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Thursday, February 23, 2017


Dear Diary,
I love looking at old photos!  3 years ago after dinner at HT in the village.  My 4 little barneys!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Quick Getaway

Dear Diary,
The girls and I drove up to Santa Ynez a few weeks ago to celebrate Heather's birthday at Chumash Casino near Santa Barbara.  Sherry won big time!  We had a delish dinner at The Willows and a wonderful massage the next morning.  So fun... can't wait to go back for Sherry's birthday!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Miracle Hour

My brothers Joe and Paul, sisters Cathy and Ann with Grams Furnare
I just found this draft I wrote nearly 2 years ago...

Dear Diary,
Yesterday I was having a frustrating morning... trying to get the kids ready for school, eat, get dressed, back packs ready and out the door.  Little Jess was pushing my limits not wanting to cooperate and fighting me every step of the way.  I was so frustrated and lost my patience.  By the time I dropped her off, I had apologized for losing my temper but was still ashamed of the way I behaved.  I hurt her little spirit inside.  I called my Grams, she's 91 and wonderful!  She always makes me smile!  I told her what had happened and that I said a prayer after dropping off the girls.  Grams asked me if I knew about the miracle hour and said that at 3 o'clock daily to stop and say a prayer.  Christ died at the 3 o'clock hour.  Ask the Lord anything or give thanks while praying and spending a few quiet moments with the Lord.  For at that moment mercy is opened wide for every soul.  In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others.  Christ wants us to ask for his mercy, in fact, he delights in it!  He wants us to share our intentions, our problems, our heaviness, our loved ones, our fears and our worries in his endless goodness and draw near to his loving and forgiving heart during the powerful hour that recalls his death.  Along with this, he also wants us to put our trust in his love. 
Let us take advantage of his special invitation to meet him daily anytime during the 3 o'clock hour, if only for a minute to share, reflect, pray and honor our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentine's Recap

Dear Diary,
I was lucky enough to spend Valentine's day with the loves of my life.  The kids woke up to balloons and sweet treats.  Jeff brought home roses for me and the girls, then we had dinner at our favorite sushi restaurant, Black Bamboo.  We are very lucky to have this smart and beautiful man in our lives and I thank God everyday for his love and support!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017