Monthly Archives: January 2012

Happy 175th Birthday MICHIGAN!

“If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look around you.”

~The state motto

Today the state of Michigan turns 175 years old! While I was born in California and prefer the warmer temps of my birth state I have a lot of love and pride for the state where I grew up! I absolutely looove our Great Lakes and as a true Michigander I point to my hand to show people where I grew up and where I’ve lived. I love having the map of my state with me every where I go.

Here’s a promo video that was made for Michigan’s 150th birthday. I know, I know… it’s old and all ’80’s’ but to this day my sister and I still sing the song “Yes, Michigan the feeling is forever!” every time we cross the state line or are enjoying something wonderful about the state. Especially the gorgeous scenery it provides!

If you’d like to learn a little bit about our great state you can check out this site!

Here’s a recent commercial about the city I grew up in… Grand Rapids!

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Happy 90th Birthday Deacon Bill Oleck!

Today is Uncle Bill’s 90th Birthday! I’m so blessed to know this very holy man. I’ve had the privilege to spend time with him since he made a very courageous move to Michigan from Tennessee.  He’s always willing to share his wisdom about life and the Catholic Church. I’m spoiled to receive spiritual direction from him when we’re hanging out drinking coffee, sitting on the back porch soaking in the sun or having dinner. I happens so naturally I almost don’t realize I’m receiving spiritual direction! lol It’s truly a gift!

He teaches me through his words and actions how to love all those around me! He brings Christ’s joy & peace to all who come in contact with him. He also shows me how to better love our Blessed Mother & The Holy Church!  He has served the Church that he so passionately loves for many, many years as a Deacon, a Knight of Columbus & a third order Carmelite. He is an incredible prayer warrior and spends hours a day in prayer before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. He’s always teaching me and encouraging me to grow in holiness…. and by his prayers & God’s Grace, I will! lol

I’m so grateful for the gift he is in my life! I love you Uncle Bill!!!

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Happy Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God!

“The Blessed Virgin Mary is not just a surrogate mother. She co-operated with God in the Incarnation and is therefore rightly called the Mother of God.”

~Fr. Dwight Longenecker

“O God, who through the fruitful virginity of Blessed Virgin Mary bestowed on the human race the grace of eternal salvation, grant, we pray, that we may experience the intercession of her, through whom we were found wothry to receive the author of life, our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen”

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