Oh, God….an excellent homily that may be used by the priest who celebrates the sacrament of marriage. And the baby is sooooooooooo beautiful…

The other get well soon card was from the one and only Taylor swift.

After I cleaned up from dinner, I gave Lucy a bath and got her ready for bed. I wanted a relaxing night so I had Lucy go to bed about an hour earlier then her bed time. After Lucy fell asleep I took a shower and lied down in my bed. I ended up watching part of the CMA awards while I waited for Ezra to get home.

Very kind neighbor with large and supportive family passed away a few days ago. The daughter is just slightly younger than me. She was very close to her mother. I was wondering what I could do without invading her privacy or prevailing upon her while she is making final arrangements (mother will be buried in another country.)

Commonly they are in a lot of pain or discomfort and their movement will be restricted due to incisions, cuts, or bruises from the surgery. Wouldn’t it be great to give a gift that reduces their pain?

Ms. Grace, I have lost a parent. My cousin has stepped up and helped me out so much. I’m trying to figure out an appropriate thank you gift for all of her help. Could you please recommend a few gift ideas please? I don’t want to just give cash. Thank you for time. Sincerely, Kat

"No, the last thing I remember was you and dad fighting. Then mom left the house and she took me with her." I said

"I didn't mean to get so mad at my mom but I don't get to do half the things I want to do because of Lucy." Riley said to Jason

"He is but it's more then that. Do you remember what your dad and I were fighting about before the car accident happened?" My mom asked

New baby gifts! Fun to receive, fun to give, almost impossible to get wrong.

“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.

Everyone is different, but I think reaching out via phone is ok to do, especially since you know each other so well.

"It's always about Lucy. Ever since she was born you and dad have always put her first." Riley said upset

I just had my first baby, but what was most helpful at the beginning was when someone came and 1) took care of the baby for a couple of hours so I could sleep and 2) encouraged me that the newborn phase doesn’t last forever.

"She was getting cranky and I really needed to go home." Aria said

Staying in the hospital that can suck the positivity out of you. Seemingly small things like the soreness of laying in one spot for days on end can become major issues.

"He want back to work today. He will be back here tonight and Jason said he might stop by later to see how you are." My mom said

Dear Grace and team and all the friends in the D*S community in the US (I know we don’t know each other but the familiar nature of the postings makes it feel that we all know each other – I know you know what I mean).

A few hours later Ezra dropped Lucy off at the hospital and left.

I love this response and it is so very true. Thank you for sharing.

"Yes, and I told you know wasn't the right time to have another kid." Aria said

I’ve just bought my stepdad an electronic helicopter with camera, he’s just had an operation. I’m hoping that he’ll be able to sit in the garden with it, which should provide a break from reading and dvds.

We thought Sara Kate's New Baby Taco Box concept was such a clever (and actually useful) way to welcome home a new family, we were thrilled when she agreed to let us share it with you. Here's what's inside:

First off all I really appreciate your content about little Baby gifts and 12 gifts that new Moms!! lebouquetblanc.com

I think the best gift is your sincere appreciation. I think a nice meal our (or in, at your house!) along with a moment where you tell them how much their support has meant to you is a great idea. You don’t need to spend $$, you just want to focus on thanking them for being there for you.

On June 29, during the ceremony of the blessing and imposition of the pallium on 34 metropolitan archbishops, Pope Francis spoke about “the path of collegiality” as the road that can lead the church to “grow in harmony with the service of primacy.” So I ask: “How can we reconcile in harmony Petrine primacy and collegiality? Which roads are feasible also from an ecumenical perspective?”

Welcome Home from Hospital present for my dad

4. Treats for other young kids. The non-newborn kids can feel a little lost and overlooked in the first weeks. How nice for them (and for an over-extended mom) to find a few little (non-messy!!!) activities to keep them busy. Sidewalk chalk, new crayons, coloring books, picture books, small stuffed animals or dolls, or a DVD (something you know the mom approves of) can cheer up siblings and give mom a needed respite.

Watching comedy videos has been shown to decrease hospital patients’ need for opioid painkillers

I am struck by the reference the pope just made to Puccini’s “Turandot” while speaking of the mystery of hope. I would like to understand better his artistic and literary references. I remind him that in 2006 he said that great artists know how to present the tragic and painful realities of life with beauty. So I ask who are the artists and writers he prefers, and if they have something in common.

I studied it today to serve as a roadmap, carta geografica, for the New Year for my family and me.

"No it's not always about Lucy. I have been here all day and all of last night for you. I'm tired and I want to go home but I'm staying here for for you." Aria said

I take in what the pope is saying, and I mention that there are Christians who live in situations that from the point of view of the church are irregular or somewhat complex, Christians that, in one way or another, live with open wounds. I mention the divorced and remarried, same-sex couples and other difficult situations. What kind of pastoral work can we do in these cases? What kinds of tools can we use? The pope signals that he understands what I mean and he responds:

I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I know it’s not ideal, but perhaps you could reach out to those close friends for some support? I made the same unfortunate mistake with a good friend who lost a parent (I assume they wanted space and time to grieve) and it wasn’t until she told me she needed me to check in on her frequently that I realized she didn’t need space, she needed her friends to be there in person. Again, I’m so sorry for your loss.

I didn't know how I was going to deal with my life now. I am happy to be living but I hate the fact that some things I just can't do anymore.

"Lucy may be younger but she has more freedom then me right now. I can't even get out of this hospital bed by myself" Riley said

My boss told me he was taking a week off and left. When he returned he told me he had gone to bury his 95 year old Dad who had had cancer. I told him how sorry I was. I had met his Dad once many years ago. If my boss didn’t tell anyone, should I do something? Send a plant? ????

"When I had my baby, after 50 hours of unbelievable labor, I came home to a kitchen that was not quite through a remodel and a pretty empty fridge," said Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan, founding editor of The Kitchn. "After that, I swore that from then on I would always cook for my friends when they had babies, and that is how my famous Taco Box evolved."

"That was two weeks ago Riley." My dad said

I have this wonderful friend .She is going to be 60 in October. After her cosmetic surgery I want to do something special for her . I did not see the size range of the Herbal Rug wrap. Also can it be shipped to WDC by October?

"When did she wake up?" He asked my parents