Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Mother Theresa

I just finished a wonderful address given by Mother Theresa when she received the Nobel Peace Prize, and wanted to share some highlights...though I would strongly recommend reading the whole piece.

There were a lot of points that I agreed strongly with, an associated with the need for Visiting Teaching and sisterly love:
A Few points-
She starts out with a simple story of these old people living in a VERY nice retirement home. They sit every day staring at the door, no smiles. She asked, " How is that? How is it that the people have everything here, why are they all looking towards the door, why are they not smiling? ..." The response," This is nearly every day, they are expecting, they are hoping that a son or daughter will come to visit them. They are hurt because they are forgotten, and see- this is where love comes from." That poverty comes right there in our own home, even neglect to love. Maybe in our own family we have somebody who is feeling lonely, who is feeling sick, who is feeling worried, and these are difficult days for everybody. Are we there, are we there to receive them, is the mother there to receive the child?"

2. How can you love God whom you do not see, if you do not love your neighbor whom you see, whom you touch, with whom you live?

3.( We've heard this one before) You too try to bring that presence of God in your family, for the family that prays together stays together.

4. Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the action that we do.

5. (concerning family planing within marriage) You people who have evolved chastity you are the best people to teach us family planning. Because it is nothing more than self-control out of love for each other.......

6. ( Concerning abortion) Because if a mother can kill her own child-what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me...there is nothing between. I wish that no child will be unwanted, and also that we meet each other always with a smile, especially when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family. Smile at each other.

7. If we could only remember that God loves me, and I have an opportunity to love others as he loves me, not in big things, but in small things with great love.

Our Day

Have you wondered lately what we're up to.... I wonder the same thing.

Here is the daily run:

6 am Jeff and Ann Wake up/ Get dressed / Jeff makes breakfast and Lunches
6:15 Wake up kids/ breakfast/ Ann finishes getting ready
6:25 Ann eats breakfast with Jeff and kids get dressed
6:30 Gather everything up and get ready to go
6:40 Leave the house to catch a bus coming in 7 minutes.
7:05 A SUPER SWEET bus driver volunteered to pick us up... off rout and take us to her starting point (the daycare) Giving us 5-8 minutes to drop of the kids and catch her route heading to campus.
7:30 Jeff and Ann on campus....cracking out the books.
12-noon Jeff and I meet for Lunch
4:30 Jeff and I regroup and head back towards the daycare. Ehre hates leaving and Ben is more than happy to our hands are full, "dragging" Ehre out, and Ben "hugging tight", refusing to be set down. :)
5:20 we catch the bus home from school....JAMMED PACKED with students, who like us refuse to pay high gas/parking prices.
6:00 Dinner/ Play time/ Music Time
7:30 Kids bedtime
10:30 Parents go to sleep.

So that's what we do, we study, sleep, and go to class and with all the extra time we make the most with our kid time. Yeah busing takes longer, but we do it as a family making it a lot of would be better if they would allocate a few more buses for student use, since sitting with 60 students on a small buss isn't very comfortable, but hey why am I complaining, its a free ride. :)