Saturday, November 28, 2009

Kitchen Update...

Tim has finished with the bulk of the refacing of the kitchen, and I am SO pleased!
He got the metallic backsplash in and finished framing the window. These are NOT the colors...the camera is not working real well. The cabinets are the same ones that I had before. I couldn't see replacing them when they were still perfectly good. Tim is going to put a cornice on the top so that they look more finished. I found a cutting board that fits over the sink perfectly for chopping and prepping .I just have to find curtains for the kitchen and dining room windows. That is gonna be a tough one. I guess I'll have to look around for awhile and get some ideas.

I also found a set of coat hooks for the entryway, so that the boys will have a better place to hang their coats than an old chair!

Brendan and Paul enjoyed some of the evening in front of "Looney Tunes". They love to fold out the sleeper and get comfy.

Tim and I had a very nice evening out at the new "Wine Bar" in downtown Havre de Grace. It has a very nice atmosphere and wonderful food! We just wanted a night out alone! Paul went to visit with Josh and Mira and John and Brendan were at home.

Tomorrow is a rehearsal day and Tim is going to have some fun with the boys, after working on the house all weekend.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Happy Thanksgiving To All!

While we are enjoying good food, and good company, let's remember to thank our God who has Blest us so abundantly.

"Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving..."

Well, wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles, we have a new counter, a new sink, and the water works!
This is still mid-project, but this was the biggest part of the kitchen. My husband is an amazing guy!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bye-Bye Blue

Well, here is the first installment of Tim and Jen's great Thanksgiving Adventure.
It's now 11:15 pm on Tuesday, and we just finished taking out the first Countertop.
The old blue thing is out in the driveway, hopefully waiting for a guy to come and get it tomorrow afternoon. So, now the new one will be here around 7:00 am...ish.
More pictures tomorrow.

Monday, November 23, 2009

This May Be A VERY Interesting Thanksgiving...

So we ordered the new countertop for the kitchen sometime around the first of the month. I knew when we ordered it that it was going to come close to Thanksgiving. I didn't know that it would be delivered the DAY BEFORE Thanksgiving!
We have a tradition in the family of having water issues on Thanksgiving.
I am going to have a new sink and faucet, the water filter will go under the sink, oh, and the house is 50+ years old. How many variables do you really need to make this a dicey proposition?
I will blog "before" pictures tomorrow night, and "during" pictures the next morning.
I am praying that I can blog a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings on Thursday night, and not pictures of the Merkel family eating dinner at Bob Evans.
We'll see how it goes.
I'd sure hate for life to get boring...

Tensions Flare Between Religious Leaders and Lawmakers Over Abortion -

Tensions Flare Between Religious Leaders and Lawmakers Over Abortion -

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I'm confused. Why do these politicians care what a Bishop says or thinks? How can the teaching authority of The Church affect them in the slightest? They don't care about the most fundamental issue that the Catholic Church has spoken on for untold years, why would they have any concern over going to Communion? OH. Wait a minute. That's right. The VOTES. What about the next election? This could be BAD for the campaign.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Today Is The Feast of Christ the King!

And it's also the end of the liturgical year. I can't believe that next Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. We will get out our wreath, light our first candle, and start preparing to celebrate Christ's birth!
I love how the year ends with the celebration of the feast of Our King! Just as the end of time will joyously welcome Him.

Can you imagine, what it will be like....

Friday, November 20, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fr Barron on "2012"...

Warning: Spoilers

H/T Creative Minority Report


Today has been an up and down day.
School went well, and I guess I feel like everyone is making good progress.
I think we are just in need of a break. Thanksgiving weekend will be so nice. We can just relax and there won't be any school.
I am tired of having to be so pushy all the time, but then, I know that most kids aren't self-motivating.
I know I should be grateful for all the Blessings that we have, and I am! We have a warm house, food, employment, health and I am able to be home to teach the boys.
I guess it just seems like I am so busy trying to teach them to appreciate what they have, that I forget to think about it myself!

Then when there are sad/scary times, it seems like it kind of knocks the wind out of you.
I try to stay positive and trusting in God's will, but then when I am faced with an aspect of His will that I don't want, I cower and ask Him to make it easier.
I know that's not fair. So many people around me are faced with burdens that seem unbearable, and yet, through the Grace of God, they carry them and go on. How can I ask Him to lighten my little load? It doesn't seem little to me, but by comparison...

God has been so good to us, and we are very grateful.

Please God, help me to accept Your will with Grace and humility. Amen.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

To All You Moms...

Just a reminder that YOU are AWESOME!

A New Squire

John and eleven other boys from our area were invested into a new Knights of Columbus Squires circle this past Sunday. They are naming the circle the Bishop Saltarelli Circle of the Columban Squires. Our late bishop would be very proud!

After the investiture ceremony, the families and the Knights from this council were invited to celebrate with them. We had dinner together

and there was a beautiful cake.

It was so nice seeing all the boys there together. They are all very nice kids and I am so happy that John is part of this very industrious group. They have already participated in a walk for hunger relief, they are collecting food at each meeting, they have been a part of the October "Respect Life" activities and they have helped out with several projects around the church.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Some Pictures...

We have had some pretty busy days lately.
Co-ops, clubs, home improvements, a bazaar...etc.
Bosco made a trip to the vet to see if we can find a way to make him a little less stressed and more civilized. The meds worked for a couple of days, until he either developed a strange side effect or learned how to fake one. So it's back to the drawing board. He's bored with the whole process...

Tim is working on the trim this weekend, and it's coming out so nice!

Lilly came by earlier in the week and got lots of love from the boys...but my camera blew the pics!

The Christmas Bazaar at Good Shepherd was a great success. We had the Mary Room. The kids made Rosaries and so did a few of the adults!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Stellan, you're THAT kid!! Mr Miracle...

GOD did it today!
(with some help from a very tenacious Guardian angel and some AMAZING doctors)



Read all about it HERE!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Life is Too Short...

Yesterday was the end of a long week of struggle. We had been watching the news, the blogs, listening to all the talk, and making phone calls, writing letters and trying to make a dent in the Leviathan that is Congress, specifically this congress.
Well, the bill passed the House anyway, and I passed a week of joyless anxiety over it.
Those hours and days are gone. I can't go back and make any of it up.

This morning I decided that this has just got to stop. I am not a homeschooling mom to be pouring that much of myself into an effort that may or may not bear fruit.
The machine in DC is going to grind away with or without my attention, and I am not going to let THEM take any more of the gift of time that I have with my family.
They are going to do what they are going to do, but if I let this suck up any more of my attention, if I let it wedge it's way into the heart of my home, I am letting it steal something that is precious and dear. My peace, and my Joy.

So I am going to do things a little differently. I will look at the news once in the morning. I do need to stay informed. I am done with talk radio, I am going to limit my blog reading to Catholic and family related blogs. I am going to listen to more good music and I am going to spend more time everyday dwelling on the gifts that we do have. If there are calls to make, I'll make them and then get back to reality.

I think the reason that this all came into focus, is that right now we are praying a sweet little boy into heaven. Little Gavin is fighting the battle of his life and his family is in the midst of an unimaginable experience as they sit with him and help him to die.
I was telling the boys today that we have no idea what it is like for his sister to be losing her brother. She is four years old and she is saying Good bye to the little brother that she has known and loved for as long as she can remember.
How can any of us take for granted the people in our lives that mean the most to us? How can we not use the time that we have in loving and living as if there won't be any more?
Life is just too short.

Mom is dealing with an awful disease and I can't be there to go through it with her. I am so glad that when I did live there, and when the girls were young, that we spent so much time at the farm. That we have a great relationship and no walls or angst between us.
Life is too short.

Eternity will be where we can finally relax and never have to worry again about how we are using our time, but while we are here we have to account for the great gift of time and relationship that we have been given. It's a treasure that we don't dare squander.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

More Color

Just had to post these two pictures.

I always take a picture of Brendan in this tree when it is at it's brightest...

Beautiful maples...

He Is...

Mark Shultz- "Come Alive"

Walking Down That Lane...

This just makes me think of my childhood. My Grandma loved Ella and Louis Armstrong. We listened to all his stuff, all her stuff and so many others.
It's just so amazing how a song can take you somewhere else.
I was raised on this music...
I remember seeing Ella Fitzgerald live when I was in high school. She was an elderly woman, but she still had SUCH an amazing voice...I have never forgotten.


Friday, November 6, 2009

Please Pray for Gavin and his Family

Little Gavin Owens has definitely fought the good fight, and today, or tonight he will win the race.

Gavin is the nephew of Lisa Cooke, Andrew's sister.
He is three years old and has Mitochondrial Disease.
His short life has been an ongoing battle, and he is tired.
He is ready to go to be with Jesus, and Jesus is waiting for him with open arms.

Read his story here, and pray for his Mom, Dad and sister. She is only four.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Very Funny...

I found Rev. Know-It-All at American Catholic.

I thought this "Rant on Weddings..." was pretty funny.

Read the disclaimer, then read the post.

Enjoy, after all, it's not about you...

A rant on weddings...


Dear Rev. Know it all,
I visited your church once and am thinking about having my wedding there. How long is your main aisle?
Mary O’Burne

Dear Mary,
I am often asked that question, and never quite understand it. Are brides curious about the length of the aisle because they think a longer aisle may give them a few more minutes to back out of the whole thing? Or, as I suspect, does a long aisle prolong the glorious promenade of which a young girl dreams as she thumbs through bridal magazine as she contemplates her special day,

Read the rest HERE.

Back to School...

So after a "Swine-flu Vacation" last week, we are back at the school routine today. I got everybody up and had no mercy on those who had gotten used to sleeping all morning.
We are mostly back to normal. John is still feeling a little puny, and has a headache if he doesn't stay on Motrin. For some reason the muscle aches seem to be in his eyes...

Paul is coming back slowly. He seems to have gotten out of the habit of getting anything done...

Brendan is the most motivated today, for some reason. He has buckled down, is almost done with all his work, got an A on a math test, after not doing math all last week, and has the best attitude.

I am going to work tonight. I had to cancel last week, because I wasn't sure whether I was getting sick, but it never turned into anything. So I am going to work and I am hoping that we can get a lot accomplished tonight. This is a long awaited evening, I can tell you that!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Good Shepherd Children's Choir

Here is a video of the kids from Good Shepherd singing this morning.

They sang "Because The Lord is My Shepherd". It sounded so nice!
AnnMarie, their director, is doing such a nice job!
Paul is really enjoying it!