Monday, January 31, 2011

Happy Monday!

Really, it is!
Hard to believe, but the boys are just cooking through school today, and the housework is caught up, for the most part.
Brendan and Paul both have math tests today and Paul has already aced his, so he gets math off tomorrow. Brendan is halfway through, and he is looking like he is going to be on the same track.

Today we have Shakespeare and play practice at co-op over in Bel Air.
I am going to take the camera and get some shots for the Susquehanna Players blog.
The boys also have Tae Kwon Do tonight, for the first time in a week. The schools have been closed for the snow, so it's been canceled on those days. They are going to be tired tonight!

Tim worked all weekend, and it is looking like he will be at it until the wee hours tonight. I guess dinner is going to be rather quick and simple. Something that I can heat up for him when he gets home.

After we get home, I will go over to Lilly's daycare and pick her up. She'll play with her uncles until it's time for her to go to bed, and I pray that that will be quick and painless. She has more tenacity than any of the other kids!

Then Monday will be over!
It's not often that Monday can be defined as a great day.

Friday, January 28, 2011

The March for Life Abbreviated....

 The Who and the Why! You already know Where!

HT to Creative Minority Report

Happy Birthday Dear Nina!

Today is Nina's birthday!
It is snowy outside, as it usually is on Nina's big day, but we had a nice dinner last night and she got her cake.
I am hoping that she has a really great day. Nina kind of has a record of having lousy birthdays.
On her first birthday the Challenger exploded.
O.K., I guess if you look at that as the bar, then all the others have actually been improvements!
It's just hard to have a party in the middle of winter. I can't count all the parties that were snowed out.
There have been some great ones too though.
Nina is going places. She is bright, determined, and her upbeat disposition always breaks through whatever clouds might be passing by. I am seeing it a lot more lately! There is so much to look forward to, Nina. The world is all yours!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Major Snow Day!!!

Last night was amazing!
It snowed like crazy! It really caught a lot of drivers unawares.
There were cars abandoned all over the ramps and roads.
I was going to pick up Lilly from daycare, and I got about three driveways down, and the car started to slide. I just turned around. Lilly stayed safe and warm right where she was.

We sat in the house and waited to see if we were going to get to keep the power. There was a huge blue light that flashed across the neighborhood and it the power would go out and then it would reroute and come back on. That happened three times. The power did stay on though, and now that it has stopped snowing, we can see the ten or so inches that fell. It really is beautiful. I just hope they get the power back on all over soon. I can't stand the thought of people being without heat in this weather.

Nina did go to work, and then Red Lobster closed and she ended up having to go to a hotel in Owings Mills. I don't know if she ever got a room.  A lot of people weren't even that lucky. 12 people spent the night in a Royal Farms store in one place. One guy said it took him twelve hours to get home!

I guess we are just going to be home today. The boys can finish school quickly and then get out and play.
That's one great thing about homeschooling, we can have a school day and a snow day at the same time! the kids can play in the snow, and still finish the year by the middle of May.

Monday, January 24, 2011

More Broadly Than What??!!

“Today marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, and affirms a fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters.  I am committed to protecting this constitutional right.  I also remain committed to policies, initiatives, and programs that help prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption.  And on this anniversary, I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.” []

I can't imagine how much broader abortion rights can be....well, unless Peter Singer becomes the Surgeon General (In 1993, ethicist Peter Singer shocked many Americans by suggesting that no newborn should be considered a person until 30 days after birth and that the attending physician should kill some disabled babies on the spot.)

First Mass Together

Two handsome boys after their first time serving together! I was so proud of them!!
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Saturday, January 22, 2011

How Did it Come to This?

Recent headlines in the news told us of a doctor in Philadelphia that has been doing horrific and gruesome procedures in an "Abortion Mill" for years. A woman died due to the "treatment" she received, and so an investigation was opened.
Apparently many viable babies were also "murdered" aborted by this creature and his staff.
I have a couple of questions though.
How is it that these particular "products of conception" (babies) have become suddenly worthy of a murder charge? Wasn't the intent from the outset to end the pregnancy?
And how is it that people are even remotely surprised, let alone shocked, when these kinds of stories surface? This is "Choice", is it not?

Everyday approximately 4000, "products of Conception" (unborn people) are removed from the wombs of their female parents. This goes on day in and day out, all over the country. Women, for any number of reasons, request that the offending product (baby) be removed, and legally and clinically, it is.
And why not? Women have the right to do what they want with their bodies and the products therein.

Reason and conscience inform us, though, that this is not a Truth.
Women know, as they undergo these procedures, that this is not the equivalent of an appendectomy. This is not just a potential person. A legal right is not necessarily a moral one.

I think we have to go back a LONG way to understand how we came to the place where one persons value depends on the subjective judgment of another.
We have to examine perceptions and attitudes that make us uncomfortable.
We have to look at what fertility and children really are, as opposed to what they mean.

Today we have to ability to regulate, demand, forestall and terminate our children.
There is a smorgasbord of  contraceptive alternatives, so that a couple can choose the one that gives the most freedom with the least trouble.
There is invitro fertilization, for those that find themselves unable to have children naturally.
There is surrogate parenting, for those whose lifestyles don't support or allow for pregnancy.
There are long term contraceptives, for those who just aren't sure that children are for them.
Many people that are opposed to abortion, still feel that it is the couple's decision when and how a new life will begin. It is always a couple's choice to be intimate or not when they know that there is a chance they will conceive. But if it is true that anyone should be able to be intimate at any time, and the when and how of conception can be controlled artificially, then why not add "if" to the equation? If the method fails, then the when and how go out the window and you are left with "if". If it is a fact that anyone who wants a child should have one, and anyone who doesn't should have the means to that end, then children become a commodity. They become the belongings of others and they are subject to their whims.
From this we get the attitudes that lead us to the "right" to terminate the child already conceived.

So I guess the question then becomes "Who's are the children?"
Do children belong to their parents, like a house, car, or pet?
Do they belong to the state?
Do they belong to themselves? Do parents have the right and duty to bring them up to the best of their ability, or should children determine their own path?
Or, is it possible that Human Conception could be the action of more than just two cells uniting to bring about another creature?
In the mystery of Conception, is a unique, distinct and unrepeatable human individual brought into being?
What determines a person?
This really says it all....

Maybe we really don't want the answers to all those questions. It's complicated.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Well THAT'S a Relief!

There have been some really high level talks going on in Washington between Our Fearless Leader and the Chinese ummm... notreallypresidentbutdefinitelynotdictatorhowcouldyoueventhinkthat Hu Jintao.

A lot is on the table.
Economic stability, nuclear interests, human rights (theirs and ours), and a host of other issues that are weighing heavily in the balance as we try to make sense of the new global order.
Obama has been the picture of hospitality and he has been wheeling and dealing with great fervor to try to salvage promote a healthy relationship between the US and China.

He must be making great headway because even though the Communist leader still admits to "a long way to go on human rights" and even though the US has soldout mortgaged about 2/3 of the states of the Union to the People's Republic, Obama has succeeded in brokering a deal to...KEEP THE PANDAS!

Of all the things I have been concerned about, as far as our dealings with the largest Communist regime in the world, this has been the thing that has been keeping me awake at night.

Thanks Barry!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

This Guy Needs Sappari Solutions!


Hawaii governor can't find Obama birth certificate

Suggests controversy could hurt president's re-election chances

Read more: Hawaii governor can't find Obama birth certificate
Just so you know I am not a "birther".

I think Obama was probably born right there in the pineapple belt.
I just got a kick out of this. This guy even LOOKS like he needs a professional organizer.
I'm sure the birth certificate is just in a pile somewhere, or maybe in a drawer....

Sunday, January 16, 2011

So. Tired.

How can I be so tired and burnt out on a Sunday night?

I feel like it must be Friday, but, no.

Tomorrow is going to be a very long day. We have a Monday's worth of school, and that is always an adjustment. John has his Shakespeare co-op, which he is very excited about because he really enjoys that.
I will have the younger boys here and we will have to find some kind of Literature to do.
We will watch our Martin Luther King DVD and talk about it.
We will get back to the routine, because that is what we do. School is going to happen not matter how I feel.
Then it's an early dinner because I have to work at 6:30.

I am looking forward to getting back together with my favorite clients. I miss them.
We have a lot of stuff to put up in the attic.
I really would like to get more done in my own house, but I guess that will have to wait for another day.
I can pick away at some little projects while the boys are busy with spelling and the easy stuff.

Tuesday will just be more school and then I have a parish council meeting that night.

Tim is home though, and that makes everything better. I may just be so tired because I am still suffering the aftereffects of LAST week when he wasn't here. The boys were great, as always, but it's not the same for them either. They always miss the fun evenings with their dad.

Nina and Lilly are sharing our home and while it is a different way of life, we are all getting into the swing of things. I just love it when Lilly looks up and says "I love you Mimi". Then I know what's really important. This is a little girl who is going through some tough times, but she knows that she is loved and that she has a family that will always be here for her.

So, onward and upward. The week is going to come around whether I am ready or not.
I have so much to be thankful for, and I need to concentrate on that. And I will. In the morning, when I'm not so tired....

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Praying for Joanne...

Please keep this Christian wife and Mom in your prayers, this family has been stricken out of nowhere.
It is such a reminder that it is only by the Grace of God that we get through each and every day.
A wonderful family and a very difficult and scary situation.
Read her blog, "The Simple Wife".

The BEST Time!

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Snow Foolin'

What a beautiful sight we woke up to this morning!

The snow that fell last night was so perfect. It glistens like crystal, and it is just right for one very enthusiastic Golden Retriever and three previously schoolbound boys.

I told them all to take a long break after lunch, and they went out and had such a good time.

This was Maggie's first chance to chase everyone all over and run like a crazy dog with her nose buried in snow.

There is something that happens to a dog when there is a fresh snowfall....

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Chuck, We ALL Love Ya!

The boys all have this wild obsession with anything Chuck Norris. Well, almost anything since there may be some movies out there that they aren't ready for yet.

The guy is unarguably a big screen hero, martial arts master, and all-around good guy.
I, however, have my own reasons for being a big fan.

Chuck is not only an on-screen hero, he is a solid, true-blue Pro-Life hero as well. He stands up for the little guy, and they don't get any littler than the unborn.

He has written an excellent piece at and he references the book in my last post by Abby Johnson.

It's definitely worth reading and considering. Share it! We may not be fighting an uphill battle forever!

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Plan....


by Abby Johnson
Introduction by David Bereit, 40 Days for Life
Foreword by Fr. Frank Pavone Priests for Life
Abby Johnson quit her job in October 2009. That simple act became a national news story because Abby was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas who, after participating in her first actual abortion procedure, walked across the road to join the Coalition for Life.
Unplanned is a heart stopping personal drama of life-and-death encounters, a courtroom battle, and spiritual transformation that speaks hope and compassion into the political controversy that surrounds this issue. Telling Abby's story from both sides of the abortion clinic property line, this book is a must-read for anyone who cares about the life versus rights debate and helping women who face crisis pregnancies.
"Beautifully written, intimate and honest. A wonderful portrait of the power of truth and grace working in the human heart."
+ Archbishop Charles Chaput
"This remarkable book is destined to reshape the culture of death into a culture of love, life and hope in Christ the Lord . . . it's a life-changer!"
- Judie Brown, President, American Life League Inc.
"The moving true story of the shocking truth of abortion and how God's love transformed Abby's life."
- Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Nella, Is ONEderful!

I have been reading Kelle Hampton's blog regularly for almost a year now.
I was so captivated and inspired by this family as they welcomed sweet Nella, into their lives last year.
I would like to introduce you to them, if you haven't already met.
Thanks so much to Kelle, for sharing this amazing journey and your precious family.


If you feel inspired to contribute to the ONEder Fund, it will be a gift that will keep on giving through the beauty of so many very special people!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Paul Served Mass!

Today Paul served his first Mass at Good Shepherd. I was so proud of him! It was offered for Mom, which made it even more special.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Our Polish Papa....


This looks wonderful!
I have already ordered one for a special person in my life.
check it out!

The Pope Who Defeated an Evil Empire

In a new film, Newt and Callista Gingrich tell the remarkable story of how John Paul II sparked a revolution in Poland that spread through Eastern Europe and led to the fall of the Soviet Union.

Most people know that President Ronald Reagan put an end to the Cold War by bankrupting the Soviet Union. But most people do not know that the spark that led to the collapse of communism ignited 12 years earlier, when Pope John Paul II paid his first visit to his native Poland after ascending to the papacy.

Now a new documentary hosted by Newt and Callista Gingrich, Nine Days that Changed the World, recounts, in stirring detail, that visit and its profound effects.

Sixteen months after the Pope’s visit, Poles formed a union called Solidarity, allowing them to organize free from state control. Ultimately a chain of events unfolded that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and Mikhail Gorbachev’s acquiescence to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Nine Days tells this story. The Gingriches narrate the 94-minute film, but they played a greater role, helping produce the documentary through their company, Gingrich Productions, and providing concepts, introductions, and backing.

The film reminds Americans that freedom does not come easily for many. When the Vatican announced that the Pope planned to travel to Poland in June of 1979, Soviet authorities were aghast. Religion had no place in the communist system. The emergence of a religious leader threatened Soviet control of the country.

But the Soviets figured that banning the Pope from his native land would lead to even more disastrous consequences, so they allowed the visit to proceed.

During the whirlwind nine-day tour, a third of the country turned out to see the Pope. Almost the entire rest of the country was glued to their televisions. The beloved pontiff’s words gave Poles courage and hope, leading them to recognize that they could free themselves from the shackles of communism. Time magazine chronicled the human impact of the event: “Returning to his homeland for the first time since he was chosen Pope last October, Karol Wojtyla, John Paul II, stirred an outpouring of trust and affection that no political leader in today’s world could hope to inspire, let alone command.”

The film, which David Bossie of Citizens United co-produced with Gingrich Productions, and Kevin Knoblock directed, is available on DVD from It includes interviews with many of the participants in the historic drama, including Lech Walesa, who started Solidarity, and Václav Havel, who became president of Czechoslovakia and later the Czech Republic. The Pope’s Jewish boyhood friend, Jerzy Kluger, also contributes his insights.

For Jews, the movie’s emotional climax is the Pope’s denunciation of anti-Semitism and his meeting with survivors of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz. Like the collapse of the Soviet Union, the movie has antecedents going back a long way.

When Newt married Callista in 2000, the former speaker of the House was a Southern Baptist. Callista, a lifelong Roman Catholic, sang in the professional choir at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., the largest Catholic church in the country.

Newt began joining Callista when she attended Sunday Mass. “After about eight years, I realized that I had become Catholic, and then I decided to convert,” Newt told me at the reception for Nine Days that Changed the World at the Ford Orientation Center at George Washington’s home in Mount Vernon. “After being there and participating in the homilies, I realized that I felt genuinely comfortable and at home.” In March 2009, Newt converted to Catholicism.

Meanwhile, after Callista visited Rome with the Choir of the Basilica, the Gingriches began thinking about the impact of the Pope’s visit. Newt had been reading George Weigel’s book, The Final Revolution: The Resistance Church and the Collapse of Communism. While filming another documentary, Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny, Newt and Callista’s thoughts about producing a film on the Pope’s visit began to crystallize. The Gingriches began to see parallels between issues under communism and increasing secularism in America.

In opening reception remarks, Newt and Callista recalled efforts in the United States to remove references to religion from public life. “History introduces us to concepts that we can relate to today,” Newt observes. “We want people to apply the insights of the film to themselves.”