Friday, December 5, 2014

Sacrament of the Moment

The phrase "Sacrament of the Moment" floods my thoughts today. Moments as we all know make hours, days, weeks, months and years. A moment. A breath. Gone. BUT they all ADD UP. I have this spiritual bone ache to live the moments. To savor- like the rich smell of home baked bread, savor- like the open honest deep gaze of my grandchildren's transparent eyes, savor-the breath taking sunset that vanishes so quickly, savor-the wrinkled vein popped hand of my mama,... Savor the moments even in the hurts and confusion. Speak to myself life giving choices, focus on the rest given by the Spirit of Christ.

Happy to look back on this moment from the summer. 

I like all the definitions but I'm dwelling on definition 4. 

sacrament[sak-ruh-muh nt] 

an outward sign combined with a prescribed form of words andregarded as conferring some specific grace upon those who receive it.The Protestant sacraments are baptism and the Lord's Supper. In theRoman Catholic and Eastern Churches they are baptism, penance,confirmation, the Eucharist, holy orders, matrimony, and the anointingof the sick (formerly extreme unction)
(often capitalthe Eucharist
the consecrated elements of the Eucharist, esp the bread
something regarded as possessing a sacred or mysterious significance
a symbol; pledge

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

~Bye Finnegan and Emma~ Congratulations Ian ~

Ian passed! He graduates Ranger School this Friday! We have treasured the time with Emma and Finnegan while Ian was away. We are proud of Ian, Emma and Finn. I am happy that this little family will be together after three months of separation.

 Time to say good bye. We go to Chipotle,one of mom's favorite fast foods, our last night in Boone. Then Papa lights the second advent candle before bed. Finn jingles his Christmas bells as we sing.

First stop to Georgia. Local Lion, for a box of fresh doughnuts for Ranger dad. Coffee for mama. 
Early morning reading at the doughnut shop

6:30 am and ready
brother and sister

A large cup for the road.

Monday, December 1, 2014

~First Candle Lighting of Our Family Advent Wreath~

We lit the first candle of our family advent wreath tonight. First, a few photos of the last couple of days. 

Papa and Finn wind down before bedtime.

Friday early evening November 28th.
Micah eats "sort of solid" food for the first time

He thought it was wonderful

 Monday December 1st

Iona and Finnegan ride the little horses sent by great-grandma and great-grandpa to Oma and Papa's house.

Selah shares her Christmas headband with Finn.

Josiah and girls come over to say goodbye to Emma and Finn. They will be heading back to Germany soon. 

 First Candle of Advent

Singing Christmas carols

Sweet daughter with her son

Sweet daughter with her eldest son

Let me show you how it's done, Finn.
(We at least got a few candles in the wreath, enough to light one while we sang caroles and to later blow out...just haven't had time to collect the greenery for the base.)