The Grateful Life

The Morning Light March 4, 2013

Filed under: Stories — Nicole Welle Nere @ 4:57 pm
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Every night we say our prayers with Caelum, which usually includes the bedtime prayer:

Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.  Watch over me through all the night, and wake me with the morning light.

He does a nice job of alternating the lines with us – we say one, he says the next.  It’s a good routine.

In the mornings, Chris usually gets the boys ready, so he opens their door about 10 minutes before he wants them to get up, so that they start seeing some light and hearing some noise.  Caelum is usually pretty reluctant, putting the quilt over his head and stating, “I’m still sleeping!”

Last night at bedtime, Caelum said to Chris, “Daddy, tomorrow I want you to wake me with the morning light.  I don’t want you to wake me with the door.”

I knew he didn’t like his door being opened!


Thank You For My God December 3, 2012

Filed under: Stories — Nicole Welle Nere @ 9:38 am
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As we were driving home from the grocery store, Caelum started singing in the back seat.  This is nothing too new, as he has become much more musical as of late.  Favorites include the French classic “Frere Jacques” (Frere Jacques, Frere Jacques, What do you see?  What do you see?); “Itsy Bitsy Spider” (The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout, out came the sun and dried up all the rain…); and “Rockababy” (Rock-a-baby, rock-a-baby, in the tree top).

Yesterday however, we were treated to a Caelum original, and it couldn’t have been more inspired.  Chris and I were talking away when we heard a little voice singing, “Thank you for my God.  Thank you for my God.  Thank you for my God.  Thank you for my God.”  And not just great lyrics, but a catchy tune too!  What a great reason to smile and say “thank you.”


Attachment November 9, 2012

Filed under: Into the Deep — Nicole Welle Nere @ 5:46 pm

Mother Angelica was talking on the radio this morning about attachment, in particular too much attachment to things of this world.  Both “things” and people.  When people die, and we become angry with God, that means we were too attached to that person.  They are not ours to keep; this world is fleeting; we were not made for this world.  A difficult concept, no doubt about it, but true all the same.


Clarity November 8, 2012

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One of the best things about my regular adoration hour is that I always feel such clarity and comfort coming out of it.  I take all my anxieties in there, God helps me sort through them, and when the hour has passed, I feel exactly what we pray in Mass:  “…protected from all anxiety.  I leave you peace, my peace I give you.”

No, not complete answers that “this will happen next,” or “if I do this next step, God told me that he will give me this thing.”  Not clarity in the sense of predicting the future or knowing exactly what will transpire, but clarity of knowing God will take care of me.  Comfort in knowing that if I go down a road that was previously uncertain, it will be okay.  God is the author, and I trust him to write a happy ending.


Speech October 25, 2012

Filed under: Into the Deep — Nicole Welle Nere @ 11:59 am
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Two days until Shannon and Erik’s wedding, and a speech that still needs to be written.  Holy Spirit, please inspire me!