutes in the bathroom they emerge…ready for town!

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Some good games of Life and Cribbage going on!

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Rosie and Magdalene…(This picture was last year. Please pray for Rosie and her health. It is an ongoing struggle…it has been 4 years now… and she gets very frustrated not knowing, from one day to the next how she will be feeling, whether she will make it to work or if this day will find her having one of her exhausting fainting spells. It is an odd thing, this sickness and has kept her from doing the normal things a girl does at her age. So I am reaching out for prayers if you would be kind enough to say one for her.)

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Don’t forget! The St. Andrew/Christmas Novena starts today….November 30th! This is your page in the Advent Journal…make sure the heart is checked by this evening! (Advent Journal available here.)

Put your petitions for the Novena on this page! Don’t forget! It will be wonderful to look back and see how God has answered our prayers!

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Each day is a chance to grow in virtue and it begins with the little things. Show your husband you care….listen to him, smile at him, give him a hug when he doesn’t expect it. Your children are watching and courtesy and love are contagious! This Advent can be special…. it starts with you!

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Visit my Meadows of Grace Shoppe to browse through these truly lovely Kanzashi Ribbon Flowers made by my daughters, Virginia and Jeanette! What great Christmas gifts for that special someone!

Intricate and Classy Hand-Crafted Kanzashi Accessory Flower.. Hair, Scarf, Collar, etc…. This fetching ribbon flower is a perfect accent to any special outfit and provides a sweet final touch!
Each petal takes undivided attention! First, it is cut and shaped, then burnt to ensure there will be no fraying. The petals are then folded and glued into a flower design and the finishing touches are then added.
The back of the flower has a clip that easily opens and holds firmly.
Ribbon flowers are an excellent alternative to real flowers and will look fresh and beautiful forever!