Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I have not shared though, how since starting blogging in February, my kids have gotten way out of hand, with manners and attitudes. I really think this is directly from me being on the computer too much, too late. Every free moment in the day, instead of swooping up the kids and doing something together, I run to the computer to "check" in on everyone. I catch myself being disappointed when my husband comes home early, knowing he will need to use the computer. Now isn't that terrible? I should be very excited when he comes home early. I used to be before starting blogging. I can't wait til he goes to bed, so I can get on the computer. I'm embarrassed to even type it. That's not being a good wife, a loving wife. The wife that God wants me to be.
I have noticed along with the good, has also come bad. Temptations to be on the computer, way too much. Temptations to be on the computer when "real" people are right here in my own home being ignored, getting in the way, bothering me, because of my selfish want to read about other people and their lives.
Laundry has each week piled up. Not the usual pile up, I mean PILE up. To the point where I have to wash or we will not have certain clothing articles that we need. Supper has been made with haste and not care and love. Let's just say it has not been very good. My family deserves better than that. Oh, I have done what I have to do, but not out of love, done because I have to do it. I'd rather do it because I love than just do it so I can get on the computer and read blogs and comment everywhere I go. So I can hurry and get a post in. To fill my own pride. Pride, that's another thing that has happened. I knew there would be that temptation to be full of pride when starting. (Margaret has posted about this a few times) Pride of liking the nice comments, actually living for them. Constantly checking for them.
I need to say to any readers out there who think my life is perfect, I am not all that!!! I am not perfect, my life is not perfect. I have daily struggles and temptations. I lose my patience and I spend way too much time on the computer. My late nights (it has become normal for me to go to bed around 2am, since blogging) have made me tired and less than patient with my children. I don't want to be less than anything to them or to my husband.
That Satan sure creeps up on people. On me. I will not let him win though. Since Saturday I have only been on the computer for a few minutes at a time, to mainly check emails. I catch myself thinking about the way it used to be, when I used to only look at a few blogs per day. I need it to get back to that. Now, I use Google reader and I have comments sent to my email (although, they don't all go there) and it helps, ALOT, but I need to change things. I still need to be on less.
I talked with my priest during Confession, he said to use blogging as a penitence, a sacrifice. To set and limit my times, to do it less. He explained that "penitence" and "sacrifice" are good things, or we are giving up good things by doing this. He explained it's not "conversion", which would be giving up something bad. He recognized the good in the blog world, which, I guess validated my feelings that I DO love it. But not more than my family.
SO, I will be posting less. I will be commenting less. I will be reading less. I will not be looking up every link everywhere. I have already started this, since Friday. Haven't even noticed, I bet! I HAVE noticed though, that I am available for my children. I am available if they need me to play a game, or color with them, or just play hand games like "Say, Say, Oh Playmate". We had time today to read a stack of books, instead of just one each. They loved it, I loved it. I felt like the mom that God wants me to be today. I started laundry for the week and only had the usual pile up. I also washed sheets and have our supper menus planned out for the next 2 weeks. And I was available to discipline them for talking back or disobeying or just for not being nice.
Dear Lord, thank you for showing me what needs to change to get my life back in balance. Thank you for all my wonderful readers and blog friends. Please bless them in a special way.
Lord, I am nothing, You are everything. Lord, show me the way. Lord, Make Me A Saint. Amen.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Lilac buds starting to come out! I LOVE lilacs! I can't wait until they bloom!
My dear hubby tilling flower gardens for me. My goal is to make it bigger and bigger every year! A good friend gave me, (yes, gave me) a bunch of perennials, her dear mil also gave me a ton, I can't wait to plant them today!!
Isn't this tree cool? We are just going to watch and see how long those branches get this Summer!
Some kind of flowering tree in our backyard!
Some kind of bushes in our back woods area!
A beautiful flowering crab tree right by our back thanksgiving window!
Beautiful painted toes in sandals!
My tulips that I planted last Fall, right after we moved here!! Tulips are so exciting! I have some purple ones too, that have not flowered yet, but they are coming soon!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Her daughter got along great with all my children and helped make this obstacle course.
Her son is driving the truck. He loves all things train and truck and car! He's a very sweet boy!
Her baby is the most mello, calm, content baby I have ever seen!! She loved being held, playing on the floor, being in the baby car seat, being outside. She was very sweet and it DID make me want another baby even more!
I had the opportunity to be a sponsor for not only one, but two beautiful young ladies. Emily is my good friends daughter. It was such an honor to be her sponsor. Through her Confirmation program, we were asked to get together at least once monthly and do selected activities together. It was a wonderful way to get to know her better and hopefully to be a good role model/witness for her. I really liked the way they did the program, it really involves the sponsors and gives them some responsibility for the faith formation of these wonderful teens. I tell you what though, it is such a contrast being with my small children all day and then going to do something with a teen. It was really fun! It made me really see how fast they grow.
At her Confirmation Mass on Sunday, there were about 4 other teens that I have not seen since I was an assistant teacher at a Montessori school, so the last time I saw them, they were around age 4 or 5. One girl, I wished I could have talked with her,(there were 88 kids Confirmed so it was busy afterward) her name is Camryn. When I had her in my afternoon group, oh, she was just such a cutie, her soft brown chubby cheeks, just called to be kissed! She was just a doll! She still looks the same, only taller! Her middle name is Grace, and when the priest called her name, I remembered at that moment, that when she was little, I loved her middle name and wanted it for one of my own, and I DID name one of my daughters with this middle name! I had forgotten why I liked the name.
Emily was one of these beautiful children at that school, so I did catch myself thinking back to when she was 4. How she has grown and changed and become such a beautiful young lady.
Doesn't Emily look beautiful? Red is the perfect color to be Confirmed in. I will add though, that the Bishop was VERY generous with the Holy Prism Oil, as you can see. Literally, his hand was dripping with it, after blessing their foreheads, he placed his hand on their cheeks, so there were a lot of shiny Confirmands there! They were glistening with the Holy Spirit! Her Confirmation name is Maria Goretti. This is her parents, Tim and Lisa, who without them, I could not do any daily Masses! Really, they help me out every time. Little Mary loves Tim and snuggles up to him and does not make a peep! Babycakes loves them both and it gives her more people to go to during Mass, up and down, up and down! Lisa is actually Babycakes' Godmother! Lisa and I have been friends for a long time now and she is one of my closest friends!
God Bless you Emily. I love you very much and hope the Holy Spirit continues to work in your life. The gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit are with you forever. Thank you for asking me to be your sponsor, it was an honor. I will continue to pray for you every day. (the kids too!)
Sunday, May 18, 2008
This is one of the children's books we found. We all love it. It's just so cute and has lots to talk about afterward, like being nice, being a nice friend, not calling people names etc....
I will be posting more later, but I am tired it's 11:30 pm and my paint is wet and I can't paint anymore, so I am going to bed!! (pretty amazing for this gal, any time before midnight is early for me!)
Garage sales, Music shows, painting and Confirmation...more to come!!
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Another Meme!! I was tagged by Nerm!
Please write a Six Word Memoir that represents your life's motto.... The rules are:1. Write your own six word Memoir. 2. Post it on your blog. 3. Link to the person who tagged you .4. Tag 5 more blogs with links (leave a comment on their blog with an invitation to play).
I'm tagging these people:
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Tonight I will be with our Lord in Eucharistic Adoration. Please leave your petitions in my comments box by clicking on "comments" at the bottom of this post. I will pray for you, I just ask that you pray too.
Stay close to the Blessed Sacrament. If you have troubles or worries, go to the Blessed Sacrament. If your church does not have a Eucharistic Adoration chapel, go to the Tabernacle. Jesus waits there for you.
Before we had Eucharistic Adoration, I used to go to the tabernacle and just sit there by it and pray and I cannot put into words the grace I felt leaving there. He took all my pain away and filled me with graces.
Going to the Tabernacle carried me through many hopeless times. He waits for you. Go.
He will show you what to pray. He will teach you. He will fill you with graces. He and only Him can complete you.
Our hearts are restless until we rest with Him.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Barbie has changed from when I was a kid though. When I was a child, I owned 3 barbies. One was a "real" Barbie and the other 2 were cheapie $1 ones. I wished I had at least a GI Joe for Barbie, but did not. I dreamed of having a Barbie house and 10 more Barbies like my cousin, but did not. I only had the original outfits they came in. Back then, most kids did not have tons of everything they played with (and we were fine). My mom would give me a piece of material, like above and a ribbon and I would make their own dresses. Sun dresses. I guess this is inappropriate now, but, it gave me lots of styles to play with. I loved dressing my Barbies. I would pretend Barbie was me, and I would mostly just dress her up and have singing shows.
Now, my littles play with Barbie, they set them all up (they have way too many, mom does garage sales) They love to dress them in beautiful gowns and then they have singing shows. It takes a long time to play barbies with my girls, EVERY Barbie has to sing. AND you have to make up the song!! I do try to sing some funny ones like "Feelings" and "The Rose"! "Some say, Love, it is a River...." Isn't that a fun one to sing? How about "Tie a yellow Ribbon around the old oak tree"?
Anyway, my point here is what is wrong with Barbie? She sings, dances, gets married, has children. I don't let them dress them inappropriate...yes sometimes the skirts are a little short, but it gives me an opportunity to talk about modesty with them at this young age. To talk about what is true beauty. They know she is just a doll and they love to dress her and sing and dance her. I guess it depends on our past and our experiences with Barbie.
Are there any Barbie lovers out there? I know Jill, you love her!! Anything you'd like to add?
Now, I did space for paragraphs, let's see if it worked....
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Tracy is a very, very nice. She is very easy to talk to and has a beautiful smile with the cutest dimple! It was wonderful to meet her and her beautiful children. I think she fits perfect in our homeschool group and hope to see much more of her in the future!
I apologize I had to rush her off, so we could get to dance!
(I tried to edit this picture to center it...and spent WAY too much time on it and it did not work in the end, so I gave up!)
Now, I have another IRL friend!! (in real life)
This clip is taken from the 1952 movie Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima. This is a great movie. Amazing this can happen and the whole world does not know about it! Amazing that a little child was told, he must say many rosaries!! Isn't that something? Now, we live in a world where children are not taught to pray!
At Fatima when the Miracle of the sun happened, it had been raining for days, there was water and mud everywhere. All of a sudden the sun came out and instantly dried everything and spun around and looked as if it were fireworks spinning from it. Then all of a sudden, the sun came crashing towards the ground, everyone there thought they were going to perish. They hid their faces in terror. Then at the last second, God took the sun back. Now, this is documented as happening, there are pictures as proof of this, why is this not taught in history classes? Why does the world not know about this?
Sometimes that is the way God answers prayers. We worry and panic and pray and at the very last minute, even second, He takes care of us. Things turn out fine.
Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for us.
Go to Mass as often as possible
Read the bible
Pray the rosary
These messages are simple to follow. They are the messages of Our Lady. Bringing us closer to her Son.
Pray, Pray, Pray.
Monday, May 12, 2008
The Confirmation/First Holy Communion was at 5pm, so we left Fargo by around 10:15pm and got home around 1am. How did I stay awake, you ask? Praying this, listening and singing to this and listening to one of her talks. (Thanks Margaret) Oh, and lots of This!
It was an honor to be able to witness this blessed event. Jedi thanked me over and over for taking him! God Bless you, Luke, we love you!
Friday, May 9, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
I hesitate to show you this, but I am, in the hopes of inspiring someone out there to pray the rosary. 2 or 3 months after the opening of the chapel, while praying there, I looked down and couldn't believe my eyes. I blinked, blinked again...then kept praying and looking at our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament in pure awe of His blessings on my life. Why did He give me this gift? I am nothing. He is everything. My rosary had turned gold.
At night you could see them going off in the distance. We were in this safe little village that was untouched by any war and it was totally felt by everyone there.
Now, I wanted to jump up and tell everyone, but couldn't really do that, it would be rude, so I kept praying and staring at my crucifix. Afterward, (it's amazing how I could forget something so wonderful) there was a lot going on up there and I just didn't say anything and kind of forgot about it until the next morning. That morning, a friend and I decided to get up early and walk across the village and go up the Apparation Hill and pray a rosary and talk. When we got to the bottom of the hill, I remembered what had happened as I took out my rosary, and I started to say, "Oh, my gosh, Victor, I forgot to tell you..." He interrupted and said, "your crucifix turned gold, didn't it?" He said "mine too!" Just during that time, just on the hill, both our crucifixes turned gold and then turned back to silver after the rosary.
Do you still?
What do you see?
Anyone have Medjugorje stories?
I'd love to hear about them.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit:
- Fear of the Lord
They also suggested in this book to list the Fruits of the Spirit on shapes of actual fruits and each child can pick a fruit (from a basket) and explain what each fruit means and how we can use these fruits.
For the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, they suggest making 7 yellow flames of fire with a slightly larger orange flame glued behind it, and listing the gifts on each flame. Then put all in a hat (or basket or whatever) and each family member draws from it and whatever each person picks is the gift they will pray for all that year. (you can double up, if you have more than 7 in your family or also do the Fruits)
I also liked their idea of making paper kites and listing the Gifts of the Spirit on the knots. This would look great in our school room! Dawn also has a great windsock idea!
I have been given a little slack for not posting projects ahead of time, I hope this helps someone out there! I always have these ideas in my head, it's just easier to keep them there until we do it!
Have a great Wednesday everyone, Blessings to you all! Again, this dumb blogger will not let me do paragraphs, sorry, it's obnoxious I know!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Did you know that "rosary" in German means " a crown of roses"? So each time we pray a rosary it is like offering Mary a crown of roses!
Monday, May 5, 2008
Looking for great homemade rosaries? These clay rosaries are hand made by a very good friend of mine's, daughter, Sarah. She has been making these for many years. I think I got mine like 10 or 11 years ago, when Sarah was still in high school. She is now a new mother and living in another state, and her rosaries have gotten even more beautiful! The time and detail each bead has is amazing. I love that each bead has a symbolic meaning to help you pray. Please check out her rosaries and other gifts at Clay Rosaries by Sarah.
Another beautiful rosary maker is Barbara. Her rosaries are beautiful. (I love to look at all of them) Please check them out, if you have someone who you need to give a gift to, Mother's day, birthdays, First Communions, Confirmations, Father's day or just because, think about a rosary.
If you did not click on the link, here it is: Prayerful Beads.
I wanted to give these the attention they need, but will have a story shortly about my favorite rosaries and why I like them.
I am off to Ballerina Rosie's Little Crowns meeting, I am in charge this last month of the school year and we are making one decade rosary key chains, I will have pictures soon!
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
to those who recite the Rosary given to St Dominic
1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.
2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of people from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.
6. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its Sacred Mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just, he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.
8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the Saints in Paradise.
9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.
11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.
12. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
14. All who recite the Rosary are my children, and brothers and sisters of my only Son, Jesus Christ.
15. Devotion of my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.
Blessings of the Rosary
1. Sinners are forgiven.
Benefits of the Rosary
1. It gradually gives us a perfect knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Our May baskets for our neighbors and some friends. Candy, prayer cards of the Ascension and flower seed packets. The girls loved making these and they really turned out pretty!
- Color Ascension coloring sheets.
- Deliver May Baskets.
- Plant Marigold, Morning Glory and Grass seed in pots. (I am going to plant some Basil)
- Make flower collages with bright flowers and stems.
- Finger paint with blue and white paint on blue paper, symbolizing the sky and Jesus ascending up to heaven.
- Do bubbles, bubbles going up, symbolizing Jesus going up.
- Drink bubbly water, (same symbolization) in homemade flower cups.
- Do all of this while watching my friends beautiful little 2 year old! :)
Please leave any petitions you might have in my comment box and I will pray for you during my holy hour with our Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament tonight! I only ask that you pray too!
I'm sorry if the Paula Abdul thing changes your image of me...I do like dance music, it makes me want to dance. It makes me happy. I mostly wanted to practice putting a Utube video on my blog and it fit the previous post! When listening to the radio, I always listen to our local christian radio, safe for little ears. I have grown to love christian music. When listening to CD's, I always listen to Classical or soft music that soothes us all! I actually deep down love country music, but it always brings me back to a place in my life where I do not want to be, so I cannot listen to it! I also failed to mention with 4 small children, rarely do I actually get to SIT and watch American Idol, it is NEVER quiet around here and if the TV is on, it is even LOUDER!! So, it is rarely on. I did not even see the results last night! (I did see on the computer though that my Ballerina Rosie's favorite, Brooke White, lost)