Sunday, November 27, 2011

St Nicholas day coming Dec 6th:

We love Playmobil and St Nicholas:

buy here:


Mary and Joseph on FACEBOOK?


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Prepare for Advent:


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Our Thanksgiving recipes 2011:

Each kids picks something to make each year...sometimes it is a new recipe and other times something new.

Alex made her famous Sweet potato casserole...recipe unknown

Vanilla Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Serves: 8
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 75 Minutes
This pumpkin pie recipe is less spicy than traditional pumpkin pies so you can really taste the pumpkin flavor!

1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
2 eggs
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, flour, salt vanilla and cinnamon. Pour filling into pie shell.

Bake for 20 minutes at 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) then turn oven temperature down to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and continue baking 40 more minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack before serving.
CALEB'S SECRET CHEESE recipe available

Apple Pie Apples
• 5 Granny Smith apples
• 2 bags caramel melts(melt according to package directions)
• 5 craft sticks (these are included in the caramel melts bag)
• 1 bag white candy melts
• 2 cups brown sugar mixed with 2 tsp cinammon
Insert craft sticks into center of washed/dried apples.
Melt caramels according to package directions in a medium sized bowl in microwave.
Dip apples into caramel—I used a spoon to help evenly coat the apples.
Put apples on a cookie sheet covered with waxed paper that has been sprayed with Pam. Put into freezer for about 3-5 minutes.
While in freezer melt candy melts according to package directions in bowl in microwave.
Remove apples from freezer and coat with melted candy melts using a spoon if needed just as with the caramel.
1. Before candy melts dry on the apples, roll/spoon/sprinkle the apples with the brown sugar/cinammon mixture.
2. Place apples on cookie sheet and refrigerate.
1 (16 ounce) package OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, divided 1 (8 ounce) package PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened 2 (8 ounce) packages BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, melted
Crush 9 of the cookies to fine crumbs in food processor; reserve for later use. (Cookies can also be finely crushed in a resealable plastic bag using a rolling pin.) Crush remaining 36 cookies to fine crumbs; place in medium bowl. Add cream cheese; mix until well blended. Roll cookie mixture into 42 balls, about 1-inch in diameter.
Dip balls in chocolate; place on wax paper-covered baking sheet. (Any leftover chocolate can be stored at room temperature for another use.) Sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs.
Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Store leftover truffles, covered, in refrigerator.

JOSEPH:Poppy Seed Cake

Take a Duncan Hines Butter Recipe Golden Cake mix , do not follow the instructions on the box, but add the following ingredients instead:

1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup poppy seeds
8 oz. sour cream
4 eggs

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. and grease bottom and sides of bundt cake pan and sprinkle with sugar. Mix all of the ingredients 3 to 4 minutes. Pour into the bundt pan and run a spatula through the batter prior to putting it into the oven. Bake at 350 for one hour. After cooling, turn the cake upside down on a platter and sprinkle the top with confectioners sugar.

Orange-Cranberry Relish
1 orange- unpeeled, cut into wedges
3 cups fresh cranberries (rinsed)
1 cup sugar

In a food processor, pulse 1/2 of the orange and 1/2 of the cranberries until desired consistency. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
Pulse the remaining 1/2 orange and 1/2 cranberries. Pulse again until desired consistency. Add to the mixing bowl.
Stir in sugar.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.

2 (10 ounce) cans chunk chicken,
drained 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese,
softened 1 cup Ranch dressing
3/4 cup pepper sauce (such as Frank's Red Hot®)
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 bunch celery, cleaned and cut into 4 inch pieces
1 (8 ounce) box chicken-flavored crackers
Heat chicken and hot sauce in a skillet over medium heat, until heated through. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm. Mix in half of the shredded cheese, and transfer the mixture to a slow cooker. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top, cover, and cook on Low setting until hot and bubbly. Serve with celery sticks and crackers.

Mary and Cecilia made pies and apples with Lizzie also hot chocolate!
Preparation Instructions
Combine the peanut butter and chopped pretzels in a bowl and mix well.

Freeze the peanut butter mixture for at least 30 minutes.

Roll about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the peanut butter mixture into a ball with your hands. You may need to refreeze the balls if the peanut butter softens too much. (This is why crunchy peanut butter is best, to help shape the balls).

Melt the chocolate chips until runny.

Dip the peanut butter balls into the chocolate until fully coated and place on a plate covered with waxed paper. Be careful to not let the balls touch each other before the chocolate has set.

Sprinkle with your favorite decoration if you like.

Refrigerate to allow the chocolate to harden, then serve.
Ingredients1 cup Crunchy Peanut Butter
½ cups Finely Chopped Pretzels
1 cup Milk Chocolate Chips
Shirley Temple:
20 cl ginger ale
3 cl grenadine syrup

Build in a highball glass. Add ginger ale over ice and sprinkle grenadine syrup over it. Garnish with a lemon slice and a cherry.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Mourn with us:

It is with a heavy heart that I need to share that we found out today that the baby didn't have a heart beat.

We went to the specialist for our checkup to see how things were. I could tell by the sonographer's face that things weren't good. The doctor came to break the news and let us know that our baby went to God about 2 weeks ago. We are praying that the passing of this baby goes smoothly with the will of the Father in control.

What I am Grateful for:

1. God for entrusting another soul to our family
2. My husband for supporting me through our craziness
3. My children for being so excited about another baby and sad that it will be awhile till they meet
4. My family and friends for rejoicing and mourning with us
5. The doctors and technicians who never made me feel strange for wanting another baby, and actually being excited for us and this addition to our large family
6. So glad I got to Holy Hour this morning before my appointment...I needed the strength that only God could give me
7.The miracle of faith and friendship happening on my facebook is the most pro life activity I have experienced in a long time~your words have brought me to smiles and tears!


Saturday, November 19, 2011

50 Mile Trail Race:

Yipee, he ran 54.5 miles in a TRAIL race...what a great accomplishment!!!

My Husband ran a 50 mile race today:

It was crazy...He started at 6am, the kids and I got there at 3:50pm waiting for him to finish about 4:30pm...then the runners were finishing and complaining that the route was messed up... the course was 54.5 miles instead of 50. They didn't have their lights with them cuz they figured they would finish before 6 pm...and then they had to run in the dark in the woods which took them twice as long!!!

The stinking hill they had to run to get to the finish line...these race people are crazy!!!

Then they had to run up this hill that was super, super, steep...I wanted to punch the race coordinators!!! Rob was too excited to be upset!!! HE DID IT!!! YIPPEE!!!

From my two oldest children: (so sweet)

Alexandria says:
Not only is my dad an Iron man AND qualified to run in the Boston Marathon this spring, he also just finished running a 54.5 mile race! Very proud of my daddy. He is so awesome I can't even tag him in this post because he is too cool for Facebook!

Joshua says:
Just in case you weren't sure that my dad can beat up your dad just ran a 54.5 mile race.


Thursday, November 17, 2011


Being a mom to seven son's...yesterday's reading really hit home with me...

Reading 1 2 Mc 7:1, 20-31

It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested
and tortured with whips and scourges by the king,
to force them to eat pork in violation of God's law.

Most admirable and worthy of everlasting remembrance was the mother,
who saw her seven sons perish in a single day,
yet bore it courageously because of her hope in the Lord.
Filled with a noble spirit that stirred her womanly heart with manly courage,
she exhorted each of them
in the language of their ancestors with these words:
"I do not know how you came into existence in my womb;
it was not I who gave you the breath of life,
nor was it I who set in order
the elements of which each of you is composed.
Therefore, since it is the Creator of the universe
who shapes each man's beginning,
as he brings about the origin of everything,
he, in his mercy,
will give you back both breath and life,
because you now disregard yourselves for the sake of his law."

Antiochus, suspecting insult in her words,
thought he was being ridiculed.
As the youngest brother was still alive, the king appealed to him,
not with mere words, but with promises on oath,
to make him rich and happy if he would abandon his ancestral customs:
he would make him his Friend
and entrust him with high office.
When the youth paid no attention to him at all,
the king appealed to the mother,
urging her to advise her boy to save his life.
After he had urged her for a long time,
she went through the motions of persuading her son.
In derision of the cruel tyrant,
she leaned over close to her son and said in their native language:
"Son, have pity on me, who carried you in my womb for nine months,
nursed you for three years, brought you up,
educated and supported you to your present age.
I beg you, child, to look at the heavens and the earth
and see all that is in them;
then you will know that God did not make them out of existing things;
and in the same way the human race came into existence.
Do not be afraid of this executioner,
but be worthy of your brothers and accept death,
so that in the time of mercy I may receive you again with them."

She had scarcely finished speaking when the youth said:
"What are you waiting for?
I will not obey the king's command.
I obey the command of the law given to our fathers through Moses.
But you, who have contrived every kind of affliction for the Hebrews,
will not escape the hands of God."

May I always be a good example to my children...Lord bless my sons (and all my children) to live a life dedicated to you!!!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Happy birthday to my high school sweetheart...loved ya since I was 16. So happy I married you...22 years, go figure...13 babies!!! You make me laugh!!! God is so good to us. I love you more each day. Can't wait to see what the next 22 years will be.



People always ask me about chores...what age? How much?

Well I am known for having the world's largest job chart...
My motto is: "If it needs to be done...then find someone to do it!"
The funny question is, "how do you get them to do it?" Well, you gotta be were not put on this earth to be your kids buddy...but to teach them responsibility and a good work ethic.

One of my favorite stories was when my Barbara was about five. I was sitting on the couch nursing the baby at the time. When I told her to do her jobs...she looked at me and said, "What are your jobs!!!???" I looked her in the face (trying not to laugh) and said, "I am doing my job...the most important job of all. Feeding the baby and making sure you guys do your jobs!" Well, she is almost 16 now and she still has a mouth on her!

Does your kid have a life? Don't they want to play with friends, the computer, an ipod, the wii, use their phone, go on facebook? If they want a life...than they do their jobs!!!

By best advice about how to make a job chart is to sit down a couple of nights and look around your house. Think about what frustrates you...what frustrates your husband? (cuz, it isn't gonna work if you don't tailor it to your family, your house, your circumstances!)

Me: I looked around my house and saw...the front hall a when a friend or neighbor came by I was too embarrassed to let them, I keep my front room clean and the hallway. No one is allowed upstairs for various reasons and we try to tidy up the downstairs as much as possible. Also, I am very disappointed at the end of the day if I didn't have a chance to read to the babies or play a game with the preschooler...

So some jobs on the job chart are: clean front hall/clean living room/read to kids/play game with kids

My Husband: He hated pulling up the street after a long day at work and seeing our house look like an orphanage with bikes, strollers, scooters, helmets, car seats, balls, etc...all over the yard. He also hates when he opens the van door and three shoes and five water bottles fall out...

So some jobs on the job chart are: clean front yard/clean front porch/clean car

So make it work for your family. I really like what Mommy Matters Blog says about jobs:

From Barbara Curtis:


Each child has his own timetable, so ages are suggested and approximate. Ages given are on the early side; for boys, who mature more slowly, add six months to ages given.

1 1/2 years:

Getting diaper for self or new baby
Putting disposable diaper in trash
Picking up small items from floor
Shutting cabinet doors
Turning on dishwasher

2 years:

Putting away toys
Unloading dishwasher — putting away plastic dishes and cups

2 1/2 years

“Folding” napkins
Helping set table
Putting away silverware
Peeling carrots
Pouring measured items into mixing bowl
Putting away broom and dustpan.

3 years:

Dusting lower shelves
Emptying small trash cans
Carrying stacks of clothes to rooms

4 years:

Feeding baby
Putting away books
Further dusting
Sorting recyclables

5 years:

Making bed
Setting table
Feeding pets
General straightening of rooms

6 years:

Pouring milk for family meals
Clearing table
Emptying trash
General folding
Polishing silver, brass.

7 years:

Loading dishwasher
Sweeping floor
Opening cans
Cleaning windows
Helping with grocery shopping

8 years:

Washing pans
Cleaning bathrooms
Beginning cooking skills
Sewing buttons
Helping with grocery list

9–10 years:

Changing baby’s diapers
Helping with meal planning
Further cooking skills
Washing car

At this age, the child should be able to learn any housekeeping skill, as long as you are willing to teach him. Certain skills, such as ironing, mowing lawn, and babysitting for siblings depend on maturity level and/or family circumstances. Parents know best.

------isn't she so wise!

See some of my older posts on this subject here! Or of course my hubby will make you laugh when you read this!

I could talk for days about this...but, I gotta go do my chores!!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011


Captain America:
The big kids (ages 9 and up) in our house enjoyed this movie...little hard to follow for younger kids...but we liked it. Make sure you watch about 5 minutes after the credits for the follow up movie trailer coming out soon...

See reviews from Common Sense and Plugged In.


Friday, November 11, 2011

The love of reading:

We love to read around here...but, momma gets so tired and falls asleep when reading to the precious kids...especially when pregnant!!!

This perfect find at the library was just the right length and had great recipes in the back. Of course we called it Apple Farmer CC!!!

We read Apple Farmer Annie and made Applesauce Cake:

Applesauce Cake
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
1/2 teaspoon allspice (optional)
1 cup applesauce
2/3 cup raisins

*Cream together butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
*Add eggs and beat well.
*In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and spices.
*Add to creamed mixture alternately with applesauce, beating after each addition and blending well.
*Stir in raisins.
*Pour batter into 9-inch greased tube pan.
*Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until browned. (toothpick inserted into cake should come out clean.)
*Cool, then spread with Butter Frosting (see recipe below).

Butter Frosting (it did'nt need the frosting...but is sounds so good)
2 tablespoons softened butter
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons milk

*Cream together butter, sugar, and vanilla extract.
*Add milk and stir well.
*The frosting should be smooth and easy to spread.

Glad to know we weren't the only ones who loved this book!!!


Thursday, November 10, 2011

{pretty, happy, funny, real}:

This is the first time I ever did the {pretty, happy, funny, real} post...
I hope I did it click here for more bloggers photos.

round button chicken





Monday, November 7, 2011

Movie Review Mondays:

Movie Review Monday's are back...cuz I am kinda laying low with this pregnancy for a time.

One of our family favorites is INCREDIBLES!!!

Plugged in has a nice family lesson to go with it.

You have all seen this is a classic...

My favorite character is Edna 'E' Mode!!! How about yours?


Sunday, November 6, 2011

One week ago:

Let's see...One week ago...
I had just run a 10k for Vocations.
Little did I know what God had in store for my week...
I was a size 6 and just cleaned out my closet of old fat clothes...

I was reviewing my week:
1. Holy hour on Monday
2. gym from 5:15-6:15 Tues-Fri
3. appointment for mammogram
4. appointment for sonogram
5. appointment with vascular surgeon
6. go to soccer playoffs for my sons

Little did I know that what I thought was my period...was actually spotting for my unknown pregnancy that we had been praying for all year...

So, on Tues when the Sonographer was checking my supposedly pre menopausal ovaries...she found our precious 6 week old baby!!!

So, no appointment with the vascular surgeon...
So, no going to the gym...
So, no soccer games out in the cold for this little baby...
And lots of spoiling on momma this week as she lays low, plays cards, reads, sleeps, and eats away...

Most of all...bye-bye...size six!!!
Hello maternity clothes!!!

We have an appointment in 3 weeks with a please pray for us!!!
My 25th reunion...
Last 10k for VOCATIONS!!!
2 years ago...20th wedding anniversary...6 months pregnant...
boy that camera really adds lbs.
This August...after I lost 37lbs for my daughters wedding!!!
more reunion pictures...


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Another great prayer:

Prayer of St. Ambrose (Before Mass or anytime)

Lord Jesus Christ,
I approach your banquet table in fear and trembling,
for I am a sinner,
and dare not rely on my own worth,
but only on your goodness and mercy.
I am defiled by many sins in body and soul,
and by my unguarded thoughts and words.
Gracious God of majesty and awe,
I seek your protection,
I look for your healing.
Poor troubled sinner that I am,
I appeal to you, the fountain of all mercy.
I cannot bear your judgment,
but I trust in your salvation.
Lord, I show my wounds to you and uncover my shame before you.
I know my sins are many and great,
and they fill me with fear,
but I hope in your mercies,
for they cannot be numbered.
Lord Jesus Christ, eternal king, God and man,
crucified for mankind,
look upon me with mercy and hear my prayer,
for I trust in you.
Have mercy on me,
full of sorrow and sin,
for the depth of your compassion never ends.
Praise to you, saving sacrifice,
offered on the wood of the cross for me and for all mankind.
Praise to the noble and precious blood,
flowing from the wounds of the my crucified Lord Jesus Christ and washing away the sins of the whole world.
Remember, Lord your creature,
whom you have redeemed with your blood;
I repent my sins,
and I long to put right what I have done. Merciful Father, take away all my offenses and sins;
purify me in body and soul,
and make me worthy to taste the holy of holies.
May your body and blood,
which I intend to receive, although I am unworthy,
be for me the remission of my sins,
the washing away of my guilt,
the end of my evil thoughts,
and the rebirth of my better instincts.
May it incite me to do the works pleasing to you and profitable to my health in body and soul,
and be a firm defense against the wiles of my enemies.

I use this before a spiritual communion also.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Just what I needed today:

Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life; rather look to them with full hope as they arise. God, whose very own you are, will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand it, God will carry you in His arms .

Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cared for you today will take care of you then and every day. He will either shield you from suffering, Or will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace. And put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations

(St Francis de Sales)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Prayers for me please:

It is a long story and more later:

It is with great joy that we would like to announce that we are expecting a baby around June 26th. As many of you know we have been praying to be blessed with another precious one. On Oct 21st I met with my doctor to discuss pre menopause and infertility signs. He wrote a prescription for a special sonogram to see what shape my ovaries were in. When the tech asked me why I was there and I explained that I was in the early stages of menopause and wanted to have a baby she just kept up the exam. After another sono she said, well, it looks like you are 6 weeks pregnant!!! I was in a rush of excitement.

THE PRAYER PART: I have been spotting for about 3 weeks, no cramps just light spotting. I don't usually have this problem. I went to the Dr and got more blood work and an appointment with a specialist in 3 weeks. All this time we (including the Dr) thought it was me going through pre menopause.

So please keep us in your prayers. We considered waiting a couple of weeks to tell everyone after we heard what the specialist said...but, believing it is our precious baby now as much as in 8 months...we had to share the good news. Also, we are huge believers in prayer...and now is crucial for our precious babe!!! Thanks so much and thanks for all the prayers and support in the past!!!