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Friday, April 9, 2021

Friday Fun

  Some of you asked why the older ones do not want their pictures taken....is it just on the blog or just in general. Well Hampton and Kendall are at that awkward age, I think they have social anxiety about how they look. Even though Kendall sports bright pink hair, she is a quiet and introspective girl.  Marvin asked me today how much longer the pink hair phase is going to last.:) I told him do not dare say anything to her about it or she might wear it forever.  Hudson and Landon are not as bad but when the older ones do not want their picture taken, I just put my camera aside. I do have one picture of Landon.

Tara took this one at the soccer game the other night and I stole it off FB.  Bless his heart...he just is not into soccer this year as he is playing on a team with the city league. Priceville did not have a spring team this year.  He had played with his old team for years.....

The other day I noticed water was standing in the cabinet under the sink. That is always a fun way to start the day. Thankfully I have a great plumber and he came right out and took care of things. Turns out we needed a new faucet.

It is a Delta faucet with a special glass rinse feature. I am fancy for sure.  Marvin and I have been having fun playing with it.  Another sign you are old when you like getting a new appliance.

I am going to share something with yall that has been a long time in the making. Marvin and I had been doing a lot of reading about the early church and after much thought and prayer we decided to attend RCIA and join the Catholic Church. We started attending classes back in September and we were recently welcomed into the church.  My old neighbor, Euny, was my sponsor. She and her husband, Brian, were coming for my first communion but then covid hit their family. They plan to come next weekend instead. Marvin's sponsor was his old high school friend, Tommy.   Most of our close friends knew we had joined Annunciation but we have not been very vocal about it, understanding that many of our friends are scratching their heads at this change at our ages.  All I can say is, we truly feel God lead us in this direction and we have been so blessed by our church and our priest, Father Merrell.  As we told our pastor at our previous church, we are not mad and we did not wake up one morning and decided we want to be Catholic.  It was a journey of faith that lead us down this road.  Now to the funny part. On Sunday afternoon, my friend, Susan, texted me and asked if I wanted her to save the picture of me and Marvin in the Sunday paper. What picture? What ???? 

We were attending Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.  So now everyone in Decatur knows we are Catholic now.  So I will share two more pictures with yall. 
This is us with our Bishop Raica.  You can see that our class included old and young people.  Some of us took our masks off for the photo. Not many Catholics have a photo of them with their Bishop wearing a mask. 

This picture was made on our first communion, February 27th.

I know some of you will question this decision. Believe me, most of our family and friends feel the same way.  I will share this with you. I have been drawn to the Catholic church for many years through reading, the witness of friends and Marcus Grodi of EWTN. Scott Hahn, a former Presbyterian pastor who converted to Catholicism was a big influence. I really recommend any of his books.  I had told my friend, Deborah, last February that I would be Catholic if it were up to me but Marvin is the spiritual head of the family and if God wants me to be Catholic, He will reveal it to Marvin as well. I did not even pray about this aspect as I was so sure of God's direction for me.  Two months later when the pandemic had just started, we were celebrating Easter at home and Marvin turned to me and asked if this was the last Easter we were going to be Protestant. I almost fell over.  Marvin was much influenced by Pope Benedict as well as by a friend he worked with in Huntsville. This friend, Bob, is a deacon at Annunciation of the Lord, the Catholic church here in Decatur. We met with Bob and his wife. He told Marvin, " I was not surprised at all when I got your email." He set us up to meet Father Merrell, we began attending Mass in May of last year, started RCIA in September and the rest is history.   You can tell by the smiles above, we were all very happy to be confirmed.  



12 comments:

Brenda said...

Prayers

Georgia said...

Arlene, I loved reading your blog this morning. And my sincere congratulations on your confirmation and pray for your continued growth in God's Word and direction. I grew up Lutheran (the Lutheran Church has changed a lot over the years). My husband is not Lutheran, so I left the Lutheran Church because I believed a family should worship together. I have been having problems with my hip, and have been unable to attend Church the last few weeks. But, this Easter was very special to me. Beth with Heartstrings is designing a series of "Sunday Hymns." Plus, The ones designed by Lindy's, have been ringing in my head for a couple of months now. These are the ones I grew up with. I can almost hear the old organ, as these old melodies ring true. Our Church rarely plays their organ any more. I have been truly blessed by these designs and will stitch as many as I can. Thank you so much for sharing your story, I know this was from the heart. When you get a chance look up the story of the Loretto Chappel in Santa Fe, NM. We were able to visit the chapel a few years ago to see the beautiful stair case. When I see the picture of my back, and the scoliosis, I have developed, I think of these stairs. God is at work! Many blessings to you and yours my friend:)

Jan said...

I think adolescents and young teens all turn and run whenever they see a camera pointed their way-I know our grand-teens do!

I believe faith and beliefs are a very personal thing and you do what you feel you are called to do. We made what was for us, a very radical change in churches a number of years ago. Our family for the most part has been much more understanding than we expected and it has been the best spiritual decision we ever made.

Sandy said...

Landon will find his sport. Paul Allen made a change of directions in sports interest about his age. Sports are good for them though. Keeps them busy and out of trouble.
Glad you and Marvin found your place. I think that is important. Jeff and I made a change in 2008 and I never looked back. I think when you feel called you know it.

Terri D said...

Congratulations to you both on your faith journey! Joe and I felt the same way when we left the Catholic church and became Presbyterians two years ago! LOL We all must follow where God leads us. We all (Catholic & Protestant) believe Jesus is our Savior and that is really all that matters. Happy weekend! xo

sharon said...

Welcome to the Catholic Church! Loved reading your of your journey.

Jennie in GA said...

Good for you, having the courage to follow your convictions.

Susan~aredheadonthego said...

How beautiful that both you and Marvin are still so spiritually passionate. Passionate enough to switch gears and explore. Bravo!
Welcome to the Catholic Church!

Phyllis Trexler said...

So very happy for both of you. My husband is a convert. When were got married 48 years ago he went to Mass with me every week. I never pressured him to "join" the Church. After 11 years of marriage he had the calling and became a Catholic. He is very active in our parish. People always say that converts make the best Catholics. Love following your blog.
P. Trexler

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm happy for you both too! My first thought is ...oh how I love living in the United States of America where we have the freedom of religion! God bless America...and God bless you both! Hugs, Diane

Catie said...

Y'all are looking great! Tell Kim & Cheryl that Catie & Horace Willis say Hey Y'all!! :)

Mary said...

I just hope the teens take photos of each other even if they don't want you too. They will look back years later and wish they had more photos of themselves if they don't. I am victim of that as I always hated to have my photos taken.
Congratulations on your Conversion, Spiritual life is such a personal thing and I don't think anyone has the right to question your choice. Lovely photo of all the converts.