#BigRedOne!

it’s the Monday giggles….

“Attention!!”

I know it’s Monday and normally there are important giggles to be shared; however, there’s really only ONE THING that needs to be said today and that is……

ONLY 5 DAYS REMAIN UNTIL ARMY BEATS NAVY!!

No mission too difficult, no sacrifice too great.
Duty first.
Victory!


Our son was a part of the BIG RED ONE and we were tickled to discover this year’s Army uniform  design for  America’s Game, unveiled today, represents this elite Unit with a storied history.

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of World War One so it only made sense the Black Knights would debut their Army-Navy game uniforms to commemorate the occasion —honoring the legacy of the U.S. Army’s first combat unit.
Traditionally, the uniforms of the Army-Navy game acknowledge a military event or specific unit. This year, Army stunned us again with a black and red combination that gives a great nod to the history of the 1st Infantry Division, also known as “The Big Red One” and “The Fighting First.”
Clad in all black with red details, the uniform color honors 1886 graduate of West Point, John “Black Jack” Pershing. A famed individual within the military community and those who consider themselves military history buffs, Pershing became the first four-star general in the country and commanded the American Expeditionary Forces during WWI.

Kaylah Jackson

Not only is our son a retired member of the #BigRedOne but also a former member of the Army Black Knights.  

We hold such fond memories of our own experiences at  America’s Game!   And we continue to look forward each year to watching the annual Army-Navy game.  

To say that this year’s uniforms are TOTALLY amazing is an understatement but nothing can compare to the personal pride we feel through our connection to this Combat Unit and this Team.  This Saturday our prayers will go out to all those who are nearing the end of their commitment to the BIG RED ONE, as well as to all the seniors who will be playing their final game. 

The shoulders of the jerseys showcase a black lion acknowledging the Black Lions of Cantigny and disks on the collar feature cross rifles and the acronym “U.S.,” insignias worn by enlisted soldiers in the unit. The back of the helmets, also blacked-out, feature a subdued WWI-era American Flag. The front of the helmets feature a replica of the unit patch which was used to identify the country’s vehicles from allies and enemies. It’s notated with the number “1.”

Kaylah Jackson

So, while we whole-heartedly immerse ourselves in the Season of Advent and busily fill our days with Christmas decorating and preparations 

The Big Red One hanging proudly!

may we never forget the sacrifices that have been & continue to be made…… by the brave!

On brave old Army team!

hugs n’ blessings to all those who will enjoy this year’s game!

happy new year!

Happy Advent! 

And a very Happy New Year to all my fellow Catholics! Yes, Catholics have three chances, not one, to celebrate New Year’s.  On the First Sunday of Advent, you will customarily hear parishioners wishing one another a “Happy New Year!” Non-catholics are generally surprised or confused to hear this, until they discover we follow a liturgical year as well as a calendrical one, and the first Sunday of Advent is the start of another annual cycle!

The second New Year’s Day for Catholics is, of course, January 1.  When we can join the rest of the world, have a drink, look back with thanks, and look forward with hope and hopefully set off a few fireworks!  On this day we will also celebrate again the birth of the Lord, and the dawn of our redemption by honoring Mary the Mother of God.

Can’t touch this!

Much like the Christmas Shopping Season (technically) begins on Black Friday, our Liturgical New Year always begins with the Season of Advent!  

But unlike waiting in long lines for the best deals on Black Friday,  Advent is all about waiting for Jesus Christ!  

The gospel readings of Advent make us mindful of the ways we await Jesus:  past, present, and future.  First, we remember and accompany Mary, Joseph, and the newborn Jesus.  Second, we prepare for the celebration of his birth at Christmas.  Third, we anticipate the second coming of Jesus Christ, who will come in power and glory for everyone to see and establish  his kingdom of peace and justice upon the earth.  

It’s easy and lots of FUN for us, at this time of year, to rush busily around preparing  for Santa’s arrival!   Our next four weeks will be busy making lists and checking them twice, as we determine just who has been naughty or nice.  

Can you guess which side of the bed Cuppycake sleeps on?

But our Church helps us too, beginning today with a New Liturgical year, to prepare ourselves to genuinely, with this same focus and glee, not only to prepare for Jesus’ birth but to receive him fully into our hearts!  

 And while we are preparing to celebrate his birth in Bethlehem, preparing to receive him fully into our hearts as our redeemer – we are also preparing to see him in heaven, when we will know him as he knows us; as well as at the Second Coming at the end of time.  

Also, much like Santa asks us to prepare a plate of deliciously baked cookies in preparation for his arrival, Jesus compassionately warns us to be ready for His (own) return! 

“Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, like a trap.  For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth.” 

Luke 21:31-35

During this Season of giving we are often reminded that we are indeed blessed.  

But hopefully we will be mindful that we are being challenged too.  

Today,  at the beginning of a new liturgical year,  the gospel asks us to take the long view in our lives; for the ultimate purpose is to live with God forever.  

Jesus asks us to trust in God’s purposes for ourselves and for all people. 

For Jesus is coming…and Santa follows behind in his sleigh.  

hugs n’ blessings for a wonderful New Year!!

🌟 star gazing with a song in your heart!

it’s the monday giggles…

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Peace is gazing at the stars with the knowledge you know their creator.

– Author Unknown

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem,  saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage. When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.  Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written through the prophet:

‘And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; since from you shall come a ruler,
    who is to shepherd my people Israel.’”

Matthew 2: 1-6

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