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Thursday, December 25, 2008
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
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
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.
Friday, December 05, 2008
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.
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...
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
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.
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.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Please help us all to know that each child, born and unborn is fearfully and wonderfully made in your image and likeness.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
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.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
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.
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.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
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.
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.
Friday, August 15, 2008
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
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
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
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.
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.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Thank you for the articulate way in which this article was worded. Ms. Parker put into words what I have been thinking.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
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.
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.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
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......
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.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
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.
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.
Friday, July 18, 2008
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
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.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
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.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
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.
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.
P.S. MSS is still missing, although we think he is still safe.
Thursday, July 03, 2008
I know that you have MSS in Your hands. Please keep him safe.
Monday, June 23, 2008
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.
farsightedness due to ciliary muscle weakness and loss of elasticity in the crystalline lens.
[Origin: 1785–95; presby- (comb. form of présbys 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.
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.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
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!!
I watched the flag pass by one day,
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Help me to recall this heat when I am cold in the winter, and remind me of the cold during this heat.
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
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.
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.
Sunday, June 01, 2008
I wish I had better pictures.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
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.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
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."
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.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
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.
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.
Friday, May 02, 2008
Congratulations, girls! Go out and continue to be witnesses!
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
Saturday, April 12, 2008
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.
Friday, April 11, 2008
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Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
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.
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.
Friday, March 21, 2008
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.
Monday, March 17, 2008
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.
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.
Saturday, March 08, 2008
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.
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.
Friday, March 07, 2008
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.
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.
Friday, February 01, 2008
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