Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Bride, the Dress, and a Wedding

There is nothing like a woman decked in lace to show how amazingly feminine and elegant she can be.
Princes Grace (Kelly)
Our daughter got married last week in a whirlwind of events and emotions. A full year ago she picked out her dress and her father and I were impressed.  It is simply gorgeous and elegant, but it has shoulders, a full bodice, and a detailed back that sets off her lovely figure without giving it away. She, her sister, new sister-in-law, and a friend went dress shopping one day between classes and found this dress in a little bridal boutique I had never heard of.   After looking through all the big bridal shops and only finding the same old...same old strapless, cleavage showing, drab, she found her dream dress off the beaten path. These days, modesty is something that has just about gone out the door in formal wear.  If only women could realize just how enchanting they are with more lace and less skin, how soft, feminine, and elegant she can be.  Every other dress, these days, is a strapless dress, showing WAY too much cleavage, which, in our opinion, completely defeats the whole reason for the white dress in the first place!

It was so refreshing to see Kate Middleton in her lacy wedding gown with such class and femininity.  Princess Grace was breathtaking in her lace and cumber-bun gown.  Both these ladies were in the public eye and in positions of royalty, class, prestige, but most of all wanted to be gracefully feminine. Our daughter is a stunning, tall young lady with brains and common sense, so when she got engaged, she knew just what she wanted....a small simple wedding and a special dress that describes her to a "T".  She has never been a show out, her talent behind the violin was enough revealing a skill that surpassed many, she played at weddings, funerals, nearly every Sunday Mass for years and occasionally at the senior living communities where her grandmothers lived.  Have I already mentioned that she is stunning?

Anyway, she isn't the type that had details up the hilt, driving everyone crazy with wanting this and that....oh isn't that being a bridezilla?  No, she doesn't have that need to be a walking nightmare, quite the opposite.  In fact, sometime in January, I said to my husband, isn't there supposed to be a wedding this year?  Tracking our daughter down, who was in the midst of a 3-year trek in college, achieving a 3.875 GPA, with a boyfriend, and a couple of part-time jobs, was hard enough.  We finally sat down with her and all she wanted was a simple wedding with family some friends and a Mass.  Oh and..."Mom, could you make the cake?"

When the bridal party was decided upon and the priest on the calendar, we began to figure out what needed to be planned for the invitations and reception.  Our daughter sat down and designed her invitations and had them printed, lists gathered from both families and we ended up inviting nearly 100 people, which was a lot....given they just wanted a small wedding.   A cake for 100 people!!  For decorations, our daughter came up with a shabby chic style and we bought all the paper goods from the dollar store, table cloths included and she was happily saving us money...it was so easy! Burlap, canning jars, and ribbon with a flair of peacock feathers were the decor; a dear friend who knew a lady who owned a peacock brought me 40 feathers, all amazingly gorgeous.

My husband decided to brew a couple of beers for the reception, and surprised us with special labels for them for each bottle, I baked the cake a month ahead of the wedding and decorated it the day before the wedding.

Everything came together from the rehearsal and dinner to the wedding and reception.  We were most surprised to have our relatives from Germany come for the event which was an event all in its self!  We enjoyed meeting Kurt and Brigitte and celebrating family memories with them.  My cousin came with her husband and lots of out-of-town family on the grooms side attended, too. It all couldn't have been a more wonderful, hectic, but wonderful time for our family.  It was a wonderful day.
Our youngest daughter, my husband, our bride and groom, me, our daughter-in-law, and our son




Tuesday, May 31, 2016

This That and the Other Thing: Review: Rachel's Contrition

Here's is a book review on a book I also read and enjoyed it.   



This That and the Other Thing: Review: Rachel's Contrition: Rachel's Contrition About the Book: Rachel Winters had nothing, won it all, and then lost everything After the death of h...

Friday, May 20, 2016

Tonight

Shhhhhh!  Tonight, probably for the last time...ever, all my children are under my roof...asleep.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

God's Not Dead, 1 and 2

My husband and I went to both movies, "God's Not Dead" and both were terrific with amazingly real messages.  In the first movie, it takes place at a college where a philosophy professor makes all the students sign a piece of paper saying that God is dead and sign it in order to eradicate this issue from any class discussions in the future.  To my surprise every single student obeys this professor, except one.  As the story goes along, this student ends up sacrificing lots of people, friendships and even family in order to stay true to his convictions.  A true social martyr of modern times, indeed.   There are those who would never consider, when the going gets to close for comfort, to stand by their own values and beliefs.

The second movie, God Is Not Dead 2, takes place in a public high school.  Some of the original characters return, but there are new ones that I think you will love, Pat Boone, for one.  A teacher, answers a student's question during a discussion about Martin Luther King asking that in comparison, Jesus spoke about the same things in the same way.  The teach agreed and quoted a few scripture verses and went on with the class.  Another student tattled, and the teacher was put on administrative leave without pay and faced a trial.

The young attorney assigned to the case to defend the teacher realized during the middle of the trial that it was not to prove she didn't to anything wrong, it was to prove that God is Not dead, that he truly is alive and truly lived in those days and truly said, taught, and preached these teachings about Christianity.  Not to spoil the movie for anyone who hasn't seen it, I will end  my details about the movie here, but go on to say that this has and will continue to happen in our cities across this nation if we don't get a handle on it now. 

There are way too many of us who know without a doubt that God is alive and kicking ass where He needs to in the world.  There are way too many people who feel His presence in their lives daily, if not hourly.  There are way too may people who are giving up their lives in the service of Jesus Christ every day completely elated and spiritually charged living for him to ignore. 

"God's not dead, he's surly alive, he's living on the inside, roaring like a lion,

At the end of each movie, the News Boys come out and sing God's Not Dead and asks everyone who believes that God is not dead, to text everyone they know that God is NOT Dead.  Well, I got excited each time and texted a few of my people....if you didn't get a text, I'm sorry, I meant to text you, but just didn't have your number......sigh

Please do go see this movie, if you haen't seen the first one, that's ok, you won't lose much if you only see this one for now.  It is a great movie, good acting, and believe me, it is a great message that needs to be spread far and wide!!   See the movie!! and text me, if you have my number!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Prayers and My mom

It's Friday and even though it isn't Lent any longer, I thought about some of the prayers I save especially for my Fridays. At the 3:00 hour, I pray the Divine Mercy prayer and if time permits, the chaplet that goes with it. Recently, my mother, who is in the hospital at this moment, had a very bad night and being 10 hours away, there was little I could do, but pray. It was 1:30 am when I got the call from my sister-in-law that mom had gone into emergency surgery. Obviously, I was totally unable to calm down, much less sleep, so I prayed. At 3:00 am still awake and waiting, I prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet for my mom, within a few minutes my brother texted me that mom did very well in surgery and was in recovery. During the past 2 weeks, when I get overwhelmed with worry, I cry myself a river, then settle into prayer....peace comes over me and there is calm. Later, I told my mom that I had prayed the Divine Mercy chaplet for her during her surgery.  She was so pleased and told me it was her favorite prayer devotion, I said, "yeah  mom!  You taught it to me!

What prayers do you use most often? Please share!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Books to Inspire?

If the saying "Junk in, junk out" is true, then spending our time reading stuff that does not have any good value would that mean that we were conditioning our brains to have less of a thirst for good values in our everyday life, right? If all one reads is Harlequin romance novels, wouldn't one begin to think that they are missing out on the "good" stuff in real life that they read in the fictional books? I am inclined to think so. Not that recreational reading should ONLY be instructional, moral teaching, and spirituality books, BUT if one would take the time to make the reading list balanced with a good mix of fun, easy reading with a nice selection of spiritual, moral, faith-based books, one could be considered more well rounded in character.

Now with that said, I personally have a list of books that I have read, or am reading now. Most of them are not, "holy-how-to" books necessarily, but they are very enlightening.....so far. Here is my list of current reads:

CS Lewis:  The Great Divorce, I've now read it twice
The Catechism of the Catholic Church: 2011, completed it in one year
Michelle Buckman:  Rachel's Contrition, an edge of the chair mystery!
GK Chesterton:  "Orthodoxy"
Thomas Kempis:  Imitation of Christ"  this one I keep at my bed for constant reference
   along with the Bible   :)

Periodicals:
The Magnificat magazine,
The Word Among Us, my husband and I read the readings each morning at breakfast

Any favorites to share??  Please leave a comment!



Friday, April 1, 2016

Mother Angelica's special day: Easter Sunday 2016

And a quote from her:


“Since there is no more time, and you and I may not pass this way again, I will ask the Spirit to touch your hearts and teach you all these marvelous things: how to live in the Present Moment, how to be at peace when distress is assailing you, how to love when you don’t feel loved, how to commune with God in the depths of your soul, and how to bear those beautiful gifts of the Spirit, always. I love you, and God loves you more than you know.” – #MotherAngelica