As you'll remember, I've been saying this 30-Day St Joseph Novena since June 1st, in anticipation of THE court date on Thursday which will decide once and for all if DH gets approved for Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI).
I also began this Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots, to end on June 30th.
But what most of you don't know is that my husband and I started yet a third Novena to Our Lady of La Leche a few days ago. Usually I'm not one to pray more than one Novena at once, but the timing of these Novenas falling into my lap made me feel like it was crucial for me to do each one of them NOW.
A commenter on my blog offered to send me some rock powder from Our Lady of La Leche. I responded that I would be thrilled if she could send me some, but then I didn't hear back from her for a while (about a month - but don't worry, R, I was too busy to notice anyway!!) Then just this past week, she responded that she was going to get it in the mail asap, and it arrived late last week. It was then, and only then, that I realized how very special this gift from someone who had never met me was. I had mistakenly thought that the rock powder was from the shrine to Our Lady in St Augustine (the one I recently visited). Oh, no. This rock powder, as tradition claims, is from the Holy Family's Flight to Egypt, during which time Our Lady fed the baby Jesus, spilling some of her milk upon the rocks - creating this milky-white powder.
Can we say - WOW?!?!?!
I do understand that this is tradition, and not Church doctrine by any means, but I still feel amazed to be in possession of something that may very well have come from Mary, herself!!!
The instructions were for me and DH to take some grains of the powder in water for 9 days, reciting the 3rd Joyful Mystery. That's it. Definitely simple enough for me to master :)
So, our intentions during these Novenas have been many. Each morning, and each night, I pray:
a) for PTI to come through on Thursday
b) for DH to find a reliable-income job, that makes him happy, and keeps us financially secure
c) for my work intentions (more on this momentarily)
d) for healing from our infertility (and actually, I've been more specifically praying that we conceived THIS cycle... no beating around the bush this time!!)
e) that we may one day be able to adopt and/or foster
Poor Mary and St Joseph must have to write lists to keep all my intentions straight.
Well, the graces have already begun to flow, and I can only hope that all of my prayers over the past 5 years and beyond are coming to fruition now.
About a month ago, my NaPro Dr announced that she will be moving into a new building in September, and also taking on a new Dr who just went through the NaPro training herself (after having two of her patients suffer strokes from the birth control pill in the same week). She had asked me to increase my hours to serve in more capacities when the new Dr starts, which is next month. Additionally, and even more exciting, is that simultaneously, the hospital that owns the Gianna Centers (the one in NYC and the one in NJ where I also work) is "talking" to my NaPro Dr about bringing her office on-board as yet a third Gianna Center! THIS would mean wonderful things for NaPro patients on the East Coast!
Developments have looked promising for this to happen all month...
Then, almost immediately after starting the Mary, Undoer of Knots Novena, DH calls me at work to tell me that one of the construction jobs he's been working tirelessly on for months is submitting their down-payment (including all overhead and profit) on July 10th. This amounts to $45,000, to be split three ways - 1/3 into the company, 1/3 for DH's parents, and 1/3 for us - $15,000. I cannot even tell you how BADLY we need that money right now. It probably was not the wisest decision for us to go to Clear Passage this month, because it really left us completely broke. But I am seeing now that God most certainly does provide!
That's not all.
Just after starting the third Novena, to Our Lady of La Leche, DH called me today to tell me he GOT A JOB!!!!! And that's not even the best part! He got a job in construction, as a site manager, which means that he will be working very similar hours to me and NO weekends!!! (Had he landed a Chef job, it would have kept us from seeing each other... at all.) Plus, the position pays more than what his "stipulated" salary with his father is supposed to pay!!! I am SO happy about this!!!
Other things are happening, too - I had wanted to (eventually) offer my expertise on NaPro-specific ultrasound as a "trainer" for anyone interested in becoming a Sonographer for a NaPro Center. I had even talked it over with my NaPro Dr as a possibility for the future. Well, it would seem that my services are already in great demand, and I have been approached about offering the training this summer! 5 years ago when I saw the Creighton Model Introductory Session and thought to myself "I'd love to do this someday," never did I imagine just how involved I would be in this beautiful work, and just how many lives I would be able to touch. God is so amazing.
Two more days before the court date. Oh, please, dear God, keep this ball rolling...
and a pregnancy would also be much appreciated :)