Saturday, July 16, 2011


Pray for a woman named Amanda in labor with twins. She is 6cm.....original due date was Sept 9. She is 28......her first babies after a miscarriage .......thanks for your prayers.

Also for a dear friend Kathy who is in the hospital and needs urgent prayers!


Friday, July 15, 2011

Another Day in the Life:

This is what my day looked like yesterday…
4:50am woke up
5:00-6 am Gym: ran four miles
6:15am get home check email
6:20am baby wakes…cuddle!!!
6:35am make fruit salad and breakfast for kids
7: 00am shower
7: 30am rally all kids who have tennis to brush teeth, get dressed, and get ready to leave
7:50am kids in car
7:58am I get out ready to drive away (pool is 2 min away) and see kids looking for car seats and tennis rackets
8:01am I realized that the youth group borrowed our 15 passenger van on Wed for Hershey Park and we emptied the van
8:05 am very frustrated and grabbed rained on car seats and big siblings rackets to borrow
8:10am get to tennis (I hate being late)
8:30am get CC and go home to get little boys
9:00am have snack
9:20am go to bank
9:30am pick up from swimming
9:45am go for a quick grocery trip
10:10am go drop off dry cleaning
10:20am get home and get other kids ready for swimming
10:45am swimming
11:30am get all kids and some extras to go home for lunch
12:00pm LUNCH
12:30pm clean house for company
1:30pm do Laundry
4:00pm Dinner prep
5:00pm company over
7:00pm send kids to bed
9:00pm Company leaves
9:30 pm Do 100 sit ups for a contest
9:45 pm wrap wedding gift
10:00pm go to be exhausted!!!


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Mary's First Holy Communion:

Look what I never posted from May:

I felt like it was her wedding day!!!

It was another glorious day in our family when Mary received Christ for the first time. She was so excited and honored to be the first girl in line with her buddy and partner Joshua.

She was just beautiful in her big sister's dress...the fourth one in the family to wear this heirloom. Especially since the friend who made the veil 13 years ago passed away last year. Our CCD program is so great and it prepares the kids so well. I am glad she is so excited to receive our Lord.

May you always stay close to Jesus sweetie!!! We love you so much!!!


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Words of wisdom:

DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU but I can't tell (I mean nag) my kids enough about staying close to the Lord and living a Godly life. Especially with half my kids being teens or older, I find myself awake at 3 in the morning trying to figure out how to share the truth with them to be strong in the Lord and never give up hope!!!

I just cry when I hear this song and pray that my kids will catch the faith and live it each day!!!

I printed this as my daughter's wedding shower card...what more could I possibly say?

Three in the morning, and I’m still awake
So I picked up a pen and a page
And I started writing just what I’d say
If we were face to face
I’d tell you just what you mean to me
Tell you these simple truths

Be strong in the Lord
And never give up hope
You’re gonna do great things
I already know
God’s got His hand on You
So don’t live life in fear
Forgive and forget
But don’t forget why you’re here
Take your time and pray
These are the words I would say

Last time we spoke you said you were hurting
And I felt your pain in my heart
I want to tell you that I keep on praying
That love will find you where you are
I know cause I’ve already been there
So please hear these simple truths
from one simple life to another
I will say… come find peace in the Father


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

More on weight lose:

My hubby and I were discussing my weight lose and the fear of falling back into my old habits. Our 11th child's nick name is TANK. He was 11 pounds and is dead weight. He is almost 4 now and so heavy to carry I need to sit down. He weighs 33 pounds. My husband said that every time I have the desire to eat junk food out of control again...than pick up TANK and you will see how much extra weight you used to have.

I found this on my blog from 2008.

I will continue to try to eat well and exercise.


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

My Daddy's Shoes:

My daddy died ten years ago.
I inherited his shoes...
I wear them at least every Fourth of July!!!
They make me smile and those around me too!!!


Monday, July 4, 2011

Window Cleaner?

What's your favorite?

I like:

2 cups rubbing alcohol
1/2 cup ammonia
1 tsp dish detergent (liquid)
top with water until you have 1 gallon of window cleaner

See all sorts of suggestions here:

Window Cleaning Tips

  • Spray windows with preferred cleaner solution then wipe clean with crumpled newspapers. The newspaper helps prevent streaks.
  • Avoid cleaning windows and glass when the sun is hot and shining on the window–glass will dry too fast and there will be streaks.
  • Also wash one side of the window in an up and down direction, on the other side scrub side to side. This will help determine which side of the glass has the streaks that need to be polished out.


Sunday, July 3, 2011

Imatation of Christ Meditation...

It has been a real long time since I shared my meditation on The Imitation of Christ. It is the best devotional book to just pick up and read a little at a time. It really puts so many of my daily struggles and passions into perspective of what Christ expects of me. I thought I would try to finish up the book and share the rest of my thoughts. Here is the message on receiving communion worthily.

From Book Four: The Seventh Chapter: Blessed Sacrament:The Examination of Conscience and the Resolution to Amend

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The Voice of Christ

ABOVE all, God’s priest should approach the celebration and reception of this Sacrament with the deepest humility of heart and suppliant reverence, with complete faith and the pious intention of giving honor to God.

Carefully examine your conscience, then. Cleanse and purify it to the best of your power by true contrition and humble confession, that you may have no burden, know of no remorse, and thus be free to come near. Let the memory of all your sins grieve you, and especially lament and bewail your daily transgressions. Then if time permits, confess to God in the secret depths of your heart all the miseries your passions have caused.

Lament and grieve because you are still so worldly, so carnal, so passionate and unmortified, so full of roving lust, so careless in guarding the external senses, so often occupied in many vain fancies, so inclined to exterior things and so heedless of what lies within, so prone to laughter and dissipation and so indisposed to sorrow and tears, so inclined to ease and the pleasures of the flesh and so cool to austerity and zeal, so curious to hear what is new and to see the beautiful and so slow to embrace humiliation and dejection, so covetous of abundance, so niggardly in giving and so tenacious in keeping, so inconsiderate in speech, so reluctant in silence, so undisciplined in character, so disordered in action, so greedy at meals, so deaf to the Word of God, so prompt to rest and so slow to labor, so awake to empty conversation, so sleepy in keeping sacred vigils and so eager to end them, so wandering in your attention, so careless in saying the office, so lukewarm in celebrating, so heartless in receiving, so quickly distracted, so seldom fully recollected, so quickly moved to anger, so apt to take offense at others, so prone to judge, so severe in condemning, so happy in prosperity and so weak in adversity, so often making good resolutions and carrying so few of them into action.

When you have confessed and deplored these and other faults with sorrow and great displeasure because of your weakness, be firmly determined to amend your life day by day and to advance in goodness. Then, with complete resignation and with your entire will offer yourself upon the altar of your heart as an everlasting sacrifice to the honor of My name, by entrusting with faith both body and soul to My care, that thus you may be considered worthy to draw near and offer sacrifice to God and profitably receive the Sacrament of My Body. For there is no more worthy offering, no greater satisfaction for washing away sin than to offer yourself purely and entirely to God with the offering of the Body of Christ in Mass and Communion.

If a man does what he can and is truly penitent, however often he comes to Me for grace and pardon, “As I live, saith the Lord God, I desire not the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live”; Ezek. 33:11. I will no longer remember his sins, but all will be forgiven him.


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Faith & Family : Features : Don't Invite the Germs

Faith & Family : Features : Don't Invite the Germs

It is amazing my family is still alive...Thank God that we haven't gotten too sick from bad germs...interesting article...