Mr. Rogers comes to mind today. I have to thank God today for just fantabulous day! Yes, it was the Feast of The Holy Archangels.
Yes, it is my son's feast day (St. Michael is his Patron)
Yes, I got to homeschool group on time
Yes, we fought this morning trying to get to group on time! :)
but really, it was just an ordinary day.
It was cooler than it has been in months!
Had to wear a sweater to Adoration tonight.
Sitting there, with Jesus, surrounded by my kids and missing my husband
Wonderful friends in the pews near me
I just had to say Thanks be to God for it all!
Being at Adoration is like being near the ocean for me.
I realize, very distinctly, how small I am.
How little I am and how clueless I really am
He continues to put me in my place. I continue to step out of it.
He's puts me back. I step out..etc etc.
Ah! He's just so GOOD. That doesn't even make any sense about what I really am trying to describe. I am not able to put it in words that make sense.
He just IS. And I am just so thankful for Him.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Here's a look at our newest bundle o' joy. Shaping up to be a male bundle :) We are currently at 15 weeks. Still have a good ways to go. Still want to be connected to a fetal monitor most days :) I can't tell you how much I love hearing that heart beating and seeing those hands and feet move around! I can't wait until I can feel them. Doc says it might take me a bit longer 'cause of those wicked fibroids blocking things. I am just very thankful to God for this great blessing. If you saw this on facebook, thanks for all our kind comments.
I've been going nonstop since I came home from the doc's. We had lunch out with the family on Thursday, Friday was a fieldtrip to pray at Planned Parenthood for the 40 Days for Life campaign and then an afternoon at the park/riverwalk and the pool. It was great to pray with my friends and family, to play and chat later. Today, we are headed back to PP for the 40 days rally. The big "kickoff" here. Then back home to to take the boys out to sell popcorn for the Scouts. (If you're interested in supporting the Boy Scouts let me know and I will set you up with a link you can go to and donate Thanks!) I haven't had a spare moment alone and I know I have an important phone call to make (blondie). I've been trying to find the time to call when I can talk relatively interruption free. It hasn't happened yet. I am hoping tonight. While the boys are out. After dinner. I'll feign laundry folding..no one will want to get in on that little bit! I sure hope she's home :)
Anyhow! I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend and an even better Saturday! Blessings!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
There's a big conference coming for the ladies group at Church. I cannot wait to go! There is one problem. I know lots of people, including family members, who reside in the conference city. I want to see them all. The conference is scheduled down to the minute. I have to remind myself I am not going on vacation. I am going on retreat. I am taking a vacation with God, so to speak.
It will be difficult to be so close to people I care about and not be able to visit with them. On the other hand, this is a time for me to get closer to God. To foster that relationship.
Ya know, sometimes this human life is so frustrating. I can understand why some of the saints wanted outta here. Maybe If I quit wanting it my way, I'd get along better. I can imagine God shaking his finger and saying to me "This ain't Burger King ya know!" I sure do hope he thinks I'm funny, one heck of a laugh, she is! Or else I'm in trouble.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
I've been reading The Diary of St. Faustina for the last few years. Last week at Adoration this popped up at me and I wanted to share. I felt drawn to read it over and over again.
(774) + O my Jesus, I understand well that, just as illness is measured with a thermometer, and a high fever tells us of the seriousness of the illness, so also, in the spiritual life, suffering is the thermometer which measures the love of God in a soul.
This one does something to me. It makes me see the reality of suffering. The reality that I don't want to suffer but I do. I want to suffer on my terms. Ugh. I suppose that's the purpose of The Diary..teaching us to Trust God. Trust in His Mercy. Maybe this is why it's taking me years to read this book.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I am the proud momma of a brand new Eagle Scout! (the crowd goes wild!!)
Apparently the decision was made last night. The only thing that happens at National is the actual paperwork. But his certificate will be dated September 13, 2010!
He's very proud of himself, as he should be. We've talked about this day for many years and he's finally made it. In his words, "Hey! I made Eagle before I got a girlfriend or a job!". It's sort of an inside joke. Lots of would-be Eagles don't make it because of the distractions of "teen" living these days. He kept his focus.
Met his goal. Congrats kiddo!
Monday, September 13, 2010
like Phil Collins says "I can feel it comin' in the air tonight.."
There are definitely some storm clouds on the horizon. Just not sure if they will hit or pass on by. Kinda hopin' they pass on by.
But it's just a storm..eventually the sun comes back out, you assess the damage and keep on truckin'. I'm not so easily damaged.
40 Days for life is upon us. Are you going to join? Do you know that you can pray from your own home? I am going this year. I'm taking the kids. Cause they know. And we will stand for those that can't stand for themselves. Our kick off rally is 2 days after my 15th week ultrasound. I am taking the kids to that ultrasound. They are so very excited to see their sibling in the womb. I am too.
My son is sitting through his Eagle Board of Review right now. He's so funny, before he left he said his armpits will be like sprinklers during his board. He even made this funny visual of a sprinkler with his arm up..he cracked me up. Once the district representative okays his package it goes to the National review board. Then we get "the" letter. Then we start planning the ceremony. He's worked very hard for this and I am so very proud of him. I can still remember his little self all curled up in my lap. His high voice just asking question after question. His blue eyes shining with curiosity and excitement. I just love that boy. I really do.
Good luck Son. Never let 'em see ya sweat!
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Maurisa at Half a Dozen Productions so graciously tagged me in the "10 things that suprise me about me" meme. Umm..here goes..
1. I'm still alive. After a few years of putting my Guardian Angel through hell...(thank you GA!) I wouldn't have made it out of my 20's without you.
2. I homeschool. Never even crossed my mind that I'd be doing such a thing. And loving it. And loving being with my children 24/7 and loving watching them grow and mature and grow closer and fight and drive me crazy and...oh yes, I love homeschooling :)
3. I hate horror movies. Kinda strange since I've read horror books since I my pre-teens and watched Halloween every time it came on HBO. Can't even take the commercials anymore. The closes I get to reading horror is Stephen King and I couldn't make it through his last one The Dome, but only because of the foul language.
4. I blog. Never thought I would be telling complete strangers about my life.
5. I'm on facebook. Never thought I would be there either.
6. I like to be alone in crowded places. Like being at the beach or in a crowded mall. I like to be alone in those places, possibly so that I do not have to feel responsible for keeping track of others. But in general, I like to be around people.
7. I find it easiest to focus on prayer time when I am folding laundry. A job I loathe.
8. I like taking care of people. When I was younger I thought I'd be such a diva, having maids and being rich. No maids, no diva and no maids. I love it.
9. I have a husband who loves me a lot. :) It surprises me everyday.
10. My kids think I'm pretty. That just blows me a way.
so there they are. Weird to try to talk about myself for so long. It got hard after #1. :) Thanks for the tag.
Mary B at memyselfandmercy
Therese at Musings of a Mom
Cassie at Blessed Life
PattyinCt at My Apologies
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Since the week is not over yet, I guess I can't post about the "small successes". There is still a lot to do before Friday so I don't wanna put the cart before the horse and call it a great week yet :) But, ya know..I think it's shaping up to be.
Monday, we actually did some school work. The kids weren't thrilled, but they did it and are happy for it now, as they are further along than before.
I have managed to not make dinner once this week. :) However, I am proud to say we have eaten homecooked meals each night, prepared wonderfully by my two oldest boys! They are becoming quite the cooks. I bought a set of Pampered chef recipe cards (that's another post) and they have been working through them. Great job boys!
Laundry has been getting cleaned..again, thanks to my oldest daughter and middle son. Folding..well, we need to work on that, but it's nothing a hot iron can't steam out.
I'm in my 13th week of pregnancy. Now this success does not belong to me either. I am quite nervous and anxious over this week. It's the last week of the first trimester, I so want to hear the heartbeat right now. I have an appt on the 23rd. THe whole family is coming for this one. I heard this the other day.."God's hand is in everything, so leave everything in God's hands". Amen. I just need to do it.
Tonight is a big big night. We are having the kickoff potluck dinner for our women's group at Church. It normally wouldn't be a big deal, but this time I'm responsible for making it happen. See quote above! I'm also taking this one to MOM, she's A+ with these types of things..I mean, she got it done at Cana! Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of they faithful!
So say a little prayer for me and my peanut and the ladies that are coming tonight.
You all are very precious to me and I can't thank you enough for stopping by to read my thoughts and offer your support!
Random thought..I love the word "flabbergasted!" :) don't know where that came from..I think that's a future post..hmmmmmmmm
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
and tell him to stop endangering our troops! This Pastor out of Florida wants to burn Koran's on the anniversary of 9/11. He's got his reasons, his website details them. He's also been warned by Gen Petraeus and others, that this type of protest is particularly bad for our troops in Afghanistan. It is just what the Taliban is looking for to incite more violence against Americans.
Afghanistan does not need MORE violence. Just the other day 5 soldiers, one a military chaplain, were killed. It is already volatile enough. I get the pastors desire to "stand up". But not when you begin to endanger others who are fighting for your very freedom to do so.
I'm not a sympathizer for the other guys. It just irks me when someone knowingly continues with behavior that directly endangers our troops.
If you agree, you can send him an email on his church website Dove World Outreach Center or a letter at
5805 NW 37th St
Gainesville, FL 32653
Tell him to stop endangering our troops!