I am grateful for family. We had two birthdays in the family this week – my brother and my cousin. Happy birthday to them!
Yesterday was also the first anniversary of my grandmother’s passing. With the exception of my brother, who had been driving from Idaho to Oregon to be with us, we – and by we, I mean, we, the entire extended family – and that’s a lot of people, people – were all at Grandma’s bedside to wish her farewell.
She was a beautiful lady.
I am grateful that this lady is back on my desk:
This picture of St. Thérèse of Lisieux is a favorite of mine. Piercing eyes, knowing smile, full of life and light. You wouldn’t know that she was suffering a slow, painful death from tuberculosis.
My husband, knowing how much I detest almost all depictions of St. Thérèse in religious art (pour me some saccharine), gave me these photographs of her some years ago:
A philosopher friend of mine, Michael, once mentioned how wonderful it was to pour over the works of the Scholastics, learning much about God, but then to switch gears and read St. Thérèse’s The Story of a Soul. “Ah!” he thought. “That’s right. It is about loving God.” St. Thérèse is the Doctor of the Church that the Church did not expect.
I am also grateful for our newly-arrived storm windows:
These storm windows are not just any storm windows. They are Mon-Ray storms, designed for historic preservation, sound abatement, environmental protection, etc. – any task where one might want to keep one’s original windows and still get some new window bennies. A friend recommended getting these instead of new windows, as new windows have a short life, whereas our lovely original old-growth wood windows, with some TLC, should last forever and ever.
Our contractor, who is working with these for the first time, is duly impressed. They’re solidly made and fit our windows like a glove.
Not only does the arrival of the Mon-Rays point toward a less-drafty house, but they represent the final stages of our home remodel. Soon and very soon, we’ll be able to close up our 203K paperwork. And for that I am grateful.
(with thanks to Colleen for hosting)