gen·tle /ˈdʒɛntl/ Show Spelled [jen-tl] Show IPA adjective, -tler, -tlest, verb, -tled, -tling.
1. kindly; amiable: a gentle manner.
2. not severe, rough, or violent; mild: a gentle wind; a gentle tap on the shoulder.
3. moderate: gentle heat.
4. gradual: a gentle slope.
5. of good birth or family; wellborn.
Full of gentleness and compassion...
This line is taken from the Mass. Today, in my Confession, our new priest counseled me to reflect upon gentleness. He said something that really caught me off guard. He said,"Pray for courage, courage to be GENTLE. It takes courage to be gentle. To go against the world and be gentle."
Today, that thought has shaped my day. Am I completely a new person with a whole new attitude? No, but it has helped me to think before I act, especially with my children. I know this beautiful family that has a myriad of children. I know, very well, one of their grown children, and this now married-mother-of-two-children-of-her-own REMEMBERS that her own mother NEVER ONCE raised her voice. Never once! This beloved lady has wrapped my little family in her own maternal care, and she is who I think of when I hear gentleness and compassion. I crave it. The Blessed Mother surely wasn't screaming at her son, Jesus, to get that room cleaned, etc, etc.
I try. I fail. I try again. I fail again. I confess it. I AM FORGIVEN. Then, I try again. Such beauty!
Pondering here in my little part of the world, the intricacies of daily life and love for those whom I hold the most dear...
Yay! We are in! Our beautiful new house! It is a distant memory, the old rental house (except for my deposit that I am still waiting for, but that is another blog post for a diffferent day). I love this house. I love the proximity to my kids' schools. I love that I have a kitchen than more than one of us can be in at a time. I love that Regina LOVES her new room, and is sleeping very well at nights! I love my neighbors. I love walking to Sunday Mass for three weeks in a row. What a blessing it is to live here, in this place. I am in love.
I just wanted to let you know not to give up on me. I have been very busy. My dad had major surgery this last Monday with some complications, needless to say, that has added to a crazy week, as I try very hard to get there everyday. Throw Thanksgiving travel and Black Friday in there, and nuts! Oh, and did I mention that I went to the Nebraska game on Friday?? Oh, and...we move in 2 and 1/2 days. Oh, and I am building a baby, 28 weeks along. Geesh, no wonder I am exhausted!
I am seriously looking forward to my children (3 of the 4) going back to school tomorrow after a 5 day weekend! Maybe, then I can pack. YIKES!
Anyway, love to all the bloggers, next time I am on, I will be settling into my new house! Cheers to that!
Outside my window ... the temps are dropping. It was 72 today, and will be 53 tomorrow.
I am thinking ... I should go to bed soon.
I am thankful for ... family.
I am wearing ... tshirt and jeans.
I am remembering in prayer ... my friend and her son.
I am going ... to sleep well tonight.
I am currently reading ... not much, just packing.
I am hoping ... that we close Monday.
On my mind ... MY NEW HOUSE!!!
Noticing that ... friendships are complex, and that our insecurities can run very deep.
Pondering these words ..."mama".
From the kitchen ... My very generous dad brought us a Popeyes chicken dinner! Yummo!
Around the house ... boxes everywhere!!! Love it!
One of my favorite things ...quiet.