Erin (9) with Jack (8) on her back, Jimmy (13) holding Patrick (3 1/2), Ally (5), Molly (12) holding Baby Michael (almost 1), Meggan (7)
Even tho Uncle Jim is waaaaaaaay far away in Australia, the "Blessings" wanted to send him a birthday wish. How great modern technology is that we can communicate this way!!
Happy Birthday to our oldest son, Jim….interestingly enough his birthday is Aug 25….but since he is in Australia as I write this, today is his birthday THERE….tomorrow it is HERE….a real birthday season! However, his season has been going on since June 15 when he got there! Join the Jesuits and see the world. ;)
As I like to remind him, his was the L O N G E S T labor of all four of our children's births…..24-25 hours as I recall. But, I must say I have never held that against him! (I'm sure he is laughing as he reads this) Ah, yes, but it was all worth it….seriously.
When Jim returns to California in a week or so, he will be greeted by manyyyyyyyyyyyy wonderful gifts from home. AND, even more delightful will be the gifts specially picked out by his youngest nephew, Patrick, and youngest nieces, Ally and Meggan. They even hand wrapped them….and this gramma did not help them choose the gifts (at the dollar store, I might add) in any way. That's really part of the joy for me and them…and, of course, for Uncle Jim. I really enjoy sending him silly things, and I know it makes him smile.
So, Jim, SJ, we are so glad you were born! Enjoy all of your birthday season….wish we could share it with you!
As I walked into an exercise class this morning, an older gentleman came over to say hello, smiling broadly. I see him often in a couple of the classes I take and he is always so pleasant. I thought he might live alone, perhaps a widower. As we chatted, waiting for the class to begin, here is what he said to me..." Remember when you gave me that hug a couple of weeks ago? Well, the nicest thing happened that day. My daughter and two grandchildren came to visit and THEY gave me hugs, too. That was the first time I've been hugged in a very long time." All the while he was smiling, joyful at something so simple. With a lump in my throat I told him that everyone needs at least one hug a day.
I have thought about that conversation all day. Imagine not being held, touched every day?! Something we take for granted....the human touch. And he was still holding onto that feeling from two weeks ago.
You can bet he will get hugs frome me EVERY time I see him. Is there someone you know who needs hugs.....I know that some people are uncomfortable hugging and / or being hugged. But if you come across someone and feel as if you are being nudged to hug them, go for it. There are times when I will ask someone if I can give them a hug. It's never been turned down!
Now, another question....do you get at least one hug a day?
I saw this on the Compassionate Friends site and it touched me deeply....so I share it with all of you. This occurs in so many life situations, not just in deaths. It reminds me that we all wear a mask to the world, and that mask protects us, conceals many inner emotions. Hopefully you are blessed to have someone in your life that you trust to see you without the mask.
I wish you peace....
Seems like a simple question, doesn't it? Yet, think about it. Hopefully someone has complimented you in one way or another recently. If not, think back to a time when you received positive feedback about YOU.
Did you believe the person who gave you the kindness? or
Did you offer a negative response to the compliment?
Did you feel you deserved the compliment(s)?
Seemingly simple questions ....
NOW think about a recent time when you have complimented someone else.
Did it make them smile?
Were they surprised and visibly "moved" that someone took the time to grace them with such a kindness?
How did you feel inside after you complimented the person? It was a good feeling, right? I mean it made you happy that you made another happy, didn't it?
Lastly WHY did you do it?
Lots of questions, but there is a reason I was asking you.
Next time someone compliments you, embrace the gift they have given you.....believe that your light is shining and that you have made a difference
"Hi, Nama," said the voice of Ally. "Know what?" What, said I. "I believe in Jesus, and Santa Claus………(pause)…..and the Easter Bunny." Well, sure glad she has all her ducks in a row!!!!!
Patrick and Scott...good buddies....holding hands (trusting), looking up at his daddy (admiration), glancing down at his son (pure love), Patrick smiling (joyful)...secure in knowing his daddy will always be there for him...to lead him, to guide him, to nurture, to love unconditionally.....etc, etc.
My grandmother used to use the word divine to describe many things, weather being one of them. AND I have to say that when we awoke this morning to cool, sunny, breezy weather.....well, it was divine. Almost immediately I felt a surge of energy. So I made the most of each moment today, taking time throughout the day to say "Thank You, God!!"
I recently started a book deemed only for things I am grateful for. Each day I enter 2-5 different things I am grateful for. Somehow doing that brings an awareness (for me) of all the blessings around me. If you have never attempted a gratitude journal, why not give it a try? Write as much or as little as you wish. Try it for a month, then two months, etc., etc. You will also become more in touch with not only the world around you but also with your inner callings.
Rusty married her high school sweetheart, Jim. They have four children and seven adorable