Enjoy! Sorry about the primitive video, which is just a picture:)
Sunday, April 6, 2014
All three of our married adult couples are expecting at the same time! Does this happen often?
All the time in my parents's family! So many of the cousins were born within two weeks to a month of each other and usually an additional child was born during the same year. That makes for built in playmates at family outings.
St. Gerard, holy intercessor for mothers and babies, please pray for us during this time of our pregnancy.
I feel this blessed life growing within me and am filled with praise for our Wondrous Creator- A God who gives life and then entrusts us to nurture and nourish it. I think about our Blessed Mother, bearer of the very Son of God, and of my own mother who bore me in loving faithfulness. My prayer is that God protects this baby, that we have a safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery, and that this child and all our family grow in living faith until we find our place in God's Communion of Saints in everlasting life. Amen.
We include their other expectant cousin in this prayer as well. You ladies all should go visit that pretty lady,
to reenact the New Testament story of an expectant Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth, pregnant with John the Baptist.
Bring a jar of Prego!
The kids had fun outside.
and in the basement.
Juby is just the right age to fit right in and yet be a big help with the little kids.
The guys hung out the living room...
While the ladies spent their time swapping pregnancy anecdotes!
Saturday, April 5, 2014
That is remarkable! When Jeff told me about this fellow ( the son), I was able to tell him that I have had two different editions of this book on my shelves for years. It was entertaining and we enjoyed it.
It takes place during the time of the Bubonic Plague and is Historical Fiction.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was excellent. It was written by Agnes Bronte, the sister of both Charlotte
( Jane Eyre) and Emily ( Wuthering Heights). What a family of writers!!!!
I purchased this book at the conference because I have read five other books she has written and thoroughly enjoyed them all. What a plot!!!!! I stayed up until 4 o'clock in the morning reading this and finished this 500 page in 24 hours. Excellent! I recommend it. Wow, is all I can say. I was on the edge of my seat. It is about young love that goes wrong, but redemption occurs as the characters struggle toward maturity.
Friday, April 4, 2014
We went to this conference two years ago and had such a good time we were anxious to come back.
From what I gather at this point, the parent holds onto the bike (a metaphor for schoolwork and life) for as long as needed but then lets go. It is then up the the child to take control and pedal for themselves.
Cecilia and I agreed that some people are born more "driven" than others, but I hope to glean what I can from her book to get out of the way and encourage each child to take control of their own destiny, helping them to help themselves get there. She says that this method is applicable to all kids in whatever setting they are educated.
We celebrated St. Paddy's Day by gathering at Mom and Dad's for a Corned beef and Cabbage feast.
Tom and I both cooked 10 pounds of corned beef each, with an enormous amount of potatoes, carrots and cabbage. We quit boiling this dinner after last year when it was discovered that roasting it all together is much tastier and easier!
Mom also had lots of terrific meatballs which the kids were thrilled to see!
Door Prizes added to the fun! Each individual received a numbered ticket as we walked in. A drawing was held after dinner to disburse the "green-themed" prizes from the Dollar Store. Many useful items were awarded to everyone's delight.
In addition to sharing our Irish heritage together, we held a meeting to discuss the Nut Fest- a family reunion to take place in June, God Willing (as Grandma F. would say!!).
She picked the colors out for it and I think she hit it just right.
I kept trying to get her to switch to a "Ballet" pink, but she really wanted this dark intense pink.
Everyone loves it!!!! It looks so good with the black and white.
Spoiler alert: the afghan on the right is my newest project (in Easter colors and almost complete), for Nancy's baby, Cupcake.
What a great hobby!
I once read about these two journal entries after a man took his son fishing.
"Took my son fishing, a day wasted."
"Went fishing with my Dad, best day ever."
Keep up the good work, Dad!
We are very proud of you!
I really enjoy the novels of Willa Cather. I have read quite a few including My Antonia, O' Pioneers, Shadows on the Rock, Death Comes for the Archbishop, A Lost Lady, Lucy Gayheart and the book mentioned above. I highly recommend her as each book is uniquely different. She has a strong sense of "place" in her novels; her geographic settings play a significant role in the stories. That is why it was so meaningful to read about and actually see the house in which she grew up.