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4/29/2011

Happy Feast Day, St. Gianna!

It's late in the evening and our guests have all gone home. My entire family is in bed sound asleep. It is quiet.... like crazy quiet in my house right now and all I can think about is the contrast between this moment and just a few hours ago when our house was "fully alive".

In honor of St. Gianna's feast day, we transformed our typical Thursday night core team meeting into an Italian celebration complete with Johnny's delicious spaghetti dinner. Our house was filled with old friends and new friends, laughter, cheesy Italian music, kids running around and even conversations in a different language. I loved it!!

Our party planning began earlier in the afternoon when our dear friend Megan came over to begin making a delicious Italian dessert! Given the fact that I completely lack in cooking skills, I am always thrilled when other people come to my house, pull out the blender and begin whipping up sweet concoctions in my kitchen......... my kids love it too!!


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Megan's desserts = pure happiness

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And then our beautiful friend Amanda (also one of Gianna's Godmothers) came by to visit and brought these beautiful tulips and this incredible bowl of goodies for Gianna filled with all things "G" to celebrate St. Gianna's Feast Day.

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Giradelli chocolates, Gummy Bears, Gum, Grapes and of course a Tiara which doesn't begin with a "g", but looked quite cute on our little princess.


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And amidst all the creativity taking place in our home, Joshua was inspired to color a picture for St. Gianna. We told him that St. Gianna loved both Jesus and children very much. So that is what his picture is of. Little children to the left..... and Jesus in the upper right hand corner. Don't worry, Jesus is not sticking his tongue out. When I asked about it, Joshua firmly corrected me as to the fact that it was a beard, not a tongue.

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And then the celebration began!


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D i n n e r !


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Gianna's other beautiful Godmother Terri, her husband Burt and their daughter Marie also joined us!

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D e s s e r t ! Y u m m y !

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L a u g h t e r !
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Old friends, and new friends!
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There was a little bit of craziness trying to take this picture with the timer on my camera. It took a few tries, and me running frantically back and forth to get this one. But it was worth it!

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I am so thankful that we have friends that love our children! I feel so blessed!

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And as this beautiful day comes to a close, I have one final reflection that I'd like to share.

This afternoon when I picked up Caleb and Noah from preschool, Noah came enthusiastically running out to me as he always does and gave me a big hug. It was at that moment that I noticed that he had his pants on backwards. I did all that I could to hold back my laughter and as we walked out to our car I asked him, "Hey Noah, do you know that your pants are on backwards?" With a huge smile and a twinkle in his eye, he proclaimed proudly, "Yes Mommy, of course I know that my pants are on backwards." This time I let out my laugh and responded, "Well, that's good.... I'm glad you know."

As I sit here reflecting on this, I realize that I am definitely growing as a mother. A few years ago, had that been Joshua, I would have been mortified. I would have marched him into the bathroom immediately and turned them around, afraid of what other parents in the parking lot might have thought had they seen us walking to our car in such a state.

Even just a year ago, I probably would have been embarrassed and made some crazy excuse and apology to the teacher hoping she wouldn't think poorly of us as parents for sending our child to school in such a way.

But I can tell that God is helping me to grow. Today, I just laughed.... and proudly held his hand as we walked through the parking lot, so thankful that my little guy is still at that innocent age in which he could care less of what others think of him. And I laugh at the thought of this future conversation with other pre-school moms. "Oh, there is my son Jimmy over their stacking those blocks so nicely." Then another beaming mom proclaims, "That is my sweet little girl Suzie, the one with the pink sweater coloring so nicely inside the lines." And then me, "Oh that's my little Noah over there dancing around, see if you look closely, he's the one with the zipper going up his back-end.......Ah, isn't he so cute!"

(I can't believe that I didn't get a picture!)

Noah is our bundle of joy! He is child whose every step has a spring in it and he is teaching me how to not take life so seriously! Thank-you God for these little lessons.

And thank-you for this beautiful feast day!

St. Gianna, we love you! Please pray for us!!

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