Sunday, March 30, 2008

Hi Adria!

Sorry you couldn't join us for Parade Day. Kristin came with her husband Jay, Tara and little Levi. My niece Fahn came by with her new boyfriend and several other friends. Didn't get pics of everyone but they are all looking great and doing well.



Irish Soda Bread (Aunt Jo's recipee)

18 lbs Corned Beef and half the potatoes.
Kristin with Butterscotch.
Left overs.

Easter Pics I owe you.

Easter Bunny was in a weird mood and we have some that can't (or shouldn't) have chocolate. The fruit is a tradition. Bubbles too. The swords? not so much. But fun!

Parade Day

An unusual church caledar this year makes to day the Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade. Loads of information at

My girls dressed as triplets. Irish Wear pink too.
Leslie helping.
Gotta dance to the Healy's and John Tabb. (Every Friday at Donovan's Irish Pub in Springfield, MA , I'll be a regular as soon as my kids let me have weekly dates.)

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Oh dear

Your Score: Eeyore

You scored 16 Ego, 15 Anxiety, and 11 Agency!

"Do you know what A means, little Piglet?"

"No, Eeyore, I don't."

"It means Learning, it means Education, it means all the things that you and Pooh haven't got. That's what A means."

"Oh," said Piglet again. "I mean, does it?" he explained quickly.

"I'm telling you. People come and go in this Forest, and they say, 'It's only Eeyore, so it doesn't count.' They walk to and fro saying 'Ha ha!' But do they know anything about A? They don't. It's just three sticks to them. But to the Educated--mark this, little Piglet--to the Educated, not meaning Poohs and Piglets, it's a great and glorious A.

You scored as Eeyore!

ABOUT EEYORE: Eeyore lives in his own thistley corner of the forest and wonders why people don't come to visit him more often. He is master of the Guilt Trip, and is always gently forgiving his visitors for neglecting him. Eeyore considers himself to be smarter than the other inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood, and is often exasperated by their habit of having adventures and general merriment.

WHAT THIS SAYS ABOUT YOU: You are an anxious person, and you tend to expect the worst. Your friends find you somewhat cynical at times, because you have found that it is best to expect disappointment. You often feel unappreciated by the people you work with, but you rarely actually try and do anything to change that fact.

Your close friends admire you more than you think they do. They wish that you would learn to stop worrying so much and actually start trying to fix what is bothering you. If something is making you unhappy... change it!

Link: The Deep and Meaningful Winnie-The-Pooh Character Test written by wolfcaroling on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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Put April 29 on your calendar

Friday, March 28, 2008

Procrastination Works.

Today I am cleaning by procrastination. I didn't want to help an early reader, so I brought down dirty laundry. I didn't want to get dressed, so I searched for and found missing paperwork. I didn't want to run errands, so I cleared the desk.

Till I found the old, stained, inaccurate school calendar

and the new, clean calendar that doesn't end in June.

You guessed it. I couldn't face rewriting everything. Bonus is both bathrooms are clean. Down to the Floor!

Does it surprise you that I already had cleaning and procrastination as labels?

Bethlehem House has a new Home in April

Pregnancy Care Center
1159 Dwight St. Unit W
Holyoke, MA 01040 (413- 534-9800)

Wish List
Items we always need

Please post & keep this list for future reference

Baby Shampoo
Baby Lotion
Baby Wash
Baby Wipes
Dove Soap (bars)
Baby Washcloths

Disposable Diapers: Sizes: Newborn and also sizes 1,2,3,4,5,6

Small white round laundry basket
(Wal-Mart) #007314912578 @ $1.97 each

Large white rectangle laundry basket
(Wal-Mart) #007314912458 @ $2.97 each

Used baby cribs in good, clean condition (spaces between bars
Must be 2 ¼ inches or less ) THIS IS A STATE LAW.

Used good, clean crib mattresses

Used good, clean bassinets

NO BABY POWDER because of sudden death syndrome

Please deposit small items in box at front entry of church.
Larger items please call Bethehem House first @ 534-9800
To set up time for drop off.

Thank you for your donations

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

April Newsletter

I am so excited!!! I finished the newsletter on time!!!

On our public site I uploaded the file so you can see what we are doing here in West. Mass. I'd love to see what others are doing.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Today is Coffee talk day at Danielle Bean

My contribution:
"Today I’m thinking about getting through the ‘dark night of the soul’ the desert time. Silly after Easter I know, but I just found out that my dear BIL was not expecting it after finding his close relationship with Jesus. He was really side swiped and didn’t realize we’ve all been there.
Luckily he was brave enough to share at easter brunch and several of us were able to be encouraging. As my mother said, plants do not grow with out winter. They need a dormant time. But spring comes.
Excellent book on it is ‘The Camel Knows the Way by Lorna Kelly– a book Mother Theresa told her to write."

Her book really is fascinating. I bought a signed copy the day I heard her speak at our Diocesan Women's Conference Living God's Grace. She had us is fits of laughter and tears as she shared her incomparable rudeness to Mother Theresa, (How was she to know that a manicure would be inappropriate for dealing with the dying?) and shared having to cut away a young woman's lice ridden hair. Her hair was all she had left.
the book was even more amazing. How can God bring a person to find that their Alcoholism was a gift? How can God bring a recovering wealthy divorcee from London and Manhattan to India to Mother Theresa understand the only ones she find she can't help: the addicted.
Because they corresponded and Mother shared her opinions on Lorna's Dark night of the soul, ("you are so loved!") Lorna Kelly was called to give a deposition and be a witness for her beatification and to be present in Rome for the celebration.
She still marvels that when you become sober they tell you that as you live this new sober life all your wildest dreams come true. Never in her wildest dreams could she imagine where her life led.
Please pray for her. In fall she had a radical mastectomy and three times the Chemo has nearly killed her. Her heart is very weak now.

Peace, Mary

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Our Holy Saturday

Involves 1 with a stomache ache, 1 backed up sewer pipe, trusting 2 middle kids to walk 2 little kids to Egg Day and Gramma and Poppa's.

Have a Blessed Easter!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A year and 2 days.

Told you I'd be back.

Remember this?
This is my first attempt at blogging and considering how many journals I have burned so no one will read them this is either very brave or not thought through well. I expect to use this to think through decisions about our homeschool, ideas from our Bible Study and who knows what else. Hopefully I will capture and remember the interesting things my children do rather than ignoring them so I'll say good bye to start school......
And Hello who any who join me along the way.

That was from March 16, 2007 (also my godson's birthday) and since then I've found I really enjoy blogging. It can be like, as Danielle Bean puts it "Navel Gazing" but I've also had many great insights and made friends as far away as Hawaii. (Hi Ester)

Its been a real blessing. So Happy Belated Birthday to Mum2Best7, and to Nate, Welcome to my new contributor Dad2Best7 and thank you to all 3 of you who visit regularly.
Ok So Monday's post was short because I was good about getting things done. Firs the weekend was great because Jeff was back and we saw Melissa in Anything Goes at Holyoke High School. It was such a good show and so well done.
Monday it was work time. We had no co-op so Moms could get raedy for Easter. I tackled packing a few winter things (enough to hide the bed in my room!) but this is New England did not put the mittens away or the boots. Snow pants are still in reach. Don't want God to play one of His spring storm jokes!
Then I searched for the Easter dresses and Found Them!!!!! Only 2 needed to be rewashed. I've even started to pull other things out of storage so I can try to geth everything to fit well. Then CCD. We met to plan the retreat day for First Communion, made a million copies to give the kids a Stations of the Cross coloring book, then stuffed Easter Eggs for the kids to give to the local shelter.

this week:
Tonight I have a meeting and need groceries.
Wednesday I'm supposed to get some answers at the local Catholic college about taking continuing ed classes. I am so unprepared! I just don't seem to be able to make enough time.
In the evening is choir rehearsal which I really need to be at this week.
Holy Thursday is also bible study day.
Good Friday I get to spend the morning taking care of 2 little nieces!Then its stations. My oldest emailed me a reminder that he has a concert on Friday, huh?!? but he promised to get to services on campus.

If I'm really good I won't be one to blog so I'll say 'Blessings on your Holy Week! Have a wonderful Easter!'

who am I kidding, I'll be back.

Monday, March 17, 2008


10 Signs of Child Abuse

Download the PDF, study it, pray, trust your instinct!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Coming Home

Mary and All,
It's been a beautiful in San Diego, but I miss you all very much and will see you in the morning.

Happy Pi Day

From a friend: "Pi, Greek letter π, is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi = 3.1415926535... Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th.

“If, in a circle, a line
Hits the center,
and runs spine to spine,
And the lines length is D
The circumference will be
D times 3.14159.”

Last year we went all out. I sent greetings to my math loving nephew, made a pizza pi for dinner, we colored a pinwheel of the first 100 digits in pi.

How does a drill sargeant teach pi?
March 14 is mighty fine,
3 point 1 4 1 5 9

Also, MIT sends out its acceptance letters the week of pi day. If you didn't plan accordingly you could instead join Europe in celebrating Pi Approximation Day 22/7(July 22nd)
For some reason the others at Science co-op last year though I was odd.

Can't we all just get along!!!

I must sadly report that the mudslinging in the Catholic Blog Awards is underway. This post at the Curt Jester is his super organized way of throwing mud at everyone one else in his category: OK he didn't hit 'everyone' but claims he ran out of money to reseach the other candidates closet skeletins.

Actually, you know me, no real mudslinging, just a humorous collection of complements hiding under questions of 'real' identities and questions of who snuck meat on Friday.

And links to those fabulous competitors! Voting ends Monday.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Happy Birthday Melissa!

Happy 18th to a wonderful young lady!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

You know---

you've homeschooled too long when your 13 year old boy announces: "You know the official baseball season starts in just a fortnight!"

Hi Daddy!

I haven't put pictures up in a while and we all wanted to say hi to Daddy so here is our catch up:

My son turned 19, wants to be Jesus I guess.
Father Daughter dance 08. Winner of the most dates category.
Zoe losing front teeth.
Here we are after getting weighed and measured saying Hi Daddy.

Well we are off to the library.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Good Night, I Love you, Sleep well.

Every night my husband says this. Even if I'm not there. Even when he's far away. It is the last thing he thinks about before sleep. Period.

Oh how I wish I could be so focused. I know, its not my call as mother. My call is to be ready for the next one, the interuption, the need. In Boston I only had him to think of-- for 2 days I was just wife. What a blessing those 2 days were.

But last night I had to text the message 3,000 miles away. He's in San Diego for trainging for a full week. He left Saturday to see some sites and get over the jet lag before the first session Monday. He appreciated that I remembered. appreciated that remembering at 11 pm was early in his new, temporary world.

I don't mind that he saw the zoo without me or went out for real Mexican. I was only slightly jealous when he called from the gorgeous Pacific Coast Highway in a 2008 rental surrounded by sun and palm trees. But I sure miss him.

Thank goodness I still have 4 year old who senses when mommy might have to suffer having a bed all to herself and joined me. No I didn't send her to her room. I won't have living dolls much longer.

So goodnight sweetheart, I love you, sleep well. I post you some pictures of the kids Tuesday.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Keep Homeschooling Legal

California has always done what it could to make homeschooling difficult. Now a court has ruled it un-Constitutional. By going to Home School Legal Defense's web site you can petition to have them un-publish the case. It is also being appealed. Due the the enormous interest their home page has been replaced with the petition for now.

Please pray that homeschooling will remain legal and that our country will balance protection of the abused with the right of parents to raise their own children.

Thank you.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Catholic Blog Awards Here is where you go. One vote each means this year you must register. I am not positive its working-- I may have accidentally double clicked and it says I voted already.

Cruise on over to Renaissance Academy "Catholic Home Education Fair" page. The Fair will be posted on Wednesday, 12th of March on Renaissance Academy.
Hope to see you there!

Back from Boston

This week was the AIIM/On Denad conferences at the new convention center in Boston. My husband's company is going into web-to-print, variable data printing and are trying to stay on top of trends. So anyway we are back. I was sorry I couldn't visit anyone while in Boston. Jeff and I had a great stay though. He accomplished a lot and I was able to help. Had dinner at an amazing steak house, Flemings, where the guys were excited to see the point guard for the Celtics. Then we had a lunch with Cannon/ IKON and the speaker was quite interesting. Ended with a meet and greet at the Harvard Club, very cool view.
The Key notes were amazing David Pogue who wrote 7 of the computer for dummies books and Matt Glotzbach of Google. Hilarious! Wednesday was a political junkies dream, Howard Fineman and Pat Buchanan with Carlos Watson analyzing Tuesdays primaries. It was very good. Unfortunately, in most of the smaller talks that Jeff was supposed, to attend the substance didn't match the description in the sign ups. He had a lot of wasted time.

So far no evidence of the kids causing trouble. My sister Sheila was in one piece when I returned.
I have a load more ideas for our conference.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Wedding Rings

Danielle Bean has been posting daily ideas for living Lent and for day 22 suggests that you move your wedding ring to your right hand for a day. Every time you notice the difference pray for your marriage. And listen to His answers.
She has a very good idea. Before we started our summer construction I had my rings cut off. When I got married 40 lbs. ago I just knew they'd be on my hand forever! But here it is almost 9 months later and my finger still has an indent where the rings were. I can't have them re sized until the indent starts to fill.
I tried buying a cheap loose silver band to wear for going out but if I forgot to take it off I was left with a green indent--- not really an improvement.
Its amazing how many times each day I notice that my rings aren't there. Mine are very simple-- we were broke and my hands are tiny. The band is very thin and had the tiniest edge treatment which has almost worn away. My diamond is just 10 points, round stone set in just 4 prongs on an angle to the band. It has one inclusion. At Mass it sparkles beautifully and its not too hard to clean after bread baking.
The other interesting thing about my bad is it has the wrong wedding date engraved inside. Our bands were one of the first things we bought after getting engaged during our first semester of college. Every now and then we would pull them out to look at and try on each other. Then my mother had baby #8, my car died, Jeff had an accident in his, my parents car dies and my in laws washer and dryer died. Our 1985 wedding planned for the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul was postponed til August 9, 1986.
Changing our rings seemed wrong. That date was as much a part of our history as the new date. And, surprise, after having my ring cut off we saw the date had not been disturbed.