Sunday, October 28, 2007

Homeschooling with Teens

I swear they told me to look into the sun... I think I was set up!

Birthday Recap

Last weekend we celebrated Boo's birthday by having his Godfamily over for dinner. Unfortunately, I didn't remember to grab the camera until just before they were leaving. By that time, Boo was not up to cooperating for a picture with his Godparents. I did manage to capture a quick shot of their littlest one...

On Sunday, we celebrated with our extended family. I always love birthdays with the little ones. The excitement and wonder of the moment is so beautiful to behold.

Who is more excited?? Boo, Foo, or Lem?

Trains were the theme for the day, wait, who am I kidding, they are the theme for everyday right now. Boo loves trains! He lives and breathes trains. Last Saturday our parish had their annual children's festival and we were blessed to have a real train to ride!

The older children participated in our Tae Kwon Do School's demonstration that was put on as part of the entertainment portion of the festival. They did a tremendous job.

Of course, we had to include our traditional birthday kiss picture into our day...

Just in case you've forgotten...

Life is precious. Please continue to pray for sweet Rose Mary Teresa!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

More on The Golden Compass

The Catholic League has produced a short video explaining their position on this movie.

You can view it here.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Join us in Prayer

For sweet baby Rose Mary Teresa. You can read her incredible story here.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Boo is Two!

Another year has ticked away. Where all of those precious moments have gone, one can only wonder.

The memories of when you were so little will always be with me, as I watch you grow up even more every day. My sweet little Boo. I love you!

He helped pick out which cake mix the children should bake.

The kids had a good time fighting over who would put what on the cake!

The finished product, complete with a birthday train.

The party!

We have a Cardinal!

How blessed we are in Texas to have one of the newest Cardinals. Archbishop DiNardo was named a cardinal today along with 22 others.

Pope Benedict XVI Names Archbishop DiNardo as Cardinal Designate

HOUSTON - Today, October 17, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI named 23 new Roman Catholic Cardinals.

Among them is Archbishop Daniel DiNardo, from the Archdiocese of Galveston- Houston, who reacted at this appointment with the following words: “I am deeply grateful to the Holy Father for his kindness in appointing me and for his trust in allowing me to be placed in the College of Cardinals. May I immediately add that it is also very humbling and surprising! I promise him my fullest communion, loyalty and obedience.” Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Communications Director

Along with Archbishop DiNardo, Pope Benedict XVI named 23 new cardinals from four continents to join this elite rank of the Roman Catholic Church.

Archbishop DiNardo, became the chief shepherd of the Archdiocese of Galveston- Houston on February 28th. 2006.

With this new appointment, DiNardo will serve as a member of a body of advisors for the Holy Father and while he will travel to the Vatican approximately twice a year, he will remain as chief pastor of the more than 1.3 million Roman Catholics in the Houston-Galveston area.

Pope Benedict XVI stated that he would elevate the prelates at a Vatican Ceremony on Nov. 24th.


Beware of a new movie set to be released in December. I saw this being advertised when the last Harry Potter came out and it looked so good. The preview stated in was in the same category as Narnia or even The Lord of the Rings. Unfortunately, this is so far from the truth, it is scary.

*** Edited to add, the name of the movie is The Golden Compass. Thank you to my loving daughter, Bean for bringing this error in my post to my attention.***

The movie is based on the books by Phillip Pullman, _His Dark Materials_. In these stories, the Catholic church is the villian. Pullman is an admitted atheist.

You can read more about this here. I plan to read this trilogy myself so that I can speak from my own impression rather than just following the advice of others. For now, I can assure you that my children will not be seeing this movie.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

15 days

That's how long it has been since my last post! At least on this blog. It seems my running blog gets more of my attention right now as I am attempting to train for the marathon in January.

I hope to post more often here and probably will with the holidays right around the corner. For now, just a quick mention of things going on in the house.

We are still very busy with The Woodlands Learning Center. It has become a lot bigger than I initially thought it would be, and amazingly, it has also become a great way to share my faith. I have been so touched by the families that come to us. They all have their own share of struggles and I can listen, sometimes offer some insights, but most of all, I can pray for them. What a privilege to be able to do so. We have been blessed by meeting these families.

The children are all doing well. Bean just returned for a "Re-Born in the Spirit" retreat and had a wonderful time. I look forward to getting on a retreat myself in the Spring.

Foo and Lem are happy and healthy and keeping busy with church and Tae Kwon Do.

Fish is playing basketball and still doing Tae Kwon Do. He is one of those kids that really needs to be physically active to keep his mind focused as well. His schooling is going well as Dad is his primary educator now. I try to do some things with him and he tells me, "No thanks.... I'll wait for Dad." My feelings are only slightly shattered, but honestly, he has been needing this time with Daddy for a long time. I am so thankful that he has it now.

Boo is fast approaching two. He loves his trains. Whenever it is time to go to bed, he cries out for his "choo choo trains" in this longing tone that sounds like he might never see them again. It is so sweet that he loves so completely. I find myself thinking about Our Lord at these moments...(I know, weird) but to love Him so much that I cry out in longing when I am away from Him. Can I truly say that I love Him that much? I want to. But do I? I suppose I am longing for the longing, if that makes any sense.

More posts to follow in the next few days, but for now, enjoy these pictures.

The boys are dancing for us...nevermind the mess!

I can't believe how grown-up he looks!