Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy 1-1-11! May God bless all of us with a year filled with grace and blessings.

My dad and his wife are here from Myrtle Beach and today we celebrated his 63rd birthday. Happy birthday Dad! May you know God's blessings, peace, and joy in special ways this year. Thank you for sharing these fun days with us, for all of the great Christmas presents, and for your love and support.

Last night we rang in the new year by taking the boys downtown to "First Night Columbus." There were many fun activities for all of us, including bouncers, art stations, entertainment, special night hours at COSI, ice carvers, Lego-building, and even fireworks! I think the boys had the most fun at the "bubble wrap" station. They got to jump and stomp and run on huge sheets of bubble wrap. What can be more fun than that? They also fulfilled a lifelong dream of riding on a city bus. (Funny, I know!) The buses were running as shuttles among the venues. We had a fun ride. I couldn't believe the boys lasted until the 10:30 fireworks. We had a wonderful time.

We got the boys home, carried them upstairs, tucked them in bed, and then collapsed into our own bed. As we watched the excitement at Times Square and waited for the ball to drop, we felt really old. It didn't seem as exciting as in the past. We mostly just couldn't believe how fast time seems to go now. How can it already be 2011? Jon was snoring by 12:05 and I wasn't far behind him.

This morning we all slept in a bit. We had intended to go to our parish for Mass to celebrate the Feast of Mary, Mother of God. It didn't happen. Although the boys and I were very resistant, Jon finally motivated us to get ready and head to the Cathedral for Mass at 10:30. I am so thankful for his gentle encouragement. We enjoyed a beautiful Mass and the boys - especially Ray - were really enthralled by the immensity and beauty of the Cathedral. Ray insists that we are going there for Mass all the time now. We'll see what happens tomorrow!

As we begin 2011 I am filled with gratitude for all God's blessings, especially for my family. I am making the usual resolutions of improved fitness and balance in my life. I hope that all of us will enjoy the gift of each day, each moment. May we recognize God's faithful presence and listen to His encouragement as well as challenges so that we may grow closer to Him and reflect His love to all we meet.

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