“The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment
and to thank God for what He is sending us every day in His goodness.”
St. Gianna Beretta Molla
I praise you, Lord, for the daily gift of my children on earth; to love and cherish and educate. May I be truly grateful for them.
I praise you, Lord, for the grace to enjoy this autumn. For the first time I can remember, autumn seems like my favorite season. The vibrant colors in Virginia this year, the clear blue sky, perfect days and peaceful weather have all been very beautiful. I cannot remember ever liking autumn before. But the joy I felt this year, pure enjoyment every time I notice the sun shining on brightly colored leaves, truly it could only be a gift from God.
I praise you, Lord, for yummy apples to eat, for friends to visit, for plenty of time in the fresh air and sunshine, and lots of places for my girls to run around. I praise you for friends old and new, and the fun of seeing old friends even here in our “new town.
I praise you, Lord, for the help of my in laws in fixing our broken ceiling, and the new plants I found on sale. Now to hope that they survive the winter and blossom in the spring!
I praise you, Lord, for the wonderful priests at our new parish. One of them visited on Monday and did a house blessing for us. He was also in seminary with Bobby, so we had lots of fun visiting with him. The girls really liked him, and they got really wild and excited while he was here!
I praise you, Lord, for the ability and freedom to visit friends. We traveled five hours yesterday (round trip) to visit a friend whose husband is deployed. The kids really liked playing with her daughter, and we enjoyed another beautiful fall day.
I praise you, Lord, for the fun the girls had dressing up as Minions for Halloween. They wore their costumes to a Halloween party, to trick or treating at a local nursing home, and trick or treating around a neighborhood. Bobby dressed as Gru, complete with accent, and they were so cute going door to door! Best costumes I’ve managed so far!
I praise you, Lord, for the feast of All Saints, when we honor all in Heaven. And for the month of All Souls, when we remember to pray extra for the holy souls in Purgatory.
I praise you, Lord, for the confusion and disappointment of being turned down for two job interviews, and the discouragement that I cannot even manage to get an interview for a job as a grocery cashier. I trust you have a plan, no matter how frustrating this whole situation is.