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For Nepal: May Love Expand Today

Patty O:

This is beautiful beyond words. Amen.

Originally posted on Jean Gendreau:

This meditation is for the people of Nepal and India suffering from today’s earthquake.

I am one with all, one with love, dear Oneness, dear Holy Love. I breathe slowly and open to all that is. I breathe slowly and allow thoughts to dissolve. I breathe slowly. I melt into all that is. I melt into the One.

I am that crushed snake. I am that bleeding dog. I am that stunned taxi driver. I am that moaning woman. I am that screaming child. We are one. I breathe slowly and deeply. This is real. We are one. We are The One.

May you whose legs are crushed under a wall receive comfort. You are not alone. Even if you taste only grit and dust and see only horrible blackness, even if the pain is so bad that you vomit, you are not alone. We are here, we are all…

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All Are Welcome

I found this web article today and it (finally) explains what I believe.  Please read and then come back…

No Sinners Allowed, the Battle Over the Body and Blood of Christ

Wow. What he said.

I’ve been on the ‘Catholic Church’s Sinner’ end of this and I absolutely felt I was being punished, not welcomed, by the church. Why was I considered a sinner? Because I left a verbally abusive husband and got a divorce. The verbal abuse was happening in front of my girls and I had started seeing the impact on them. I couldn’t leave for myself, but I absolutely didn’t want my girls to think that’s how a husband should treat a wife. I was told to get an Annulment…but was my marriage a mistake that shouldn’t have happened? What about my amazing daughters? And what about ‘if God leads you to it, he’ll see you through it’? It was real…and I’m a better and stronger person because of it. I was also told to go to another parish where I would be able to take communion…but why should I be able to do that, but not another person? I could go on and on.

A year and a half after my divorce, I met Tim…and we knew that God brought us together. We’ve been married over 15 years now and still love and respect each other. Actually, even more so than when we were first married.

Tim and I were married in and joined Grace Lutheran Church​ because it is where ‘all are welcome’…just as Jesus/God intended.

Moral of the story, I once thought I was brought up to be a strong Catholic, but it turned out I was brought up to be a strong Christian. A daily…seeking to be better, perfectly imperfect believer, a loved and loving sinner.

Just like everyone else.

All are welcome…

Thank you Jesus.

Amen.

Imperfect Organization

For years I have shuffled around the purses I’ve accumulated.

First hanging on a closet rod…to the floor…to the other end of the rod.

Not anymore…

Thanks to Pinterest and it’s amazingly creative crafters, I found the perfect solution.  (OK, in recognition of all the downsizers, yes, I could have sold or donated some, but in my way of thinking…why get rid of a good thing that you’ve already paid for and love!?!

I started with some beautiful reclaimed wood (thanks to my friend Jan).  Then I added some antique and vintage door knobs…and walaaaaa!

OK, so it wasn’t quite that easy, but not too far from it.  There were nails, screws, epoxy glue, power tools…and of course, the purses.

Here are shots of the finished products:

I know, I know…the purse hanger in the first picture is hanging crooked…and if you look really closely you’ll see my errors (it does hang straight…I just didn’t catch it when I took the picture :) ).

Just a reminder of how thankfully imperfect I am.

I LOVE how this project turned out.

What do you think?

Patty O

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My Little Bug <3

Patty O:

This is my daughter’s post about our new puppy! Good job Gabi!

Originally posted on The Fashionable Geek:

As some may know, I was surprised by my wonderful parents with a puppy one night as I was on my way home from religion. This gift has been with us for almost two weeks now.

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This 10-week old Maltese puppy to which we’ve given the name Phineas, calling him Phinny or Phinn for short.

The obsessive toe-biter will catch you off guard as we are not used to having to look at our feet when we walk, but hey! We’ve gotten used to it, and so has he… Looking out for our feet as hes trying to eat them simultaneously.

The attitude level in our house has begun varying a lot more than it used to, as he brings us much happiness, and the 3 a.m. mornings make us insanely crabby and tired.

But who doesn’t love puppies?!?

~Gabi O. ;)

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Magnifico Lasagna!

This is the

BEST…

LASAGNA…

RECIPE…

EVER!!!

My husband and daughter raved, and raved, and RAVED about it!  You’d think they were having a spiritual experience.

Like the Heavens had opened up and the angels were singing…

‘Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!’

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