Tomorrow, my baby sister, Angela, will have the first of three surgeries to repair a dreadful pressure sore. With her other medical needs, surgery is a complicated business for Angela. Please remember her in your prayers on Thursday! Thank you. the October birthday people ~ Kevin, Angela, Bridget and Will
The world into which we launch our children, is a very hard place. From the beginning of time the young adult launch hasn't always gone well. I want my friends to know that if your adult son or daughter is doing stupid, is walking a confusing path, or didn't land well on the first launch, that I still love your kid. I do not think "if those parents had only done ABC or not done XYZ, they wouldn't have this problem now". I know there is no formula. It's all Grace.
I have a couple of friends who are struggling with their adult children's choices and I just want them to know they have love and support. I will pray and wait with you till your child turns it around or finds his way.
As a mother, I fervently hope my children will come to me with their struggles. My most important job is to help them love Jesus, follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit and join God the Father in Heaven one day. I desire to help them any way I can. How much more must Mary the Mother of God want this for us, the children of the world. Her children.
Today at our little country church in the boonies, our parish priest dedicated a new grotto to Our Blessed Mother. Go to her, she cares about the details as only a mother can and she will always point you in the right direction: toward her Son.
Aunt Kari and Uncle David came over to watch the kids while Kevin and I were in VA. (Regina was farmed out to the Hayes household.) By all accounts it was a fun, action-packed weekend. As always Kari took fabulous pictures!
Dominic appears to be pretty good on defense, and threw a touchdown pass after carrying for quite a bit of yardage in his last game. I don't know if he is really any good, being his mom I kinda think he is awesome (he does too LOL). Anyway, he is having a great time!
Kevin and I got away to visit the college boys thanks to Kari and David and the Hayes family who took care of the rest of our kids.
The magnificent view of the Shenandoah River from the campus grave site of the college's founder, Dr. Warren Carroll. (I am in love with the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.)
We spent an afternoon on Skyline Drive. A couple years ago Kevin and some of the kids saw a bear up there. I have always wanted to see a bear in the wild. From the car. No bears that day, it was cold. But what views!
We spent an evening in historic downtown Winchester with our guys and some of their wonderful friends.
A murder mystery tour of the historic town hall.
Who murdered the judge?
Christendom campus is not without it's own excitement. Apparently they have had a bear problem on campus. Rats, it did not show up while I was there. But someone did trip the fire alarm in the dining hall necessitating a visit from the local fire department making the college not so popular with them.
Someone added bubbles to the lovely fountain. It's hard on the fountain motor but as college pranks go... it's really kind of funny. At least it's clean.
I love this picture from Dr. Hahn's recent visit to campus. Three brilliant men. Dr. Hahn, Dr. O'Donnell (president of the college) and Fr. Pilon.
Father Pilon celebrated Mass on Sunday. He is the uncle of friends and an acquaintance from my childhood, and it was nice to see him again.
We had a fantastic weekend, we were so glad to be part of the boys college life for a couple of days. I hope I didn't embarrass them with too many 'momisms'. :)