Tuesday, February 23, 2010
"I remember everything about my life."
Good. At least one of us does.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Outside my window...the sky is just changing from the pink-gray of daybreak to the pale blue of a new day.
I am thinking...about all the mundane things I must do on such a special day.
I am thankful for...the privilege of being Ben's mom.
I am wearing...my pajamas and a zippered cardigan.
I am remembering...how Ben lived and loved so fully and completely.
I am going...to the co-op today and hopefully the Catholic Bookstore too.
I am currently reading...Introduction to the Devout Life.
I am hoping... that my baby is growing as he or she should.
On my mind...my baby growing within me and my boy in Heaven.
Noticing that... winter seems to be hanging on longer than I can tolerate. I am ready for spring.
Pondering these words... "At the heart of all temptations is the act of pushing God aside because we perceive him as secondary, if not actually superfluous and annoying, in comparison with all the apparently far more urgent matters that fill our lives." -Pope Benedict XVI
From the kitchen... leftover Eggplant Parmesean tonight, so I don't have to worry about cooking tonight. What a treat!
Around the house...trying the 40 bags for 40 days idea.
One of my favorite things~ the quiet moment in the morning before the day begins.
From my picture journal... Ben, when he was about the age of this story.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I know this is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, a time of quiet reflection and repentance. Today was my appointment, so today is when I can tell you that my mind and heart have been worrying about this little soul ever since the New Year. We lost Augustine to miscarriage last year at around 9 weeks. I never got to see him. To see this little tiny person kicking and squirming around, even though I cannot feel those kicks yet, filled my heart with joy. The strong heartbeat could even be heard with the doppler instrument.
The strange thing is, my oldest will not be here when the baby is born. She will be settling in to college life at Franciscan University way off in Steubenville, Ohio. I am also filled with joy for Sophia, for this is where she really wants to be.
Hopefully, I can concentrate better on my Lenten goals now. As a family, we are going to try to say the Rosary each night and I will be spending more time reading Introduction to the Devout Life. I would like to finish it by Easter. May this Lenten season bring us all closer to our Lord.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Tonight after dinner, I packed everyone back in the van to take the older girls to Church once again for classes. They are only an hour, so I brought toys and books to entertain the little ones. I got them settled into building a castle and pulled out my knitting. Things were going well until............the lights started fading. I had left the headlights on and sure enough the battery was dead. Thank goodness for the kindness of strangers. I tapped on the car window next to me and he helped me jump the battery.
All is quiet now, the kids are sleeping soundly, I have a few odds and ends to finish up, and I will go to bed too.
This morning, I attempted to make pink, heart-shaped pancakes. Notice there is no lovely picture. Only the edges looked pink after they cooked and my hearts were not quite perfect. Oh, well, I tried.
Happy Valentine's Day to you!
Friday, February 12, 2010
Tony's Brass Quintet is going on a tour of the southwest for the next couple of weeks. At least there will be room for the little ones when they climb into bed in the wee morning hours!
I made Lemon Tea Bread for breakfast this morning. It was exactly what I had been craving, though there is not much left!
Do you ever feel that God wants to do something special through you? I hope He provides some directions!!
These are my especially quick takes as I am off to Mass and Adoration and need to load up the kiddos. Have a wonderful Friday my friends.
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Thursday, February 11, 2010
Here is what is left of the old circular needle. I bought this as a set on Ebay for a very low price. I got 12 needles for almost the price of the replacement I bought today. But just maybe, sometimes it is better to go for quality rather than quantity.
I would love to buy this beautiful set from Knitpicks, but alas, I am still cheap.
Friday, February 5, 2010
I am going to daily Mass this morning for the first time in weeks. My soul is thirsty, my friend.
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Thursday, February 4, 2010
After browsing through the pages, some of which are no longer attached to the book, but just shoved in wherever, the kids decided to make butterflies. So I went on a hunt for all the materials which, miraculously, we had on hand. Here are the bodies, waiting for their wings to dry.
And here are the finished projects, with their creators.
After snapping three pictures with their eyes closed, and telling Anna so, here is what you get in the next shot.
Now, on to my project, which I meant to do yesterday, but did not. I have been craving bagels. I could have just bought some, but I have been trying to make all our bread, so here we go. The dough is divided into balls and is resting. This was done while the art book was being looked through.
Then I made the holes and prepared the boiling water and got the oven ready to broil. Even with the holes this big at this stage, they did not stay that way. The kids were busy painting paper towels during this step.
I tried taking a picture of them broiling, but there was a glare. After they broiled, they boiled. This was when I started some laundry.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Outside my window...still several inches of snow on the grass, though the streets are mostly clear. Cold, gray, and wet this morning. Yuck.
I am thinking...that staying motivated and being a good example for my kids is not easy.
I am thankful for... every one of my children.
I am wearing...my pajamas, socks and slippers.
I am remembering...our delicious dinner last night...pork chops over cornbread stuffing and collard greens. Plus homemade chocolate chip cookies made by the girls for dessert.
I am going...to be grading lots of schoolwork today.
I am currently reading...First Farm in the Valley by Anne Pellowski to Anna and whoever else is listening.
I am hoping... that my parents will be able to visit us soon.
On my mind...something I am not quite ready to share.
Noticing that...3 year olds have many more mood swings than any woman I have ever met.
Pondering these words... "Let us welcome the Lord of glory in whatever guise he comes to us, receiving him in joyful prayer, in purity of heart, and in charity toward all." from the Magnificat.
From the kitchen...I want to make homemade bagels today. Will I?
Around the house...staying on task.
One of my favorite things~ getting an invitation for dinner from good friends.
From my picture journal...one of the baby hats I gave away.
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