Saint Patrick's of the Past and Celebrating A Bit Different This Year

In the past, we've thrown some rambunctious Saint Patrick's Day celebrations and I've shared a bit about them over the years:

Like this post where I shared our Saint Patrick's Hooley as well as the virtues of hospitality.

And when I shared how to throw a Saint Patrick's tea party (for those less rowdy Catholics out there). If you do decide to throw a tea party, we've got some invitation templates for you!

And that one year I shared about our Hooley and an Irish drinking songs playlist and multiple free Saint Patrick's Day printables.

(And then I made some more Saint Patrick's digital downloads for you to peruse and with which to decorate!)

Finally in 2019, I answered your frequently asked questions on how to throw your very own Saint Patrick's Day party: Hooley at the Tierneys’ 2019: FAQs Answered

Saint Patrick's Looks A Bit Different This Year

In case you've missed my updates on Instagram, here is what has happened the past couple days brought to you by Instagram stories.

When it seems my prayers aren't being answered in as timely a manner or exactly how I'd prefer, I like to think about Shadrach, Meshack, and Abed'nego.

17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace; and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.a>18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up.”

They trust God from inside the fiery furnace. Even though they probably thought they'd prefer the "not being thrown in there at all" version of events.

They don't use their challenging circumstances as an excuse to not love and serve God.

And after sharing this, I got the Veggietales bunny song stuck in my head.

After Jim's surgery, I shared morning and evening reports:

3/11 Morning reporrt: He's responsive and mostly comfortable and mostly sleeping and his head is wrapped up in gauze like a turban.

3/11 Evening report: They moved HJd Jim from the ICU back to the regular neurology ward, to a shared room. My Spanish is good enough to know that the couple behind the curtain is upset that someone at home on facetime neglected to start cooking the chimichangas in a timely manner. There was a good deal of discussion about it.

3/12 Morning report: He's still pretty sleept but good. Good news. We have been moved to a private room. Bad news: it seems none of us will know how the chimichanga saga played out. Goals for the day for Jim: to try walking and get the turban off.

Goal for me: To get home for a bit to see the kids, but there are some obstacles to that so, here's hoping.

3/13 Evening report: Turban remains, but hopefully only until tomorrow, no walking but he made it to the chair, which is pretty good, and Fr. Matt visited which is always the best! Jack is here so I can head home for a while and we received an update on the chimichanga saga.

Here's some photo evidence:

3/14 Evening report:
Sitting went well today, standing is definitely improved, they say he could be moved to the rehab hospital tomorrow, but . . . I'll believe it when it happens. Best news is the turban is off! Now he's just got a fun little hat.

3/15 Evening report:

Standing and balance are definitely improved today. The plan is to move to the rehab hospital tomorrow.

3/16 Morning report:

Quick prayer requests:

  1. That a bed will open up today for Jim at Huntington Hospital Rehab
  2. For my surprise wisdom tooth removal right now #itwasjustgoingtobeacleaning

3/16 Afternoon report:

You guys are good.

  1. He got into Huntington
  2. Wisdom tooth was easy peasy (it only showed up two years ago, so I guess it's not all that wise)

So, Happy St. Patrick's Day! Are you having a tea party to celebrate?