Wednesday, August 29, 2007

too tired to blog

I finished our newsletter, actually played during soccer practice, and dealt with 'last week before school starts' kids. So I'll let you read my friend Jane's book review. Its worth the time and didn't fit in our newsletter.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Sister Night

We had sister night a week ago while Amy was in town. All of the Maginificent 7 in one room--- the new kitchen.

Back Row from left Rosie, Amy, Peg, Sheila
Front Row Me, Joan and Em

Friday, August 24, 2007

This and that

Yesterday our family welcomed an addition. Cousin Ashley had a baby boy! I'm so happy for her. She knows from the start that she will be a SAHM/artist. Her husband is a sweet guy.

Bible Study was nice/work. It was great to see my friend and share their joys and sorrows. Our book reached the topic of controlling our tongue. I love how the same section of James 3 says we will never controll our tongue, if we could we'd be perfect, but we don't, but if we did we could control the whole body.
That is the contradiction of Christian life. We really don't get it right---except when we do. And then its due to God's grace, not us, yet we really have to cooperate with that grace.
I remember being a new Mom/wife and realizing I had to start working on controlling my tongue. Somehow we women worry if every little thought doesn't come out of our mouth then our dear husband or children are patronizing/ignoring/ or otherwise oppressing us. Real strength shows when we can speak with grace only what must be said; what builds community and heals. Anyone can tear people down.
For 2 years I bit my tongue so much I had a scar inside my mouth. I tried a friend's trick of whispering the most important directions so my children would work to listen. Eventually the body followed. I became softer, sweeter, calmer, happier. I was more consistent, more thoughtful, more respected.
Unfortunately in the decade that has followed I've had to re teach myself often and this may be one of those times. I know the signs now. The same signs the children show in these last 2 weeks before school. Malaise, impatience, bossiness, lack of focus.

So one more piece of news. We are getting a bunny. Already trained and with all its supplies, our neighbor is moving to elderly housing and the rabbit she keeps for the grandchildren has to go. It is not one of the things my guys are allergic to so --- we'll try.

(I am so NOT a pet person anymore!)

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Here I am!!!

Ok so I've been missing in action a bit lately. I've put a few comments on other blogs but really I haven't had as much say. And I've been saving you from soem of my more interesting rants ; )

Anyway here is some of what I've been up to:

Trying to deal with bouts of insomnia made worse my teens that stayed up all night at summer college and just can't get back to normal.

Second coats of paint and little touch ups in the kitchen.

BIG cooking, like fresh salsa, loads of sauce and a roast Sunday.

Getting my daughter ready for her driving test and getting my van running again.

Starting soccer practice! Our team is 6-7 Girls and they are so cute!

Debating getting a bunny : p

A lovely visit from my New Jersey sister which involved all the sisters and a family friend and mom and my ugly fruit dip becoming a modern art paint.

Best of all I have a new friend. We have a neighbor who has been home a lot this summer because of surgery and doing more work from home. She is so completly different from anyone in my circle and yet so interested in this crazy big family dynamic. She's an ex-hippie, jewish mother of 2 boys, divorced, feminist who loves my children. We cook, chat, visit the farm, and help each other out. She's the first neighbor who felt comfortable just dropping by unannounced- but not the younger mom needing advice but the older mom educated in Speech pathology with lots of ideas and help.
So I guess I've need to vent less.

I've also been looking at Homeschool CPA, a blog that helps support groups decide when to become a non profit, how to deal with hiring teachers, insurance, bank accounts etc. What a wealth of information!
I finally ordered Analytic Grammar as recommended by Institute for Excellence in Writing and ordered Math from Teaching Textbooks. The book in these is also on a CDRom which shows the student how to work each problem. Its all the rage but hopefully its not just another expensive toy. It also means I have to, 'gasp' SHARE my computer. That will be hard. I may try to do al my computer work on 2 days of the week.

Well I'm still sitting around instead of getting my tub. So I'm off. Fair warning I'll be working o our newsletter so all my writing will be there this week.
God Bless.

Our Lady of Knock Please pray for all my friends and especially for Rosalie and her trip to Ireland.

Friday, August 10, 2007

I'm not one to avoid most vaccinations but:

GARDASIL in the news...


In May 2007, it was reported that over 1,600 adverse reactions,
including three deaths, had been linked to Gardasil, Mercks new
vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV).
Among those reactions, 371 were classified as serious, and, of the 42
women who received the vaccine while pregnant, 18 experienced side
effects including spontaneous abortion and fetal abnormalities.
It appears those reactions, and deaths, are steadily rising. A review
of the National Vaccine Information Center revealed the following
statistic about this vaccine: 2,207 adverse reactions to Gardasil
have been reported.
Among them:
5 girls died
31 were considered life-threatening
1,385 required a visit to the emergency room
451 of the girls have not recovered as of July 2007
51 of the girls were disabled
Gardasil may be more dangerous than consumers have been led to
believe, according to one public-interest group, and an editorial in
the New England Journal of Medicine has also raised questions about
the vaccine's effectiveness.

Monday, August 6, 2007

100 Posts!

A mile stone has been hit I have made 100 posts, (on this site), sending my crazy point of view out into cyberspace. I'll celebrate with pictures of my kids this summer!

Here is my oldest daughter's self portrait in new glasses. Is she not gorgeous!!!

Zoe and Leslie in their bubble suits and Dad's company picnic. Great day was had by all. Since then they had hair cuts and are evry happy with those.

Boy Scout's end camp with a parade! The first in line is my David.

Marie 15 feet up in the air on a trampoline/slingshot/bungee cord ride at the company picnic. She did 20 backwards summersaults and has spent the summer trying to be brave!

OK she's my sister not my kid but she has the most adorable new twin kittens. They were Bear and Bella till they were old enough to discover they are both boys so now Bella is Baloo. My oldest daughter gets confused for her sister often. They worked at the same bakery. Now my sister teaches art at a Montessori school and does some Field Hockey coaching.

She's #8 of the siblings and so fun!!

And last but actually first: my dear husband sent me a love note for our coming anniversary. By email. It made me cry it was so beautiful. We spent way too much this summer for gifts but he wanted to do something special and I really appreciated it.
Don't worry, I'll make him a special meal the next night we are all home and today I made him Sour Dough Bread for the first time since the kitchen was finished. (My starter came our great!)

So my Dear Husband:
I Love You. For being there before my sister was even conceived. For all of our children. For taking me to church. For tucking the kids during my meeting tonight. For spending the day at work and coming home to dirt, and projects and a wife who needed a shower. For watching endless hours of Star Gate with our children and Not using the subwoofer and center channel during our meeting.
For being here still. almost 30 years since we met, and almost 21 years from when we finally married, and after 2 teens, and upteen sleepless nights and the starts of menopause. Through scars and scares and loss. Through loss of Faith and re-conversion. Through 6 sibling weddings and an ordination. Through new roofs, unemployment, public school, homeschool, Catholic school. Through wakes and funerals and Baptisms and First Communions. From Puppy love, to teen love, to Honeymoon, to 7 year ignition, to 10 year evaluation to the Mortar anniversary, to 2 decades of marraige.
You are the real deal. The true partner for life. The one who doesn't just sweep me off my feet and save me but also celebrates when I am strong enough to save myself.
Ladies he really does say all those nice things even when no one is listening. He really means it. He's earned a lifetime of joy and peace but is content with me.

And tonight I am so very grateful.

You are always there. Constant. Strong. Praying. Loving.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Digging in the Dirt

Back when school was ending I was stressing out. So was my friend, and leader of our homeschool support group, Jane. She was however thrilled with the idea of a public page and offered to post with me. Except we really had trouble setting the site up for more than one to post. Anyway the title here will link you to her first written piece and it is SOOO worth the wait.

Ladies, may I introduce my dear friend, Jane....

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Catholic Carnival

This week I actually made submissions to the Catholic Carnival it was accepted!!! This is a great way to find a variety of Catholic Online stories, blogs, and connections.