5 Minute Friday: Glue

April 18, 2014 at 9:23 am | Posted in 5 Minute Friday | Leave a comment

Beautiful post from another 5MF author:

5 Minute Friday: Glue.


5 Minute Friday: Tree

November 15, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Posted in 5 Minute Friday | 4 Comments

5-minute-friday-1It’s Friday.  I’m sitting here in the hospital room with hubby; we just watched Dr. Phil.  Now hubby is watching a movie that looks boring, so I decided to check my email and collect Game Feeds for ChefVille.  Finally, I realized that it was Friday and time for 5 Minute Friday, so here I am.

This week’s word prompt is tree.


When we decided to have our home built rather than purchase an already built place, we picked a spot in a new subdivision, in the country.  Each house was on a two acre lot; we decided with our neighbors to the north to split the two acres between us, so we each have three acre lots.

Our property used to have cattle.  While the house was being built, we’d go out and watch the progress, taking pictures and watching our step – you had to do that because for the first few weeks or so, the cattle were still there and even after they were gone, their gifts were left behind.

There were only a few trees on our property and hubby didn’t like some of them, so we immediately had a few cut down – yeah, I know, it sounds cruel, but they weren’t in “good spots” and they had to go.

Over the years, we’ve planted many.  One of our most special trees is one that we transplanted from our previous rental home (don’t tell the landlords).  It’s a silver maple (I just asked hubby).  Beneath that tree, our beloved pets rest, waiting for us to join them at Rainbow Bridge.  Our first Siamese cat (Chiquitita), second Siamese (Desdemona) and our Chocolate Lab (Tiger) rest beneath that tree.

When Shadow (our German Shepherd) was a pup and I would walk her around her territory to teach her what her “home base” was, we’d sit beneath the shade of the maple and I’d tell her of the pets that we’ve loved before her.  I don’t know how much she paid attention.  Mostly she liked it when I’d rip up grass and toss it for her to catch.

Trees are important.  Our maple has grown from a tiny sapling to a huge and gorgeous tree.  I can see it from my kitchen window – every time I look out, I think of our four-legged family members and miss them all-over again.  If we ever have to move, it’s going to be hard to leave that tree behind…but thankfully, my memories will come with me.


Okay.  Time to fess up:  I went into my Facebook account to find a picture of our silver maple.  Believe it or not, I couldn’t find one.  So, I raced to find a picture of a silver maple:

silver maplePhoto credit: Highland Hill Farm

5 Minute Friday: Truth

November 8, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Posted in 5 Minute Friday | 4 Comments

5-minute-friday-1It’s Friday.  I didn’t get a chance to join in the fun last week because my husband was in the hospital again.  He came in Monday and is still here.  Right now, he’s sleeping and I’m sitting here on the couch in his private room.  They just gave him some pain meds and I pray that he’ll sleep well for a while.

This week’s word prompt is:  truth
John 14:6-14

Jesus said to Thomas, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said to him, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.  How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves.

Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.

And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”

~Quote courtesy of Catholic.net

I’ve always liked this reading from the New Testament of John.  It’s so simple…all I have to do is believe that Jesus IS the way, the truth and the life.

If only everything else in life were so simple!

5 Minute Friday: Together

October 26, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Posted in 5 Minute Friday, Hubby | 6 Comments


It’s Saturday night – I’m a day late for 5 Minute Friday.  To find out what Lisa Jo Baker wrote about this week’s word prompt, simply click the above icon.  To learn about what 5 Minute Friday is, you can click Five Minute Friday – which will lead you to the page explaining how it came about.

Okay, now, time to take a deep breathe and relax, put down the frozen Coke and find out the word and start typing…….

The word prompt is:  Together

The first thing that popped into my mind is the song that Raffi sang with the line, “The more we get together the happier we’ll be” and then the song we sing at Mass on Sundays, “We gather together, to sing the Lord’s blessings….”

Together is a very nice place to be, whether you’re singing a song with preschoolers or rejoicing in the House of the Lord.

Together is the best place to be, now that my beloved husband is home from the hospital(s) where he had been for the past few weeks.

Together is where we will spend the rest of our lives.

Earlier as I helped him get into bed, I asked him, “What am I going to do with you?” because he told me he had another scrape to be bandaged (his skin is very fragile; I was joking with him) and he replied, “You’re gonna love me” and I, of course, said, “You betcha!”

Then, I helped him get ready for bed, bandaged him, helped him lay down and get comfy and kissed him goodnight.


It’s Sunday and I was sitting in church this morning thinking about the hymn I mentioned above.  I got the words wrong!

Here they are:

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens his will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing,
Sing praises to his name: He forgets not his own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining his kingdom devine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, wast at our side, All glory be thine!

We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
And pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!


This is a direct quote from Wikipedia:

We Gather Together” is a Christian hymn of Dutch origin written in 1597 by Adruanus Valerius as “Wilt heden nu treden” to celebrate the Dutch victory over Spanish forces in the Battle of Turnhout.  It was originally set to a Dutch folk tune. In the United States, it is popularly associated with Thanksgiving Day and is often sung at family meals and at religious services on that day.

5 Minute Friday: Laundry

October 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Posted in 5 Minute Friday, Laundry | 2 Comments

Well, it’s Saturday but I think I can still join in on the fun!  If you want to learn how to join in on 5 Minute Friday, visit Lisa Jo Baker’s blog.

5-minute-friday-1This week’s word prompt is laundry.



Laundry.  The first thing to pop into my mind is the piles of laundry that are in my home.

When I was a single gal, I only had to do laundry every other week.  Now that I’m a married mom, it’s an almost daily thing.  Especially with having a teenager around.  Thankfully he does most of his own.

Another type of laundry I think of is the cleaning of my soul that the Lord provides each time I partake of the Sacrament of Penance.  I know that some churches don’t believe in this Sacrament and there was a time in my teenage years that I resented the idea of “having to tell a Priest of my wrongdoings” and I would pout and stomp around when it was time to go.  My parents made us all go at least twice a year.

Now that I’m grown up and have a son, we three try to go more often.  When I receive the Sacrament of Penance, I am truly forgiven and I receive God’s Grace.  What’s better than that?  My soul is clean, I can have a fresh start.

One Saturday afternoon, we were waiting for Father to hear our communion and there was a Hispanic lady waiting, too.  She spoke very little English and was worried; she asked me (in Spanish) if Father Paul knew Spanish.  I answered her that, yes, I knew that he spoke Spanish.  She was worried that he wouldn’t understand her but I reassured her that what he may not understand in words, he could understand with his heart.  She hugged me and we shared a tear.

That’s how our Lord hears us.  With his ears and with his heart.

Clean souls.

Thank you, God!


5 Minute Friday: Ordinary

October 11, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Posted in 5 Minute Friday, Aortic Rupture, Hospital, Hubby, Ordinary | 4 Comments

5-minute-friday-1Word prompt of the week:  ordinary

It’s Friday, the end of another week.  Thank God, life is calmer for the Burke family.  My husband has been transferred to our local hospital for rehabilitation.  After spending three weeks and one day in the cardiovascular ICU and then two days in surgery rehab, he’s in our home town.

It’s a bit ironic that the word prompt for this week is ordinary.  Nothing has been normal; our lives have been anything but ordinary since September 17, 2013.

Now, it’s time for my husband to begin to learn a new normal, to get back on his feet; for our family to get back to our lives.  He’s now in our local hospital, for maybe three or four weeks, where he’ll get stronger and become more stable on his feet and then be able to come home.

I’ve never thought of us as anything other than ordinary but these past few days have shown me that we are all very strong and determined.  Our strength has come from God, that’s my only explanation.  His extraordinary love has carried us through this journey.



5 Minute Friday: Write

October 4, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Posted in 5 Minute Friday, Aortic Rupture, Hospital, Hubby, Write | 7 Comments

5-minute-friday-1It’s Friday again.

I am home from the hospital, just for the night.  It was so difficult to walk out of the cardiovascular ICU but I know that my teen needs me; there are things that I need to take care of; my husband is in good hands.  They’re not my hands, but the nurses and his surgeon are watching over him.  Better yet, God is with him.

This week, I’m joining Lisa Jo and the gang over at Five Minute Friday <- click for the rules and join in the fun.

The word prompt for this week is WRITE.


Write? I can barely think straight tonight; am not sure that anything I write will make any sense to anyone else, but here I go…

I’ve always loved to read and write.  My brother is two years older than me, so when he was in kindergarten and first grade learning to read, I sat beside him and learned to read at the same time.  It seems as though I’ve always known how to read and have always loved to write.  While I was in college, I took all of the literature courses and writing courses I could.  I love language and love writing.  Makes sense that I have a blog, doesn’t it?

I realized the other day while resting in the hospital with another Christian novel (chick lit, according to hubby), that I should have started to journal the incredible nights and days that I’ve spent in the hospital with my husband.  There’s no way I could have written much during the first 36 hours, though.  I was in shock and couldn’t have written anything that made sense.

Maybe once he’s home or at least in the rehab hospital, I can slow my brain down enough to write about this amazing, incredible, miraculous journey that  we’ve been on.


5 Minute Friday: True

September 28, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Posted in 5 Minute Friday, Hospital, Hubby, True | 12 Comments


It’s Friday, believe it or not.

Time for 5 Minute Friday and this week’s word prompt is: true.


My mind is in such a muddle right now that I can’t promise that this will make sense.

My husband is still in Cardiovascular Intensive Care after having a ruptured aorta on September 17.  He could have died.  I have stayed by his side praying for his recovery and being his advocate.

He has told me over the years since his cancer diagnosis that he is “sorry for putting me thru this” but I remind him over and over of our vows to be true in good times and in bad.

My husband has been so good to me; such an incredible man.  In times where I’ve doubted my self-worth and haven’t valued myself as a human being, he’s loved me through it all.  He has been true to me through so many troubles.

I love him so much!



My husband is off the ventilator and off of dialysis; this morning (Saturday) he was sitting in a chair, watching television.  He took TWO steps with the help of three nurses.  I am so proud of him!  Right now, I’m at home, waiting for our son to come home from an extra curricular activity and later on, he and my mom and I will go to Mass, then to supper and I will leave my mom at our home to stay overnight while Daniel and I drive to the hospital.  He and I will spend the night and he will get to visit with his dad.  They miss each other so much!

My husband’s doctor called him a mini-miracle this morning!  God is good!

5 Minute Friday: Mercy

September 13, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Posted in 5 Minute Friday, Mercy, Song Lyrics | 4 Comments

5-minute-friday-1It’s Friday.  We’ve made it through the week.  Thank the Lord!

Because it’s Friday, that means I get to play 5 Minute Friday with Lisa and the gang.  Every week, Lisa gives a word prompt and we get 5 minutes to write, brainstorm, write, without going back and editing or correcting.  It can be intimidating and yet, so soothing.  For more info about 5 Minute Friday, visit Lisa’s site, Tales From a Gypsy Mama.

Okay, time to take this week’s prompt, time to watch my clock on my iPod deck and get to typing:



When I think of the word mercy, I automatically think of the group MercyMe and their song, “I Can Only Imagine” which is such a beautiful song.

God has shown me such mercy throughout my lifetime; especially during the times when I didn’t deserve it.  Oh, wait, I really never deserve it – that’s how incredible His love is for me!  Mercy and grace.  He covers me with both on a day to day basis.


Now, time to cheat – I do this occasionally, and the blog police haven’t come after me yet…because I love this song, I have to share the lyrics with everyone:

I Can Only Imagine: by MercyMe

I can only imagine what it will be like
When I walk by Your side
I can only imagine what my eyes will see
When Your face is before me
I can only imagine

Surrounded by Your glory
What will my heart feel?
Will I dance for You Jesus?
Or in awe of You be still?

Will I stand in Your presence
Or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing, Hallelujah?
Will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine
I can only imagine

I can only imagine when that day comes
And I find myself standing in the sun
I can only imagine when all I will do
Is forever, forever worship You
I can only imagine, yeah
I can only imagine

Surrounded by Your glory
What will my heart feel?
Will I dance for You Jesus?
Or in awe of You be still?

Will I stand in Your presence
Or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing, Hallelujah?
Will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine
I can only imagine

Surrounded by Your glory
What will my heart feel?
Will I dance for You Jesus?
Or in awe of You be still?

Will I stand in Your presence
Or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing, Hallelujah?
Will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine, yeah
I can only imagine

I can only imagine, yeah
I can only imagine
I can only imagine
I can only imagine

I can only imagine
When all I would do
Is forever, forever worship You
I can only imagine


Copyright © 2013 MercyMe

[Lyrics and songwriter information courtesy of Metro Lyrics]


5 Minute Friday: Red

September 6, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Posted in 5 Minute Friday, Red | 7 Comments


It’s Friday and it’s time to blog along with the ladies and gents at 5 Minute Friday.  This week’s word prompt is RED.


When I think of red, I think of the color and all of its beauty.

Red is the color of the sunset that my husband and I sit and watch nightly; red is the sunrise that I see as I let the German Shepherd puppy girl out in the morning.  Red is the breast of the robin as she looks for worms to feed her babies.

When I was morbidly obese (weighing around 250), I knew that I would look like a fire truck if ever I wore red; after my gastric bypass surgery and getting down to a “normal” size, I bought a red dress.  I was so amazed that I could wear read and nobody dialed “911” when they saw me coming *giggle

Red is the color of blood, too.  My Lord shed his blood for me.  Every year during the Lenten season and especially during Holy Week, most especially on Good Friday, I am so emotional at the depth of His love for me.  He shed His blood for me.  I wasn’t even born yet, yet He loved me already – He loved me so much that He gave His life for me.

Red is a beautiful color.


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