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Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

6 Apr

“Stick to the basics, Hold on to your family and friends-they will never go out of fashion.”

~Niki Taylor

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What a fun week. Great weather, great friends, bluebonnets, and blessings.

Happy Easter Sunday:) Friends, Family and My Firefighters.

5 Apr

“The very first Easter taught us this: that life never ends and love never dies.”

~Kate McGahan

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Easter Sunday is such a special day. It’s more than bunnies and colored eggs and baskets. It’s about faith, Resurrection, and the ultimate rebirth. I don’t have to bother with sharing the Sunday Sermon. Everyone knows what today is about. The tomb was empty.”He has risen.”

After watching Mass on my iPad, I proceeded to frost and pack up the zillion more cupcakes I baked late last night. Chocolate this time.

Almost finished. Some to take to the Murphy’s, some for some neighbors, and a whole bunch for my firefighter friends.
I was invited to spend Easter with the Murphy clan. I’m an unofficial/official member of the family.
Thank you Sherri and Michael!

When I got home, I frosted more cupcakes then made a few stops to visit my “peeps” at a few fire stations. Some were working a mandatory overtime double shift instead of being at home with their families. I really appreciate these fine men and women in blue.

I even had time for a walk before it got dark. I took a few more cupcakes nextdoor and then walked over a few blocks away to drop off a couple for Mr. Danny. He was so sweet. He called me this afternoon to wish me a Happy Easter and see if I was doing OK.

Family, good friends, and good neighbors. That’s what it’s all about. (Not to mention lots and lots of cute cupcakes.)

I finished the evening with a FaceTime call with my little girls and a 2 mile walk.

They opened all the Easter presents that Grandma sent them.

I am so blessed! Happy Easter my friends!

Sunday:) Signs From Heaven and a Sermon

22 Feb

Three years ago today, a beautiful memory and miracle worth repeating. I was in Chicago with my family, making arrangement and preparing for the memorial service for my sweet angel mother. This miracle from Mom needs to be shared again.

AS ONLY ANGELS CAN

If you don’t believe in angels

I’m here to say it’s true

There are angels up in heaven

They’re watching over you,

So, I asked my angel mother

I whispered in her ear

When you get up there in heaven

Please show us you are near.

If only you could send a sign

As only angels can

We will know you’re safe in heaven

And that you have a plan.

To watch and guard us every day

You’ll guide us from above

So, you left two lucky pennies

Beneath your painting, signed with love.

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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This is a true story of faith and love and angels. As my sweet mother grew weaker and less alert, my sister and I would talk to her and sing to her. I prayed the rosary out loud to comfort Mom during her final days in hospice. One of the last things I whispered in her ear was, “Please Mom, when you get up to heaven, could you show us a sign that you’re OK, that there really is a heaven? I know if anyone could do it, you could. I know you’ll always be my guardian angel.”

We’ve done a lot of crying since Mom passed away last week, but today, the crying was a celebration. Mom left us a sign. Those of you who know me, you already know that I believe in lucky pennies. They always appear out of nowhere when I need them most. I always look up to heaven and say, “Thank you.”

This afternoon, my sister and I went out for some lunch. We’ve spent days and days sorting and reminiscing and making arrangements and crying, It’s been a whirlwind, so it was good to get out of the house for a little while. My sister said, “Let’s go to the library so I can vote. They have early voting, and we can return Mom’s audio-books.”

Well, early voting hadn’t started yet, so we just returned the books and got a bit teary-eyed, because Mom loved the library and all the people. She had donated her very large “Cinco de Mayo” painting to the library several years ago. It takes up an entire wall on the second floor. When I asked my sister if she needed any books or videos while we were there, she said, “Not really, let’s just go home.” Then I said, “Should we go upstairs and see Mom’s mural before we go?” Of course, we needed to do that.

The elevator opened and we walked ever so slowly towards the mural.

There on the bench, right beneath her painting, were two lucky pennies from heaven. We both burst into tears as I blurted out, “Here’s our sign. I asked Mom to send us a sign. Here it is! Two pennies, not just one. What are the chances that they would be here waiting for us today, right beneath her painting?”

I hadn’t told my sister the story about asking Mom to send us a sign right before she passed away, until that moment. If she didn’t believe in angels before, I’m pretty sure she does now. We both knew Mom was an angel here on earth, but now, we both know that she’s up in heaven. She gave us a sign.

Thanks Mom.

So, for today’s Gospel according to Mark… Jesus was in the dessert for 40 days, tested by Satan. He was with wild beast, attended by angels. After John’s arrest, Jesus appears in Galilee, proclaiming The Good News, the reign of God is at hand.

My take on it… there will always be temptations by Satan, but if we remain faithful and strong, we will be honoring God and the Good News. We will be attended by angels.

I feel fortunate to be guided by angels here on earth, right now. Amen

Happy Sunday, my friends. I hope you believe in Angels too.

Monday:) Memories of Mom

16 Feb

“Three years ago today, another lovely angel was greeted at the gates of heaven.”-Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I wrote this poem three years ago when my amazing mother went to heaven. It’s a bitter-sweet memory and tribute to the kindest woman that ever walked the earth. I know she smiles down on me every day, and does her best to keep me out of trouble. (It’s a tough job, but she’s been known to perform miracles before.) LOVE YOU MOM❤️

MY ANGEL MOTHER

There’s another angel in heaven

Today her soul took wing

She’s up in heaven dancing

While the other angels sing

All were waiting for her

Their arms stretched open wide

To greet my angel mother

There on the other side.

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Words cannot express the extreme sadness nor the joy that heaven has found a new angel.

Love you Mom.

A short video of my sweet angel mother and her beautiful smile and laughing eyes……

I post this every year on this day. ❤️

Friday:) Family and Friends~ Best of 2020

6 Feb

“Life’s not about expecting, hoping and wishing, it’s about doing, being and becoming.” ~ Mike Dooley

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Today, I was looking back at my iPhone photos and waxing nostalgic. (That’s the only time I wax anything, furniture, cars, floors, nope) They have these options of making videos. I’m not very tech-savvy, so to me it’s like magic. I love magic. I have 10,978 photos just on my iPad and mostly just from the last three or four years. I take a LOT of photos.

It’s just reminder of how truly blessed I am. Life is good!

Happy Friday, my friends.

Cheers!

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

1 Feb

“If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself.”
― D.L. Moody

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It was a good lazy day. The sun was out, but it never really warmed up. But that’s ok, I didn’t venture outside at all today. I gave myself permission to be lazy and unproductive. I listened to a few motivational videos to reinforce my mental growth and calm. Sometimes exercising the brain is as important as the body.

I watched morning Mass on TV in my pajamas. Seriously, I’m worried that when I do get back to going to church in person, I’m going to show up in my pajamas.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus confronting the man with an unclean spirit, (implying the devil) and He rebuked the spirit and cast him out.

26 “And the unclean spirit threw the man into convulsions and with a loud cry went out of him.

27 The people were so astonished that they started asking one another what it all meant, saying, ‘Here is a teaching that is new, and with authority behind it: he gives orders even to unclean spirits and they obey him.’

28 And his reputation at once spread everywhere, through all the surrounding Galilean countryside.“

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My take on it…. Just like with Jesus, your deeds and actions profess your reputation. Your reputation is your legacy to your family, your friends, to the world, long after you are gone. LIVE WISELY, LIVE GENTLY.

The first Reading was read by ALAN ARMENTA, (photo 6) who was also the recipient of a Catholic Diocese Scholarship. My first reaction was, hmmm, I wonder if we are related? You never know, and I’ll probably never know. (But, maybe I’ll check it out.

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The rest of my day was gloriously lazy, no walk, no sunset, but several phone calls with friends and family. Spending time with people you love, ❤️whether FaceTime or in person, is always wonderful.

Then of course, a little FaceTime with the most adorable little girls ever.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Friday:) Familiar Family Friends -Holy Family School

22 Jan

“Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.”

David Ogden Stiers

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A couple of days ago, Helene and I stopped at Holy Family School to drop off our donations for the children. Just about every week, we find great bargains and sales at the grocery store that we think the little ones at the school would enjoy. Then, about once a month, we drive over to the east side to share our treasures. We are always greeted with grateful smiles.

This beautiful non-profit Christian School has been serving the McKinney community for 70 years. Such a blessing.
Here’s a pre-Covid photo of the adorable youngsters.

Family is not a certain group or house or thing. Family is everyone in your heart.

Happy Friday, my friends.

Cheers!

Quarantined Karaoke Thursday:) “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You.”

15 Jan

“Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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It is absolutely wonderful to feel loved and appreciated and admired and complimented. I’m very lucky because Christmas and my birthday are just a few weeks apart. I receive SO many calls, texts, gifts, cards and well wishes that it’s hard not to feel extra special and truly loved.

On this Quarantined Karaoke Thursday, I can’t help but feel… “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You.” (You know who you are.) ❤️

https://youtu.be/uPZNRctHBu0

Keep singing, keep dancing, and keep loving, my friends.

Montage Monday:) A Birthday Week in a Peek

12 Jan

“ The nice part about having so many wonderful friends and family member is that when it’s your birthday, you get to celebrate all month and you get all kinds of awesome gifts and well wishes.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I’ve been celebrating my birthday all week. I’m still getting cards, phone calls, and gifts in the mail. I must be pretty AMAZING! Just sayin’.

Here’s a week in a peek…

Little angels singing Happy Birthday…

Sunday Sermon and the Ghosts of Birthdays Past

11 Jan

“Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed. “

Charles Schulz

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Well, it was a cold dark morning and they were calling for snow storms. There was about ten minutes of fluffy flakes and that’s it. I’m not disappointed. I watched Mass in my pajamas.

I was a happy girl. Today’s my birthday. I’m happy to be one year older, still healthy, alive and AMAZING.

Today’s sermon was short and sweet. Jesus was being baptized and God acknowledged His son.

My take on it… I know how it is to have a beloved son, except I have two. Lucky me.

7And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” 9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove; 11and a voice came from heaven, “Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased.”

A lot of phone calls, FaceTime and birthday wishes from friends and family. I am truly blessed.

My friend Helene made me this awesome enchilada dinner and I have enough for a couple more days.

Lynne stopped by and left a beautiful gift at my door with a fantastic piece of artwork made jus pt for me with a secret message.

Thank you Lynne,

Ghosts of Birthdays past…

Happy birthday to me! ❤️