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

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sensus Traditionis

A friend just shared Fr. Ripperger's website, Sensus Traditionis, with me. Specifically, she was sharing his treasure chest of talks. Now, I just need to find the time to listen to these talks. Perhaps, I can make listening part of my morning or nighttime routine.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Donate 4US, 4Babies, 4Mothers, 4 a Priest

Father Ed White has been "illuminating hope" in the lives of babies and mothers for many years. Please show your gratitude for all that Fr. Ed White does for babies, their mothers, and for the cause of LIFE by making a donation to 4US via Father's fundraising page.

4US (formerly known as Ride4US) raises money to purchase ultrasound machines for clinics, illuminating hope for mothers in crisis. Benefitting clinics offer entirely free services to pregnant women, bringing the joy of motherhood into focus within a loving network of support. Participants will ride one of four distances (5, 25, 42 or 62 miles) beginning at 7:30 a.m.; run a 5K or 10K timed race at 10:30 a.m.; or walk (5K) through the pristine beauty of an old-growth forest at 11:00 a.m. All participants will enjoy the Family Fun Festival with a free pancake breakfast, live Christian music, food and inflatables for the children from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Donations may be made online at

It is my hope that Father Ed White will be the top fundraiser for 4US. In order for this to happen, the Gospel of Life Institute and St. Stephen the Martyr parish need to raise at least $10,000 for 4US in his name. Please be generous.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Father Brian Gallagher

Please pray for the repose of Father Brian Gallagher's soul. May he rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon him.

Fr. Gallagher was a long time friend of my husband's family. He blessed our first child while she was still in my womb, and the crucifix that hangs above our bed was a wedding gift from him.

Fr. Gallagher died at a hospital in California, during or shortly after the earthquake that shook Southern California, today.

Please keep Fr. Gallagher's nieces and his brother, Nicholas, in your prayers, too.

Father Brian Gallagher's funeral will take place in Yakima, WA.

Seafair Clown's Balloons

It was a bear, until I started taking it apart.

Sporting a New Hat

Look at My Balloons

Cousins...Can you guess which one is the clown's son?

We Spent a Few Days at the Ocean

Walking to the Beach

Playing with the Sand

Father and Son

You Found Me


Waiting for a Wave

It's Going to Get Me

The Water is all Around Us, Daddy

More to come...maybe.

Brother Grizzly Bears Playing

I intended to share this video a couple of months ago, but we have been very busy. The bears at Woodland Park Zoo were a favorite with many people, including my children and my nieces (girls are predominant in my family). The grizzly bears seemed to be more active than usual.
Finnian enjoys watching our bear video over and over and over again, saying "Bear, Bear, Bear" and growling. He actually gets a little confused at times and barks like a dog.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Amazon Beta Widget Testing

Last night, I decided to add a Beta widget from Amazon's associate program. This morning I was surprised to see how many links my posts have to Amazon products. One thing that would make this widget better would be coding it to ignore phrases and words that are not capitalized (excluding the two and three letter words).

The Humility of Pregnancy

My children and I are trying our best to go to daily Mass. When we are able to do so, I feel that I have given my children "the best". However, giving my children the best sometimes comes with a price when I am pregnant and have a toddler who feels that the church is a great place to be noisy.

Shortly before the great Amen on Thursday, my toddler decided to run and giggle, so I picked him up and stood holding him in the vestibule, pointing out pictures of Jesus, St. Gertrude the Great and Pope Benedict XVI, and listening to my little boy quietly and sweetly sing, "Holy God" over and over. I was so focused on my youngest that I failed to go up and receive Communion. When I realized that I had missed Communion, I started to cry, as only a pregnant mother can. Trying to compose myself made the tears roll down even more. However, God in His goodness sent two people to console me. The first was Pat, the mother of ten children, who expressed her approval of my coming to Mass with all of my children and said, "I know just what you are going through." The second was my toddler's godmother and her daughters who spoke with me and my children about gardening, etc. until I calmed down. I know that one day, I will probably look back on my pregnancies and laugh at how emotional I became at times, but for now I thank God for continuing to teach me humility.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Discerning Curriculum for 2008-2009

Catherine: Continue to use Seton (fully enrolled)

Bernadette: Still praying

Religion: Seton's Religion 3 FYC and St. Joseph First Communion Catechism (review), plus daily Mass, hands-on projects, and celebrating feasts throughout the liturgical year
Math: Calculadders and Math 3 FYC
Language Arts: English 3 FYC, Stories with a View, Handwriting 3 FYC, and reading a lot of books
Phonics: Probably Writing Road to Reading and Starting a Spelling Notebook
Poetry: The Harp and Laurel Wreath
Science: Behold and See
History: The Catholic Faith Comes to the Americas and a lot of books to supplement. Remember to look at Elizabeth's Along the American History Trail.
Geography: Debating between MODG 3rd Grade plans and CHC's Tour a Country (included in CHC 3rd Grade lesson plans)
Vocabulary (Latin and Greek): English from the Roots Up flashcards
Art: Still praying
Music: Listen to classical music, plus?

Religion: Religion 2 FYC and St. Joseph First Communion Catechism, plus daily Mass, hands-on projects, and celebrating feasts throughout the liturgical year
Math: Calculadders and Math 2 FYC
Language Arts: English 2 FYC, Handwriting 2 FYC, and reading a lot of books
Phonics: MCP Phonics B
Poetry: The Harp and Laurel Wreath
Science: Still praying
History/Geography: Still praying. Reread Karen's post and the Memoria Press article that she mentions.
Art: Still praying
Music: Listen to classical music, plus?

Patrick: Still praying

Family: Continue to pray the Rosary each night, read the Bible on Saturday and Sunday nights, and continue evening read alouds Monday through Friday

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Refrigerator Alliteration

Me: "Patrick, please close the refrigerator."

Patrick: "But I am feasting on feta."

Me: "Patrick, please get out of the refrigerator."

Patrick: "I am munching on meat."

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Zelie and Louis Martin

Maureen shared the following in the comments and I thought that it was such wonderful news that I had to share it as a regular post:
Cardinal Saraiva Martins is to announce the date and place of the beatification ceremony for Ven. Zelie and Louis in France on July 12 or 13. For videos about them and more information about their lives and cause, please see
Thank you, Maureen.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Children's Music

Ever since I can remember, my children have referred to classical music as "children's music". They will invariably ask to listen to children's music when we are driving somewhere. Recently, as I took my two eldest to a birthday party, Patrick exclaimed, "Mommy, I really like this children's music. Can we listen to it again?"

Unfortunately, we could not listen to the music again as I had the radio turned to a classical station. However, I did take note of the composer and the piece that was being played. Unfortunately, by the time we arrived home, my brain could no longer remember the exact name of the piece. What I do remember is that the piece was based on a Hungarian Folk theme by Franz Liszt. I guess it's time to start checking some CDs of Liszt's music out from the library. My little boy is bound to let me know what he likes.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy 4th of July

In addition to our usual celebrations, we will be reading The Fourth of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh today.
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