Wednesday, July 25, 2012


I've had my fair share of interesting pregnancy cravings....haven't you?

I've had my ice cream pregnancy craving, a greasy pizza one, a cantaloupe preg. craving, and even a specifically Dunkin donut blueberry muffin craving.  Those are not that odd! 

But this pregnancy, I am seriously craving veggies.  Not a bad choice of craving, huh?!?!

I crave just about any veggie but the best fulfillment of my craving goes to this... a whole onion, a whole pepper sauteed with fresh garlic in a ton of olive oil.  After sauteing and placing it on my plate, I add fresh cut up tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.  YUMMY!

Just talking about it, makes me want some right now! ha :)

So, tell me....what are some of your odd cravings or any cravings?

God bless,

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Cabin Fever in the Summer?

I always thought that cabin fever happened in the dreary, cold months of Jan-Feb-March. 

And it did. 

But it's also happening now.  Yikes!  In the summer?  How could that be???

You'd think it is summer and you'd think pool...but imagine no pool access (yet, maybe...we're waiting for the 1/2 off deal and possibly join, maybe...still praying on it.) and it being very HHH---Hazy Hot Humid...and no pool.

So, what to do when there is no pool in the summer with 7 young kids and being a pregnant Momma, besides going totally nuts and pulling your hair out????

Let's see....
  • Lots of things break in the house.  Let's face it.  We are just that family that breaks things.   It's just who we are!  When a new toy comes in our presence, we wonder how long it will last.  In that essence, that is why we try really hard to buy things that are really well made and will (gasp! hopefully!) last some time around here!!!
  • Lots of kids get hurt and have bandaids all over their boo-boo's.  Why?  B/c its too hot to play and run around outside for more than 20mins... so where is the next best place?  Of course---Inside the house!  Sure!  Just the place where there is plenty of opportunity to offer up boo-boo's. haaa haaa!!!
  • Lots of creative and imaginative play goes on here.  Lots.  Stuff I could NEVER imagine up!!!  Love children's way of thinking-it's awesome!  I have had to let them just get the house messy to play and I've seen the fruits of letting 'kids be kids'.  Of course, there is always clean up that ALWAYS takes 2x longer!!!
  • Lots of swinging on the hose hanging from our deck that is up 20 feet from the ground.  Yeah.  Imagine Tarzan.  That's right.  Tarzan. 
  • Lots of time filling and re-filling our tiny little kiddie pool that the children play in daily.  Just think of 7 kids in one tiny pool.  Kinda hilarious but my kids are such good sports. 
  • Lots of matchbox cars deep in dug out dirt ditches in front of our house.
  • There's a bit more time for movies and even some youtube clips.  Like this one!

Lastly, there's a lot more of Momma laying on the couch feeling yucko and that equals a messier house, which also means lots of little extra hands are needed to help keep this boat afloat!  That is not very pleasant for them or me nagging them to do it.  We are all trying to hold off of the grudingly help and focus more on the generous help we are called to as we imitate our Lord Jesus and seek to serve Him in one another. :)  Not an easy task but anything that is hard is usually most worthwhile, right???

PREGNANCY UPDATE:  I am 11 1/2 weeks pregnant and feeling just like a pregnant Momma should feel!!! We are ever so grateful and so happy for this GIFT OF LIFE!!!  Thank you for praying for us-Thank you so much!!!

God bless,

Friday, July 20, 2012

Keep praying for Sam and Steven Thomas!!!

Update from the previous post...

HERE is the recent post from Sam.

HERE is another post too.

Thank you so much for praying for Sam and her baby Steven Thomas. 

Keep up the praying.  They need every bit of prayer and as you can see from one of her posts, she sure has a network of prayer warriors FAR AND WIDE!!!

God bless,
Mary @ Cheerios

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Pleeeeease pray!!!

Can I beg of you to pray for my dear friend SAM???

Go and read her blog entry here. 

Then go on your knees and beg God for a miracle...ok?

Thanks. God bless,
Mary @Cheerios

Friday, July 13, 2012

Huh? What did you say?

I really think that sometimes they make these things specifically for Mommas with lots of very rowdy kids. 

Enough said.

God bless,

Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer pics

I'm sorry for not posting more.   It's not that I am not thinking about it but that my lack of energy and my morning/day sickness is just very overwhelming most of the day.  Since I can't seem to think too straight lately, here are some summer pics.  And anyway, don't we all just love pictures!?!?! :)

Here ya go:

God bless,

Monday, July 2, 2012

I'm positive

As in....positive pregnancy test!!! :)

That's right, we are expecting a baby!!!

It's not enough to just say how thankful we are...our entire family is overjoyed!  We are so humbled by God and His glorious generosity. 

Baby #9!  7 living and 1 in Heaven....

My kids, esp. #2 and #3, who made their First Holy Communion this year, are SO very happy!!! They both asked for a new baby in our family after their received their first Holy Communion and knelt down in prayer.  How my heart melts at the thought of this and the reality of this.  How amazingly generous THEY are!   According to St. Therese, Jesus told her that anyone who makes their first Holy Commuion and after recieving our Lord in the Eucharist, kneels down and prays for anything, that God will answer and grant it.  SO HE DID!!!

My kids have been praying for a new baby since our lil' Lady was about 5 months old...we concieved back in Nov. 2011, then sadly miscarried.  Then here we are again!  How loving my children know of God-how much He grants their prayers and loves them all.  I am so very humbled.  Truly.

I am 8 1/2 weeks along today.  I went and got an ultrasound last week and there is a strong heartbeat.  Oh, how my whole body was shaking as we began  the ultrasound then how is relaxed with such JOY!!!  My hubby was there with me (which has not happened...oh, since maybe baby #2?!) and it was truly a gift that he was there.  Again, he was my strength and my rock.   I held tight to his hand, starring in his eyes until the moment we saw AND HEARD the awesome heartbeat of our sweet little one.  I love that sound!!!

So...the word is out.  I have told my family and friends and now YOU! :) 

Please please add us to your prayers.   We are praying so much for this baby that all turns out okay, but most of all, we are praying to be at ease and at peace with whatever God chooses for our family and sees fit.  B/c His will is ALWAYS the best, no matter what. 

Thank you so much for praying-we appreciate it.

We are so excited, so happy and so very very thankful to God for this gift of LIFE! 

Due date is Feb. 6, 2013.

God bless,