Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I love you, O my God!

This is how I am at the moment -  SO full of Joy, I feel I might burst!  Jesus, I feel, is making my heart larger so that I can Love in a larger capacity more than ever before!

I found this great quote from the Cure of Ars:

I love you, O my God, and my only desire is to love you until the last breath of my life. I love you, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving you, than live without loving you. I love you, Lord, and the only grace I ask is to love you eternally. . . . My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love you, I want my heart to repeat it to you as often as I draw breath.


you can find it in your local CCC in paragraph 2658!

Merry 5th day of Christmas!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Breath of Heaven

Today was a day created by God.

I had planned on going over to a friend's house to exchange gifts. And, before I left the house, I was in daily prayer. I got a new book "Signs of Life" by Scott Hahn. I was reading and then contemplating the chapter about The Sign of Cross. I really prayed that simple and most profound prayer.

Then, my phone rang; it was an unfamiliar number. I almost always screen my calls. I did for this one. Then the ring tone for a message. I listened to it on the way down the stairs. It was a message from one of my mom's co-workers. Oh My Gosh. "Jesus, you are my Rock."

My mom works at a children's hospital. Her co-workers are pretty much her best friends. They immediately went into action - checked her bp, and it was high. They started asking all sorts of questions. My mom was diagnosed with vertigo a few years ago. And, today, when she started feeling dizzy, she was making her way to her purse for her pills. Well, she didn't make it. The room started spinning and her co-workers called an ambulance.

She was taken to the hospital that is LITERALLY across the street. After many tests and 6 hours, she was told the vertigo she experienced was due to an inner ear infection. She left with a bill of good health and a letter stating she can go back to work.

During this event today, she was covered in prayer. I txt my prayer warriors with updates. And they txt those in the different social circles I flit about in. All in all, I believe over 100 people were interceding for her.

Plus, it brought us all together - family and friends. I also learned something new about myself - I can stay calm in a family crisis. As Long As I Trust Completely In God! As long as I place myself and loved one in God's care. As long as I lift up my needs/wants to God in prayer.

Jesus is utterly amazing! My life now is nothing like I ever imagined it would be. And, its ALL because of the Glory of God. The mystery of it all. Ahh! I love Jesus, and am so content with the fact that I have the priviledge of knowing HIM - our Lord and Savior and Breath of Heaven.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

babies

I love holding babies! Thank You to all my married friends with little ones who give me the opportunity to be maternal. I love the priviledge.

Tonight was girls' night in. Snacking on popcorn, semi-homemade cookies, and water. We all watched "Julie & Julia" starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams.

Afterwards, my lovely friends went for a dip in the hot tub, as I forgot my suit. And, I was about to leave early, when C started wiggling in the pack n play. Knowing that my lovely friend needed some mommy alone time, I scooped C up and cradled her.

Loved it!

I'm getting used to this. And, in proper order, if it be God's will, I too will be given that priviledge.

The Christ child is arriving shortly. Oh, how I love the season of advent. The preparation. The waiting. The gift.


Friday, December 11, 2009

St John of the Cross

I have been in a funk. a 18-month funk. I've reached the bottom. the glass is cracked in many different places and held together by post-it notes...yeah, its mucky over here.

I've missed hanging out with Him. I've missed our chats. I've missed Him. I've been selfish. I've been childish. I've thrown hissy-fits. I've just been a dork.

Today, though after constant calling and sweet nothings whispered in my ear, I finally sat down and said 'I'm sorry.' I sat and said, 'I'm here. I don't know what to say. But, I'm here.' We sat and I listened. I listened to LOVE speak. I absorbed. A smile finally cracked on my face.

And, I left singing, 'I wanna hold your hand. I wanna hold your hand.'

I opened the door again, and He's back in my life!

He NEVER gives up. NEVER stops pursuing us. NEVER goes away. He is the light in my darkness.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

3 out of 4 will NOT receive a grant unless we help

The following video is from Mater Ecclesiae Fund for Vocations. They are the very generous and kind people that gave me a grant back in 2007 to enter religious life. Please pass this video along to all you know!



Sunday, November 22, 2009

Love fiercely!

Thank You all for praying for Tony and his family. He passed away this afternoon. Please remember his soul in your prayers, and also his family that is still on earth - Cindy, Nick, and Jesse.

My life is richer because I knew him.


I am in very final week of this 9 novena novena with 8 of my friends. We are tremendously at peace. Knowing that God has our backs and His plan is greatest of all. Reminding us that to be married, single or in religious life is not what life is all about. But, growing in holiness, becoming a saint, and getting back to Him, our Creator. (thanks Julia)

Whatever life may bring, Jesus is my Constant. He is with me always until the end of time.

And, something from today's readings - Love fiercely! "For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth." - John 18:37

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Activate the Prayer Chain

Tony Rucco is the wonderful man who has been leading St. Thomas’ dinner committee for many years. Tony has been of much service to our Life Teen program through assisting us in any way he could with our dinners and helped us to organize the Father's Day pancake breakfast in 2009.


Please see the note below about Tony’s medical condition as forwarded from Mike Carlin to the Knights of Columbus:

“It is time to storm Heaven with prayers. Tony Rucco has been diagnosed with Acute Leukemia. At this point he is too weak to receive treatment. He is still in critical. They hope that within the next 48-72hrs to transfer him to Emory Hospital to start some kind of treatment, don’t know what. He presently is undergoing a dialysis treatment. Please pray hard. Please ask for a miracle as Cindy said; that is what is needed.”

Please remember his wife Cindy in your prayers, too.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Phi Epsilon Alpha

Ok so yesterday we planned the Women's retreat for January at our CORE meeting. We're taking a sisterhood (sorority) theme. With Esther, Susanna, and Mary as our founding sisters, and then Bl. Mary Mackillop, Bl. Teresa of Calcutta, and St Maria Goretti as some of our famous sisters. Our three main characteristics/virtues are Faith, Hope, and Love, making us the Sisters of Phi Epsilon Alpha.

So, in the midst of that, I was getting nostalgic about my college days and life as a Alpha Gamma Delta. I came home and read through all my scrapbooks, I have 3.

In the midst of these, I have retreat affirmations also stuck in between the pages of the scrapbooks. I found some that I thought I'd share:

From teens when I was a CORE member at St Cat's:

Thank you so much for praying, encouraging, and supporting me this weekend. Before I talked to you about my sharing I was so confused and scared. You really helped. Your sharing deeply touched me and I want to thank you. Your love for God and His love for you shines like crazy! And it always will. May God BLESS you in all that you do. Stay strong! - Derraugh

The fact that you shared my adoration experience with me means so much! You have no idea! I am so thankful for your prayers, and the fact that you opened yourself to speak from the Holy Spirit to me. I don’t know exactly how I’ve changed, but I know I have. I am so happy you shared that experience with me. This has created a bond between us that I will never forget. I love you. Love, Becky.

Hey sweetie. You have been a great group leader and I wanna thank you for your willingness to be here to talk to me. I love you! Love, Christy

I had an awesome weekend. Thank you for all that you shared, even if you were my leader, again. No, really though, I hope this weekend was what you’ve been needing. Your laughter during adoration was awesome. It really made me smile. Thank You for all your gifts and for all that you’ve done for us this weekend. In Christ, John

I just want to tell you that you are awesome! When I am around you I feel the presence of Jesus. You are just awesome. I love talking to you and I love listening to you. Your love for others touches my heart and I thank you for showing that love to me. I love you and God Bless! Always forever, Michelle.

First off I just want to say I love you so much! You are such an awesome person. Your spirituality amazes me. The first night when you came and prayed over me was great. Thank you! I could feel your prayers. I love knowing that I have a friend that cares about me. Thanks for being so wonderful to me! I truly love you! Always Forever, Michelle.

THANK YOU for everything that you have helped me with. You have truly changed my life. I love you! Serra.

You helped me make this trip really amazing for me. I had a great time and I definitely want to come again. Thank you very much for being there for me and everybody who needs you. – Tyler

You are awesome. You are the person that inspires me the most because you are a very real person. I still think about the Fall retreat when you shared your story. Well, that was powerful and a moving story. Keep living in Christ. And stay strong. Love, Michael C.


And, then I found ----
T, A, and N: All wrote affirmations for me. They were all in high school! These notes of encouragement bring me joy! Little did I know that I would have shared so much with each of them. And now they are three of my closest friends. - - Sirach 6:12.


Hey Deepa, well girl, this weekend has been so cool and seeing you again has been wonderful. When I graduate I want to follow your footsteps and stay involved in Life Teen! I love you! Love, A

Deepa, I’ve seen you grow and you’ve seen me grow. We both on an immature level and we love it! I also love being a part of your family welcome or not. Have fun in life and college. Love, T.

Deepa - Deepa … Deepa … Deepa. Despite the fact that you cannot drive at all and that you have permanently traumatized me by stealing my cows, I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy the time we spent together this weekend. Your spirit is so uplifting and brighter when you’re in it. Keep on smilin’ and don’t ever change. Lots of potatoes - N

Monday, November 9, 2009

Give Me Jesus



In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise
Give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus.
You can have all this world,
Just give me Jesus.

When I am alone,
When I am alone,
When I am alone,
Give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus.
You can have all this world,
Just give me Jesus.

When I come to die,
When I come to die,
When I come to die,
Give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus.
You can have all this world,
Just give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus.
Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus.
You can have all this world,
You can have all this world,
You can have all this world,
Just give me Jesus.


I don't want anything else in this world, just give me Jesus. I definitely don't need anything else. Just give me Jesus. I am content and at peace knowing that God has me exactly where He wants me, and that He'll move me in His own time.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

lemonade

why must Solo cups only be red? why can't they be green? I think I've seen them in blue at some point in my life. but I would like a little variety in life!

I am ill. sinus infection. as long as I don't speak or lay horizontal, I seem to be fine. Well, then I breathe and consequently cough and sound like a 70 year old who's smoked way too many ciggies! :)

I am of course taking some sick time. yeck! This is Fall semester. I have way TOO much to do.

But life is still good. My friends and CORE are supporters not enablers.

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Chick-fil-a is open 2mrw. I think I'll go buy a gallon and a lemon pie.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Chocolate is good for a woman!

I found the ice cream bars! Hooray! BUT, I was on my way to work, so I couldn't get ANY. I will be back 2mrw for at least 2 boxes. And, then I will offer a wee prayer that the store keeps them on the shelves!

Chocolate is good for a woman!

Yes, I am in a chipper mood. I am house-sitting over Christmas break. Wahoo!

Also, I am at peace knowing that God's plan is specific for me. And, that, our Confirmation curriculum kicks tooshie! Thank you TOB4T. Now, I just have to write up the Disciples program for the spring and talk to the DRE about changing the SP4T program so that our teens that need more than one sacrament, receive all of them the year they receive Confirmation as they REALLY need more catechesis then 5 Life Nights and one all day class.

Oiy!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

2241

CCC 2241 The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin. Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him.

Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants' duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens. <italics added by blogger>


Thoughts on how to handle when you find out your friends, teens, families are illegal? Obviously, mercy and compassion. But, we are called to love and serve and GROW in Holiness. We are not called to be enablers. And, if we were, we'd be sinning right along with those who came here illegally.

Monday, October 26, 2009

ice cream baby


Ice Cream is consuming my thoughts. I had these amazing ice cream pops a few weeks ago - Blue Bell Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream bars - and now I can't find them ANYWHERE.

Does anyone in the metro area know where I can purchase them? Ya'll I'm serious here. This is not a joke. I really truly am craving them.

I took a day off today to sleep. And, sleep I did. But, I was up before noon, hurray!
Then, I promptly stayed home. I'd love to go see a movie but there's nothing decent out right now. And, I mean decent - something you, your grandmother, and your pastor could all watch together in the same room.

Ugh~!

But, good news. If you're looking for a house sitter, I'm your girl. food money and $100 a week. that's cheap, eh. I'm getting my name known and then before you know it, I'll be able to buy a house and move out of here.

Oh, yeah, and my salary, which is below the cost of living, prevents me from moving out. It was a very sad day back in September when I realized I allowed myself to be hired for $3K less than what I had been making at SMM. Sad day indeed. I can't even afford to have a roommate. Thats very sad and depressing.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Is it Monday yet?

Dude, an hour ago, I totally thought 2mrw was Monday. Oh, I really need a break. a break from reality that is. I need some re-charge time. for realz.

God is always with me. But, I need some just me time. I'm hoping I can disappear for a few days sometime soon.

I'm thinking I love to house sit. I wonder if I can make that into a part time gig. Whattya think?

Our icebreaker for 2mrw's Life Night is bobbing for apples. The cashier at Wal-Mart tonight didn't even bat an eyelash when I moseyed on up to her with 10 bags of apples! Should make for a wet and squishy night 2mrw. Let's hope they can transition into scenarios smoothly.

We've been trying to get Parents' Night Out to take off at the parish. Not so well. Our average is 3 kids. I'm seriously considering a family deal of $50 for 4 or more kids in one family. I think we'll try it. The teens who work it are working on pure profit from the kids who show up. And, I'd really like for this to work.

Really honestly need a part time job. House sitting would be ideal. We shall see. I charge food money + $100. $50 for a half a week. Let me know.
- My past experiences - dogs, chickens, fish, plants, gardens. I don't do well with parakeets and the like. But, I love those big bounding puppies. Or dogs who think they are puppies.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Wahoo! Yay!

there is normally just one thing I want on Sunday night after Life Teen - a Grande Coffee Frappucino from Starbucks! Most Sunday's I make it before closing time @ 10:30. Tonight, I wanted to try something new - Espresso Chocolate Truffle. But, they were out, so I reverted back to the same old Frapp. But, I did find out something - there's a 24-hour drive-thru Starbucks just up the road in Vinings! Wahoo!

Also, it being that time of the month - I also am craving fried chicken from Publix. Yum. I didn't even care that I have a plate full of homemade tamales - a gift from a teen's family. I just wanted the chicken. Thank goodness the Publix near me is open til 11 pm.

Yay for fried chicken once a month!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Seriously!

oh graciious! two posts in one week. wow! ok, sorry for the sarcasm. but, eh!

I love my teens a lot! I love them so much that I will drive to far distant lands known as Alpharetta to retrieve a birthday scrapbook that was left on the bus coming back from retreat last weekend.

The drive isn't far, only about 35 minutes. And, I used my GPS for some of it. Though it did have me taking the Andretti freeway, also known as GA-400. Which I didn't take, and got to listen to "Lily" say 're-calculating' several times.

I drove past Stone Creek, which is Candied Ginger's church. Which reminded me of her, and how I haven't been able to see my sorority sisters in many years. :(

I had a run-in with a bird on the way back. Turns out the stuff left on my windshield and hood of my mini-van (yes, I drive a mini-van) was not blood, but excrement. That was A LOT of excrement with berries!

On the way back, I also stopped at two Catholic bookstores - Ave Maria and Two Hearts. Ave Maria is located directly off Hwy 9 in downtown Alpharetta. Everything in Alpharetta is more expensive as I would find out later. Two Hearts is located off Westwind Blvd, which is the road you take to BT high school and St Peter Chanel in Roswell. Very Cool store! Their logo is just absolutely breath-taking. I didn't spend more than a half an hour inside - I wanted to miss the traffic. BUT, I most definitely WILL be back. I was told later they have a unique bracelet that I will find amazing!

And, then because my steering wheel appeared to have Parkinson's I went to Kauffman Tire to get an alignment. Only to find out that I have 2 hundredth and 3 hundredth tread left on my front and rear tires. Knowing that I live paycheck to paycheck, I could only get new front tires. Rear ones will have to wait til next payday. :(

I am still looking for a PT gig. Anyone know of any moms needing Only morning help 3 mornings a week. If I want to get out on my own, I need a job. Or even a Starbucks or fast food early shift. I would even stock at Wal-Mart in the evenings.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

alrighty then

alrighty then.

its been a few too many weeks since my last post, eh?

obviously, i stay really busy with the youth ministry. Currently, I am in a week of much needed rest. Though, for two nights, I've had to go in -- Tuesday to teach Confirmation and Wednesday to go to ADORE, which is P&W and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament! Whoo-hoo.

Did I happen to mention I am in the middle of a 9 novena novena. Well, I am. Along with 8 other people - 6 women and 2 men. And, yes, the intention of our novena is for our vocation. That our Lord, Sweet Jesus, would point out to us concretely just what is He wants of us in this regard. We currently are in our fifth novena. Each novena has a saint attached to it as well as our daily prayer. This novena it is St. Ann. Anyone remember the rhyme "St Ann, St Ann, find me a man"? is that trite?

Our Fall Retreat - Joyful Noise - was this past weekend. I can tell you that the Holy Spirit is-a-moving in our youth group. His manifestation of gifts is IMMENSE! Our teens are just so very open to receiving Him and being a vessel of true love. Its A-MA-ZING to watch and be a part of it. God is moving here. They, the teens, encourage us adults in our own faith life-journey so very much.

I realized about last month that there is NO possible way for me to move out as of right now. I need to be making about $3K more a year. I also realized that I allowed myself to be hired at a much lower salary than what I was receiving at the last parish I worked for. bummer, to say the least. God knows. And in His own timing!

So, right now, I am debating getting a 2nd job. I know, right! It will have to be in an industry where I can work early mornings: 6 am - 11 am, and only a few times a week - Tues, Wed, Thurs. B/c with my current position, that's all I can offer.
Industries I have thought of so far: re-stocking shelves; fast food; coffee barista; day care; child care. Anyone else think of something? I figure I need to bring home post-taxes, $150 a week to make this dream of mine -- owning a home -- a reality.

That's all folks!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I caved

My teens and friends' husbands have been teasing me about my purse. They say its really a bag and HUGE. Its partially true as there are times when I am digging in it and I can't locate my wallet and there's only like 5 things in it. So, I caved last week and bought TWO Vera Bradley purses! I know. But, they are so darn cute! And enjoyable. I have NEVER in my life paid so much for a purse. Yet, I am a female and beginning to do more girly things - make-up, perfume, pedicures. Its weird though b/c I still am a rough and tumble tomboy. I like to play in dirt and get messy. I could care less about what I'm wearing and it still only takes me 20 minutes or less to get ready, including my shower.

So, here are the cutie petuties from Vera Bradley

Mini-Hipster in Carnaby














Hipster in Purple Punch














I didn't want to pay shipping and I admit I wanted instant gratification. So, I located a store that sells Vera Bradley and went there. It also happens to be my co-workers favorite store. They purchase all our birthday gifts from Love Street in Smyrna, GA.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ordination 2009

I had to post this 'commercial' from Grassroots Films:



Monday, September 7, 2009

Seignadou Soap

Added a new widget to the blog - Seignadou Soap!

I am unabashedly going to plug Seignadou Soap now. I recently went into my supply of the nuns' lip balm and I am almost out. It lasts a long time, those little tubes. :) I also seem to open about 3-4 and stash them all over, so I am never left wanting. I also seem to be giving way a lot more because people are seeing how much BETTER and cheaper ($2 each) it is than Burt's Bees.

And, if you are still a little skeptical, here are a few links to other people's takes on the Summit nuns' product line:




Also, the sisters are in the final stages of renovating their kitchen and refectory, but they still need about $24K. Take a look around their Future Full of Hope Fundraising Campaign site (complete with tons of photos) and also add their blog to your RSS feed for updates and views into their lives. They truly are an awesome group of women giving totally whole-heartedly their lives to Christ. And, they live in complete JOY!

Thank You.

Time Out over

Ok, so I had to cut off my blog and change some facts in profile for there was some mischieveous activity occurring. But, that is now done and past and we can move on.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Carnival Holiday

So, the cruise was great. So much that I want to go again. on a bigger boat. I didn't get many pictures of myself but some great pictures of the scenery.

We made REALLY good time on the way to Alabama. Ended up being there right around noon, their time. Just before we got to Canal Street we had to go over a 5 mile bridge (or so it seemed) . I am so happy AR and I switched. I hate driving over bridges!

This is a view of the ship from the bridge we crossed over.
This is ME! Uber excited for the cruise!
First shot of the cabin we stayed in. Riviera deck. R126. On the end above the engine area, we think. It lulled us to sleep at night. The cabin was suitable. You don't spend much time in your room. Only to sleep and take showers.
Elegant night. Tuesday. There's a captain's reception, complete with free drinks for an hour. Then dinner. Our dinner mates were very nice and from around the area - Mississippi, Indiana, Alabama, and Georgia. Good dinner conversation. Plus, intense rocking on Wed-Friday. Glad I had that sea sickness medicine.
Cozumel beach. The water is so very clear. And, the sand, its like walking on pebbles.
At dinner every night, you can order whatever you want. From my Lenten observance this year where I gave up meat, I've enjoyed veggies and fruit more and more so. So, every night, I would order the fruit appetizer. The first night was 3 melon balls, 2 raspberries, slices of celery and cantaloupe crackers. So tiny. I learned my lesson and from then on ordered 2 fruit appetizers instead. You really can order more than one entree, and so I did.
Every night our steward would come in, turn down our beds, and leave us a towel animal. Wednesday night was a FROG! So cute!

That's really all I've got on pictures.
Calica basically was a port. Your excursion took either to Cancun or Tulum. We went on shopping tours both days. In Cancun, I was pretty worn out from the first two days. I had gotten burnt on Tuesday, and so not in a good shopping mood. I did make some great buys. But, everyone is right - the shopping and prices is MUCH better in Cozumel. To do it all over again - shopping in Cozumel and sight-seeing in Cancun with an ATV.

I have one more week off. I believe I am going to just lay around and be lazy. Wahoo! And, of course wait for my skin to peel off, which it has already started to do, and I look like I have brown dandruff. I will wear sunscreen next time I am on a boat in the middle of the ocean.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

vacation

I haven't kept a journal for about a year. That feels incredibly weird. But at the same time, right. I journaled my thought for about 10 years; I have over 15 journals. There were gaps in time, but no longer than 3 months apart. Now, its been about 14 months.

I thought with this blog, I would journal at least in a similar way. But, now I am much more searchable by Google.

So, it seems.

I am trusting completely in God's will. What else could I do anywhoo? He is the Alpha and Omega.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

I have a meeting 2mrw at 4:30 pm. If you happen to read this, please pray for me. I will let you know of the outcome. Whatever it is, I trust in God's merciful love. I cover myself in His LOVE. Absorbing all humility. At times I am feeling as a lamb led to the slaughter. But, I am His lamb.

Getting the last things done before the peer minister retreat. And, attempting to get stuff that'll have to get done the week back. Trying to get those items done early.

Am so ready for my 3 week vacation. I need a break before I pass out from exhaustion. I intend to recoup and get energized so that I can come back strong and ready to duke it out with poo-head for the sake of my teens' salvation. I love this program and teens so much. Stand for something or you'll fall for anything.

Tru dat!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Assoc Director of Youth Ministry and Assoc Director of Inculturation

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR THE OFFICE OF FORMATION AND DISCIPLESHIP
ARCHDIOCESE OF ATLANTA

The Archdiocese of Atlanta seeks a high-energy, bilingual, cross-cultural, Associate Director for the Office of Formation and Discipleship. This combined position shares responsibilities in the areas of youth ministry and inculturation ministry within a newly formed department that facilitates the Church’s mission of evangelization on behalf of the archbishop. This position is primarily responsible for promoting effective youth ministry frameworks and initiatives among parishes in collaboration with the department director and other staff, works with other department entities and parishes to ensure that ministry outreach enables the Gospel to come alive across multicultural lenses in concert with the Catholic principle of unity without uniformity. The ideal candidate will have proven skills in youth ministry with USA Anglos and Hispanics, will have been immersed in the Hispanic/Latino experience within the USA, be completely fluent in English and Spanish, have a master’s degree or equivalent in theology, ministry, or a related discipline. Additional cross-cultural experience is a must, especially among Asian, African-American, and Brazilian peoples. Viable candidates will have at least five years’ experience in administrating comprehensive parish-based ministry with adolescents. All applicants should enjoy working in a team atmosphere, be intrigued by the fast pace of a vibrant and growing Church, be detail-orientated and like to multi-task. If this position interests you, send resume, salary requirements and references to catholicjobs@archatl.com.

La Arquidiócesis de Atlanta busca un Director Asociado para la Oficina de Formación y Discipulado que sea energético, bilingüe y multicultural. Esta posición combinada comparte responsabilidades con las áreas de la pastoral de jóvenes adolescentes y la pastoral de inculturación dentro de un recién formado departamento que facilita la misión eclesial de evangelización a nombre del arzobispo. Esta posición es primordialmente responsable de promover esquemas e iniciativas efectivas en la pastoral de jóvenes adolescentes en colaboración con el director del departamento, su equipo y con las parroquias. Además, deberá trabajar con otras entidades del departamento y las parroquias, para asegurarse que la actividad pastoral permita al evangelio vivir con eficacia y en sintonía con el principio católico de unidad sin uniformidad dentro de distintas culturas. El candidato ideal deberá proveer habilidades en la pastoral de adolescentes con anglos-norteamericanos e hispanos, tiene que ser completamente bilingüe en inglés y español, poseer una licenciatura (maestría) o equivalente en teología, estudios pastorales o un campo relacionado. Experiencia con otras culturas es necesaria, especialmente entre gentes asiáticas, afro-americanas y brasileras. Candidatos que califican deberán tener por lo menos cinco años de experiencia administrando una pastoral integral parroquial con adolescentes. Todos los aplicantes deberán disfrutar trabajar en equipo, estar interesados en colaborar con animo en una iglesia dinámica y creciente, ser detallistas y gozar de un ambiente variable. Si le interesa esta posición, entregue su currículo vitae, requisitos de compensación y referencias al catholicjobs@archatl.com.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Strength In Unity

I feel sometimes that I should keep my Mustard Seed experience to myself. But mission trips are about change, about conversion, about sharing the Gospel message with others.

Though I am content with having my own bed, hot showers, and a/c; I think often about the children of Mustard Seed. About how without missionaries, they won't have anyone to hold them or play with them. And, that makes me mad. How can a child be deprived of touch? Its just not fair.

My trip was a blessed one - a trip that was filled with recurring themes - God is in complete control, flexibility, and strength in unity. I think also the children of Mustard Seed experience those 3 themes daily as well.

So, I am not going to do an extra long blog post, but I am going to share pictures.

I am unable to share pictures of the Mustard Seed children, but you will be able to see the JOY on my teens' faces as they served throughout the week.


5:00 am in the ATL airport.


First leg to Miami
raining in Miami and eating lunch
delayed flight...chillin
knowing God is in control. A teen missionary had a hospital stay in Miami. :( . Yet, we knew God's hand was in all of it. He was our hard-core prayer partner for the week and he was always with us!
Monday, July 27
view from Mediation Garden
'Whistling' with Dante at Mary's Child
naptime with Cassie
Wednesday, July 29 ~ Jerusalem apostolate
Thursday, July 30 ~ beach day
running into the ocean, yes, it was staged!
Saturday, August 1 ~ last meal at Mustard Seed, breakfast
beautiful views
on the way to the Norman Manley Int'l Airport in Kingston, Jamaica

Monday, July 20, 2009

Its a joy-filled life when you're in love with Jesus.

My prayer and hope is that I can give my teens opportunities to be servants - true servants without expecting or wanting anything in return. That would be awe-some.

My goal of course is to be in union with our Lord and Savior, I want for nothing more.

Mass was so incredibly intimate today. I said to myself before Mass began that I would go to the Adoration chapel afterwards (I hadn't been at this parish for daily Mass in a while!). But when I opened my eyes after praying to our Lord after Mass, there He was exposed on the Altar! Hurray! I don't even have to move!

And, then, I went to a favorite deli around the corner and was able to see a CORE member I needed to talk to. Thank you Jesus for your divine appointments.

2 more have joined the 9 novena Vocation novena. Sept 8 - Nov 27.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sunday, July 19th

What an awe-inspiring faith-filled spirit-filled weekend! The Franciscan Youth Conferences just get better every year. The teens continue to be more open to receiving the Holy Spirit. My teens of course are amazing. And, I am so incredibly blessed to be with them at the parish! I would not have it any other way.

These last two months have been ones of deep prayer. of continual prayer. of sustaining prayer. it has not been easy. there have been a few sleepless nights. a few nights of me crying myself to sleep. but I want it no other way. The only way is thru Jesus. For He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life!

I am at peace with my decision involving a long-time friend. I have been at peace for a long while. I trust in God's infinite plan.

I am patiently waiting. Our novena begins Sept 8th on the Our Lady's birthday! and continues for nine novenas until November 27th. So far, its me, SS, MG, JS, and L.S. I hope that I am not forgetting anyone. The guys I invited to be a part of this still have not responded. Our Lord will provide our other 4 pray-ers. We will storm heaven together united in Christ's love.
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God is sooooo good and faithful and merciful and rich in kindness and grace.

Praise be to the Lord Almighty, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords. Jesus is the Lion of Judah. We shall want for nothing more!

Jesus pointed out numerous times this weekend that I really do love intercessory prayer. I kind of threw it out the window last July. His LOVE, His Spirit now consumes my soul. I surrender unto Him ALL of me. My hands, my feet, my lips, my toes, my mouth, my nose. For everything has been such a great gift! Jesus!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Keep Em Coming

Alright, now I've had some time to think and dwell on my last post.

Send me your novenas to St Ann, St Raphael, St Joseph, St Rita and St Jude for finding a spouse. I'm going to need a league of angels and saints and Jesus' mom pleading my case before Jesus!

Come on, folks, lets get this started.

I have emails to send.

Tawanda!!!

Novena to Bl Anna Marie Taigi

O Blessed Anna Marie Taigi, by that humble submission with which you believed in and adored the august mystery of the One True God in Three Persons, obtain for me from the Most Holy Trinity the favor which I confidently implore…(fill in your petition.**)

Glory be the Father… (three times)

O Blessed Anna Marie Taigi, by the great love and tender pity with which you honored the mysteries in the life of Jesus, obtain for me from Him the favor which I earnestly implore... (fill in your petition.)

Glory be the Father… (three times)

O Blessed Anna Marie Taigi, through your filial devotion to the Blessed Virgin, obtain for me from Her the favor which I humbly implore… (fill in your petition.)

Glory be the Father… (three times)

Jesus is my Somebody to Love. for now.


Argh! I am trusting. I. will. trust. in. da. Lord. I will. I promise.

Goodness, when you're on track. Doing great. Trusting. Praying.

Yet, waiting. Just waiting. Being patient is SSSOOO hard.

I know I am not the only single Catholic woman that wonders why God has not placed in her path her husband. I pray He makes it abundantly clear when it happens.

These thoughts become more prevalent around holidays. And, when you want to paint the town red, but all your girlfriends are married and have kids!

Its just so aggravating. And, then you sign up on those blasted single sites, and no one is positive about your profile. I really feel like dropping out. But, I must be patient. With God all things are possible.

Jesus is my somebody to LOVE. I am content in this. I am. I mean it. Can't you hear it in my voice?

also, a prayer intention. It seems that the Director of Faith Formation and Discipleship for our Archdiocese (of Atlanta) has decided to eliminate the Office of Youth Ministry. He has eliminated the position. Our current director of YM has been terminated. And, it looks like all the programs that we have built for our teens are about to go down the tubes. I really wonder if he'd just like us YM's to do our own thing at our own parish and not have anything to do with the diocese. But, doesn't he know that our teens need to see other teens living out their faith. You learn by example. That's how you grow! Argh. So, please pray for us.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Somebody to Love

Somebody to Love. ... I try, I try, and I try. ... anybody find me somebody to love.

I especially love Queen's version.

For some odd reason, this song is in my head. It wasn't on TV or on the radio. But it's in my head.
Maybe this is a subliminal message. Who knows.

All I know is I am exhausted. I need sleep. about 40 hours worth. I need to catch up before Jamaica - our mission trip. Which by the way, fundraising is going well. Though we are still in need of $6124! And, we have only 1 fundraiser left! a yard sale this weekend. So, if you're in the Smryna area, stop by Saturday from 8am - 12 pm at St Thomas the Apostle. Inexpensive and lots of it. PLUS, it'll be indoors! Wahoo! Air conditioning! Its sweltering down here!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Pope Leo XIII Prayer

I have this prayer that I was given on my first year on the road with NET (Thanks Jolene!) that is an exorcism prayer. I have prayed it quite a few times in my parent's house. It is TRULY a powerful prayer. One that HAS to prayed SILENTLY. One has to have a BOTTLE of Holy Water. Did I mention this prayer has to be prayed SILENTLY. Tonight, I was asked if I could give it someone. So, I googled, and found it, and here it is:

A Simple Exorcism for Priests or Laity

Prayer Against Satan and the Rebellious Angels

Published by Order of His Holiness Pope Leo XIII

The following is a simple exorcism prayer that can be said by priests or laity. The term “exorcism” does not always denote a solemn exorcism involving a person possessed by the devil. In general, the term denotes prayers to “curb the power of the devil and prevent him from doing harm.” As St. Peter had written in Holy Scripture, “your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.” (1 St.Peter 5,8)

The Holy Father exhorts priests to say this prayer as often as possible, as a simple exorcism to curb the power of the devil and prevent him from doing harm. The faithful also may say it in their own name, for the same purpose, as any approved prayer. Its use is recommended whenever action of the devil is suspected, causing malice in men, violent temptations and even storms and various calamities. It could be used as a solemn exorcism (an official and public ceremony, in Latin), to expel the devil. It would then be said by a priest, in the name of the Church and only with a Bishop's permission.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

Most glorious Prince of the Heavenly Armies, Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in “our battle against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places” (Eph., 6,12). Come to the assistance of men whom God has created to His likeness and whom He has redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Holy Church venerates thee as her guardian and protector; to thee, the Lord has entrusted the souls of the redeemed to be led into heaven. Pray therefore the God of Peace to crush Satan beneath our feet, that he may no longer retain men captive and do injury to the Church. Offer our prayers to the Most High, that without delay they may draw His mercy down upon us; take hold of “the dragon, the old serpent, which is the devil and Satan”, bind him and cast him into the bottomless pit ... “that he may no longer seduce the nations” (Apoc. 20, 2-3).

Exorcism

In the Name of Jesus Christ, our God and Lord, strengthened by the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Blessed Michael the Archangel, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul and all the Saints. (and powerful in the holy authority of our ministry)*, we confidently undertake to repulse the attacks and deceits of the devil.

* Lay people omit the parenthesis above.

Psalm 67. God arises; His enemies are scattered and those who hate Him flee before Him. As smoke is driven away, so are they driven; as wax melts before the fire, so the wicked perish at the presence of God.

V. Behold the Cross of the Lord, flee bands of enemies.
R. The Lion of the tribe of Juda, the offspring of David, hath conquered.
V. May Thy mercy, Lord, descend upon us.
R. As great as our hope in Thee.

(The crosses below indicate a blessing to be given if a priest recites the Exorcism; if a lay person recites it, they indicate the Sign of the Cross to be made silently by that person.)

We drive you from us, whoever you may be, unclean spirits, all satanic powers, all infernal invaders, all wicked legions, assemblies and sects. In the Name and by the power of Our Lord Jesus Christ, + may you be snatched away and driven from the Church of God and from the souls made to the image and likeness of God and redeemed by the Precious Blood of the Divine Lamb. + Most cunning serpent, you shall no more dare to deceive the human race, persecute the Church, torment God's elect and sift them as wheat. + The Most High God commands you, + He with whom, in your great insolence, you still claim to be equal. “God who wants all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (I Tim. 2,4). God the Father commands you. + God the Son commands you. + God the Holy Ghost commands you. + Christ, God's Word made flesh, commands you; + He who to save our race outdone through your envy, “humbled Himself, becoming obedient even unto death” (Phil.2,8); He who has built His Church on the firm rock and declared that the gates of hell shall not prevail against Her, because He will dwell with Her “all days even to the end of the world” (Matt. 28,20). The sacred Sign of the Cross commands you, + as does also the power of the mysteries of the Christian Faith. + The glorious Mother of God, the Virgin Mary, commands you; + she who by her humility and from the first moment of her Immaculate Conception crushed your proud head. The faith of the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and of the other Apostles commands you. + The blood of the Martyrs and the pious intercession of all the Saints command you. +

Thus, cursed dragon, and you, diabolical legions, we adjure you by the living God, + by the true God, + by the holy God, + by the God “who so loved the world that He gave up His only Son, that every soul believing in Him might not perish but have life everlasting” (Jn 3,16); stop deceiving human creatures and pouring out to them the poison of eternal damnation; stop harming the Church and hindering her liberty. Begone, Satan, inventor and master of all deceit, enemy of man's salvation. Give place to Christ in Whom you have found none of your works; give place to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church acquired by Christ at the price of His Blood. Stoop beneath the all-powerful Hand of God; tremble and flee when we invoke the Holy and terrible Name of Jesus, this Name which causes hell to tremble, this Name to which the Virtues, Powers and Dominations of heaven are humbly submissive, this Name which the Cherubim and Seraphim praise unceasingly repeating: Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord, the God of Hosts.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. May the Lord be with thee.
R. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

God of heaven, God of earth, God of Angels, God of Archangels, God of Patriarchs, God of Prophets, God of Apostles, God of Martyrs, God of Confessors, God of Virgins, God who has power to give life after death and rest after work: because there is no other God than Thee and there can be no other, for Thou art the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, of Whose reign there shall be no end, we humbly prostrate ourselves before Thy glorious Majesty and we beseech Thee to deliver us by Thy power from all the tyranny of the infernal spirits, from their snares, their lies and their furious wickedness. Deign, O Lord, to grant us Thy powerful protection and to keep us safe and sound. We beseech Thee through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

V. From the snares of the devil,
R. Deliver us, O Lord.

V. That Thy Church may serve Thee in peace and liberty:
R. We beseech Thee to hear us.

V. That Thou may crush down all enemies of Thy Church:
R. We beseech Thee to hear us.

(Holy water is sprinkled in the place where we may be.)

Imprimatur: +Henri, O.M.I., Vicar Apostolic of James Bay - August 15, 1967

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the malice and snares of the Devil. May God restrain him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the divine power cast into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who roam through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus: have mercy on us. (3 times)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Rafting the Ocoee

I took 8 teens and 3 chaperones rafting this past weekend on the Ocoee River (home to 1996 Olympics for Kayaking). We rafted the Middle Ocoee. Below are pictures of the Class IV rapids called Hell's Kitchen. You will notice that I am in the front on the left side of the raft.







And, I am sure you have noticed I fell out. Not only did I fall out. I opened my eyes in the water and realized I was UNDER the raft. Our guide said he felt my head under the raft! Luckily, with my fight or flight in tact, I was in fight mode and reached the service. It was a wild ride. They make you wear helmets and life jackets, so I was only underneath the water for about 5 seconds. And, I had an awesome time. And, next year I will go again. But, next time I'll ride in the back of the raft by the guide! No more up front.

And here is a slideshow with the rest of the photos.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Memorial Day 2014

My reunion in Minnesota was SUCH a blessing.  
Much fun was had!
Here are some highlights.

Duckies at the Dodge City Nature Center
La Cucaracha for Dinner and yeah, no bugs in our food.
Children's Museum Earth World fun!  Turtle! Turtle!
Team Photo - we miss you Sami, Emi, BBrizzown, Joe, & Justin!
the youngin's hi-five!  

Where will we be in Five years?  Florida, perhaps?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Chickens abound

Here's a little video I put together of my daily escapades while chicken sitting.  And, also, so that those of you that know me can see how fond I am of birds now.


video

Lovers of Texas!

A friend of mine is trying to sell her house in Houston, TX.
Click on the image below and it will take you to the realtor's site.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Whirlwind

I am house-sitting, dog-sitting, and chicken-sitting once again. So far, nothing has died, except a cute furry chipmunk which one of the dogs caught and ate. yuck!

And, I have herded chickens back into their coop at night. Yes, with my knees knocking and breathing hard, but the point is I do it.

I also have to let the chickens out in the morning so they can roam the backyard all day and eat worms and basically rule the pets! So both mornings, I've gone up there and lifted the latch, pulled the door open, and run back down the hill. The chickens chase you b/c they think you have food. So, yeah, I am still a bit afraid. I wonder what the neighbors think. I wonder if I can somehow take a video of it. Maybe tomorrow I'll video them chasing me to the door.

But, for now, I am taking a day off. And lounging around the house. debating on whether to go get a pedicure or cut my hair or neither.

My hair has grown ALOT...i believe its about 6-7 inches long. but still in awkward football helmet stage.

At our Spring retreat, we had the opportunity to do a few high ropes course elements. I went down a zip-line. SCARY! Yet I face my fear with Jesus by my side. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

And, also, I purchased a few "gifts" to give out. But, my CORE found them! thought they were hilarious and asked if we could wear them. So, a pic for you below.

I head up to MN for Memorial Day weekend for a NET Home Team 2002-2003 reunion. I am so excited to go and see my teammates for whom most I haven't seen in person in 4 years.

This summer is going to be a whirlwind and more so than 2006 was. I have one trip after another. 6 Flags. Rafting. VBS. Lock-In. Pancake Breakfast. CLI. Steubenville Atlanta. MSC Jamaica. Peer Ministry led Retreat. And then finally a 3 week vacation. Please pray for my sanity. B/c usually I take off about 3 days after a weekend retreat. And, this summer, I'll be lucky if I get one day after these events.

For those who trust in the Lord, all things are possible.

Also, 4 prayers requests - special intetntions for 4 beautiful awesome fantastic faith-filled women.


Saturday, May 9, 2009

Battle Prayer

I've been looking for this particular prayer for months, not even realizing it was in my posession the entire time.

so here itis:

Battle Prayer

Lord, our God, at the beginning of this day I offer you praise and thanks, for you are so good to me. I recognize that ‘all is gift’ today, and I freely choose to live my life for you today.


I surrender every area of my life completely and unreservedly to you, and offer my body as a living sacrifice, so it is no longer I who live, but you in me. I renew my allegiance to You in prayer. I thank you that you have loved me from the beginning of time and have sent the Lord Jesus to die as my substitute. I bring the blood of Jesus between Satan and myself and reject all works of evil in my life today.


I choose today to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. I receive all spiritual blessings of heaven in Christ. I recognize that I cannot stand by my own strength nor might, but only by the spirit of God. I, therefore, resist the devil and watch him flee as I begin this day by fighting the good fight against evil in my life.  As a soldier of Jesus Christ, I confidently stand my ground as I put on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the sandals of eagerness to spread the Good News and the helmet of salvation. I lift high the shield of faith against all the fiery arrows of the enemy, and I take in my hand the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. I choose to use your word against all the forces of evil in my life today.


By faith and in complete dependence upon you, I forsake the fleshly works of my old self and stand in the victory of the crucifixion where the Lord Jesus cleansed me from my old self. I forsake all forms of selfishness and put on love. I forsake fear and take up your courage. I put off weakness, and put on strength. I resist all lust, and receive your righteousness and purity.

I recognize that my battle today is not with any earthly being, but against the rulers, the authorities and the powers of this dark world which are opposed to the Lord and His anointed, Jesus Christ. Therefore, I tear down the strongholds of Satan and smash the plans he has formed against me today. I tear down the strongholds of Satan formed against my mind today and I surrender my mind to you, Holy Spirit. I break and smash the strongholds of Satan formed against my will today and give my will to you. I wreck the plans of Satan formed against my body today and give my body to you, recognizing that I am your temple.


Lord, our God, enable me today to be aggressive in prayer and diligent in my work, that I might practice your word today and place you first in my life. May all the work of the crucifixion, the resurrection, the glorification and the Pentecost be released in my life today. You have proven your magnificent power by resurrecting Jesus Christ from the dead, and I claim this victory over all Satanic forces in my life. I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ with thanksgiving. Amen.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Quote


"My God, I believe most firmly that Thou watchest over all who hope in Thee, and that we can want for nothing when we rely upon Thee in all things; therefore I am resolved for the future to have no anxieties, and to cast all my cares upon Thee."


~~ St. Claude de la Columbiere


Monday, April 13, 2009

Mon, April 13th

Alright, so this morning I woke up late (I am still trying to figure out my new alarm clock).  So, its been raining all night.  And, I went outside to do a 'quick weather check', so I can figure out if its warm enough to wear capri's.  But this is what I found.
What???!~???  Wouldn't mom have stayed home if she found a tree in the street?  But, maybe it didn't fall until after she left.  And, the sound didn't even wake me.  Hmmm.

I showered and left for the oil change.  Called the brother to explain to him our lovely old oak tree had fallen.  The one that had had a birdhouse on it when we were kids.    Brother said he was on his way home.

Will find out from mother about whether or not it had fallen when she left this morning at 430 am.

Oh, and I just found out that our parish administrator went to Providence College for his undergrad, what a small world.

Ft Walton

From Wed - Saturday, I went down to Ft Walton Beach, FL.

I took a few pictures, but they are of my friend's children, so I will not be posting.  However, I did take a video of the waves on Friday and a few surfers.  Took the video from the pier.  You will notice my shaky hands.  I know I am not called to be an videographer.

video

While down there, I faced my fear of birds.   If you didn't know, I have a fear of birds.  Stems from watching "The Birds" by Hitchcock at a young age.  I am sure there is another event that also contributes, but the movie is all I remember.  
On Thursday, we took the kids to the Gulfarium.  And, there were some winged creatures present - mostly pigeons.  We were eating a snack of nachos when the said pigeons became more present than before.  I started freaking out.  At one point I was screeching because they were three feet away, and I had now perched on the picnic table bench.  My faithful friend (Sirach 6:14) reminded me that I was an adult in this situation and the kids are looking to me to be one.  Then, something inside me switched on, and after watching my faithful friend shoo the pigeons away,  I too shooed them away.

On Friday, at the pier there were birds of course.  And I stayed the course.

After returning home on Saturday, I along with the 5-year-old, corralled the chickens back into the coop.  Wow!  That's all I can say.  I am in shock but also in awe of the power of Christ!




Friday, March 27, 2009

forms

yeah, yeah...i know its 1 am...whatever

I remembered 30 minutes ago that I still haven't fill out an insurance form...you see its for prior coverage credits or something...i have to mail into them all the places I received medical treatment from for May 2008 til now!  yeah, i know...for some of that was in the monastery...thank goodness for journals and a 2008 calendar or I wouldn't be able to remember...b/c from May to July 2008, it all just runs together...

and so thats what brought me here, found a quote from me in said journal:
"If you're serving out of duty; that's bunk.  Perfect service is done out of LOVE for neighbor expecting NOTHING in return." 
that is something I definitely needed to hear just a few mere months ago..

and also tonight, I hooked us up with DISH network, and after 2 hours of searching finally found naked DSL through AT&T...b/c there was NO way we were sticking with Comcast (who I have to call on Monday to cancel) -- their customer service is awful...we've been trying to get our intermittant service fixed since the very least July 2008...it was probably happening before then but my parents are clueless when it comes to these things...God love them!

also watched "Knowing" today...thought it was going to be a really good end-of-the-world suspense thriller...instead - a seriously hokey Cocoon-ET-Scary Movie like film...YECK!!  Shoulda stayed home and just watched one of my favorites - Day After Tomorrow or Independence Day!  whatever.

tomorrow or really later today  I have spiritual direction...looking fwd to it...

my hair is in clown stage...its getting longer yet crazier in the afro stage...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ooma

Our internet goes out about 3x a day.  Because we have Vonage, this also means our land line does not work either.  The time span for each outage is usually around 3 hours each.  Yeck!  We've called Comcast (internet/cable provider)  numerous times.  Each time they tell us they'll fix it and every week we have to call them back.  Oh, yes, that's right, I have to call on my wireless and go through the motions that I am the daughter and all that jazz... I am soooooooooooooooo sick of it.  And, not even that, our wireless internet has not worked for over two weeks.  So, if I want to be online, I have to use mom's computer which is in her bedroom.  And, I can't be online past 10 pm.  Let's not even go there.

So, I've been looking at several different options.  Currently we pay $60 for basic cable and cable internet.  And $35 for Vonage.  This is monthly.  Total is $95.

ATT high-speed internet is $35 monthly.   DISH network is about $65 monthly.  That leaves phone.  We love Vonage b/c mom can call India for pennies.  So, I looked around on Clark Howard's site and came across Ooma.  It would cost about $250 and would be a one-time price.  Over all, I think this will work for us.  My brother is coming home this weekend and will speak to the parents.  I will probably buy Ooma for the house.  And, they'll continue to pay for cable/internet.  But, overall I think this will be better.  And, we won't be getting gipped on the internet service.