Saturday, February 28, 2009

Grandmas have to wait too...

Little Miss Cooke is on her way, but she is taking her time and unless they have a miraculous event this afternoon, they are going to have to go in and get her.

Laura had an appointment yesterday and the midwife did her best to get things started.
I don't have all the details, but from what I understand, Laura went into a real good labor last night, had lots of good, regular contractions, and then things slowed down and stopped at 5 cm.

The baby had been moving into the right position, but it appears she has moved back up and out of position and the labor is totally arrested.
The Midwife is good and would like to see this go naturally, but she is of the opinion that as Laura is overdue, and labor is stalled, and they can't use anything to induce more contractions, that this is probably going to have to go the way that Lucy's did.

And that is fine with Laura, now that she has tried. Having come this far and given it her best shot, it's probably just the way she is built, and this is the way that the babies will come.
This little one is ready to be on the outside, and very healthy! The non-stress test yesterday was very good.

So prayers are in order for everything to go as they are now planned, and by this evening, little Miss Cooke will be getting kisses from her mom and dad.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Smile!


Well, today John went to the orthodontist and got his "Phase I" braces off!
And a very happy young man he is, too! He got his retainer and has to wear it 24/7 except for meals, but he can chew gum again occasionally, and he doesn't have to wear headgear anymore!
He has long waited for this day.
Now I just have to win the lottery so that we can afford "Phase II". Sounds expensive...

Lenten Reading


Lent began Wednesday, of course.
I actually feel like this is going to be a very productive Lenten season.

Months ago I bought this book. I have been saving it for Lent, because I always like to find a story that will inspire me to work harder and pray better and become more Christlike in my daily life. I was so happy to find this story about a very holy woman, St Catherine of Sienna. I know of her, but not a lot about her.
Louis de Wohl has written many, many books on the saints, and I always feel like I know them, as if we have met, after I read one of his books.
I am sad to say that I am almost to the end of the list.
His novels are very historically accurate and so you learn about the person within the context of the time that they lived.
So far my favorites have been "The Quiet Light" about Thomas Aquinas and "The Spear", which is a story about the death and resurrection of Christ and the first Christians. I try to read that around the end of Lent every year.
These are novels, and so are very easy to get into and finish.
I am really looking forward to exploring the life of St Catherine in a more personal way, and I want to meditate on and try to emulate, in little ways, the things that she taught. She was a powerhouse of Catholic thought, but she was also such a gift, as she taught lessons that all of us can use to grow in Holiness.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

One Day at a Time


Today, as I entered our attendance in our school tracking program, I saw that it had reached 91 days. We are well beyond halfway through our school year.
I am starting to see worn covers on books. The used, wrinkled pages in the workbooks are a sign to me of all the great information that the boys are soaking up.

My file box is getting heavier.
February is a difficult month as far as enthusiasm, but March becomes the month of the swing into Spring and the final stretch to the end of the year.
I am very encouraged by the boys progress.

John is going to have to go into a higher level in his writing program, and I am excited by the way his writing is developing.
Paul has learned almost all 50 states and capitals. That is his geography this year.

Brendan is doing a Geography notebook and is doing a nice job. He will have every state mapped and colored by the end of the year.
He is also doing well in Math and he gets a "day off" from it after most of his tests, as he usually gets an A and that is his reward.

John is out of his reading books now and is doing an independent reading program.
He is going to be reading and writing reports for the rest of the year. He reads so well and he is going to be getting into heavier and more philosophical reading. He loves to discuss the things he reads and he has such good insights.
His Math is going great! He had a couple of tough weeks, but he has gotten back into the groove and is getting good grades on his tests again.

Science with the co-op was a learning experience for both of us. I realized that we are going to have to find some really good Science classes for him as he moves into the higher grades. Teamwork is just too important in that subject.
Our Earth Science book is a year long project,but I do have to say, it is sure a good way to teach varying ages and learning styles.
Both Brendan and Paul are able to follow the book and they are learning so much! Over all, this has been a great year so far, but I am sure that the students, and the teacher will be more than ready when it's over!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The problem with not having kids

The problem with not having kids

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An excellent article by Mark Steyn.
Pardon the French of the French author.
Oh yeah, and I love the term Ecopalypse. Say that five times, real fast.

We've got Lucy!



Laura was feeling a bit like she needed a break from toddler time today, so I drove over to the Cooke's this morning to pick Lucy up and bring her home. The boys are so excited to have her here. Nina was very generous and came up here to help out with the boys so that they could get school done while I was driving. So they got Lilly AND Lucy today. They are in heaven!

It is very nice that they worked so hard and got so much of their work done early too.
John had a Math test and got it done and did really well! These little people have such a good effect on all the boys! Lucy was studying her music ...
And no, she wasn't boxing with Brendan, she fell down yesterday and bonked her head. It was quite painful yesterday, but it's better. She did it at the OB's office on a step from what I hear.
Glad it wasn't Laura!

We are gonna hang out with Lucy today and wait and see what's going on with Laura. After Mass tonight I will probably take her down to Whitemarsh and meet Sue so that she can go home and go to bed.

Well off to do lunch...
More pics later.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Another Poem from Karen


This is such a lovely analogy. It makes me think of what Jesus said about how God cares for the sparrows...and so much more for us.

Wings

Wings of a bird so young
Closed and unable to fly
The song of a baby bird sung
Peeps, attempts and shy

Become, I have, like that young bird
Fearful of leaving it's nest
An adult's life that's become absurd
Unable to pass life's test

Praying I'll grow like the chick will
And my wings will open wide
Sitting upon my window sill
Anticipating my very first glide

Trusting God as the hatchling does
Upon it's first leap from the tree
I will open wide my wings because
I'm secure He'll take care of me

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Something to Think About....

Today is the last Sunday in ordinary time. Lent begins on Wednesday.

The Gospel today is about Jesus healing the paralytic man. I love that Gospel and I love the way the movie "Jesus of Nazareth" portrays the miracle. We are going to watch it today.
For us, the message is that we are all in need of healing. We are, by the very fact that we have a sinful nature, paralytics of a sort.
The story of Dick and Rick Hoyt is a story that has been around for a long time. I just thought it was a good illustration of how sometimes God heals the paralytic and sometimes He uses the paralytic to heal us.

The second video uses the same music but shows scenes from "Jesus of Nazareth". I just thought it was a nice job.



Gospel
Mk 2:1-12

When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days,
it became known that he was at home.
Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them,
not even around the door,
and he preached the word to them.
They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.
Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd,
they opened up the roof above him.
After they had broken through,
they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic,
"Child, your sins are forgiven."
Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves,
"Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming.
Who but God alone can forgive sins?"
Jesus immediately knew in his mind
what they were thinking to themselves,
so he said, "Why are you thinking such things in your hearts?
Which is easier, to say to the paralytic,
'Your sins are forgiven,'
or to say, 'Rise, pick up your mat and walk?'
But that you may know
that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth"
—he said to the paralytic,
"I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home."
He rose, picked up his mat at once,
and went away in the sight of everyone.
They were all astounded
and glorified God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this."




Saturday, February 21, 2009

Animal Farm by March 12th


If anyone is interested, Barbara, over at Mommy Life, is starting a Blogger Book Club.
The book for this month is "Animal Farm".
I have wanted to read it again, and this will be a great way to read and discuss it...online!

If you are interested in joining in a great discussion, go on over there and sign up.

Her deadline is March 12th.
I will post some of my observations and some of the things that I read that others contribute.

I am hoping that she will want to do "Brave New World" next!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Merry Christmas!


Well, here are Pictures of our finished bedroom.
Tim did such a nice job! I think I got a better deal on Christmas than he did because he had to do most of the work.
It is just such a nice place to go and read, or have peace and quiet.

This picture is one that my great-grandma painted of her mother, Bedelia.


We had talked about re-framing it, because the frame is so worn. Then we both looked at it and thought, no, it's perfect in that frame...
So, I had it put away during the work and when I brought it back into the room, I was amazed at how the wall in the picture almost matches the new color of the walls. Now the painting, frame and all, looks like it belongs there!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Waiting For Baby...

Please pray that Laura and baby Cooke have a meeting of the minds on a birthday sooner than later for Laura's sake!
Laura is officially due on Sunday, and she is quite ready to meet the little tyke!

I know Laura would love prayers for a safe, natural delivery and a healthy little girl.

I personally can't wait to meet her AND I am DYING to know her name!

The grand girls are so much fun!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Let's Pray for Nancy Pelosi


Fresh on the heels of her meeting with Pope Benedict XVI, perhaps now Nancy Pelosi may have the slightest crack in her resolve to take the U.S. as far away from the Culture of Life as she can.
Now is the time to lift her up in prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to knock her off her ideological horse.

This is the year of St. Paul, declared by the Church as a year to study the works and life of one of the greatest converts that has ever lived.
Saul of Tarsus was in the business of persecuting and putting to death.
Christ wanted this powerful man for His own purposes, and so he gave him a jolt (lightning, a vision, blindness) and a choice. He asked him to put aside the persecution and work for Him.
St Paul never looked back. He became a new man.

Let's pray for another great conversion. Let's pray that Ms. Pelosi will put aside her passion for the Culture of Death and come back to her Catholic Faith.
Let's ask the Holy Spirit to give her a true passion for life.

We have nothing to lose by praying, it is time well spent and no prayer is ever wasted.
She has everything to lose. Her eternal soul for starters. I hate to think of that for anyone.
She only has to turn back to Christ. He will forgive everything! He loves her so much and wants His daughter home.

We are offering our Angelus and Rosary everyday for this intention.

All our prayers, wherever we are and whatever way that we pray, are heard and answered.
Please join us in asking for the Grace of conversion and repentance for all Catholic politicians that are involved in promoting Abortion.

Now What, Nancy?

So, what will Nancy do now?

Can't really say no one warned you, and really Nancy, you aren't THAT young.
So, you have to decide...
Is it going to be God or mammon?
When you are walking through the valley of the shadow of death, will there be millions of small voices crying out in your defense or for your condemnation?

You have time Nancy, but only so much....

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Of Foxes and Henhouses...

Barbara, at Mommy Life, has some very good videos and commentary on the financial crisis and where it came from. These dots will not be connected on your evening news or daily newspaper.

Please go there, get the information, and share it with others. It's in the interest of our future. We can't just let Socialism walk through the door and pull out a chair for it.

We hear the polished speeches and the rhetoric and these "plans" which are simply socialism wrapped in a package labeled "Stimulus". Do you feel stimulated? Have you checked the stock market over the last couple of weeks? It certainly doesn't seem to be stimulated!

Europe is on the brink of economic collapse. Really...read about it. Any guesses on the prevailing system of government in most of the countries in the EU?

Let's not look back in twenty years and say "We just didn't see the signs." That has happened before in history...

Monday, February 16, 2009

Paul's Diner



The boys got this neat cookbook from Laura and Andrew for Christmas and we got it out over the weekend and they were looking through it.
I told them that they should each choose a recipe to make for dinner. Paul jumped right on that.
He started going through that book and picked out the one he wanted. I can't remember the exact name of the recipe, but it resulted in these cute little grilled cheese sandwiches for everyone!
Paul-the-Cook took it all very seriously. Well, mostly. I told him he had to eat last because the cook has to serve everyone else first and he was very proud of that.
Lilly was quite impressed and ended up eating all of hers plus her green beans!

Later on we came downstairs and put on "her" DVD and this is what she did:

Honoring our Presidents...



H/T to Barbara!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Monday Breathing Down my Neck!

It wasn't quite as relaxing as I had hoped, but we did have a nice Sunday.
The boys had asked if they could sleep in the living room floor last night, for some reason.
I guess the novelty of sleeping anywhere other than their rooms must have made the hard floor worth it.
Needless to say, Brendan was up at the crack of 7:00, while Paul slept in until 7:30.
John, having commandeered the couch for the night, slept until 8:30.
Anyway, we got going and Tim got the last bits of the room finished. I do have to get pictures posted.
We headed off to Mass, in the cold. February is the most confusing month!
A few days ago it was 65 degrees out and now it feels like it could snow again.

After we got home, I just wanted to sit and read!
I am reading another James Patterson novel, "Cross Country". It's a story about Alex Cross investigating a series of murders, which leads him to Africa. The way Patterson describes the African Countries of Nigeria, Sierra Leon, and Darfur, in Sudan, it boggles the mind that people can survive such a lifetime of misery. According to the author, the political chaos, war, and suffering waged by warlords that are nothing more than gang leaders and thugs is beyond anything that I can imagine. I want to read about his research and the "story of the story".

So I read for awhile, and then I had to get dinner put together, because Lilly was coming at 3:00. I wanted to have it ready to bake before she came. Much more relaxed dinnertime that way.
I made a Baked Ziti. I found a great recipe and wanted to try it. It's posted on my other blog. It makes enough for an army.
Lilly just kept eating and eating! She'd get through the pile on her tray and then she'd throw out her arms and yell for more.

We had a lot of fun with her tonight. That girl does love to sing and dance!

I am hoping for a call from Laura. You never know when that little girl might decide to make an appearance! Laura says she is feeling really achy and crampy, which is to be expected, but it also makes me hopeful that it won't be much longer.
I can't WAIT to meet that little girl!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Roses and a Movie...


Well, my Roses have bloomed and they are so pretty! I do love roses! Such a timeless expression. It is so nice to look at them on the table.

We also gave each other the movie "Fireproof" and we are going to watch it tonight. It is supposed to be an excellent story about marriage.

I spent the entire day working on the house. From the basement to the boy's rooms it is finally clean!!!
I think after I get the bedroom carpet paid off (next month), I am going to get the small bedroom done, and the stairs on both levels as well. The carpet is really shot.
It is a project that needs to be done, and one that Tim doesn't have to do! Which is nice. If I do it a bit at a time, I won't have a payment hanging over my head.
It is nice to have the house in shape though.
Tomorrow we can have a relaxing Sunday.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Here are a few pictures from our TORCH Valentine's Day party today up at St Agnes.
Some of them are pretty blurry. My camera keeps acting up.
The kids had so much fun!
We had a delicious lunch, the bigger kids played outside most of the time and the younger ones had crafts to do and cupcakes to decorate.
They all exchanged Valentine cards and had fun reading them.
I just enjoyed spending time with the moms and talking!
It was a great day of friends and fun.
 

 

 

 
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

A Beautiful Story...



HT to Patrick Madrid

He Loves Me...

I just got the most beautiful bouquet of Roses from Tim.
In a couple of days, on Valentine's Day, they should be in full bloom and I will post a picture.
He is such a sweetie.
He knows me so well. He listens and he gives really great advice.
Recently I was going through a time of soul-searching and struggling with some decisions. Tim was so able to zero in on the meat of the issue and gave me some very wise counsel.
I appreciate that so much.
He prays and is so tuned in to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
He also knows the difference between this:

and This:


He knows what I like! He wouldn't buy me diamonds.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Weird Al- The Saga Begins




This song has been stuck in my head for days, and it's only fair that I should share...
Watch it...if you dare.

The Saga Begins

Monday, February 9, 2009

Movie Review



I meant to post this a long time ago.
Tim and I watched this movie, and I would highly recommend it!
It is a beautiful story of two women from totally different cultures, Muslim and Jewish, that have one thing in common. They will both marry men that are chosen by their families. They become very special friends and they are such beautiful young women.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Paul's First Reconcilation


We are rejoicing with Paul as he made his first reconciliation today!
He has waited for so long! He wanted to go last year and it has been so hard for him to sit out while the rest of us go to confession each month.
He was so proud. I'm sure Fr Jay got a kick out of him. The kid is just so...Paul.Here he is taking his "sheep" up to the altar to rejoin the "flock". It was an excellent way to use the story of the Lost Sheep to illustrate how Our Lord wants to bring us back to Him when we stray.
He was so excited afterward, and because it was such a special day for him he got to choose dinner. He chose...Pizza of course!

Trip to the National Aquarium -Baltimore


Yesterday was finally the day for our long awaited trip to the Aquarium in Baltimore.
We have wanted to go back for so long, but the cost is prohibitive.
It would cost our family somewhere around 150.00 to go on a regular day. I really don't love fish that much...
Now they have a deal running on Fridays after 5:00, that cuts the cost by about a third.
So we drove in yesterday afternoon, found a great parking garage that is very close to the Inner Harbor, and walked over to Harbor Place to meet Laura and Andrew and Lucy.
We had dinner at the food court in Harbor Place, and then walked over to the Aquarium. It wasn't all that cold and the boys were having a blast.
We got to the Aquarium and since we had prepaid we were able to go right in!
There was so much to see!
No, that's just a picture of a shark behind Andrew and Lucy!

But the Octopus is real...


A Moray Eel...
We did go and watch the dolphin show, it was a highlight for the boys.
Manta Rays...this one had to be over eight feet long if you count the tail.
I have been hearing about it all day. I am so glad we went.
It was a great end to a difficult week.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The funniest sad video out there...

This has GOT to be a joke...
I mean, they truly can't expect anyone to watch this and not laugh!
Suicidal Polar Bears?
Al, you have outdone yourself this time...really.

A word to the squeamish and anyone who voted for Obama...
If you can't handle the sight of computer generated images throwing themselves off of cliffs or in front of trains, or if you cried when Bambi's mother died, you should probably not watch this video.
Also, if you are easily swayed by emotion and open to suggestion, and refuse to let reason inform your decisions, you will buy this hook line and sinker...and we don't want that...so you shouldn't watch either.



As an additional point that might be added in while we are connecting the dots as to where the Global Temperature is headed; Iran launched a "satellite" yesterday...

H/T to Creative Minority Report.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I'm in a Funk...

Today has been frustrating, confusing and rather sad.
Not to go into detail, but I am just feeling rather shaken.
It's funny how life goes along and you think everything is status quo and then you find out it's not, it hasn't been, and you didn't even know it.
So I am going to work tonight and I am going to be a loving wife and mom, and do what I do because it's the life God has given me. I am going to be grateful for every blessing that I have.

On another note.
I follow, sporadically, the blog and writings of Amy Welborn.
I have read her books and I really appreciate her style.
I was saddened to read, yesterday, that her husband collapsed and passed away very suddenly yesterday.
It knocks the wind out of you when things like this happen.
Please keep Amy and her family in your prayers.

Monday, February 2, 2009

A Poem by a Friend

Here is a poem written by my friend Karen. I wanted to share...


A Simple Prayer (2009)

Lord, give your protection, send it down to me
Keep my mind from crumbling and bless my family

Lord, give your love, wrap me in your arms
Take away my pain, my anxious state of alarm

Lord, give your wisdom, help me to discern
Grasping meaning in Your Word, helping me to learn

Lord, give your peace, beyond my imagination
Peace so deep that I will feel no need for explanation

Lord, give your salvation, cleanse me of my sin
Take my life forever more, change I must begin

Lord, take my prayers, listen to my pleas
Help me trust in you, more often on my knees

Lord, take my worries, lift my mind on high
Rid me of the evil thoughts, from this day til I die

Lord, take my worship, take all I have to give
Help me know that you alone are reason I must live

Lord, take my faith, the faith I have in Christ
My saving faith that confirms my blessed eternal life

Lord, take my confession, forgive me all my wrongs
When the time is Yours, bring me home to angels' songs

Sunday, February 1, 2009

A Baby Cooke Party

Laura's wonderful mother-in-law, Sue Cooke arranged a surprise shower this afternoon to welcome the newest little Cooke!
It was so generous of her and so much fun!
There was a nice group of friends and family and so much wonderful food!Lucy and Grandma Faber
I really enjoyed visiting and playing with Lucy.
Everyone brought something for the big sister and she had some great presents to open.
Little Miss Cooke is going to be a very well dressed young lady for at least the first 3 months.
Laura is doing so well and she is very confident in her decision to live downstate and deliver at a more mom and baby friendly hospital. Of course, having such a wonderful place to live with such great people definitely makes all the difference!