The seed fallen among briars are those who hear, but their progress is stifled by the cares and riches and pleasures of life and they did not mature. The seed on good ground are those who hear the word in a spirit of openness, retain it, and bear fruit through perseverance. Luke 8: 14&15

Friday, September 23, 2016

Five Minute Friday

Katie Montaung blogs at Heading Home. She is host to Five Minute Friday where she gives us a prompt word, and we write about it for five minutes. Today's word is-

I know five, as in minutes, is going very fast right now that I can't think of anything to write about. So I've come up with five things that you should do everyday.

1-Live in a posture of gratitude. No matter how rough your life is at the moment, someone is always worse off. Pray for those people. Lift others up. In doing so and not concentrating on the negative you will find your blessings. 

2-Smile at everyone even if you don't feel like it. You will not only cheer others, but yourself as well. As St. Teresa of Calcutta said, "Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love."

3-Pray without ceasing. Find a quiet space if at all possible and study scripture, pray a rosary, etc, but if you just can't find that time, remember your work is your prayer. Offer everything you do to God. Talk to Him while you mop the floor. Converse with the Blessed Mother as you cook dinner. She was once in your place. Think of them as a friend that has dropped over to visit while you fold the laundry.  

4-Spend at least a half an hour outside. Take a walk, play with your kids/pet in the yard, eat a meal on the porch. The body needs fresh air and sunshine. Don't take the beautiful gifts of nature that the Lord has given us for granted.

5-Do an act of kindness for at least one person. While we can't always afford to pick up the check for  the person in the drive-thru behind, we can do things that cost us absolutely nothing except a little time. Offer to run an errand for someone who is sick or has a lot of little one at home. Chances are you can combine it with you own errands. Take some cookies and a smile to that lonely neighbor who never seems to have any visitors. Put someone's newspaper on their porch as you walk by.

Most of these things and many more take little effort on our part. You will not only make someone's day but your own as well.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop

Happy Autumn! I know a lot of bloggers will probably write about their love of Fall on this Favorite Things Blog Hop, especially since today is the first day, but I'm going to do it anyway because I LOVE Fall!

I'm glad I live where there is a change of seasons (Cincinnati, Ohio) because every season has its beauty, but there is something about blazing hot smoggy days and sticky nights giving way to fresh, cool crisp air. The family comes in from running wild in the summer, trying to squeeze in all the fun in a few weeks.

I love:

~Wide open windows, especially at night

~Hearing the sounds of high school football -band, cheers, PA announcer-from our back yard, even though I actually hate football.

~Hayrides to pick a pumpkin

~Apple picking

~Fire pit

~Carving pumpkins


~Bright, bold colors

~Mums and decorative cabbage and kale

~Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

~Craft Fairs

~All the tastes-pumpkin, apple, cinnamon, rib-sticking, soul-warming comfort food.

~Even my two favorite saints' feast days-St. Pio of Pietrelcina, 9/23 and St Therese of Lisieux, 10/1

Whatever your favorite things may be, get outdoors and enjoy this glorious gift from God! What are some of your Fall favorites?

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

It's Worth Revisiting Wednesday

Make sure and visit and hostesses of It's Worth Revisiting Wednesday   #worthrevisitingwednesday

I know that I have shared and revisited this post before, but it's very timely for me to share again, especially for those of you who are rather new followers. On Monday, September 26, I will be meeting my half sister for the very first time!!! I just found out about her and a half brother last December. I know I will be posting a lot of pics this next week because hey, that's what I love to do. If you are interested read the story here, then jump over to this blog's Facebook page where I post daily and will have all the pics of this wonderful family reunion! I'd love for you to join me!

My Dad