Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
and I Had to include a clip of them singing my absolute FAVORITE Christmas Hymn... Their voices give me chills... I understand that two of the three are actually blood brothers...
Their debut album is available now. What a GREAT Christmas gift idea!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Okay, so we hadn't done much Christmas shopping yet.... okay, we hadn't done ANY... Just with so much going on, and a little bit of dread and not wanting to deal with the crowds and trying to balance what the kids want and what we can actually afford AND keep everyone grounded on the TRUE meaning of the season, I had already discussed with each of the kids that we ARE a 'large' family by society's standards and we are also a single income family on a tight budget. Don't get yourselves psyched up and set your minds on "big ticket" items... it just ain't gonna happen... we can't afford it and neither can Santa... I think we are like most other parents who want to do and give nice things to their kids, but just can't afford a lot of the things that kids seem to be in to these days... and times 5, well, it gets expensive... Anyway, I had set mine and the kids thoughts on preparing our baking gifts for the season and shopping has been avoided thus far...
Lo and behold hubby brings in the mail yesterday afternoon and opens a Christmas card sent from no return address. Inside was a note from "Santa" explaining that he was having some trouble with elves and ran out of time to do any shopping for us but enclosed a lovely gift card for us to do some shopping of our own for us and each of the kids... completely unexpected but so appreciated... : ) it was signed "Love, Santa"... So Santa, if you're reading this, we got it... and thank you from the bottom of our hearts... It was so very thoughtful... and a VERY Merry Christmas to you and YOUR family!
Yes, Virginia, there IS a Santa Clause.... ; )
God love her... I only have one brother in my family, so I only have one sister-in-law from my sibs, and I guess after being a part of our family for 31-plus years now, she really DOES know me! lol... This was a "new mommy- again" gift from her for me. It's a purse, and when I saw it I laughed so hard I got tears.... It really says it all... I asked her if when she saw it at the store it was surrounded by neon lights and arrows pointing around it saying "Buy THIS for Lee!!" ?... Yup... she knows me : )
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Facing the Giants
All three were on sale here locally, and are movies we will watch again and again... They also had Fireproof (due out in January) on sale if you pre-ordered it, for only $12.49. Fireproof was from the same makers of Flywheel and Facing the Giants. So, you might check out your own local Christian or Catholic bookstores to see if you can find them! They would make terrific Christmas gifts!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
This video of these young, talented men reminded me and brought back lots of memories that I have of singing as part of a group. I loved the harmonizing and how much fun it was to sing together in a choir. Two of my best girlfriends and I always had fun picking different parts of songs and singing them in harmony, just for the fun of it. You can tell that these guys are just having a blast! and the crowd is loving it... Enjoy!
6. Holding a new baby (complete with "new baby" smell...) curled up in a little ball quietly sleeping on my chest...
5. When my husband lets me put my cold feet up against him to warm them up in the bed...
4. The quiet of a church filled with the smell of candles (not the smelly ones, just the plain ole beeswax prayer candles smell...)
3. Getting together with my friends and family,siblings, cousins, etc...
2. The sound of my children's uncontrollable laughter when playing together...
1. "Light bulb moments" with my kids, when you KNOW that something FINALLY clicked with them that you've been trying to teach...
Okay. Now it's time to tag some friends... How 'bout:
Melissa at Almost Catholic Momma
The Mom at Shoved to Them
the Expresso Catholic Mom
and Occultus Matris at Keeping Up With the Comptons
Now, you're it! ; )
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
So, I think it's WAY PASSED time to acknowledge this milestone that we accomplished, only through God's grace...
After 20 years it becomes all too easy to forget about what it was that drew us together in the first place... Lives become wrapped up in job, kids, chores, life... But I want you to know how very much you mean to me... you are MORE than just a provider for our home... you are my partner in life, in love, my anchor that I cling to when I am afraid... You are the father of our children that fill our lives with laughter, and tears, and remind us of our endless amounts of love for them and for one another because they are part of each of us. Sometimes you frustrate me to no end, but you make me smile more...
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Thankfully, the past few days have been an improvement. However, NOW she tends to INSIST on ME taking her to the bathroom most of the time. On occasion she will allow her dad and SOMETIMES even her siblings to take her. But if I'm holding the baby, I'm the only one... *sigh* makes for some tricky maneuvering... But hopefully this will all work itself out in another week or two... In the meantime it's back to school tomorrow for a short week, as we prepare for Thanksgiving on Thursday.
Please say a prayer that between the Zicam and some extra rest we can all get past the colds in time for the holiday festivities, and then Sam's baptism will be next Sunday morning at Mass. Yea!!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
"Some elected officials in California - the governor and a number of legislators
- have decided that the vote of the people means NOTHING. For reasons known only to them, they have indicated that they want the vote of the people concerning Proposition 8 overturned. To date, 44 legislators as well as the
governor are petitioning the California Supreme Court to declare Proposition 8
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday was election day, and we all know the out come of that, now... I did my best to stay out of eye and ear shot of any news coverage that day, as it only caused me more anxiety... I did not want to face what in my gut already knew...
Wednesday morning I woke to the day of my 20th wedding anniversary, thinking back that 20 years earlier my husband and I were up and preparing to go to the Church for entirely different reasons... THIS morning we were preparing to get to the Church for the funeral of my brother in law...
Knowing that America had spoken and Barak Hussein Obama is the new president-elect, I felt sad, thinking that my brother in law had the right idea. I was sad at the loss of my brother in law and the loss to my sister and her son and I was feeling sadness for our country, but most especially for the future of our children. What does the future have in store for them?...
But God IS the God of miracles, and NEVER ceases to bring GOOD from EVIL. It is not right to be "alarmist" or to feel hopelessness, as God is STILL in control... He will spare the city for but one believer... and our beloved Pope has told us that the future Church will be smaller, but STRONGER. This may be what is needed to sift the wheat from the chaff. He has allowed it for a purpose. As heard at my brother-in-laws funeral yesterday morning, "cling to the old rugged cross..." Now, more than ever, cling to your Faith and draw your family near. The road may get rocky, but Jesus and His Mother still walk with us...It is well worth remembering:
“Let nothing disturb thee;
Let nothing dismay thee;
All thing pass;God never changes.
Patience attains all that it strives for.
He who has God finds he lacks nothing:
God alone suffices.”
--St. Teresa of Avila
Sunday, November 2, 2008
"Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death in to life...."
It has been going through my mind for the past week or so since we learned that my brother in laws battle with cancer had taken another bad turn... Between that and the pending arrival of our newest little one...
I know when I first learned of this pregnancy and wondering the "why" of it all... though I wanted to be happy, I just couldn't bring myself out of my fear and anxiety ... And now, here we are, full circle and I am once again amazed at the timing and outcome of God's perfect plan...
"Uncle Chuckie" passed and was born in to eternal life at about 2:45 last Thursday afternoon. It was only an hour and 20 minutes later that Samual Charles was born and taking his first breath of his life here on earth... My sister said she is sure that Sam and her beloved husband must have waved at each other in "passing"... It is a bittersweet time... We mourn the loss of a wonderful man that was so good to my sister and their son. We mourn the loss of a man that I admired for doing so much to especially step in and help take care of my mom, after my dad passed away 5 years ago. He was a true, honest and hard worker who spent most of his time worrying about taking care of others, either at home or at work. He will be missed... and now we have Sam as that constant reminder that our birth in to this life is to be lived in honor and glory to Him, that we may live with Him forever, in the next life. As my pastor so sweetly wrote to me this morning, "God rest Chuck’s soul, part of which lives in Sam!" Amen and amen! This is a picture of Chuckie's son, my nephew, and Sam's soon to be Godfather... "from death into life..."
Continued prayers for our family are truly appreciated as we get through this tough week... The funeral will be Wednesday morning...
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
After examining me, weight was the same, BP was 128/72, no protein, etc... he told me that he wanted to see what he could do about delivering earlier... though the problem was he was going to be gone out of town until Wednesday next week. I thought "well, I'm already scheduled for Friday, what difference would one or two days make?..." Anyway, he said he wanted to check and left me to get dressed. While he was gone I said a prayer, telling God, "You know what is going on with my family right now. You know what is best... You know I want to be available for my sister and nephew when I am needed most... Your will be done..."
About 2 minutes later the doctor popped back in and said, "How about tomorrow at 3:30?"
Wow... Sometimes God answers prayers VERY swiftly and still, quite unexpectedly... So, after a couple of phone calls, it was decided that we would go ahead and do this... My brother in law is fading... right now my sister is focused on her husband and his needs... and I'm thinking that this way I will be there for my sis and nephew when and if they need me most... It may all be just another product of God's perfect timing... from death into life...
So, I'll be off for a little bit, but please keep us all in prayer... for my brother in law to have a peaceful and happy passing from this life to the next, for my sister and her son to be surrounded with love and grace to sustain them through this dark time... and for a safe and happy surgery and delivery for myself and Sam... Thanks!
*Warning... there are some graphic photos at the end of the video that may not be suitable for young children. Be advised when viewing...
That said, Lifesite News posted yesterday a list of over 80 Bishops that have stated that the Life/Abortion issues are KEY in this upcoming election. No "ifs" "ands" or "buts"... No "maybe's"... So, did your Bishop make the list? Congratulations if he did! Unfortunately, I didn't see mine...
(Note that numbers 58 and 59 encompass 22 and 10 bishops respectively, who
are included in joint statements issued by the bishops of New York and
1. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver
2. Bishop James Conley, auxiliary of Denver
3. Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C.
4. Justin Cardinal Rigali of Philadelphia, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life
5. Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, chairman of the Committee on Doctrine
6. Edward Cardinal Egan of New York
7. Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo
8.Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh
9. Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs
10. Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio
11. Bishop Oscar Cantu, auxiliary of San Antonio
12. Bishop William Murphy of Rockville
13. Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa
14. Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas
15. Bishop Gregory Aymond of Austin
16. Sean Cardinal O'Malley of Boston
17. Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando
18. Archbishop John Nienstedt of Saint Paul/Minneapolis
19. Francis Cardinal George of Chicago, President of the USCCB
20. Bishop Robert Vasa of Baker
21. Bishop Jerome Listecki of La Crosse
22. Bishop Richard Lennon of Cleveland
23. Bishop Ralph Nickless of Sioux City
24. Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco
25. Bishop Glen Provost of Lake Charles, LA
26. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn
27. Bishop Joseph F. Martino of Scranton
28. Archbishop Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura
29. Bishop Peter J. Jugis of Charlotte
30. Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh
31. Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, KS
32. Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO
33. Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison, WS
34. Bishop Ronald Gilmore of Dodge City, KS
35. Bishop Paul Coakley of Salina, KS
36. Bishop Michael Jackels of Wichita
37. Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito of Palm Beach
38. Bishop Kevin W. Vann of Fort Worth
39. Bishop Rene H. Gracida, retired, of Corpus Christi
40. Daniel Cardinal DiNardo of Houston
41. Bishop Paul S. Loverde of Arlington
42. Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo of Richmond
43. Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Center
44. Bishop Robert McManus of Worcester
45. Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Patterson
46. Bishop Robert Herrmann of St. Louis
47. Archbishop Edwin O'Brien of Baltimore
48. Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix
49. Bishop Thomas D. Doran of Rockford
50. Bishop Joseph A. Galante of Camden
51. Bishop Robert J. Baker of Birmingham
52. Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett of Seattle
53. Bishop J. Peter Sartain of Joliet
54. Bishop John M. Smith of Trenton
55. Bishop Earl Boyea of Lansing
56. Bishop Leonard R. Blair of Toledo
57. Joint Statement by the bishops of New York State (22 bishops)
58. Joint Statement by the bishops of Pennsylvania (10 bishops)
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
"This is Bishop Rene H. Gracida, reminding all Catholics
that they must vote in this election with an informed conscience. A Catholic
cannot be said to have voted in this election with a good conscience if they
have voted for a pro-abortion candidate. Barack Hussein Obama is a pro-abortion
It seems as Christians, our goal is to try to prepare ourselves, not more for this life but for the next... What is it we are taught from the beginning? Why did God create us? To love, serve and honor Him in THIS life, so that we may be with Him FOREVER in next... So when it happens that a loved one among us has reached his time to go and be with God, it is not for him that we mourn, but for ourselves... those of us left here to continue to fight on the front lines in hopes that one day, we too will have the opportunity to stand before God and hear Him tell us, "well done, good and faithful servant" and remain with Him forever....
Very soon I will be going to the hospital to see my brother-in-law and say my final 'goodbyes'. After his less than year long battle with an aggressive cancer, he has found his way home to the Catholic Church. God is good! He was able to partake in the sacraments, giving him strength and courage, to go forward for as long as his body would allow him to. The oncologist only yesterday told them that his body was done. It is shutting down and there is not much more that can be done, but pray... So pray, we will continue to do...
We pray for miracles, as we know that God is the God of miracles and no matter the outcome, we have already witnessed wonderful graces come from this terrible time... No matter the outcome, my brother in law has been able to partake of and receive the graces of the sacraments these last couple of months with much joy and peace. My prayer now is that he will hang on at least until Saturday, November 1, the feast of All Souls... What better time?... It was only yesterday when our parish pastor and associate came to his bedside and prayed over him, giving him yet another opportunity to receive the body and blood of Our Lord to sustain him on his journey 'home'... He will be good. He is as ready as one could be... But it is for my sister and nephew that my heart aches... This has all happened so fast... and I don't know if any of us left here can ever be "ready" to let go of a loved one in death....
Please say a prayer for the family. They really are priceless and felt as a soft place to land when they need it most... God's will be done...
Friday, October 24, 2008
Today on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a
sign that read "Vote Obama, I need the money." I laughed.
Once in the restaurant my server had on a "Obama 08"
tie, again I laughed as he had given away his political preference--just
imagine the coincidence.
When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and
explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth
concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going
to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need--the
homeless guy outside.
The server angrily stormed from my sight. I went
outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside
as I've decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy was
At the end of my rather unscientific
redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful
for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave
away the money he did earn even though the actual recipient deserved money
I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to
swallow in concept than in practical application. During this
political season let's be reminded of these wise words:
"You cannot help the poor by destroying the
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage
earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood
of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by
taking away people's initiative and independence.
You cannot help people
permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for
Thursday, October 23, 2008
And my brother in law was going to have a laparoscopy at noon (PST) today to remove his gall bladder, the source of his infection. Now, hopefully, he will be feeling a whole lot better, soon and back on his road to recovery! It's been a tough road for he and his family, but we are so grateful to God for the good that He has worked through it... Thanks again for all the prayers!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I can't see my toes... But 3 days after the election, 2 days after my 20th wedding anniversary, that's Sam's BIG arrival day. November 7, 2008 at 12:30 pm surgery is scheduled. Given my current state of discomfort I was really hoping that it would be sooner, but I trust that this is all part of God's plan and in His capable hands... All is offered up for my friends and family in need, though... I still have SO MUCH to be thankful for...
I went in to the doctor Monday morning only to be delayed by a his being called next door for an unexpected early delivery. After waiting about an hour and a half after my scheduled appointment I was told the doctor was in with the girl just before me, when a few minutes later I was again told that he was now called out for an emergency c-section... So... after remembering to say a prayer for the mom and baby in crises, I went home and returned later in the afternoon... long day... but when I finally saw my doctor he referred to me as his "Mystery-Miracle Lady"... the one that was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and blood pressure issues, but my last blood test showed my sugar levels to be better and my blood pressure was still 178/80. : ) go figure...
So, other than the increasing back pain, and trouble getting around, everything seems to be going fine. He still wasn't sure how big the baby might be. He said it was "hard to tell" with me, whatever that means... but, I really don't want to pay for another ultra sound (20%) just to see how big.... so, I guess we'll all just have to "wonder" until Sam arrives... my biggest delivery was at 40 weeks and he was 8 lbs.
So, short of a miraculous, spontaneous labor, or emergency (Please, God, no...) I will continue to finish up my "nesting" here at home and wait the next couple of weeks out. With my brother-in-law still in the hospital and little Dylan's new diagnosis, I have plenty to offer up for... thank you all for your continued prayers...
Friday, October 17, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
ProLife Blogs is encouraging us to petition Bob Schieffer for a fair debate this coming Wednesday and let's hear what else(if anything) that Obama has to say about the abortion "issue". After all, I think it's a pretty important thing to talk about, as I believe a lot of others do, to... It MUST be, the way the Obama camp and it's followers want to duck and dive around to avoid it...
Please check out the FRC Action web site to get your voice heard, and maybe, just maybe we will hear a fair interchange Wednesday night on that which matters most to me and many others....
Monday, October 13, 2008
If you're not familiar with it, 'yes on 8' will keep traditional marriage between one man and one woman. For those of you here in California, you know last May, four California Supreme Court judges took it upon themselves to disregard the California voters voice for traditional marriage, making same-sex marriage legal. As we gather momentum toward the November 4 elections, the campaigning is heating up and the commercials are hitting the airwaves. Surprisingly, up to this point, I have seen MORE 'yes on 8' commercials than contrary... though the anti-family sect is definitely making their presence known... Even within our own Diocese there's been a recent "coming out" of a Catholic priest who, following his Sunday mass last week decided to purposefully invite the media to witness his closing thoughts and opposition to Proposition 8 to his congregation...*sigh*... applauded by some, others leaving in tears... It is so sad when even within the Church there is SUCH confusion...
This morning I woke to find a story of California's Creative Arts Charter School based out of San Francisco taking 18 FIRST graders on a "field trip" to witness their lesbian teacher's "wedding" to her same-sex partner... I just wonder how many "traditional wedding" field trips this class has taken or will take?... Are we really THAT hard up for educational material that we have to stoop to taking "wedding" field trips?... It is just yet another attempt by the secular agenda to FORCE their views upon our most innocent, our children. Indoctrination at it's worst... But THIS is not only what's "gonna happen", as we are hauntingly reminded of by SF Mayor Newsome in the "Yes on 8" campaign ad... apparently THIS is what is ALREADY HAPPENING... Is it getting so bad that even a word like "reproduction" becomes a "discriminatory word" that needs to be eradicated?... unfortunately, some say "yes"...
Right now, I feel my children are relatively safe... We home school... but I can already tell that it won't be long before even that becomes more and more threatened by the liberal agenda wanting to get their hands in and on our children, filling their minds with all things "open"... We must protect our children! I have my "Yes on 8" yard sign posted, and happily, have seen several posted in and around our neighborhood. But sadly, because I have a 12 1/2 year old son, he has been MUCH MORE aware of the upcoming election issues than the younger ones and has asked many questions, so we have had to discuss some of these issues that I wish we really didn't need to... But even he understands that two roosters can't lay an egg and two hens can't make a baby chick, so either pairing will eventually die out...
Most of all we must continue to pray for our broken land. Traditional marriage isn't about "taking rights" from anyone, but for preserving that which was established from the beginning as God meant it to be... The Church STILL teaches that compassion and human dignity should be given to any and all men/women, despite their state in life. We just can't make marriage what it is not. Cling to your Faith and cherish it. Pass it on to your children as well as you can... It is the BEST defense that we all have as the fires are turned up and the water starts to get warmer...
I wish I could find WHO said, "the only thing needed for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing." The WORST thing we could do, especially now, is "nothing". A few days ago I blogged about at least one California Bishop who is certainly DOING his part.... Holy Family, pray for us!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Today, it was MY turn... It was a long and restless night. Mind you, at 8 1/2 months pregnant, even rolling over in bed becomes a MONUMENTAL task... on top of that, there is the 2-4 times that i get up to use the bathroom, and last night it was combined with the baby waking 3 different times, whining and whimpering.. not sure if she got too hot, and then too cold, or what... and then #2 coming crying in to my room in between. The nights turned cold a couple of nights ago, so he went to bed in his "zipper jammies", got too hot, so he took them off. THEN he got too cold and couldn't find them again in the dark.... and his legs were cramping.... *sigh* and then Hubby was fighting some sinus issues and was snoring more than usual... WHY do these things have to happen on Saturday night, when we get up to go to early Mass on Sunday?... As it turned out, everyone had FINALLY settled down and was hard at sleep by the time we were supposed to be getting up... I couldn't wake them, or me, for that matter... We decided that we would wait and go to evening Mass.
After some sleep and breakfast Hubby started on his "kitchen renovations" and I headed for the boys room to get some work done and finish getting it cleaned up and out. Trying to get a "jump start" on my sisters' big "help out" next weekend... My Mom called late in the afternoon to hear how I was doing and I broke down... I'm so tired, and so ready for this baby to come, yet so NOT ready... my house is just NOT ready... there is so much more that needs to be done, that I would like to be done, and I'm just not getting around like I would like to... and the kids, well, the kids haven't been as "helpful" as I wish they would be... and I'm just tired of trying to get them to help... seems like I go from encouraging, to rewarding, to asking, to insisting, repeating, growing frustrated, angry, snappy, to all out mean... I just want to get this done and they just don't really "get" that I feel like I'm running out of time!!! ready or not THIS BABY IS COMING!!
Mom listened... Mom supported... Mom let me cry... sometimes, that's all that is really needed to help me suck it up and move on... it works for my kids most of the time, too...
Friday, October 10, 2008
The best news is my sisters and nieces are gathering to help me out NEXT Saturday to finish all the details here around the house to make room for Sam. clearing and cleaning out rooms, installing bunk beds and hopefully having at least a week to get the baby to stay in a room with her big sissy at night. This will probably "hurt" the most, as she is quite the "mommy's girl" and we still have our little "bonding" time at bedtime, where she snuggles with me in my bed until she falls asleep, then I put her in her crib. I've never had two babies so close in age.... She just turned 2 only a few weeks ago... *sigh* We'll be fine, I know... Each baby went through a period of where they had their way of "protesting" the new addition, making Daddy the "favorite" from "that trader mommy who is spending WAY TOO MUCH TIME with 'that' baby..." ; ] My oldest has already claimed that HE will be the "baby hog"... hhhmmm... well, #4 may have something to say about THAT, too... As far as SHE'S concerned SHE'S "queen bee" of his life! lol!
Monday, October 6, 2008
Anyway, now they have the "honest and upstanding" (sarcasm intended) people of Planned Parenthood, once again presenting their own "facts" against Sarah Palin. These people are SO blatant, it's disgusting... Evil will stop at NOTHING to get it's way... We MUST continue to pray for God's Mercy... St. Michael the Archangel Defend us in battle!