G. K. Chesterton
Sunday, June 29, 2008
G. K. Chesterton
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Pastry for a 1-crust 9-inch pie, unbaked (I usually brush with evaporated milk, but not everyone I know does this)
4 cups sliced firm ripe tomatoes
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Fresh leaf basil (makes all the difference in the world) You can either layer the basil with the tomatoes or you can chop the basil and mix with the mayo mixture
1/2 cup mayonnaise
8 oz. Parmesan cheese (or use could use any other type of cheese you may like; a lot of people use Mozzarella, but I prefer fresh parm. that I grate myself)
1 large clove garlic, smashed and minced (use as much garlic as you like; this is just a basic start; I usually use two)
Line pie plate with pastry; flute edges and brush shell with evaporated milk.
Bake at 350° for 35 to 45 minutes, or until tomatoes are cooked and pie is done
The Alphabet MEME
A is for age: 40
Blessed Be God Forever!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
She sucks on swabs right now that have been soaked in water.
When Patti told me this, I thought of our Lord up on the cross and how He was handed a soaked sponge to sip from.
We do carry our crosses like our Lord, just in different ways! It is how we handle our cross that makes the difference. Our Lord was the ultimate great example!
Monday, June 16, 2008
Tonight, we must send praise out to Our Lord for hearing our prayers in regards to Theresa.
Mary Lou has emailed me with this wonderful update that her scans and every other test have come back cancer free.
This means she will still have chemo and radiation to make sure no microscopic cancer cells are floating around in her body.
Thank you all for your prayers for her!
This is another demonstration of how God is listening and the strong power of prayer!
Please, please, please continue to pray for Theresa as she goes through chemo/radiation.
She will need our prayers to help her be strong and full of hope.
She will need us to walk beside her in this journey as her prayer warriors.
Thank you and please say a prayer of thanksgiving to God for this wonderful news!!
Blessed be God Forever!
I loved this so much I just had to share it! Deenna is making the trip to NY from IN to see me on Friday and I can hardly wait!!! I know that this visit means just as much to her as it does to me. You see, she is not just picking up and leaving so easily. She has had to make arrangements for her eight children while she is away so that her husband does not have to take off work. She is giving me such a special gift of her time and her presence. A presence I miss so much and I can guarantee we will be having a lot of cups of tea with warm, loving conversation!
Because of her visit, I planned to write an article on friendship. I have been blessed beyond measure with so many people I call friend. However, after being on one of my favorite blogs A Bit of Blarney I decided that why should I reinvent the wheel when all the beautiful words I want to say have already been wrote!
Enjoy the article from A Bit of Blarney; it is well worth the read!!
Blessed be God Forever!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saint Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty. You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands. Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes. They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor and weariness. But amid the worries of material life, your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God's Son entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother. Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over Him faithfully as you have done.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Dear St. Peregrine,
I want to be cured, but right now I ask God for the strength to bear the cross in my life.
O Glorious St. Peregrine, be an inspiration to me and petitioner of those needed
It cannot cripple love, It cannot shatter hope, It cannot corrode faith, It cannot eat away peace, It cannot destroy confidence, It cannot shut out memories It cannot silence courage, It cannot invade the soul, It cannot reduce eternal life, It cannot quench the spirit, It cannot lessen the power of the Resurrection.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Prayer for Those Searching for God
O Lord my God,Teach my heart this day where and how to see you,Where and how to find you.You have made me and remade me,And you have bestowed on meAll the good things I possess,And still I do not know you.I have not yet done thatFor which I was made.Teach me to seek you,For I cannot seek youUnless you teach me,Or find youUnless you show yourself to me.Let me seek you in my desire,Let me desire you in my seeking.Let me find you by loving you,Let me love you when I find you.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Blessed be God forever!!
I hope each of you can see the power of prayer working here with this beautiful young woman!!
Thank you for all your prayers!!
Blessed Be God Forever!!
Monday, June 9, 2008
How can anyone doubt that life begins at conception?? Check out this story!! Blessed Be God forever!!
Returned to womb after life-saving surgery, she arrived 10 weeks later
June 6: When her mother was six months pregnant, baby Macie Hope was taken out of the womb for life-saving surgery, then returned for 10 more weeks. TODAY’s Ann Curry talks to Macie’s parents, Chad and Keri McCartney, and Dr. Darrell Cass, the fetal surgeon who operated on Macie.
When Chad and Keri McCartney say their infant daughter, Macie Hope, is born again, they aren’t referring to religion — the month-old miracle baby really was born twice.
The first “birth” was about six months into Keri McCartney’s pregnancy, when surgeons at Texas Children’s Hospital took the tiny fetus from Keri’s womb to remove a tumor that would have killed Macie before she was born.
The second time was on May 3, when the McCartneys welcomed their surgically repaired — and perfectly healthy — baby girl into the world.
The happy couple talked exclusively to TODAY’s Ann Curry on Friday from the hospital, where they were joined by Dr. Darrell Cass, the fetal surgeon who led the team that performed a surgery that has been successfully completed fewer than 20 times around the world. In Macie’s case, he said, “We were very, very fortunate. It really turned out perfectly.”
The McCartneys’ story began in Keri’s 23rd week of pregnancy, when the couple took their entire family to their obstetrician’s office to discover the sex of the baby Keri was carrying.
“We had our whole family,” Chad McCartney told Curry. “Our four kids had piled into the van, and we headed to our routine ultrasound to find out what the sex of the baby was going to be. That was the big discussion on the way up, so there was lots of excitement.”
A deadly revelationEveryone went into the ultrasound room, eager to see the image of the fetus displayed on the screen. “All of a sudden the ultrasound tech had a very concerned look on her face,” Chad said. “She rushed our kids out of the room and then informed us there was a large mass on our baby.”
The ultrasound image showed what looked like a balloon growing out of Macie’s tailbone — except that it was full of blood vessels and was as big as the fetus itself. The tumor was noncancerous ... but still deadly.
“This tumor was gigantic,” Cass said. “It was the size of a grapefruit.”
The McCartneys’ obstetrician had never seen such a tumor in all her years of practice. After some research, she discovered that Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston — six hours away from the family’s Laredo home — was one of only three hospitals in the world that specialized in such conditions.
“This is incredibly rare. It’s about one in 40,000 births,” Cass said. “Many times, these tumors
Baby Macie’s ultrasound showed the tumor.
can grow and remain small and they don’t really affect the fetus very significantly. In Macie’s instance, this tumor grew incredibly rapidly … and basically it was stealing the blood that her body needed to grow. She would have died if nothing had been done.”
A fitting nameKeri and Chad went home with the desperate prognosis and decided they needed to name their infant right then.
“We both made a decision that we have a name for her, because we had been told that there was less than a 10 percent chance that she was going to make it,” Chad McCartney said, fighting back tears as he told the story. “We wanted to pick a name that would be appropriate, so we named her Macie Hope — because that was all we felt we had.”
They went to Houston for the surgery, which Cass described, with a surgeon’s understatement, as “tricky.”
“It required that Mrs. McCartney went under a very, very deep anesthesia, about seven times deeper than the average operation,” he said. “That’s necessary in order to have the uterus very, very relaxed.”
He and two other surgeons opened Keri’s abdomen and brought her uterus entirely outside her body. “We had to find an area of the uterus that we could open safely so that we didn’t disturb the placenta,” he explained.
When they found such a place, they opened the relaxed womb and extracted about 80 percent of Macie Hope’s body — which weighed no more than a quarter of a pound — leaving just the head and upper body in the womb. Exposing the fetus to the air carried the danger that she would go into cardiac arrest, and the surgeons worked quickly to remove the tumor and return Macie to the safety of the womb.
That part of the four-hour procedure took about 20 minutes. The surgeons then had to carefully close up the uterus so that it would be watertight, to keep the amniotic fluid from leaking out.
“Then we had to hope that the pregnancy was going to last,” Cass added.
Born againThat hope was also answered. Macie Hope didn’t make it the entire nine months, but, Cass said, “The pregnancy lasted another 10 weeks, which allowed Macie to recover from this tumor that had been killing her.”
On May 3, Macie Hope was born again, this time to stay. She and her mother have remained at Texas Medical Center since as they both fully recover from the miracle surgery. Macie still has a large scar on her backside, which surgeons say can be repaired when she gets older.
Keri and Chad McCartney were expecting to take their miracle baby home on Saturday, and they couldn’t have been happier.
“We are doing great,” Keri McCartney told Curry. “I am so excited to think that we’re leaving tomorrow.”
She cradled Macie Hope in her arms. The infant, sporting a thick head of hair, slept through it all, prompting her mother to say, “Obviously she is completely at peace and content with it all.”
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
May your day be filled with much joy!!
Know you are loved and thought of; today I will say a special prayer for you in honor of your birthday.
Blessed be God Forever!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Theresa has been diagnosed with bilateral (meaning both breasts) breast cancer.
At 36 weeks pregnant with her first child, she received devastating news that she had breast cancer in both breasts. The whirlwind began with a three day long failed induction @ aprrox 37 weeks pregnant and eventually ended a c-section delivery of her beautiful son!(see picture of Theresa and her son above)
Due to having a c-section, her bilateral mastectomy was postponed for a couple of weeks. In the meantime, she will be having scans/MRIs/x-rays of every major organ in her body and blood testing to see if the disease has moved to other parts.
She is going to begin chemo and radiation treatments within the next few weeks as well.
I would like to ask all of you reading my blog to pray for Theresa and her family as they begin the journey of battling this disease. Remember that God hears our prayers and if we can storm heaven with prayers for Theresa then what peace she and her family have while going through this hard time. St. Paul reminds u: We can and should 'pray constantly' (1thes. 5:17).
Prayer for Women with Breast Cancer
Father, for the strength you have given me I thank you. For the health you have blessed me with, I thank you. For the women who are going through breast cancer and their families I ask you to strengthen and to heal as you see fit. Lord we know you want us to be in good health and to prosper. Lord use us to do the work you have for us to do. For we know time is getting short on this earth. Lord be with every woman who is sick and encourage them as only you can. I know how faithful you are. You have shown yourself to be everything you say you are in your Holy Word. I praise you for you made this body and you can heal this body.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
my friend so dear
throughout my life you're always near.
A tender smile to guide my way
You're the sunshine to light my day.
- Author Unknown.
May your day be filled with the love you give so freely to others!
I love you!
Blessed Be God Forever!!