A bitter-sweet milestone in my vocation of mommy was reached this past week. My baby turned 10; thus, I celebrated our last kiddie birthday party. No more mailed invitations, goody bags, games, and prizes. After more than 24 years, I will not have any more birthday parties to plan. I was excited and melancholy at the same time.
You’ve probably seen or heard about those fitness apps that tell you the caloric content of the food you eat and the calories burned off by various activities. That kind of information can be really helpful if you’re trying to lose weight or get in better shape. These programs give you clear, concise information that indicates exactly what you’ve done and what you need to do to reach your desired goal. I’ve often wished there were similar rules for our ultimate goal of going to heaven. Wouldn’t it be great if there was an app for that?
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In mid-August our Church celebrated the Assumption of Mary. As I sat in church that morning it was natural to think about Mary and what she means to me. For 25+ years I have prayed to her and my own Mom; first for the ability to become a mother, then for guidance to be a good mother, and many times for the strength, courage and wisdom to know the right words or actions as a mother.
I’ve heard in recent years that “being nice” is not as important as living out faith and keeping the commandments.