Friday, December 28, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
On November 17, we were honored to be the godparents of our nephew, Cormac. The baptism was beautiful and included anointing with oil and chrism, the blessing of Cormac's mouth, ears and eyes, and the blessing of mother, father, and godparents which was followed by the priest holding Cormac high in the air. Catherine snapped a photo as Father was bringing Cormac down.
My sister and brother-in-law went the extra mile with dinner. I was amazed at all my little sister was able to do with a baby who was one day shy of one month old. Hopefully, she wasn't too tired by the end of the day.
Finally, the cousins all enjoyed playing with each other.
My sister and brother-in-law are doing a wonderful job raising there little ones. Their children are delightful.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Patrick: "I'm not Patrick. I'm the birthday boy."
Catherine: "I like your new ball."
Patrick: "It's not a ball. It's a bouncy ball with lots of colors."
Me: "I've never changed such a big boy's diaper."
Ptrick: "Yes, you have. You changed my diaper last day."
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
by Elizabeth Coatsworth
I like to see a thunderstorm,
A dunder storm,
A blunder storm,
I like to see it, black and slow,
Come tumbling down the hills.
A plunder storm,
A wonder storm,
Roar loudly at our little house
And shake the window sills!
Poem found at Mother Goose Caboose
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Fortunately, we are signed up to participate at other times throughout the next 40 days. I strongly encourage everyone to watch this 22 minute video, check to see if 40 Days for Life is happening at a location near you, and then prayerfully consider speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves by participating in 40 days of prayer, fasting, and vigil.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
We will be participating in Ride4US 4 the babies by walking 5 miles. Our daughter has been raising money for this event. She has surpassed her goal thanks to the generosity of family and friends, but she would like to raise even more money for this life-saving event.
Please make a donation to www.active.com/donate/ride4us/4babies and ask your friends to do the same!
Monday, September 17, 2007
Three priests were present and I was happy to see that they spanned the ages. I am guessing that one of the priests was in his 20s, another was in his 50s, and the celebrant may have been in his 80s. There are several other priests in the Archdiocese of Seattle who are also interested in saying the Mass in the "Extraordinary Form". We are praying that more priests will offer a Sunday Mass in the Tridentine Rite in the Seattle Tacoma area in the near future.
Friday, September 14, 2007
What to do:
The end result will be a beautiful cross. It will look better than the hastily made sample below.
*The negative image can also be used by cutting the cross out with an exacto knife. The finished product will then be a colorful cross, rather than colorful rays.
**We usually make Easter cards using the above feathering technique.
I would enjoy seeing any end results.
Happy Feast Day!
Edited to add this photo of Brendan's impromptu cross:
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Let all, therefore, try to approach with greater trust the throne of grace and mercy of our Queen and Mother, and beg for strength in adversity, light in darkness, consolation in sorrow; above all let them strive to free themselves from the slavery of sin and offer an unceasing homage, filled with filial loyalty, to their Queenly Mother. Let her churches be thronged by the faithful, her feast-days honored; may the beads of the Rosary be in the hands of all; may Christians gather, in small numbers and large, to sing her praises in churches, in homes, in hospitals, in prisons. May Mary's name be held in highest reverence, a name sweeter than honey and more precious than jewels; may none utter blasphemous words, the sign of a defiled soul, against that name graced with such dignity and revered for its motherly goodness; let no one be so bold as to speak a syllable which lacks the respect due to her name.
Ad Caeli Reginam, Encyclical of Pope Pius XII
*Picture: The Coronation of Mary by Diego Velázquez
Monday, August 20, 2007
"The Montessori method is based on love, and the genius of the great educator lies in the fact that she made love the foundation for man's dealing with himself, his fellow men and with God."
Sunday, August 19, 2007
by Esteban Murillo
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Notes to self: Next time I decide to make a work of art, I need to make sure that Mommy and Brendan are busy.
Throwing things on myself results in Mommy giving me a bath.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
All donations are tax deductible.
Thank you to everyone who has already donated. Catherine is almost halfway to her goal of $500.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Unfortunately, this Gloria update does not contain good news. The night before last, they had to increase the amount of pain medicine from 45 to 50mg per hour. Yesterday, they ended up working their way up to 100mg. The first 50mg had taken three weeks, but now 50mg more wasn’t working. Just as her body had become used to the morphine, this pain medicine doesn’t seem to be helping any more. She is in constant pain. This morning, her breathing became labored. Dr. Park had told them yesterday that the cancer is pushing against her lungs, causing this to happen. They drove up to Children’s earlier this morning.
The family is asking that everyone pray, pray harder than ever. We are not giving up. With God, all things are possible. He can heal Gloria. They have always known it will get worse before it gets better and that has happened. Now we are praying that God will take her cross so that she can have her healthy life back. This time is especially difficult for Doug and Kristen. Please pray that God will give them strength and comfort. Please spread the word to people (email, phone, Myspace, word of mouth, however), we need as many people praying as possible.
We are going to be having another prayer gathering in our home tonight (Saturday, August 11). We know that God will be listening to our payers. “Where two or more are gathered, There I am in their midst.” Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come. The need for prayer right now is great. We will begin at about 8:00. Thank You for the prayers you have been saying for Gloria. Doug scolded me yesterday because I forgot to specifically tell people that the Strausses are very, very grateful of all the prayers. They know that people are always lifting them up in prayers. Doug had said to let everyone know, “We love them all and thank them so much.” If you can’t make it tonight, please just pray from wherever you are. This is so much bigger than any of us realize and while you pray, know that you are among hundreds, perhaps thousands of people storming the Heavens for this miracle.
Help us to concentrate on this miracle, to give up some portion of our busy day to pray for the Strausses. Cast out all of our anxieties, doubts, and despair. Fill us with trust and faith in You. You can do anything Lord, You can heal Gloria. Please wrap the family in Your loving embrace so that they might feel comfort and love. Send peace into their hearts. Most of all, Lord, we ask You to touch Gloria with Your loving hand. Hold her in Your arms and wipe out all of her cancer. Please stop her suffering Lord, so that she may live to give glory to You for years and years to come. Thank You for being with us Lord. We know that You will never abandon us. Amen.
Once again, Thank You,
Please storm Heaven for Gloria and her family.
Patrick is now crying, "My grasshopper escaped in the house."
Beetles, earthworms, potato bugs, and spiders have preceded the grasshopper.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
HT: LifeSite News
Monday, August 06, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
HT: to Life in a Nutshell for leading me to Sonific.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Several months ago, we saw a skunk in our Lady's Garden. Last week, my eldest son and a raccoon observed each other through our sliding glass door. Two days ago, my husband heard some very noisy crows outside. He looked out the window and saw a mother raccoon trying to get her baby to follow her. He woke our second child and together they observed the following.
Friday, July 20, 2007
My husband told me what Theresa had said and how worried he was getting. Knowing me, he didn't know how I could have left any of our children at home, especially our soon-to-be birthday girl. I explained that the three of us had gone downstairs because I needed the older girls' opinion on a birthday gift. He laughed, tension relieved.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
People talk about the impatience of the populace; but sound historians know that most tyrannies have been possible because men moved too late.
~ The Collected Works of G. K. Chesterton, Vol. IV, p. 297 ~
It is often said by the critics of Christian origins that certain ritual feasts, processions or dances are really of pagan origin. They might as well say that our legs are of pagan origin. Nobody ever disputed that humanity was human before it was Christian; and no Church manufactured the legs with which men walked or danced, either in a pilgrimage or a ballet. What can really be maintained, so as to carry not a little conviction, is this: that where such a Church has existed it has preserved not only the processions but the dances; not only the cathedral but the carnival. One of the chief claims of Christian civilisation is to have preserved things of pagan origin. In short, in the old religious countries men continue to dance; while in the new scientific cities they are often content to drudge.~ The Collected Works of G. K. Chesterton, Vol. IV, p. 264 ~
The most vital function [the family] performs, perhaps the most vital function that anything can perform, is that of education; but its type of early education is far too essential to be mistaken for instruction.
It is not hard to see why the vow made most freely is the vow kept most firmly. There are attached to it, by the nature of things, consequences so tremendous that no contract can offer any comparison. There is no contract, unless it be that said to be signed in blood, that can call spirits from the vasty deep; or bring cherubs (or goblins) to inhabit a small modern villa. There is no stroke of the pen which creates real bodies and souls, or makes the characters in a novel come to life. The institution that puzzles intellectuals so much can be explained by the mere material fact (perceptible even to intellectuals) that children are, generally speaking, younger than their parents. "Till death do us part" is not an irrational formula, for those will almost certainly die before they see more than half of the amazing (or alarming) thing they have done.
~ G.K. Chesterton: Collected Works, Volume IV, pp. 237-238
It is quaint that people talk of separating dogma from education. Dogma is actually the only thing that cannot be separated from education. It is education. A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.
~ G.K. Chesterton: Collected Works, Volume IV, p. 162
But the important point here is only that you cannot anyhow get rid of authority in education; it is not so much (as poor Conservatives say) that parental authority ought to be preserved, as that it cannot be destroyed.
~ p. 166
That is the one eternal education; to be sure enough that something is true that you dare to tell it to a child."
~ p. 167
Many a school boasts of having the last ideas in education, when it has not even the first idea; for the first idea is that even innocence, divine as it is, may learn something from experience.
~ p. 167
Today we all use Popular Education as meaning education of the people. I wish I could use it as meaning education by the people.
~ p. 167
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Friday, June 08, 2007
Brendan responded by hitting the ball. The boy ran safely home. Brendan made it to first base and eventually made his way to the home plate.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
|Little Flower Sisters|
|Little Flowers Group Photo|
|Little Flowers Group Photo|
|Future Little Flower|
|Little Flowers Sharing Photos|
|Sharing More Photos|
|Little Flowers and Their Moms Visiting|
|Little Flower Mother and Tea Hostess|
Monday, June 04, 2007
"For this meme, each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed. At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog."
Where do I begin?
1. My mom was one of my best friends. I miss her a lot.
2. Apples are my favorite fruit, but I also like strawberries, pears, bananas, kiwis, lychees, oranges (especially if someone else peels them). Actually, the only fruit that I don't like is grapefruit.
3. I am the middle child. Yes, exactly in the middle, I have an equal number of siblings who are older than me and younger than me.
4. My favorite drink is, drum roll please, water.
5. I do not really enjoy talking on the telephone. More things happen in my house when I am on the phone than any other time. The only time that glass (not as in drinking vessel) has been broken in our house is when I was on the phone... Even if things didn't happen while I was on the telephone, I still wouldn't like said activity.
6. It is very difficult for me to sit and watch television without doing something. Sometimes, it is even hard for me to watch television when I am doing something because I feel like I can be doing so much more.
7. I became a U.S. citizen in 1999.
8. I speak to my dad on the phone every night.
I tag Alice, Sara (she shared some wonderful news the other day), Ruth, and Jenn (who also shared some wonderful news recently).
(Plus any other four readers who enjoy memes.)
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
In his chapter on "The Coldness of Chloe", I could not help but think of some discussions that have taken place regarding skirt wearing. Only Chesterton could expound on skirt wearing in this way:
How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No; a woman's function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute.
~G.K. Chesterton: Collected Works, Volume IV, pp. 118-119
...a little while ago it was common for an "advanced" woman to claim the right to wear trousers; a right about as grotesque as the right to wear a false nose. Whether female liberty is much advanced by the act of wearing a skirt on each leg I do not know...It is quite certain that the skirt means female dignity, not female submission; it can be proved by the simplest of all tests. No ruler would deliberately dress up in the recognized feters of a slave; no judge would appear covered with broad arrows. But when men wish to be safely impressive, as judges, priests or kings, they do wear skirts, the long trailing robes of female dignity. The whole world is under petticoat government; for even men wear petticoats when they wish to govern.
In "The Pedant and the Savage", Chesterton's insights seem particularly acute for a man.;)
...the woman does not work because the man tells her to work and she obeys. On the contrary, the woman works because she has told the man to work and he hasn't obeyed.
I am looking forward to reading more of this book.