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Time With Friends

This past week, I was blessed to be able to hang out with two of my very closest friends.  They perhaps know even more about me than I do!  It is not very often that I am home or able to see them, so I am very thankful. 

On Wednesday Nicole came over to stay the night.  We went to the music store, then bought food for dinner, came home and played some games, she cooked dinner (I helped…), we ate, then we hung out with the girls, ate a wonderful desert (bedtime snack), followed by Harry Potter viewing (part one of Deathly Hallows), and lasting some dominoes.  Of course, it was not all about what we did although it was very simple and easy.  It was about being able to spend time together with her.  We were up to a little about 3 in the morning finishing our dominoes game after the movie, that we had started sometime earlier. 

At about 8 in the morning my phone goes off with some unpleasantly loud sound I set and scared the living daylights out of me.  I had informed my other friend that she was to call me when she was leaving to come visit me.  Jocelyn at current is living two hours south of me, so to be here mid-morning would involve an early start for her.  It was definitely to be said I was not expecting the earlier arrival of her, but none-the-less I got up fifteen minutes before she came and showered while Nicole lay resting on the couch where we slept.  When Jocelyn arrived I was really excited because it had been ten months since we had seen each other.  After greeting joyfully another friend, the three of us sat down to a game of cribbage.  Just like to note that I skunked them both!  Upon completion of the game, I had to bid my farewell to Nicole who had to leave.  Her and I certainly had a wonderful night!

Now the afternoon was left to Jocelyn and I.  Again, the activity of the day was quite simple.  We went to Panera for lunch then returned to the house to play some more cribbage and just be with each other.  Being as she was called into work, she had to leave around 4:30 so that she could make it back in time for when she was wanted in.  It was good to see her especially since it had been so long.

The blessings of close friends is something I never take for granted.  Yes I have been accused of doing so, but it is not true.  When one finds those people in your life who care about you and you care about them in return, it is something you never want to lose.  These two friends that I got the chance to see while home are surely blessings in my life, as are all my other friends that I don’t get to see as often.  I thank God for them coming into my life and pray that they remain safe and close to Him who loves them, especially on this father’s day (despite it being about over)! 

Thank you for the time with my friends!  I know I have said it a million times, but they really helped me reach the point I am now in life! 🙂

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Posted by on June 19, 2011 in Inner Reflection


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Cape May Point Part Three

So, I know what you are all thinking.  What happened after the stubbed toe and such?  It was actually some very prayerful things, mostly.  Jen went to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel while I played some guitar on the porch.  As I was starting to play, someone came out and asked if I minded that he sit there and read.  I said as long as you don’t mind me singing a little off-key.  It was good and calming to play and he did not mind. 

The next adventure involved going on our rosary walk.  It was wonderful as usual.  We did the Hail Mary’s in Italian as usual and attempted the Glory Be’s.  I think we are still missing some parts, but it sounds decent enough and  God would understand.  When we finished, Jen thought it a good idea to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.  I agreed and thus we did so.  It was very good.

What was very kind was the offer to go with the group that came from Philly to have some ice cream out with them.  We declined, but it was a very gracious offer.  I think it was the guy that brought the group last year.  Maybe he is the one who brings them every year. 

So Jen and I learned something.  Our Ipods have bluetooth.  This means we can play scrabble against each other on our own Ipods.  Wonderful!  Thus we played some games before crashing to bed.  She won…of course.

This morning, we were up early as usual.  There is no surprise there.  Mass was at 8:30 for anyone who wanted to come and participate.  Beforehand Jen and I prayed the office in the Bl. Sac. Chapel.  I was asked to read for mass, aside from page turning and singing, which involved some words I am not quite sure I said right.  Either way, it was good.  I did get a little page turning happy on one song.  It was funny. 

What can I say?  I love the blue fire engine trucks.  Who wouldn’t?  I may have said before, but I am not sure.  Brother Al is the mastermind behind these.  Back when he was the Fire Chief, this was a choice he made.  I am certainly a fan.  Thus we took a picture next to one and of them.

This morning was the pancake breakfast at the firehouse.  As you can see, we ate the food faster than the thought to take a creative picture of it.  It was very good.

When we got back from that delicious food, we played some cards outside again.  This is on the wall of the side of the building.  It is the Marianist symbol that you commonly see.

This would be me laying down on my bed while we were playing scrabble with each other on our own Ipods again.  Jen won, as usual.

Being that we are eating oddly this weekend on retreat, we were all of a sudden a little more hungry.  That being how it was, we went down and found some apples.  Yum!

With the apples nearly gone, Jen and I headed out towards Cape May Point State Park.  We walk the 1.3 mile loop that could pop you out the beach if you wanted it to.  The part of the beach that we came out on was where the bunker was.  From there, we walked down the shore to the entrance/exit we use at Mary’s House.  It as a good long walk down in flip-flops then barefoot.  We got a little red in the face.  No mom, I did not use sunscreen.  We kind of forgot that one.  Don’t worry, it is not that bad this time, only some red in the face.

Haha.  Is it possible to avoid work?  Earlier in the morning, pretty much right after mass or right after eating, Fooch had me on the second floor porch hanging the flags for Memorial Day Weekend.  When we got back from our hike/walk, we were put to work cutting things out for the summer retreat.  It was not hard.  It just made me laugh!  I had offered myself for work.

We like to play games.  We play some more cards and more scrabble.  It is great.  Not to mention, all day eating chocolate and sweets.  That is bad for the mouth, I brushed my teeth an extra time. 

After that, Jen went to have some Jesus time and I hung out with my Marianist family.  It was a good time.  Dinner approached and it was the usual barbecue and drinks.  Delicious!  Guess what?  Jen and I signed up for helping to clean up.  Guess what we signed up for?  POTS!  😀  I know some people who are laughing.

After dinner, Jen went to finish some Jesus time and I played a game of cribbage with Brother Tom.  It was wonderful, even though he did surely beat me.  Jen came in around the time that we ended.  The three of us talked for a little while and then parted our ways.

Evening prayer was in the Bl. Sac. Chapel.  It was nice.  We sang the opening Hymn and the Magnificat by Lori True (has latin as the refrain).  🙂  It was good.

Now, you will find me sitting here posting.  We are planning to go for another rosary walk tonight as soon as I am done.  Thank you God for this wonderful time at the point.  Thank you for allowing me to spend it with Jen.  Peace to you all!

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Posted by on May 28, 2011 in Photos, Travels


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Days 4-6

Continuing on my family’s visit…

Tuesday I had to work all day, so that is what happened.  It was another windy and rainy day, so the family stayed in the house most the day.  For lunch, they came over and ate with the staff so everyone could meet everyone.  It was good I suppose.  After work, I headed over to the house.  Mom and I went back out to shop for a few more food items and something for dinner that night.  It was a soup and leftover (from the Lobster House) night; pretty well suited for the day it was.  We played some more cards that evening, starting with some cribbage with Bro. Tom, who came over for a while.  It was dad and Matthew against Bro. Tom and me.  We won 3-1, it was a good set of games.  When he left, the rest of us continued to play.

Wednesday, I had to work again.  I did get a few hours off so that Sister Colleen could come visit my family.  I was real nervous for it, but I guess it went well.  She came the the center first, where we talked a little and I finished a portion of my app.  The application, by the way, is all turned in except the physical (next week), the high school diploma (when dad finds it), and the references (when people send them in).  Pretty exciting, and yet this weird feeling I can not describe.  So, then we went over the house.  There was a conversation for a while, then we ate lunch.  After that, Sister Colleen left and I went back to work.  The family went into Cape May to be outside, as it was a very nice day for their last day.  When I was done with work, they had come back to the house, and then we went on the beach here at the point.  There were a large amount of shells that were collected, tons of Frisbee played, some pictures taken, and a beautiful sunset.  We spent about two hours outside and who knows how long they were out without me.  Dinner was steak on the grill, baked potatoes, green beans, applesauce, carrots, milk, and wine.  It was a wonderful meal followed by our last night of cards.  We ended the night earlier due to needing to be up in the morning to take care of things.

This morning they all left.  They finished most the cleaning at the house, the rest I will be going over to finish after the current retreat we are on (I will start posting on that tomorrow…).  Everyone came to the center to print boarding passes and to say good bye.  They left a little after ten and that is that.

It was nice to see them, but it is a teaser of not being able to see others that I would also like to see.  Eventually that time will come, sooner that thought I hope…haha, yeah right.  It is a while off, but one can dream, can’t they?

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Posted by on April 1, 2010 in Random Things


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