Saturday, December 29, 2007

Wow! What a game!

The Patriots did it again in the fourth quarter. You can't count this team out until the last minute of the game. Now on to the playoffs....Can they keep the magic going?

All the way without a loss would be so awesome!

Dear Lord,
Thank you for the joy of watching football.


Thursday, December 27, 2007

Fr. Barron on Christmas

You should head on over to this post at Creative Minority Report and watch the video. It was very thought provoking!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Oh boy...

YDD's MP3 player
A gift from my brother

A DS Lite similar to YDS'

Christmas is not even here yet and my children are swimming in gifts. My dear neighbor is in her 60's and has no children. She has adopted mine for the purpose of Christmas spoiling. She went away to her sister's home for Christmas this year so we had to have pizza and gifts with her before she left. A new MP3 player and oodles of new duds for YDD, Halo 3 and new "hoodies" for the teen boys, and a...can you stand it?.....Nintendo DS Lite Limited Edition with...can you count them....10 games....for YDS. Oh, and oodles of new clothes for YDS, too. Then there was the package that my brother who resides in Dublin, Ireland sent. He got it through this One Laptop Per Child program. Apparently, you can buy one and donate it and get another one for a child or children in your life. My children's is lime green. We need to get either a) a wireless router, b) an USB ethernet adapter, or c) some other gadget that will connect a wireless laptop to the internet in a home that is currently wired.

Sheesh...and Christmas isn't even here yet!

I hope everyone I know is truly blessed this year!

Dear Lord,
Please help us to remember that this holiday is a HOLY day. The day when we remember Your greatest gift to us...Your precious son...the Word incarnate. Thank you, Lord!


Saturday, December 22, 2007

Trying to FLY

I am taking baby steps to FLY and get my house out of CHAOS. The Flylady says I should start by shining my sink. I did not take any before photos, but I did take an after photo. I feel like at least something was accomplished in my crazy life today when I look at my nice clean shiny sink! Now if it would only still be that way in the morning....late working DH will probably put a dish in it overnight. I won't complain about that, though because DH works very hard so that I can be a SAHM and homeschool our children. He deserves to see a nice clean sink when he comes in.
Dear Lord,
Help me to learn to not be overwhelmed by the CHAOS in my home so that I can cope with it and begin to tackle it 15 minutes at a time.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The First Christmas Gift

This video is precious and reminds us of the reason for the season!

The First Christmas Gift

Thursday, December 06, 2007

The wait is over

Pepere passed away last night at around 9:20 p.m. His daughter was with him, and all of his children had been with him throughout the day.

Thank you for taking Pepere quickly. We are grateful that he did not linger and suffer. We will miss him, but his memory will forever remain in our hearts.


Tuesday, December 04, 2007

We remain in the fire

For some reason, we never seem to get out of the fire. I figure God has a plan, and he is using all these trials to shape us to his image. Our latest trials: Guardianship papers that my ex-husband filed for my 19 year old son. You can read about ODS here. On top of that, my Memere is in the hospital with a massive bladder infection and a bowel obstruction, and my father-in-law suffered a brain aneurysm late Sunday/early Monday. The aneurysm is inoperable and so we are simply waiting for him to die. We are praying for death to come quickly.

This situation with my father-in-law has given me pause to think about what I believe to be proper care. DH and I had been discussing feeding tubes prior to this incident, and we both agree (along with the late Pope John Paul II) that food and water are ORDINARY care. My DH's family, while professing to be be Catholic, think it is alright to deprive father-in-law of food and water if he does not pass away according to their imagined schedule. I am reminded of Terry Schiavo, and I do not really want to be in the middle of this sort of battle. After my father-in-law is buried, I may speak my piece on this. I am praying that he goes quickly. He has been ready to go since his wife died in December of 2005.

My YDS is having a really hard time with this. He has been pretty agitated and loud. I am trying hard to remember that he is 7 and that he probably does not really have the communication skills to express how he feels. The bright side of Pepere lingering for a couple of days is the opportunity to say goodbye. I took YDS to the hospital this morning because he asked to go. YDD said it would be too hard for her so she stayed at home. Surprisingly, 2 of my 3 stepsons expressed a desire to see Pep before he passes away. DH brought them to see him.

Dear Lord,
I know you have a plan. I believe you are allowing us to be in the refining fire for your glory. I am sorry that I sometimes get angry with our situation. Please forgive me for this. I feel sometimes like we are going through life with blinders on so that we can see only what is right in front of us. I know that you see the whole picture and that you know all the answers. Please help me to remember this.