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July 20, 2007


Oh, Alice, what a WONDERFUL story! I hope you get a chance to visit Mission Dolores in the City as well. Both the old Mission and the new Basilica as well as the cemetery are worth a visit. Unlike Mission San Rafael, the old Mission Dolores, while restored, is the original building on that site. Mission San Rafael is a recreation. Also, if you get the chance to go to Carmel, Blessed Junipero Serra is buried in the sanctuary of the Mission there -- truly wonderful!

Wow. The question, "Are all these children from one family?" is not usually met with such love and respect. What a lovely story.

Isn't it wonderful when things like this happen? Children are a gift and a joy: it is such a pity when they are not received as such. A friend and I were out today with our children, doing some banking business for our homeschooling group and unfortunately the bank officer was not at all child friendly! Ah well.

How wonderful! I'm just going to sit here and smile for the next ten minutes after having read this!

Your story is beautiful! Your writing talents are amazing! I'm so proud that Maria lived up to her name...PRECIOUS!!! What a visit to remember!

Alice, you and your family are so blessed to have each other. God certainly knows what He is doing, doesn't He?!

Alice, I loved this piece. You have such a way of telling a story. Especially the so=apt title!

What a beautiful story and a lovely experience. A nice counterpoint to the stories about the negative experiences large families often encounter. What a sweet, saintly woman and a wonderful witness.

Wow! Wow! Wow! I'm with Kristen....this post makes me smile from ear to ear! :)))))

Beautiful! Your story and your children are such a sign of contradiction in today's world. What a blessing they are to it!!
Emily AMDG+
God's Canvas

Alice, such a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing this happiness with us.

Ah, Alice, I love your stories so much. Somehow you always make the world seem like such a beautiful place. And I'm not surprised that good things like this keep happening to you - when you send out positive energy in the way your family does, it always comes back. Smiles are contagious :-)

If only encounters like these were the norm!! Another wonderful story that also makes me smile and gives me hope!!

What a truly wonderful story! God is good!

Alice, that was such a happy, blessed read!

We love St Raphael too, I had a beautiful little prayerbook that I prayed from every day from the age of 16 to find a good husband - he is certainly the angel of 'happy meetings'!

I went to that mission years ago. So nice. How wonderful to have such positive reinforcement for a large family. What a blessing for your children to see it, too!

What a beautiful encounter, Alice! (Though it doesn't surprise me that anyone would become quickly enamoured with your children!)

This was so touching. What a gift to meet generous souls who still value and appreciate the supreme gift of a "quiver-full" of children. I know ever blessed mother like yourself gets far too many of the opposite reaction. :)

Blessings on your day... thanks for again bringing some into mine!


Oops... that was supposed to be "every blessed mother".


Oh my heart is full of joy. God Bless Maria!

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