I am very happy to see everyone working in the kitchen putting together a meal for me. I get to sit and relax and sip on my Kir Royale and act silly and laugh.
And I confess, I bought myself an early Mother's Day gift while in France.
And I don't feel guilty...maybe just a little. I have always loved pearls...God really knows how to create beauty...
(Do you want to see them?)
As we whisked past the bijouerie, my necked craned to see the display of an assortment of beautifully flowing pearls. I had only one chance to slip away and return to see if they were really what I had imagined...and the price, (YES) they were a steal.
I kick myself for not purchasing two...oh wait, I did. (gasp!) A simple strand. But, not for me...a gift to be revealed at another time. (shhh)
I must say, this has been a very pampered and seemingly extravagant day...not long ago I was changing diapers and cleaning up stray cheerios from underneath the refrigerator.
This is a season of life, my season...because we are all different and yet all the same.
One thing I learned, while in Lourdes, is to be joyful...always.
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven, a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted, a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace...I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with...He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end...I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
~ Ecclesiastes 3: 1-13
All this wonderfulness is sweet and loving and very much appreciated...But let me not forget that the month of May is the time to focus on Our Heavenly Mother, Mary. Mother of Love.
She looks over us and protects us. Mary is the human example of what I would like to become.
Cheerful and humble. Strong and Compassionate. Selfless and Pure.
We honor her this month, as we honor all the Mother's this day for all that they do for us. Thank you, Graceful Mother and thank you to all other moms, living and deceased.
"Though still a virgin she carried a child in her womb, and the handmaid and work of his wisdom became the Mother of God" (Songs of Praise 1:20 [A.D. 351]). Ephraim of Syrian
This is the beautiful day and scenery that greeted us as we entered Lourdes, France...
Bus Ride to Lourdes
Hanging out at the airport, waiting to board our flight to France. These are, by far, by most favorite sweets.
I snapped this picture from the bus ride to Lourdes as we crossed over the Gave de Pau. I just love to see people getting their shops ready for the day, or sipping un cafe noir, or...fishermen fishing from the bridge in cool wader boots. Funny.
The Gave de Pau rose alarmingly high while we were in Lourdes during our stay... That was not so funny.
My family came to Lourdes for a mission...to help our beloved malades. When, in fact, it was ultimately they that helped us.
This year, Easter seems to be pretty quiet. It feels as though I am missing something...
Maybe I just need to learn to be at peace with some quiet...? Anyhow...
We have been busy with other plans...future plans. Easter, after all, is a time of new beginnings, of hope and of new life.
There are signs of new life all around us. Even in this terrible drought we are experiencing, there is still growth and new life.
It is time to make some Creamy Potato and Leek Soup...this makes everyone happy.
Some bathroom beauty...if that is possible. New curtains and fun way to display the unmentionables.
This is one sad chandelier. It has been sitting and waiting to be hung in the girls bathroom for years. Years! One excuse after another..."I need to paint first...""I need to find the right hanging tool...""I'll have time this summer..."
Oh, yes! One more real...scary-real...awaiting in my garden. Time to trim back the overgrowth around the borders...
It was about 5 - 6 ft. long. About the size when it changes from a reptile to a mammal! This creature was enormous and vile. Although, strangely beautiful with its color & pattern...blech!
My sweet girl turned SIXTEEN!!! I love you my dear, what a beautiful young lady you have become...I am so very proud of who you are and all that you do, for the glory of God. You are sweet, and fun, and (so very, very) smart, and talented. You are an angel in my eyes and one of my greatest and most precious treasures. Happy Birthday...with all my LOVE. XOXOXOXO
My Sweet Sixteen decided to make a day of fun, with her sister and me, at the salon for a mani & pedi...it was fun, fun, funny! We sat three in a row and were pampered with fun girly stuff - not to mention, very relaxing. We walked out of there with fabulous feet & fingers!
My teens had their friends over for a soccer game...I remember having lots of energy and a voracious appetite as a youth...I am happy to report: things have not changed much in that area. It makes this mama's heart happy to take care of our guests; I certainly inherited the love of hospitality from my mother.