Be merciful and mercy shall be yours.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Be merciful and mercy shall be yours.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
May God grant you pause, the whisper of his voice and the presence of his infanthood over this holiday season.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
By the way, you can download as an e-book, the Daybook of Comfort and Joy at the link I provided (which I am very excited about now that I have a NOOK Color coming for Christmas) :)
Monday, December 19, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Thinking and considering out loud -- I'll be doing this a lot in the upcoming months.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
I'll post St. Patrick and St. Therese another time.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
One of our Thanksgiving traditions is to stay home and start the morning with me in the kitchen and the children watching the Macy’s Day Parade – 85 years strong – wow. My husband preferred to not travel on Thanksgiving, or go to both parents’ home, because he drives SO MUCH all week and doesn’t have many days off at all for much of anything. He works Saturdays at his regular job – and in retail in the evenings, and you know retail doesn’t take time off.
So on Thanksgiving we enjoy the entire day together as a family, and toward the end of the day, we begin to decorate for Christmas. We opted for a small slimmer tree (it already has lights on it), and it is less fuss for the children to easily and successfully decorate with charm. We have our nativity and Advent Wreath ready. Tomorrow marks the first day of Advent, and we have a small purple taper candle waiting within the wreath to be lit.
I am grateful for my church, Christ’s visual church on earth for all the spiritual helps it provides to improve our spirituality during this hard yet joyful journey. I am not a shallow fleeting person in the least, and the more breadth and depth of spiritual enrichment and knowledge at my disposal, the better. Christ himself was not shallow by any means, and he shows us in the gospels the deep spiritual and physical demands a soldier of Christ must take on.
This Advent I anticipate and wait to honor the Christ who was born into a family first before accepting his ministry at large in the name of His Father. Knowing Jesus was born a baby and into a family certainly makes our Lord less lofty and more accessible to any humble person.
May God bless you richly this Advent Season!
Sunday, November 13, 2011
I fell upon this book by way of Pinterest where everyone is “pinning”, you know :)…….I love finding new thoughtful wise edifying (did I say inexpensive) and worthy gifts. This seemed to be one, and I loved reading the “look at me” pages on line at Amazon.
lessons for my baby daughter
(a life list for every woman)
Try to know what is bubbling around in your heart
Don’t underestimate your father’s ability to understand you
Give lots of hugs to those you care for
Offer your seat to elderly and pregnant people
Whenever possible, take the train……
Appreciate the weather….
It goes on with description after each caption, all very sweet, beautiful and thoughtful.
Monday, November 07, 2011
1. It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return. But what is more painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let that person know how you feel.
2. A sad thing in life is when you meet someone who means a lot to you, only to find out in the end that it was never meant to be and you just have to let go.
3. The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you've ever had.
4. It's true that we don't know what we've got until we lose it, but it's also true that we don't know what we've been missing until it arrives.
5. It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone-but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.
6. Don't go for looks, they can deceive. Don't go for wealth,even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright.
7. Dream what you want to dream, go where you want to go, be what you want to be. Because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.
8. Always put yourself in the other's shoes. If you feel that it hurts you, it probably hurts the person too.
9. A careless word may kindle strife. A cruel word may wreck a life. A timely word may level stress. But a loving word may heal and bless.
10. The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.
11. Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, ends with a tear. When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you're the one smiling and everyone around you is crying.
…and this lovely and strong and insightful article by Elizabeth Foss gives hope to raising children and sending them out into the world….
Sunday, November 06, 2011
Tempting products I love to smell and live with are popping up all over as the Christmas season is quickly approaching. Some of the descriptions are so delicious and emotion-evoking. I find this one particularly interesting (it’s a beautiful product if you’re looking for a special gift).
The product description reads:
What is it: The snow angel shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath is infused with a fresh snow scent that's created to bring you a sense of childhood joy during your shower or bath.
Why is it different: Feel like an angel amidst the snow as you lather from head to toe with snow angel shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath. This luxurious, moisturizing formula gently cleanses and conditions skin and hair. The pearlized blue hue and fresh, clean scent capture the essence of a fresh snowfall and evoke the childhood joy in us all. <snip>
That…..”essence of a fresh snowfall and evoke the childhood joy in us all…” I thought was interesting. So I was briefly reflecting on childhood joy….I never grew up in the first decade of my life with “seasons”…having been born and raised in southern California in the 60s. It wasn’t until we moved to SLC Utah in the 70s that I experienced first hand the first snow in my life. And wow, what a snow!…A LOT of snow, as you can imagine – so true of that geographical location. I remember loving the quaking Aspens and pines and the fresh mountain air so much, but being torn between the beautiful state of things where I lived, and yearning to be with my family who had relocated to my mom’s home state of Ohio in the late 80s. And so it is I left that beauty behind and am now raising a family in Ohio (which by the way, has it’s copious amounts of snow).
While these beautiful products from Philosophy (a company I love to love), have wonderful rich descriptions of their products, and the scents do live up to their names, I recall being happy taking a bath with Fuzzy Wuzzy soap in the 60s :) Anyone remember that?
So, while I sit in bed blogging, nursing a fall cold and playing Angry Birds….I am also internet shopping for Christmas, looking ahead at my leisure from the comfort of my home. One item I know for sure my children will remember, (besides SNOW!)… like I remember Fuzzy Wuzzy soap from my childhood …will be this comforting shower gel they use again and again….Gingerbread Man also from Philosophy.
This is the Super size, but it also can be purchased in some smaller cuter decanters!
Between Snow Angels and Gingerbread Men (and girls), and Sugar-Plums…and the snow I know will come…I’m already looking forward to creating warm and comforting memories with and for my family.
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
This year as I’ve mentioned before has been very different and in many ways while seemingly freeing….difficult and challenging. I suppose I have traded what appeared to be freedom (unSchooling), for a schedule that is rigorous and demanding. Traveling to therapies and working on homework in regard to them has taken up a lot of our time. My son with OCD/anxiety dreads the weekly trips…one of his phobias is driving, and having to drive 45 mins from here – sometimes 3 to 4 times a week – is his worst enemy faced. To say it has been very hard is an understatement. My nerves have been frayed on most days, and I’m sure my stellar low pressure has been up. There is also the pending fear of hearing:….I’m nervous! I’m nervous!…I want to go home…let’s go home…. (when we are but 5 mins from our destination). I hear it weekly. It’s hard to go into facilities with a son that is in tears and shaking terribly as if a ghost just snatched him up. People look at us like…..what is that about??…..I feel like hiding….it’s quite an awful feeling but I have now been so embarrassed and humiliated by these scenes, I’m not sure there is much more to endure. And so it goes…..
One thing that has kind of lightened the doom and gloom of these trips is we are closer to all the wonderful stores that we don’t have in our rural area. So, on occasion we have been able to subject my poor mother to traveling with us and our odd behaviors (er ahem cough cough), and visit one of our favorite places TARGET. I have enjoyed “getting out” although it is always stressful…..but yet, I do get to see what’s out there, buy some badly needed items like clothing for all members of the family, and household goods, and get away with a wonderful Starbucks coffee as we leave. This TARGET store has a Starbucks in it…..lucky me. So, I endure.
We are plugging along with school…rather slowly….but they are learning. I guess this year, all I can ask is for some progress in academia…..but more progress in helping these boys beyond their disabilities and disorders. Some days it’s more than I can bear, and yet, I am bearing it….not patiently some days, not gracefully…not happily…..I am not proud to admit many days I fail terribly at all of it. I hear myself saying, I am not a nurse, I am not a maid…I am just a mother…I’m not cut out for this above and beyond the call of duty….and yet, it seems to be what God is calling me to do. So the little things…like a brief moment of normalcy the suddenly appears…I appreciate and revel in greatly. A beautiful sunset, a pleasant breeze, the golden colors of fall……and the smell of the coffee brewing in what seems to still be night…..are all much more appreciated in my corner of the world.
I have a few close mom friends who help me stand my ground and stay sane; I hope I give them some sanity on those crazier days too. I just know we all understand one another. Another area I am very grateful for – simple friendships that are honest and trusting. These women know me…I mean really know me….pretty much inside and out at this point ….there is not much we intend to hide or leave concealed as we are all using every bit of our mom strength to overcome the afflictions and hardships that find us. God must have known we would need each other and He found a way to cause our paths to cross and stay connected for a very long time now.
Well, I’ve over stayed my blog time…….Time to sign off and get little folks to bed….Busy day again tomorrow….not needing to travel as far, but off to enjoy our home school co-op with other families.
Oh my…I think last week really tuckered me out…I have yet to recover from all it’s busy-ness.
So today my son Mark tells me…(as I yawn…) “ …Mom, just say the magical words of the Mickey Mouse clubhouse: Meeska Mooska Mickey Mouse!!!”
(Okay, so I’m trying this…..) :) haha!
Well…..I think I might try some of this instead!!!! Wish me luck!!
Friday, October 28, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
And this next article links from the one posted above:
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Also, we all have been going back through the beautifully done, My First Little House Books. They are an easy read for Michael, and Mark (3 yos) enjoys having them read to him. They have lovely artwork; some of the illustrations by Renee Graef; in other books in the series, Jody Wheeler. Our daughter loved these books when younger. (Until she graduated to the actual Little House on the Prairie books, and prequels).
Next, our daughter is currently reading through medieval histories; this includes Son of Charlemagne right now.
I am currently reading and truly enjoying the book my friend Esther pointed out recently on St. Therese, called Maurice and Therese, The Story of a Love. It has not been disappointing. And how timely, just this in from Zenit.org; something more reported from Rome regarding St. Therese:
St. Thérèse's "Vocation of Love" Recalled
Missionary Dicastery Receives Her Relics
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 5, 2006 (Zenit.org).- The relics of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, patroness of the missions, are being venerated in Rome at the start of the missionary month of October.
The relics were received in the chapel of the Propaganda Fide Palace, headquarters of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
"Little Thérèse," as she is known, wrote: "My vocation is love. At the heart of the Church, my Mother, I will be love, and in this way I will be everything."
"Love and charity is the soul of the mission," said Cardinal Ivan Dias, prefect of the missionary dicastery, as he recalled St. Thérèse's experience and Benedict XVI's message for the World Mission Sunday, Oct. 22.
The cardinal pointed out the meaning of the mission during a concelebrated Mass in which those who make up the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the four general secretaries of the Pontifical Mission Societies participated, reported the Fides news agency.
St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, a Doctor of the Church, was proclaimed patroness of the missions along with patron St. Francis Xavier.
Quality, not quantity
The two patron saints "remind us of the two aspects of mission, contemplation and action," said Cardinal Dias. "We must be contemplatives in action, working while not forgetting prayer and the spiritual aspect."
The Indian cardinal acknowledged: "If I am here, it is because St. Francis baptized my forefathers."
Taking these two figures of the Church as reference, the Vatican prefect reminded those working in the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples that "it is not the quantity of work but the quality which counts and the love with which it is performed."
He exhorted them not to let the bureaucratic aspects dominate, since what is important is to have a heart filled with love, like St. Thérèse.
The Mass over which Cardinal Dias presided was celebrated for the whole missionary world, in particular for all those living in territories entrusted to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. There are 1,082 ecclesiastical circumscriptions directly under the purview of the missionary dicastery, almost 40% of the Church's presence in the world.
The celebration of October as missionary month worldwide reminds those who are baptized that they must collaborate in the universal mission of the Church.
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
So happy to have a wonderful group of mothers to gain support and encouragement amongst ourselves, who share our parish as a common church home. God has truly blessed us with His love.
Sunday, October 02, 2011
“Rejoice in hope, persevere in tribulations, be constant in prayer” Rom 12:12 Yours in Christ, Kimberly Hahn
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Where has this month gone? I don’t think I’ve ever had a September fly by quite so fast before, but then maybe it’s just a sign of how busy this month really has been.
We began our schooling Sept 12, and it seems to be going well. I see the need for some added adjustments here and there, mostly added work in areas that Mark needs more practice. We are using some great resources this year in addition to our core studies and that is making school fresh and interesting. We love our timeline (see post_HERE_) and Michael is doing a lot of his history through living books, loving and learning through great literature.
So, Michael’s history study this year is ancient Greece and Rome; right now it’s focusing on Greece. And these Jeanne Bendick books are so great to use for history study, I am just so happy with great literature that teaches lessons and elevates the reader’s language.
We are also using this great little resource for reviewing and practicing cursive penmanship and incorporating art study, AND it’s correlated with Greece and Rome historical facts and architecture – who knew!? lol! what a great little addition to this history study! I just wish I had found this resource YEARS EARLIER!!..as I would have been using it all along.
Draw and Write Through History: Greece & Rome
You can see several more of these resources for different levels and different history eras at this LINK
In addition to our regular studies, the children have also started back to their religious education classes at our parish, and I am once again teaching 2nd grade (for the 18th year now…)….wow, where has the time gone!? This year I have my youngest son in class with me; he is doing well, and it’s interesting and good for me to see him compared to his neuro-typical peer-mates, as he has high functioning autism. We continue to go to language expression/communication therapy for him, weekly. We’ve run into a few glitches this year, namely recently, the dentist. Mark has a cavity and it needs addressed within a certain amount of time but he did not cooperate with the dentist a couple weeks ago for the filling. I have a few options, none of which I’m too thrilled about, but will pray further and accept what may be the resolution.
Weighing in on things….
I have also put Mark on a restricted low fat diet, just to see if we can taper him down some to make the neurology visit more successful in early December. She was concerned about his chunkiness – it’s adorable there is no doubt, but maybe he would be more coordinated and do better physically with a little less chunk. I’m okay with that, although in time it would disappear as it has on my other children. So, I tell Mark he is now on the Special K diet :) We replaced his wanting of three chewy Chips Ahoy cookies for breakfast with Special K cereal bars instead. Way less calories and far more nutrients. And by the way, Weight Watchers String Cheese is awesome and delicious! …and half the calories of regular.
As this month ends for us, we begin October with three family birthdays and an anniversary. Mark starts the month off on the 1st with his birthday, my mother and brother in law on the 2nd, and our 23rd wedding anniversary on the 8th. As we make way for a more colorful and beautiful autumn, I look forward to a more relaxed school year, minus college preparation, which took up most of my life and school time for the last four intense years here. It’s absolutely all worth it as it pays off in students ready to do well in college, but I will not sugar-coat it: IT IS A LOT OF WORK!
God bless you this day and in all you do!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Paternal great-great grandfather….on my father’s mother side….
Grandfather – paternal, my father’s father
So, my research will continue and hopefully once I am satisfied with information I’m hoping to have a nice family tree portrait made for our home, and perhaps a book printed.