Monday, December 1, 2014

Part 2 - We Have the Most Wonderful Time Every Day

Good Morning out there!  I started a post on Saturday that detailed family events
during the week of Thanksgiving. I had to sign off before I finished because of
another family get together. So, I will pick up where I left off...............

Monday 11/24/14
If you read my preceding post then you know that Jim and I arrived home from
visiting our son, daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters from Houston on
Sunday evening.
The alarm goes off at 4:00 am, the snooze button was hit a couple of times! Since
we hit the snooze button we had to hurry! Jim and I signed up to pray at the
Adoration Chapel on Monday mornings at 5:00 am. This was only our second
Monday, and we did not want to be late. Coffee in hand we dashed out the door.
If you have never been to an Adoration Chapel, you should go. We are Catholic,
if you have ever read any of my posts, you already know that. Anyway, St. Margaret's
Church has a 24 hour Adoration Chapel where people are signed up to pray for
1 hour time slots. It is so peaceful in this small, beautiful chapel. I can tell that
Jim and I will treasure this one hour a week where we go and pray and sit quietly
with the Blessed Sacrament exposed in the monstrance. If you are not Catholic,
the monstrance is a receptacle in which the consecrated Host (Eucharist) is exposed
for adoration.
The rest of Monday was pretty ordinary: laundry, book work, fixing lunch for the
guys, Jim and our son come home for lunch just about everyday.
Tuesday 11/25/14
I started the day baking, I made 2 loaves of beer bread. Really good, really easy!
I sliced one loaf and took it to share with the workers at The Sack Lunch Ministry
at my parish. We handed out 70+ sack lunches to the homeless and those in need
during lunch. I love being part of this ministry. It is a very humbling experience,
it really makes you thankful for what you have.
I ran some errands, bought groceries, and started dinner. Jim and I were expecting
company for dinner, our daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters! They were
leaving on Wednesday to go have Thanksgiving with my son-in-law's family. So
they came over Tuesday night to be with us! The girls, ages 2 1/2 and 8 love to perform.
They sang jingle bells and danced all around the house! I can't even remember what
I fixed for dinner! Anyway, we enjoyed the visit, hugged them goodbye and walked
them outside to their car.
I remember what we had for dinner now, Jess brought over her yummy potato soup,
and I made grilled ham and cheese sandwiches!
Wednesday 11/26/14
Crazy, busy day! I'm going to describe this day in short hand! Shopped, cooked lunch,
bolt in tire, got new tire, made cornbread, baked two pumpkin pies, boiled eggs,
washed lots of dishes!
Thursday 11/27/14
It is Thanksgiving! Alarm goes off at 6:00 am, make myself get up. Stumble into the
kitchen and poor coffee. Bake double batch of brownies for the special Thanksgiving
meal that the Sack Lunch Ministry is providing for the day. Jim helps me get the
turkey in the browning bag and into the oven. Go and get ready for 9:00 am Mass.
I'm breathing a sigh of relief right now, I love being in Mass! Bishop Sis gives an
excellent homily on being grateful. He explains that we have to learn how to be
grateful, it is not something we are born with. He names off 10 tips to help us learn
how to be more grateful! What an awesome homily for Thanksgiving Day! After Mass,
Jim and I take the brownies and one of the pumpkin pies over to the kitchen where
they will serve lunch. We hug the wonderful workers who are volunteering their time
to serve others! I found out the next day that Bishop Sis not only went and blessed the
meal, but he also stayed and helped serve! What a wonderful example for us all!
Meanwhile back at the Ynostrosa hacienda: checked on turkey, looks great. Jim chopped
onions and celery and peeled potatoes while I mixed up the dressing in my big roasting
pan. Set the table, made tea and lemonade, opened up the cans of cranberry sauce, and
all the rest of the stuff you do!
Our son, daughter-in-law, two grandsons, two granddaughters, my son's friend from
junior high and high school and his son all joined us for a wonderful meal. My daughter
in-law brought a green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and three pies, that each of the
older children had helped bake!
Son's family left about 7:30 pm. Sat down and rested for a little while.
Daughter's family got back in town, came over about 8:30pm, ate a snack, visited and
left the girls for a sleep over with Nana and Pa! We were all asleep no later than
10:30 pm.
Friday 11/28/14
Jim had to go to work, being self-employed you don't get many days off! The girls were
up bright and early, I fixed breakfast. All my grandkids like "real" breakfasts. They are
not crazy about cereal unless it is a snack. Scrambled eggs, bacon, and toast, or tortillas.
The girls play, and I clean up a little. Daughter calls and says she and hubby are picking
up lunch and headed our way! Jim and Son come home for lunch, everyone eats. Everyone
leaves! Jim and I are home alone for a little while. At 4:30pm I meet my son and his family,
I pick up our oldest grandson, he is 8, and youngest granddaughter, she is 1 1/2 to bring home
with me. They are headed to a football game out of town, they take our 4 year old grandson
and 7 year old granddaughter with them. The other two are having a sleep over with Nana
and Pa! Play, eat, bathe, rock the little one to sleep! In bed by 10:00pm
Saturday 11/29/14
Wake up bright and early! I make buttermilk pancakes from scratch and Jimmy cooks bacon
and eggs! Have breakfast with our grandkids and get them ready for mom and dad to pick up!
They arrive about 9:15am, they are taking the kids to see Santa ride the train into
the Santa Fe Depot, and then visit the museum there. They meet our son-in-law and
granddaughters there! Jim gets ready to go to a job and I am home alone! Laundry, laundry
and more laundry! It sure is quiet when I'm all alone! This closes out our busy week!
Read my post before this one to get the whole week of Jim and I spending time with our
Thank you God for all our blessings!
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. During this busy
time of year remember to take a few moments for yourself.  We all need a little quiet time
I'm going to close with a prayer that is in "the Word among us" todays readings.
Monday, December 1
1st Week of Advent

                  Keep us alert, we pray, O Lord our God,
                 as we await the advent of Christ your Son,
                so that, when he comes and knocks, he may
                find us watchful in prayer and exultant in his
                praise. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity
               of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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