Friday, August 31, 2012

7 Quick Takes on Friday

1. Did you watch much of the Republican Convention? I did. I love a pep rally. I don't label myself a Republican, but I have always voted Republican and have supported Republicans.  I happily will vote for Romney/Ryan this November. I want Obama out. Condoleezza Rice is a class act. Chris Christie outlined the problems we need to work on. I especially liked Romney's speech on uniting America.
It isn't just slogans, this election is important. Please, please vote against Obama.
Clint Eastwood, "WE own this country..."
Marco Rubio on Obama, "This election is about your future, not his."

2. Crazy dreams lately. Blame it on the Blue Moon?

I had a very disturbing dream the other morning that left me frightfully disturbed but extremely thankful for all the blessings in my life. I felt especially thankful that none of the realities in the dream existed in my life. Although, it wasn't an impossible occurrence.

In my dream, some type of solar flare exploded through the quaint, island village leaving those unlucky to be outdoors exposed to the flare with a form of rapid growing liver cancer. A large majority of the citizens were outside at the time, with varying degrees of exposure, indicating the speed at which the cancer takes one's life. The community was close, and came together best they could in their own crippled bodies to plan for the care of the suffering.

My dream left me in amazement at the detailed abilities of the subconscious.

How my mind created a place so real, I really feel I had been there. I can describe the streets, businesses, and people in the dream, after I woke.  My person was outside when the solar flare burst like a dam bursting open down the lane. My mind created a cast of characters that I have never knowingly met in my life, yet these people had distinct looks, voices, personalities. I could identify them if I ran into them today.

My character mostly passed through this dream in a daze, shocked by what she was in for, seeing the reaction on her fellow citizens. Some were deathly ill and still in such denial of their fates, desperately trying to give hope to their fellow citizens. Others were so afraid this illness could be contagious, and older elderly woman's son sent a body guard to protect her from looters, yet offered no physical aid or comfort. He just stood sentinel at the end of her bed, I expect awaiting her death to clear out her belongings.

I woke up after a serious of confusing turns and encounters, with my heart racing. It took a moment to see where I was, that everything was okay. I was safe. But the feeling of the dream stayed all day, possibly reminding me to be mindful of having a good life.

3. I am really yearning for fall. We have had a very mild August for my corner of Texas. It started heating back up after a "cool front", and it just makes me a little mad to walk outside listening to crickets thinking it should feel like fall, and the hot humid air smacks the face. Rude! Come on fall....hurry up.

4.  School routines are in full force. Molly now has her Thursday booked starting with a babysitting job at 6:30 A.M., then she is off to her classes, which I have to take her from one to another across town mid day, then closes it with another babysitting job at 6:30 - 10 P.M.! Busy - but happy- girl. It is a good first job.

5. We are trying to reestablish 9 p.m. as our family daily rosary time. Its a good time to visit before bed, some get sleepy as we pray, and are ready for bed when we are done. Our new challenge is to pray in Latin. We are a bit rusty, but getting the grove for the Ave Maria and Pater Noster.
Will you join me in praying the rosary every day for our country?
So do you ask, why pray the rosary?

15 Rosary Promises
1. To all those who shall pray my Rosary devoutly, I
promise my special protection and great graces.
2. Those who shall persevere in the recitation of my Rosary
will receive some special grace.
3. The Rosary will be a very powerful armor against hell; it
will destroy vice, deliver from sin and dispel heresy.
4. The Rosary will make virtue and good works flourish, and
will obtain for souls the most abundant divine mercies. It
will draw the hearts of men from the love of the world
and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal
things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this
5. Those who trust themselves to me through the Rosary
will not perish.
6. Whoever recites my Rosary devoutly reflecting on the
mysteries, shall never be overwhelmed by misfortune. He
will not experience the anger of God nor will he perish by
an unprovided death. The sinner will be converted; the
just will persevere in grace and merit eternal life.
7. Those truly devoted to my Rosary shall not die without
the sacraments of the Church.
8. Those who are faithful to recite my Rosary shall have
during their life and at their death the light of God and
the plenitude of His graces and will share in the merits of
the blessed.
9. I will deliver promptly from purgatory souls devoted to
my Rosary.
10. True children of my Rosary will enjoy great glory in
11. What you shall ask through my Rosary you shall obtain
12. To those who propagate my Rosary I promise aid in all
their necessities.
13. I have obtained from my Son that all the members of the
Rosary Confraternity shall have as their intercessors, in
life and in death, the entire celestial court.
14. Those who recite my Rosary faithfully are my beloved
children, the brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ.
15. Devotion to my Rosary is a special sign of predestination.

6. Shared from a friend's post on fb:

7. Happy Labor Day weekend - go do something fun with your loved ones.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

"Do you love me?"

We think others feel the love we do in our hearts. We can look at our children filled with love and happiness, yet they could be unaware of our love. We think they know we didn't mean that harsh word, and understood we were sorry right away. But do they? Probably not. We need to edify them, love them - but have them feel the love we intend for them.

Some kids really do need more than others.

They need to catch us saying good things about them. They need to hear our praise for a job well done. They need hugs, pats on the backs, shoulder rubs and kisses. They crave that love. They need it as much as they need food, sometimes more.

Enjoy their love. Enjoy simple moments of just being together. Listen to their thoughts and dreams. Do not criticize their dreams; let them imagine in their own way, with them being the hero of their own story. You can learn so much about them from their own ideas of their dreams. They can learn to trust you more when you let them dream without limits.

Don't worry about that stain in the rug or how much another mom has or how another family lives.
Love them;
they will be gone soon
If they know they have your love,
they can do anything!

They can feel God's love through our love.
We have a loving, forgiving God. We should be loving, forgiving parents.

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

Every Thursday, at Like Mother, Like Daughter!

{pretty} & {happy}
Euly finished decorating her fairy house:
here is a peek into the house with its fire place and moss cushion, and gold leaf floors.

 She wanted to share here some of the fairies she has made. 

The night fairies



Mom: Cranberry
Baby: Elderberry

Spring: Rose

Summer: Daffodil
Fall: Buttercup

Winter: Forget -me -not

Morning Glory

 The roof opens up, and it can store all the fairies inside.
She has been very busy making fairies. She taught her little sister, older brother, two neighbors down the street how to make these sweet whimsical fairies. 

The children's section of our public library is a friendly playground for toddlers. I have to keep "shushing" Lilly because she is audibly delighted when she sees the next surprise, like the giant Clifford when you come in or this "Don't Mess With Texas" bear. She thought it was a great bean-bag chair.

Done with gardening this year...except clean up.
It seems it was a short season, but maybe the summer just went by too quickly.
round button chicken

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Weekend Thoughts


Outside my window...sunny, warm, hints of fall in the air.

I am thinking...We must get Obama and people who think he way about life out of office! Months ago I wrote a post about HEK -using HUMAN embryonic stems cells to use for flavor enhancements in various products, including Pepsi Co. Well, now the Obama administration has approved of this practice and agreed its normal operating practices of Pepsi. No outrage, nothing, just normal every day life to use human remains to help enhance the flavorings of our food. Where are their souls, their consciouses, their sense of absurdity?! Please, wake up America! 

I am praying aunt Gayle & my uncle Ky, both with health complications, a little girl's adoption to go through so she can start the rest of her life, comfort to parent's who have lost children, a new God respecting/ American loving president, and all our leaders, funds for our parish to grow and blessing fr a new year. 

I am thankful...that my world includes children. Children have such joy and innocence, it is a calming joy to be in their presence. Today while cleaning up the garden, Euly was helping me clean out dead vines. She's say a eulogy of thank for the cucumbers that the plant gave us, or hope for the next years crop. While at this task, I listen to Ceci and Lilly singing variation of Barney's I love You song over and over again with their voices screaming singing to the world "I love you!" Just happiness with these girls.

In the kitchen...venison roast with potatoes, onion, con bread. Everyone liked it, I suddenly had an aversion to meat.

I am photo some of the progress at the church property with the backhoe showed up Friday night. 

I am wondering...if putting a watermark on my pictures would really stop anyone who might want to download and use. Wouldn't they just crop off the watermark? I don't know of any reason anyone would want to use my pictures, but I go through a panic about being out there on the worldwide web, and putting my children out there too. I do this blog for me, and for my kids to look at and enjoy memories, or if any family would like a peak into our world. 
I guess what I am using is more of a tagline than watermark. I'd rather not ruin the image completely.

I am reading...I finished reading the Hunger Games series. I liked it, Katniss became a real person to me. I need more suggestions for books like this series. I am happy it is popular with younger people out there - compared to Twilight series. I didn't like the hinting of addiction to pain meds, but probably goes over little people's heads. We are still into The Iliad. I stared reading Smart Martha's Catholic Guide fro Busy Moms. I bought it last year, but only skimmed it. I guess I'm now in a place to have someone remind me to declutter and why.

I am listening to...Molly's hipster selections. Euly and Ceci are currently requesting "Somebody I used to know".

I am looking forward to...seeing the smiles on my girls' faces and the little girls that get these fairies. Euly has been crazy making little fairies lately and made these two for two special little girls we see on Sundays.

I am pondering...the appeal of Barney.

My two year old is obsessed with Barney. I blame myself; one day she was fussy, I wanted to have her distracted and quiet, and I found Barney on youtube. Whole episodes, to one minute songs. Then some resourceful sibling thought, the dvr on the satellite thing probably has Barney playing sometime, so suddenly we have more than enough Barney's to watch.

Now, ideally, I wouldn't have my  children watch any tv, especially not at age two. But, reality happens, and due to some moment that I really needed her distracted and occupied while I took care of a meeting or phone call that just had t be done, here we are

Now, there are many things worse for her to be hooked on, than Barney. But it does make a mom wonder, what is it about Barney that has occupied kids for over twenty years. Yes, my oldest was once hooked on Barney, a few of the others in between were to, but I honestly can't remember who. I think he is new to Ceci, maybe even Euly.

What is it about Barney? Big, colorful, strange looking dinosaur jumping around happily singing with ridiculously happy children who seem a bit too old for imaginary friends thrilled to play any games, and sing any silly song with him.

There is lots of movement and happy songs, no down time.

A favorite quote for honor that we had three Missionaries of Charity,  nuns of Mother Teresa's order visit our parish for mass today.

"We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. 

But if the drop were not there,
the ocean would be missing something."

One of my favorite things...reclaiming the schoolroom now that Max has gone back to college with all his stuff. We have a spot for everyone and their work. I just need to add a little more lighting...

A few plans for the rest of the week...
Mass, Sunday School meeting, Nick's Class, Scouts, Molly's first community college class begins, math, violin. Craig will be in Galveston, for business and I would love to ride down to say hello to Max. I know, "Cut those apron strings, already, mom." But, no{with a whimper & a whine}, I don't want to! Time will do it for me soon enough. 

A peek into my day...

Part of the church property - so peaceful!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

1900 Blessings & counting

1900 So thankful that my kids are home safe, and tucked in bed
1899 Driving at night with the sunroof open, music playing and the baby sleeping.
1898 Realizing how free it feels not to be stressed by basic
1897 Catholic teen group started up again
1896 Hubby stopping by grocery after his long day for me
1895 Backhoe to get things MOVING - visible progress
1894 A different kind of charitable contribution
1893 Trust - and leaving it there
1892 God's Will and praying that my will is united to His.
1891 Ice cream treat for little ones who were left out of the party.
1890 A big round chair to make the kids silly happy
1889 Listening to orchestra practice, excited to hear how good they sound together.
1888 Craig & Father working on property together on a Friday night
1887 Neighborhood kids at our house running our kids crazy with flashlight tag
1886 I love seeing God's help working in the little things
1885 My new randomly picked hair dresser telling me I was gorgeous
1884 Hair total transformation
1883 Trying to identify bird calls with Ceci (her impression and descriptions are great!)
1882 Getting rid of a burden passed to me two years ago- closing that chapter.
1881 Molly Kay, dressed in grey
1880 Silly songs you make up about your children
1879 Lilly, Lilly, Lilliana Rose, don't you love your mommy?
1878 Eulalia in the sunshine, Eulalia in the rain
1877 Cecilia Marie, Cecilia Marie, the sweetest, prettiest, little girl that you ever did see.
1876 Hunger Games - good fast enjoyable read
1875 "pop-U": Lilly's request for a popsicle
1874 Giggly girls swimming in the rain
1873 Talk with piano teacher to re focus my attention on Euly
1872 A "cool" August day. Is fall very close?
1871 "Hey, what are you doing here?" : Lilly's new phrase
1870 People who still believe in freedom
1869 Relaxed evening watching movie at home with family
1868 Chocolate shake
1867 Craig and Molly sharing their love of music
1866 That Goodbyes do get easier
1865 Seeing Max soooo happy
1864 Getting Lilly happy in her car seat - on minute at a time
1863Shrimp po-boys
1862 To move Max in to his super upgrade dorm, and see his roommates so happy he's back
1861 St. Anthony delivering Max's wallet "somewhere obvious" just like I asked
1860 Desire to evangelize "without God's grace, we will fall on our face- which sad to have witnessed this morning.
1859 For emergency personnel & all they have to deal with, especially unspeakable, unimaginable accidents
1858 Favorite line from song from Hall of Fame:
"You could go the distance
You could run the mile
You could walk straight through hell with a smile"
1857 Life!
1856 Being able to make a big hearty breakfast for my guys before they spend the day at the church property
1855 Lilly discovering mirror image Lilly - I love how she says her own name (like it's her favorite name!)
1854 Knowing this too shall pass - stupid ants
1853 Lilly wanting to comfort others
1852 Molly baking for friends
1851 Sting stop
1850 Kendra's chair for dorm just in time
1849 "Be calm and just don't think about it. If anyone shakes you, just punch him." advice from 7 year old about stressful meeting.
1848 Ceci's wise advice
1847 Euly's constant planning
1846 Inspiration
1845 Not giving in to temptations against meal plan budget
1844 Jambalaya success, kids' like my version
1843 Molly's shepherd pie leftovers for lunch, makes everyone happy
1842 Good school day
1841 Tea tree oil
1840 Baskin Robbins stop after mass
1839 Tough day with cranky girl ; finally ended listening to her deep breathing
1838 Girls with French braids
1837 Volunteering for Sunday school - opportunity to share
1836 The rosary prayed in Latin before mass
1835 Playing with photo enhancement apps
 after fooling around with filters and enhancements - the final result only looks cropped.

1834 26 bi-weeks instead of 24
1833 Georgia O"Keefe

1832 Hubby arranging the lull in his travel schedule to come home and see me
1831 House filled with yummy breakfast smells, lofting to awaken sleepyheads
1830 School being done throughout the day
1829 Enduring the mosquito's to enjoy a visit in the backyard under the stars ("last Tuesday")
1828 Curious minds and active imaginations
1827 Everyone excited about evening meals at round table
1826 Scary bad dream to realize the extra blessing I don't usually think about
1825 Loving my kids individually
1824 Listening to sisters whisper their plans for morning in the dark before sleep
1823 "I like this new non-working mama."
1822 An afternoon nap with Lilly & seeing her face see me right when she first reopened her eyes (look of relief!)
1821 Angelic sleeping face
1820 Serious photography lessons from Max - seeing improvements
1819 Fall isn't far off
1818 Feeling strong - Deo gratias!
1817 "Mom, it's the last Monday for a long time" - starting the countdown
1816 Restaurant style dinner in the dining room.
1815 Checking off my checklist
1814 A well lived day
1813 Planning Marian songs for procession - fulfilling feeling of singing Immaculate Mary and hearing Lilly chime in on "Ave, ave, ave Marrrrrrria."
1812 Completing novenas
1811 Seeing Nick nearing LIFE rank - almost there...
1810 Euly's big big big heart - full of love for all
1809 Euly's pasta angels to raise money for church
1808 Baby's snuggles  feeling wrapped up in God's love
1807 Baby = 100% Love = 100% Joy
1806 Baby smiles - joy exuding from her pores
1805 Baby skin - soft as heavenly clouds
1804 Soooo thankful for our church celebrating the Tradition Latin Mass!! The reverence & purpose - mass of the saints!
1803 Happy hugs
1802 Quiet hours of night to organize goals
1801 The loud crash in the night wasn't Euly falling off the bed.

Friday, August 24, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday

1. Facekini What?

2. I love this Parent Rap - I saw at Aggie Catholic

3. A good listen for Homeschooling at Audio Sancto - but really for any state in life. It never takes much to get me to question the working and balance of God's Will and my Free Will all over again, but it is comforting to think everything in my life is allowed by God to be here.

4.Okay - time to start looking at the taxes we are going to face if we continue with Obamacare.. from The Heritage Foundation's blog:

5. and the National debt is nearing $16,000,000,000,000. What??

6. I want to have a happy beat in my head with all that ickiness in #4 & #5
This group was on the Today show, which I don't normally catch, but I had a sleepy baby in my lap and it felt nice just to veg in front of the tv for a bit. The guitar player is great - I love when he has the guitar and ukulele both  - serious talent.

7. My daughter saw Avalanche City back in February, and I loved their Love, Love, Love song. Now I found Sunset. It isn't on itunes, just youtube. I like this type of music.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

{pretty} & {happy}

playing in the back yard

watching big sister's antics

silly girls trying on silly hats

Max's new home for the next year. It is an incredibly nice dorm. I'm so happy for him to be back at what he is so excited to be doing with friends. I am missing him already, but second year goodbyes are much easier than the first.

Tired after the hours of driving, and having to say goodbye to her big brother,
some days - 
even a chocolate shake can't put you in a good mood.
round button chicken

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Weekend Musings


Outside my window...overcast, then sunny, then rainy, light breeze, pretty good for an August day.

I am thinking...I am not a fan of the ants in my garden. They led a surprise ambush on my hand, and left me quite changed. Thankfully, it's temporary.
I think it's a new foreign kind of ant. I've never had this reaction before, and it doesn't itch.
if I didn't know FOR SURE it was ANTS - I'd be concerned/grossed..
I am reading... Hunger Games series, after being hooked by the movie.

I am thankful...that we made it though this day of lost wallets, witnessing tragic accidents, allergic reactions to eyes, car wrecks on all sides, and we made it though it safe and sound.

In the kitchen...biscuit & sausage for breakfast, BLT for lunch, pork & beans for dinner.

I am move my oldest back to college. I am afraid I will have to readjust all over again. I hope there aren't sobbing tears this time, but I will miss having him around.

I am working on...meal planning ideas. I have been looking through my cookbooks, sites like pioneer woman, any good ideas for inspiration for family meals?

I am looking forward to...
spending time helping Max get settled in his new dorm. It helps me picture how he'll be spending the next school year.

we beat the roommate there

Euly helping hang all his shirts

We weren't done setting up his room, but we were shooed away for lunch and for Max to finish himself.

This new dorm - is incredible. Nice new study nook.

Check out the view from this secluded study area.

A media room??! I hope it's not all too distracting to study.

social areas - too cool. This is such a huge upgrade from last year. 

smells like fresh paint!

We hope it's not too nice - so he may come home and visit some during the semester. The girls are already to go back and visit next week!

A favorite quote for today...
 Jerzy Bielecki: (regarding St. Maximilian Kolbe's sacrifice)
"It was an enormous shock to the whole camp. We became aware someone among
us in this spiritual dark night of the soul was raising the standard of love on high. 
Someone unknown, like everyone else, tortured and bereft of name and social standing, went to
a horrible death for the sake of someone not even related to him. Therefore
it is not true, we cried, that humanity is cast down and trampled in the
mud, overcome by oppressors, and overwhelmed by hopelessness. Thousands of
prisoners were convinced the true world continued to exist and that our
torturers would not be able to destroy it. More than one individual began to
look within himself for this real world, found it, and shared it with his
camp companion, strengthening both in this encounter with evil. To say that
Father Kolbe died for one of us or for that person's family is too great a
simplification. His death was the salvation of thousands. And on this, I
would say, rests the greatness of that death. That's how we felt about it.
And as long as we live, we who were at Auschwitz will bow our heads in
memory of it as at that time we bowed our heads before the bunker of death
by starvation. That was a shock full of optimism, regenerating and giving
strength; we were stunned by his act, which became for us a mighty explosion
of light in the dark camp night."

One of my favorite things...
Lilly's crazy expressions. She is becoming her own person, and being a naturally cheerful person, plays with silly faces to entertain her family....
...and herself.
especially fun to find pics on my phone
A few plans for the rest of the week:
Monday's tea, Scouts start back, piano, Molly's math starts, a visit with old friends, planning a surprise visit.

A peek into my day...
discovering herself in the mirror