Thursday, December 8, 2011

Vigil of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

So we had snow yesterday. We woke up to a beautiful blanket of white. In my former AR days, I would have said, "hold on, we have to learn about the formation of the snowflake first!" or "can anyone tell me what precipitation means?!" but that morning I came out of my bedroom and imediately started stuffing food in babies mouths so they could plunge into it. Aren't you proud? Yep. Well, after all, they are only kids for a little while, and we don't get snow that often.
Snow on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

What I did think about almost immediately is how beautiful it was, and oh my goodness! This is the vigil of the feast of the Immaculate Conception! Snow-spotless-clean-pure-immaculate. If you know me well, you know I am about to get a little catholicy on you. But, it will only be for a minute, I promise. And there are fun pictures ahead, so stick around. The Immaculate Conception refers to the catholic teaching that Mary was conceived in the womb of her mother without original sin. For my protestant brothers and sisters, you might say she "got saved" before she was born! And what makes her so special? She was God's mother. I'd say that ranks pretty high on the "special people" list. If I were God, and I could make my mother any way I wanted to, I would want her to not have that burden either. You might be thinking, why do all you catholics make such a BIG deal about Mary?!

Do you have an awesome mother? I do. The older I get, the more awesome she is. I have been known to brag about her from time to time. And even if you don't, maybe you have an awesome mother-figure in your life, someone who would do ANYTHING for you. Well, we have that kind of heavenly mother, times bazillion. Her son, Jesus, gave her to us while he was on the cross. So, yea, we make a big deal out of her sometimes.

Anyway, I really wanted to get more pics, but quite honestly, it was freezing. I have no snow boots, and I didn't want to get wet. So this is it folks.
All bundled up and ready for trouble. 
This could be my favorite.
However, it was NOT the Queen's favorite. You don't mess with the Queen. 
See what I mean?
And there's no face to face combat with her. She'll sneak right up on you.
Relentless, too.
This would be a snow....column. There were tears at it's demise, if you can believe it.
This would be baby boy trying to make the escape. 
"Talks to the hand, Mama!!"
And a group snuggle after a cold morning. 
A little Mickey Mouse will warm you right up. 

I am just grateful there was only ONE outing.

Happy Advent!

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