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Please pray for my family. I cannot give any details, just that the matter is very serious…more serious than we have had to deal with before. Thank you!

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Merry Christmas time is here…

I survived finals.

I would have posted sooner, except that I wrote so much during the past few weeks that my brain needed a rest. The break has been both busy and restful; tiring and happy. Last week I spent cooking (having a blast!), cleaning, enjoying the rain, and spending time with Daniel. On Friday night I left for Wisconsin, and had a layover in Georgia. The flight from Georgia to Milwaukee left on time, but we had to turn back because there was an indication that an engine overheated. Upon arriving at the airport again, the engine was checked and we were moved to another plane. Then one of the stewardesses realized she had a scheduling conflict and so they called in someone else. Instead of getting to Milwaukee at 11am, I got in a little after 1pm. Not too bad, except that I was exhausted and just wanted to get home. We had to wait for quite awhile to get our luggage, so we didn’t get home until about 3:15pm. After that I played with my little brother (dancing, giggling and the like), ate supper, and layed around most of the night like a zombie.

Wisconsin is cold. Normally in December it is in the 20’s, and that is what it was when I came home on Saturday. Saturday night it promptly dropped, and yesterday it didn’t get above -5, with the windchills around -20 all day. I was a wimp and decided to stay in the house after Mass, even when Dad and the little kids went to get the Christmas tree. I spent the afternoon talking, cooking, helping with dishes, drinking hot cocoa, and eating chocolates. I also finished my Christmas letter. Today was a little warmer–I believe it hit 2 degrees above zero, and the wind wasn’t as bad. I cleaned most of the day, going through boxes and boxes of my stuff and clothes and fabric and dust and dust. Did I mention the dust? There were a lot of memories that I was reminded of as I tried yet again to pare down my belongings. It is terribly hard to do, though; my things are either useful or I am too sentimental to get rid of them. Sigh…

Now my Christmas letters are printed off and I can begin writing out the few cards that I will send. Tomorrow and Wednesday morning I work, then all the Christmas celebrations begin. Here at home everything is not all roses, and sometimes I wish for the way that Christmastime used to be. But I suppose it is just a greater reminder to me of what Christmas is really about and giving me a greater focus for the future. What next week will bring, I am not sure of yet. All in all, I am enjoying my stay: there is a lot of snow, I enjoyed the many conversations I have had, and the attention from my little siblings. I am trying to get all things organized and in order and have started reading my books for school next quarter–which starts in two weeks. The break has been good. Now if I can remain this calm when I get back to school, I’ll be all set.

This is a time of year that I really enjoy bringing out the Scriptures and rereading the Nativity story; the awesomeness of God becoming man within history is something that I struggle to grasp the full meaning of, and yet it tells of the immense love that He has for us. I pray that you all are able to use this time to grow in Faith and Love, so as to attain peace in union with Him; it will take sacrifice (He became man and was born in a stable, eventually to be crucified…) but if we are faithful, we will be rewarded.

May God bless and Mary keep you all–have a Merry Christmas!

So many things

Today is the feast of the Immaculate Conception. It is a beautiful feast celebrating that Mary was conceived without original sin, preparing her to be the mother of our Savior.

One week until I am done with school. This both makes me happy and gives me a feeling of panic. Today I need to finish my presentation for our marketing class (we are proposing a marketing strategy for the girls youth branch for Schoenstatt), finish studying for our theology final, edit and print my paper for theology, study for our business plans final, go to Mass, go to the chiropractor, and eat. When there is so much to do, it is hard to make myself stop to prepare something to eat, and as a result I often go without…hopefully carrots, oranges, crackers and cottage cheese will tide me over. If I have any extra time, I’ll start working on my law paper.

Tomorrow, I have the last class and finals for both theology and business plan classes. A friend (M.) was visiting her sister at Thomas Aquinas College, and is stopping by for a couple of days before flying back to Wisconsin, so I need to pick her up from the bus station between classes. After the evening class, I’ll do a run through of the presentation with my partner. Hopefully I can make it to Holy Mass, and get a bit more of homework done.

On Wednesday we will give our presentation, and M. will be here. It is also room check day, so we have to do the routine cleaning of the apartment. Holy Mass and perhaps a little fun… Thursday I take M. to the airport early in the morning, and then with the exception of the time for Mass I will work all day on my law paper and studying for my law final. Friday morning is our last class and then final for law, then Mass.

Friday afternoon and Saturday will be spent trying to finish the finals (take-home) for accounting and marketing. It is a lot of work–hopefully I can get them done so that I don’t have to do anything with them on Sunday, but we will see. By Monday at 8am I must turn in the marketing final, and we have our last class and turn in our final for accounting at 9am. Then, Holy Mass and I am free!!! …to start cleaning and organizing and packing.

I have told a couple of people that I will get fat over break, because I have had so little time to bake this quarter…I am going to go on a baking spree before I go home. 😀 I also am going to go through all my stuff, packing away the books that I don’t need. Perhaps, if I have time and enough creativity, I will make a few Christmas gifts before going home. And perhaps I will go up with Daniel to see his family for a bit. Then, on the 19th, I will be leaving to go back to Wisconsin…arriving there on the 20th,  to a winter wonderland.

Time to go work. Please pray for me!