Friday, January 29, 2010

Fun Fundraiser

Join Sean Forrest and his band with special guests for an unforgettable night of music and faith to support our efforts in Haiti.

When: Saturday, February 20, 2010 @ 7pm
Where: Rockville High School Auditorium
70 Loveland Hill Road, Vernon, CT 06066

Tickets are just $18 and all proceeds go to support the MWTS Mission Haiti Program.
Tickets are available online, or you can Kristin at 203-815-2539.
More info here:

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sick kids, taxes and day care

So one of my teens is sick so I need to go to Holyoke Peds again and won't make it to co-op classes tomorrow. Tried starting taxes last night-- whoo hoo! Trying Turbo Tax since the nice guy who was doing them for me is really too nice to be a 'tax guy' and is going back to his day job.
In the mean time I had to make my sister get other care for her baby and get a babysitter for my kids so I can cover a vacation at work. Love the neighbor who is coming but the girls are already butting heads. I remember why I hate putting kids in Day care quickly.
Anyway I have NOT read the next chapter of Mother's Rule of Life and I'm not sure I'm supposed to quite yet. I haven't been to confession and know I need to. I'll miss Mass today due to the sickies. Homework and taxes call to me.
Anyway I will work on this part of the Rule and pray for all of you working on the book.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

From my mother-- a way to support Haiti

I have a friend in Haiti. Nicole and I have been in friends for over 50 years. I decided to forward this to you so you could get more info inthe needs down there. Iknow you've all donated to the relief effort, but I you might like to read these letters from Nicole's friends. Keep the prayers going too. Thanks

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: ""

Subject: Haiti

Hi everybody!

I received this email from my brother Leslie whose wife works for the hospital mentioned below. Donations to this hospital will help continue free services and maintenance of supplies and equipment. For those of you who dont' know, Richie and I were in Haiti at my brother's house during the earthquake. My sister-in-law(Leslie's wife) works at this hospital. Although she is in administration. she did not get home that night until 2AM. She had to keep track of medication and equipment and help in any way she could. She worked long hours the whole time we were there. Please feel free to forward this information to all your email contacts.

Thanks for your help,


> Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2010 22:20:40 -0500
> Subject: Fwd: Haiti
> From: leslie stephenson
> ------------------------------
> Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2010 05:42:18 -0800
> From:
> Subject: Haiti
> To:
> Hello to all of you who I know are touched by the disaster in Haiti.
> Below is an email that I received from a family member in Haiti. Josiane is
> the daughter of Dr. Edith Hudicourt who is one of the founders of the
> Hopital de la Communaute.Dr. Hudicourt is Fred's aunt.
> If you know of anyone who would like to send a donation you can assure them
> that the money will used 100% for the needs of the hospital
> Thank you for reading this and if you have any questions I would be happy to
> answer them
> Kind regards,
> Cathryn Osmak Pierre-Louis
> Hi Everyone
> This is an appeal letter. I know that many people read my account of my 12
> hours from the time of the earthquake to the next morning when I felt the
> need to share with friends and family in the US. What I have been doing
> since is not easy to talk about because I have never imagined myself in such
> a situation. As many people know, my mother is the founding member of a
> foundation which runs a hospital near where my family lives. The hospital
> is not free because it doesn’t get enough external funding to sustain it.
> Everyday gasoline powered generators run to keep electricity going and
> there are full-time employees who have to be paid. The night of the
> earthquake, my sister, Brigitte, who is an ophtalmologist spent the whole
> night with the regular hospital employees, receiving patients. When she
> came home to shower and eat the next day at noon, and I decided to go back
> with her to help. Many of the lower level staff had gone home and not come
> back for the day and I found that the most useful thing I could do was pick
> up trash, all kinds of stuff was on the ground inside and out. The doctors
> and volunteers where just attending to the emergencies with very little
> help, and patients where not even being registered. Some hopital staff
> have died in the earthquake and some have lost family members. A young
> female assistant manager was killed with her preschool child..
> Yesterday morning, Brigitte and I had a meeting with our extended family and
> we made a plan to improve services, with or without the hospital’s regular
> staff. We created a trillage system and decided which relative would be at
> the first trillage stop, which would be in charge of supplies for the
> doctors, which would sort donated clothing, which would photograph dead
> bodies, etc.... Even the elderly and children in our extended families who
> were not going to the hospital had jobs of creating tags to be given out at
> the trillage station and making small packets of pain killers to be given
> away. The hospital staff was more present and we all did an enormous amount
> of work with many more volunteers. It no longer feels like hell, it feels
> like there is order and that people are being helped. I spent my morning
> filling out admission forms with patients, new and old. Patients have no
> resources. Banks are not open, people have lost everything, these are not
> ordinary times. We decided tonight that we would do an appeal to friends in
> the US so that we can assure to insure continued operations of this facility
> My aunt Dr. Ginette Diederich has openend a special bank account today in
> Miami:
> Hopital de la Communauté Relief-G. Diederich
> Account number 1000103902598
> Suntrust Bank
> 11333 South Dixie Highway
> Pinecrest FL 33156
> Haitian Health and Education foundation is a non-profit registered in the US
> for tax deduction purposes.
> Josiane
> L’Hopital de la Communauté Haitienne is a 50-bed hospital in the Fréres
> Neighborhood of Petion-Ville. It is a non-profit hospital created by the
> Haitian Health and Education Foundation (Fondation Haitienne pour la Santé
> et l’Education, FHASE) in 1985. It has always had emergency services as an
> important part of its mission, and opened Haiti’s first intensive care unit
> last year. The hospital attempts to be self-sustaining by charging patients
> minimal fees for services. For the last 3 days the hospital has been one of
> the few in the Port-au-Prince and Petion-Ville with no structural damage
> with working teams of physicians and nurses, and volunteers night and day.
> Thousands of wounded people have overtaxed the hospital’s capacity to
> respond to the emergency. People have come with multiple traumas but mainly
> with broken limbs and head injuries from fallen cement. There are not
> enough beds, and people are on makeshift mats on the floor.. One young man
> who is said to be the sole survivor of his family was on a bed without a
> mattress, on a plank of wood.
> The disaster that has fallen on Haiti is of enormous proportions. We are
> raising funds to be able to offer free services We have received gifts of
> supplies and medicines but these gifts cannot possibly cover all the needs.
> Orthopedic supplies are in great demand.
> The people who arrive at the hospital are in desperate situations. Many
> have lost their homes and family members. Some people are camping in the
> hospital yard because they do not know where to go after receiving care.
> People of all ages are being dropped at the hospital by those who are
> pullling them for the rubble. We hope you can contribute funds to help us
> continue helping people who are in desperate need of care.
> ------------------------------
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> --
> leslie stephenson

Monday, January 18, 2010

Hi All!

After a weekend of being sick with a cold and down with migraines I'm finally feeling myself. We had a great Conference meeting thsi AM and I promise to fix my links, tell you everything etc. In the meantime I'll be very busy and trying not to waste time at all my othetr favorite websites!

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Everything I could manage to say yesterday about Haiti is on mine Facebook. Our support group will try to find something constructive to do but many in our group have put the mission in Haiti first for years-- our founders were married in a church there on a mission trip. A church that is now leveled.
Many of the churches have fallen killing untold numbers of priests, semenarians, sisters, missionaries and those who pray daily. Among them is the arch bishop. Today its finding ways to discuus the tragedy with my children.
Ways that are understanding of their lack of understanding-- who could understand this?
That respect their sadness-- I cried while I ironed last night
ways that give them something concrete to do and a greater understanding that prayer is as much for the pray-or as the pray-ee. After all God does not need us to tell Him that there was an earthquake and the world has tollerated a poorly built city on a fault line and that we have tollerated their poverty and thrown spare singles at the collection plate so we could forget. We pray to God because we need to be forgiven for each way we let this exist. Each expensive toy we felt we 'deserved' and each holiday we were dissatisfied with because it wasn't 'perfect.' We pray because once again we realise we are completely out of control, we never had controll at all anyway. Just an illusion.

Monday, January 4, 2010

A Mother's Rule of Life

At Happy Little Homemaker is a young mom looking to spend January and February studying A Mother's Rule of Life and actually making it work. She's already read the book 5 times. Maybe this is what I need? I've been think ever since our life went crazy how unprepared I was for so much change and how much I needed a retreat. Perhaps a working retreat is the best idea.
Each Saturday she will post an assignment and ask for comments and she's even planned an extra/catchup week knowing what a mom's life can be. This week she asked why we want to join this project. Here was my response:

"I've had and read the book and even started some of the work. However many big parts of our lives have changed and I need some real thought to go into 'what are my priorities?'
I have 7 kids, babysit a nephew, homeschool and am a leader in our support group. Before taking on babysitting I had started going back to school and started substitute teaching (and a small part time job ) while my husband was out of work. The problem is I REALLY loved being out of the house. Now he is back at work and I need to decide what I really want, what is best for the family and if I can stay home with a thankful heart."


No I haven't disappeared -- I simply am unsure about the direction this blog should take and if I have the time. But I do hope each of my internet friends has a blessed New Year.