In 2013, I had the honor of traveling with the Boston Deaf Apostolate for World Youth Day to Rio de Janeiro. Despite my best intentions to share every moment of #WYD2013, technology limits and a busy schedule left me in the end with telling my experience in a handful of 140 character moments.
Sweet Tweets from Rio:
Finally here waiting for train to Christ The Redeemer Statue!! So blessed to be here #WYD2013
Came face to face with my favorite #EWTN Priest, Fr. Mark Mary yesterday was too #shy to say hi. Such a #Catholic dork #WYD2013 #Grace
Just drove by building where Pope having lunch!!! At least that is what our guide said #WYDBOS
By the way at 5ft tall I see nothing. lol #WYDBOS lots of happy screaming Catholics #blessed
Meeting Pilgrims from World – Tradition of exchanging small gifts so cool – my first finger #RosaryBeads #Obrigada #BlessedMother #WYDBOS
Make that 100% chance of rain lol #WYDBOS Perfect beach day
Remembered sitting in car waiting for my son to get a video game, wondering if kids would ever line up like that for Jesus #Yes #WYDBOS
Cardinal Dolan was so inspiring #DoNotBeAfraid to #Trust in God. He keeps his promises #WYDBOS #CTVWYD13
If U Wondered: #JMJ is initials for World Youth Day in Portuguese, although I do love that it often stands for Jesus Mary Joseph #WYDBOS
I’m definitely old, if I prefer bathrooms, food, comfy chairs, no rain, and warmth to atmosphere of being with Pope in person!! #WYDBOS
Incrediblemeeting deaf from around the world …learned how to sign bathroom in brazilian #MayComeHandy #WYDBOS
Adoration and Benediction with Pope Francis and it included a song by @MattMaher….no biggie!! #PinchMe #WYDBOS #CTVWYD13
Pope just passed our spot not close enough to touch but close enough to see him in
person (at Copacabana Beach for Vigil)
Earlier today...All The Cardinals on stage busting a move! Who says priests can't dance!
St. Frances de Sales and Don Bosco Rock -- JUST made a special young boys LIFE #Miracles #flags
God provided the #WYDRIO camp out experience -Club next to hotel blast American 80's Techno music during the 4hrs we had to sleep. On road by 4:30am. #WYDBOS
Brazilian Spider worry was overrated. Seen 3, all pretty easy to squish! #BiggerThanYou Happy there bed was boxed in #Arachnophobia
What I miss most...my real phone shhh Don't tell my husband and kids #SocialMediaAddiction #WYDBOS
Todays plan...breakfast, Mass with Cardinal Sean, then 3:00 bus for airport. 9 p.m. departure #LongDay
My brave friends tried Rio fries from McDonalds. Consensus...better-more potato flavor and less salt!!
We DID it! we completed our Pilgrimage!
It was a powerful experience, I will be sharing blogs for quite a while. #GoForth #WYDBOS #Grace
All Rights Reserved, Allison Gingras 2013
Cover Photo Credit: Ian Gingras, IanEdits.com , 2013
Inset Photo Credit: George Martel
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Here are my #SmallSuccess list for 2013:
Looking forward to whatever #Small (or even big) success God wills for me in 2014!!
Reflecting on 2013, has made me super excited for 2014 - ok well maybe not SUPER excited but definitely anxious to set some goals and get moving! For many years on December 31st, I would set with a notebook and make 10 Lists of 10 Things I wanted to do that year. Such as, "10 Books I Want to Read, "10 Decluttering Projects", "10 Spiritual Goals", 10 "Recipes to Try", etc... it would vary from year to year. Since my children were small and we weren't going any place - it was a fun way to spend my New Year's Eve (after I did that I'd pay the month end bills -- true story... I SURE know how to live it large!!) Now we go to a friend's house for a delicious lobster feast - and I don't think much about what I have or haven't accomplished, or what I may or may not accomplish in the new year. While resolutions can be a 4-letter work for some - to me a certified LIST-AHOLIC, I think setting goals is wise, fun and even somewhat necessary.
Since I did 13 memories for 2013, here are my 14 goals for 2014: