Does my daughter know me .... or what?
She said when she saw this, it had my name written all over it!
I LOVE it and have always treasured its sweet words.
We saw a light shine out afar
On Christmas in the morning,
And knew we straight it was Christ's star
Bright beaming in the morning.
Then did we fall on bended knee
On Christmas in the morning,
And praised the Lord who'd let us see
His glory at its dawning.
I'll be signing off for a few days in anticipation of the wondrous birth of Jesus, and just as our Blessed Mary did so long ago, I will be focusing and pondering "all these things in my heart".
It's been such a riveting and exciting read.
"Take time to be aware that in the very midst of our busy preparations for the celebration of Christ’s birth in ancient Bethlehem, Christ is reborn in the Bethlehems of our homes and daily lives. Take time, slow down, be still, be awake to the Divine Mystery that looks so common and so ordinary yet is wondrously present."
An old abbot was fond of saying;
‘The devil is always the most active on the highest feast days. The supreme trick of Old Scratch is to have us so busy decorating, preparing food, practicing music and cleaning in preparation for the feast of Christmas that we actually miss the coming of Christ.
Hurt feelings, anger, impatience, injured egos—the list of clouds that busyness creates to blind us to the birth can be long, but it is familiar to us all."~ by; Edward Hays
Game day was filled with so many interesting memories...
"We're older, and we have more insurance .... LOL
We were seated in row 8 right behind the NE Patriots!
What were we doing in Cleveland if we weren't diehard football fans?My sister had been speaking to a friend back home who was watching the game live on television. When she told him the anthem was about to begin, he was a bit annoyed as he was watching the game live, but a commercial was on so he could be a part of that. She held out her cell phone for him to hear. Being an ex-military person himself, he always had deep respect for his country's anthem, and in my most outspoken opinion, so should everyone else.
My sister's answer?
"It's a bucket list thing"There were more similarities come to think of it likened to an ice hockey game. Yes there really were.
One notable for sure, is how deaf one becomes from all the cheering and referee booing.
And the second is there is always a player who ends up with some sort of injury. This game offered both.
Something very different for me to witness was having the Ohio national guard and some military on hand with one of the largest American flags I've ever seen. A respectful tribute to all those fighting for our freedoms was evident.
Also in attendance were a few firefighters in their uniforms. Terrific!
I was so moved when everyone began to sing the National Anthem with the respect they begot from the multitudes in the crowd.
"I didn't know you were at a football game! After mass today, we went with your parents and your brother and his family for breakfast, and there was a football game on the TV. Your brother told everyone you were there!" :)And so goes the story of how we surprised our adult kids. My sister stunned hers, and I stunned mine. But, most fun was how we surprised our parents! They couldn't believe we would take in a football game together, specially after my brother pointed to the TV in the restaurant and the game was live before them, all the while knowing we were in those stands! Ha ha ha!
"A bucket list item", was what she saidWell sister, what's up next?