Friday, July 31, 2009
About 10 minutes later, I overheard my 5 yr old son declare that he wanted to marry someone else.
Then came 8 yr old wisdom:
"You can't change now. You are already married. You can't marry 2 times. Once you're married, that's it."
Wish we all understood this simple fact.
My baby boy has quite an arm! Takes after his Daddy! To think he is only 10 months old...well, at least we can play some mean family games of baseball. We have enough players at least!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
The first degree of humility, then, is that a man always have the fear of God before his eyes (cf Ps 35:2), shunning all forgetfulness and that he be ever mindful of all that God hath commanded, that he always consider in his mind how those who despise God will burn in hell for their sins, and that life everlasting is prepared for those who fear God. And whilst he guard himself evermore against sin and vices of thought, word, deed, and self-will, let him also hasten to cut off the desires of the flesh.
The second degree of humility is, when a man love not his own will, nor is pleased to fulfill his own desires but by his deeds carried out that word of the Lord which said: "I came not to do My own will but the will of Him that sent Me" (Jn 6:38). It is likewise said: "Self-will hath its punishment, but necessity win the crown."
The third degree of humility is, that for the love of God a man subject himself to a Superior in all obedience, imitating the Lord, of whom the Apostle said: "He became obedient unto death" (Phil 2:8).
The fourth degree of humility is, that, if hard and distasteful things are commanded, nay, even though injuries are inflicted, he accept them with patience and even temper, and not grow weary or give up, but hold out, as the Scripture said: "He that shall persevere unto the end shall be saved" (Mt 10:22). And again: "Let thy heart take courage, and wait thou for the Lord" (Ps 26:14).
The fifth degree of humility is, when one hides from his Abbot none of the evil thoughts which rise in his heart or the evils committed by him in secret, but humbly confesses them. Concerning this the Scripture exhorts us, saying: "Reveal thy way to the Lord and trust in Him" (Ps 36:5). And it said further: "Confess to the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endures forever" (Ps 105:1; Ps 117:1). And the Prophet likewise said: "I have acknowledged my sin to Thee and my injustice I have not concealed. I said I will confess against myself my injustice to the Lord; and Thou hast forgiven the wickedness of my sins" (Ps 31:5).
The sixth degree of humility is, when a monk is content with the meanest and worst of everything, and in all that is enjoined him holds himself as a bad and worthless workman, saying with the Prophet: "I am brought to nothing and I knew it not; I am become as a beast before Thee, and I am always with Thee" (Ps 72:22-23).
The seventh degree of humility is, when, not only with his tongue he declares, but also in his inmost soul believeth, that he is the lowest and vilest of men, humbling himself and saying with the Prophet: "But I am a worm and no man, the reproach of men and the outcast of the people" (Ps 21:7).
The eighth degree of humility is, when a monk doeth nothing but what is sanctioned by the common rule of the monastery and the example of his elders.
The ninth degree of humility is, when a monk withholds his tongue from speaking, and keeping silence doth not speak until he is asked; for the Scripture shows that "in a multitude of words there shall not want sin" (Prov 10:19); and that "a man full of tongue is not established in the earth" (Ps 139:12).
The tenth degree of humility is, when a monk is not easily moved and quick for laughter, for it is written: "The fool exalts his voice in laughter" (Sir 21:23).
The eleventh degree of humility is, that, when a monk speaks, he speak gently and without laughter, humbly and with gravity, with few and sensible words, and that he be not loud of voice, as it is written: "The wise man is known by the fewness of his words."
The twelfth degree of humility is, when a monk is not only humble of heart, but always lets it appear also in his whole exterior to all that see him; namely, at the Work of God, in the garden, on a journey, in the field, or wherever he may be, sitting, walking, or standing, let him always have his head bowed down, his eyes fixed on the ground, ever holding himself guilty of his sins, thinking that he is already standing before the dread judgment seat of God, and always saying to himself in his heart what the publican in the Gospel said, with his eyes fixed on the ground: "Lord, I am a sinner and not worthy to lift up mine eyes to heaven" (Lk 18:13); and again with the Prophet: "I am bowed down and humbled exceedingly" (Ps 37:7-9; Ps 118:107)
Oh how I LOVE surprises!
My hubby was thrilled to tell me early in the week that he has my present already! He said I will LOVE it and he wants to give it to me NOW but I told him to wait till my b-day-day. Of course I answered him to what it might be....let's see...a Nanny?!?!? A cruise!???!? A date with my him!??!! Self -washing and self-folding clothes??!! Oh, I know...it has to be the best coffee ever made-he signed me up for a year to get biweekly shipments...
I have no idea and I love not knowing and waiting to be surprised! :)
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Guess what my children are doing right now! At least I know I'm all set for a good 1/2 hour! :) Off to figure out what I can tackle in that time frame...
God bless and have a wonderful day!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
I would really like to celebrate our anniversary in style-big time.
Anyone have any ideas out there? It may have to be with our children since babysitting is scarce these days... but that's okay!
Any ideas? I'd love to hear them!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
I title this one: "Catch me, catch me if you can!"
Yes, I did indeed take this pic early this morning. I really did not get out of bed until 6am but this cute little guy was tossing and turning from 4-6am. As you can see, there are other feet in the pic. That's right, we have early risers in our household. Those loud voices and energy filled bodies do not mix well with a sleepless Momma and esp. when the Daddy is running 20 miles rihgt now (eeeeeek!!! No thanks!) It's a miracle that I can function at the computer right now. Good ol' coffee. Works every time.
Friday, July 24, 2009
I title this one "RIP little guy".
This poor little guy was found in our backyard. Not sure what happened but my kids were a bit sad to see it laying on the grass (where they play) upside down nonetheless. We all stared at it to see if it was moving or breathing but nothing. Nada. RIP little guy.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I title this one "Look what I found! Now, let's go fishin'!"
It was quite hard to decide what picture to use for today. There were 3 pics that I had to choose from and I think this one ranks #1! This is my kid #1 holding up his VERY LONG and quite gross worm! I have NEVER EVER seen one this long before, have you?!?!
This picture is one of all of my kids, minus the baby and I, carrying cans of food into the seminary here in town. They love to do this and I love to declutter those cans, esp. of chicken noodle soup! Even my little ones, 2 and 3, were carrying a can in each hand. Oh, what the brothers must have thought as they saw my 5 coming into their seminary!
Happy Summer and God bless,
It’s important for moms to recognize that all the small successes in our days can add up to one big triumph. So on Thursday of each week, we do exactly that. Go and check it out!
But! I did remember last night, it was just that it was late, really late, to think to post at that hour. So...bonus! I get to post 2 today :)
Here is one for yesterday:
I title this: "Even girls like Legos!"
God bless, Mary
p.s. stay tuned for later in the day - my summer pic post :)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I did not know she is the patron saint of:
I absolutely love the way Jesus treats Mary Magdalene. With such deep love, gentleness, kindness, AND forgiveness...but He also states to go and sin no more. He forgave Mary Magdalene and showed her the way to true and lasting happiness. Jesus showed that she had dignity, no matter what she has done. That she is worth so much to Him. That she is worth something!
May I imitate Jesus in the way I treat my children. May I treat them with great love, gentleness, kindness and forgiveness and teach them to sin no more. What a big task! Mother Mary, guide me and lead me and my children to be pleasing to your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
St. Mary Magdalene, pray for us!
May God bless you,
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
So, for my blog, I have decided to add a picture of the day for each day left in this summer.
I title this one: "Rain Rain go away..."
Need I say more?
Monday, July 20, 2009
The kids (and hubby!) all fell asleep on the ride home. Wiped out from fresh air, water, laughter and fun.
I love the beach.
No doubt about it.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
And then watching her proceed to open my can of soup, all the while saying "Why isn't this woorrrrrrrrrrrrrking?" And then it splats ALL OVER THE KITCHEN, in her hair and on my back. And then not loosing it, but looking at her with a smirk on her face and I smile and giggle and she asks "Why are you laughing?" And then I say that "sometimes in life you just need to laugh! "Ha! It's all over me and in your hair too!"-I said back to her. Then we both laughed and she cleaned it up without being asked.
Good enough reason?
I didn't think so, so how about these reasons:
Of course that is just one small reason why staying home is soooooo worth every effort, every smile and every tear, every bit of not getting the latest fad or latest toy, every bit of seeing your older child reading a book to a younger one just because, every bit of hearing your child singing along to "Don't worry, be happy", every bit of watching one of your children run to grab a small toy out of the hand of the babe before he chokes on it, every bit of being the very person your child runs to everytime they fall or need a snuggle, every bit of being the very person your crying child runs to when they don't want to share but have to, every bit of reading "Good Night Moon" and "The Fierce Bad Rabbit" 10 times every day; every bit of teaching them over and over how to add 2 and 2 or how to spell C-A-T or how to say a prayer to St. Michael the Archangel....
and that's just the beginning of why.
B/c basically, my life is for you, my children. All I do is b/c I love you, my dear children, my dear husband. I may not the be the best patient and calm Mom, but my love for you is deep and I will always pray and trust God that he will provide for us, and provide the graces for me to keep trying and trying to be the best Mom for you.
Wow, deep thoughts, huh!? That came outta nowhere! I can be pretty mushy!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
So, here is a photo to prove it:I'm not sure what is cuter-is it the cheerio stuck on my baby's face or his dimple?!
Daddy went in to see what was up and he said very passionately "Where's my girl? Where's my girl?" to my hubby.
Daddy was totally confused until my little guy said "Where's my girl?! Ya know, Mary!"
We have these little figures of all different Bible characters and one is Mary that I found at the dollar store, except they did came separately AND bonus! they were only a dollar! :) Bargain -yeah! This is the Mary he was talking about! How cute, huh?!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The 2 things that you can't just give out one, but to all children around to make them all happy b/c you know if one child has a boo-boo---there is bound to be more boo-boos on more children, right? And if one has a sore throat, there is bound to be more sore throats, right?
Here are the 2 thing:
Any other ones? Please let me know so next time I go shopping I can buy adequate amounts! :)
Don't you agree?!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
You see, last night was one of those nights. I think 3 of my kids have strep throat (and who know how many more as the week goes on) so you can imagine what my night was. Then times it by 10. It was that bad. Really.
I was able (THANK YOU GOD! really-- THANK YOU GOD!) to take a nap this afternoon so I feel refreshed and awake but I was wondering how my hubby was doing.
He answered his phone cheerfully and well, very awake.
I said "Did you take a nap in your car at lunch or something?"
"No," he said "I ran! Those endorphins are great!"
Once again...opposites attract!
ha ha! LOL!
Here is some info on her. My kids LOVE her! She is one of my girls' favorites to dress up as (VERY EASY and very easy to find at consignment stores or garage/tag sales too!), esp. for our homeschooling group All Saints Day party!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Here is the pic on our way trucking across the very very wide state of PA. It was not a nice scene but did clear up-Thank God!This was our 1/2 way stop, playing at a school playground. It was about 11am and there was no one to be seen. It was a ghost town big time! It was such a cute pretty town too. What a shame no one out there to enjoy it but my loud crew!
I love this picture of 3 of them on the see-saws! It is so cute, don't you think?
It was a total of 11 hours but worth every heartache. I thought it was going to be a good vacation, but turned out to be a GREAT one! It did take me till Wednesday (that is Saturday till Wednesday morning:4 plus days-ouch!) that I was in a mood-I was just totally wiped out from just packing and the stress of getting 8 people ready for 7 days camping (albeit in a cabin but still!). It was early Wednesday morning that something clicked and I thought to myself: "What am I doing? I am ruining our family vacation! I have to change my mood. Lord, help me" or something like that. So, I changed and the week just got better and better. We arrived and to my childrens' delight was a bunch of horses! They loved them so much, feeding and petting them.
Isn't this the COOLEST thing for kids?! Mine spent TONS of time playing on it:
Here we are in our cabin, our very small cabin. We are told it can hold up to 9 people. Let it be known it is only for sleeping! It was very hard for us all to be up and around in the cabin. There was a loft which we called the "attic" or "playroom" and that kept only the smallest of attention. The great thing was that after 12noon lunch there was constant sports and games that my kids loved to play and swing sets and pool, toys galore. It was perfect for them! Perfect for us!
Yeah, I know I'm such a bad mom putting my kids to work! (Heee heee!) they had to keep up w/ their chores even on vacation! I let it go for about 2 days and I was stressing out-uh, that mood I was talking to you about, those dishes added to it. BUT ANYWAY, my kids were not too upset and just did them-I think we gave them a bribe too. Hey, treats always work good :)
There are more pics but I don't have the time to post them all right now! Here is a great pic of the JULY 4th fireworks that we saw on our way home! It was sooooo cool-we stopped for a little potty break, my oldest got out to run into the hotel and as we waited, we heard very very loud booms and of course all the kids woke up (argh!) but what a delight! Right on the other side of the bushes were their town fireworks so we got front row seats! It was really great!
I'm off to sleep now.
Good night and God bless,
My hubby. He is the best. He is driven with the utmost passion about certain things in life (its a good, no...a GREAT thing those things include me (yay!) and our kids (double yay!). I believe I mentioned it before but once again I am in awe of his running. He is training for his first (I say first b/c I have a feeling this running deal will last for a loooooooooong time) marathon.
Yesterday, Sunday, he ran 18 miles! Yes, you heard me right. 18 miles! What a nut, huh? I told you he has mucho passion about things-which as you can see includes running. Okay, that is not the only thing that is amazing to me but the fact that he ran it at 4:45am-starting time- AND that he ran it WITHOUT AN IPOD! Did you hear me? This man of mine took his running time to THINK! Oh my dear. I am so NOT melancholic. This is completely, totally, absolutely 100% odd to me.
I cannot imagine running 18 miles. AND I cannot imagine running 18 miles without anything to listen to but the birds. Don't get me wrong. I love the outdoors, I do indeed love the sound of birds. But both those things mixed with running and 18 miles is soooo not me. Give me a camera and nature, my awesome comfortable walking sandals, a water bottle, and an IPOD or portable CD player or even my phone to call my long lost friends. Now I am all set.
Good thing opposites attract, huh?!
I thank God for this difference b/c God knows just what we need. If it was not for his melancholic tendencies and those times for him to think, who knows where we'd be. He always has a way to make sure I am thinking straight and brings me back to reality in my little life of sometimes crazy spontaneity.
God bless him!
God bless you too!
Hope you are enjoying the summer-we sure are!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
As I sang "Twinkle Twinkle" he says "No, Momma, sing 'E-ma-coo-lit Marwee"
so I sang it.
Then I started to sing "Mary had a little lamb" and he says "No, Momma, E-ma-coo-lit Marwee!"
So I sang it.
I began to sing "ABCDEFG..." and he says "Momma! E-ma-coo-lit Marwee!"
so I sang it.
Mother Mary, I know you were so happy! Even my heart rejoiced with such love for you to see my young baby (err...son) love you. May you be ever close to my little guy and guide him in the right ways. He loves you so!
Queen of the family, pray for us!
**Oh, how could I forget to mention?!?! You will also find my little guy saying "Hail Mary, full of graces!" soooooooooo cute (and soooooo true!)!
God bless, Mary
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
So, now that I am back, it is camp week and my older 2 are at camp and I am home with the younger 4-what a difference!
These are some things that have been said or witnessed or just thoughts floating around in my head this week:
I am finding myself saying quite often "Why can’t you play nicely together? All I want to do is to leave this room to put the baby to sleep and you play nice. Why can’t you just play nicely with one another?"
AND "How come you are crying...again?!"
Why does my 2 yr old literally charge into my legs? He gets a pose, pauses, then looks at me and away he goes charging into my legs?!!?
Why are my plants’ leaves broken in half?
My (almost!) 4 yr old says “Mom, see this? This is a car with blah, blah, blah and this is the important part-these here are the guns. See Mom?” (What? gimme a break, she has brothers!)
I say "Let’s vacuum everybody!" So, we do. And then we eat lunch. Well, I guess it is: let’s vacuum again. (why do I do these things to myself?! When will I learn?)
Asking my kids about camp (FYI-they are at the same camp):
My 7 yr old DAUGHTER says “Mom, it is so great. There is this girl in my group and she has a pink headband. And we went to the clubhouse and made necklaces. Tomorrow we are tie dying our shirts. There are 2 pools and one is cold and one is warm. My counselor is nice and I stood by her while we all fed the goats. I was a bit scared. There are boys in our group too but I like to be with the girls. And I’m going to wear pink tomorrow too. Oh, we need to wear our bathing suits again, OK Mom? There were chicks there and I did not pick one up but I was near them. They are so cute. Mom? Did you hear all that?”
Then my 8 yr old SON answers “It was really good.”
Oh, it's Small Success for Thursday already!
1. I am so glad I have finished all the laundry from vacation only to start again. Oh well!
2. I have made time for daily prayer. Daily. Prayer. This is huge for me! ya hoo!
3. I had held my composure in heated times with my kids. Well, a good chunk of times, not all the time. I am so human. Good thing for confession.
God bless, Mary
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Here is a link that you can read a lot better than my "mug shot" (heee heee!)
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
They became butterflies! We did not kill them! Yahoo! :)
My kids were so excited to wake up today to 3 live butterflies and still 2 cocoons...2 more to see become butterflies (we hope they did not die). They are so pretty with black, orange and yellow on their wings, and they are able to watch them close up :) What an amazing gift for them to see life change from caterpillar to butterfly...it is a great analogy to life on earth to eternal life.
Someday we will become something much much more beautiful!
I highly recommend getting this-soooooo worth the money. (and soooooo easy to take care of!)