Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
The Motivation: Alicia, Danielle, Elizabeth, Jessica
The Reading List:
Clutter's Last Stand: It's Time To De-junk Your Life!
Confessions of an Organized Homemaker: The Secrets of Uncluttering Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life
The Hidden Art of Homemaking
Is There Life After Housework
It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff
Keeping House: The Litany of Everyday Life
Splendor in the Ordinary: Your Home as a Holy Place
The First Step: "Just do it"
The Second Step (begun yesterday): An adapted version of Danielle Bean's simple chore chart (It works much better than telling your children to do something and then forgetting who you told to do it.)
I hope to be able to share my family's progress over the next few months.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Next year, in addition to continuing our tradition, I hope to try making pysanky with my three eldest.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Photos were taken by Catherine.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Welcome to the 2008 edition of getting to know your friends. Okay, here's what you're supposed to do, and try not to be lame and spoil the fun! Copy this entire email and paste into a new email [or blog post] that you can send, change all the answers so that they apply to you. Then send this to a whole bunch of people you know, INCLUDING the person that sent it to you.
1. What is your occupation? loving wife, loving mommy, pro-life volunteer
2. What color are your socks right now? what socks? I like bare feet!
3. What are you listening to right now? daughters giggling
4. What was the last thing that you ate? brown rice and canned corn. No, it was not what I had planned for dinner. The chicken and vegetables did not cook in a timely manner because I turned off the wrong burner (usually, I turn on the wrong burner). At least, tonight's dinner is already made.
5. Can you drive a stick shift? Definitely! My first and second cars were stick shifts. Thank you Mom and Dad! I learned to drive a stick going down to California with my friend, Donna. Thank you for your patience, Donna!
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Red (or navy blue)
7. Last person you spoke to on the phone? My dad
8. Do you like the person who sent this to you? yes, I love both of the people who sent this to me
9. Favorite vacation? Maui or Mauritius
10. Favorite drink? water
11. What is your favorite sport to watch? soccer
12. Have you ever dyed your hair? no
13. Pets? a dog might be in our future
14. Favorite food? apple ~ Golden Delicious to be precise
15. Last movie you watched? I can't remember and no that's not the name of a movie. One of the things that I gave up for Lent was watching movies (it wasn't really a sacrifice, as I have a hard time sitting still to watch anything on a screen)
16. What do you do to vent anger? Get on the computer.
17. Favorite Day of the year? The day I was married, my children's birthdays, and Christmas
18. What was your favorite toy as a child? Jane ~ a doll that I was given for my third birthday (I still have her).
19. What is your favorite, fall or spring? spring!
20. Hugs or kisses? Both!
21. Cherry or Blueberry? blueberry
22. Do you want your friends to email you back? yes
23. Who is most likely to respond? The two people who sent this to me
24. Who is least likely to respond? The people who have received this and not sent it to me
25. Current living arrangements? comfy
26. When was the last time you cried? Sunday ~ Anneke, Benjamin is a beautiful miracle!
27. What is on the floor of your closet? shoes, bags with sweaters
28. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you are sending this to? my sisters
29. The friend you have had the shortest that you are sending this to? ????
30. Favorite smell(s)? roses, warm evenings in California walking in the rose gardens or by the roses outside the mission church
31. What inspires you? God
32. What are you afraid of? spiders
33. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? cheese
34. Favorite car? My "big brass wagon" ~ it's actually a green van that seats 12 ~ the children currently have plenty of room
35. Favorite cat breed? How about favorite cat? Lucky
36. Number of keys on your key ring? 5
37. How many years at your current job? 11 1/2
38. Who do you miss the most? my mom and my dad
39. Favorite day of the week? Sunday
40. How many states have you lived in? 2
41. How many countries have you been to? 9
42. Today's date and time: March 6th, 7:10 am
Have a blessed day!
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Monday, March 03, 2008
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Dear family and friends,
We need to ask for your prayers for Lori Baron again. We just found out last week after her surgery that her cancer is back and it's all around her diaphragm. It's the same ovarian cancer she had before, which means that this could take her quickly. Please keep her in your prayers as well as everyone else in the family; they still have the 11 adopted kids at home ranging in age from 18 to almost 10 (at the end of this month). They just did a second surgery to take care of a leak she had in her intestines and it doesn't sound like she's doing that well either, so she needs all the prayers she can get.
Thanks and God bless you all!
San Giovanni Rotondo, Mar. 3, 2008 (CWNews.com) - Church officials exhumed the body of Padre Pio on March 2, in preparation for the public veneration of his remains later this year.
Bishop Domenico D'Ambrosio reported that the body of Padre Pio, who died in 1968, was partially incorrupt. Although there was no sign of the stigmata-- the wounds on his hands and feet, matching those of the crucified Christ-- the saint's hair and beard were intact. The bishop remarked that the hands of the beloved Capuchin friar were so well preserved that he appeared to have "just had a manicure."
The body of Padre Pio--who was canonized by Pope John Paul II (bio - news) in 2002-- is being transferred to a new shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo, where he lived. His remains will be exposed for veneration there. Archbishop D'Ambrosio overcame objections from some of Padre Pio's relatives to exhume the saint's body, making it available for veneration during the 40th anniversary of his death. Each year nearly 1 million people travel to San Giovanno Rotondo to visit the saint's grave; Church officials expect larger crowds for the anniversary year.