Saturday, February 28, 2009
The decision to do this came about when Jacob recently discussed with me something he had read in his catechism studies. It said you should not become overly obsessed with politics unless it makes a difference in your soul obtaining heaven. Wow! When he discussed this with me I must say he was very respectful and not preachy.
So, even though I've cut way back on the amount of time I watch The Fox New Channel this lent. (In hopes it becomes the routine even after.) I have allowed myself to stay abreast on the Freedom of Choice Act and any news pertaining to Abortion. Which lead me to read this article: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=15125
Thank you Pope Benedict!! You are a righteous man and I only pray she heads your words.
Friday, February 27, 2009
It is amazing how many people a person can know in a lifetime. It is even more amazing to realize how many of those people have had cancer.
One of the American Cancer Society's largest income provider/fund raiser is the Relay for Life. Who doesn't know of one in their area? Who hasn't contributed or participated in a Relay for Life? Although I have contributed/supported in the past, this year will be my first time participating.
Only a week after my father's diagnosis with lung cancer our parish announced they wanted to put together a team for the local Relay for Life. Do you think maybe God was telling me something? I joined and recruited 2 other friends to join also.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
On Thursday, February 12, we received word that my father has cancer. What a blow! It turned my families world on it's side. This is a 76 year old man who other than having to take high blood pressure and cholesterol pills has been the picture of health. He has always lived his life like nothing would ever effect him and in return I guess the rest of us did too.
My brother Joe and his wife had this past week off and Mike's schedule was a short week so they drove to our house last Saturday, 2/14. I then went with them to Florida on Sunday. While Mike took over the mommy duties here at home we helped mom and dad in Florida. We drove them to appointments, and made new ones, made phone calls to insurance companies, and hunted down x-rays and cat scan disks. We were also there to listen and support emotionally as dad slowly accepted his prognosis.
This week, him and mom are alone, but have 7 scheduled doctor appointments or procedures to keep them busy. I'm sure with 5 kids and 16 grand kids, who all love them very much, the empty house won't happen too often.
So, our lives have all changed, but we are a hearty bunch. We all have a strong faith and prayer life that mom and dad have instilled in us all. I'm confident we will get through this battle together.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
When...Mike announces he wants to take a ride and do some exploring. I just didn't feel like it. He took all three kids with him and I'm now enjoying a QUIET house. I'm sure I wouldn't be able to handle this on a permanent or regular basis, but sometimes it is nice. I shouldn't feel guilty about that. Right? I love being a stay-at-home mom, who also home schools, and I'm not even tempted or inclined to change it. But, I have to believe that even a saint like the Mother Mary herself must have felt blessed when she was awarded a moment of silence.
Don't you think?
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Don't you just love the dress and those fireman's boots?
Or maybe it is a combination of the fresh mountain air with a few beers that helps with the patience:
Monday, February 9, 2009
Haley of course now wants to go there when she is ready, most likely for the riding opportunities. Jacob wishes he could go, because it is an all girls school.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Looking forward to going back when the Parkway is open!
After some more exploring and realizing there isn't too much to do in February no matter where you live we headed back home. Faith spotted some picnic tables that are set up on part of the Appalachian trail, not too far from home, so we stopped to have our packed lunch. It wasn't too cold in the sun. Mike even walked the trail for a little. (Very little!)
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I spotted the pattern on Ravelry about a month ago and knew I wanted to give it try. Then last week my sister Suzanne was telling me about my niece Renee who is at school in Rhode Island and is fed up with the cold weather. So, I made it with her in mind. Thought I would send it to her to help her get through the last few weeks of New England cold.
(Pretty sure Renee doesn't have time to read my blog, so the surprise to her should be safe.)
For those knitters out there, the pattern is called Quant by Star Athena. The yarn is James C. Brett - Marble. It worked up super fast and would make a quick easy gift.
Monday, February 2, 2009
It is a wonderful tribute, not only to your love for each other, but for your belief in God and love of your family. I love you both very much.