Friday, December 31, 2010

Bobby

I took this photo almost a year ago.  When I took it I had the intentions of posting about my Grandpa, thinking then, our time with him here on Earth would be precious.  I started the post a number of times, trying to capture all the memories and stories he told us.  I never could find the right format I wanted to lay the story out in.  Now, I just want the words down somewhere, somehow, no matter how jumbled or out of order they may be.  And so, that's the way the posts about Grandpa Snaz, Robert, Bob, Bobby will be, random thoughts, random everything.



Yesterday, December 30 my phone rang at 8:50 AM, I thought it was probably my friend Susan.  {We like to catch up in the morning if we can.}  Instead, it was my Dad, when he calls I mostly worry.  My Dad has been at Grandpa's side during this horrible health journey.  He sleeps at the hospital, drives him to his appointments, knows where he's been and what the road ahead might bring.  

"How's is going Dad?" 
"Not good, Grandpa is having a heart attack.  He's in the emergency room".
"Should I come?"
"I think so"
That's bad.  My Dad hasn't ever told me to come.  I also know that the only way he would tell me to come is if he thinks it could be the last time I would be able to come

I made it to my hometown by 2:15 PM, driving through rain and then snow with freezing rain for a base.  Praise God for my safe arrival and thanks to all who prayed. 

Grandpa is small in the hospital bed, curled up even smaller, sleeping finally.  Upon awaking he immediately knew who I was, despite all the morphine.  And for the rest of the day he was in and out of sleep or a heavily drugged state all of which was good at this point as the night prior and morning were filled with a pain like no other.

In talking with him this morning he said he has nurses with him at his assisted living residence all through the night prior.  Then finally at about 7:00 AM he said he couldn't handle it any longer and needed to go in.  They brought him via ambulance.  The doctor today confirmed he had a "big heart attack"  Most likely still is.

Here's the rundown:

  • He is in heart failure, kidney failure. 
  • Had a CT scan yesterday without contrast {contrast would wipe out his kidney function completely}.   
  • The CT scan showed fluid in his left (?) lung, enlarged heart with possible fluid surrounding it.
  • At this time he is unable to have the fluid drained and for many reasons most likely will not have it drained.
  • He was unable to void but a ultrasound showed urine in his bladder, therefor a catheter was put in this morning.
  • He was taken off morphine about 9:00 PM last night as his breathing became too shallow.
  • He was off the morphine last evening and remained without pain all evening.  This morning the pain in his right arm became too intense, therefor,
  • He was given nitroglycerin this morning and a dose of morphine rather than a drip, as with the drip his breathing became too shallow
  • This AM nitroglycerin tablets were not effective and is now on a nitro drip that has been upped three times in the last hour. 
  • He currently is not feeling pain and resting
  • He will have a blood transfusion as soon as the blood can be matched {I thought this was as simple as getting some from a cabinet.  He's been waiting for the labs to find a match for almost 2.5 hours.}  Note to self:  donate blood
  • More than likely he is still having a heart attack from yesterday that is being pain managed through meds
He is scared.  He is scared.  He is scared.

We are sad.

I spent the night with him here at the hospital and hope to be able to spend a few more days before returning home to my family.  I pray that I will be able to come back soon. 

Would you please keep him in your prayers?  Thank you and God Bless.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Year Of:

New Year's resolutions come and go.  I vow to exercise, eat less, wear a six pack, keep the house cleaner, stay more organized.  I re-vamp the list throughout the year {month, week, day).  It's all the same and in reality those things will probably always be daily struggles.  Quiet ones for 2011.  

After listening to a wonderful homily at Mass on Sunday, my year came to me.  When at home I asked my husband if he had any resolutions he wanted for our family.  His answer was a FUN year.  I agreed that a Year of  FUN, with less complaining {I confess, he was speaking to me} sounded great.  But this was not the year I was thinking of. 

This year has been a pivotal year for me.  A year of change without making it a year of change.  Change that seemed to take over, with welcome.  2011 won't be the named the year of change, although I do see more change coming.

The new year will be the Year of Prayer.  We will pray more as a family, I will pray more.  I will set times to pray.  I will pray for you, if you would like me to. 

We will also have the Year of Fun.  They say, "Go big or go home".  We'll just go big for 2011.   Why not?  We'll have the Year of Prayer and Fun!  We'll pray to have fun! :)


Karley Jane two days old in the hospital 4 AM

Consider joining in naming your year?

Friday, December 24, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Early Holiday

Last week I took the kids to a children's play at a theater near us.  The very cute play was Puss 'n Boots.  The kids did so well!  I was so pleased that I could take them to a play.    



For a number of scheduling reasons we decided to have Christmas with my two families the weekend before Christmas.  There were some really great things about having it early, one of which is that we will not be traveling late on Christmas Eve.  I am most grateful for this, late arrivals home makes for a hard Christmas Day for little ones.  I also like going to Mass on Christmas Eve and having a lazy present filled, pajama morning. 

The only downfall in having Christmas before Christmas was that there were still scheduling conflicts and each family only had a few hours to spend, all in one day rather than each enjoying a full day together.  My waistline, or lack thereof, was plump full all day long with all the delicious meals we had!  Yummy! 

Barbie was a hit this year for Karley.


  Henry loves Cars.


 Sophie was the last Grandchild to receive custom made Raggedy Ann from Gram. 


I met an old friend.  Do you remember her?



I did.

After two Christmas gatherings, my sister, Mom, niece and I all went to see this Angel in the local production of the Nutcracker.



Sunday morning we were honored to watch more angles and sweet sounds.





We are almost ready for the birth of our Savior!



Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Multitude Monday Vol. 14 - Another Late Edition

I've gone rouge again this week.  More like I am a little tardy in linking to a Monday link with Ann.  I am just thankful to be able to sit a minute and gather, edit & post these three pictures.  A week full of His blessings you can see it all over their faces!  Or, certainly mine as I look at the photos.  We are just about ready for Christmas which is awesome because we have two of them this weekend!  I am only missing one, maybe two packages.  Hopefully the one that needs to come by Friday makes it before we are wheels up.  Here are numbers 321 - 337 of my 1000 gifts.

Warmth of the Home
Husband with a Plow - Just For Us This Year
Christmas Program






Family Coming to Christmas Program
Stranger's Help at Costco
Many Offering Help at Costco
Will
Pink Candles
Purple Candles
Children Who Want More Bible Stories Read
Henry Knowing Which Bible is His
Henry Learning How to Follow Along on with His Own Book
Sophie's Never Ceasing Love for Books
Children Who Were Excellent During Immaculate Conception Mass
Grandpa Moving Back to Assisted Living
Having Adam Home More
Sisters Who Enjoy Hanging Out







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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

1000 Gifts - Late Edition

Even though this is a late post for linking to Ann's blog, I wanted to post anyway.  In a round about way you can see what's been going on in our family life and in a direct way you can see my thankfulness for what God has given me and my family.  There are things that I have forgotten and I hope to do a better job on a daily basis.  I will share with you later one way I have found to remember my daily thanks.  For today, this is what I can remember:


Recovery for all
One who never got sick
Christmas shopping with a great friend
Grandpa's release from hospital
Great meeting with spiritual director
Advent morning meditations
Walking baby
Pre-School and the crafts they make


Inquisitive little minds
Husband not plowing
Online shopping
Parenting by His Graces
Her "YES"
Dressing baby dolls in what was their baby clothes
Ring Around the Rosie



Little clowns while I am so seriously taking what I had hoped to be Christmas pictures



A tree in my living room {really.....there's a tree in my living room?}
Remembering other's grace in suffering

Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.  May it be done to me according to your word."
~Lk 1:38


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Numbers 303-320 of my 1000 Gifts

Friday, December 3, 2010

Seven Quick Takes - Vol. 13

{1}
It seems like a long time since I've posted and to make matters worse, I've taken few photos in the last few weeks.  Strep has been making it's way through our house and I was either busy getting sick, or running to the drug store three times in a week and a half.  Amazingly, Henry has yet to get sick?  It would seem strange to me if he doesn't since we've all experienced the high fever, chills, loss of appetite (I thought this part was nice!), low energy, sickness.  We'll see what the weekend brings.

{2}
Speaking of the weekend.....my friend and I are scheduled to go Christmas shopping tomorrow morning. We'll see if that happens.  We are due to get a lot of snow later today into tomorrow.  Her husband plows, (Adam took this year off, thank God!) and if the roads are bad and my husband is sick.......that may or may not happen.  I do know this....my Amazon cart gets bigger and bigger! :)

{3}
This week I finished up my Bible Study on the Psalms.  What a great study that was!  If you ever get the chance to take a class by Jeff Cavins & Dr Tim Gray, I highly recommend it.  I was so inspired by the group I meet with every Tuesday night for ten weeks.  I love hearing about other people's faith walk.  The places people have been, the motherhood journeys, the classes people have taken, the books they have all read, and then t top it off.....this class was added to each person's list.  It was a great opportunity to be a part of.  I love the Psalms.

{4}
We were toying with getting a small, inside the house, dog again this week.  {I went through this over the summer} In the end, after looking and reading about Yorkshire Terriers, I just didn't have it in me to train a dog.  Especially looking at the throws of Old Man Winter.  Maybe in the Spring?

{5}
We got our Christmas Tree the Saturday after Thanksgiving {after I was sick and before Karley & Sophie}.  We usually go with the rest of the Fisher clan to a tree farm not far from our house but over the last few years the trees haven't been well pruned and it's been really hard to find a nice tree,yet the cost goes up and up.  This year we all decided to go to The Home Depot!  We got a really nice fraser fir for almost less that the tree farm.  I swear it's the best looking tree we've ever had!  Yeah The Home Depot!  After we got the tree we all went out for dinner....that was the best part!  Only thing, now I don't have a picture to use for our Christmas card???








{6}
Let's see, December 3rd, Christmas card hasn't been started, calendars haven't been started, shopping isn't started, and yet I feel peace.  I am not frantic like I have been in years past.  It will all get done.  The one thing that I really wanted to do was the Jesse tree and that hasn't been started either.  That I am fretting over a little.  I really wanted to do that for the kids.  Maybe a quick coloring and cutting session is in order this afternoon??  I have the tree all set up and ready to go......

{7}
I heard a joke on Relevant Radio last night that made me laugh.  I debated on sharing it and decided it can't be that bad if it was told by a priest, right?!  I'll do the best I can by memory:  

A married an elderly couple went for their yearly checkups. The Dr. checked the wife first and after the Dr. checked the husband he sent him to the waiting room and ask the wife to come in.  The Dr. told her that her husband had a rare condition and unless he had 3 square meals a day very low stress levels at home and needed good old fashioned lovin' would not live very long.  Returning to the waiting room the husband ask what the Dr. said.  She replied very sadly, "Your going to die".
Thanks Jennifer!

Have a blessed weekend everybody!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Little Star Giveaway Winner

I am happy to announce that, Laura, you are the winner of the wondeful book Little Star by Anthony DeStefano. 

I will send the book out to you on Tuesday.

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I am overjoyed to share a superb children's Christmas book with you!  The book is Little Star by Anthony DeStefano with illustrations by Mark Elliott.  I really can't say enough about what a remarkable book this is.



I think I could have cried when I read this page.  My friend and I were just talking last week how humbled Jesus was to have been born in a manger and those are the words that come alive right on this very page. 


The story of Little Star has more to it than meets the eye, not only is a story of our Savior's birth but also one of a small star who didn't think he was worthy.  Little Star discovers that his life was worth everything to Jesus and that the King's message is Love.  After realizing this, he is overjoyed and wants nothing more than to shine big and bright!

This will make an excellent read during the Christmas season and beyond.  If your child ever feels unworthy, sad, lonely or ignored, read Little Star and afterwards he or she will feel His joy, love and gratitude!  And I have little doubt you'll want to find a star tree topper!

Anthony DeStefano and I are happy to offer this book to one of you!  Please leave your name in the comment section below and check back on Saturday, November 13 for the winner announcement.  If you would like more than one chance to win you can tweet, facebook or blog about this giveaway.  For each one you do, please list your name in a new comment entry.  Don't forget to come back on Saturday, November 13, 2010!

You may also purchase the book here

Most Grateful,

Tina

I received a free copy of this book for my honest review.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Seven Quick Takes - Vol. 12

{1}
I'm ordering the Little House on the Prairie books for my niece whose birthday party is next weekend.  I remember loving those books and the show.  My sister and I would watch all the episodes when we came home from school.  What memories.  Not surprising that last night I elected to watch the end of one of those episodes.  The simple life.  Half Pint, Mary, Caroline, Albert, Pa & Ma. 

{2}
Henry has his first birthday party to go to tonight.  Adam, the girls & I are going to eat in the same restaurant.  I wonder how this will fare for the birthday boy because I am not quite sure if Henry will stay with the birthday group but I couldn't let him go without us yet.

{3}
I think this is the most beautiful song.


{4}
This sky greeted me the other morning.  I am awestruck every time I am presented with these beautiful colors.



{5}
I praise God for helping my Grandpa over the last week.  He answered obvious prayers with Grandpa being healthy enough through heart failure to receive a pacemaker and hopefully not need valve repair.  I keep praying for the not so obvious.

{6}
Now that we've turned the clock back I've started my hibernation.  I've been looking more at on-line shopping, and my kids think it's cook that they can turn all the lights off in the house for total darkness.  Henry actually gave me his lion {that actually roars} flashlight and said I could do the dishes by flashlight.
{7}
Don't forget about Little Star.

Thanks Jennifer!


God Bless!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Little Star - Book Review & Giveaway!!

I am overjoyed to share a superb children's Christmas book with you!  The book is Little Star by Anthony DeStefano with illustrations by Mark Elliott.  I really can't say enough about what a remarkable book this is.



I think I could have cried when I read this page.  My friend and I were just talking last week how humbled Jesus was to have been born in a manger and those are the words that come alive right on this very page. 


The story of Little Star has more to it than meets the eye, not only is a story of our Savior's birth but also one of a small star who didn't think he was worthy.  Little Star discovers that his life was worth everything to Jesus and that the King's message is Love.  After realizing this, he is overjoyed and wants nothing more than to shine big and bright!

This will make an excellent read during the Christmas season and beyond.  If your child ever feels unworthy, sad, lonely or ignored, read Little Star and afterwards he or she will feel His joy, love and gratitude!  And I have little doubt you'll want to find a star tree topper!

Anthony DeStefano and I are happy to offer this book to one of you!  Please leave your name in the comment section below and check back on Saturday, November 13 for the winner announcement.  If you would like more than one chance to win you can tweet, facebook or blog about this giveaway.  For each one you do, please list your name in a new comment entry.  Don't forget to come back on Saturday, November 13, 2010!

You may also purchase the book here

Most Grateful,

Tina

I received a free copy of this book for my honest review.

Comments are now closed.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Multitude Monday Vol. 13

The land of blog has been an absent part of my day lately.  My God, my family, my house, my friends and my exhaustion have been keeping me away.  As it should be (with the exception of exhaustion)?  I haven't been as good as I would like to be about marking my 1000 gifts but I do try to to a moment each day to remember where these remarkable gifts come from.

Anniversary Weekend
Joy with my husband
Gram & Grandpa babysitting
Not worrying about children when away
Gathering for nieces birthday party
Safe travels
Pumpkin Patch & Carving Pumpkins {in the nick of time}
Wonderful neighbors who love to give to our children
Halloween parties with friends we don't get to see enough
Playdates with my Godson & Sophie's Godmother
Book Club get togethers
First meeting with Spiritual Director
Decisions on new church
Being able to see my Grandpa
Top notch cardio team for Grandpa
Better cholesterol numbers for me
Drop in day care
Children doing well at day care
New Bible Study group - where two gather in His name to learn & love Him
First Friday's
Children behaving well at First Friday
Henry's Birthday Celebration
Husband who helps get ready for birthday party {I couldn't do it without him}
Sister who cake decorates for me {I couldn't have done it otherwise}
All the love for our son
Henry's love
Four wonderful years of Henry
My Dad being able to stay with us
My husband finding ways for me to see hospitalized Grandpa
O Lord, our Lord,
how awesome is your name through all the earth!
Ps 8:10 NAB


Most Grateful,

Tina







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Numbers 273-302 of my 1000 Gifts

Friday, October 22, 2010

I Do

On this day five years ago I married my best friend.  We are celebrating by going out of town to the place where we were engaged.  The same place where we spent one of our first nights as husband and wife. 

We had a small wedding, only immediate family, Grandparents, Godparents and a few friends who knew both of us as a couple, were in attendance.  We had a traditional Catholic wedding, happy hour at the lodge, followed by a served dinner.  We had a beautiful harp and acoustic guitar play during while we dined.  Our "dance" took place at a few local establishments.  It was very simple and quaint.  We both loved our day and how we did it.  We cherish all those who were there and still have all of them in our life. 


These beautiful sweets were our flower girls.  My Karley is this age now.  As I look at this picture I see a little of Sophie in Kelsey (closest to Adam).

My friend, Mrs. S showed me this poem.  I loved it and wanted to share, I hope you enjoy.
When I Said I Do

When I said I do, I had no clue, what I’d be doing,
The mystery, how it would be,
or what the future would bring.

Now looking back through all the years,
Smiling still after so many tears,
I know the prize was worth the price,
The joy is greater than the sacrifice.

God’s love would give,
time and again,
new life for us to welcome in,
The babies laughed,
the children played,
they grew up strong and good just like I’d prayed.

Now my life has proved,
my words were true,
my commitment kept no matter what we went through,
Some have regrets for their own choice,
but as for me, I only rejoice!

Now looking back through all the years,
Smiling still after so many tears,
I know the prize was worth the price,
The joy is greater than the sacrifice.

What I have now is a family,
something that will last for eternity.

O what has become of me?
In giving all I am set free.

I said “I do” to you.
If I could do it again,
it’s the only thing I’d do.

This song was written and composed by the Catholic Corps Women’s Community in honor of their beloved “Mama C”.



Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Book Giveaway Winner

Thank you all for you interest in this wonderful book!  I wish I had one to give away to each of you but I only have one, sorry.  Jill, I do have one for you.  Please contact me with your information. 

I finished the book today and would recommend if you can, get it for your own library. 

Would any of you be intersted in used books that I would like to pass along? If so, please let me know and I will post what I have on my right sidebar. I am going to start reading the Volume books. Do you know them? Not sure about this yet, but it might be something I could possbily give away as well. Stay tuned.


God Bless!

Tina

PS.  I really like Lacy's blog too!




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Okay!  Let's do a book giveaway today.  I've mentioned this book before and thought I would share with one of you.  I'm still reading it so I can't give you a full review but let's just say I really like reading more about the Rosary.  The miracles it has produced and the reasons behind it are worth the read.  Since it's the month of Rosary I wanted to make sure one of you could start reading in October.  I will pick the winner on Wednesday, October 20, 2010.   

Without further ado the book is called:

The Secret of the Rosary - By St. Louis De Montfort



Here's how you can win:

1. Leave a comment here telling me what your number one favorite blog to read is.  Well, you know, other than this one! Ha! Ha! Ha! :)


and/or

2. Blog about this giveaway

and/or

3. Facebook about the giveaway

and/or

4. Tweet about the giveaway

Be sure to add a seperate comment for each thing  you do so your chances increase!

Good Luck!

God Bless!

Tina

Fortress

Yesterday I had the privilege of being a chaperon for Henry Pre-School class.  We went to the pumpkin patch/apple farm not too far from our house.  My excitement overflowed along with my gratitude to Susan for watching our girls and of course Adam for working extra for me to be able to do this type of activity.

This was Henry's first time entering a school bus.  I wonder, what was he thinking?  The bus was full when we entered so we sat all the way in the back.  I think that must have been pretty exciting or maybe just strange? 


We took a tractor ride, learned about broom corn, sunflowers, gourds, smashed pumpkins, all the while enjoying the beautiful Fall morning.

We saw animals, baby pot belly pigs, chickens of all kinds, black cats, goats, fed baby cows and then had a snack.






It was a beautiful morning.  I am most thankful that we prayed before we left school, before we ate and before we all departed for our lives.  It warms my heart to know that Henry's life is being built with a fortress of prayer.

God's Blessings to you.

Tina

Monday, October 18, 2010

CSN $25 Gift Card Winner

I have been blessed to be a preferred blogger with CSN Stores!  Not only have I had the privilege of reviewing the two products listed below, but I've also been able to share with you some of the goodness of CSN Stores.  Your winner in just a moment. 

The First Item:





I was so happy to get this in the mail! This is a beautiful crockpot, I love the stainless and black look!


It works like your basic crock, but I think that it heats a little better than my other larger crock pot which is nice when I don't get something in right away in the AM. THE BEST FEATURE of this crock is that it has a "To Go" lid. In other words, the lid locks down for easy transporting. Now my hubby won't be spilling beans all over the car when he rounds a corner! It's just really nice to have the lid secure for travel!

The online shopping experience was easy and the shipping process was simple. I received notifications along the delivery to my home.

I really haven't found a single thing that I don't like about this crock. It's awesome and the only way to go. You won't regret this purchase.

I received this product for my honest review.

Accessories I Recommend:

Fix it & Forget It Cookbook
 
The Second Item:
 
 
I've needed new knives for a long time. I really like the stainless steel feel and look. Originally I bought stainless because the old set of knives I had had wooden handles and eventually deteriorated in the dishwasher. These knives are just too pretty to put in my dishwasher that makes everything stainless icky. So I wash them by hand. If you have a nice dishwasher I wouldn't think it would be a problem. I also like having serrated knives but my hubby said it might not be a good thing when sharpening. Although in most cases I prefer serrated.


Each knife is very sharp for cutting and very sharp looking! The block is a standard block in natural color and looks wonderful on my counter.

The online shopping experience was easy, product description was great (I may have missed the fact that all the knives were serrated.) and the price was even better! I received e-mail confirmations of where my purchase was all along the mailing process, all of which was really quick!

I certainly would buy again!

I was given this product for my honest review.

Thank you for reading and here is your winner:

Holly, send me an e-mail and I'll give you the instructions on how to use your $25 gift card!

To all who entered, thank you from myself and CSN Stores!

Multitude Monday Vol. 12

I arrived at school early one day last week.  When I am early I usually enjoy reading one of the many books I keep on the nightstand.   This time I had the joy of watching Henry and his class {seven in all} play outside on what was a beautiful Fall day.  I watched him enjoy sliding down the slide with his teacher, running with the other students, walk across the road, look both ways, put the ball he was carrying away and head inside with all the students.  I sat there and thought that there really aren't very many times in my parenting that I've been able to watch him {or any of my three} play while I haven't had to parent in some capacity.  What I mean to say, is that whenever I am with them I am always teaching them, caring for them, watching for potential dangers, basically thinking of their every need. 

On this beautiful Fall day......I was able to just watch my son.  I was to the brim with delight in just watching.

My list grows from 255 to 272:

Watching Henry Play
School Where God Reigns
Birthday Plans From Henry
Bible Study for Kids
Early AM Grocery Shopping
Ease of Movement with Children
Implentation of Projects
Outside Days, All Day
Great Homilies
Hard Working Husband
New Camper Opportunity
New Book Deliveries at PO
New Book Deliveries via Friend
Great Group for Bible Study
Awesome Instructors
Relevant Radio
Grace

Blessings Friends!


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Saturday, October 16, 2010

A Divine Gift

I find obedience hard, I always have.  It would be easier for me to sacrifice, yet that's not what I am asked to do.  And. with. joy.  I'm learning.  I find obedience hard, I always have. 
Sacrifice and offerings you do not want, but ears open to obedience you gave me.......To do your will is my delight; my God your law is in my heart.  ~ Ps 40:7, 9
I realize obedience is the same I ask of my own flesh. It's hard for them too. I realize how I am patient with them and repeat the same lessons until they stick; He does the same for me.  We are often asked to give thanks and praise, I strive to do that weekly with the Gratitude Community.    Daily and verbally, might that be a good idea?

Your deed I did not hide within my heart; your loyal deliverance I have proclaimed.  I made no secret of your enduring kindness to a great assembly. ~ Ps 40:11
But may all those who long for your help always say, "The Lord be glorified." ~ Ps 40:17

Giving thanks is not purely a human response but is itself a Divine gift. ~ NAB Study Guide
Sure, I have always been thankful but now I want to be thankful to God for all. To make sure I see all as coming from him, to practice trust in the Lord, to have ears open for His will, not my own. 

I am practicing lectio divina through the Psalms weekly, please feel free to join at Jenny's.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Seven Quick Takes - Vol. 11

What a magnificent week we've had!  I am excited for another project filled weekend coming up and even more excited for the weekend after!

{1}
Our "project" is a 10x14 shed that will store kids toys, outside summer furniture, lawn mower and things like that.  We have been storing these items in our basement but then all Winter long we can't get to anything else that's down there.  This Winter I would love to sort through all our things in the basement to decide what needs to be toss and what needs to be kept so as not to be featured on Hoarding, Buried Alive next season.

{2}
Henry must really like his teacher because he seems to have conned her into going down the slide with him.  I know this because when I arrived at school today the kids were playing outside.  They were so cute to watch.  I sat in the car with the girls and just watched him play with his classmates and Ms. J.  I loved seeing how happy he was, how he was having so much fun.  It's a rare thing for me to watch one of my kids and not be parenting them.  My heart was warmed to the brim observing him today.  Such a long time ago was the first day of school.

{3}
Just after bath last night we were all giggling having fun, me repeatedly asking the kids to get their jammies on when I noticed Sophie went from sitting to standing without the help of any furniture.  She stood there for what seemed a long time, before she realized and then she wasn't sure what to do next.  She dropped her cute little diaperless bottom on the ground.  How proud are we!  I think she'll be walking soon.  Her desires to keep up with big brother and sister are outweighing her fears of the next step.



{4}
This morning I took the kids to The Home Depot.  We looked around and I thought I would see what I could do to our cabinets.  I was offered to have a free estimate as to what it would cost to have them re-finished.  How nice.  Well, how much does something like this run??  Then I thought....I could do this myself.  Upon getting home, looking around, ah ya...I really have the time to do this myself.  HA HA!

{5}
I got three lovely new books today courtesy of my neighbor Mrs. S.  She's so wonderful.  I bought a book myself yesterday and need to go to the library for a book for my book club.  WOW.  Books coming out of my ears.  Can you tell I like books?  I hope my children will love books.  :)

{6}
I made a fabulous new recipe last night for dinner.  It came by way of my Mom from her People magazine.  It was so simple and I almost always have all the ingredients on hand.  I thought about taking pictures and posting the recipe but I am terrible about presentation.  Our food almost always goes right from the pan to the plate and since our kids are a little on the young side {for my liking} I serve them on plastic kid plates.  So I wonder, how nice would my new recipe look on a hot pink plastic plate?  Therefor, no pictures. 



{7}
We eat most all of our meals at the breakfast bar/table.  We are crowded and should really move into the dining room.  I need to get a couple more chairs and then we can watch Sophie throw all her food on the cream colored dining room carpet we inherited.  It would be nice to eat at the table, have it nicely set, eat from serving dishes (see #6).  I'm working on that next week.  We did this once before and it just felt different.  We seemed like a family all sitting down to pray & eat together.  I am really working on this next week.

I hope you all have a blessed weekend.  It's a beautiful day here and I think we are going to have a fire in our little chimenia tonight.

Seven Quick Takes is hosted by Jennifer at Conversion Diary.  She has a wonderful story at Conversion Diary if you have time.

God Bless,

Tina

Thursday, October 14, 2010

How About a Book Giveaway?

Okay!  Let's do a book giveaway today.  I've mentioned this book before and thought I would share with one of you.  I'm still reading it so I can't give you a full review but let's just say I really like reading more about the Rosary.  The miracles it has produced and the reasons behind it are worth the read.  Since it's the month of Rosary I wanted to make sure one of you could start reading in October.  I will pick the winner on Wednesday, October 20, 2010.   

Without further ado the book is called:

The Secret of the Rosary - By St. Louis De Montfort



Here's how you can win:

1. Leave a comment here telling me what your number one favorite blog to read is.  Well, you know, other than this one! Ha! Ha! Ha! :)


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2. Blog about this giveaway

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3. Facebook about the giveaway

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4. Tweet about the giveaway

Be sure to add a seperate comment for each thing  you do so your chances increase!

Good Luck!

God Bless!

Tina

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

CSN Is Back with a Giveaway!

Here's another giveaway with CSN stores, just for you!  I want to first tell you that CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find everything from cheap bedroom furniture to fantastic fitness equipment to cookware! Take a peek, they have quite a few really nice pieces/sets.

Now how about a giveaway from CSN Stores?  It was really hard for me to pick something that I thought you would like so I decided to just let you pick whatever you would like.  Well, for a $25 gift card that is.  But are also able to use the $25 towards a larger item. 

I will randomly pick a winner for a $25 gift certificate on Monday, October 18, 2010

Here's how you can win:

1. Leave a comment here saying what State, Provence or Country you are from.

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2. Blog about this giveaway

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3. Facebook about the giveaway

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4. Tweet about the giveaway


You pick your own odds.

Good Luck!

Tina

PS.....I am thinking I would like this item:


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

1000 Gifts

We were reminded on Sunday to give praise:




And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.  ~ Luke 17:15-16

My thanks grows, numbers 238-255:

Early Mornings with Karley
Trees Falling Safely




Unseasonable Warm Weather


Start of  a New Project
Adam Coming Home From Work Early Twice For Me
Thomas the Train Tracks
Spaghetti (saves me a lot)
Sleeping In
Courage
Faith
Husband Home All Weekend
New Projects
Resources
Mass at Henry's School Church
Pumpkin Patches





holy experience



Have a blessed day friends!

Tina