"God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him."
(1 Jn 4:16)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

And Baby Makes 12

"Behold the inheritance of the Lord are children: the reward, the fruit of the womb."
~ Psalm 126:3 ~

Early one morning, we were blessed with another little miracle from God. Aidan was born on his due date at 6:19 a.m. He weighed 8 lbs and was 20 inches. It's hard to believe that our little boy is actually here. I could (and probably do) spend hours looking at my sweet baby boy.

Our two oldest sons were away at camp when their baby brother was born. They came home the day that I came home from the hospital, making me happy to have a full house. We are so thankful for everyone's prayers.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Advice from My Mom

Growing up, my mom shared a lot of her wisdom with my siblings and me. One of the best pieces of advice that she gave us came when my sisters and I were fighting. Like all children, we would sometimes tattle on each other. My mom would remind us that there are two sides to every story, and then she would say, "God knows the truth and that is all that matters."

I heard these words so many times from my mom that I internalized them. I learned that false accusations against us and what others say about us doesn't matter. We are not in this world to win approval from our fellow man. We are here to learn to know, love, and serve God. We are here to bring Him greater glory. When Padre Pio (one of my mom's favorite saints - he wasn't canonized until after she died) was calumniated, he followed Christ's example and remained silent. We are called to do the same. 

If someone wrongs us, speaks about us behind our back, and tries to turn others against us, we should simply pray for them. If someone falsely accuses us and leads others to think badly of us, we can simply offer it up. Our focus should not be on earthly matters, it should be on Heaven. Our focus should be on striving to become great saints so that we can one day be with God in Heaven, singing His praises. In the end, God knows the truth and that is all that matters.

St. Padre Pio, ora pro nobis!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Faith, Hope, and Charity

Our pastor had me in tears on Mother's Day after mentioning "deceased mothers" in his comments prior to his sermon (I didn't hear the latter due to a noisy little boy who I love with all my heart). I am so thankful for my parents who taught my siblings and me the theological virtues as we prayed the family rosary each night. I know that my sisters are too because they have been sharing these photos and writing things like, "She is my namesake and the builder of my foundation of faith." and "I couldn't be more blessed or grateful for the example they set for each of, LOVE and family."
My Wonderful Parents
My Family

My Mom, Uncle, Grandpa, Cousins, Siblings, and Me

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Missing My Mom

It's hard to believe that so many years have passed since my mom died. She was a truly wonderful mother, one of my best friends, and most importantly a faithful Catholic. She loved God with her whole heart and always stressed the importance of going to daily Mass. 

She used to tell me that when I was a baby, she would take my two older siblings and me to daily Mass and sit in the front pew. I would cry all through Mass. Her first instinct was to leave the church when I did so, but one of her friends told her to stay where she was. The priest didn't make a single comment to her about my crying; however, she told me that had she been wiser, she would have followed her instinct. She was horrified thinking about what a disturbance I must have been.

My Family
(minus 12 family members who weren't able to join us due to distance)
Recently, my brother (in the front row) came to visit. My two younger sisters traveled over the mountains to be with us all, and we celebrated being together by going to dinner. During dinner, my youngest sister toasted everyone with the toast that our mom taught us when we were growing up, "Never above you. Never below you. Always by your side." She taught us well. 

Please whisper a prayer for my mom

Monday, January 25, 2016

Tasha Tudor

When I was in grade school, the librarian read us Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Tasha Tudor. I remember going to the library each week and anxiously waiting for the librarian to finish reading the book, so that I could check it out and look at the lovely illustrations. When I grew a little older, I delighted in her illustrations in The Secret Garden. As an adult, I still like Tasha Tudor's illustrations. I also find pleasure in looking at photos of her amazing garden.

Postcard available from Tasha Tudor and Family
The other day, I came across the quote below from Tasha Tudor, and she endeared herself even more to me.
"I enjoy doing housework, ironing, washing, cooking, dishwashing. Whenever I get one of those questionaires and they ask what is your profession, I always put down housewife. It's an admirable profession, why apologize for it. You aren't stupid because you're a housewife. When you're stirring the jam you can read Shakespeare." 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Christmas 2015

"At that time there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that the whole world should be enrolled. This enrolling was first made by Cyrinus, the governor of Syria. And all went to be enrolled, every one into his own city."

"And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem: because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child."

"And it came to pass, that when they were there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered." 

"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him up in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn."

"And there were in the same country shepherds watching, and keeping the night watches over their flock."

"And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone round about them; and they feared with a great fear. And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people: For, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David."

"And this shall be a sign unto you."

"You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger." 

"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying: Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will."

~ Luke 2:1-14 ~

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

2015 in Review

"If Christ Jesus dwells in a man as his friend and noble leader, that man can endure all things, for Christ helps and strengthens us and never abandons us. He is a true friend."
~ St. Teresa of Avila ~


On January 5, I gave Kilian his first haircut. He is my first little boy to have had a haircut before his first birthday.


Kieran gave his brother a haircut, and our little boy ate his first cupcake.


We made cookies for St. Patrick's Day, and pysanky for Easter presents. We also enjoyed an impromptu parish picnic on Palm Sunday.


We celebrated Easter. Finnian served as a torchbearer on Easter Sunday morning.


Our youngest daughter received her First Holy Communion.


Theresa decided that she likes making cakes. She made the first cake for the Feast of Corpus Christi and the second one just because. She has made several more cakes since June. Our four oldest children enjoyed our parish's camps.


Our oldest son left to visit my brother and his family in Switzerland (and Brittany). Two of my daughters went to another FSSP camp. We went to a wedding (Theresa caught the bouquet), the beach, and the Highland Games (as always, the massing of the bands sounded great).


I am thankful that my husband is still around. We are thankful for all the love that family and friends showed to us. During my husband's recovery, our youngest delighted in being able to eat his daddy's food. Whether it was breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Kilian was always right by my husband's side, opening his mouth like a little bird.


In September, we had fun at our parish's annual picnic.


We spent the day at the zoo. Theresa carved our pumpkin this year. Most importantly, we started going to a new parish. While we miss our friends from our old parish, we are so thankful to have a parish that is closer to home, and a good and holy priest for our pastor. May God bless our priests and may Our Lady keep them close to her Immaculate Heart!


We assisted at our parish's All Saints Day Mass and had a great time at the All Saints Day Party. The boys participated in altar server training at our new parish and we celebrated Thanksgiving.


We prepared our hearts and minds for the birth of Christ. We were privileged to be able to assist at our parish's first Rorate Mass.

“Rorate, caeli, desuper, et nubes pluant justum, aperiatur terra, et germinet Salvatorem.”
~ Isaiah 45:8 ~

Christmas photos will be shared separately.
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