Thursday, September 29, 2011

40 Days for Life

The 40 Days for Life Fall Campaign started yesterday, September 28, and will continue through November 6. Reports are that as of day 2, 11 babies have been saved. I remember my first day of the Spring Campaign, standing outside Planned Parenthood, same night of the week, same time - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. It was so so so bitterly cold. I had earmuffs on and a scarf pulled up around my face. All that could be seen were my eyes. There were many more days like that but through the whole campaign, each week that I stood outside Planned Parenthood and prayed, I felt blessed.  I have no doubt, none whatsoever, that I will again be blessed during these 40 days.

It started out as a BEAUTIFUL day here in Lafayette. I even got to sit outside on my lunch hour, soaking up the sun in my beach chair with a good book. Then about 4:00 it started clouding up. I looked at the weather report and it was calling for severe weather - potential strong winds that could knock out power. "Really God?" I asked. "Are you really going to send me out in a tornado on my first night of prayer? Ok, I'll take my umbrella and brace myself for whatever you send". Well, it did start raining, but about 10 minutes before I was to arrive at 6:00 p.m., the rain stopped and the sun came out. I did not see a rainbow, but I still saw God's promise.
There were only three of us there tonight but it's not the number of people it's the prayers that are said during that time. I have an hour long version of the Divine Mercy Chaplet on my iphone so I played that. We had one young man come out of Planned Parenthood stop and ask us if we were Pro-life protesters. I said that we are Pro-life but not protesting. Just praying. He said

"You know, praying is the only thing you can do and still not do anything."

and he got in his car and tore out of there. My heart ached for him. Not only because he thought our presence there was of no good, but more because he did not believe in prayer and probably not in God. I prayed extra hard that God would show Himself to this young man. Then we had a couple of teen boys walk by and say nasty things and spit. Oh well - that's the evil of the world. But I say, if you look at this map which represents the current 40 Days for Life participating sites, you will see that MANY prayers are being said. Hopefully all these prayers will help that young man and those two young teens.

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." -- 2 Chronicles 7:14

Awesome Video of a Painter in Action

Monday, September 26, 2011

Peace . . . .

"Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart."

And where does this feeling of inner peace come from?  I found it in adoration last night at the St. Elizabeth Chapel. Wonderful!!!

"Neither theological knowledge nor social action alone is enough to keep us in love with Christ unless both are proceeded by a personal encounter with Him. Theological insights are gained not only from between two covers of a book, but from two bent knees before an altar. The Holy Hour becomes like an oxygen tank to revive the breath of the Holy Spirit in the midst of the foul and fetid atmosphere of the world."

~Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Boo Boo's in the Family

Leah had her first major boo-boo the other night. She was pushing her little book drawer around and it caught and smashed her little, cute, baby toe. Angela took her to the doctor just to make sure it was not getting infected and he said it looked fine but that the toenail *would* fall off. YUCK! Anyway, her toe is all wrapped up and she has a Dora the Explorer bandage on it.

When I picked her up from daycare yesterday she had a sock only on the injured foot and looked at me right away and said "toe" and "shoe" and then "nose". So who knows  . . . . . .

Anyway, she was in good spirits besides her poor little toe.

Then Erica injured her wrist.
Not quite sure of the story but at any rate it was all wrapped up. Didn't stop her from jumping though!

Plus, she got new Oakley sunglasses so that had to make it feel better.

Leah may argue that a Dora the Explorer band aid is better but they can settle that one!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

We Are Asked to Give Back . . .

I have been blessed to once again be on Team for the Women's Cursillo Weekend. This will be #95 for the women. So far we have about 28 women coming to spend Oct. 13-16 together learning the tools to be the christian women we are called to be in our everyday environments. It is an AWESOME weekend filled with faith sharing, the making of new friendships and very close times with our Lord. If you have never come to a Cursillo weekend I urge you to look into it.

We have been called as Cursillo Team #95 by God to give back to Him. This team of women have been put together for a reason and I can't wait for the weekend!!!

This video is so very, very touching! Team #95 - let's give our all back to Him by giving to the women who will be coming to spend a weekend with us.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Congratulations Joel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My brother-in-law, Joel, participated in the American Heart Association's walk on Saturday. He has really committed himself to the cause and we are all so thankful that he is here to do so. Way to go Joel! Keep up the hard work!!

Heart walkers lift feet to raise funds

Joel Robbins was caught off guard when a "widow-maker" heart attack nearly took his life last summer.

"It was unexpected," the 45-year-old said. "However, looking back, there were a lot of signs that I overlooked. I had shortness of breath, sweating that was unusual, and I was really lethargic."

Since his heart attack, Robbins has changed his lifestyle by eating healthier, reducing stress and exercising regularly.

"Being active is more of a mindset for me -- making it a point to not sit on the couch," he said.

Robbins was honored with the Lifestyle Change Award on Saturday morning during the American Heart Association's annual Heart Walk in West Lafayette.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Watch Out for Falling Moose!!!!!

An inebriated moose trying to get more fermenting apples apparently lost its balance and ended up stuck in an apple tree in Sweden.

After returning home from work Tuesday evening, Per Johansson of Saro heard bellowing from his neighbor’s yard. “I thought at first that someone was having a laugh. Then I went over to take a look and spotted a moose stuck in an apple tree with only one leg left on the ground,” Johansson told The Local. Johansson called the police, but while waiting for a response, he and neighbors began to saw off limbs to try to help the entangled, thrashing moose.

Responding firefighters managed to bend the tree down far enough for the animal to slide off the branches. Drunken moose are common in Sweden in autumn, when apples are abundant on the ground and in trees in homeowners’ yards. Johansson surmised the moose had been indulging for quite a while.

“My neighbor recognized it as the animal that almost ran into her car earlier in the day,” Johansson told The Local. “She was pretty sure the moose was already under the influence."

The freed animal lay on the ground seemingly unconscious before finally staggering to its hooves and eventually wandering off. "We often see moose stuffing their faces with apples around here," Johansson told
The Local. "But this is the first time we found one perched in a tree."

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Friday, September 2, 2011