Family

Apostolic Blessing

The other day when I shared pictures of our plants, a friend noticed a picture on the wall. It was a certificate of an Apostolic Blessing that my mom and dad received in 1974 from Pope Paul VI who is now a saint. I thought I knew what it was for, but I’m glad I […]

The Greenhouse Effect

Last week, we received several flower and plant deliveries as people remembered the 1 year anniversary of my dad’s death. Also, one of our friends is away, so we are caring for their plants. We have happily found ourselves in a greenhouse. We counted 25 potted plants and 4 vases of fresh cut flowers. Luckily, […]

Calmed The Wind

Yesterday my mom and I bought some artificial flowers to put on my dad’s gravesite as they can stay there for another month. She picked out beautiful pink and white tulips since Valentine’s day is coming up. It was a warm afternoon today and mom felt alright, so we decided to go to the cemetery. […]

Free Doughnut

I took mom out and about today. That in itself seemed miraculous. As we were leaving a store, I spotted a Krispy Kreme Doughnut Shop directly across the busy intersection. I asked my mom if she had ever tried one and she had not. I asked if she wanted to and she answered with a […]

Not By Sight

I talked to the people at the church today and asked about the Mass for my dad that was cancelled. The man who I spoke to said it would be rescheduled to another day and asked if there was a specific date I wanted. I thought it would be nice to have it on his […]

One Year Anniversary

I can’t believe it has been one year since my dad died. In some ways it feels like forever – at other times it’s like yesterday. My mom and I have been anticipating this anniversary. I had scheduled the Mass to have him remembered today. We planned on going to church, then to lunch with […]

Abundance

I got my hair cut the other day and my mom commented on how nice it looked. I replied that the curls came back in abundance. She laughed and said she has heard the word “abundance” everywhere lately. She read a morning reflection and it said that God wants to give us good things in […]

St. Thomas Aquinas

Today the Church honors St. Thomas Aquinas. He was a priest, an intellect, an author, and my dad’s patron saint. I pictured my dad having deep, meaningful conversation with him and imagining what a blessing it would be for my dad. Interestingly, I opened a journal tonight to a quote I wrote from St. Thomas […]

Right At Home

My mom was up to doing some exercises today, so we got her set up on her iPad and started a video. She did great, but had enough about half way through. We thought a nice stretch would be good after that. So we found a new video that we had not seen before. When […]

Change of Seasons

We had left up all the Christmas decorations in the house for our family Christmas and everything celebration. It has been snowing on and off for several days, so it has really felt Christmassy. But it was time. Today my brother and I took down all the decorations and packed them away. I told my […]