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   Timber Queen posted on Faith  I’d like to share a Pentecost testimony. This Pentecost Sunday was the 20th anniversary of my return to the Catholic Church after the Holy Spirit whacked me over the head, and He’s this Pentecost also. Two weeks ago my husband and I took home Communion to a dying 93-year-old woman, being cared for by her 71 year-old daughter. I felt compelled to go back the following Wednesday before Adoration. The daughter answered the door and told me her mom had passed Monday night. She also told me that she had never practiced the Faith as an adult, but in caring for her mother the last six months, with EWTN on every day, she wanted to come back to the Church. I stayed with her as long as I could. I called her that weekend and she came to Adoration last Wednesday and afterwards made her first confession in 40 years. I'm going to help her plan her mom's memorial Mass and the internment of her ashes. Along the way, I'll be giving her informal instruction. Another lost lamb has been found. Alleluia.
May 27 at 00:54 EST .

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   Bettijo  That is wonderful, Timber. I came to this site today to post something I awoke to when studying for my Bible class tonight. Your post has prompted me to say something more. In our class "Experiencing God," we are learning that we are to be alert to where God is working and to meet him there. We are to do what God does, not necessarily what we "think" God wants us to do. God took you to this lady's home because he had a job for you to do there. You went to minister to the 93-year-old and God used that visit to get you to do what he wanted you to do, draw the daughter back to the fellowship of Jesus Christ. God works in mysterious ways, his wonders to perform. God took you to where he was already working.
May 27 at 14:53 EST .

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   Timber Queen  Bettijo - Yes, being alert to where God is working and then allowing Him to use us as His instrument is truly a joyous experience. The Catechism identifies His promptings as the "signal graces" because they will signal us when to proceed, when to be cautious and when to stop. As I have grown in faith and grace I am able to recognize them more readily. I have never returned to a home Communion stop during the week, but I heeded "the call" and immediately knew why I was sent. To know for certain that you are doing His Work is humbling and exalting at the same time. I very much like your observation between doing what God does instead of "thinking" what He wants us to do. Often times its two entirely different things!
May 28 at 12:32 EST .

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   Timber Queen posted on Faith  Then after Pentecost Mass I was approached by one of the young men in my RCIA class who came into the Church at Easter Vigil. His mother had been raised Catholic but also had not practiced the Faith since graduating high school. She flew out from Colorado to see her son receive his Sacraments, and participated in all of the Sacred Triduum liturgies. They both stayed the entire three hours between noon and 3 on Good Friday, and she made a personal Stations of the Cross. She recently went on a cruise to Spain and developed a friendship with the priest on board. He heard her confession and she's returned to the Church. She called Saturday night to tell him. A prodigal daughter returned. Alleluia.
May 27 at 00:54 EST .

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   Timber Queen posted on Faith  And, finally, in the last two weeks I've had phone calls from my nephew and Godson who is 38 and never connected with the Faith despite 12 years of Catholic schools. He professed no belief in God for many years. Recently he has had some mystical experiences and wanted my advice on how to discern the Truth. He now knows God is real and wants to know which religion is right. I told him to buy a Catholic Bible, the Catechism, "Mere Christianity" and "Surprised by Joy" by C.S. Lewis, and anything by G.K. Chesterton. I also advised him to go to confession. He was supposed to call me Sunday afternoon, but didn't. I'm sure your prayer lists are long, but slide one in for Scott, will you?

God is good.
May 27 at 00:53 EST .

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   Jerseytomato  Amen.
May 27 at 20:32 EST .

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   Timber Queen posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  Remington (Bernese Mountain dog ), turns one year old tomorrow, April 11th. Here he is with his "big" sister, Trooper, our 5 year-old Border Collie. They were both good puppy babies during our morning adventure exploring the creek. That is, until Remington spotted a squirrel jumping from tree to tree. We finally tracked him down and Trooper rounded him up, just as Dad came home from town. Another day in paradise at our little homestead, "Fort Serenity."
   April 10 at 17:24 EST .

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   Gerty  I like that--Fort Serenity.
April 13 at 18:15 EST .

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   Balogreene  TQ, shortly after we bought our townhouse, before we put up a fence, I was walking a 5 lb. Maltese (out in the lead ), and 3 greyhounds. All was well until a rabbit ran across our path. I'm amazed I kept my feet, and ahold of the leads!
April 13 at 22:33 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Pretty babies! Our pets really enrich our lives.
April 19 at 19:24 EST .

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   Timber Queen posted on Main Page The Lobby  Tales from the forest. Sometime Tuesday night a HUGE tree fell across the creek during a rainstorm. I heard a funny "thwamp" sound Tuesday night, but not until Thursday morning did I notice that the view from the deck seemed more open. First we've got to get the branches and debris out of the creek bed and get the water flowing freely again. However, it appears that this is a blessing in disguise. For years we have wanted to bridge the creek so we could easily access the other side, which is where a majority of our parcel is located, but there always seems to be another priority for funding. While we have envisioned a bridge wide enough to accommodate the tractors, it may be that a foot bridge has landed in our laps, so to speak.
   April 10 at 17:08 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  TQ, last night my login didn't work, you really need to post Trooper and Remington s pics on the dog & critter wall, they will be a great help . GOD BLESS AMERICA
April 10 at 18:19 EST .

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   Gerty  Be careful on that "bridge", Miss TQ! It looks beautiful.
April 10 at 18:39 EST .

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   Timber Queen  EC - Remington and Trooper photo posted on the Critter wall.

Gerty - The Timber King is planning many improvements to make our bridge safe to cross; it will be limbed and cleaned up, the top of the log will be planed flat, and it will have hand/guard rails. We have my life-long best friend and her husband coming for their annual two week visit at the end of April into May, and I know they'll be all in to help on the bridge project. For years the four of us have been scouting the creek for possible crossing points. We always rejected this site because the bank on the other side was so high. I just love it when the Lord provides!
April 10 at 22:17 EST .

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   Gerty  That settles it! You must keep us up on this anticipated project. The Lord does, indeed, provide.
April 11 at 10:08 EST .

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   Timber Queen posted on Faith  Happy Lent to my fellow Catholic Ldotters. Lent is my favorite liturgical season. I'm giving up smoking. I'm expecting lots of spiritual challenges to my willful self as I reflect on the psychological need smoking fills and giving that need to Christ. What are you giving up for Lent this year?
February 17 at 22:05 EST .

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   Straitpath  Before I came to this site I asked a question on The Lobby. Should have come here first. Would love all experiences regarding Lent and how the whole event is celebrated.
February 19 at 00:44 EST .

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   Timber Queen  As Lacta already shared, the forty days is in imitation of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert just before starting His public ministry. The 40 days begin on Ash Wednesday by observing a day of fasting and abstaining from meat, as well as receiving the ashes to remind us of our mortality. Sunday’s during Lent are excluded from the 40 days, as the Lord’s Day is a day for glory, worship, and joy, not fasting and penance. Lent is a time to turn our weaknesses into strengths and our vices into virtues. Catholics are called to focus on three main spiritual exercises during Lent; prayer, fasting, and almsgiving (charity ). Fasting often takes the form of “giving up” something you either enjoy or is a bad habit. Besides something temporal it’s also good to fast from interior things like anger, frustration, or holding grudges. There are many devotional aids available with a daily Scriptural meditation, prayer, and a penance for the day to offer for personal sins or the sins of the whole world. A sample penance would be, “Do something kind for someone who does not like you.” As part of our fasting, on Fridays during Lent we abstain from meat. On Fridays most Catholic churches offer a devotion known as The Stations of the Cross where we follow Jesus through His persecution, passion, and death. Beginning with His condemnation to the cross by Pilot, we follow fourteen stations (episodes ) along the road to Calvary, His death and burial. We become intimate with the price He paid for our redemption. Lent ends on Holy Thursday night at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, which begins the Sacred Triduum (three days ) including Good Friday, Holy Saturday evening/Easter morning. I am a certified catechist. My email is available for more information. God bless and a happy Lent!
February 19 at 22:58 EST .

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   Timber Queen posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  Our nine-month old Bernese Mountain Dog, Remington, and his "big" sister our 4-yr-old Border Collie, Trooper. Rem's over 100 pounds now and still growing. He makes Trooper's 70 pounds look petite. What a ride its been the last seven months with this puppy. He eats everything: a handkerchief, two pairs of eyeglasses, three paperback books, and has started in on the living room carpet. Its a good thing he's so cute or he wouldn't make his first birthday! Love the "Little Guy" dearly, as well as our "First Girl."
   February 1 at 21:08 EST .

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   Balogreene  We had a mutt that ate anything in sight when no one was home. It got to the point on Sunday mornings, she'd go hide when we came home from church. Grew up to be a wonderful little girl, but puppyhood was rough on all of us.
February 2 at 07:03 EST .

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   Gram77  Super cute dogs.
February 3 at 10:16 EST .

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   Timber Queen  He finally recognizes his name, when he wants to, and he's good with "sit". "Come" and "Stay" depend on his mood. However, he's got "Breakfast", "Lunch", and "Dinner" down cold. :- )
February 3 at 15:30 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  The worst I ever saw was a friend many years ago whose dog ate an entire-Yes-entire- underwire bra. The dog survived after a very,very expensive surgery. The vet gave her copies of the xrays. I saw them. Totally unbelievable. I'll never figure out how he swallowed the entire thing. No one could.
February 4 at 21:33 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  precious. Rem looks like what Trevor would have grown to be. You should post those storm pictures you sent me, on the photo wall, good grief
February 7 at 14:38 EST .

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   Timber Queen posted on Main Page The Lobby  On the main page there is an article announcing a 15 cent "fee" on fresh cut Christmas trees. I waxed poetic about my wild forest Christmas trees I cut from my back yard. I'll never go back to cultivated farm trees, they are so thick, bulky and uniform. My forest trees let the ornaments, lights, and garland hang between the boughs and you can really appreciate their beauty. I love my wild Christmas trees! Here's our tree from 2012.
   November 16 at 21:29 EST .

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   StormCnter  Your tree is lovely. I had no experience with a professionally raised and shaped Christmas tree until, as young marrieds, we spent our first Christmas in California. Back here in Texas, in ranch country, the most presentable cedar in a pasture was always hacked down and hauled to the house. Who knew a Christmas tree could look like a perfect cone?

In my childhood, our trees were lighted with birthday candles in special little clips. The tree was lit only once and that was on Christmas Eve. A bucket of water was close by. With limited electricity (no lines, only a big generator ), the power couldn't be wasted on electric lights for a tree.
November 17 at 06:05 EST .

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   Gerty  Want Miss Timber and Miss Storm to know how refreshing it is to read their charming posts this morning. A much needed respite from today's news!

I have always wanted to see a tree with the natural light from candles...sigh.
November 17 at 06:45 EST .

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   Gerty  Is "..natural light from candles.." an oxymoron?
November 17 at 08:20 EST .

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   StormCnter  "natural candle light" works for me, Gerty. One more thing about the candlelit trees. Santa visited us kids on Christmas Eve, so after supper, one parent or the other would take us down to the barn to check on the baby turkeys or over to see the ranchhands in the bunkhouse. When we got back home, Santa had lighted the tree and left his presents for us. It was magic!
November 17 at 15:04 EST .

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   Balogreene  Oh, so many Christmas traditions. I like my mom's stories of going from Chicago to Muskegon MI. Her grandparents lived only a few months apart. The Swedish/Norwegian grandparents celebrated Christmas Eve. So, the family (mom, Grandma and Grandpa Stanton, and Uncle Larry ) spent it at the Roen house, opening presents, eating the Scandy food. On Christmas morning, they went to the Stanton/Nesburg home to celebrate an English Christmas morning and breakfast.
We did it differently growing up, but, I love mom's family's tradition.
November 17 at 20:35 EST .

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   Balogreene  Oh my goodness, why don't I proofread? Her grandparents lived only a few blocks apart.
November 17 at 20:36 EST .

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   StormCnter  I was very interested in reading about your family's tradition. So very different from our experiences down here. Your family had Swedish/Norwegian rituals to observe, down here we share a lot of the Mexican Christmas traditions: candles, leche quemada candy, luminarias, tamales at the Christmas dinner table.
November 19 at 05:42 EST .

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   Timber Queen posted on Crafts  Here is a close up of the center medallion.
   May 10 at 00:51 EST .

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   Gerty  Not only a lot of work but a lot of love is shown in this altar cloth...

Guess you might call it A Labor of Love. So beautiful. :- )
May 10 at 10:02 EST .

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   NotaBene  This is absolutely beautiful. The design and the embroidery. What a work of art and as Gerty says A Labor of Love.
May 11 at 10:11 EST .

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   Aubreyesque  BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL. Making altar cloth is definitely a lost art.
May 12 at 07:50 EST .

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   Epirb  Exquisite in every way!
May 23 at 10:54 EST .

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   MeiDei  So impressive, made with love.
May 29 at 23:08 EST .

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   Seminolesecure  I am an altar guild lady so naturally I would like to know how you launder this. We have enough trouble with our plain white cloths what with wax, grape juice, etc. It is so pretty!
June 10 at 06:22 EST .

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   Timber Queen posted on Crafts  I embroider. Absolutely everyone I know has a pillow, bureau scarf, or a set of pillow cases and I ran out people to give small projects. Last year I tried my first big project and did this altar cloth. It was our Christmas gift to the parish. The Timber King found the design, helped pick out the colors, and donated his military map light box to the cause (for the transfer of the design onto the cloth. )

I want to do a tablecloth for next year's parish fundraiser silent auction. I'm looking for designs. We do a Wine Festival and the theme should be grapes and vines. Suggestions welcomed.

Such talent on display here on this board. Its so neat to see the beautiful crafts and the variety of mediums from our fellow/sister Ldotters. This is going to be fun.

   May 10 at 00:49 EST .

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   BirdsNest  That is a lot of work. But very lovely.
May 10 at 09:54 EST .

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   Gerty  I agree, MissBirdsNest.
May 10 at 10:03 EST .

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   Bettijo  Wow! Gorgeous!
May 13 at 14:37 EST .

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   MeiDei  Lovely! As for designs try some from stained glass patterns. Strange as it may seem even some coloring or wallpaper books have designs that can be adapted. Border designs can be found throughout most women's magazines too, & check your illustrated cookbooks. You obviously have a keen eye & patience.
May 29 at 23:16 EST .

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