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

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Snow Day

A couple of weeks ago (January 11 to be exact), the children took a break from our usual studies and enjoyed a snow day with their dad.

They had a delightful time throwing snowballs.

I enjoyed watching my family from inside our warm home.

Surprisingly, the snow stayed with us for about a week. I was not surprised that the novelty of the snow wore off at the end. I enjoyed the beauty of our winter wonderland, but like the rest of my family, I was thankful when the snow and ice melted, allowing us to resume our normal activities.

Wendy Darling

Wendy loves to tell her brothers stories about Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up, and magical neverland. One night, Peter Pan comes and the three children fly away with him to adventures of indians, pirates and fairies. But Wendy knows that she cannot stay in Neverland forever, and eventually she must leave Peter and grow up.

Which Classic Heroine are You?

Hat tip: Minnesota Mom

Thursday, January 18, 2007

First Bath

Finnian's umbilical cord fell off last Sunday, January 14. Theresa was surprised to find it on his diaper and excited because she knew what would happen once his umbilical cord was off ~ Finnian's first bath!

Finnian really enjoyed his bath. He sat wide-eyed as I washed him and Daddy took photos.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Our 2006 Read Alouds

Below are most of the chapter type books that we read aloud in 2006. I will be starting a list of our 2007 read alouds in the sidebar. Our other reading logs for 2006 can be found by following these links: My 2006 Reading, Library Picture Books, Cat's 2006 Reading, Ber's 2006 Reading.

Devotional Stories for Little Folks, by Nancy Nicholson
Happy Little Family, by Rebecca Caudill
Schoolhouse in the Woods, by Rebecca Caudill
Up and Down the River, by Rebecca Caudill
Schoolroom in the Parlor, by Rebecca Caudill
The Black River Pirates: A Peter and Polly Story, by Don Clark
Pinocchio, by Carlo Collodi
Mr. Popper's Penguins, by Richard and Florence Atwater
A Life of Our Lord for Children, by Marigold Hunt

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Patrick Concerning his Brother

Upon waking, the first morning that Mommy and Finnian were home from the hospital:
"I want to see my brother."

In response to my rhetorical question to Finnian:
Me: "What's that noise you're making."
Patrick: "It's a baby noise, Mommy."

Devotions Meme

Helen tagged me a few weeks ago and I have been wanting to share, but have been unable to do so until now. If you have not done this meme, please consider yourself tagged.

1. Favorite devotion or prayer to Jesus?
My Jesus mercy, Thy will be done in my life and in my death. (I learned this prayer while home from college from a visiting priest from India.)

2. Favorite Marian devotion or prayer?
I like saying the Rosary and the Memorare. My mom taught me about the beauty of the Miraculous medal by wearing one.

3. Do you wear a scapular or medal?
Until 2 years ago, I wore a crucifix that I received for my First Communion. I buried it with our little girl whom I miscarried.

4. Do you have holy water in your home?
Yes, my husband uses it each night to bless our children before bed. I need to be better about filling our fonts.

5. Do you offer up your sufferings?

6. Do you observe First Fridays and First Saturdays?
I do my best to observe First Fridays and First Saturdays.

7. Do you go to Eucharistic Adoration? How frequently?
I go to Eucharistic Adoration almost every Monday night and on First Fridays.

8. Are you a Saturday evening Mass person or Sunday morning Mass person?
Definitely, Sunday morning.

9. Do you say prayers at mealtime?
Yes, we renew our consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus at mealtime. We also say Grace before Meals and Grace after Meals.

10. Favorite Saint(s)?
St. Joseph, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Catherine Laboure, St. Bernadette, St. Theresa, St. Francis de Sales, and St. Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort.

11. Can you recite the Apostles Creed by heart?
Yes, I grew up praying the Rosary with my family (each night, on our way to school, and on extended car trips), so this was a prayer that I learned naturally.

12. Do you usually say short prayers (aspirations) during the course of the day?

13. Where is your favorite place to pray?
In our parish church.

14. Bonus Question: When you pass by an automobile accident or other serious mishap, do you say a quick prayer for the folks involved?

Helen's bonus question:
15. If you could visit any of Our Lady’s apparition sites, which one would you choose?
I have visited Lourdes and would like to go back there.
I would also like to visit Fatima and Rue de Bac (I don't know why I have never made it to the latter).

Saturday, January 06, 2007

"The Wise Men Followed a Star..."

Today, January 6, on the Solemnity of Epiphany, Finnian Patrick became a child of God. He was baptized during the 11:00 AM Mass at our parish and slept as the water was poured on his head.

My in-laws traveled two hours to be present (my dad was with us through his prayers). A few of our homeschooling friends were present, including Lisa Hile, who enriched the Mass with her beautiful voice. Our good friends Mike and Rosalie are Finnian's godparents. After the Mass, we invited those present to our house for cake. A handful of the families were able to come (Finnian's grandparents, his godparents, the Bittners, and the Olsons). We are thankful to all those who took the time to share Finnian's most important day in his life, so far. I pray that, like the wisemen, Finnian follows a star, honoring Jesus and walking in His footsteps.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

On January 1, 2007, I felt like our Blessed Mother smiled down on us. At the first Mass after my husband and I learn that we have conceived a child, I consecrate the baby in my womb to Mary. From that day on, everytime I go to Mass, I renew my consecration of that child and all my children to Mary. When I woke up at 4:15 on January 1 with contractions, I could not help but feel that everything would be alright because it was Mary's feast day. I also felt that our Lady was saying thank you for consecrating our little ones to her.

Thus, we celebrated the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, and the first day of the New Year, with the birth of our third son (sixth child). Finnian Patrick was born at 8:55 AM, after my husband and I finished praying the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. Finnian weighed 9 lbs 11 oz and measured 21.5 inches. He was the first and only baby born on New Year's Day at the hospital. Finnian is loved not only by God, but also by his mother and father, sisters and brothers, and other relatives.

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