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Humble Pie...continued...would you like a slice?

Ok...Time to wrap up this pie and put it in the fridge for later. 

2 weeks ago, I am at choir practice rehearsing the music that we will be singing on Sunday for Confirmation. I start thinking about how beautiful and spirit-filled the confirmation masses are at our church as we sing for them every year. The royal brass plays with the organ all blending with our voices as the Bishop, priests, Knights of Columbus and conferments proceed down the center aisle. This year, even more special as my daughter is being confirmed as well.

Maria's confirmationI start thinking about TY. He comes from a very large parish back home and has been attending a smaller local church while here. I consider how much he would probably enjoy participating in this grand affair...I consider inviting him to the ceremony. I think about it for a few days..will my family think I am nuts inviting one of my clients to such a personal event? I really care...they already know I am nuts!!

I call Ty to touch base on another matter and I ask him if he would like to come on Sunday and back to our home after for some grub. He accepts and is humbled by the invitation...turns out, he likes humble pie too!

 When I saw him walk into the Church all dressed in a suit, I was beaming and so was he...Who would have ever guessed from our first meeting to now??  So, afterwards we all gather at my house where TY stole the show. All my kids and my niece were gathered round him swapping stories about snowboarding , music and all sorts. My Mom and sister shared long conversations with TY and even promised to send him the delicious sweet lima bean recipe he enjoyed from the "mini feast" my husband prepared. 

Ever since my Father passed and my brother moved to FL with his wife and 5 kids, our family gatherings have not been the same. My Dad was always the life of the party and we have been missing that element for quite a while. TY brought some "new life" to us all last Sunday and we were truly blessed by his presence.

Towards the end of the evening, He found his way to our piano and began tickling the ivories for the first time in months. He misses his family and needs to go home soon. We were all delighted to have him enter into our "little world" for a while and I know he was touched as well but I do pray for things to move forward so he can get back to his life that has been put on hold for too long.

 So, Do you think" TY" knows how much I CARE yet????

Funny thing...the reading for the mass the Sunday before this was the story of the wedding feast. the King prepared everything and no one would come so he sent his servants out into the streets to invite anyone willing to join the feast. I didn't extend the invitation quite that far but this was a first for me.

Our lives are meant to be shared, we are not meant to be alone but are called to open ourselves up to communion with others and when we do...we are most certainly enrichened by the experience!


Humble Pie recipe coming up next so you can share the sweetness too!

Here it is...Val's secret recipe for Humble Pie.


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Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

 I think he knows. Sounds like a magical evening enjoyed by all.

Oct 23, 2011 11:07 AM #1
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Valerie - Talk about going from one end of the spectrum to the other!  This is a delightful story.  Sometimes we need to have the patience of Job, and big doses of understanding.  Who would have thought this man would be such a delight.  Good for you for giving him a chance.  Your daughter looks adorable, by the way (and she looks just like you!).

Now for the rest of that ghost story...

Oct 23, 2011 11:40 AM #2
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Valerie ~ Thanks for sharing this lovely story with us.  You never know whose life you may impact when you happen to cross their path.  In this case, you helped Ty feel much less lonely for his family, and your family celebration was made richer by his presence.

P.S.  Did the house sell yet?

Oct 23, 2011 01:56 PM #3
Sara Garden
Rocky Mountain Home Staging - Boulder, CO
MBA, HSE, HSR, APSD, Home Stager

This is such a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing it. When we have a larger extended family it is sometimes easy to forget about people who don't and would enjoy the invite. I love how your experience shows the humanity inside all of us that is often hidden by a tough exterior.

Oct 23, 2011 05:08 PM #4
Valerie Sagheddu
Apostle Art Home Staging & Design - Stroudsburg, PA
~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA

Adrian~ I am pretty sure he does too!

Sally~ Awww....I guess that means I am adorable too :) Ghost stories will be coming back any day now...promise.

Maureen~ Sooo true! He has had a good amount of showings and one very interested party so ...fingers crossed.

Sara~ My pleasure this was too precious to keep! My extended family is pretty big but our immediate family is shrinking, especially because my husband is from England so all of his clan are across the pond. It was really nice to have someone new share in our special day.

Oct 23, 2011 06:44 PM #5
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Valerie, I knew he would have to have a connection to her Confirmation, and consider it God's will that things turned out as they did!

Oct 23, 2011 06:47 PM #6
Marianne Cherico
Interiors by Marianne Cherico - Foxboro, MA
Home Stager -Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Valerie-You have a beautiful heart!!!

Oct 23, 2011 07:19 PM #7
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Accredited Staging Professional

Valerie, I'm so glad it all turned out so well. You have a beautiful daughter.

Oct 23, 2011 08:47 PM #8
Valerie Sagheddu
Apostle Art Home Staging & Design - Stroudsburg, PA
~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA

Ellen~ Absolutemente! I know it took me a while to swing back to it but it is neat to see things come full circle. We don't always get to see God's hand but it is very cool when we catch a glimpse!

Marianne~ Likewise my friend.

Janice~ Me too...very cool. Thank you.

Oct 23, 2011 09:54 PM #9
Nyssa Smith
Keller Williams Advantage Realty - State College, PA
REALTOR, State College Area Real Estate

Oh Valerie!  How sweet!  I'm glad I read on.  Isn't it amazing how we can touch each other's lives!  :)

Oct 24, 2011 11:05 AM #10
Valerie Sagheddu
Apostle Art Home Staging & Design - Stroudsburg, PA
~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA

Nyssa~ Yes it is! I seem to be learning that more and more every day...even in the simple things and encounters we have with others...all opportunities to give and bless!

Oct 24, 2011 12:08 PM #11
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I got so emotional reading this!  Just picturing TY in his suit and spending time with your heartwarming!  I'm so glad you shared this!

Oct 24, 2011 01:06 PM #12
Valerie Sagheddu
Apostle Art Home Staging & Design - Stroudsburg, PA
~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA

Sharon~ Heartwarming...great word! I am glad it moved should. These are the "moments" in life that we should share with each other. I know that so many of the stories that I have read here on AR have touched me and inspired me in ways that will change me forever. How cool is that???

Oct 24, 2011 01:15 PM #13
Tammy Pearce
Haute Realty 214-994-6474 - Dallas, TX
Tammy Pearce

It's pretty cool to watch when God uses you so strongly in someone else's life!  You have no clue what his conversations with God had been prior to your willingness to show him genuine compassion and love.  Great story Val!

Oct 24, 2011 06:57 PM #14
Valerie Zinger
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada - Ottawa, ON
Home Organizer
Valerie. Now I had hopes for Ty and your story showed that these were not misplaced. Imagine being that much fun!
Oct 25, 2011 07:40 AM #15
Valerie Sagheddu
Apostle Art Home Staging & Design - Stroudsburg, PA
~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA

Tammy~ Yes...very cool. I am glad you enjoyed it!

Valerie~ Yeah...who knew?? I am glad I did not disappoint!

Oct 25, 2011 10:15 PM #16
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