Thursday, April 24, 2014

John Paul II and What He Means to Me


On April 2005 I remember hearing the sad news that Pope John Paul II had passed away. I remember watching the funeral coverage on TV and thinking how the world had stopped for that moment to remember a man who meant so much to what seemed so many people. People accept me, sure I was sad but that was really it.
During this time this was all I knew of John Paul II:
  • ·         He helped bring an end to communism
  • ·         Someone tried to kill him
  • ·         He was friends with Mother Teresa
  • ·         He visited San Francisco once and said mass at Candlestick park

and finally it was his request to my dear friend and priest Fr. Miles Riley to be in Rome that kept Fr. Miles from officiating my wedding. (Don’t worry I never held a grudge on that, I actually was honored to know that only the Pope could keep Father away from my special day.)

Bottom line was this - He was the Pope of my generation yet I knew very little about him.
When I came to work at Holy Rosary, the youth group was planning a pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia. I had heard about World Youth Day but had never know the history of this week long celebration of faith and felt that if I was going to take a group of teens I had better know what I was getting into.

That was when I discovered the Pope that would soon become my patron, my go to guy in heaven and my guide in building my marriage and in raising my children.

I discovered John Paul’s love for the youth and his desire to include them in the faith not just as the future of the church but as its present, which was why he initiated World Youth Day in 1984. Oh how I wish I had heard his words of encouragement as a young teen.

John Paul taught me forgiveness as I learned that the story of the attempt on his life didn’t end with the convection of his assailant but with his visit to the prison to offer his forgiveness.

Through his teaching on Theology of the Body, I found the tools I need to raise my children to respect themselves and others when faced with the harsh reality of our oversexed culture.

Finally I received the greatest teaching of all, the call and mission of Jim and me as the patrons of our own Domestic Church.  When we spoke our wedding vows we made a promise to raise our children Catholic, but at ages 23 and 25 we really never knew what that meant other than making sure we attended mass and signed our kids up for CCD when the time came. John Paul taught that it goes much further: “By virtue of their ministry of educating, parents are through the witness of their lives the first heralds of the gospel for their children. Furthermore, by praying with their children, by reading the word of God with them and by introducing them...into the Body of Christ—both the Eucharistic and the ecclesial body—they become fully parents, in that they are begetters not only of bodily life, but also of the life that through the Spirit's renewal flows from the cross and resurrection of Christ" (Familiaris Consortio, #39).”

Are we perfect at this? Absolutely not, but I know that as we continue to learn more, allow the words of John Paul to inspire and guide us and to continually pray for his intersession , we will become the family God intends us to be.

May the Blessings of Our Lord Jesus Christ touch your family this Easter Season. John Paul II, pray for us.  

Until next time,
Karri

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

5 Favorites - The John Paul II Edition



As I wait in anticipation of the upcoming canonization of my favorite Pope, I'd love to share with you my favorite John Paul quotes - 

1.
As I read the headlines of darkness that plague the news each day I can't help but wonder when people will begin to realize these words of truth.

2. 
The call of the domestic church is very dear to my heart. My work in youth ministry has only strengthened my reason to make this my battle cry. There is a huge need for parents to take on this responsibility given to them in the sacrament marriage and at their children's baptism.

3. 
I can't help but giggle at this very true statement. I loved JPII's ability to speak so bluntly. 

4. 
I think this holds true with any talent: artistic, athletic and intellectual talent.

5. 
This quote is what my blog is all about. The Holy Spirit inspired the name My Life's A Treasure long before I had even seen this quote. Finding this quote from my favorite Pope only confirmed God's plan for me and this little blog of mine.

There are many more quotes I could share but since this is my "Five Favorites" post for Moxie Wife I will follow the rules. I would love to know if you have any favorite quotes from John Paul II. Please share in the comments.

Until next time,
Karri 



Linking to Moxie Wife's Five Favorite, Catholic Bloggers Network and some of these great link parties. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Fun Spots to Visit in Sonoma County

On April 9th, Jim and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. We spent three fun days in Sebastopol and I'd like to share some of the fun places we visited:

Hungry for a little ice cream head over to Screamin Mimi's 
The ice cream is homemade and delicious. 

If you are in the mood for a pint Hopmonk is the place to visit:
The food was good also.

We took a drive to Bodega Bay and had the most delicious crab sandwich and clam chowder at The Spud Point Crab Company. I've been craving crab sandwiches ever since. 

While driving into Bodega Bay we passed this beautiful church. I was so excited to find it's the local Catholic Church. Unfortunately it was closed so we were unable to see the inside. 

If you need to find a unique gift for someone, Beekind has so many honey related items to choose from. 
We purchased some delicious Forestville Blackberry Honey and a few gifts. We even had a quick lesson in bee keeping and honey harvesting. 

As I have made well known I am a Starbucks addict but I will have to say our morning Joe at Ninja Star Coffee Bar was spectacular and I just loved the heart they made in Jim's cup. 

If you find yourself in Northern California, journey over to Sonoma County and check out these great places.

Until next time,
Karri





Monday, April 21, 2014

How We Spent Easter


I hope that you had a wonderful and faith filled Easter. If you follow me on Instagram you will know we had a wonderful, faith filled and eventful Easter. 

Here is how it began:


Followed by:

Saturday we headed to our hometown for

Because we needed to stay on the Peninsula we got a hotel room
 

Saturday evening was our niece's 25th birthday

Easter Sunday - 
Mass at the parish I had my 1st Communion and Confirmation. Jim and I were also married here. 




Happy Easter from The Reisers

and just think we have 7 weeks of Easter. It's going to be a glorious time. 

Until next time,
Karri






Saturday, April 19, 2014

Episode 10 - The Reboot Episode

Welcome everyone to the reboot episode - Sorry to those who thought I was podfading. I'm back and very excited about the new direction of the podcast

In family news: 
A bit about what has kept me away from the microphone
Jacob’s new basketball team: we are traveling again.  
Jim & I celebrate our 20th Anniversary – I share my thoughts on how we've lasted 20 years

Our main topic: Silly Rabbit Easter is for Jesus - Keeping the family focus on Christ in a secular world.
           
My humble request this week is to:
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Please follow me on Twitter at mommareiser - 

Where else can you find me   
Instagram at mommareiser
Google + - Karri Reiser


Music from this episode
Emiel Stopler – Stargazing
Opening Song: Lofzang op de Tuinkabouter
Bumper music: The Little Princess
Closing Song: The Flat Tire Rag http://www.emielstopler.nl/en-US/

and
 Merry Ellen Kirk - Firefly Garden
Bumper music: Candy
http://www.merryellenkirk.com/

Until next time,
Karri





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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Passport to Paradise Auction

This month our church hosted their annual dinner auction. Proceeds of the auction benefit youth and young adult ministry, religious education programs and our school. 
Since I'm the coordinator of youth and young adult ministry I have a very active role in this event. Each year I am honored to be in charge of decorating. I love throwing parties especially theme parties so this is right up my alley. 

Over the years we have hosted a Mardi Gras night, a western event, back to the 50's, St. Patrick's Day, Hollywood, medival times and last year was Disney.
This year's theme was Passport to Paradise. 

An overview of the room 

We had two sets of tables - the long rectangle for general seating and the round for premium seating. Premium seating included table linens, real plates and silverware and each table had their own server. 

My Mom with the help of some awesome parents volunteers created all the table centerpieces. Thanks Mom! 


The centerpieces on the premium tables each had a beautiful tropical flower. 

Here is a closeup of the centerpieces from the other tables

In addition to the amazing items for auction we always have a secret gift table. Guests could pay $10.00 and pick an umbrella. Each umbrella has a number attached to it that matches a gift on the table. Each gift is valued at $10 or more. The main draw is always a beautiful piece of jewelry that you can win. 

I have to say this is my favorite . I just loved my hula trash cans.

I found this fun Keep Calm sign at  The Keep Calm-o-matic   it fit nicely with this display at the bar.


I think the night turned out wonderful and several children, teens and young adults are going to reap the benefits. 
I am so looking forward to our auction next. I will truly get to play with decorating on this one. Our theme is Vintage Circus. 

Until next time, 
Karri

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

5 Favorite - The Video Edition


Once again I am sharing my 5 favorites over at the blog Moxie Wife. This week I want to share my five favorite video's I found on the site Viralvita. I hope you find them as fun and inspirational as I did. (On a side note - I was unable to embed the videos from the Viralvite site directly, so while I found the videos from Viralvite they all came from YouTube.

First up:
One of the best displays of sportsmanship I have ever seen.





Number 2 on my list goes to this fun April Fools Prank




3rd up is a powerful video that puts the abortion crisis into perspective.




My 4th video is one teen's story about suicide. This video needs to be shared with every teen and parent you know.



and finally this awesome video created by a father who took a video of his daughter every week for 14 years.



Hope you enjoy these as much as I did.

Until next time,
Karri
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