Usually on Monday afternoons I shut the door to the office in an attempt to work on my website and other internet-like stuff. The rule is that during those hours all children are to pretend like mom is NOT home; don't talk through the door at me about how your brother did this and that. It usually doesn't work, but it sounds like a good rule, doesn't it? Well, this past Monday, Ms 6yo knocks on the door and says, "Mom, can I show you my masterpiece?" Now, what kind of mother could say no to that. I responded, "Yes, you may." Ms. 6 yo said, "Really? Okay, let me go get it!" And here is her masterpiece for all the world to see!
Emily update - Please continue your prayers for Emily. Her tongue is healing, however she still isn't gaining any weight. She goes in August for a PET scan which will, I think, help the oncologist determine how successful these past procedures were. Her mom relates that Emily had a dream the other night that her cancer came back and she got diabetes. Upon waking up, Emily looked at the crucifix and told Jesus "NO".
I've been doing more planning over the last couple of days (finally) and I think I've realized that I can't do it all. If we tried to accomplish everything that I'd like to do, I don't think the school day would ever end. There's just so many fun and interesting things to learn! The fact that 6 of the 7 kids will be school age is also a bit overwhelming. I just might have to resort to a few more "already figured out" programs for some of the basic stuff.
I received this in an email. Not sure where it came from, but it has some great advice for the Year of the Priest.
Please copy and paste this note into a new email and keep it moving around the world.
In union with the will of the Church many people feel called to make this YEAR OF THE PRIESTS a year of intense PRAYER AND FASTING / SACRIFICE for our pastors and for all priest who have touched our lives in one way or another. Our priests are chosen by God but need encouragement to live holy lives of total surrender to the will of the Lord. We can help and encourage them with our prayerful and charitable support. For the remainder of the YEAR OF THE PRIESTS let us unite in prayer and fasting for our priests by:
1. Prayer: Attend an extra Mass each week offering it up for your priests.
2. Prayer: Say at least one extra decade of the rosary daily and end by reciting a special prayer for priest. Also watch for prayer opportunities at your parish.
3. Fasting: No snacking, desserts, carbonated, caffeinated or alcoholic beverages and/or make lots of little sacrifices for them throughout your day. (This is like a "super Lent. Pray to see what the Lord wants you to do in this area.)
4. Note: As a form of encouragement, send a note to your pastor informing him of your supporting prayer, sacrifice and fasting commitments.
5. Send this email to all your Catholic family and friends so that our priests are covered with prayer and sacrifice.
This can be a powered year for our priests and our church especially if we, as laity, support them with our prayers, sacrifices and sacrificial fasting.
Here's a good one:
Su Wong marries Lee Wong. The next year, the Wongs have a new baby.
The nurse brings over a lovely, healthy, bouncy, but definitely a Caucasian, WHITE baby boy.
'Congratulations,' says the nurse to the new parents. 'Well Mr. Wong, what will you and Mrs. Wong name the baby?'
The puzzled father looks at his new baby boy and says, 'Well, two Wong's don't make a white, so I think we will name him...
Sum Ting Wong.
Next week is retreat week so there will be silence from this end for a few days. Please pray for all of us women who will be participating in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, brought to us by the wonderful priests of Miles Christi.
|Raising Maidens of Virtue: A Study of Feminine Loveliness for Mothers and Daughters|
I've had this book for the past year but am just picking it up now to read. So far, I love it. It is a book that is to be used by a mother and her daughter(s). Each week they cover a chapter and discuss it using questions and scripture verses at the end. Some of the chapter titles are "Taming the Tainted Tongue", "Dwelling in Unity" and "Knight in Shining Armor". I'm very excited about doing this with the girls!