Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sabbath Moments - This and That

Sabbath Moments is a weekly meme hosted by Colleen at Thoughts on Grace. These are the moments when we "let go and let God". Here are some of my Sabbath Moments this week:

- I love going to Mass after seeing my daughter off to school. I have just enough time to do a Rosary (or most of one) before the 9:00 AM Mass. I used to go to Mass at noon but I much prefer the morning Mass. Receiving the Eucharist in the morning fills me with grace for the day.

- I started a Novena to St. Therese this week. I had been having trouble with insomnia and as soon as I started the Novena my sleep improved...and it wasn't even one of my prayer intentions. Thank you, Lord! Those who suffer from insomnia regularly know how frustrating it can be. I have to battle grumpiness all day when I get minimal sleep.

- The leaves are starting to change color around here! Hurray for Fall! My favorite season of all!

- My new puppy is adorable, sweet, and a bundle of energy! It takes all three of us to keep up with him. For the first time we have tried crate training and it's working out well. I leave the door to the crate open so that when he feels overwhelmed he has his own "special spot" to retreat to. He uses it too! I was never one for crate training but have since changed my mind. It's his "comfort zone". He actually sleeps through the night in it without a whimper. I thought we would be getting up a number of times per night because he is so tiny (two and a half pounds) but he doesn't wake up, much to our surprise. The minute he DOES get up he has to go outside though! Still, I didn't think such a young puppy would have that much bladder control.

- We had a family gathering at my parents' house last week. My parents have been married for 51 years! My entire family came, except for one niece who was ill. I love how close we all are to each other. The entire family gets together on a regular basis and I treasure each and every one of them.


  1. What kind of puppy do you have? We've always used the crate. The dogs like to have a den to retreat into and it's a safe place in their minds. Francie always goes there when we have lightening and thunder. As long as the crate is never used to punish the dog, it will always have a positive association for the dog. Crates allowed us to take our dogs on trips with us. Motels are happier when you have a crate for the dog.

    Family gatherings are great when everyone cares for each other. I enjoy my nieces and nephews a lot, as well as my brothers and sisters. I wish I could see more of them. Your parents are a great example of a good marriage. I hope they have many more years together.

  2. Hi Barb,
    He's a Papillon and very good with children. Their ears from the back look like butterflies (thus the name). A lot of people swear by crates so we decided to try it because he's so tiny. We used baby gates when our elderly dog was a puppy and he broke his leg trying to climb it (he had to wear a cast for six weeks)so we won't ever use gates again. Like Francie, Caesar loves his crate and feels safe there :)

    We are able to have a lot of family gatherings throughout the year because everyone lives within an hour from my parents' house and a few of us just live 5 minutes away :)

  3. A word of advice about crates.

    To teach my dog to use it I got down on my hands and knees and got into the crate - and he locked me in!

    Best wishes to your parents.

    God bless.

  4. Great list! Love them all. I have praying the novena as well. And my son has crate-trained 3 dogs! All very successfully. They are all different sizes! and they just go to the crate when he tells them. amazing.
    51 years! Awesome! Congrats to your parents!
    God bless!

  5. Victor,
    Thank you for the good wishes :)
    Funny! Did he train you to roll over too?

  6. Thanks, Colleen! Now that we see how well the crate training works we'll do it this way from now on.
    I know your little grandson is a dog fan, that's for sure! God bless you, too!

  7. Happy Anniversary to your parents. How wonderful! I bet the fall is absolutely beautiful in your part of the country :)

  8. Thanks Mary, I'm going to begin to say the Novena. I've been having trouble sleeping as well, all those fears and worries seem to intensify at night and it is only when I begin to pray that they dissipate.

  9. Thanks Kathryn! They make a cute couple still :) The leaves are just starting to change here and it's beautiful to watch!

  10. Andie,
    You too? I'll pray for you. It can be overwhelming if it goes on for too long. I fall asleep in a reasonable amount of time but I have trouble getting back to sleep when I wake up. God bless!

  11. Colleen,
    Victor crawling into a crate DOES paint a funny mental picture, doesn't it? LOl!

  12. Mary, I've never heard f crate training before. Then again it's been a long time since we owned a dog. Our last one was given to us as an adult.

    So many people are blogging about fall. Such a beautiful season! We're heading into the heat and you are enjoying the relief of cooler temperatures.

    How wonderful you had a big family gathering for your parents' anniversary. We had so much trouble organising something to suit everyone when my parents celebrated their 50th, we ended up doing nothing at all. Sad.

  13. Hi Sue,
    I'm sorry to take so long commenting. I forgot how much work new puppies are :)

    I am sooo glad summer is over here! We have high humidity during the summer which makes it feel a lot hotter than it is. Fall is my favorite!

    I'm sorry to hear that it didn't work out for your parents 50th. It's hard to organize these things sometimes. Next year, Randy's parents are celebrating their 50th and I think we are going to Texas...or Florida...or California (so I know what you mean about trouble organizing these things).