Thursday, September 29, 2011

Happy Birthday Mary!!!

Wow, you are getting so big. WE love you so much and pray for you each day. May God bless and keep you safe all the days of your life!!! Stay close to Christ and seek His holy will in your life...then do it!!!


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Triple-X Internet Threat

Triple-X Internet Threat

Scary stuff happening in our culture...we must keep aware of the new changes to protect our families.


Triple-X Internet Threat

Triple-X Internet Threat

Scary stuff happening in our culture...we must keep aware of the new changes to protect our families.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

My baby is two...

My baby turns two today...we are all very excited to celebrate this special day with such a wonderful little person. Kolbe you bring us so much joy and happiness. You make us all smile. We thank God for you and pray that you grow close to Him and find His holy will in your life.

Baptized by Bishop Holley

This day goes with mixed feelings for me. I know it is hard for anyone to understand how difficult it is for me to have a two year old and not be pregnant or holding a baby. This is the longest I haven't been pregnant in 22 years. It is such a different and strange feeling. Pretty soon he will be out of diapers. My husband paraded around the room the other day with a case of diapers saying, "This is the last box of diapers I will ever buy!" I practically cried...I know, I am a sick and strange women!!!


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Nine/Eleven Memories:

I bet everyone has a memory of what they were doing on 9/11 ten years ago.

I was about 7 months pregnant with my eighth child. I started the day off with my seven little kids by going to 8 am mass. I remember like it was yesterday when Monsignor said his regular prayer intention. "For all those who will die today, for the policemen and those who serve our country..." Who would know that about an hour later that prayer would be needed like never before.

After mass I packed up my youngest five to head to Alexandria, Virginia for a midwife appointment. My oldest two stayed home to do school work.

As I was driving over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge my eight year old son said, "Mom, what is all that smoke over there?" I looked over and saw the sky full of smoke. I had no idea what it was from. Little did I know it was the Pentagon.

I walked into the midwife office and saw everyone staring at a small TV with live footage of the first tower that was just hit...then we all watched in horrow as the second tower was hit. I couldn't comprehend what was actually happening. In my life time I had never really encountered a national crisis before.

My midwife checked the heart beat real fast and suggested I get home as soon as possible. I packed up the kids and got on the bridge home. The traffic was starting to get crazy and the cell phones weren't working.

I finally got home and my kids ran out and said the phone was ringing off the hook. My neighbor ran out to fill me in on what was actually happening. I was in shock and we just went in the house and became numb like the rest of America.

The rest is history. God Bless and keep America safe.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Summer memories:

My summer was full of loosing weight, preparing for my 25Th High School Reunion, and most of all the wedding of my oldest daughter.

As we started school this week two very small memories stuck in my mind.

First, was from the beginning of the summer. We were at the beach and I was going on my early morning walk with my baby. As we walked the board walk about 6 am I heard loud stomping behind me. When I turned around I saw about 50 young people who were in the Army Reserve training. My son and I stopped as they all ran past the stroller. When we were at the end of the board walk they were standing there waiting for the rest of their group to finish up. I tried to push the stroller past them and the captain announced for all to make way for this mother and child. As I sheepishly passed by them the captain said to the recruits, "people this is what we are doing this all for...for mothers and their children!" I had chills down my spine as I reflected all the lives that have fought for our freedom. GOD BLESS THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES FOR THEIR SACRIFICE.

The other memory is more recent. After five days of being without power and hearing the constant drumming of the generator, my husband and I were headed to bed grouchy and exhausted. We then realized that our 11,13, and 15 year old were outside without permission. Instead of gently reminding them the rules we both let them have it...we started yelling at them for not telling us they were out there, told them they were in trouble, and then started giving them a list of jobs to be done right then and there. As my 11 year old (who doesn't usually get in trouble) was sweeping he started crying. I went over and said, "what's wrong?" He sadly said, "I don't like being a big kid."

It was just so much more fun and innocent when he was with the little guys and he saw that he was crossing over to the "teen scene" with the other family trouble makers.

Of course I melted and gave my "baby" a hug.
Boy being a parent stinks sometimes.