Saturday, April 30, 2011

Will He Eat It All?

He gave it a good shot!

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Jesus, I Trust in You....

We just finished our Divine Mercy Novena, and we are so looking forward to tomorrow! The Feast of Divine Mercy is a very special day of Mercy for the whole world.

 Our Lord told St Faustina:

My daughter, tell the whole world about My Inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.* [our emphasis] On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will I contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy. (Diary 699)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Just Beautiful Music

Eric Genuis is a wonderful composer. He did the music for Radix' "Meditation on the Passion of the Christ", which we watch each year on Good Friday.
 He is currently touring and we hope to see him here on the East Coast next year.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Harbinger of the Year to Come?

Yes, today is my birthday, and I wouldn't mention it, except that I have to make a note of the way the day started, because if this is the way that the coming year is going to be, well, I need to be able to remember how it began.

So this morning I got up and walked and started the coffee maker. I never look at the news until after my shower, so I didn't know that we were under a tornado watch at that time.
Apparently the watch was upgraded to a warning while I was in the shower. So I was all covered in soap and conditioner, when the sirens started going off. And they kept going off. I finally got rinsed off and got out so that I could wake the boys up. All of us were together on the third floor.
We stumbled down to the basement and waited for the warning to be lifted.
It was. I love a false alarm.

So that was this morning....

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sad, But True....

From Barbara at Mommylife:

From a retired and respected member of the Courts.
Dear Prime Minister,
Let's put the seniors in jail and the criminals in a nursing home. This way the seniors would have access to showers, hobbies and walks. They'd receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs etc and they'd receive money instead of paying it out. They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped instantly if they fell, or needed assistance.
Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them. A guard would check on them every 20 minutes and bring their meals and snacks to their cell.
They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose. They would have access to a library, weight room, spiritual counselling, pool and education.
Simple clothing, shoes, slippers, PJ's and legal aid would be free, on request. Private, secure! rooms for all, with an exercise outdoor yard, with gardens. Each senior could have a PC a TV radio and daily phone calls.
There would be a board of directors to hear complaints, and the guards would have a code of conduct that would be strictly adhered to.
The "criminals" would get cold food, be left all alone and unsupervised. Lights off at 8pm, and showers once a week. Live in a tiny room and pay $900.00 per month and have no hope of ever getting out.
Justice for all we say.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Mother Theresa Speaks on Suffering...

What a Blessing to be able to listen and watch this Holy Woman and understand a very important part of living life in Christ.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Watch and Share...

.....and do some research so that you can answer people when they question the details of these two paths.
We need to have our argument planned and practiced and then go out and spread the word. There is a choice to be made. A choice that will make or break this country. Find out who is proposing what and how. Decide what path YOU want this country to be on.
It's our responsibility.
If we don't support a turn of the tide, the tsunami of debt that is coming is going to lay waste to all that has been built.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

What We're Up To.....

We are a busy bunch around here! So much going on it's hard to breathe!
Yard work, housework, schoolwork, meetings, sports, work for Tim and Jen and play practices.

It's been alternately springlike and beautiful, and dark and brooding.
Today is one of the dark and brooding days. A good day for reading under the watchful eye of your cat.

Yesterday Maggie went to the groomer for a bath and brushout. I am still not up for the whole bath routine at home right now. It's not that expensive to send her out for it, and since I do all the haircuts on the guys, and I rarely have anything done with mine, I can justify having Maggie done and saving the pipes from piles of dog hair. She looks so nice when she is done....

and she is a much better pillow!

Today was Paul's opening day of baseball season. He looks so nice in his uniform....

The ceremony came off just fine, but the games were all rained out. Better luck next weekend.

Our big news is that Dad is here for Holy Week and Easter!
We are so happy to have him here.
I would say that it is strange to have him here without mom, but somehow she seems to be here....

We are looking forward to a wonderful week!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Happy Birthday Brendan!

Today our dear middle son turns 11!
What a joy he is!
I am so impressed with his character, his sweet spirit, his amazing Faith!

John and his new brother BRENDAN!
Here is our Brendan then:

Sweet 1-year-old

2 years

Three and movin'
Serious 4
Carpenter at 5!
1st place at 6!
Soldiering at 7...
Charming 8!

Gentle 10...
And Now~                                                         Eleven

We LOVE you Brendan! God Bless you this year!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Where Do We Go?

Tonight I went to the grocery store to buy a card for my soon-to-be 11year old, Brendan.
I went to the Grocery Store, not the adult book store, not a tobacco shop or liquor store.
I had to look pretty hard to find anything suitable for a boy that age. On six racks I think there were four cards that I thought he might like.
Most of the cards that were there weren't even something I wanted to look at!
I can't believe how offensive greeting cards have gotten! Not just crude humor, but real honest to goodness trash. Is this really what most people need for a chuckle?

I have come to the conclusion that the kids shouldn't even be going to the grocery store with me any longer. There is no end to the assault on virtue. Seriously. Should it be that tough to find a way to keep kids from stumbling into things that even adults shouldn't be reading? In a grocery store?
My friend Paula has been fighting the management at this particular store over the placement of Cosmopolitan magazine at the checkouts, low enough for any child to have access. Maybe there aren't that many kids left that can read, but the words that peep over those ridiculous plastic covers aren't too hard to sound out. Why can't they move these to another location in the store? There is a magazine section devoted to all kinds of tripe, put it over there!
Why do we have to find ways to wrangle our kids through the porn gauntlet just to pay for the bananas? Why is there a candy-free aisle, but not a smut-free one? It's not that tough.

If women are serious about being treated with dignity, and men are serious about being sensitive and caring, then we need an opportunity to raise our children in an environment that isn't aggressively trying to instill the opposite perspective. I really don't think society is serious about any of that right now. Feminists talk a good game, but they are still OK with selling thongs to eight-year-olds, and teaching boys that sex is a recreation that doesn't hurt anyone, as long as you are "careful". What they are doing is selling out the young ladies and gentlemen that still have a chance to be fairly well adjusted, by making sure that every kid is exposed to the "opportunity" to be stripped of their innocence before adolescence.

Well I am just going to keep slogging through the visual sewer, by myself. I hope to raise boys that understand that there is untold treasure in a Godly relationship, and that a marriage can be the most incredible, most fulfilling experience they will ever have. Many of us can't go back and do it over, but we can certainly make sure that the young people coming along in the wake of our permissive generation, have the tools to find happiness in their vocations.

Who knows, maybe there will even be a time in the future when people will actually find humor in something that isn't related to a bodily function?


I don't know if I am crazy about this new look.
The background is pretty, but it's hard to find fonts and colors that look good with it.
I will have to keep messing with it until I figure it out.

One thing that is driving me crazy, is that youtube videos are too wide for the three column templates, so I have to go in and manually change the size every time I want to post a video. I would love for it to size it automatically.

I am getting another little point and shoot camera to replace the poor, battered Cybershot.
This one is a Panasonic and it supposedly shoots very good video, which is what I am trying for. We shall see. I spent two days researching the reviews on every doggone camera available. I really want to be able to shoot a lot more video. If I upload it to youtube and Google, I won't have to keep it all in the laptop. I have my external drive for long term storage. Video takes up a lot of space! I feel kind of bad because I have missed a lot of video opportunities over the past couple of years.

I am going to spend more time on photos too. Can't wait to get out with the camera more!
I am hoping for some good outings to spend time on photography skills this summer. Seems like during the school year the days just fly by without a chance to do anything extra.

Who knows? Maybe I can make Mom and Grandma Maggie proud!

I Am Yours....


One of the drawbacks of Homeschooling is that you can't call out sick. You're at work when you get up.
Sick or not, school gets done.
It's one of those days.....

Poor, Poor Barry....

Seems the limelight is getting kind of old for our fearless leader:

The president said he loves his life in the White House but doesn't enjoy some of the ways of Washington, such as the "kabuki dance" among political partisans before serious policy discussions begin. He also regrets his loss of personal privacy.
"I just miss - I miss being anonymous," he said at the meeting in the White House. "I miss Saturday morning, rolling out of bed, not shaving, getting into my car with my girls, driving to the supermarket, squeezing the fruit, getting my car washed, taking walks. I can't take a walk."

Well we could definitely work something out, so that he can back to the quiet life of community organizing.
Since Barry is tired of all the trappings of leadership, and since 66% of the people in the country wish they had never heard of him, we can probably find a way for everyone to be happy!
I'll bet there is a university in California that would give him tenure today. Then we can all get on with our lives.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Everybody's Having a Good Time!

Well, today started out cold, gloomy, and WAY too early, but it turned into a really great day!

Today was clean up day at the ball park for, I think, the entire Little League. Several adults showed up to get the work done, one of whom was Tim, after traveling all day yesterday from a week of work in Utah. They were supposed to be there at 8:00. SO...Tim says we have put in our time. Nice to be done with that, but I am one to talk, I stayed home and did laundry.

I also went up to Elkton to pick up Henry Watkins for the boy's birthday sleepover. Brendan and Paul are both "sharing" the fun of having their friend overnight. We stopped for a few things at Walmart and, what to our wonderment was just newly released, but "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"! I had been trying to think of something special for a treat for them, and we have been waiting for it to come out since Christmas!
We went to Mass, because Brendan and Paul had to serve. They are getting it down pretty well! They look like old pros to me, and I have no idea what Father Jay thinks, he is such a nice guy!

After Mass, I went to Little Caesar's to get pizza for dinner. That has to be the choice of cuisine for a birthday celebration, (and the crusts are just about perfect for dipping in leftover buffalo chicken dip!) Then we watched the movie, and I got all emotional over the end. Love those stories!

John was invited to stay at the Hoppels and go to see the Perryville High School version of "Guys and Dolls". I think he probably really enjoyed it. The male lead is a friend of his from Squires, and he is really talented.

All in all it turned out to be a very satisfactory Saturday! Maggie even got a walk! I am worn out though. not enough sleep to get through all this activity.

Maybe I can get a few pictures tomorrow.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Follow Your Money...

Exposing the Planned Parenthood business model

By Abby Johnson - 04/04/11 02:43 PM ET
Myths about Planned Parenthood are spreading like grassfire. Thanks to a perfect storm of events, the abortion provider is scrambling to cauterize the biggest PR hit it has ever sustained. November’s election of an overwhelmingly pro-life Congress, revelation of numerous violations by its staff and repeated calls for its defunding by social and fiscal conservatives alike have put Planned Parenthood’s lifeblood on the line.

Planned Parenthood’s bottom line is numbers. And, with abortion as its primary money-maker, that means implementing a quota. I know this is true because I worked at one of their Texas clinics for 8 years, two as the clinic director.
Though 98 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services to pregnant women are abortion, Planned Parenthood and its political allies have sworn up and down that taxpayer dollars do not to pay for abortion. But of course they do. Planned Parenthood gets one-third of its entire budget from taxpayer funding and performed more than 650,000 abortions between 2008 and 2009.  An abortion is expensive. Its cost includes pay for the doctor, supporting medical staff, their health benefits packages and malpractice insurance.  As clinic director, I saw how money affiliate clinics receive from several sources is combined into one pot, not set aside for specific services.

Planned Parenthood’s claim that abortions make up just 3 percent of its services is also a gimmick. That number is actually closer to 12 percent, but strategically skewed by unbundling family planning services so that each patient shows anywhere from five to 20 “visits” per appointment (i.e., 12 packs of birth control equals 12 visits) and doing the opposite with abortion visits, bundling them together so that each appointment equals one visit. The resulting difference between family planning and abortion “visits” is striking.

But that’s not the only deception Planned Parenthood is spreading.

It also claims to help reduce the number of abortions. Not only is this not what Planned Parenthood actually accomplishes, but its goal couldn’t be more opposite.  As a Planned Parenthood clinic manager, I was directed to double the number of abortions our clinic performed in order to drive up revenue.  In keeping, Planned Parenthood headquarters recently issued a directive mandating that all of its affiliates provide abortions by 2013.

Planned Parenthood is also spending a lot of money convincing its primary income providers – taxpayers – that its highest priority is women's health and safety.  Live Action and the Expose Planned Parenthood coalition released numerous undercover videos showing clinic staff aiding and abetting alleged sex traffickers in exploiting underage girls – some as young as 14.

After initially downplaying the first video as a scam, Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey came under so much pressure that it fired the office manager in the footage. New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow quickly called for an investigation, but Planned Parenthood’s problems don’t end with firing one office manager. Later Live Action videos revealed an unbroken chain of similar problems in clinics up and down the East Coast.

Planned Parenthood has found other ways to increase revenue at the expense of women’s safety. Abortion consultations are now often done without a doctor in the room through online “telemedicine.” Abortion is a severely traumatic and potentially dangerous procedure. Even as Planned Parenthood's 2008 Employee of the Year, I saw this aggressive push toward more “efficient” telemedicine as risky.

Another nuisance the organization is seeking to do away with is reporting sex abuse of minors. It has sued to overturn a child abuse reporting law applying to minors under 14 on the grounds that it violated a girl’s “constitutional right to privacy.” Planned Parenthood called the bill unnecessary given that its medical personnel are already obliged to report such matters and that filing additional reports would only “overload” the government. Planned Parenthood doesn’t want to bother the government with protecting minors.

It also can’t be bothered to enable women to make informed decisions.  Planned Parenthood has adamantly opposed laws in nearly two dozen states that require clinic staff to show a woman a sonogram before an abortion.  With all the supposed health services these clinics provide, why should they fear sonograms?  Because they cut down on its biggest income source.

With the Continuing Resolution battle before us, we can, at very least, stop making taxpayers perpetuate a culture that puts profit margins before women’s safety. Congress has and must seize the opportunity to stop directing hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to recipients who deliberately deceive the public and violate federal law.

I joined Planned Parenthood because I wanted to help poor women with real health care needs. I still do -- that’s why I left. Planned Parenthood doesn’t care about women’s health care needs, it cares about abortion.

It’s time to defund Planned Parenthood of our tax dollars.

Abby Johnson worked at Planned Parenthood's Bryan, Texas, clinic for eight years and was clinic director for more than two years. She is author of "Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-Opening Journey Across the Life Line."


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ever Had One of Those Days When it Just Seemed Like Everyone Was in a Bad Mood?

Grandma Shuts Down Entire Country's Internet

Published April 07, 2011
Internet service in all of Armenia was cut off for several hours when a 75-year old Georgian woman inadvertently cut the main service line between the two countries.
The woman was scavenging for scrap metal when she discovered the primary fiber-optic cable which runs through the two countries. Service went down when she apparently hacked into it with a shovel severing the line, officials said.
"She found the cable while collecting scrap metal and cut it with a view to stealing it," Georgian interior ministry spokesman Zura Gvenetadze told AFP.
The damage was apparently so severe that 90% of Armenian users lost access for nearly 12 hours while neighboring Georgia and some areas of Azerbajian were also affected.
Monitoring systems determined a break in the primary cable and a security team was immediately dispatched to investigate.
Christened the "spade-hacker" by the local media, authorities arrested the woman just outside the Georgian capitol of Tbilisi where they charged her for damaging property. If convicted, she could face three years in prison.
"Taking into account her advancing years, she has been released pending the end of the investigation and subsequent trial," Gvenetadze said.
"I cannot understand how this lady managed to find and damage the cable," the head of the company's marketing department, Giorgi Ionatamishvili, said.
The cable is owned by the Georgian railway network and is typically protected although heavy rain recently may have made the area more exposed.
Copper looting is a common means of making money in the former Soviet Union. Certain scavengers have been known to dig up hundreds of meters of cable.

Read more:

Hurricane Lilly

Scenes From Our Domestic Chapel

Spring has really sprung here!
Life is good. It is so good to feel the warm air, have the windows open, watch the pages in the school books turning to higher and higher numbers. Birthdays are being celebrated! We just seem to be a Spring family.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Happy Birthday Paul!

Our Paul- Nine Years Of Blessings

Where is Your Brother?

After Cain committed the first murder in human
history, God asked him, "Where is your brother?"

He replied by saying, "I don't know."

In 1973, the Supreme Court was asked the same
question, and gave the same answer.

Unable to admit that the unborn children are our
brothers and sisters, the Supreme Court said in its
Roe v. Wade ruling, "We need not resolve the difficult
question of when life begins."

Boil all that down to three words, and it's, "I don't

The question, "Where is your brother?" will be asked
at the final judgment. Each person will answer it and
be judged by it. May we be judged to have recognized
and loved all our brothers and sisters, born and

By participating in the 40 Days for Life, we have been
answering that question each day, going to where our
brothers and sisters are killed, and proclaiming that
we have a responsibility to them.

By all the pro-life work we will continue to do, we
likewise answer that question which reaches from one
end of human history to the other.

H/T Fr Frank Pavone

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Hard to Believe...

...that six years ago today, our Papa, Pope John Paul II went to his great and well deserved reward.
It really does feel like he is still here. I feel so very blest to have lived during his pontificate. The Holy Spirit gave us a wonderful gift in him, and this world will never be the same....

Friday, April 1, 2011

Great News!

This just in from "40 Days for Life"!


"Thank you," said the e-mail message one of the Charlotte
coordinators received. "You saved my baby today!"

A young woman arriving for an appointment noticed the
40 Days for Life signs in front of the abortion center,
but she didn’t really pay much attention.

That wouldn't come until later. At this point, she had
other things on her mind.

For one thing, the child's father had to stay in the
abortion center's waiting room, and she didn't care for
that policy.

"They don't let your family or friends be part of this,"
she said, which "should be a creepy tip-off."

Next, the staff told her the cost of the abortion would
be double the amount they had mentioned on the phone.

But then, something happened. "I saw my baby on the
ultrasound," she said, "and that changed the whole
world. I stormed out."

On her way back through the waiting room on her way out
the door, "I told the girls there is still time and I
will have them in my prayers."

On leaving the building, she saw the 40 Days for Life
signs again. She went home, Googled the name, found the
Charlotte campaign's Facebook page -- and wrote to the
local coordinators.

The local team connected her with pro-life prenatal
resources. They report the young woman is very happy --
her child is safe from abortion -- and they will
continue to help her.

To see some photos of the 40 Days for Life vigil in
Charlotte, please go to: