Sunday, January 29, 2017

Daybook - lots of January captured in photos


On one of our basketball trips around Texas, we stopped by Magolia in Waco...


"To me, we do not all have to agree with each other. 
Disagreement is not the same thing as hate, don’t believe that lie."



Pray
Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me a sinner
50 x day

Outside my window...it's been spring-like for a while! We really need to petition someone to redefine seasons. Texas "winter" so far lasted only about a week. We may have more coming, but none in the forecast. We'll be in the 80's next week. Not complaining. 

I am praying for..health and success of loved ones, especially three young girls in my county who have been battling cancer.  Overall, for an increase of faith, desire for signal graces to see God's Hand in my life.  For me to loosen my need to control every aspect of life, especially to surrender areas I have no control over. This is a big theme so far for 2017.

I'm day 28 of our 54 day rosary novena, the day where I go from petitioning my requests to offering thanksgiving knowing and trusting God will hear and answer my prayers. A big leap for me. I may still petition, but hopefully my thanksgiving is louder. 

I have decided... not to continue the Co-op after this spring semester. We have caught so many illnesses and have become so far behind areas I do at home. I can't blame it solely on the coOp, but I know me, where we are so busy with 4-H and basketball I can't give enough time to a coOp. I had someone at church ask if I was still involved in the Sunday school program. Yes, I'm still int r DRE role. Sorry my presence has been missing. These illnesses effect CCD as well. It's really a decision of what to keep and what to drop, to keep my sanity.

I am looking forward to ... May for May crowning and First Holy Communion because Lilly has been kowtowing hard preparing, learning the Catechism questions and memorizing prayers. 

I am thankful...Lilly's fall into the fireplace grate didn't cause more damage. The nose is scraped and swollen. It did bleed, which is a sign it could be. Token, but it actually looks straight beneath the swelling. It was a weird fall, she tripped and just flew forward. I'm also thankful to friends she asked for prayers on Instagram. Also for arnica and ice packs. 

In the kitchen...it has been staying beautiful clean lately, while we go, go, go for basketball and 4-h. I did make a BIG batch of humsa. It is a ground meat mixture that can be fillings for kibbi (Lebanese meat loaf), meat pies or how we like it: on bread with ketchup. 
Humsa
2 1/2 pounds ground beef/lamb
1 onion
2 TB butter 
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Allspice
1/2 tsp garlic
dash Cinnamon
Lightly saute' pine nuts in butter in small separate pan. Saut√© diced onion, add ground beef, spices and cook until brown. Add pine nuts. Easy and yummy! 

I am reading...I finished Brideshead Revisited and enjoyed it more than I expected. Waugh, like Chesterton, talked to the invisible string that brings us back to God. The story is much about. Catholicism and people at various relationships with avid and loved ones. The characters are real people, complicated, flawed. All searching whether they realize it or not. 

I am waiting for my February book, Bronte's Villette for our Saint Jerome's  book club. My fiend Margaret's New Year's resolution for us is working!

I am watching...nothing really.  I am never home to watch anything!

I am listening to...Euly practicing basketball outside, dribbling on sand. Some day we'll pour concrete, but for now we consider it good practice for ball handling. 

I am hoping...to start counting Gifts again on a regular basis. I was more at peace with life when I stop and recorded all the gifts, bug and especially the small, from God. Those little nods of love that if I look I can be so edified to see. 

I am looking forward to..March. But I'm also looking forward to the mini trips we will be taking to San Antonio and Dallas for 4-H and basketball events. We've already put so many miles on the car recently. 

Basketball: the girls' teams are improving. It is exciting to see the 12U girls. For a time we borrowed girls from another teams, after the last tournament, we improved so much, we are on our own. We have won a couple, and gotten very close on others. 
Euly's team is always exciting because they are a fourth quarter team. We keep suggesting they star he first as if it was the fourth, but the come backs, 3 point shots and overtimes have keep us on the edge of our seats. 

4-H We went to Fort Worth for a meats judging practice. It was a competition for FFA (Future Farmers of America) which run a little different from 4-H. They were exposed to some interesting cuts and had the practice of working in a freezing meat locker at 40 degrees. 
Ceci will also be competing in CDM (Consumer Decision Making) in San Antonio. Compare/ contract product information. She likes it and is good at it since it's logical shopping. 

Around the house...I'm making plans for changes, but none are happening yet. 

Around the farm... we sold 10 sheep a couple of weeks ago, including Hope. Two days later twin lambs were born, the mom picked one to love/nurture/feed and we have "Hope's Revenge."  We haven't named the little sweetie. She is strong and crazily unaware there are any dangers in the world. I had bet against her, but still fed her. I've been gone so much that Nick, Craig and Max have taken their turns feeding her and I think they have fallen for her.  She doesn't seems to have grown very much, but she doesn't have lots of energy. 

We have new hatchlings, more in incubator and some on order. We get about 15-20 eggs a day, and have a steady demand for what we have. We loose some naturally, so it's good to continually build up.

I'd like to add some guineas, but I'll wait for summer. 

A favorite quote/verse/prayer for today...
Fatima prayer 
"My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You. I beg pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You."
(The Angel to three children of Fatima, spring 1916)

One of my favorite things...
This week was my grandmother's 105th birthday. She passed away about twenty years ago.
A few plans for the rest of the week... CoOp, basketball game, practice, 4-H practice, more games, and after a planned Saturday afternoon nap (haha) I'm going to start prepping all my garden items. 

Random January pictures of a peek into our days...
Brody is getting big.

 Saying goodbye to Hope.
 And bye to all the extra males.
and then saying a surprising hello to two babies born two days later.

  THis mama only picks one baby to like a raise. Ceci tried to encourage her.
 This baby isn't the lucky one.




 Most of our free time is spent on basketball, games practices or driving back and forth.








a new outdoor brooder.

 Marvelling at the different sizes of eggs.

 After a Forth Worth Meat Judging Competition.
Waller County 4-H Team
 Max has taken this baby under his care since we have been gone so much, he feeds her.
 and gives her extra love.

1 comment:

  1. Interested with your co-op decision, I don't think I'd make a long term co-oper. Whilst I love the idea and the opportunities, I'd be soon exhausted.
    Considering Brideshead Revisted for a read aloud with my teens but think my 15yr old dd isn't ready, it's such a beautiful book.
    Is Max home to stay or a visit?

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