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Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff:) Happy Mother’s Day

8 May

“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”

Abraham Lincoln


Another beautiful Sunday, and to make it even more beautiful, it is also Mother’s Day. I have been blessed with two wonderful sons, but also I was blessed with an Angel Mother, who guides me from heaven now.

Father Don gave all the mother’s a special blessing.

I drove into the parking lot at church just as I saw the Chateau bus driving in. I ran like the wind, well, actually like a slow gust in a dust bowl, through the parking lot to the back doors to greet the ladies. I had a little gift and a hug for them on this beautiful Mother’s Day. I made it just in time. I’m not fast. I took a short cut. The smiles were priceless.

Today’s Gospel was short and sweet… Jesus is the shepherd that recognize His voice and follow Him.

Jn 10:27-30

Jesus said:
“My sheep hear my voice;
I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.
No one can take them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.
The Father and I are one.”

My take on it… Jesus is the shepherd who tends His flock. Once you know His voice, you will follow and be protected and loved forever. It’s kind of fitting also on Mother’s Day. Children recognize their mother’s voice at birth, and they are guided and nurtured, protected and loved forever. (Well, in most cases. Just speaking from personal experience.)

After Mass, Jerry and Patricia joined me and Helene at McD for coffee and breakfast. Mr.Jerry was kind enough to treat all of us lovely ladies today. Very sweet. Thank you Jerry.

I didn’t need anything from the store, so I came right home after McD. I missed a FaceTime call this morning from the grandkids. But, I know they’ll call later. I received a sweet message from my youngest in California this morning before church. 6 am, his time. So this has been a great day already.

Happy Mother’s Day to one and all.

Sunday Sermon and a Very Special Mother’s Day Visit

10 May

“When you are looking at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” —Charley Benetto


A beautiful Mother’s Day and awesome Sunday. I didn’t get over to church for Mass, but I watched it on my iPad. I was toooo tired to get up and moving at 7:30 am. I stayed up late to clean, wash linens and get ready for my youngest son’s visit. He was flying in from LA to visit me for Mother’s Day. Now, is that an awesome gift or what! I’m one lucky mommy. Then, the grandchildren called to FaceTime not once, but twice. The girls got to say hi to Uncle Matt, too.

Today’s Gospel is one of my favorites. My take on it… just love one another and keep the commandments. That’s it! God loves us, Jesus laid down His life for us, and chose us, and all we have to do is be good and love one another. Then, if we do that, He will answer our requests. (Within reason, of course.)

JOHN 15:9-17

9As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love.10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.12″This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17This I command you, to love one another.

Now, for the most awesome part of my special Mother’s Day celebration. I drove to DFW airport to pick up my youngest son, Matt. And… I didn’t even get lost. Me and airports… not my best sport. His flight was on time, I waited at the curb a few minutes, and there he was. My baby! We stopped at Sprouts to get some special groceries for my vegan boy, then had an early dinner at Palio’s Italian Restaurant. I like that place because it’s usually empty. There was only one family of four on the other side in the atrium, and us. Cool!

We just walked in the door when my Chicago clan called for the second time. Belle wanted to show me the picture she was coloring for me. It was finished and ready to go in the mail.

Belle talking to Uncle Matt.
Sophie laughing at Grandma making silly faces.

Here’s the best present for Mother’s Day. My baby boy.

Happy Mother’s Day to me.

Happy Mother’s Day to you.❤️

Sunday Sermon, Spectacular Sunsets, and Some Other Mother’s Day Stuff

11 May

“All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”

~ Abraham Lincoln (My favorite quote of all time.)


Another morning of 9 o’clock Mass in my pajamas. Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus telling the disciples not to be troubled, and that if they believed in the Father and in Him, a place will be prepared for them.

Amen, amen, I say to you,

whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,

and will do greater ones than these,

because I am going to the Father.”

My take on it…Jesus tries to tell us that if we believe and follow His example, He will prepare a place for us.

Shortly after Mass, a call and Mother’s Day wishes from my family. My little granddaughters are so adorable, blowing me kisses and saying I love you.

Then, so many texts and calls from friends, exchanging Mother’s Day wishes.

When my son in California called, he said he wanted to surprise me, but he needed to let me know that something was going to be delivered at my door at 7 pm. I thought, I wonder if it would be flowers. I told my sons that flowers are so nice, but really, they only last such a short time. Just a card or call was more than fine. So was he sending flowers? Nooooo! Rosati’s Chicago style pizza. Delivered hot and delicious. Oh man! Missing my Chicago pizza. Perfect!

So, after sampling some decadent cheesy delicacies, it was time for my evening walk. Oh… and the sunset. The perfect ending to a perfect day.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the women who make the world a better place, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, and wonderful friends. But most of all… to my beautiful “ANGEL MOTHER” who smiles down from heaven.

Sunday:) Mother’s Day Tribute

12 May

The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.” – –

~St. Therese of Lisieux


A beautiful sunny Sunday after endless gray days of rain and gloom. Greeting before Mass was especially cheerful with all the Mother’s Day greetings and hugs.

When I got home, I got to FaceTime with my grand-daughters and Joe and Lindsay.. Matt sent me flowers and there were endless texts and FaceTime greetings.

But, when I woke this morning, I said a special “good morning” to my sweet Angel Mother in heaven. Happy Mother’s Day.

A little video tribute to Mom. Love you! Miss you!


Sunday Sermon and Mother’s Day Memories

14 May

“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”

― Abraham Lincoln


My favorite picture of my mother and ME. (I cringe when people say my mother and I. Improper grammar.)

On my way to church this morning, I couldn’t help but feel sad on my first Mother’s Day without Mom. I miss my daily morning calls. I miss her sweet voice and her giggles on the phone or her hugs and laughter when we were together.

This morning, as I greeted at the door before Mass, I felt a comfort knowing that Mom was in heaven and smiling at me. She has sent me many signs, lucky pennies and butterflies that follow me around. So, I know there’s a heaven and Mom is there patiently waiting for her family and friends.

Today, being Mother’s Day and Ascension Sunday, made it even a more beautiful service. The children came up and sang as they put flowers by the statue of the Virgin Mary.

Today’s reading was about Jesus telling the disciples to go out and proclaim the gospel.

MK 16:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples:

“Go into the whole world

and proclaim the gospel to every creature.

My take on it… back then, we didn’t have radio, television, the internet, Facebook and Twitter. People had to travel and send letters to share news. We have all these gifts and technologies at our fingertips. You would think that we could spread love and hope and goodwill throughout the world. You would think we could end war and hatred and evil. Hasn’t worked so far. So, let’s keep trying.

At the end of Mass, Father asked all the mothers to stand up for a special blessing. As we stood, and all the other congregation raised their hands to join in the blessing, Father asked God to bless all the mothers, mothers in heaven, women who are loving caregivers, and all the nurturing women who take care of so many people. Uncontrollable tears rolled down my face. I tried to look up to stop them from trickling further. That didn’t work, so I just went with the flow…literally.

Reposting my poem for my angel mother.

My Angel Mother

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


When I went for my long afternoon walk, I said,”Well, its Mother’s Day Mom. Are you going to send me a sign?” Almost an hour later, I’d forgotten my request. I was a couple of blocks from home, and that annoying smooshed beer can was still by the curb on a neighbor’s lawn. I didn’t want to carry it all the way home, but turned around to pick it up. As I picked up the grungy can, just a few inches away was a lucky quarter.

I guess it was my Mother’s Day bonus. 25 times as lucky as a penny. Thanks Mom.

Sunday:) Mother’s Day Memories

15 May

Abraham Lincoln“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” 

― Abraham Lincoln


I use that Lincoln quote all the time when I refer to my angel mother, Trini. She is by far the sweetest, kindest, most loving mother ever placed on this planet. I have been blessed and honored to be raised and loved by this lovely lady. She will be celebrating her 90th birthday in just a few weeks. She has been an inspiration to her three daughters, all her siblings, family and pretty much everyone who has ever met her. Love you Mom.


This is one of my favorite pictures because it captures our silly nature, not to mention our common love of ice cream.

I have also been blessed with two wonderful sons, Joe and Matt. They are grown men, but will always be my babies. I miss them very much, but now being a new grandma, I plan on visiting more often. Look out! Nothing sillier,  mushier, crazier and more annoying than a new grandmother.

Matt and Joe, the loves of my life. I wrote a little poem way back in 2010 when I stumbled across some of the silly keepsakes I had tucked away in a drawer. There are literally hundreds of letters, school papers, school crafts, baby clothes and toys. I still have all those gifts and memories and I will never part with them. 


I miss that noodle necklace

And the handprint plaster plaque

Those earrings made of Play dough
How I wish those days were back
When you raced home after school
A secret present just for me
 I had to keep my eyes closed
To wrap before I could see
Several yards of gift wrap needed
Two big rolls of tape were used
Then my hands were gently treated
To a huge package wrapped and glued 
I tore it open with pleasure
There printed in glitter of blue
The gift I always will treasure
With a card that said, “I LUV YOU.”
I miss that noodle necklace……
~Toni Andrukaitis Mother’s Day 2010
Now, I’m a grandmother and there is yet another generation to cherish and love with all my heart. Motherhood is the best gig ever.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful ladies out there who are mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, but especially those wonderful women who were not blessed with children of their own. They give their love and share their gifts and nurture and take care of so many people. This is their day too. It should also be called…HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY.

Sunday Sermon:) And a Blessed Mother’s Day

9 May

“I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” 
― Mitch Albom, For One More Day


The clouds threatened this morning, but no rain before church. It was an especially good morning to be greeting before Mass. All the mothers were  dressed in their finest, with smiling faces, with children and babies in tow. It was good to say, “Happy Mother’s Day,” and be greeted in return. 

Then, to add to the lovely Ascension Sunday service, several children were making their First Communion. Proud reverent young faces. Handsome boys sporting white shirts and grown up ties, and the girls all dressed in white, with veils and ribbons, like little brides. The best part was watching them return to their seats. They had that angelic look of receiving a special gift.

Father also my made sure to have a special prayer for all the mothers and women who care for others. 


Gospel Jn 17 20-26

Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying:

“Holy Father, I pray not only for them,

but also for those who will believe in me through their word,

so that they may all be one,

as you, Father, are in me and I in you,

that they also may be in us,

that the world may believe that you sent me.

And I have given them the glory you gave me,

so that they may be one, as we are one,

I in them and you in me,……………..


Now, for my Mother’s Day. I talked to my beautiful Mom this morning, as I do every morning since I can remember. That’s the best way to start my day. She has been my inspiration, my best friend, and the joy of my life.

Then, being a pretty awesome mother myself, (all modesty aside) my wonderful son, Joe and his lovely wife, Lindsay, sent me some beautiful pink roses that came with a cute clear vase that will be painted in the future.

Then, when I got home from church, more beautiful flowers and chocolates from my dear son, Matt. I’m one lucky mom.

“I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” 

― Mitch Albom


I hope you all had a great day. I sure did. I am truly blessed.

My babies! They are in their 30’s now…or are they still babies?

Sunday Sermon, Storms, and A Special Happy Mother’s Day to You

11 May

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.

Inspirational Quotes on Mothers Day by: Abraham Lincoln


Don’t poets know it, Better than others? God can’t be always everywhere: and, so, Invented Mothers.

Sir Edwin Arnold


I woke this morning to my cell phone sqwaking an alert. I jumped up and saw it was just for a flash flood warning. Just…better than the tornado, run for cover warning. It was pouring and pelting rain, so I decided that 9 o’clock Mass was not such a great idea. I almost bagged the whole church thing, but it was better by 11. I hate to miss “praying for us sinners,” as I joke with Mom every Sunday.

After the Gospel today, Father Don asked all the mothers and women caregivers to stand for a special blessing. He spoke about the special love that mothers share with their families. It’s nice to have a special day, isn’t it? After church, I came home and had a nutritious breakfast. NOT!

Cake! I had cake for breakfast. Life is short!

Both my boys called to wish me a Happy Mother’s Day, but they are sweet boys and pretty much call me every Sunday. I am blessed.

I received flowers. So pretty. These two grown men are my pride, my joy, and the greatest thing that ever happened to me. This is how they look in my heart. Forever my babies. Adorable!

 And then, I have been blessed to have the greatest mother in the entire world.


Happy Mother’s Day!


A Special Mother’s Day Sunday

12 May

“As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot now imagine a life without her.”
― Kristin Hannah, Summer Island
What a beautiful quote. It represents my thoughts exactly. My mother is the sun and the moon! We talk on the phone everyday, and I can’t imagine starting my day without her sweet voice and soft giggles. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!


This morning at 9o’clock Mass, there was also a baptism of two baby girls. The entire congregation celebrated the welcoming of these two young souls into the arms of Christianity. I thought of my two sons on their baptismal days. It takes many people to raise a child. I also realized that mothers are more than just women who gave us life. There are all those grandmothers, aunts, godmothers, nurses, doctors, teachers and friends who nurture each child. And believe me, a woman’s heart and love cannot be equalled.


When I got home, I had a missed call from Joe. We played phone tag a couple of times, but then we finally got to talk. I thanked him for the flowers he sent and he thanked me for being a great mom. Later, Matt called and asked if I received his flowers. I hadn’t, but as we spoke the doorbell rang, and there they were. I live for the phone calls, to hear their voices, to share their days.

My sons are far away, but tucked close to my heart every day. Mother’s Day is everyday when you have an amazing mother and are blessed with wonderful children. And today, I have beautiful flowers everywhere to brighten my day.



Sentimental Sunday

14 Jul

Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.
Douglas MacArthur

I was looking for something in one of my dresser drawers this morning, sifting through old playbills and letters from Mom, when I stumbled upon an old stained box. You know, one of those white cardboard gift boxes with the cotton on the bottom. When I opened it up, a delightful flood of butterflies and sentimentality danced in my heart. Inside we’re several handmade necklaces and trinkets from my boys when they were little. (Now in their thirties.)

Having been an art teacher in my B.C. days, (Before Children) I always volunteered at the boys’ school. One year, maybe around when Matt was in third grade, I volunteered to teach his class how to make a Mother’s Day necklace to surprise their moms. I brought all the beads, little wooden mom cut-outs, and fishing line. The kids had fun decorating the mom made of wood with markers and stringing the colorful beads. Matt always loved when I volunteered to read or do a craft in his class, and his friends loved it too. I think it was because I always brought a snack or candy.

The front of my necklace reads, “Back off Dude, I’m a Mom!” But the part that made me giggle out loud was the message on the back. It said, “No fair, you’re not surprised!”