My family . . . the blessings of my life!

My family . . . the blessings of my life!
Sean, Mackenzie, Pat (hubby), me, Jeneah

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Personal retreat planning & anticipation!!!

My amazing hubby has insisted that we take a little personal retreat weekend...just for us!
{trust me, he didn't have to do too much arm twisting!}

He mentioned BEACH! Oh yeah, let's go!
He mentioned HORSEBACK RIDING! Oh yeah, let's go. THIS is what I prefer to "hiking" (let the horse do all the work, ha ha).
He mentioned JET BOAT RIDE on the Rogue River! YES, YES, YES...LET'S GO!!

This is the breathtaking Oregon Coast, near Gold Beach, Oregon that our room will overlook! I'll grab a good book, a blankie, and a sweatshirt & enjoy this! Oh, how I do miss living near the ocean...walking along the beach & the crashing waves...memories of our life in San Diego come creeping in.


Beautiful bridge & river!
In Gold Beach, Oregon, the Rogue River meets the Pacific Ocean.

This is going to be us!!! Pat has never been on a horse before (deprived child,
ha ha). Horseback riding is one part of my childhood I truly miss. I will be dreaming of horseback riding on the beach until it happens!
Thank you for this surprise, Pat! You are the best hubby!


Another little excursion we will take during our days on the Oregon Coast, is something we'll both really enjoy (yes, I mean Pat may not really enjoy the horseback riding mentioned above, but he's doing that for me!). We will get to ride a jet boat on the Rogue River for an 80-mile excursion...
and I think these things go fast, too...wooo hooo!
A getaway just husband and wife...I am really looking forward to this!
Thanks again, Pat...you really do spoil me!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Assumption Reflection...



One Bread, One Body is one of my favorite Daily Mass Reflection sources.
Today's reflection on The Solemnity of the Assumption is wonderful.

Prayer:
Jesus, send Mary to greet me. At her greeting, may hope spring up inside me (Lk 1:44).

God's gift...The Eucharist


God in His omnipotence could not give more, in His wisdom He knew not how to give more, in His riches He had not more to give, than the Eucharist. (emphasis added)
– St. Augustine

Fill my heart, my God, my Love...


Fruitfulness
My Lord Jesus, grant that I may feel your grace and second it in such a way that I empty my heart, so that you, my Friend, my Brother, my King, my God, my Love... may fill it!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Selfishness...


Wise words for a secular society that focuses on ME, ME, ME...

You Can!
The majority of people who have personal problems "have them" because they selfishly think about themselves.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Forge, #310


One Minute Meditations - Conversation

Purity
That conversation was as dirty as a sewer.

It is not enough to take no part in it. You must show your repugnance for it strongly. (emphasis added)
– St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, #840

Monday, August 9, 2010

Friend or foe...doesn't matter God FIRST!

What a great reminder for me. It's so darn easy to get caught up in the pain of losing a friend or the pain from conflict with anyone friend or foe.

Thanks again, St. Josemaria Escriva for bringing my eyes back to God!

"...I should not like to think that behind this false respect lurked a spirit of comfort or lukewarmness. At this stage, do you still prefer poor human friendship to the friendship of God"
– St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, #204

Sunday, August 8, 2010

One Minute Meditations - Perseverance

Perseverance
Unshakable: that is what you must be. If your perseverance is disturbed by other people's weaknesses or by your own, I cannot but form a poor opinion of your ideal.

Make up your mind once and for all.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #995

Thank you, Lord, for this wonderful reminder!

Dedication to Jesus
Lord Jesus Christ, take away my freedom, my memory, my understanding, and my will. All that I have and cherish you have given me. I surrender it all to be guided by your will. Your love and your grace are wealth enough for me. Give me these, Lord Jesus, and I ask for nothing more. Amen.
St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

St. Teresa of Avila
“For mental prayer…is nothing more than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us. The important thing is not to think much but to love much…Love is not great delight but desire to please God in everything.”

St. Thérèse of Lisieux
"...So I sought in holy Scripture some idea of what this life I wanted would be, and I read these words: 'Whosoever is a little one, come to me.' It is your arms, Jesus, that are the lift to carry me to heaven. And so there is no need for me to grow up; I must stay little and become less and less."

Magnificat
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.