Listen to God's voice at the foot of the crucifix." ~St. Gaspar del Bufaro~

Monday, July 25, 2011

Back-ups And Blessings

We got backed-up last week...
Mostly due to one little soccer camp....But then again, there's just some weeks that it's just plain hard to keep up. Dear husband was away at work most of the week so it seems like the many household duties and tasks also add up and back-up while he is away for long stretches:(  On top of that, it was a busy weekend so the mountain has grown even bigger since then....Laundry Madonna, please pray for me!  Ok, so there's no such thing as a Laundry Madonna so it's just plain time to get to work.  The good Lord knows that the laundry is my nemesis so I shall call on His most Holy Name with each piece of laundry that I touch.  Jesus will give me the strength to bear the load with joy, oh yes he will.  Stay tuned for how many times I say His name today...Any guesses?

Before I get to work, it helps me to acknowledge blessings amidst the back-ups.  Last week we received 3 special deliveries that brightened our week.  It is always my hope and prayer to be vigilant about blogging, lest it grow to be a distraction from my family or vocational duties.  It's always a balance to keep things in check. This being said, the online faith, hope and charity has been invaluable...These blessings are a tribute to the friendships that are forged through God's grace.

One friend was so kind to share a few of her own treasures with our family. I have never met Gardenia but our bloggy friendship has blossomed into a great gift.  Her generosity has touched my heart in more ways than one.  I am blessed to share a love for the Lord and Our Blessed Mother with Gardenia, reflected in the treasures of our homes.  We were beyond blessed by her special delivery!
A soldier with Jesus..."That men may live."
Shared stickers and holy cards for our whole family...
Beautiful holy vases from her collection...I have admired these from across the miles!
And this gorgeous poster that Angel baby wants to hang in the girls' room!  
She asked me not to thank her but that's a difficult thing when a heart overflows with gratitude...Instead, I shall pray that God's blessings be returned to her and her family in abundance:) 

Another friend sent Princess a lovely First Communion gift.  Lena makes these herself and has a small Etsy shop.  Be sure to check out her tiled necklaces.  Isn't this one just perfectly pretty?  I just love Lena's grace-filled treasures!  Princess has a very grateful heart for her thoughtfulness and generosity:)  This is Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, who was Princess' First Communion Patron Saint...
 A final blessing was this pile of gently used clothes that another dear friend dropped off for our family.  In these tough economic times, we were thrilled to receive such abundance.  We will donate any unused items to our church yard sale coming up!
This is not to say that the material items were the main focus of our blessings last week.  We know full well that it's the precious-people-souls behind their actions that really matter, through the hand of God.  
That being said, it's off to work with Jesus to reduce the pile of mounting laundry.  Our days may be filled with back-ups... but the blessings always outweigh the burdens!


  1. Tiffany, The blessings of friends in the faith help the struggles and challenges easier, that is for sure. They remind me to keep my eyes on Christ. I love Lena's beautiful tile necklaces. Laundry is actually a chore I don't mind. (I can *sometimes* find some moments for prayer while sorting and folding) It's all the other domestic chores that I so dislike -- oh the dishwasher I loathe ! God bless,

  2. You received some very beautiful things this week!! Sorry about the laundry, it never does stop does it? Oh well, it means we have lots of children around to get things dirty!

  3. A very REAL post, Tiffany! What beautiful gifts. I, too, have always admired those beautiful vases that Gardenia has around her house. And that necklace is just perfect. I'll need to remember Lena's gifted gifts for the future!

    P.S. I always welcome a bag of clothes.

  4. Oh you did receive some beautiful blessings :-) How nice of her to share with you! What a good friend indeed. Isn't it nice when someone touches your heart? Looks like you have been receiving many random acts of kindness lately :-)
    For some reason summer always makes for three times as much laundry too ;)

  5. Hi Tiffany, you have definitely been blessed by the friendships made through blogging! But you too, have been a blessing to others and I wanted you to know I blogged about you today at Holly's meme Pay it Forward. You've been an encouragement to me over these past months and I wanted you to know it!

  6. Hi Tiffany,

    Came over here from Holly's blog for Pay it Forward. I can so relate to getting behind on laundry! Even though it's challenging, some of my most grace filled moments have come while working on laundry, of course maybe that's because I'm ALWAYS doing laundry :) God bless you and thanks for your beautiful blog!! I look forward to coming back again :)

  7. Ah, you are blessed indeed! +JMJ+

  8. Hi Tiffany,

    I came over from Holly's blog too! god bless you and yours always!

  9. Wonderful blessings!

    Awarded you the “Irresistibly Sweet Blog” Award. I know things are hectic right now for you to participate, but I posted it on my blog (Keeping it Simple).

  10. Thank you everyone! I am blessed by each of you:)


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