When my brother got an RV, I said to my husband that was crazy, and I'd never do that. A perfect opening for God to step in and orchestrate our 12 year and 7 RV experience...
I said I wanted a poodle but told my husband not to worry, since I'd never get one now, not for years and years. I was just as surprised as he was when Hamlet the apricot standard poodle pup came to live with us a few months ago...
I've resisted saying I'll never be a blonde, though I readily and frequently admit I have a blonde soul. I even had fun telling a hairdresser once (while she was cutting my hair) that every woman should be blonde at least once in her life. She told me she'd love to make me a blonde, and she'd do it by slow incremental changes (as if, at the end of the process, no one would notice my very dark brown hair had been dyed!)...Fortunately I simply said "No thanks, just kidding," instead of "Never!" It's the only reason I can see that my hair's still Lebanese and not L.A.
But the one thing I did say I'd never do, and I said it to my husband over and over, as well as writing it down more than once complete with copious reasons, was have a blog. Never!
So here I am, practically forced into writing a blog. Forced by the irony of God's providence, His sense of humor, and the timely suggestion of a good friend, who emailed me this morning asking if I'd like to use this outlet for my writing. She's a good friend for a million reasons (if I run out of topics for the blog, I'll start listing the reasons, but for now suffice it to say she's very affirming), and she wrote:
"I think it would be fabulous for all souls for you to write a short blog each day or a few days a week or once a week...no pressure! How cool would it be to write your thoughts about anything, from fast food to good emotional boundaries to great novels and mention your book and Marcel and see who bites! It’s just a thought, but you are so very gifted at writing, and your soul has such beautiful treasures, I sometimes feel sad for anyone who doesn’t know you like I do! God has opened His Heart to you in a very unique way...I wish more people had your way of loving Catholicism and living out the Faith with your true joy. Joy is one of the first words that comes to my mind when I think of you."
Well with an invitation like that, who could resist?
Just to clarify my intentions and expectations, let me say I'm not sure this will be fabulous for all souls, but I do hope it will provide good and pleasant reading for some (whomever God and the angels lead here). I hope to write things that will share my joy and God's delight in us, and I hope that sometimes I'll provoke laughter. It's a really funny world we live in, and it would be a shame to forget to laugh!
At my husband's suggestion, I'm disabling the comments (in other words, there won't be a place for comments here) for a very practical reason: We don't have the internet at home, and it would take time and preoccupation to moderate comments or even simply to respond to them. Feel free, though, to shoot me an email by clicking the "Contact Me" button in the sidebar at the right . . .then please be patient waiting for me to write back. Sometimes it's a little while before I get online, and that doesn't mean you're not interesting (far from it, I'm sure!) but rather that the rest of life has me running. Okay, not literally. Maybe we could say that the rest of life has me offline!
I'll end this post now and save for another post the explanation of this blog's name. I can't wait to write about that, but meanwhile, time to check in with my offline world. If you're reading this, then know I'm praying for you - before I do anything else, I'm saying a chaplet of Divine Mercy for all your intentions. May sweet and adorable Jesus fill your heart, your home, and your life with Love!
I've written books and articles and even a novel. Now it's time to try a blog! For more about me personally, go to the home page and you'll get the whole scoop! If you want to send me an email, feel free to click "Contact Me" below. To receive new posts, enter your email and click "Subscribe" below.