Thursday night I had a very strange dream wherein a chubby little baby boy gave me a mouth-to-mouth black jelly bean. On Friday evening we attended a 25th wedding anniversary for friends where a little dish of black jelly beans greeted us at the entry. How odd, I thought, and told another unsuspecting person about my bizarre dream with the baby and the slimy jelly bean exchange while Tim brought our potluck dish to the reception area. I sat down with a handful of black jelly beans, and when Tim joined me in the row, I offered him one. He popped it in his mouth, then quickly asked, "What kind is it?" "Licorice," I answered. Next thing I knew, he was leaning over as if to kiss me, and returned the unwanted jelly bean mouth to mouth! (No, he had not heard about the dream!)
Today is the Feast Day of St. Catherine of Siena, though it was superseded by the 4th Sunday of Easter feast. We have fond memories of the time we spent in St. Catherine's home town of Siena, Italy, while on our family pilgrimage. We slept only a few steps from her little home. Such a brilliant and holy woman. St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us!
Ezra sent his first letter home since entering Job Corps and moving away in late March. He gave a general update on his life at Job Corps and shared his goals, "For now my plans are get my GED (and) HSD, finish my trade and do the ACT program." Ezra also expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to live with us for two and half years, "Thank you for letting me stay at your house it was nice." Our hearts were moved with gratitude at this simple gesture, and continue to hold him in our prayers and hope that his future is bright. Please send all your extra prayers out for Ezra's littlest brother, Apollo, who continues to struggle with breathing, sleeping and eating even after his heart surgery to repair a double aortic arch.
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