Monday, September 29, 2014

Some Humor for Your Monday

As I was getting into the car this morning with the kids to go to Mass I reminded them that today was the feast day of the Archangels.  The rest of the conversation went like this:

Mr 14 yo:  "Yes, it is also the day that Mr. Bingley left Netherfield."

Ms 15 yo:  "On September 29th?"

Me:  "It says that in the story?"

Mr 14 yo:  "It says he left Netherfield on Michaelmas and that is what today's feast day is also known as so, yes, he left on September 29th."

Oh the things that boy remembers.  

God Bless!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Coming Soon...

I can't seem to make it here more than once a week or so, but believe it or not, beginning October 1st I will be entering into a writing challenge for 31 days!  The idea is that you write a blog post every day for 31 days on the SAME topic.

I had a few ideas tossing around inside my head but I think I've decided to write about organized chaos.  It seems to be my life, so what better topic than something you are surrounded by 24/7.  

Watch for the main post on October 1st, as well as more info on where you can find other people who are doing the same challenge!

In the meantime, I better get my ducks in a row if I'm going to be here every day starting next week!  Life has a way of sneaking up on you, doesn't it?  Before I even realize it, the day is done and I'm not sure what I've accomplished.  Usually it is a lot of little things instead of one big meaty thing that makes you feel, well....accomplished.  Oh well, I guess it's the little things that count, isn't it?  So join me on October 1st to read about how I keep all the little things in my household organized :)

 God Bless!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Little Bit of Soccer

We've been spending our Saturdays at soccer the past few weeks.  This year we have three of the kids playing for the first time.  Mr 14 yo was the only one who played last year but this year he decided to try his hand at flag football.

First up we have Mr 9 yo.  He is much more coordinated than I thought he would be.   That's him with the orange hood on.  He's the only one bundled up but it was cold out that morning!  I don't know what these other kids were thinking!

 I know I said he's coordinated, so this shot doesn't do him justice, but it was a great shot!

And here he is doing what he does best...telling other people what to do :)  See that finger pointing?

Then we have Ms 11 yo in the orange cap way out there on the field.  My kids must have a thing for orange.  At least these girls are more bundled up than those boys were! 

This is Ms 15 yo.  She doesn't have an orange cap on, but if you look closely, you'll see her face is bright red.  With the girls there's not enough for four teams so they just mix up all the girls every week and play two teams.  Sometimes these two are on the same team (like this week) and sometimes they aren't.  When they aren't on the same team we just get to cheer the whole time because that means that one of their teams did something good.

Ms 11 yo is the adventurous one.  The other two hate the goalie position.  In fact, I watched Mr 9 yo talk his way out of having to play it at practice the other night.  He just kept telling the coach how horrible he was at it, and 2 minutes later he was back on the field.  The coach just probably didn't want to listen to him anymore.

Not Ms 11 yo.  She likes to play goalie, even though she's new to it and not very good at it given her height (or lack of it).  She does put forth a good effort and the girls on her defense are always there to help her out whenever they can.

This time, though, the ball just got away from her.

All three kids play at the same time so we just sit in between the two fields and turn our heads every couple of minutes, hoping that we don't miss a big play by one of them.

As with all sports our kids play, I enjoy going and cheering them on, but I'm glad they only last 8 weeks; sometimes it just gets a little intense for me and I'm glad it's a Christian league because then I have to keep my boisterous cheering under control or I'll get kicked out :)

Next up, flag football pictures.

 God Bless!

Monday, September 15, 2014

St. Nicholas and St. Roch Were On a Roll Today!

One of the nice things that happens during your birthday month is that you get a lot of coupons from stores you shop at as an added incentive to go spend more money at their store.  Works for me!  

Last week I cashed in my coupons at Kohl's and got my Ninja!

This afternoon, Ms 18 yo and I dropped Mr 14 yo off at his science class and ran up to the mall to use a 20% off and a $10-off-cuz-it's-your-birthday coupon from JC Penney.  I wasn't sure what to get, but then I remembered I have a bridal shower to go to this weekend so I found a cute top that was on sale.  With the sale price, the 20% off and the $10 off, I paid $2.19 for a $22 top! 

The patron Saint of shoppers was with me today!  

(BTW, according to my quick Google search, it came up as St. Nicholas).

Anyhow, as we were browsing through the store, we came upon what I thought would be a gorgeous mother-of-the-bride dress.  Wow.  It was so tempting.  I was calculating up what it might cost with all my discounts and such when I remembered....I might be a mother, but currently there is not a I reluctantly walked on by.

By then it was time to go pick up Mr 14 yo from class and bring him over to Goodwill for some shopping of his own.  No JCP for him!  I refuse to buy him full price clothing when he's entering the "size of the month club".  So we browsed the racks and he picked out a handful of things to try on.

"Do you want me to stay here and look at anything you try on?" I asked.

"I don't know," was his reply.

"Should I stay here or can I go browse the skirt section?"

"I don't know."

This is my first round of shopping with a teenage boy who is acting like a teenage boy.  SO different than with the girls!  It is quick and it is silent.  No angst.  No texting me photos asking me which color to get.  No quandary over which color or style looks better.  Nope. None of that.  He walks out of the dressing room, sets the shirts (all of them) in the cart and says, "Okay they all fit."  Wow.  That was easy.

We needed to grab some extra spoons and some extra drinking glasses because ours keep getting whisked away by the dish fairies.  We picked out five spoons and six glasses.  Ms 18 yo got a belt.

We went to check out with our six shirts, six glasses, five spoons and a belt.  I had a 25% off-cuz-it's-your-birthday coupon and then I got to get a scratch card that had another 20% off, so we paid a total of $19 and some change for all of that.  

Thank you patron Saint of shoppers once again!

(A funny aside, here.  When I was searching Patron St. of shoppers, I also came across St. Roch as the patron of second-hand dealers (Goodwill).  St. Roch is also Mr 14 yo's Confirmation name!)

I was on such a high after that!  I mean really, how often do you get a good deal like that?  Once a year, I would guess; during your birthday month.

For now, I guess I will just have to ride high on the success of this trip and wait until next year when the coupons come rolling in again.

God Bless! 

Friday, September 12, 2014

7 Quick Takes about eating, school and more eating by big fat green things

Week three of school under our belts.  Week three of Trim Healthy Mama under our belts.  Woohooo!  I have to say that both are getting easier as we fall into more of a routine.  This week was a bit crazier, however, because we started a science class for Mr 14 yo, a writing class for Ms 16 yo and Mr 14 yo and the first theater workshop for the four youngest.  More driving, more homework, more time out of the house always makes for more adjusting and tweaking of the schedule.

So with this Trim Healthy Mama plan we're eating a bit different than we used to.  I'm glad it wasn't a total overhaul, but it has required some adjusting nonetheless.  Here's dd Ms 18 yo heading out to work for the evening.  She had just gotten home from school and wasn't hungry but knew she had to eat something so she thought she'd make a protein smoothie to take with. 


There was so much of it and it was so thick that she had to put it in a bowl and eat it with a spoon. As she was walking out the door she said, "I've turned into one of those weird food people, haven't I?"

Here is one of the reasons why she chose to make a smoothie - my new birthday gift.  I went and got it today from Kohl's because I had a 30% off coupon and a $10 off card for my birthday month so I got it for a good price - which makes it even better.  Looking forward to processing the heck out of my food :)

Yesterday we were sitting in the school room doing school and I looked out the window at my failing plants when I noticed that the green pepper plants had been stripped of all their leaves.  They weren't that great to begin with but now they looked horrible.

Mr. 9 yo went out and found this bad boy on the plant.  He was nice and fat after having eaten all those leaves. 

Ugh! I hate gardening.  I think it would be much more enjoyable to go to a Farmer's Market next year!

I found this beautiful prayer on the internet the other day and I just have to share it:

 The Prayer of St. Francis de Sales

Be at Peace
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 deliver you from out of them.
He has kept you hitherto,
and He will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it,
God will bury you in his arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same everlasting Father who cares for you today
will take care of you then and everyday.
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 imagination.

St. Francis de Sales 1567-1622

I will not turn on the heat.  I will not turn on the heat.  I will not turn on the heat because it is only the 12th of September.  Who cares if it will be in the 40s for the next couple of nights!  One day it's warm and humid, the next day we're digging out the jackets.   On the brighter side, they've been working on the interstate that is a few miles south of us and have closed a portion of it down for the past three nights, thus re-routing ALL of the traffic down the state highway right past our house.  Therefore, I am thankful that we've had our windows shut as it is quite loud with all that traffic going by all night long.

We're in the throws of Saturday sports here so that's what is on deck for our and flag football, followed by the annual Blue Knights campout where dads and boys come together to either sit by the fire (dads) or run around with flashlights (boys) and then crash in tents.  A good time is always had!  Have a great weekend.

God Bless! 
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Treasure and Tradition: My Chance at Book Photography

Our local homeschooling conference was back at the end of July.  I went on Friday evening and was wondering about the vendors when I stopped at a table to look at some books (I know, how novel, right??  Ha ha, no pun was intended!).  Anyhow, as I was standing there, the lady that was running the table came over to apologize for being gone when I arrived.  At that moment she saw my name tag and asked if I was the photographer she had emailed 4 years ago about taking pictures for her book on the Latin Mass.  

Funny thing was, I had just had a random thought about that whole thing the week before.

I was looking at a mock-up of the book and it was at that point that I realized why it had taken four years to get it put together. 

It is incredible!!! It is at the same time a book full of information about the Tridentine Mass, as well as a book you can use to follow along with during the Mass.  There's even a chart in the front so that if you loose your place in the book during Mass, you match up what the priest's posture looks like with the drawing in the chart and then it tells you what part of the Mass you are at and what page to turn to!  

How cool is that?  

I'll tell you: It is VERY cool for someone who doesn't completely know her way around the Tridentine Mass.

So, after all this time, and after almost getting bumped by a photographer who had his own set of external lights, I had the opportunity to take photos for her book.

The book is called "Treasure and Tradition:  The Ultimate Guide to the Latin Mass" written by Lisa Bergman and produced by her own company St. Augustine Academy Press.  

I saw Lisa this past weekend and she said the book has been sent to the printer and should be out in time for Christmas.  As soon as I know where you can purchase it I will let you know.

This is a beautiful book and will be a great help for those of us looking to learn more about the Latin Mass as well as a joy to look at for those who already know the Latin Mass.

God Bless!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Thank You, God, for this Weekend :)

And what a weekend it's been!  The humidity broke and the rain stopped and we've had absolutely gorgeous weather the past two days.  We've also been very busy...

On Friday, after soccer practice got cancelled because of the lightening and storms, we went and celebrated the birthday of one of our nephews.  Good food and family always makes for a nice time.

On Saturday we had more good food and family time, but this time there was a wedding thrown in.  One of my cousins got married and we got to celebrate in style.  The priest who conducted the wedding ceremony gave an incredibly awesome homily.  The main point of the first part of it was that we always need to remember to go back and thank God for all that He does for us; thus the title for this post.

The reception was at the Stadium Club at the home of the Chicago White Sox.  I'm not a baseball fan at all, but it was a fun place to have a wedding reception.  Beforehand, the bridal party got to go down by the field and take pictures.  I did not have my big, bulky camera, so I had to use my husband's phone, which meant I didn't get that many good pictures, but if you look closely, you can see someone in white down by the field.

The DJ was good, but it wasn't a big dancing crowd, so me and the hubby were one of the only few out there. 

Sunday was my birthday.  Since we are unfortunately church hopping right now, I got to pick where we went and my choice was the Byzantine church that's about 40 minutes away.  Sigh.  I wish it was closer.  At the end, Ms 22 yo and I looked at each other and said, "I love this Liturgy".  AND...we actually heard a relevant homily.  I mean, Father talked about the persecuted Christians and even prayed a prayer specifically for them at the end of the Liturgy!  So refreshing.

I love the prayers that are sung at this Liturgy.  I love how we call upon God's mercy so often.  I love that prayer before receiving Holy Communion.  I love the chant-like singing but I love it most of all because WE get to participate in it.  We don't have to be silent.  The booming voices in this small, but beautiful church move the soul.

After that we came home and chilled out for awhile until we sat down to the most incredible tasting rib-eyes that my husband grilled.  

We haven't had steak this good in years (and really, we only have them about once a year, so this will carry me along for quite a while!).   While he grilled, Ms 18 yo decorated a banana cake that was made by Ms 20 yo and frosted by Ms 15 yo - truly a family affair.

 The only sad part to my day was that Ms 22 yo had to go to work and missed the dinner, cake and this picture.

So, thank you God for the many blessing that you have given me, not only this weekend, but throughout my entire life.  May You continue to shower us all with Your grace and bless us and the whole world each and every day.

God Bless!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Prayers For Courtney

I'd like to take a moment on this Labor Day to ask you to pray for a young lady named Courtney who has suffered with seizures most of her 22 years of life.  She is also blind and cannot speak.  Her mother, Mary, blogs about Courtney, life with Courtney and the joy she brings to her family over at Passionate Perseverance.  If you've never stopped by, then I suggest you do now to find what you've been missing.

Right now Courtney isn't doing very well.  The Lord may take her home soon, but then again, He may pull her through this and leaver her here a bit longer.  What Mary and her family need right now are two things.

1.  Prayers - for Courtney and for Mary, her husband Jerry and their son Jonathon.  This is a tough road to walk and we need to keep them up with as many prayers as possible.

2.  Donations - If you are at all able, a GoFundMe account has been set up for them and the numerous medical bills the family has, not to mention the fact that Mary's husband is due to be laid off from his job in mid-September. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and to prayerfully consider how you can help.  While I have never met them IRL, by following their journey on the internet, I feel compelled to call on the Body of Christ to help this wonderful family out.  Won't you join me??  

Have a great Labor Day!

God Bless!