Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
(taken from our Children's Book of Saints)
When he was a boy; John learned many tricks by watching circus men. He gathered boys around him and put on little shows. Then he repeated the sermon he had heard in church.
At thirteen John left home and went to work with a farmer, then a tailor, a baker, a shoemaker, and a carpenter. In this way he worked himself through college and seminary, and became a priest.
Boys loved Father John. He found places for them to meet, to play and pray. When neighbors complained about the noise, Father john rented an old barn in a field. He called it "The Oratory." He started many of these oratories. He believed that prayer and the sacraments are the best ways of making boys good.
Don Bosco also founded the religious order of the Salesians, a group of priests who would help him in his work for boys. They went also to other countries to educate boys. Father John set up shops of all kinds to teach boys different trades. He wrote many booklets and the boys printed them and sent them out for people to read.
Father John died at the age of seventy-three in 1888.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Barbara tagged me for this meme. This is me, I usually shower each morning, but today I was lazy and straightened my hair instead, (of course that turns out to be the impromptu picture day) so usually it's curly. My style? Pretty much anything around $10. Hate to say it, but it's true. I have no style, except color. Can't you tell by my flowery K-mart shirt? I have a turquoise one too. I usually wear plain long sleeve tees with no design or print on them (don't you know prints are supposed to make a person look heavier?) and they are all the same, just different colors. I'm terrible, I find a shirt and buy several different colors of it over several weeks, then I'm set. Oh, and the tees are big, so I'll be able to wear them for a while!
I really wish I was a Land's End style person. But I don't have the money or the body. In the end, who really cares anyway? No one. SO, my kids will not be wanting to "share" my clothes or shoes, I'm just not that cool. That's ok, there's enough of them to share eachothers, right?
Purse/tote? Yep, Wal-Mart, cheapest purse that had a long enough strap to put on my arm and not fall off and big enough to put all my stuff in even a diaper and wipes if needed. Again, no style. When I have a baby, the diaper bag becomes my purse. I am a bag person, I have lots of big bags for putting "stuff" in like the pool bag, the dance bag, the church bag, the library bag, the picnic bag.
Monday, January 26, 2009
My husband went and bought this pot this past weekend and we tried it last night. We had an array of different foods: Mozzarella and cheddar cheese chunks, onion rings, chicken, steak, mushrooms, pineapple, grapes, strawberries and bananas. We had a beer batter (made with water), a onion ring batter and a Italian bread crumb/egg coating. Oh, and of course a chocolate fondue. (for the fruit) We also had numerous dips, sweet and sour, mustard, spaghetti sauce, ketchup, and some spicy stuff only my husband had.
I have never done fondue. I had no idea what it would be like or even taste like. We filled the pot with Canola oil and waited for it to get hot and stood there for the next 2 1/2 hours or so to eat a little at a time, as it got done. We decided in order to feed this many people we'd need another fondue pot with oil and another one for the dessert. We had to wait for the oil to cool, clean everything up and then melt the chocolate. I kept thinking this is just like deep fat frying, isn't it? I could feel my arteries clogging up as I tasted. I just don't like greasy things. I do eat healthy. (I have really really good cholesterol) I love fruit and vegetables and fresh stuff. The chocolate was good, but pretty rich and after trying each piece of fruit in the chocolate, that was about all anyone could handle.
The kids did have a blast though. It was fun to see them try new foods and try to experiment. They can't wait to do it again. We would do less next time, one less batter, the onion ring batter was the best! I could see using this fondue pot for special desserts sometimes too. It was worth it to try it and fun to do something like this together as a family.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Holiness for Housewives is not a book study book, so we will just read the chapter for the particular week and each come up with a question to discuss. We meet 2x/month at my home and we read the coming Sunday's gospel and discuss a resolution for the next 2 weeks. We really have wonderful group of women. Melissa and Christine are in the group. One woman, Susan, read my blog the day I posted about being sick and she, being a mother of 9 children, cooked a meal for me (and 2 others!!) Now, how sweet is that? I think of the sacrifice she made that day, so I'd be relieved from the nausea for a evening, well, it just amazes me. She really is a treasure, as are all the ladies in the group!
The group started many years ago going through "Familia" and then turned into "Together" and now we are a Catholic Women's Book Study Group.
"Courageous Love" is a good book study book, but to tell you the truth, I really just mostly enjoy the conversations that stem from the book, not necessarily the book. Does that make sense? We women can talk.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
That kind of sums up pregnancy for me. Trying to embrace the good out of the bad. Trying to dream of the end.
I am sick. I have no problem saying it all. day. long. My kids keep saying, "but mom, that's good right?" Me: "Yes, it's good, but (as I put my head down on the table), I'm sooo sick!" So far, no throwing up, just that jaw clinching nausea over every smell (including perfume and lotion and well, everything) and even thoughts. This past week my husband made popcorn one night and I could not even come downstairs where he was, I had to close my door the smell was sooo strong. Yet, the very next day, I had popcorn for lunch!
I always crave healthy things, like salads & carrots, (I just bought a huge bag of huge real carrots, not baby carrots, they have to be the real thing!) sub sandwiches, (from a particular sub place here in town) These are things I crave when I'm not pregnant too, it's just that now, it's a much stronger craving. Like I will crave them until I get them. Like I HAVE to get them.
With the girls I have craved oranges and apples (yellow apples to be exact) but with this baby no fruit cravings yet, except bananas, which I always love and crave!
No mood swings (yet), but you better ask my husband about that. I did get a little sad this past weekend and did tear up for almost the entire Mass on Sunday, every song and reading and during the homily. (pro-life homily)
I have no. energy. at. all. I just want to lie on the couch all day or better yet, not get out of bed to begin with.
I also get a little frustrated and sad about the weight gain that is happening and will continue to happen for the next 7 months.
With my Type 1 Diabetes, (I've had since I was 10) I will gain 60 lbs. I've already started. How, you ask? Well, the doctor explained it to me this way, when there is tighter control of the blood sugars, no sugars are spilling out into my urine and so all that sugar stays in my body and has to go somewhere. SO, yes, I have already started to gain, even though I'm actually eating less.
With each pregnancy, I've not lost all of the weight gained. In between pregnancies, I have not gained weight, I've either lost (in the beginning) or stayed the same (this past year) so I will be the biggest ever by the end. So, in accumulation, it's a lot.
The frustrating part for me is the darn diabetes. I hate that it actually does control me. Oh, I have a handle on it, I take good care of myself and the baby, (it is so worth it) but if I were not a diabetic, I would not gain the weight. (not that much) I would be the person I want to be (body image wise) I hate that it is out of my control, I have to give in and just accept it.
Maybe I am moody, re-reading this post, it sounds negative, but believe me, it's not. It's just my struggles. My way to get it out and not keep it bottled up inside. I am still very happy and very positive. I feel so very blessed with every feeling and hard thing that comes my way.
SO, I accept it all, one day at a time getting closer to that end. Those beautiful flowers and butterflies and baby!
I pray daily for all of you out there hoping to conceive. I do know your pain, I do understand. If you have not already read my post about the very special womb blessing done by a priest, please read here!
Friday, January 16, 2009
***Yes, I have Spring fever and will continue to show pretty Spring and Summer pictures!***
Thursday, January 15, 2009
We make these paper plate snowmen every year, but they turn out so cute and different each year!
Trace stencils of snowflakes, mittens, snowmen and paint with Q-tips. I make a whole bunch of traced stencil winter sheets and we water paint them and color them too.
Good news though, above zero temps are coming this weekend!!! Yahoo!! You should see us Minnesotans after a string of below zero days, that above zero temp, even if only a few degrees, feels soooooo warm, we even venture out without hats and mittens and might even unzip our coats!!! Really, I'm not exaggerating.
We are staying in and the kiddos are going to watch a movie with popcorn and hot cocoa as their snack. Picture this mama laying on the couch with 4 kiddos sitting on her, trying to doze off. Oh, I can do it, really I can. And I'm going to.
Stay warm wherever you are. It won't last forever.
The local schools did close today!! Now, my kids are wishing we did not homeschool...we still have school.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
It makes me curious as to what their lives are really like. Why this is important. Is it important? Is it just a party? Do some of them try to get on the "worst dressed list" ? Do they have to go because they are promoting a current movie? Why do they get all this "free" stuff when they are so stinkin' rich already? (OK, I know the answer already to that one, but it still bugs me)
It makes me think about my own life and be so very thankful that my life is not theirs. That I have my simple life here and don't have to worry about all that they seem to need to worry about, or not worry about.
I wonder, do they think about God? What do they think? I think about how liberal the majority of them are (only excluding a handful). And how much they push their own agenda for condoms, abortion, Obama and being "green".
I wonder why Angelina Jolie, who I think has a huge heart for some wonderful causes and tries to do what is right and uses her money to help a lot of people, can be so messed up? She shows mercy towards other countries yet, has no mercy for her father. I wonder, how did she lose the weight?
How do they all stay so thin?
Award time brings all these and many other thoughts to my head.
I think the award shows make it clear how SIN is made to look glamorous and beautiful in the world's view.
OK, this got way out of hand...these awards pictured on my post today have nothing to do with SIN or anything bad at all. The first award on the top is called the "Marie Antoinette Award" and is given to bloggers from other bloggers for being "real" or for "bloggers who are real in who they are". This was given to me from Tracy at Pinewood Castle. Thank you Tracy!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) could be passed by Congress as soon as January 21-22 of 2009. If signed by newly-inaugurated President Obama and made into law, FOCA will remove all limitations on abortion:
1. All hospitals, including Catholic hospitals, will be required to perform abortions upon request. If this happens, American Catholic bishops have vowed to close down Catholic hospitals, more than 30% of all hospitals in the United States.
2. Partial birth abortions will be legal without restriction.
3. All U.S. taxpayers will be forced to fund abortions.
4. Parental notification will no longer be required.
5. The number of abortions will increase by a minimum of 100,000 annually.Perhaps most importantly, the passage of FOCA will place the issue of abortion under government control. This could result in a future amendment that would force women by law to have abortions in certain situations (rape, Down syndrome babies, etc.) and might even regulate how many children women are allowed to have.
Catholics and all Christians must stand as one against this menace. We must stop this horrific act before it becomes a law.
The Plan:To say a novena ( nine days of prayer ) with fasting, beginning January 11th. For Catholics, the prayer of choice is the rosary, with the intention to stop FOCA. Non-Catholics are encouraged to pray their strongest prayers with the same intentions, also for nine consecutive days. The hope is that this will branch and blossom to become a global effort with maximum impact. There is very little time so we all must act fast.
Please do three things:
1. Pass this letter to five or more people.
2. Do it in three days or less.
3. Start the novena on January 11th, and pray with fasting for nine consecutive days.
May God bless our efforts.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Happy New Year to everyone! I don't really make resolutions except the same things that I am already working on anyway. Like getting up early, working out every day, praying more. I do feel the new year is a clean slate, a nice starting over point. We took down our tree yesterday and our decorations and the house seems so much bigger and cleaner!! It makes it kind of exciting to start school today in a clean school room, no crafts on the walls yet and the calendar is not full yet.
We have a ton of snow here in MN, I'll post a mailbox picture later, you can hardly see our mailbox. We got another 2 inches over the weekend and it was way below zero yesterday. Today is supposed to be above zero which means it will actually feel warm to us Minnesotans, and all the kiddos and I will go outside to play today!!
Have a great day back at whatever it is you are doing today!
Friday, January 2, 2009
In 1928, she was assigned as a registration clerk in the admissions office of the Sisters of Charity's new hospital in Akron, Ohio. Here at St Thomas Hospital she met Dr Bob Smith, a recovering alcoholic, who co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous. The two soon became friends.
Dr Smith and Bill Wilson (another recovering alcoholic) had just published a book, outlining the 12 steps of spiritual healing. But in order for this healing to occur, Dr Smith needed to find a hospital willing to provide care for the alcoholic's medical needs.
In the summer of 1939, he asked Sr Ignatia to help him find a hospital where alcoholics could detox as they learned to live without alcohol. It was a risky request. Back then, alcoholism was seen as a character defect rather than a disease requiring treatment.
But Sister Ignatia wouldn't be deterred. She admitted alcoholic men into the hospital during shift changes and before nursing supervisors could object. Eventually Dr Smith and the nun convinced hospital officials to change their policy, and St Thomas Hospital became the first religious institution to recognize alcoholics' right to receive medical treatment.
When an alcoholic patient left the hospital, Sr Ignatia would give them a Sacred Heart medallion, representing their commitment to God. If they were going to drink, she'd say they should return the medal first.
Sr Mary Ignatia died April 1, 1966, in Cleveland, Ohio.
**This was taken from my "The Little Blue Book" (a 6 minute daily reflection book)
For more information on Sr Ignatia's life go here.
For a great movie about how Alcoholics Anonymous started watch "My Name is Bill W" starring James Woods and one of my favorites, James Garner! (I love him, my dad always watched the Rockford Files, remember Lance White? Who can guess who played Lance White?) ***OK, I will give you a hint: He later became Magnum P.I.
For those of you who don't know, my husband celebrated 19 years of sobriety this past May and runs a half-way house that houses 24 men in recovery. (He's a drug and alcohol counselor)
SO, I found this very interesting about Sister Ignatia!