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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Deo Gratias

"If the only prayer you ever say in your life is thank you, it will be enough." - Meister Eckhart

Colleen, from her inspiring blog Thoughts on Grace, hosts this wonderful meme each Wednesday. She says, "Deo Gratias is Latin for Thanks be to God. Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big & small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude!"

Each week, I join Colleen in remembering & sharing the many blessings in my life. This is such a great exercise for me, helping me to focus on the good that truly is happening in my life, no matter how many trials & stresses I may have.
1) I've finally found a program to help boost The Saint's reading skills. We've tried several things over the past year or so & nothing seemed to hold his interest or increase his reading. We are now using Easy Peasy All-in-One-Homeschool's plans which incorporate the McGuffey Primer & some games. He's loving it! Deo Gratias! 

2) I took last Saturday off work so that I could help out w/ the Blessings & The Professor while Matt studied for his upcoming midterms. It was so nice to be home on Saturday for once. I really enjoyed my time w/ everyone! Deo Gratias!

3) At Mass on Sunday, The Princess was asked to fill in for a server who hadn't shown up. She served w/ two boys, one of which was fairly new. It was wonderful to see her helping him out when he wasn't sure what to do next. Deo Gratias! 

4) With all these subzero temps & wind chills lately, I am so thankful to have a warm home...warm from the furnace, but most importantly, warm from the love of my family! Deo Gratias!

5) Matt is not good at keeping secrets sometimes, esp. when it comes to gifts for me. The other day, he decided to give me my birthday gifts early...a DVD of the movie Evita & a bottle of Wicked Wahine cologne. It's a Hawaiian cologne that I used to get at The Kahiki before it closed down. I really miss that place! Deo Gratias!
6) This is an extra submitted by HandyGramps after our three oldest helped out at his church last Friday: "I have a Deo Gratias for you.  It's for the Prophet, Archangel, and the Princess volunteering to serve at our Stations and Benediction.  It was refreshing to have three servers so willing to really serve, which they did so well.  My thanks to God and to them for their dedication."


Colleen said...

Maria, an awesome list! And I love #6! A great extra!! You have a lot to be proud of. Your family is so wonderful.
Happy birthday!