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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Shakes and Toys

Tony had some honey-do tasks today while Julia and I went sandal shopping. We agreed to treat the kids to shamrock shakes after dinner if all tasks were completed. The kids had other ideas in mind...it seems the Toy Factory in town was going out of business and they were having a fifty percent off sale! Well with allowance money in hand they all made their way downtown. I love a great sale and I love the fact that they could spend their own money and feel the pride! Julia found a bunch of craft activities, Emerson bought a wooden horse stable, and Blaise bought two bath tub toys! Now our little one doesn't quite earn his keep yet by getting any money but when Daddy saw the cute little stuffy he could not say No! I think he will make it his favorite as he cuddled on it and fell asleep. We did get our shakes and walk by the water and feed ducks and just hang out a laugh. It was a perfect day!

Saint Patrick

At age of 14 he was taken off by raiders to Ireland as a slave. In his captivity he turned to God. By his early 20's he had fled his captors and returned home with a new passion and a desire to become a priest. His preaching of the faith resulted in many converts. Quite often he is shown holding a three leafed clover which is symbolic of the trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Today is a celebratory day for many Irish people. Although the focus tends to be on green beer and shamrocks and leprechauns... The origins of today began as one man serving and listening to God's call to convert the Irish back to their faith.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!