Uh, I think. Yeah. Mostly good. Ninety-seven and a half percent good.
And I keeping running around gathering up my wishful thinking cloud and patting it back into shape. I haven't given up hope that I'll get a bit of a restful summer yet...
But, anyway -- Here's the latest news around here:
First of all, Michelle turned seventeen the end of June, and being graduated and home from Omaha for good, got her learner's permit -- and has been out on the roads now (with me or her Dad or brother Kevin) for three weeks. Which is -- uh -- mostly good. I think.
Out of all our cars to learn in, this is her vehicle of choice, though:
Also... When my Mom headed out to visit her family in North Carolina a couple weeks ago (Yay, Mom!!), my sisters and I got to spend some time looking out for our Dad (who has alzheimers). The trip to Denver did
double triple quadruple duty because it coincided with the St. Mechtilde Music Festival, which Michelle, Theresa, and Cathy attended. Then, in a spur of the moment decision, Number Four Son, Brother Pius/Dominic made the decision to come home in order to beat the Epstein Bar/Chronic Fatigue problem he's been struggling with, too. So, I drove out to North Platte, NE to meet him and his chauffeurs, Brother Francis (far left in photo below) and his brother, Brother Philip (far right).
|We had a very enjoyable lunch at the Ruby Tuesday's in North Platte; the nice waitress gave us 25% off our bill, even! Pays to go out to lunch with three handsome, polite Seminarians, let me tell you! :0)|
|Last Chance, Colorado is very close to Byers, our old hometown on the eastern plains.|
|Look how close this house came to being burned! Thank God and the brave and determined firefighters that saved many homes in the recent Colorado wildfires.|
|Dominic making a funny face while taking a picture of Hayes Falls, near Carbondale.|
|The Back of Dominic's head as he takes a picture from the peak of McClure Pass.|
|The picture taken from the peak of McClure Pass.|
|Above and Below: Fr. Bernard, prior of the monastary (left), and Brian (right)|
|Congratulations to Brian! Our prayers are with you and with St. Augustine's!|
And... Dominic, who's driving career was suspended by boarding in Omaha in High School then joining the seminary immediately) just got his driver's permit, and is working toward his license, too. So there are lot of exciting little side trips being taken around here with two teenagers newly behind the wheel. (More on that later...)
But it was a couple nights ago, just after a lovely rain storm, that our neighbor's horse, Girlie, wandered over to taste some of the
But, of all the events of the past weeks (save one that I'll share later that is of more sublime and eternal importance) -- all the fun of the music festival; the great time with our friends at the barbecue; the bittersweet silliness and stress of caring for my Dad; the day spent at the hospital with my brother; the spur of the moment ride to Nebraska to get Dominic and the giddy-happy ride home with him so eager to see his family; of Brian's awesome and wonderful ceremony; etc., I think it was this short evening, walking a horse home under a rainbow, that will stay in my mind forever. The peace and contentment of home and family. God in His heaven, all right with the world. I hope these simple things will last as long as I'll keep the memory.
Blessings and Best Wishes to all who stop here. I expect I'll be around again soon. Watch for me just in case. :0)