Good Morning Friend ~
I will be sharing 20 facts about Mother Teresa over the next 20 weeks.
We start with her family picture as a young girl.
Mother Teresa is a household name for her good works, but many people don’t know much about her beyond “nun who helped the poor.” Here are 20 facts about Mother Teresa.
1. Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born Aug. 26, 1910, in Macedonia to a financially comfortable Albanian family (they owned two houses, one of which they lived in). Her father died when she was 8, ending her family’s financial security.
Born to Nikolle and Dranafile Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Mother Teresa was the youngest child of the Albanian couple. She was born on August 26, 1919 and was baptized the following day as Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, a date she considered her ‘true birthday’. She received her First Communion when she was five and a half.
Raised in a devoutly Catholic family, her father was an entrepreneur by profession. Her mother had a spiritual and religious bent of mind and was active participant in the local church activities.
Sudden and tragic death of her father when she was eight years old left young Agnes disheartened. Despite facing financial crisis, Dranafile did not compromise on the upbringing of her children and raised them with utmost love, care and affection. Over the years, young Agnes grew extremely close to her mother.
It was Dranafile’s firm belief and religious attitude that greatly influenced Agnes character and future vocation. A pious and compassionate woman, she instilled in Agnes a deep commitment to charity, which was further affirmed by her involvement in the Jesuit parish of the Sacred Heart.
As I begin my research on Mother Teresa I have such feelings of peace.
I have had this peace since I started my Sunday Reflections.
I hope you follow along with me as we learn much more about this beautiful woman.
God Bless you today & every day.
Enjoy your Sunday!!
Hi Friends ~
I have been thinking about how many posts I’ve written on changes in our home.
I know I have at least 3+ just in the Family Room.
This one is a keeper. I had Pete put his thoughts into this one as well. We both have different ideas, but together they are great ideas.
So here is our final result ~
OK this is what we did~
We had the recliner in the corner where the tree is now.
And…..the wing back chair was in front of the coffee table (where you see the dough bowl)
Not a good spot for that chair, it blocked the fire place.
Also we needed to find a new home for the tree. We have the ficus tree for 25 years. Can’t get rid of her now. p.s. this is how it all started.
Only spot for her is in the corner, that being said we had to move the recliner.
Many words went round & round until we started moving furniture from one spot to another, and with the help of my dear husband we came to a mutual agreement.
I love how it looks.
I know I have shared this curtains already, but I love them.
I made the runner for the coffee table and the little quilted balls in the dough bowl.
Finally all 5 quilted balls are complete.
Hope you enjoyed the new look for the F/R as much as I do.
Have a great weekend.
Good Morning Dear Friend ~
I was looking through some of my blogger friends emails today, and came across this post.
This came from a very sweet spiritual woman’s blog ~
I thought, such powerful words to live by ~
I will share with you just a few ways we can help each other ~
- Spouses need encouragement. Leave “Post-it” notes with words of gratitude and love thoughts in special places.
- Pray for someone when they share a hurt or burden. Right then. People are more blessed when you pray with them immediately, rather than saying I’ll be praying for you.
- Who do you love? Tell your friend or family member you do. We all need to hear that we are loved.
Please be sure to see the other 49 ways to encourage others. They are so worth reading.
52 Practical and Thoughtful Ways to Encourage Others
Have a wonderful Sunday.
Good Morning Friends ~
I know I am late reopening my Etsy store, but it will be reopened on May 10th.
I have a few new things happening –
The first new piece of information – I am putting lots and lots of pretty little hearts in my store.
The hearts measure 4.5″ x 4″ ~ They all have vintage lace, and vintage buttons.
Here is the spring line ~
Each month there will be a special heart and that heart will be given a name and a 10% coupon discount which will appear in my Etsy store.
The button on this heart is made from a coconut, and it looks like a coffee bean. The fabric is coffee cups, and the same color little hearts.
This one has little bumble bee, and sunflowers.
For the month of May (since I am reopening the store in May)
The name of this heart is Guernsey which means ~
An island in the English Channel, finance, market gardening, dairy farming,
Here is the back ~ And it does remind me of an English Garden.
You can do the reverse on the fabric which looks like ~
And the back ~
Both way are so pretty.
Hope you will enjoy these pretty little hearts.
Have an amazing weekend.
Good Morning Friends ~
Wishing you a very Happy Easter. Hope your day is filled with lots of blessings.
Today we are talking about the last Beatitude ~
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
As in the time of Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 2:23) and the early Christian Church (Acts 24:5), a Christian in the Middle East today is still called a Nazarene or in Arabic Nasrani or plural Nasara. Middle Eastern Christians have suffered severe persecution since the crises in Iraq and Syria. At least 58 Christians were slaughtered during Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Salvation Syriac Eastern Catholic Church in Baghdad on October 31, 2010. In July 2014 the terrorist Islamic State marked remaining Christian homes in Mosul with the Arabic letter Noon – for Nazarene, Nasrani, or Nasara – and advised residents that they have 24 hours to leave, convert to Islam, or die. Sixty thousand Christians in Mosul have been displaced from their homes, and over one million Christians have fled Iraq since the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003. It is estimated that the present turmoil in Syria has resulted in over 700,000 Christian refugees escaping to Jordan, Lebanon, and other Middle Eastern countries. But the Lord promised those that suffer for his sake will be rewarded with the Kingdom of Heaven!
How appropriate to have this Beatitude be our last to discuss – on Easter Sunday.
Jesus suffered for all of us so we could be with Him one day in heaven.
I am truly grateful to Him for all the suffering He has done for all of us.
There is Hope for this world ~ just keep believing and praying that our world will one day be one.
Such good words to live by.
We will be learning all about this sweet wonderful woman in our next
Enjoy your day with each other and never take life for granted.
Hi Friends ~
Recently I came across a great idea from one of my blog friends, and I thought I should share this.
Here is her link
She has the directions you can follow to make this yourself.
I’m so happy they fit so nicely on the window sill.
The only thing I did different was to add these little hearts to the top of the close pin.
I put the tag right on the close pin. I found it easier to use a little bit of glue and stick it right onto the close pin.
You can purchase the galvanized metal planter set here.
And the Printable Herb Garden Markers here.
I love that I can just go to the window sill and get my mint now – and the basil and parsley as well.
Thank you Anne for this great idea.
Just had to share.
Have a wonderful Sunday.
p.s. The little hearts can be purchase at Michael’s
Good Morning my dear Friend ~
We only have two Beatitudes left to talk about.
Today is the 7th Beatitude which is ~
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.
Jesus gives us peace – “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you” (John 14:27). Peace is also a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Peacemakers not only live peaceful lives but also try to bring peace and friendship to others, and to preserve peace between God and man. But one cannot give another what one does not possess oneself. Praying for peace will help change your heart. The Lord wants you first to be filled with the blessings of peace and then to pass it on to those who have need of it. By imitating God’s love of man, the peacemakers become children of God.
I truly think this is true ~
When we read the Beatitudes we learn so many beautiful meanings of life.
In the 7th beatitude it is all about the peacemaker, here is one example:
Nothing disqualifies us in being peacemakers more than talking about people rather than talking to them. The old Spanish proverb is correct: “Whoever gossips to you will gossip of you.” A peacemaker never says anything about another person that she or he has not first said to that person directly. After that, why tell anyone else?
I can find myself doing this from time to time, but I do try hard not to say bad things about another person, because when you do – you always feel awful that you did. I think this is God’s way of telling us to be the peacemaker – it is in all of us you know.
AND now to one of the BIGGEST peacemakers of all time ~
How true ~
Another BIG truth ~
Enjoy your day friend and remember be the peacemaker.
Hi Friends ~
Today I was talking with my Mom and telling her all about our trip to California.
She was so excited for us to visit our girls – she know the feeling of being far away from your children.
So I went on to tell her about how I grocery shopped with Kristin – cooked with her and Jenny & how beautiful their home is. How they made us feel so comfortable and special, and how happy we were to be with them.
Continuing on I told her about Aly & Brian and their pups and Mr “C” she totally loved me telling her about the animals.
How special they made us feel and how happy we were to be with both of them in their beautiful home.
I almost forgot to tell you all what an amazing lunch we had with our California Family
We had a great time with everyone – We don’t get to be with each other that often, so when we do it is just so special.
I hope you are enjoying your day
Until next time.
Good Morning ~
While visiting with my sister in California we went to a beautiful nursery only 2 blocks away from my nieces home.
While at the nursery I notices these cute little bunnies. I knew one of them would look so sweet on my coffee table.
I do love to do yoga and one of the poses looks very similar to this one.
Everyone needs a good stretch in the morning.
She is so cute ~ don’t you think. Perfect for Easter.
Wanted to share my larger bunny too ~
The egg inside the nest was a gift from a dear friend ~
She made this one for me.
So pretty thank you Chi.
Enjoy your day.