Your duty is to sanctify yourself. Yes, even you. Who thinks that this task is only for priests and religious? To everyone, without exception, our Lord said: Be ye perfect, as my heavenly Father is perfect. St. Josemaria

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sanctity is not for a privileged few...

"Sanctity is not for a privileged few. The Lord calls all of us. He expects love from all of us—from everyone, wherever they are; from everyone, whatever their state in life, their profession or job. For the daily life we live, apparently so ordinary, can be a path to sanctity: it is not necessary to abandon one's place in the world in order to search for God...because all the paths of the earth can be the occasion for an encounter with Christ". (Letter 24-III-1930, n. 2)




Here are few great resources to learn more about my sweet "grandfather" St. Josemaria.
I grew up with St.Josemaria as a dear grandfather. My father and Godfather were blessed enough to meet him,  shake his hand and hear his words. 
We are blessed enough to have his works to do just that.. sanctify our life for our sainthood..

http://www.josemariaescriva.info/

http://www.opusdei.org/

http://www.stjosemaria.org/


A great book came out: 
 Holiness for EveryoneThe Practical Spirituality of St. JosemarĂ­a Escrivá
by Eric Sammons

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

{pretty, happy, real, funny}

round button chicken
{Pretty}

 Our Flowers finally came out to show their beauty this weekend.





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{Happy}
 
  She dance.


{Real}

We attend a Stand Up for Religious Freedom event last Friday.
It is so real how the government, little by little will take away our Religious Freedom rights.
It might not been see as horrible as in Mexico's civil war with the Church as seen in the great movie, For Greater Glory but  it might be worst. Why, because its the Catholic themselves that are not living accord to the church's teaching and the government is just following the advices of those Catholics. Can we lose our religious freedom without a fight? 
This is for Real, people. Don't stand by and do nothing!





{ Funny}

This past Sunday was the two oldest girls' dance recital. They only do Classical Ballet (thank God!) and so their costume are always so sweet and pretty. 
However, If you notice below that one tutu is being used by two of my girls..
Well, "S" was not happy that she didn't get to dance on the big stage. (the little ones dance at the school the weekend before hand). When I mean not Happy.. She was not Happy.. I almost missed the whole show due to her reaction and my action!
But I gave in a bit. I told "S" that after the show, when "N" is done, she can wear the costume.
She hold me to it.


 
                                            "N"                                                        "S"
  
People were commenting on "oh.. how sweet, she didn't take off her costume.." 
I inform them it wasn't hers to begin with.

 She wasn't happy in the picture below due to the fact, that she didn't get any flowers..
Really... at 3 years old.. Oh brother!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Countdown ...20 days


We have 20 more days in our home. 
20 days before strangers come into my home and pack us up. (that is nice not having to do that)
20 days before we have to say good-bye to our dear neighbors that have been so good to us.

The greatest lesson that I have learned in these few months that have change our lives is:

Detachment
 in psychology, refers to "inability to connect" or "mental assertiveness"

however in eyes of a faithful catholic it means more like this:

Rather than in not having, true poverty consists in being detached, in voluntarily renouncing one’s dominion over things. That is why there are poor who are really rich. And vice-versa.
The Way, 632
 

I know that our sweet Lord is teaching us to detach ourselves from things, even relationship and even our children and attach ourselves to Him and Him alone..





Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Weightless Wednesday

8 used to be my favorite number. What you don't have a favorite number?  While, after my meeting at WW (weight watchers), I saw too many 8's and I don't like that number any more. I also don't like feeling and looking so big. (biggest ever in my life w/out being pregnant).

So I am back on my mission (I took a wrong turn when I went house hunting in Mississippi and back home to 3 days of BQ parties and since we found a home we are a bit less stress.) and started again this past Saturday (after seeing those numbers, I knew I really have to do something and something fast and since I love and know the South Beach) on my 1st 2 weeks of phase one of South Beach .

My challenge is week is to do my exercises (since I took a break from that also when on our trip) everyday but Sunday and stay close to my phase 1 of S.B.    So far so good. Until next time where my numbers I hope to be less than more!

Many Blessing to you and your family.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Crowning Our Mother..


We were blessed this year to have two May Crowning. We had one at the co-op where all girls and boys who had their First Holy Communion could dress up and process to Mary for her crowing.



 Here is my sweet girl in her dress from Mexico and our flowers were from our backyard. It was a beautiful and cool afternoon.


 
Here is my little guy bring up a flower to Our Mother.

 

 
 My two other girls and their best friend decided on their own to bring flowers to Mary. If you look closer to the Our Blessed Mother statue doesn't it seem that she is looking right at them. She must be please to see how they love her.




At our house, we had a May Crowning Tea Party for the Little Flowers and Little Women.


The two youngest girls crowned Our Mother while others sang a sung.
 

 Afterwards the Little Women served their own mothers and little flowers goodies and wonderful ice teas such as mint, berries and lemon.

These beautiful girls who love Our Mother and their friendship with each other.
 We are going to miss them dearly.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Lost in ....

I feel lost. Its simple. Nothing to it.  But life is going on. It has to. There is a house to buy. Miles and Miles away.  Children to take care of, to feed, to read, to love.  Our House is sold. I look around and I don't see things, I see my life in this house for last almost 4 years. I see my friends' smiles, drinks.. plenty of drinks on our bar on "Happy Hour" (more like hours and hours). I see girls in pretty dress drinking their tea. Boys running with bats and sticks. I feel the aches of all the soccer games against kids that made me feel like a kid again. I hear the trees move and my waking bird singing my tune. I feel the sun on face as I sit and sit on my private deck.. feeling lost.  If I only had one more day with my little guy... Just one day so that I can feel him kick and move and know that it will be ok.  It will be ok. For I have a great thing that may don't have.. I have HOPE . I feel lost but lost in aw as He loves me so , for He gave us HOPE, for He gave us LIFE once more!