Sunday and Monday

Sunday

We took a drive back over to Nana and Papa’s (over the river and through the woods) to get some things we couldn’t fit in the car from the party!

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Later that evening William and Greta went down to William’s office to take care of a few things and to check on a job site.

Here is little tiny Greta standing next to the monstrous base of the Horseshoe Casino sign – job in progress!

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As it just so happens there was a couple walking past at that very moment — no one else in sight. Unfortunately I wasn’t there, but as it was explained to me, the two walked past and then turned back around. William was prepared to answer a question about the sign but instead the woman introduced herself as Brittany N. and told William she follows the blog. She went to grade school with my little sister Emily. Another “chance” encounter in this great big world that proved to be an equally great big blessing to William and to Greta too. Thank you, Brittany for stopping to say hello and for following along with us on this beautiful journey!

Monday

Another day that I’d love to be able to rewind and “fix” not so much for myself but for those killed, injured and affected in Boston. As one of my favorite people pointed out this morning –God gave us free will. That means ALL of us. Not just the good people. When these random acts of violence are committed it grieves God. He is right there crying and hurting with us. He is right there wanting to rescue us and heal our wounds.

There is such a fog of evil that has settled over the earth. So many people are blinded and deceived by its cunning lies, assuming this is just the way of the world. People are destroying themselves and others because they believe in these LIES!!

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
(Psalm 37:7-9 NIV)

It’s hard not to stay glued to the media, but when I keep seeing the same horrific imagery over and over and over again and the focus is on sensational terror I find myself getting fearful, anxious, depressed, and vengeful. Amidst this abomination against mankind there are the people who, with their free will, chose to be heroes. That’s where I want my focus to lie on.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
(Phillipians 4:8)

People have opened their homes to complete strangers who don’t have a place to stay. They are providing meals, donating blood, what ever it takes to lighten someone else’s heavy burden. I think that is excellent and praiseworthy.

In these sad times, I feel so blessed to be able to stare into these beautiful, innocent little eyes who expect and know nothing but love. How lucky she is!

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20130416-185651.jpg“Looks like it’s time for milkies!”

20130416-185714.jpg“Yep! I was right!”

20130416-185636.jpg“Little mid-morning siesta…”

20130416-185721.jpg“Oh, and would you look at that… It’s baff time already!”

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20130416-185744.jpg“More sleeps, please!”

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10 thoughts on “Sunday and Monday

  1. That was beautiful, Aleisa! I hope you, William, Gavin & Greta had a wonderful day celebrating Nora’s first year. Thank you for accepting God’s gift with a generous “Yes”! And thank you for sharing her with the rest of us! I love her chub!!!
    Mitch and Ellie are itching to have G&G over again. Every night at bed time (since February) Mitch asks if flu season is over! Just plan on them spending the summer with us, and I can bring them back for a visit one weekend a month. Cool?

  2. We, in Boston, are also looking at the good. In the past three days, we’ve celebrated in the general outpouring of goodness that has been showered upon us – from the bravery of the first responders and civilian heroes, to a medical infrastructure that saved countless lives, to the spirit of the wounded who are repeatedly being reported as being thankful in the face of personal tragedy, to the support of the worldwide community who have wrapped us in their love. The lives and security that we’ve lost will never be replaced, but this act of terrorism failed. We are strong, brave, and proud – and trust me when I say that next Marathon Monday, there will be more runners, spectators, and supporters than ever.

    Happy Birthday to Miss Nora who is further proof of the power of goodness.

    • I’ve prayed for all the people who resulted injured; for her families and friends and for the people working in the emergency services.
      I was even more shocked when I knew it was at Boylston as I remember having been several times at the Starbucks just behind where the explosion took place.
      Love Boston and all of you are in my prayers.
      ————
      This baby girl is tanned !!!. Has she sunbathed?. Love the new onesies she’s wearing.
      Poor, poor William 😉 . Ready to answer any question to anybody and they approach him because is the Dad of the celebrity baby !!. Lol

  3. Aleisa, I appreciated your parents’ sending me again a link to this story of faith. Congratulations on Nora’s birthday. You and your readership show how faith is a light within our hearts, a light far greater than a million suns. In 2001 I was at Maryknoll, NY during the attack on the World Trade Center, and the outpouring of love for the victims and their families was truly impressive. Goodness and love will in the end conquer all the darkness in the world!

  4. Love love the glow bracelet halo! 🙂 I love that piece of scripture. We must “think on such things” or else we would be consumed with sadness.

  5. What awesome pictures! We are so happy to have had the opportunity to follow Nora over the past year- what a testimony to the Grace, Goodness and Love God shows us all. A sweet baby who has uplifted so many through her faithful parents and siblings. Here are to many more years of milkies and baffs! Hugs from DC.

  6. Love the sweet photos. Nora- you and your family have shown us that God does work all things together for good for those who love Him. May the next year be filled with as many milkies and baffs (and happy, healthy times!) as the last. Hugs to you and yours, sweet girl! Love from DC, the Hathornes

  7. HI TO ONE OF MY FAVORITE FAMILIES. LOVE THE PICTURE OF WILLIAM WITH THE BIG KIDS. NOW WHEN WE GO PAST THE NEW CASINO, I WILL GET TO SAY WILLIAM MADE THAT SIGN. CANNOT WAIT TO SEE IT. GRETA LOOKS SOOOO SMALL STANDING THERE. OUR SON CAME IN THE OFFICE AS I WAS READING YOUR BLOG, AND IT WAS THE PICTURE OF WILLIAM, GAVIN AND GRETA, HE SAID “WOW THEY ARE GETTING BIG”. THEN I SHOWED HIM A PICTURE OF NORA, AND HE COULD NOT BELIEVE HOW MUCH SHE HAS GROWN. HE HAD A BIG SMILE ON HIS FACE WHEN I TOLD HIM NORA IS ONE YEAR OLD NOW. PRAISE THE LORD FOR WATCHING OVER LITTLE NORA, AND THANK YOU ALEISA FOR SHARING YOUR FAMILY WITH ALL OF US OUT HERE. I LOOK SO FORWARD TO READING YOUR BLOGS AND SEEING ALL THE PICTURES THAT YOU POST. YOU ARE ONE SPECIAL LADY!!!! LOVE ALL THE PICTURES YOU SHARED WITH ALL OF US TODAY. THEY ALL ARE SOOOOOO GOOD. LOVE YOU ALL. GOOD NIGHT AND GOD BLESS.

  8. Hi Aleisa,

    The “chance” encounter I had with William and Greta on Sunday was awesome. My boyfriend, Jeff, and I were walking home from brunch (I read the post and watched the video of Nora’s birthday party right before we left) downtown and he wanted me to see the casino. We walked around inside for a few minutes then started to walk home again. At his suggestion, we took the long route home but I kept my mouth shut and did not complain. And I’m so happy we went that way because we got to meet Nora’s dad and sister! I walked past them at first, thinking they don’t want to be bothered from some stranger, but I quickly decided I couldn’t let the opportunity to say hello pass me by. I was so excited to tell them how Nora and your family make me smile everyday. I wish I could have met you also, but I’m sure we will have a “chance” encounter someday! Thank you so much for sharing your story and your faith with all of us. Happy Birthday to the Little Miss!

    Brittany Nurre

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