August 30, 2010


Happy Birthday, Patrick, you are finally eight!  We thank the Lord everyday for your presence in our lives.  You are so sweet with your siblings and it is great to see how much you love babies!  This year is going to be a great year for you, lots of growth and achievements.  We are so proud of you and we love you very much!

Happy Birthday!

August 27, 2010

Starting a new year!

We're getting our school year off to a slow start.  Trying to add in lots of time to get used to the idea and hopefully, cut down on some of the tears!  We've been doing math all week and starting copywork with this bible verse:

My son, if you wish, you can be taught; if you apply yourself, you will be shrewd.
If you are willing to listen, you will learn; if you give heed, you will be wise.

                                                        Sirach 6: 32-33

August 25, 2010

Welcome to the zoo!

I've been meaning to document our growing (seemingly daily!) little group of pets.
First, and foremost, is Sally the beagle.  Not the best picture of her above.  If I find a better one, I'll replace it.  But she is perhaps the best dog ever.  I know, I know, everybody says that!  REALLY.  She is.  She tolerates anything from the children, she listens well and puts up with visiting dogs and all the other animals.  She does have a few idiosyncrises like jumping in people's cars and eating random weird things.  She IS a dog.  She's allowed to do that.
Next comes Pilchard the cat.  He joined our family almost 8 years ago and has been a terror ever since.  But he makes for great conversation.  He is not the friendliest cat and has been known to "hunt" the children and Ken---especially if he decides he wants to be fed.  He also happens to be enormously huge--about 16 lbs.--almost as big as Sally.  And she is scared of him.  Nathan named him after Bob the Builder's cat who happens to be blue.  Pilchard is not blue.  But, Nathan was two at the time and really liked Bob the Builder.
Now comes Blossom.  Also named after a TV cat, Blossom is named after Fetch's friend Princess Blossom von Yum Yum.  I think I got that right.  We got her almost two months ago from a local feed store and she is proving to be a very sweet cat.  She allows all of the children, even Nick who carries her rather uncomfortably, to carry her around incessantly.
Then we have the turtles.  Yes, that is plural on purpose.  Three turtles.  The one on the left of the picture is Chad, he is a painted turtle and is very friendly.  The bottom turtle is Anna and the smallest one on top is Gilbert, both of which are red-eared sliders.  These are Nathan's purchase which he spent all of his hard-earned dollars from cutting grass on.  And he likes them very very much.  And I think we all enjoy them--they are fun to watch swimming in the tank.
Today we have the addition of a baby bunny named Louis after the feast day of St. Louis of France (whenever the children can't agree on names, what better place to turn than the calendar??).  He was "found" by Sally and I "found" him tucked under her paws.  I'm not sure if she was protecting him or saving him for a snack later but I think it is probably best that I found him when I did.  :)  Anyway, he must be littler than 10 days old because his eyes aren't open yet and other than a scrape on his neck, he seems to be doing quite well.  We intend to take care of him until he is big enough to return to the wild and have a shot at survival.

This WAS Hermer, Nathan's hermit crab.  I am including him because he was our pet until yesterday.  He died yesterday and Nathan was very sad.  Little Hermer was a fixture in our house for some time and he was well loved and deserved a mention here.

That is all.  For now.  Oh dear!

August 6, 2010

Favorite Catholic Prayers.

Sarah tagged me to play along with listing my top three favorite prayers.  Here they go in no particular order.

1.  Memorare to St. Joseph.  After saying this one for nearly two years straight, how could it not be my favorite?  And, St. Joseph has a special place in our family since my husband is a carpenter at heart.

Remember, O most chaste spouse of the Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who

implored your help and sought your intercession were left unassisted.

Full of confidence in your power I fly unto you and beg your protection.

Despise not O Guardian of the Redeemer my humble supplication, but in your bounty,

hear and answer me.


2. Hail Mary.  This prayer calms me.  I find I pray it when I'm stressed, when I'm sad, even out of joy.  I also prayed this prayer a lot during that house-selling period.  I'd pray it while cleaning to keep myself on an even keel and not freaking out at the children! I find comfort in running to my heavenly mother in times of need.
Hail Mary, Full of Grace,

The Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou among women,

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death.


3.  Guardian Angel prayer.  A nightly favorite said with all of the children and also said for each child.  I can't even think of how many times I've been convinced that our Guardian Angels have protected us.  You just can't beat asking for the intercession of your angel!

Angel of God, my guardian dear,

To whom God's love commits me here,

Ever this day, be at my side,

To light and guard, rule and guide.


So... I'm supposed to go tag 5 other bloggers now.  Big choices!  I had some blogs in mind then realized I'm kinda uncomfortable with that!  Silly me, I know.  I'm no fun with chain mail either.  Nonetheless, I had fun giving this some thought!  Thanks, Sarah!