Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Pray. Pray. Pray.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Last night, while watching, I kept tearing up, it was just so sad. When they were together, you could feel the tension. You could feel what she was feeling, you could feel what he was feeling.
When they were apart, you could feel the pain and the lonliness. You could see where things probably went wrong, starting with their lives being on national television. Among many other things. Sad things. Controversial things. Things about God. Kate mentioned during the show, the high rate of divorce among parents of multiples. What about the high rate of divorce among parents who contracept or have their tubes tied or have a vasectomy done? Add those things to the equation. How could the marriage survive?
Prayer. That is how it can survive.
I dreamt about them all night and prayed for them the many times I awoke. I couldn't get them off my mind. This TV show has become their income, their business. But I do hope they work things out and realize another way to make it, without putting their lives on television.
I really think prayer is the only way this marriage can survive.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Blessings to you all, I'm off to find some garage sales today!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
A friend asked me a few weeks ago how I could be excited for another baby. At first, I was kind of taken aback and shocked she was asking this, but then, she explained she meant nothing negative, she was just trying to understand. Her two children are grown now, and she wishes now that she'd had more children, but at the time, she had her hands full and could not imagine having more.
She asked me if I was worried about being able to handle all of them, as my time is filled now. She has babysat for us a few times and knows how constant it is. I thought maybe there are some readers who think the same thing, so thought I'd address it here too. Yes, I am almost 40 (just a week or so after this baby's birth) and I have type 1 diabetes, and yes, they are long, hard pregnancies.
I explained, first, trust. Trust in God. He is the One who gave us this life (of another child) and He knows what we can handle. I'm not saying it is going to be easy. I know it will be hard and challenging at times, but I'm not afraid of that. Babies and children go through different stages every 3 months, so whatever is hard will only be hard for so long and then life will move onto the next stage, whatever that will be.
I have to admit, that after having the 4th baby, the hardest thing for me was that any time I had with 3 children, like exercising time, walking, gardening, etc...was now gone. That time was filled with the 4th baby. That was hard to get used to. (she was born June 1, so that summer was a wash!) But by the next summer, things had changed and those things could be a part of my life again.
Now, I probably make things harder on myself, as I don't pump, I feed on demand and so that baby is glued to me until I wean them around 1 1/2 years. I love my babies (we all do) and cherish that time when they are young, as it goes sooo fast, before you know it, it's gone. I actually loved getting up in the night, especially with my last baby, I am happy I nurse and my hubby cannot do anything, as I am kind of selfish that way, I love that time with my little one, that one on one time, quiet time, between her and I. It's weird, I feel very close to God at that time.
I'm not saying I don't get tired, because I do, and if that baby gets up an extra time, like say 4 times, well, that kind of breaks the "perfect" amount of sleep to be able to exist the next day without being crabby.
I also so look forward to the brand new personality. I catch myself wondering while at the hospital with my newest baby, what the next one will look like. Being so amazed at how different they all are. I love their different personalities. It amazes me. I fall in love with my husband all over again seeing him with our new little one. And seeing him with the older ones.
So, basically my answer to her was:
I don't worry. I trust. How I'm going to handle it is not even a thought until it has to be. I think people today are afraid to trust. Afraid to let go. I think when people see mothers of larger families, they are in awe. They are deep down jealous or maybe disappointed that they could not do it. At least they think they couldn't. People are afraid of letting go of their bodies, giving complete control to God, the maker of that body. Some people don't like the "baby" years. They are hard years. I would just say that time goes so fast and is so worth it.
I personally, after struggling with infertility the first few years of our marriage, believe each baby is a gift from God and cannot say "NO" to God. He knows best.
A doctor, while I was in the hospital with my broken leg, asked me, with her nose wrinkled up in disgust, as she was leaving my room, "Uh, are you planning on having any more children?" As if it were any of her business anyway, as if because I have a broken leg, that is a reason to not have anymore. I said "I hope so, we leave it up to God" knowing she has one adopted child and was unable to conceive, I went on to say, that "many people struggle with infertility and who am I to say "no thank you God" to His gifts." Her last words to me were "Well, we each have our own opinions."
Yes, doctor, we do, and I will pray for you.
Personally, I think long hair is easier in the summer, because of being able to put it up, but...
They look pretty darn cute!
**I do have permission from daddy to post pictures!
Locks of Love
We went to Great Clips and they took care of the hair for us and the haircuts were free!
This is the 2nd time for Ballerina Rosie, she did it a year and a half ago, with me. The stylist let her cut my pony tail! Her hair grows really fast and is very thick!
Monday, May 18, 2009
"Pope John Paul II was born on this day in 1920. During his pontificate, he often invited cardinals in Rome who were over 80 years of age to lunch on his birthday. There, they discussed Church issues. Even though their age prevented them from participating in any papal conclave, Pope John Paul still wanted to show them he appreciated their wisdom and insights."
(taken from my Little White Book 6 minute daily reflections)
Sunday, May 17, 2009
"This I command you, to love one another." John 15:17
This is from today's Gospel reading. It is so powerful. We discussed it during our last book club meeting Thursday night and I have been thinking about it ever since. We resolved to try to think of everyone in this way. God's greatest Commandment.
For me these words of Jesus are so deep and can mean so much, yet they can also be so very simple. Love everyone. Sounds simple right? But loving everyone means loving even those who bug us. It means loving everyone who comes in contact with us. It means loving even people who don't come in contact with us, like Oprah, Tom Hanks or President Obama. It means loving the murderers and the child molesters. How can we love people like that? We can do it. God loves them. We can love them by not hating them. We can love them by praying for them.
The opposite of hate is love.
The opposite of pride is humility.
When I think of loving everyone with the love of God, I always think of Blessed Mother Teresa. She makes it more real for me, more tangible. When she was alive and I guess I still do this, I often think "what would Mother Teresa do? What would she think, what would she say?" This often helps me to do the right thing, not always. I still struggle with certain people in my life and am not perfect in all my relationships. Today is a reminder to work on especially those relationships, even if only to pray for them. Lord, help me to humble myself and to love everyone the way You want me to.
"Spread love everywhere you go:
First of all in your own house.
Give love to your children, To your wife or husband,
to a next door neighbor....
Let no one come to you without leaving better or happier.
Be a living expression of God's kindness;
Kindness in your face,
Kindness in your eyes,
Kindness in your smile
And kindness in your warm greeting."
Friday, May 15, 2009
Here's my big belly. This baby is not coming until August 27th, so, see, I AM big as a house! Oh, don't worry, I can get much bigger! (and will) (notice my long scar, that is the side where the rod and screws are, nice ankle Jamie!)
Bye bye wheelchair, bye bye crutches!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Babycakes did have another success today!! 2 times more than any other day...I'll take it and not talk about the unsuccesses! (messes) She does love to go to the potty after she has already gone in her panties, hasn't figured that one out yet....Thank you Christine, you are super!
**Now, how does this work...M&M for Babycakes and M&M for Mama, right?
We did buy a bath time baby for her and put it on the fridge for when she does go all day, every time.
Today, she finally went!!!!! Yahoo!!!! It's just the beginning, but hey, it's a beginning! It's a small success for her! (and me!) I have to say, there is nothing like that feeling of training a toddler, doing the almost impossible!
I am woman, hear me roar!!!!! (click on the words and hear a classic!)
But today, When the groceries were delivered (for the small fee of $7.95), wow! It was so easy. I felt so spoiled! My 4 year old "Mary" jumped up and down and couldn't believe "they" would give us all this food, "why would they do this?" she kept saying!! I tried to explain that I ordered it and we paid for them, but you know how little kids just think everything that comes in the mail is from the mailman? Well, she thinks all this food is from the nice elderly gentleman that delivered it!
I just don't think I can justify spending the 8 bucks to do this every time, but it sure came in handy this time! I actually think I spent less, no extra things, no last minute cookbooks or magazines at the checkout, no Diet Coke or juices or Chocolate milks for the kids. Really nothing fun....Shhhh!! Don't tell my husband! :)
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
"The city of St Paul, Minnesota, derives it's name from a tiny Catholic chapel built by a French missionary priest.
Fr Lucien Galtier had come to the United States in 1838 and was ordained in Dubuque, Iowa. In the spring of 1840, the young priest was sent to his first mission (a trading center known as Pig's Eye, Minnesota) to minister to the French-Canadians living there.
In October 1841, the priest began work on a chapel. On November 1st that same year, the chapel was dedicated to St Paul. Fr Galtier chose the name, hoping that one day the area would become known as "St Paul", rather than Pig's Eye."
Now, of course this caught my attention because we live in Minnesota, but look at all the cities across the whole United States. Look at how many thousands of cities are named after Saints. To take it even a step farther, look at how many cities are started with a history of our rich Catholic faith.
The government is trying to take God away. Take prayer away. There is no way they can do it. We have the Saint's intercession in so many cities. Just saying the name of each Saint city, that Saint is there.
My husband even remembered that one of his uncles lived on a street called "Galtier" growing up, down in St Paul, MN.
History. Rich history. Government, just keep trying to take God out of our cities, you can't do it.
Friday, May 8, 2009
"The Mother of God, the most pure virgin, carried the True Light in her arms and brought Him to those who lay in darkness. We too, should carry a light for all to see and reflect the radiance of the True Light as we hasten to meet Him."
In case the video did not work at all, I want to post something for a good friend and fellow blogger who might need this! I read this tonight in the chapel. Taken from "Holiness For Housewives" by Dom Hubert Van Zeller:
"Pray, and do not think of failure or success. You cannot measure either of them anyway, so why bother? Disappointment need not enter into your calculations at all. You have not the least idea what will be the outcome of your prayer--except that certainly it will be pleasing to God. None of the other effects matters."