Despite having only 20,000 miles on it and having been serviced right before they left, the Buzzers’ truck broke down in British Columbia, stranding them for 5 days. The folks in the little, no-cell-service town were very nice to them and Mama Buzz said they really needed the rest after going full bore for far too long packing, cleaning, and saying their good-byes. So, yes, their carefully planned travel schedule got messed up, but the truck is repaired and they’re back on the road. Please pray for them to have a safe and uneventful trip from here on.
While surfing for a local Mass, Mama Buzz came across this lovely church notice: Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.” Children are a gift. The way we welcome children in church affects the way they respond to the Church and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house. So, welcome them and give a smile to their parents. Children, we like having you here! Parents, relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. Sit toward the front, even in the first row. It is easier for your little ones to see and hear what’s going on at the altar. They tire of seeing the backs of others’ heads. Bring items to help your small child during the service and don’t forget the coloring pages and crayons in the lobby. Quietly explain the parts of the liturgy and actions of the priest, servers, etc. Sing, pray, and voice the responses. Children learn by copying you. If you have to leave with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back!
Speaking of children … please keep our youngest grandchild in your prayers. He isn’t due to leave the womb until October 29th, but his mama went into preterm labor on Friday. The docs have stopped it and she is resting at her far-from-home hospital. It isn’t clear if she’ll have to stay in the hospital for the duration or if they will let her come home to bed rest. Either way, they’ve got a lot of support at home from friends and family in their rural community, so hubby and #1 son are in good hands. The main concern is that our grandson stay tucked inside until his lungs are fully developed. Thanks so much!