Think about those times in your life when you have felt inspired to something really great. Where does that inspiration come from?
The Holy Spirit. God inspires us to do great things with our lives.
----Matthew Kelly

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Disclaimer: I am not a theologian, just a Catholic empty-nester trying to figure it all out. The views on this blog are my own.

Thankful Thursday Summer Break

Time for some gratitude! Head over to Knit By God's Hand to get a huge dose of thankfulness from other bloggers!

This week I'm thankful for:

  • Daily Mass. Seriously. I've been getting up around 5:30, doing my 30-minute walk, and then getting ready for Mass this week. Well, except for Tuesday because there's a noon Mass on Tuesdays and Thursdays so I can sleep in a little bit. Our priests give amazing homilies (kind of like sermons but shorter!) that feed me for the rest of the day. 

  • Surprise suppers with one of my sisters. One night my husband felt like eating a burger so we went to a local place where our youngest son took us on our anniversary. We walked in and one of my sisters was sitting down! She invited us to sit with her ladies' motorcycle group. We had a great time!
  • TV binging. I don't have time to binge during the school year, so I've taken advantage of not being motivated to do anything around the house to binge on Downton Abbey in preparation for the new movie. I've moved on to The Last Kingdom. I should include the internet here, also. It's interesting to google events or places in the show and see the real history. 

  • Garden vegetables. Well, not quite yet but they're coming! The squash that our youngest son planted has taken over the little garden beside our porch. There are some tomatoes on the vines and some squash as we wait for them to ripen!

  • Early morning sightings of the ducks. The male was hanging around the fountain a couple of mornings. It's so sweet to see the couple together and to see how the male watches out for the female to protect her.

Summer breaks are the time for me to be able to slow down and really enjoy this life that God has given me!


  1. so nice to meet you... I am in awe of your already thriving vegetables, isn't it like a miracle the growing of food? Love Downton... can't go to the theaters to see the new flick but eventually it will come out on PBS so I'll wait...
    LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  2. Hi Mary. I am a first time visitor to your blog. I know I will be back again. I love your weekly gratitude. I also join with Rebecca Jo, as much as I can, for Thankful Thursday. I sure admire you for going to mass every day! We all need to have our spirits fed by God on a daily basis. I also love Downton Abbey. I haven't seen the movie, but I sure enjoyed the PBS series. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I will come back and visit again soon!

  3. Love a time to slow down... much needed.
    Good for you getting in walks before mass - what a body/soul start to your days!!!!
    I want to grow my own stuff so bad but where I live, it would go all to the deer & wildlife - for sure!


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