The Reyes Family Christmas 2011 Newsletter

Posted on December 13th, 2011 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz

MR Christmas News 2011

MizMeliz Christmas News 2011

Well, I took a quick Facebook poll and I only received positive responses for a Christmas Newsletter. . . I am glad because I love doing them!  I hope you enjoy it.  Just click on the link above and hopefully you will see the document.

Here are some pictures of my family in 2011:

Craft Time!

Posted on November 21st, 2011 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz

When the holidays begin around Halloween I start making things!  Since Thanksgiving, I have made 29 beaded key chains.  Then I started on barrettes, combs, and book marks.  If you are interested in seeing/purchasing any, please comment. 

This Christmas I made all of the gifts for my family.  I crocheted scarfs for each person.  I baked cookies and hand dipped chocolate pretzels for gift baskets.  I made caramel apples for all the kids’ teachers.  I made beaded jewelry, key chains and book marks for friends.  I gave a book from my own personal collection (or that I had inherited from my Mom’s) to each of my nieces and nephews with a book mark.

I was incredibly busy from Thanksgiving to Christmas with all of my projects!  I enjoyed every minute of it!  Then my creativity turned to writing.  I love writing and creating my blog.  I joined a few blogging groups and I hope to keep it up and make it something special.  It recently dawned on me that I can combine my love of making things and my love of writing. . . a craft corner, perhaps?

This should be fun!

Saving the Children

Posted on October 4th, 2011 by & filed under Be Inspired, Everything Miz Meliz

I feel compelled to share with you what is in my heart. I am sure by now you know that I have taken on a new project, fundraising for a special need of a priest at my parish who is from Nigeria. I was asked to help out with coordinating an event called Nativity Sunday. I had no idea when I started how closely this project would be related to the efforts my sister had taken on over ten years ago in Mexico. I am glad that I had an opportunity to tell Karen about my goals for this project before she passed and I know that she is leading the way for me.

This has become a family project and I am grateful for the support that everyone has given so far! Jonathan, Jennifer, and Julia, have come to meetings and have volunteered to help out in so many ways. Jennifer has met with Fr. Ken and is working on getting medical equipment donated from Kaiser, where she works. Julia has spoken to the teen group at church asking for help and has given her testimony about helping others. Jonathan is working on a video as well as signing up exhibitors for the event. I am so happy to tell you that Joe Garcia is performing at the event and Lito is as well. The boys are signed up to help on the day of the event. Everyone is lending their talents.

It is so exciting for me. And quite frightening as well! What if after all this work we don’t raise enough to make a difference? I wish I had my parents and my sister here to tell me if I am on the right track. I ask for nothing more from you at this time but your prayers. . . please pray for the efforts of this ministry.

These children are at risk of being sold into slavery. . . it breaks my heart to think about that reality. I hope it gets easier to spread this message. I will be asking everyone in all of my networks to consider sponsoring a family. . . for less than $2 a day, $50 a month, $600 a year, each child can have an education fund set up that will prevent their guardians from giving them up and will provide a goat which will help the family sustain itself. Every little bit helps.

It’s strange, I have done a lot of fundraising over the past 20 years. In most cases, I was raising funds for schools here that my own children attended. It was much easier asking for help and raising money for our own needs. It has been very rewarding to see computers and smart boards, a library and a science lab become a reality right before my eyes with help from the tens of thousands of dollars that I helped raise each year. I may never see first hand the rewards of helping this village. But I know in my heart that I must try to help them.

Indigent Children

Gratitude

Posted on August 5th, 2011 by & filed under Be Inspired, Prayers

SAY THIS PRAYER

Heavenly Father;

I Come to you As Humble As I Know How. I Confess My Sins,
Those Known & Unknown. Lord, you Know I’m Not Perfect & I Fall Short Every
day Of My Life. I Just Want to Take Time Out to Say Thank you. Thank you for
your Mercy. Thank you for My Home, Car, Food, Life, and Everything I Do
Have. I Realize That this Life I’m Living Is Full Of Trials & Tribulations
But Thank you for Not Putting More On Me Than I Can Bear.

Amen

Spring Daffodil in British Columbia

A Call to Love

Posted on July 26th, 2011 by & filed under Be Inspired

by Jessica Ann Gallucci Bradley on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 2:45am

 We fear so much. We fear change, we fear loss, we fear being lost, being the unheard voice, we fear what we do not know most of all….we fear the other. Somehow the closer the closer we get to knowing the other the more we fear because once we know we cannot be afraid. Once what we believed to be our enemy becomes our neighbor how can we hate, how can we be what we once were, the definitions have to change and change is terrifying. I would like to believe that I am often able to conquer these fears, that I force myself above them and look for the piece of me in the other but I do not always succeed. I know I too have been guilty. Haven’t we all at one time or another?

 The question then must become, what shall my own personal manifesto be? Shall I too stand upon my rooftop shouting at the top of my lungs all the reasons we have to be afraid or cry in the night about how unfair life has been since “they” changed everything? No. Mahatma Gandhi said, “We must be the change we want to see in the world,” and I think those of us who value life and dignity have been much too silent lately.

Though I am a Catholic, I find the name of Jesus is too often maligned, slandered and used to advance the agenda’s of those who have heard is name but apparently never truly touched Him. So I choose not to invoke His name. I choose rather to be about love. That is what my manifesto shall be about. Not the easy love, the love of family, friendship and longtime bond but rather love that is hard, love that begs you to be uncomfortable, that begs you to be fearless in the face of what you do not know, to touch the unknown and hold it close.

 “We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become. If we love things, we become a thing. If we love nothing, we become nothing. Imitation is not a literal mimicking of Christ, rather it means becoming the image of the beloved, an image disclosed through transformation. This means we are to become vessels of God´s compassionate love for others. “

~ St. Clare of Assisi

One cannot turn on the news these days and not help but wonder how we have gotten here. Violence, destruction and hatred don’t surprise or disenchant anymore they simply make us shake our heads and move onto the next story. Our own problems seem so great that the plight of others is given no more than brief nod as we turn back in weary apathy to our own issues. We cannot take on any more problems we will say in our head we have too many of our own. So world-weary are we that humanity itself is crying in pain and we cannot hear it. We are not losing ourselves. We have lost.

“We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings.”

~Albert Einstein

 It is time to be radical! It is time to break with the current convention of looking for what can be gained and look to what can be given away. It won’t be easy. It is never easy to leave the comfort of what we know to seek out that which is other, but leave it we must. We must strain to move beyond blame and move into acceptance. We are all each other, we all bleed, we all suffer, we all die and we have within us a tremendous capacity to love. We must come to love each other, not a fleeting love but a radical abiding love. Love that does not seek or question, love that instead reaches out with open hands to grasp the face of those who seem beyond our understanding; forever we have been told to love the poor, the lonely, even our enemies but do we love what we don’t know and don’t understand?

I am Christian; do I love Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists? I am an American do I love Afghanis, Iranians, Somalis, Canadians, Mexicans? I know these; I have met them perhaps they are easy to love. I am a Catholic; do I love fundamentalist Christians, even though I don’t understand them, do I love atheists even though some think I am silly and brainwashed? Do I love them or am I afraid of them and what their way of life says about mine?

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fear breeds hatred. Hatred allows us to look at a fellow human being and see a threat instead of a kindred. Fear allows us to be violent, even if only in our thoughts, it allows us to think of ourselves as right and others as wrong; it allows us to see only black and white in a world of vibrant, beautiful color. It allows us to make others subject rather than be subject, rather than be humble. It makes us blind to the giftedness of that which is not us, that which is other, that which is unknown.

It is time to be about the true Other’s work. It is time to get busy doing the work of the Divine; whatever you call that Divine; G-d, Allah, Yahweh, the Universe it doesn’t matter. It is time we start to make caring for each other our credo, loving each other our call to arms. It is a radical love that is required of us, love that searches out the beating heart within the other that looks just like the heart beating with me. It is a love that has no enemy, not in thought, word or deed. It is the purest form of love because it is a love that begs nothing in return, a love that is completely other centered. A love that sees not nationality, border, class or creed rather only the spark of humanness that runs through all of us.

In the end I believe that a love such as this is the only thing that will save us from ourselves, for truly we have all become our own worst enemy. We must encourage, we must inspire, we must breathe hope in our communities, big and small…we must be LOVE. This is the one and only manifesto we need ever make again. I can only pray that someday we find a way to achieve this.

“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.

~Thomas Merton 

                                                                                                ~Jessica Ann~

                                                                                                     July 2011

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