Last Weekend in Omaha

Craig and I started to get a little nostalgic this weekend as we spent our last weekend in Omaha before we move this week.  It was a great weekend to end our time living in Omaha and to begin looking forward to our life in Lincoln.

The Lanoue’s invited us over for dinner as a going away Friday night, along with the Zurcher’s.  We always love our time spent with such dear friends.  We will miss not living in the same town as them greatly.

Saturday morning I attended a Moms Prayer Group that Jennifer started at St. Wenceslaus.  They have it the first Saturday of the month, and unfortunately I had not been able to attend until this Saturday.  I am so grateful Jennifer invited me and that I was able to go!  They pray a holy hour together before mass starts.  The holy hour starts with a reflection, followed by time for personal prayer, and ends with a rosary.  The reflection Jennifer gave this time was from a book she found giving Mary’s perspective of the Way of the Cross.  It was so beautiful to reflect on.  She also shared these 3 beautiful quotes that I reflected on for quite awhile during my prayer time.  I just love them.

– “In the dark loneliness of the Passion, Our Lady offers her Son a comforting balm of tenderness, of union, of faithfulness; a yes to the divine will. Hand in hand with Mary, you and I also want to console Jesus, by accepting always and in everything the Will of his Father, of our Father. Only thus will we taste the sweetness of Christ’s Cross, and come to embrace it with all the strength of Love, carrying it in triumph along the ways of the earth.” – St. Josemaria Escriva, from “Way of the Cross”

– “Mary was the person in Jesus’ life who He turned to when He was in distress. He went to His Mother, who was able to bring Him calm, peace, safety, and security…When we have a devotion to Mary, that’s the role that she wants to play in our own lives. She’s that person we can run to when we’re in distress, or worried, or feel unsafe, or feel insecure, because she always is there to welcome us, to throw her arms around us, to comfort us. The true meaning of Marian devotion is that we allow our hearts to be transformed by union with hers, which means we run to her in our distress.” – Fr. Sean Kilcawley, from “Mary, Mother of God” homily, 1/1/17

– “We should reflect on this, what does it mean to have a Savior? What does it mean to need a Savior? Because in the midst of the busyness of our lives, or the comfort of our lives, we’re not always aware of the fact that we need a Savior. So many times when we’re lonely or we’re sad, we can easily turn to distraction to be our Savior…instead of opening ourselves and turning to the Lord…instead of developing that habit that says, “Jesus, I need you to reveal yourself to me again.” “Jesus, I need you to remind me of who I am.” “Jesus, I need you to hold me, just as you were held when you were a small child.” “Jesus, I want to depend completely on you…to depend completely on you.” That’s what it means to have faith, and it’s what it means to have a Savior.” – Fr. Sean Kilcawley, from “Merry Christmas” homily, 12/25/16

After I attended the prayer group, I headed to Trader Joe’s to do our grocery shopping for the week.  Okay I hadn’t done this since… honestly maybe college, and even then I don’t know…. but almost all I bought were frozen meals for the week.  I did buy SOME fruit, avocados, and eggs.  But I bought a frozen pizza, a frozen Chinese meal, and a frozen Indian meal.  I seriously still can’t believe I did this.  We.. well maybe I… really wanted to pack up our whole kitchen this weekend, leaving no dishes for me to cook with.  I felt like I’d rather buy some frozen meals rather than eat out for supper every night this week.  So we will see how this goes and how we feel by the end of the week… 🙂

After that Craig, Henry, and I headed to Sherwin Williams to buy our paint for our new house!! Yay!! Hopefully we like the colors on the walls because we just bought a lot of paint.  But I think we will. 🙂

Saturday afternoon we attended my cousin Jaime’s wedding to her husband, Kurt.  It was a beautiful wedding held at St. Margaret Mary’s.  I am so happy for both of them.  After the wedding, my siblings all went to DJ’s Dugout.  It was fun to spend time with all of them, as well as to hang out in Aksarben one last time before we move.  Then we headed to the reception at the Livestock Exchange Building.  Henry loved dancing with his cousins at the reception.  We all had a great time.

Sunday morning we attended our last Sunday mass at Christ the King.  We packed and cleaned all day.  Craig focused on the garage, and I worked on the kitchen.  Henry helped me for a bit, and then he went outside to play while Craig was working in the garage.  That night we attended the JPII Newman Center’s Oratory Dedication.  It was great to attend and see the “finished product” that Craig had been working so hard on for so long.  It was nice to see friends and people he worked with at the reception.  It was a very spiritual experience as we were praying during benediction that this was closure and an ending to living in Omaha.



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