Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Beautiful Baptism

Our visit to Texas and the Cooke family wrapped up with the Blessing of the Baptisms of the newest Cookes, Max Aquinas and Miles Andrew.

We were so privileged to be able to be there.
It was also the baptism of about 10 other babies!
That is a happening parish!

Max and Miles have two wonderful couples as God parents, and we enjoyed getting to know them.

Carol and David Smith with Miles

Daniel and Carol Smith with Max
Two new little Catholics in the Family of God! Hooray!!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Beginning the Yarn Wreath

Laura's latest project. This wreath will eventually contain 370 feet of yarn! More pics as it progresses.


Got 'em!
Max and Miles
Umm...The babysitter.
Brendan and Paul

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

First Morning in Texas

I could hear it hitting the window all night. Laura and Andrew have a nice cozy house. Looking forward to a little warmer weather for outside activity at the end of the week.
Love hanging out with everyone!

Monday, January 14, 2013

On The Road Again

On our way to Texas!
Mimi and "those boys" will be cuddling Cookes before the day is out!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Recital For Brendan and Paul

This is Paul's two pieces, one is a duet with his teacher, Irene Yeakel.

And here's Brendan!

They both started with Mrs Yeakel in the Fall. There were some great performances from many of the student.

Saturday, January 12, 2013


A Far Green Country...

"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door," he used to say. "You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to."
J.R.R. Tolkien


The last load of laundry is done, and in the dryer, and I will be able to finish packing.
The cameras are charged, and I have a new SD card for the camera that I will be taking along.
The backpacks are packed except for a few details.
We have a busy day tomorrow so I didn't want to put a bunch of stuff off.

Tomorrow morning is the first Liturgy that the Confirmation kids are in charge of, and I want to be sure that I have my head in the game.
After Mass we will stick around for awhile to take down all the Christmas decorations at the church.
Then we come home for a bit and will head off at 4:15 to get to Brendan and Paul's recital on time.
They have been working very hard to get their piano pieces just right.
If all goes well with the camera, I will post video of their performances tomorrow night.
We will go out to dinner afterwards and then get home to finish up.
Tim will be here, along with Maggie, and we have people popping in and out to make sure that she has company.

I am so excited to see the Cooke family!
Laura and Andrew and all the assorted little Cookelets, a couple of whom I haven't met in person!
The boys will have lots to do, and it will be nice to have another break from school, so close to Christmas!

It's been a very busy Saturday, getting ready, but I am glad that I don't have a whole lot to do tomorrow.

For Claire Cooke, Love Mimi....

A Quilt for Claire

Thursday, January 10, 2013


I am so excited about heading to Texas, that I keep forgetting about all the things that I need to get done before Monday.
I have been working on a quilt for Claire, which is way overdue, and I need to be able to take it with me, all I have left is the binding, but still...
Then we need to get school finished for the next two weeks.
The boys have been working hard and we are down to just a few things. Brendan is taking a history test, Paul has some Math, and John has, well, I'm not really sure, but he'll let me know when he's done!
We have some things going on this weekend. The boys have a piano recital on Sunday night, and we have Confirmation Class Liturgy at Mass on Sunday.
I have do get all the laundry done, and figure out how to get all of our stuff into 1 suitcase and 4 backpacks.
For the most part, we are on track. Tomorrow is going to be mostly just preparations. The boys should be done with school and I can correct it all and get out and do some shopping, mailing and errands.
By tomorrow night I should be much more prepared.
I am just dying to get my hands on all those little people!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Praise be Jesus! Now and Forever!

Last Friday my friend Kim went into the hospital for a routine C-section to deliver her ninth baby. It turned out to be anything but routine, and we have all learned a few things about the power of prayer.
While they were doing the surgery, they found that the placenta had grown through the wall of the uterus and there was a lot of bleeding. We were told that she had received two units of blood, and they were having a hard time getting her blood pressure to stabilize.
So that was Friday afternoon. Prayer request #1.
Saturday we learned that she was still not improving and that they had decided that they were going to have to do a hysterectomy. They were hoping that this would stem the bleeding and that she would stabilize. Kim just wanted to get back to her baby, Molly, who is beautiful, healthy and was keeping her daddy very busy. Prayer request #2.
That afternoon and evening a couple of emails came through saying that Kim was not doing well at all after the surgery,  was going to need more blood, and was going to be in ICU. It was not at all certain how things were going to go, and everyone was really scared.
We sent out prayer requests all over the country, blanketed Facebook with updates and requests, families were saying Rosaries, and several people found an Adoration chapel and drove 45 minutes to go and beg Our Lord for help.
Prayers were becoming a lifeline.
 Then, things started to improve. Kim's counts seemed to be holding their own, at least somewhat. The plan to transfer her to another hospital, that would be better able to deal with the crisis, was put aside.
You could almost hear the Praise and Thanksgiving across the internet! There was one more dicey period, with a couple more units of blood needed, but things then turned around for good. Praise be to Jesus!
Last night Kim was moved down to the Mom and Baby floor.
She is with her darling Molly and, while she has a long recovery ahead of her, she is going to be able to Mommy her for a long, long time.
We are filled with Joy!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

2013- Positive and Personal

It is now a few days into the new year, and it appears that
 (a) The world will go on for a least a while longer.
 (b) The economy is going to limp along as opposed to crashing over the cliff.
 (c) There is not a darn thing that I can do about either of those very large issues.

However, there is a lot that I can do about my own attitudes and direction.
I think that it is just too easy to let the big stuff become the focus and to let the things that we need to work on get lost in the shuffle.

That being said, this new year is going to be one with much less attention paid to the big picture, and more to the interior and domestic side of life.

We have so many blessings in our lives. We have a home, Tim has a job that enables me not only to keep us all fed and clothed, but allows for us to help others as well.
We are able to teach our kids at home and let them learn at their own pace. We are also able to pass to them the truths of our Faith, so that they can accept the heritage of the Catholic Faith in it's fullness.

So we are going to do a lot more soul searching and appreciating this year. We are going to be more thankful for what we have. We are going to look at the beauty and let God's voice speak through His creation.
I am going to try to be more positive and not let the little things annoy me as much.
I am trying to spend more time in prayer and Bible study. I have discovered the Psalms in a much more personal way, through our Parish Bible Study group. We are doing the Ascension Press study Psalms, the School of Prayer. It is so wonderful to find God waiting for me each day in this wonderful book.

This is the year of Faith and I am trying to make this the year of my Faith, and my family's Faith.

At this time we are all healthy, we have two beautiful new baby boys in the Cooke household, Nina is well on her way at work and school, the details of each day are manageable and we have every reason to look forward to the future.