OK, I’ll admit it, I really have nothing to blog about, but I wanted to post something on 1-1-11. Someone remind me 11-11-11 will also be a cool date to put a “mark” on hopefully that day I will have something inspirational to write about.
So far it has been a very nice New Year. Last night we enjoyed a glass of wine with my dad. We watched the traditional Dick Clark New Years for the 3 minutes before the ball dropped, but really that was all I could take of that. We then switched to the coverage on Fox. Wow, what a difference. Fox had a wonderful collection of performers and hosts. There was no profanity, no vulgarity, no nudity, just great coverage and great music. There was an amazing violinist with a band that played incredibly well and a woman vocalist who was a pleasure to listen to. Pat and my Dad went to sleep soon after and I watched some recorded programs (I love my DVR) until I could not keep my eyes open one more minute.
This morning we had the awesome opportunity to attend Mass celebrating Our Lady Mother of God. Fr. Sebastian preached a wonderful homily on daring to hope and saying yes to that hope. I am so grateful for this humble inspiring priest. Here is a picture of our newly renovated Church. Didn’t it come out very nice?
After Mass we came home to just veg. Pat did a little bit of compulsive picking up/ putting away chores and has now been in front of football for hours.
I watched a movie called Dragon Hunter. I loved the idea of the story, but I am afraid the movie itself was not well done. The acting was, for the most part, amateur and the camera movements made me a little dizzy. I was really not impressed with the performance, but it was a great story idea.
The boys have been outside most of the day deeply involved in a very elaborate war game, with a prince, knights, swords, shields, and many intricate details my listening through the window remain secret. It was so cute, at one point Max, the knight, had been “near fatally injured” Joshua, the prince came to his aid, defended him from further attack and offered him medicines to help heal his injuries. With that support Knight Max was able to rally and again defend “The Keep.
Aubrey has entertained herself studying the periodic table (a recent fascination for her) and watch Voyager and old Batman reruns I recorded for her on the DVR. Did I mention how much I love my DVR?
I also made a delicious dinner, if I do say so myself, which we ate very early 4pm. I was very please how well it all came out. Just a simple meal of chicken, mashed potatoes, homemade gravy(really the highpoint of the whole meal), and broccoli with cheese browned under the broiler, but it really was very yummy.
I am hoping to go for a little walk with Misty, then a nice long soak in the tub reading “The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind the Lord of the Rings” by Peter Kreeft So far, I have totally enjoyed it, learning a great deal on each page. I am looking forward to finishing it just so I can go reread the Lord of the Rings and several other book Kreeft mentions by both Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.
I will end with a prayer for all of you who come here to visit with me and for all those for whom I pray or have promised to pray for.
May the Lord Jesus Christ bless each of you and your families with real everlasting peace and eternal joy. May He grant each of us a year of strength, health, and increasing faith. May He strengthen us with His grace to be the light in the world that leads others to Him. And may He guard our steps lest we trip and take our eyes off Him. Amen
As I was typing the above prayer, I paused to look up the words to another prayer I had suddenly felt “inspired” to pray for each person I know, have known, or will know. In that search I came upon a site that had the below video posted. Although due to political unrest, taking my children to experience Mexico and in particular the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is not currently an option, this video brought me great joy to watch and I look forward to sharing it with my children.