Friday, December 26, 2008

Seen on our fence post








He was much more spectacular to look at in person. He was either a hawk or a falcon. I looked up and there he was.
Lord,
Thank you for reminding me of Your beautiful creation all around me by sending this beautiful creature to sit on the fence.
Amen





Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

My husband loves me so much, that he got me this for Christmas. Only a man who truly loves his wife would do this. Okay, maybe an insane man would do this. After all, I have lots of old Barry Manilow, and Air Supply albums I can now listen to. The albums that are dreaded most by my DH, however, are probably all the Bruce Springsteen ones I am looking forward to playing! (singing out loud..."Born in the U.S.A.") I can even copy them to CD to listen to in the car now!!!!

Of course, the best gift was watching my YDS serve Mass at midnight and thinking about the priest's sermon on how Jesus wants to dwell within us. The Incarnation, the Word made flesh means so much more than a cute little baby. The birth means very little without the death and resurrection.

I am always awed by the sacrifices Mary made. I know that the Annunciation was celebrated back in March, but the key to Advent really is Mary's "yes." Without her cooperation, the whole story might have been different. So today I am thankful to Mary for her cooperation in Grace, and to Christ for his submission to the will of the Father.

A very Blessed and Holy Christmas season to all.

Monday, December 22, 2008

A contest to enter by answering a poll.

This poll is part of a contest over here. Sagerat scribbles is part of the HSB blogging network. I have another blog over there at this location.


1. Why did you start a blog? I started blogging when I was on MSN. A "space" came free with my subscription, so I tried it out.
2. What did/do you hope to accomplish with your blogging? I never had a particular goal for my blogging. I have found that it helps me work through things, though.
3. Have you found that you don't post as much as you did when you started?yes
4. If yes, why not?I blog when I have some free time. This is a rare occasion these days, so I do not blog as often as I used to.
5. How important are comments to you?It is always nice to have people comment.
6. Do you ever find yourself wishing people would not always leave comments that agree with you? no.
7. Do you comment on other people's blogs a lot, sometimes, or very little? Sometimes
8. What determines why you don't post a comment on someone else's blog? If I find the content is something that I completely disagree with, I usually will not comment. I figure if I can't say anything nice, I should not say anything at all.
9. What determines why you do post a comment on someone else's blog? If I find a particular post strikes a chord, I will comment. usually anyway..
10. Do you have more than one blog? Yes. Where? MSN spaces, HSB and Blogger
11. Do you read random blogs either off of random blogger or friends lists? yes. It is fascinating to read blogs from all over the world.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

update/what we have been up to

YDS had his MRI last Sunday evening. We are still awaiting results. He saw the ENT on Thursday. An area in his left nostril was cauterized. He had had 6 nosebleeds in the 24 hours prior to the ENT visit. He has had no nosebleeds since the cauterization. Hopefully he is "cured" of the nosebleeds.

Here are a few photos of things we have been doing:

A giant nutcracker at Yankee Candle. We went on a field trip there on Wednesday 12/17/2008. They have an area devoted to the history of candle making within their flagship store in South Deerfield, MA, as well as a history of the founding of Yankee Candle.


A "wax hand" made at Yankee Candle as a Christmas gift for our wonderful neighbor who already has everything.YDS with "Santa and Mrs. Claus" at Yankee Candle.We did a fair bit of baking this week.
A tray of finished Christmas cookies: A kitten named George who was helping to get out storage bags. (hehe)
Decorated cookies
A few cookies that had been made into sandwiches with chocolate and sprinkles:

The baked cookies prior to decorating:
Cookies and pumpkin bread were distributed to neighbors and friends.
A gingerbread house that we assembled and decorated. Gingerbread is not my forte, so I bought a kit for this. It was a fun activity.
Wishing all of our family and friends a Blessed and Holy Christmas!

Friday, December 05, 2008

Health issues

Well, YDS had his physical in October. I mentioned to the pediatrician that he has been complaining of headaches for about 6 months. I didn't think much of it as I get migraines, and my older son has been a migraine sufferer as well. The pediatrician asked me to keep a headache diary and schedule a follow up. I mentioned nosebleeds as well, but since the little guy had not had a nosebleed too recently when he had his physical, not much was said/done about the nosebleeds. Well, I decided to keep track of the nosebleeds as well as the headaches. These are not your typical kid picked at his nose nosebleeds, but rather they are kid wakes in the middle of the night with a gushing nosebleed.
I kept track of these things for a month. He had 4 nosebleeds and 7 headaches that I documented. While at the doctor's office for the follow-up, however, YDS says, "Oh, I had a headache that woke me up at 4:25 this morning."
Doc says, "How do you know it was 4:25?"
YDS replies, "Oh...my alarm clock said 4:25."
So, the conclusion after checking him out and finding a bit of tension in his neck and shoulders is that it is probably stress/tension headaches or migraines, but that an MRI of his brain is necessary to rule out anything else. oh, and the pediatrician called me at the end of his work day to say, "In all the talk fuss about the headaches, I forgot to refer him to the ENT. I want him to see a specialist for the nosebleeds."
So my calendar is suddenly full of medical appointments for YDS. He has an MRI, a consult with the ENT a couple of days later, and an appointment with his primary for a visualization/biofeedback consultation. Given that fact that in the last year we lost YDS' Pepere(DH's dad), MSS has been in and out of the house, and just the fact that YDS is a perfectionist, my money is really on the stress/tension headaches or migraines given the family history.

Next, I went to my primary for a regular physical. I had not had a physical in at least 5 years. All of my labs were done fasting, and all of them were normal EXCEPT my fasting blood sugar. I have known for years that my blood sugar could be an issue. All of my babies were over 9 1/2 pounds at birth, and several relatives (grandparents) on both my mother's and father's side had adult onset or "type II" diabetes. I know that I have not taken proper care in recent years to keep my weight under control, so I was not really surprised. I have been informed that my sugar level is such that it is "pre-diabetes." I need to reduce that amount of carbohydrates I am eating. My doctor (this is the first time I met her) also promised me a mammogram (oh joy) and told me I need to make a GYN appointment. I don't have dates for either of those yet.

Lord,
Please help me to not worry about any of the medical issues that I cannot control. Please help to make the changes necessary to lose some of the excess weight and get my blood sugar into the normal range. I really would like to be around for my children, Lord. Your will be done...

Amen

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Just a couple of projects




I have been meaning to make this Liturgical Year wheel since August. I finally made it last night...just in time for Advent.



We made these pine cone, peanut butter and bird seed feeders for the birds, but the squirrels stole them right off the tree!


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Power outage

We had a power outage for an hour and a half tonight. It was interesting to see the reactions of the children. Our oldest tortured the youngest with stories of zombies initially. We (DH and I) were not home when the power first went out. We got home and YDS was extremely glad to see us as his older brothers had told him that zombies had driven up in our car. We quickly stopped the torture and lit some candles. All of the children sought out battery powered devices with which to shed some artificial light and sound. I sat down at the kitchen table and read a book by candlelight. I had many candles lit! I think I need to invest in more unscented candles, however. The Yankee Candles smell good, but too many different scents will make anyone sick. I wound up putting one of the scented candles out as it was overpowering.
I like to think about life on the prairie before the advent of electricity. You can probably guess I loved the Little House books as a girl. There was only candle light and firelight, and possibly an oil lamp. Homes were heated with wood or peat in a central fireplace. Food was cooked on the fire or on a wood burning cook stove. I shudder to think of the skills that have been lost over the years. All of our technology has made us soft, weak people in many ways. Yes, information is accessible at the touch of a button, but the search for information, the mystery, is gone. If the power ever went out for good, many would be lost.
Books are available, but many folks listen to "audio books." I like these for in the car on long trips, but to me, there is nothing like the feel of a book in my hands, and imagination that creates a world in my mind from what is described on paper. I think I need to try to cultivate this imagination in my children. They need to know how to occupy themselves when the power does go out.
Lord,
Please remind us that what we truly NEED is You. We do not need computers or CD's or television. You should be the One to whom we turn in times of need. When the artificial lights go out, You, the Light of the world, are there.
Amen

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Stem Cell Research

There is a website called Answers in Genesis. They have scientists who debunk many Darwinian claims. This video is about stem cell research, cloning and abortion. There are no gross images, but a lot of really good information. It is 53 minutes long, so if you decide to watch it, make sure you have some time. You can find the video here.

Lord,
Please help us all to know that each child, born and unborn is fearfully and wonderfully made in your image and likeness.

Amen

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Excellent video!


You can find this video and more at RealCatholicTv

My answer

This was my comment in answer to a post at my friend Katy's blog:

As a Catholic, I will not vote for anyone who is pro-abortion. I know there are "other issues." I believe, however, that anyone who claims to care about the downtrodden and underprivileged is not being truthful if he/she also supports abortion. An unborn child is the most vulnerable and innocent of our society. These same "bleeding hearts" are also less likely to protect people like Terry Schiavo, and support selective abortion for children who are the wrong gender, or who have "defects." Every person is valuable. This includes those with developmental disability, injury acquired disability, age acquired disability as well as those who are "healthy." I agree that we need to care for the less fortunate, however, in my experience, that is best accomplished through churches and private organizations, not through bigger government. Neither party is perfect, as no human is perfect. Neither party will accomplish all of their campaign "promises," and only the Supreme Court or Congress can overturn Roe-v-Wade. In many ways our president is a figure head. Of course, our founding fathers believed that they had set up checks and balances so that no one area of our government could become too powerful. I imagine they are turning in their graves at what our country is becoming.
My 2 cents.

Lord,
Help me to cast my vote by truly examining my conscience and voting as you would have me vote...even if that means not voting. Be with all of our politicians, please, Lord. May they follow a path that leads to your purposes.
Amen.

Older children, or am I crazy yet?

Sometimes I think that the older children are much more difficult. Of course, my situation is not the same as everyone's, so maybe it is just the situation that makes things more difficult. My step sons have lived with us full time for about a year and a half now. It took us nearly 12 years to get custody, and it has been a challenge every step of the way both when they were with their mother, and since they moved in here.
The 18 year old is very immature. I sometimes refer to him as 18 going on 12. While the content of video games and computer games and websites he views are more adult than those of the younger children, he still behaves very much like a child and spends much of his time in video games, computer and TV. He needs to be reminded to do his homework (he is in college). He needs to be reminded that he cannot eat all the food that is cooked for supper; that others need to eat. He needs to have priorities pointed out to him(e.g. buying yourself new shoes because you need them is not wasting money, going to buy candy at the store because you want it is a waste of money). He expects to be taken "back to school" shopping. These things annoy me. I guess it is because I was raised to be independent of my parents, and I was expected to purchase my own clothes and shoes long before I reached 18. Indeed, he finally has a job that is going to be more than 2 days a week.
Our 14 year old does all his schoolwork except science experiments and essays. He is more than capable of the essays and experiments. He just does not like them so he refuses to do them. I keep giving him zeroes in his transcript for these things, but he doesn't care. He has been told numerous times that this is expected of him, and that everyone is expected to do things in life that they don't like.
The 12 year old and 8 year old are both driving me crazy with the same things that have always driven me crazy. It seems that every few months, they must test to see if the limits have changed. They are doing what is asked of them for the most part.
Do you have any good ideas as to how to bring older children into the "real world" or how to get a reluctant writer to write? Please comment if you do!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Am I more gray?

I certainly feel more gray.
My children, instead of settling down and being obedient and joyfully fulfilling their homeschool duties have been rebellious, slothful and downright disobedient. I have tried being strict, I have tried taking away privileges, and I have tried yelling and spanking. All to no avail. I am about ready for a padded cell somewhere. I know all of my children are more than capable of the work that has been set for them. I pray that we find a way to get them to do the work without the "this is stupid" that I am continually hearing.

Lord,
You have called me to homeschool these children. Please help me to motivate them. Please help me to demonstrate obedience in my own behavior and in my work.
Amen

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

School

Well, we started school last Tuesday. So far it has been frustrating. My children do not seem to want to cooperate.

Lord,
I am so frustrated with our homeschool already this year. I feel like it is your will that we do this, but it seems to be a constant uphill battle. Please show me what you want and help me to follow your will for our home school.

Amen

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Getting ready


As homeschoolers, we are getting ready to begin our new school year. I am trying something different this year, well, at least with the youngest and oldest....I did not purchase pre-written lesson plans this year. The last several years, I used the CHC curriculum lesson plan guides for my youngest. This year I borrowed a friend's MODG third grade syllabus. I will adapt this to suit our books and needs. This really means a good deal more work on my part. The oldest(at home-we have 2 in college and one who is floundering right now) is a freshman this year. He will be using Saxon Algebra 1 and Switched on Schoolhouse for language arts, science and history. He enjoys the computer, so I am hoping SOS is a good fit for him. My daughter, who is 12 and driving me crazy with the attitude, will be following a MODG syllabus. Again, we will use only some of the books that are listed. We will substitute in other areas.

The biggest difference for her, however, is her math program. Her math program is called Applying Mathematics and is from Systematic Mathematics. I started using "Systemath" last year, and we saw a 57 point increase in DD's standardized test scores. Systematic Mathematics does not use a spiral method as most math programs do. It, instead, teaches one concept at a time until it is mastered. It also uses real life applications (recipes, sqare footage of houses) to demonstrate a concept. This year there are amortization schedules for a mortgage in the packet.

My daughter does not enjoy math at all. She does not even like this program. The program includes DVD's and a CD-ROM that includes all the worksheets, answer sheets, tests and other data for the year. I enjoy the dry wit of the teach on the DVD's. His name is Paul Ziegler, and he is a retired math teacher who set out to create a math program for homeschoolers after retiring. He occasionally makes an error, but usually catches himself. I know my daughter usually catches the errors. Of course, maybe this is part of the education...if the student is catching the errors, the student is really learning.

Well, I need to make a couple of phone calls and gather the last few books I will need for the school year. I also need to drop off a book to a friend.


Lord,

Please bless our little homeschool as we begin a new year. Please be with me as I write out lesson plans. Please help me to be more attentive to my children's needs. I need to remember that they learn better from hearing things. This really means I need to read out loud to them at least some of the time. Please help me to do this. Our little homeschool is dedicated to Your Grace. Help us to remember to call on You in prayer each morning as we begin.

Amen.

Monday, August 25, 2008

My children were upset.

Yesterday my children returned from Holy Communion upset. The Eucharistic minister had said "The body of Christ's son" instead of "the Body of Christ."
How would you address this? I was flabbergasted.
Here's what I did: I told my children to go only to the priest for Communion. I told our pastor about it and which Eucharistic minister it was. It was a woman. This may or may not be part of the issue.
Personally, I do not think that women belong distrubuting Communion. I also do not like to see girls serving on the altar. Call me old fashioned. I don't care. Christ did not make women priests. He conferred that role to men. Putting women in the positions that have always been held by men only strengthens the desire of some for women priests. My 2 cents on this subject.

Lord,
Please help this misguided woman. She may be a Eucharistic minister out of a desire to serve your church. If she is there to serve you, please show her the error of her words. If she is attempting to change things by abuses such as this, weed her out of this area of service, please. Please help me to guide my children and to teach them that such changes are an abuse.
Amen.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

It finally stopped...

...raining, that is. We have had almost 2 whole weeks without thunderstorms and torrential rains. I am SO grateful! I got to mow my lawn which had begun to resemble a hayfield. We took the 2 hour drive to Hampton Beach, NH not once, but twice. We went up last Sunday and yesterday. Both days were absolutely gorgeous. No one got sunburned yesterday, but my DH, who normally tans, did get a burn last week. He actually wound up blistering and peeling. He said it only hurt on his belly, although, his arms and shoulders were also quite red.

Normally, a trip to the beach would mean a lobster-red me, but I found a new sunscreen. The Coppertone spray on, 70 SPF sunscreen. It is easy to apply, and it worked..well, that and knowing enough to stay under my beach umbrella in the height of the sun between 10 and 2....
I did not get burned at all. I am excited about this. I have glow in the dark whit skin, so not burning is an achievement.

Last Sunday we stopped on the way home and explored some tide pools. There were snails more than anything in them, but it was fun for the children and a great way to show the effects of the tides. We were able to show the high tide line by the way the seaweed was in a line. What a great visual of a science topic!

I have come to realize that many of our everyday experiences are learning experiences. This means that, even though I do not formally do any school work with the children during the summer, we can slip in some "school" just about every day. We can discuss the science of tides at the beach, we can discuss chemistry while doing laundry (laundry detergent changes the ability of plain water to remove soils from clothing by making the water more "slippery"). The longer we homeschool, the more I realize how every day holds some learning experience, and the more I appreciate just how much "teaching" involved parents do on a daily basis.

Lord,
Thank you for the opportunity to show my children so many of the wonders you have placed in the world. Please help me to have a sense of wonder and to be like a child in examining all these wonders. They all point to you. Help me to recall that, please.

Amen.

Friday, August 15, 2008

The Old Schoolhouse Digital Magazine

I have also had a chance to review the Old Schoolhouse Digital magazine. This is an online, interactive version of the Old Schoolhouse. I find it is easier for me to use than trying to keep track of a paper magazine in my already overflowing home. On days when my aging eyes need bigger print, I can make the print bigger. If a photo spans two pages, I can look at the two, but I can then “zoom” in on the text to read the article.
The articles themselves span throughout all the topics of homeschooling: special needs, different styles, and different types of families (adoptive, small, and large). There was a wonderful article in the summer edition about using the Charlotte Mason method to help children with special needs.
As my children are getting older, and I no longer have little ones of my own, I can read and appreciate the articles about smaller children and put the information away for when I have grandchildren. The Lord may even use the information I have garnered for some other purpose.
I love the way the pages “turn” just as though I was thumbing through the physical magazine, but I also love the fact that as long as I “bookmark” my TOS digital magazine, I am not going to have to hunt for it.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

A review of The Schoolhouse Planner.

I have had the opportunity to check out The Schoolhouse Planner from The Old Schoolhouse. This resource, which is divided into 3 sections, is much more than just a planner! The first section contains a two page, whole year calendar. This section then is divided into 12 months. The planner runs from July 2008-June 2009. Each month includes resource lists, calendars and recipes.
Also included in this section are lists of presidents and their wives, kitchen conversion charts, lists of artists, composers, countries and capitals. There are articles on various homeschool topics such as, "Making Math Stick." Each monthly calendar includes space for notes. Holidays have not been labeled so you are free to label according to your beliefs.
There is a periodic table which includes quotes from Marie Curie and George Washington Carver. There is a history timeline. This resource is a Christian resource and includes the Reformation in the timeline.
One of the most impressive parts of the homeschool resources is the inclusion of transcripts of historical documents including the Declaration of Independence and the Gettysburg address. These are only a few of the resources included in the first 120 pages of the planner which is 247 pages all together.
The second section is made up of homeschool forms, and the final section is household forms. There are annual plans, annual goals, report cards, curriculum planning and curriculum recording sheets. There are also pages for co-op and support group information. The household forms include grocery lists, menu plans, and chore lists, just to name a few.
I am looking forward to having so much information at my fingertips while we learn at home this year. The Old Shoolhouse has put together a wonderful resource.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Forms

Registration forms and Vendor applications are now available for the New England Catholic Homeschool Conference. If you are in New England, I hope to see you there. You can find more information here.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Pro-life

I am pro-life. God has recently pointed out to me that this means much more than being anti-abortion.



Being pro-life means accepting and respecting even those people who make life difficult. My DH and I have made some poor decisions in our lives. We have to deal with the repercussions of those decisions and the effect they have had on our children. This often means doing what is right in the lives of our children even though it is not easy. It means sacrifices made by the entire family. It means trying to teach our children to love those who persecute you, and pray for those people we do not necessarily really LIKE. Christ calls us to love one another. He does not say those who love you. He does not say love those who treat you well. He wants us to love everyone. He wants us to love as He loves.



This is a tall order, but He promises to be there with us. We need to remember that He is with us. He will help us to do whatever He needs us to do. After all, if God brings us to it, He will bring us through it.



Lord,

Please help our family as we deal with some difficult situations. I know that You know what our needs are, and You will provide. Please help me to remember this.



Amen.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

giveaway



Click the link. They are giving away an iPod.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Excellent article

I just read an excellent article by Star Parker called Kumbaya Falls Flat in Berlin. She was able, in this article, to articulate much of what I have been feeling about this man, Obama. Go visit and read it for yourself. There are so many contradictions in every speech Obama makes. I just hope that Americans wake up to his waffling before we are stuck with him in the White House.

Lord,
Thank you for the articulate way in which this article was worded. Ms. Parker put into words what I have been thinking.

Amen.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

What to do

Part of my property is an open "meadow" with a steep wooded hill/ravine/dingle (pick your word) behind it. For years, the neighbors have been dumping their leaves and brush in this area. They used to push it back. Now they just dump it. My DH and I are quite aggravated. I even saw a yard work company that did some work for a neighbor dump there. I was not quick enough to get out there and make them pick it back up, though. The board of health will come out and write us up for the dumped brush, but we didn't even put it there. I think we are going to post "No Dumping" signs. Hopefully this will help. I wish I had the money to fence in my entire yard. That would prevent the problem. Given the dynamics of the yard, however, it would be cost prohibitive at this point. Of course, I would also like to rent a "Bobcat" and push back all the brush into the woods. We enjoy all the wildlife and birds that we see because there is a "habitat" there, but we are thinking about cleaning it out a bit so it could be more useful to our family (think winter sledding).

Does anyone know how to get rid of "Japanese bamboo?" This is growing in abundance in the woods and on the hill. It is ugly and keeps coming back no matter how often we cut it down.

Lord,
Please help us to stop the dumping in our yard. Our neighbors have come to think they have the right, I guess. Please help this "brown-thumbed" woman to get the yard looking halfway decent, Lord. Thank you for all the beautiful birds and the little rabbits that hop through our yard. They are a reminder of your greatness.

Amen.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

New computer

My DH surprised me by bringing home a new computer the other night. My old one was getting to be VERY slow, and the drivers could not be updated anymore. DH said that I needed a better computer for all of the school things I do. I didn't need a monitor as my old died quite a while ago, so DH had already replaced that. The biggest change is the operating system. This computer has Windows Vista. My old one had XP. We will swap around some hardware and create an updated computer for our children. The hard drive on the computer they have been using is larger than the hard drive my old one, so we will swap that hard drive into the tower and possibly leave my old one in as a slave drive for backup. This will make their computer faster. Of course, I have been slowing tightening up on the amount of computer time, and I will be adding stricter parental controls. It never ceases to amaze me how sneaky they can be. Even YDS will try to play games we have told him are not allowed. Right now YDD has been a bit defiant and ignoring the computer use rules.
She is away at the Challenge summer Convention. I am praying that the Lord can break through to her heart while she is there. I have been seeing an awful lot of vanity and "boy craziness." I am not liking it one bit. I think I need to borrow my friend Mary's book about how to find a good spouse......

Dear Lord,
Thank you for giving me a considerate husband. He tells me frequently how much he loves me and he does things around the house to help out when I least expect it. Please be with YDD while she is at camp, Lord. Shine in her heart and soften it. Show her how much she is loved, please, and help to realize how shallow her behavior has been. Bless the Consecrated women and co-workers who have charge of the girls at the convention. May Your Spirit guide them as they seek to lead the campers closer to You.
Amen.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

As my House turns

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Concert Review

Well, Joe Cocker opened for the Steve Miller band, so I will address his show first. While Joe Cocker's show is still a real rocking concert, Joe Cocker himself has lost some of his ability. The vocals were very difficult to hear over the music, which was the fault, I am sure, of someone at a mixing board, and not the vocalists themselves. Joe has lost some of his range, so his lows are not as low, and his highs are not as high. There were a couple of times throughout the show when he seemed to substitute volume for tone. All in all, it was enjoyable, and everyone in the audience seemed to have a good time. Joe is fun to watch as he "plays" the music with his hands at his sides while he sings. His bass guitarist really rocked as did his saxophonist and keyboardist. I wished that his bass guitarist and his backup singers had dressed a little more modestly. Showing a lot of skin does not make up for a lack of talent or highlight true talent.

Now, on to The Steve Miller band. All I can say is WOW! Steve Miller plays so many different types of music, that unless you really followed his band, you would not know they were all Steve Miller. He had at least 8 guitar changes, with at least 6 different guitars, and the whole place was on its feet dancing and singing along. Unlike Joe Cocker, Steve Miller does not seem to have lost any of his vocal range. He played a variety of music that included a couple of covers of R&B music and a tribute to Bo Diddley as well as many of his standards. Space Cowboy was not in his original line up for the night, but one of the stage crew asked for it, so he played it. We left during the encore because we had family obligations (our oldest at home needed to be to work for midnight), so I don't know if he played the Joker. He had not played it when we left. The light show and stage set were spectacular and complemented the music extremely well.

My DH and I discussed music all the way home from the concert (an hour and 20 minutes). We bemoaned the fact that so much of the music on the radio that our teenagers hear is vulgar and there is no subtlety to it. While some of this new generation of "musicians" (for lack of a better term), may have talent, they seem to have no finesse. What we saw and heard last night, while some of it was definitely suggestive, was so much more technically brilliant that I sat in awe while watching Steve Miller play the guitar. He can make sounds with a guitar so effortlessly that it looks easy.

I am not uncomfortable having my kids hear Steve Miller's music. For the most part, it is fun music. It gets you dancing. It does not denigrate anyone. There is no nasty language. It was refreshing. The band looked like they enjoyed themselves, too.

Now, the best part of the evening was being alone with my DH for 7 whole hours without interruptions of any kind. We walked around the Comcast Center in Mansfield and held hands and chatted and just enjoyed ourselves. We have not done anything like that in many years. Normally we have oodles of children around us no matter where we are, and due to the nature of our business, we don't get out much.

Dear Lord,
Thank You for giving DH and I an opportunity to just be together and have a good time. We appreciated the talent you gave to the musicians. We enjoyed each other. We enjoyed watching Your children all around us dance and sing. Thank You for keeping our children safe while we were apart from them for the evening. I feel refreshed from having had this little break in the normal. Also, Lord, thank You for the new babies You have sent to my friends. They are beautiful and true blessings.

Amen.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Podcasts

I work outside our home Monday through Friday for a couple of hours in the evening. I clean a small preschool/kindergarten. I have found that I love having an MP3 player (in my case, an iPod Shuffle). I listen to Catholic podcasts. I love Fr. Roderick's Daily Breakfast, Rosary Army, Catholic in a Small Town, and The Catholic Hack. I also listen to Catholic Moments, Catholic Connection, The Journey Home, and Sunday Night Live with Fr. Benedict Groeschel. I get the occasional episode of Catholic Answers Live and Life on the Rock, as well. Once in a while, I mix it up by listening to the Rosary or a Scott Hahn talk on my iPod. I find that I get a good mix of information by listening to these podcasts. Once in while, I disagree with something someone says (mostly on the Catholic Answers shows). My disagreements are not on doctrinal matters, but rather on things more based on opinion, like books.

I must say that my favorite show is really Sunday Night Live. I just love Fr. Groeschel. I heard him speak in person in March at a women's conference in my diocese, and he was wonderful. I waited in line to have a chance to say hello and have my book signed.

I listened to many of the podcasters talking about the Catholic New Media Celebration that took place in June in Atlanta. It sounds like it was a really great time. Maybe next time I can go and meet some of these people who try hard to live out our Catholic faith.

Lord,
Thank you for the gift of faith. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be inspired by New Catholic Media. It is a help to me in my daily life.
Amen

Going on a date

My DH surprised me by purchasing two tickets to the upcoming Steve Miller concert. My ringtone on my cell phone for when my DH calls me is Steve Miller's "Wild Mountain Honey." I am looking forward to hearing the band, but I am even more excited about having an actual, get-away-from-the-kids-for-the-evening date. DH and I often have "dates" by going grocery shopping, or to pick up cat food at the big box store down the street. Now I just need to figure out what to wear......

Lord,
Thank you for inspiring DH to surprise me with this rare treat. Thank you for putting this man, who loves me as I am, into my life. Your love is reflected through him in so many ways.

Amen.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Rest in Peace

My neighbor, a 42 year old father of 2, passed away this morning from complications of cirrhosis of the liver. Please pray for his children, his wife and his father who all live in my neighborhood. This is going to be rough, I am sure. Please also pray for his soul. I am not certain if he had faith in our Lord, but his lifestyle seemed very worldly.

Lord,
I ask you to send Your love upon the G family. They will need Your support through this time. I ask for J to rest in peace, Lord.

Amen.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Found

MSS was picked up by police tonight. He will be remanded to DYS custody. Thank you for you prayers.

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New England Catholic Homeschool Conference

Our homeschool group is planning a Catholic homeschool conference. We have been discussing this for over a year, and it appears that it may actually happen. We have a location booked, and we have begun all the necessary work of getting in touch with vendors and other home school organizations that are willing to give us pointers. You can read more about it here.

Dear Lord,
We ask that you send Your Spirit upon our group as we plan this home school event. Please help us to seek Your will in all we do so that this conference may be to Your glory.

Amen.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Thinking

I was just thinking about how we lay people have a tendency to expect our priests to be perfect. I was remembering a priest who was at our parish many years ago (over 20). He was not a very nice person. He did not give very good sermons, and he did not know how to deal with elderly people. It occurs to me that I can be very much the same. Granted, I don't give sermons (except to my kids, who don't listen anyway), but I can be short with people, I can be judgemental, and heaven knows I can be a not so nice person.

I don't know if the priest I was thinking about today is still in this diocese, but I think the lesson is all of our priests need our prayers, not our judgments.

Lord,
Bless Fr. D.R. where ever he may be. Guide him in Your paths. Help him to shepherd Your people. Bless all those whom You have called to the priesthood. Help them to be the men You would have them be.

Amen.

P.S. MSS is still missing, although we think he is still safe.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Please pray for MSS

He has been missing for 2 weeks and 1 day. He has been logging in to his Myspace, so he is alive somewhere. Please pray for him to come around and straighten out.

Lord,
I know that you have MSS in Your hands. Please keep him safe.

Amen

Monday, June 23, 2008

Persecuted Priests

H/T to Esther for this one.
Trouble in Arlington

It seems that bishops really areas they are often portrayed in Andrew Greeley novels. Instead of doing what is right, they are doing what is easy. This is saddening and sickening. Please pray for all those who have been called by God to serve His church as priests.

Presbyopia




Presbyopia- noun
farsightedness due to ciliary muscle weakness and loss of elasticity in the crystalline lens.
[Origin: 1785–95; presby- (comb. form of pr├ęsbys old, old man) + -opia]

In other words, I am getting old. My prescription is such that I cannot get bifocals. I think I am grateful for this as I get motion sickness and I think bifocals would nauseate me. So, I need one pair of glasses for reading (and computer where I have the most difficulty seeing now) and another for watching TV and driving. I am getting different colors so I can tell which are which.....

I was amazed at how much different things looked with and without the corrections this time. I have never had such noticeable difference before.

Lord,
Thank you for healthy eyes. I may have more difficulty seeing, but over all, my eyes remain healthy. Please help me to accept these changes in vision gracefully. Help me to wear the glasses when they come in, and to not be vain.
Amen.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Happy Birthday YDS


YDS turned 8 on Saturday. They grow up much too quickly.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Freedom isn't free

This was sent to me via e-mail and I thougt it was worth sharing.


Happy 4th of July!................ ......let' s get this started now, So it will be out there on the fourth!!!!



I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG, OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC, FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD,
INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!

KEEP IT LIT!!
KEEP IT LIT!
For all of our military personnel, where ever they may be.
Please Support all of the troops defending our Country.

And God Bless our Military who are protecting our
country for our freedom.
Thanks to them, and their sacrifices
we can celebrate the 4th of July.




We must never forget who should get the credit for the
freedoms we have,
and for which we should be eternally grateful.


I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.


A young Marine Saluted it,
And then he stood at ease..
I looked at Him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square
And eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd.




I thought how many men
Like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil
How many mothers' tears?


How many pilots' planes
Shot down?
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves ?
No, freedom isn't free.
I heard the sound of Taps One night,
When everything was still,
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant "Amen,"

When a flag had draped a Coffin
Of a brother or a friend.








I thought of all the Children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I Thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington .
No, freedom isn't free Enjoy Your Freedom &
God Bless Our Troops












Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Hot! Hot! Hot!

According to the local news it is 99 degrees now and will be between 100-105 this afternoon. I don't mind heat, but this is too hot for me. Oh, and did I mention the high humidity and poor air quality? One local school system even closed the schools because of the high heat warnings.

Lord,
Help me to recall this heat when I am cold in the winter, and remind me of the cold during this heat.

Amen.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

The first.....

The first thing I thought today: OUCH! (I had a leg cramp that woke me up)
The first thing I ate today: a donut after Mass at coffee hour
The first thing I drank today: Orange juice at coffee hour after Mass
The first thing I said today: We have church this morning
The first action I did today: Jumped out of bed to try and assuage the leg cramp
The first thing I read today: Church bulletin
The first item of clothing: matching skirt and top for church
The first person I spoke to today: YDS who woke happy but was a handful ALL DAY!
The first chore I did today: cleaned the trash can out after taking out the old bag
The first blog I visited today: Cheryl's then Mary's
First Pleasant surprize: The AHS choir singing that "every creature, everybody praise the Lord" during graduation ceremonies. This is a public school (YAY!)
Tag? anyone who wants to !

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Of Priests and politics

As I was reading this post at Creative Minority Report, I starting thinking about what I truly believe is important in American politics. I had read another post earlier this week that made me realize just how much we all will demonize a person who disagrees with our political views. This was after the Pfleger incident. Anyway, The whole thing has me thinking about my own political views.


I understand the "social welfare" issues that many believe the government should address in the way of more entitlements, but the fact of the matter is, the government screws things up whenever it tries to help. The words, "we're from the government and we're here to help," should send everyone running for the hills.

Personally, I will not vote for a candidate who is "pro-choice." The term "pro-choice" is a lie. The baby, whose DNA only resembles the mother's by half, has no choice. Often, the mother has been lied to regarding the child. She has been told that the baby is not a baby, but a blob of tissue. She has been led to believe that left to grow into a baby, this "blob of tissue" will ruin her life, or is "inconvenient." She has also been told that abortion is a very simple procedure, "no big deal." This lie infuriates me. Abortion is a surgical procedure which carries risks. It can and does kill women. It can cause future infertility or future inability to carry a pregnancy to term. Women who go to clinics in desperation are not informed of these risks, and some of them die as a result. It is horrible to think of all the babies who have so unceremoniously been murdered. It is equally horrible to think of all the women who suffer silently day after day because they realize after the fact the enormity of the decision to abort...to murder their own child.

I have it heard it said that abortion s an issue on which we can expect little change, but I contend that no matter how much a candidate promises to care or people, his or her opinion on abortion tells the real story, for if we do not uphold the sanctity of ALL human life, we really have no respect for ANY human life. All of the lip service in the world about caring cannot change that.

Dear Lord,
Please help us all as we discern for whom we should vote in the upcoming presidential election. Help us to examine the issues at hand and to be aware of the enormity of the ramifications this election could have. May we seek Your counsel as we pray for our leaders.

Amen

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Congratulations to our newest HS grad









My ODD graduated from high school last night. She is attending UMASS Amherst next year to study microbiology and biochemistry....you know...just the easy stuff. LOL. I uploaded a few pictures from the graduation.
Her boyfriend's parents threw her a wonderful graduation party this afternoon. I forgot to bring my camera.

I wish I had better pictures.
Dear Lord,
Thank you for putting such wonderful loving people in my daughter's life.
Amen










Thursday, May 29, 2008

The boomerang kid

is currently flying away from us, but he will probably be back home in a week. MSS needs lots of prayers, folks. He is a lost boy if there has ever been one.

Dear Lord,
It is difficult to watch this young man self-destruct. It is difficult to speak to his mother and try to explain that where he is right now is a direct result of his own actions, and that we all need to stick to our guns if we are going to help him to take responsibility for his actions and help him to be a productive adult. Thank you for being he guiding force in all the conversations I have had with his mother. I know that You often keep my mouth closed. In the natural, I want to run screaming and pulling my hair out. I know that You are with me, and for that I am grateful.

Amen

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Pondering

I have been pondering 2 Corinthians 12:9, "but he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.' I will rather boast more glad of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me."


This is an uncomfortable passage from scripture. It says that sometimes God's answer to our pleas, even if we say please, is NO. I know many Christians who believe what I refer to as "feel good theology." They believe the "God wants you to be wealthy" ideas of some of today's preachers. When they do not become wealthy, or they have difficulties, they wonder what they did wrong. They are judged as "not being good enough," or as being in sin.

My own understanding of God is different than this. It is my understanding that God loves us. We are called to know, love, and serve Him in this world so we can be happy with Him in heaven. This does not mean that we will have everything. This does not mean we will never suffer. This does not mean that we will never have hurtful or disturbing events in our lives. Indeed, we are told that we are blessed if we are hated for His name's sake.

I think of Job whenever I am inclined to feel sorry for myself. Sometimes I still rail a bit against whatever I perceive as "unfair." Often I wish the Lord would show me a little of the plan. He tells us in Jeremiah 29:11 that He has a plan for our lives. He tells us throughout scripture "be not afraid."

Dear Lord,

Please help me to not fear. Help me to trust in You. I want to be the mother and wife that You desire me to be, Lord. I want to live Your plan. I want to be in Your will for me. Thank for helping me to love the family You have given me. I recognize that love is an action word, not a feeling, Lord, and that each day I can choose to love or not.

Amen.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

The Lord's Day

I just came home from my dear friend Mary's home where we celebrated Lord's day. For those unfamiliar with it, the Lord's day celebration is based upon the Jewish Shabat, or Sabbath. It is a time to gather in celebration and to "usher in" the Lord's day with prayer and thanksgiving. There is singing and feasting. We gather as a community in Christ and have a "pot luck" meal. It was very nice to gather as a community and praise God together. This was Mary's Mother's Day gift from her family. She did not want anything more than her family and friends around her praising God.

Tomorrow I plan to see my mother for a while.

I received my mother's day gift this past Monday when my DH said it was time to replace my old, dead van. My old Plymouth Voyager had seen better days. On Good Friday (at noon, no less....) it started to leak antifreeze. Our mechanic took a look at it and said that the water pump needed to be replaced, but what concerned him more was the oil he discovered in the cooling system. This indicates only bad things in an automobile. He said it was his professional opinion that it would cost more to fix than the van was worth, and it would only nickel and dime us to death from here on out. We opted to not fix it, but that meant that I was pretty much a home body since then. The amount of freedom we have when we have a vehicle is incredible. I did not realize just how much time I spent outside our home until I couldn't go anywhere.

My "new" car is another used mini van, also a Plymouth Voyager, only newer than the last one. It rides very nice, and gets me easily from point a to point b. I am very grateful to have it.

Lord,
Thank you for the gifts of friends, family and freedom. Thank you for helping me to learn to love my family where we are at, and indeed, to love the family I have. Thank you for the gift of a loving husband who treats me like a princess in Your kingdom.

Amen.

Friday, May 02, 2008

First Place!

My YDD is a member of the F.I.S.H. Challenge Club of Springfield. Challenge is an apostolate of Regnum Christi. Each year, there is a video contest. This year the theme was "You will be my witness." Our girls won first place in the regional competition. Their video will now go to the national competition in Georgia this summer. You can see the video here.

Congratulations, girls! Go out and continue to be witnesses!

The crowning of Mary

This is YDS' First Communion photo.
The Catholic Homeschool group to which we belong meets at a local church for adoration and Mass each first Friday during the school year. Today we had Mass, adoration, confession and the May crowning of Our Lady.

Traditionally, children who are First Communicants for the year are chosen to crown Our Lady. This year, we had 2 children in our group. One is my dear friend Mary's daughter, and the other was my own dear YDS. My friend's daughter is very tiny for her age, so she carried the crown during the procession, and my YDS actually climbed the ladder to place the crown on the head of our Blessed Mother. All the little ones processed in the church and placed flowers in a vase at Our Lady's feet.

Father Henry Dorsch, who will celebrate his 40th year as a priest later this month, is so very kind in allowing us use of his parish's church and hall each month. He has a true devotion to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, and each month he takes the time to teach the children how to behave at adoration, and how to pray. We are truly blessed by this wonderful man who shepherds with love and kindness. Father enjoyed the May crowning and took photos of the event.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Science Expo

Well, we took this week off as a "school vacation week" except for today. Today we went to a science expo in Connecticut. There was a science "show" called Dr. Quintin Quark: The Notion of Motion and was about Newton's 3 laws of motion. You can find more information about his show here. In looking through the exhibit hall guide (after the fact, of course) I noted that there were notations that indicated which exhibits were a "good choice for younger children." My children enjoyed an exhibit that used liquid nitrogen to chill marshmallows and also demonstrated the insulation abilities of space shuttle outer tiles by heating a tile red hot with a blow torch and allowing the children to feel the heat radiating from the tile, and then turning the tile over to have them touch it on the cool side. All in all, it was good day. Oh, did I mention the cost for this? $0.0! Yes, it was free!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

I've got the urge to:

I was tagged by my friend Mary to fill out this "survey"

I've got the urge to....

1. run screaming from my home and enter the nearest cloister (but I won't...it isn't my calling right now)

2. quit homeschooling my children and stay home eating bon-bons all day (tongue in cheek here)

3. let my DH stay home with the children and find a full time nursing job with benefits

4. go away on an Ignatian silent retreat (wish I could)

5. buy all the new curriculum I want for next year

6. pretend we are done with school for this year and just play

7. buy a new car RIGHT NOW (desperately need one)

8. go shopping with a friend for desperately needed new clothes (for me...can you believe it?)

9. be brave enough to just unschool

10. be able to "fix" my MSS who is a daily challenge to this family.

I don't have any blogs friends to tag who have not already been tagged, so anyone who wants to do this can.

Be blessed!

Friday, April 11, 2008

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

I enjoyed this post

I read this post at the Blue Boar and really liked it, so I thought I would share the link.

Lord,
Thank you for common sense and rationality.

Amen

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

On Love

I have been reflecting on love. Love, as our society sees it, is hearts and flowers and googly eyes. It is a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. Truth be told, Love is not any of those things. Love is an action, a choice. We can choose each day to love. This is frequently not easy. Our spouses do things which irritate us. They do things trying to help us out, but they do not do it OUR way. Our children are disobedient or disrespectful. They rebel. They do things which we have forbidden. They reject our beliefs, and sometimes they reject us. When all of these things happen, we can CHOOSE to gripe and grumble and throw our hands in the air, or we can choose to love.

Loving does not mean lying on the floor like a doormat. It does, however, mean accepting our families, our friends, even strangers, as people who are made in the image and likeness of God just as we are. It is realizing that despite all of the faults and foibles of those around us, God loves them as he loves us, and He calls us to “love one another as I love you.”(John 15:12b) This is our Lord’s call to action. It is not a passive, wishy-washy “love” feeling. It is what Christ showed us by example as He walked among us.

Our Lord fed the hungry, gave drink to the thirsty, forgave the sinful. These are all things that we are called to do in the great commandment of “love one another.” These actions are the visible sign of Christ’s love in us.

I know that I am frequently guilty of having a “poor me” mentality. I feel like a martyr when my family expects things of me. I throw my internal “hissy fits” when asked to do something I do not wish to do, and I give the deep audible sighs of one who is aggravated. I can only beg forgiveness of those around me for my impatience and ingratitude for the gift of them in my life and try each day to rededicate myself and my actions to our Lord. God-willing, I will get better at it as time goes on.

Dear Lord,
Thank you for the opportunity to reflect on Your words. Thank you for the gift of my family. Please help me today to be the mother and wife You would have me be. Help me to be patient and kind and loving to those whom You have placed in my care.

Sunday, March 23, 2008


Happy and Blessed Easter!

Friday, March 21, 2008

A contest

There is a contest going on at The Company Porch. They are giving away My-Word-Magnets from Kidtronic. These look like an excellent tool for teaching early reading and reinforcing beginning readers. I am entering!

Dear Lord,
This looks like an excellent tool for homeschooling. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the contest and for the generosity of the people who provide the prize.
Amen

Monday, March 17, 2008

A little weepy


It is St. Patrick's Day. although the Holy See actually moved the feasts of St. Patrick and St. Joseph to the 14th and 15th of March for this year as no feasts can be celebrated during Holy Week. We are anticipating Easter. Despite these reasons for joy, I am having a weepy night.
I am missing my older two children who have both moved out. I spoke to my mother and my oldest son is doing pretty well although his vision and speech are still pretty heavily affected by the brain injury. My mom said that they went out to dinner with ODS last week, and he is moving around really well. He only has therapy for his vision now. He is still having occasional difficulty connecting words into a complete thought. I guess he has been cleared to look for a job and he has been working out at a gym with his uncle.

My ODD is another story. She seems to have stopped talking to all of her family...not just me. I really miss her.

I think I am having some "empty nest" feelings even though there are still 5 children here.

Today is also the 10th anniversary of my grandmother's passing. I was not very close to her, but she was so steady that I have missed her terribly in these ten years.

Lord,
My heart aches for the children who are no longer living in my home as well as the ones who are here. My YDS is so sweet most of the time, and he so terribly misses all those people who have left him in the last 2 1/2 years. He misses his Memere and Pepere and his brother and sister. When ODD stops in to visit he clings to her when she is leaving. I can see that he could really have a problem later on in life with a fear of abandonment. Please protect him and hold him in Your loving arms. Please protect ODS and ODD as they venture out in the world. May they know Your love in their lives and stop buying the lies of the world. Touch my step sons hearts as well, Lord. They are so lost and angry, even if they think they are not.

Amen.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Is it just me....

or does anyone else not understand the whole "women should be priests", etc? Personally, I feel that women have many important roles and that the priesthood is not one of them. I don't like to see girls serve as alter servers, either. Of course, my husband and I are members of the few who still believe that if at all possible, a parent should be home for the children. In our case, I stay home.

Now, I have not always stayed at home. I am an LPN by trade, and I am capable of earning decent money if I work. The cost to our family, however, would be enormous. When I did work outside the home and try to do all the "mom stuff" as well, I was a wreck. There were not enough hours in the day to complete everything. I was grumpy and short with the children. DH finally had enough one day and told me to quit my job. I did not need to be told twice. I gave my two weeks notice the next day.

Of course, there are many people in our lives who do not understand the choices we have made. My DH has heard many times that I should get a job to help out so he doesn't have to work so hard. My parents have told me that we should put our children in school and I should "get a little job." What many of these people don't understand, though, is that there is really no such thing as a "little" nursing job. In the world of nursing you can be compelled to stay overtime if there is a weather situation which makes it difficult for the next shift to get to work (I actually had to stay and work 24 hours once because of a blizzard.) You can also be compelled to stay if there is a disaster of any kind. This could be a bad accident, a natural disaster of some sort, an explosion.... On top of that, there is a huge amount of responsibility in nursing.

Well, that is my rant for tonight.

Lord,
Thank you for today. It was a very peaceful day, and I so needed a peaceful day. Thank you for answered prayers and prayers that I am still waiting for an answer on. Thank you for teaching me patience.

Amen.

Friday, March 07, 2008

wow...a month since I last posted

This past Sunday I attended a Catholic Women's Conference in my diocese. The first speaker was Fr. Benedict Groeschel. If you ever have the opportunity to hear this dynamic man speak, take it! Fr. Groeschel was the reason I attended the conference. The other speakers did not entice me at all.

The second speaker was the author, Lorna Kelly. I missed most of her talk because I was waiting to meet Fr. Groeschel and have him sign a copy of one of his books. I caught the end of Ms. Kelly's talk, and what I heard was entertaining and gave some insight into Mother Theresa.

The final speaker was an SSJ. I must admit that the moment I see SSJ after a woman's name, I am wary. I don't know if it holds true across the country, but SSJ's in this area are very liberal. They are the women who think women should be priests, etc.

I really, really tried to be open minded and to listen to the talk this SSJ gave. The title of her talk was Touchstones of Grace. After the definition of touchstones, I did not find anything in her talk to be relating to touchstones. She was extremely boring; so much so that many of the women who remained in the auditorium were actually asleep. Many women got up and left during her talk. She dropped a lot of names (I remember Baudelaire several times in particular), but there was no substance to the talk for me. She really totally lost me when she started talking about Hindus and Buddhist monks in saffron robes. There may have been a more appropriate time and place for her talk, but in my opinion a Catholic Womens' Conference was not it.

There was adoration in the afternoon. There was also something called "the Hem of the Robe" service in which the Blessed Sacrament is carried among the people (much as Christ walked among the people). We were told that many healings have occurred at services such as this. It was really beautiful. The day ended with Mass. Our Bishop presided. Our Bishop seems okay, but he is a bit PC. He was assigned here because of his reputation as a no nonsense guy when our diocese was in the middle of scandal. There has been less scandal since he took over, but things seem a bit sterile. Of course, maybe that is because I am seeing the politics. It never ceases to amaze me the our Heavenly Father loves us enough to continually give us opportunities to rise to the occasion or fall down and need to be picked up again.

Sorry for rambling.

May God Bless anyone reading this.

Dear Lord,
I believe that there are times when even the best speaker will not be remembered if what they are saying is not what You want me to hear. Please speak to my heart and help me to know Your will.

Amen.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The flu

It appears we have it. :(

Friday, February 01, 2008

from blogthings.com

Your Old Fashioned Name Is...

Winifred Richeman


Your Hippie Chick Name Is:

Galaxy


Your Pilgrim Name Is

Damaris Howland


Your 1950s Name is:

Charlene Holly