Thursday, October 22, 2009

Back in the Saddle Again

Well, I returned from a relaxing and wonderful trip to California. The jet lag is still with me, but so are many happy memories with family and friends. One of my friends encouraged me to send a format of the SHE group to my old diocese in the hopes of starting a group there. We'll see if I can get things going.

One of my favorite home-in-California rituals is to visit the many restaurants and stores that we do not have here in Kentucky. Oh, the sadness of a Californian in exile to be deprived of Jamba Juice, In N'Out Burger, See's Candies (a family tradition!), authentic Mexican food, and Trader Joe's (the nearest one is in Cincinnati).

Yes, I have become one of those bloggers who takes pictures of meals! Oh well, In'N'Out Burger is a California institution. They also have Bible verse citations written on the bottom of the cups and hamburger wrappers. Of course, I also had to take a picture of this portable yogurt bar at a mall; it is SO Californian. I would never find something like that here:

Besides getting some quality time with my parents, I really enjoyed catching up with longtime friends. One of the highlights was getting together with a loving and holy family from my youth ministry days. The father of the family recently became a deacon. He spent some time praying with me for healing. He said something that I would like to share with all of you IF friends: "God is closer than you think. Sometimes He's so close you don't realize that He's there."
Such true words, especially on those days when we feel ill from the umpteenth medicine, endure another failed medical procedure, encounter another adoption setback, or have to silently weep while watching young families at Mass. He is closer than we think.


Grace in my Heart said...

I'm so glad you had a great trip! Gotta love Trader Joe's! :)

Tridentine Wife said...

I had to respond to your comment right away b/c that's awesome, you grew up not too far from our parish and now you live in the midwest. It's a small world :)

This_Cross_I_Embrace said...

I've never been to CA, but I know I'd love it :) I'm a bit crunchy, haha!

Kasclar said...

So glad you had a great trip home!! I love what the deacon told you, definitely words to remember. Also, wanted to let you know that I'm taking a few days off next week (trying to use up some vacation time). So I'm free for lunch on Monday if you are. I have no timeframes!! :) Send me an email or a FB message!!

Welcome home!! K

prayerfuljourney said...

I know God is close...I've had priests tell me that too. In my heart, I can't feel Him but my mind knows better.

I don't have a Trade.r Joe'.s near me either. THere was talk of one coming to town awhile back but the co. decided against it. I've heard really good things about the place.

I went to CA as a child but not as an adult. Maybe my dh and I will have to plan a vacation there and some other bloggers seemed to enjoy your trips.

Tridentine Wife said...

Sounds like Ca. was good to you. I also wanted to tell you while I'm familiar with St. Mel's parish, I've never attended there. The picture on my profile is from another parish :)

Percolating Petals said...

Thanks, one and all!! Prayerful journey, I highly recommend San Diego. We went there this summer and really enjoyed it. :)