That’s how we feel lately. Since Christmas we have had to endure, RSV (twins), a violent stomach bug (everyone except Ryan), a dreadful head cold (Kevin, Sean, Ryan, me and now Kelli) and two sad losses. My dear friend’s dear Mother passed away on New Year’s Eve and then on Friday David’s grandpa left here to go home to God. Thank you to all who emailed and prayed for us.
It’s all been very sad, stressful and exhausting.
The year can only get better. Right?
So today we plunged in to school. Thank God for Seton. This has been a rough few months and had it not been for those glorious lesson plans keeping us on track I don’t know where we would be.
I do know that this has taught me, again, how much I have to surrender to God in oder to function. It is my natural inclination to try to control everything around me but I can’t control sick babies, stomach viruses, elderly people becoming sick and dying or even how others react to these situations. I can only ask God for the grace and wisdom to deal with the events I am dealt. I am sure I always receive the grace, using it is another issue.
Like many of the bloggers I check in with the New Year has presented the opportunity to review my spiritual life and decide what can be improved. Much can be improved. So this year brings a commitment to observe First Friday, to make the Hour of Reparation at my parish on Sunday night at least once a month and to try to get to Adoration once a month. I will also make my rosary more of a daily thing than it has been and I will endeavor to pray more often with the children. Right now twice a day does not seem like enough.
Hopefully, now that things are settling down here in the Bonny Blue House I will have more time for blogging. The twins have settled into a routine that includes some semi-regular naps and the time for O Night Divine has passed for now (although I do have a post or two left to get up there). I have been missing writing and just posting some pictures once in a while hasn’t filled the void.
I was very excited that Elizabeth has graciously agreed to having the Bonny Blue House host the Loveliness of St. Patrick’s fair. This is particularly exciting because 1. I love Saint Patrick’s Day and 2. For the first time we will not be in New York for the grand celebration. We will be in Savannah where my parents live. Savannah has a huge celebration in which Mom and Dad enjoy participating. They will be marching in the big parade (Dad with the Knights of Columbus and Mom with the Daughters of Ireland). We are all very excited and blogging from there should be a lot of fun. The best part is that a lot of my cousins and the children will be there and I am really fond of all of my southern family. I can’t wait.
So everyone start planning their celebration so I can have a big turn out. I’ll post the dates for submission soon.
I expect plenty of pictures when you come back from Georgia!
Ann Y says
I had just read about a planned trip to Savannah March 15 -18 for this years St. Patrick’s Day activities and then read your blogg. If we don’t make it, I’ll be looking forward to your pictures!
Kristen Laurence says
Thanks be to God you are past those sufferings! May you be blessed with peace throughout the new year.