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God is Calling Us

Lisa's oldest daughter,  Ashley,  in her first blog appearance shares her thoughts on today's mass readings and how we are called by God. ****************** Today at church I learned that God's calling us to all be brothers and sisters, to be sons and daughters of Christ.  Some people say yes to this calling without doubt, such as Samuel.   Others, however, are reluctant to follow Christ in that way, like Jonah.  They put things off until later and promise to follow God but never get around to it. God calls us to do different things, big or small.  God called Jonah to preach to the people of Ninevah and He called my mom to marry my dad and start a family.  Both are important in God's eyes.  In both examples God called them in their own special way. God calls us to do different things.  What is He calling you to do?

Get Excited about the Ordinary

Christmas is over.  What's next? We've celebrated Epiphany and the Baptism of our Lord so we're done with Christmas until next time.  Now everyone is talking about Lent.  Everywhere I look I see Lent this and Lent that, but my thoughts are on what’s actually next because I think it’s pretty great.  But it's not Lent.  And no, it's not Mardi Gras or Carnival season either (for all of you already whipping up your King Cake). I’m excited about….drumroll ... Ordinary Time!   I know, you're thinking, "Seriously?  Ordinary Time is great?"   Yes!  It is!  Ordinary time is not at all "ordinary."  You’re saying, but Lisa – ordinary is normal, not special. Yes! Ordinary time is when we get to know Jesus during his public ministry.  It is normal for us to have time to grow in relationship with Him. We just celebrated his birth and now we have a few precious weeks of Ordinary Time before Lent to get a taste of who He grows to bec

A Downton Abbey Season 5 Tea Party!

Downton Abbey Season 5 is HERE!  Woo Hoo!  During the almost year long hiatus between seasons I introduced my oldest daughter to Downton Abbey.  We binged watched the first four seasons in a matter of weeks over the summer on Amazon.  She was hooked! For Halloween, Ashley wore a Downton Abbey Ladies Maid costume we assembled, even making the maid headpiece herself. For the premiere of Season 5 of Downton Abbey, we decided to have a Premiere Tea Party.  What fun!  First things first, we searched Pinterest.  Cause that is the place to be when planning any type of party.  We found free, printable Downton Abbey Season 5 premiere watch party invitations and hand delivered them. For decorations, we dug out my great-grandmother's handmade doilies to place on tabletops around the house and added a batten berg lace tablecloth to my dining room.   Printable quips from the Dowager Countess of Grantham sat framed in the dining room for inspiration.  Isn't Cousin Violet always a

Leading Us Out of the Darkness

Darkness. On this day of the Epiphany, I find myself thinking how dark the World must have been back then.  Today, with electricity, we really don’t know true darkness; we take the ability to easily light our homes completely for granted. Have you ever been on a cave tour before? While fascinating, caves are damp, cold, and dark. Inevitably at some point on the tour, the guide will have everyone either sit or stand still while he (or she) turns out the lights, plunging everyone into complete darkness , our eyes straining to see something, anything, but seeing nothing.  I hate being in the dark. Some of my worst nightmares involve being unable to see, shadows, blurry vision, stumbling and confused in the black.  It’s suffocating. To me, this is what our hearts are like without Christ. Suffocated, dark, nothingness.  Have you ever stood in your driveway, looking up at the night sky, seeing only a few stars or the moon.  To me, this is the world with Christ around us, but

NY Eve Conversation: Amazon Link

Lisa and I were talking about the blog on New Year’s Eve, looking back at the year, planning some future posts. At one point the conversation took this turn -  Lisa: Did you know we’re an affiliate with Amazon but we've never promoted it, so no one has ever used the link to order anything? Me: UH.....  (thinking....) Oh no..  How much money have I  spent in the last six weeks on Amazon?    Ordering Christmas gifts?  Ordering company party gifts?   And all this time I could have been “gifting” myself with a kickback!?   It doesn't  cost us anything to post the Amazon affiliate link.  Oh geez – our mother probably ordered every last minute gift  from Amazon.  Did she use the link?  Did she KNOW ABOUT the link? Probably not. Now, I don't even know how much the affiliate link kicks back, but it might have been enough for Lisa & I to meet at and share a Dunkin Donuts coffee together!  (shameless plug for #DunkinDonuts.  :)  I suppose we shou