Thursday, October 14, 2010

One by One, Back to Life

"Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man's nostrils, and the man became a living being." ~ Genesis 2:7

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The bowels of the earth opened and gave birth. To shouts of joy and open arms of many.

I wrote this article for a couple weeks ago and sent it to the editor not knowing the Chilean miners would be rescued on the eve of its printing. The lessons we've learned remain valuable. Read it here: Is Scheduling Good for Our Families? (and please share your thoughts)

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More for you to consider:

"Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they?" ~ Matthew 6:26
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The Bible says it best, of course:

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build.

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.

A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them; a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.

A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away.

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to be silent, and a time to speak.

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

What advantage has the worker from his toil?

I have considered the task which God has appointed for men to be busied about.

He has made everything appropriate to its time, and has put the timeless into their hearts, without men's ever discovering, from beginning to end, the work which God has done.

I recognized that there is nothing better than to be glad and to do well during life.

For every man, moreover, to eat and drink and enjoy the fruit of all his labor is a gift of God.

I recognized that whatever God does will endure forever; there is no adding to it, or taking from it. Thus has God done that he may be revered."

~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 ~ (New American Version)
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  • Does your family's daily timetable respect God's appointments in the life of your family?
  • Does your family's schedule serve you or serve God?
  • Do your children see that your daily schedule has been carefully considered and set?
  • Does your scheduling reflect that whatever deeds you perform will revere God this day?
  • Do you take time daily to pray, to sow, to gather, to meditate on the Word of God, and to reap the fruit of your labor?
  • Do you seek daily God's desire for you?
  • Do you pray each day?
  • Do you ask God to bless the work of your hands?
  • Do you teach your children to do likewise?

Monday, October 11, 2010

"Milk" It for All It's Worth

 Simple is as simple does
 Pro-Life Baby Bottle Campaign done recently in our church parish to raise monies for our local crisis pregnancy center.

Totally "do-able" in all church parishes and church organizations. And so worthwhile.
Just ask my girls. :-)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

I Find It Ironic...

...that my 7th way to stay joyful this past Friday was not to get out of the kitchen but to spend a whole morning in it...baking and cooking. Made me quite joyful.

Just goes to show you...everything is subjective. Right?

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Happy Birthday, Chelsea Leigh

 Time flies...

...when you're growing up.

Dimples are the same. Freckles on the nose too. Eyes and even the multiple cowlicks throughout your hair. I remember it all...the first time I saw your face.

And I've enjoyed every minute of every day that I've been able to watch you turn into the lovely teenager you are today.

Happy Birthday, Honey. Love, Love, Love You So Much!

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Kind of Day I Live For

What an insanely awesome day spent...

* in our pajamas until noon...
* revisiting American Girl dolls after a fall clean-out of the girls' bedroom...
* doing school work & listening to Cherry Jones read Little House on the Prairie...

* Cooking and baking all morning long...

* With windows and doors smiling wide...
 * While creamy chicken pies are prepped and popped in the freezer for winter days...

*Then a picnic under autumn trees...
* And packages that throw its confetti like autumn leaves around our house...
* Autumn Foliage gracing our home...
 * And party preparations too...
* And quiet halos of light...

"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing."
~ Camille Pissarro

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Did I mention that my husband took a vacation day to fix the broken dishwasher and the broken hot water heater and a plumbing problem in the back bathroom?
Today is definitely a day to go into the gratitude journal.

American Girls Revisited

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Thankful Tuesday

I am thankful for...

...get togethers...
...park days...
...and friendships...

...and birthday parties!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

In Honor of My Childhood

Remember this commercial?

When I entered Kindergarten, this commercial was extremely popular. People were repeatedly mimicking, "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature."

That Halloween, my mother, using a white sheet and floral candle holder, dressed me as Mother Nature. Can we say "Frugal"?

I loathed that costume. At the age of five, I wanted to be like all the rest of my classmates: a beautiful princess, a pink ballerina, a movie star or a magical fairy. Give me that glitter, the glitz, and the glam. I was five years old! I wanted sparkle! Goodness, even a witch would have been better than Mother Nature. How lame! I remember feeling uncomfortably different.

Uncomfortable in my own skin, I felt much like the character Ramona Geraldine Quimby (completing the Q with cat ears and whiskers) who was "afraid of losing herself behind that stuffy, scary mask."

My teacher, on the otherhand, had seen far too many princesses, ballerinas, fairies, and witches creep across the chambers of her classroom. She beheld me as the most original, artful, refreshingly creative creature in her classroom and gobbled me up as her personal show-and-tell to the other teachers.

I remember being dragged---ball and chain---to the various classrooms while looking down at that white sheet because I couldn't bear to look into the eyes of the other students. I remember feeling the floral wreath bob on my head and the hair pins pierce my scalp and wanting to die of embarrassment.

The other ballerinas, princesses, fairies, witches, and action heros looked at me with curious wonderment from across the room. I'm sure they wondered what was so great about a little girl in a white bed sheet with some crown of thorns flowers atop her head. What about their glitter and glitz and glam?

Honestly, I think this is where my reluctance for the limelight began.

Now, as an adult and, most especially, as a mother who has made her older children wear the same ridiculously "lame" red crayon costume; I see the creative powers my mother had. I see her inspiration. I see the wisdom in that goofy little costume. I see the practicality cents-wise. I have a new respect for my mother and for Mother Nature.

I should have known. Mother always knows best. ;-)

So what was your most ridiculous Halloween costume? Or, at least, the costume you "thought" was the lamest"?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Mosaic Moments: St. Therese

October 1 -- Patron Saint of Missions: St. Therese 
of the Child Jesus 
  • VISUAL: Vase of Roses (and/or) St. Therese picture Coloring Sheet
  • SCENT: Rose Scented candle (or other flower-scented candle)
  • EDIBLE: Penne' Rose and Chocolate Eclairs

  • PICTURE BOOKS: St. Therese of the Child Jesus by Rev. Jude Winkler, God's Little Flower by Chris Driscoll/Patrick Kelley, Catholic Children's Treasure Box

  • OTHER BOOKSThe Little Flower: Story of St. Therese by Mary Fabyan Windeatt, Little Therese by Pere J. Carbonel, S.J., St. Therese and the Roses by Helen Walker Homan

  • QUOTE"Our Lord needs from us neither great deeds nor profound thoughts. Neither intelligence nor talents. He cherishes simplicity."
    "Jesus, help me to simplify my life by learning what you want me to be - and becoming that

  • PRAYERMorning Prayer Written by St. Therese
    O my God! I offer Thee all my actions of this day for the intentions and for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart, my every thought, my simplest works, by uniting them to Its infinite merits; and I wish to make reparation for my sins by casting them into the furnace of Its Merciful Love.
    O my God! I ask of Thee for myself and for those whom I hold dear, the grace to fulfill perfectly Thy Holy Will, to accept for love of Thee the joys and sorrows of this passing life, so that we may one day be united together in heaven for all Eternity.
    ~ Amen.

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