Family Centered Living

Hushed October

©Nissa Gadbois
O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall. – Robert Frost, “October”
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Precious and Holy

When your youngest child of nine climbs into bed between you as the sun is beginning to rise, and you realize that moments like these will soon cease to occur. Man and wife and child wrapped warmly in a family embrace. This moment is precious and holy. 

Silently, you sob, tears stream down your cheeks and your body trembles.  Out of joy and sadness.  Joy for the gift, sadness for the passing of a season.

Then you realize that a tiny hand is stroking your arm and hand.  And that little hand reaches up to stroke your cheek.  It is wet, and he gazes at the tears on his palm for just a moment and begins to wipe the rest away.  Then he curls his small body up, places his still wet hand on his own cheek, rests his head on your chest, and slips back into a slumber.


Canticle of Creation

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Benedicite, omnia opera Domini, Domino; laudate et superexaltate eum in saecula.

Benedicite, caeli, Domino, benedicite, angeli Domini, Domino.

Benedicite, aquae omnes, quae super caelos sunt, Domino, benedicat omnis virtutis Domino.

Benedicite, sol et luna, Domino, benedicite, stellae caeli, Domino.

Benedicite, omnis imber et ros, Domino, benedicite, omnes venti, Domino.

Benedicite, ignis et aestus, Domino, benedicite, frigus et aestus, Domino.

Benedicite, rores et pruina, Domino, benedicite, gelu et frigus, Domino.

Benedicite, glacies et nives, Domino, benedicite, noctes et dies, Domino.

Benedicite, lux et tenebrae, Domino, benedicite, fulgura et nubes, Domino.

Benedicat terra Dominum: laudet et superexaltet eum in saecula.

Benedicite, montes et colles, Domino, benedicite, universa germinantia in terra, Domino.

Benedicite, maria et flumina, Domino, benedicite, fontes, Domino.

Benedicite, cete, et omnia, quae moventur in aquis, Domino, benedicite, omnes volucres caeli, Domino.

Benedicite, omnes bestiae et pecora, Domino, benedicite, filii hominum, Domino.

Benedicite, Israel, Domino, laudate et superexaltate eum in saecula.

Benedicite, sacerdotes Domini, Domino, benedicite, servi Domini, Domino.

Benedicite, spiritus et animae iustorum, Domino, benedicite, sancti et humiles corde, Domino.

Benedicite, Anania, Azaria, Misael, Domino, laudate et superexaltate eum in saecula.

Benedicamus Patrem et Filium cum Sancto Spiritu; laudemus et superexaltemus eum in saecula.

Benedictus es in firmamento caeli et laudabilis et gloriosus in saecula.


[Photographs are of our maple sugarbush.  How glorious they are this year!  It is as if God has sent us some consolation for the awful drought we are experiencing.  Thanks be to God!]

Elder Brothers

Spending childhood with an elder brother is the best practice you can get to master the sport called life. – Unknown

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“It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are still alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them.” ― George Eliot

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This quote from George Eliot just about perfectly sums up what I am about.  And I was looking in the wrong place.  Right here where God planted us, right here with these precious people… that is where I find what is good, and beautiful, and true.  Love, kindness, peace.  Beauty in the things of creation, beauty in the things that we create.  It is good.

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