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