Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Henry's First Day of School

Henry's first day of school was nothing like last year's first day.  Nothing. at. all.  This year he is an old pro, or almost an adult, as he would say. 

Pancakes were the breakfast request for our second year pre-schooler. 

Without further ado here's the brave boy on his first day.

He loves his school and teachers.  Adam and I couldn't be happier about the fact that our kids like school.  Hopefully they always will.


Friday, September 23, 2011

Fellowship of the Unashamed Mission Statement via Patrick Madrid

I heard this on Relevant Radio a few weeks ago.  It was at the end of a segment being read by Patrick Madrid.  Then a few days ago Mr. Madrid tweeted Fellowship of the Unashamed Mission Statement, I can't tell you how happy I was to have so easily found it.  I thought I was going to have to take pen to paper while listening to an audio archive from Relevant Radio.

I thought it was very very worthy of sharing, so here it is:


(Author unknown)

I AM A PART of the Fellowship of the Unashamed.
The die has been cast. The decision has been made. I have stepped over the line. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.
My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is in God’s hands. I am finished and done with low living, small planning, the bare minimum, smooth knees, mundane talking, frivolous living, selfish giving, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, applause, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, the best, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith. I lean on Christ’s presence. I love with patience, live by prayer, and labor with the power of God’s grace.
My face is set. My gait is fast, my goal is heaven. My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my Guide is reliable, and my mission is clear.
I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won't give up, shut up, let up or slow up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and spoken up for the cause of Christ.
I am a disciple of Jesus. I am a Catholic. I must go until He comes, give until I drop, speak out until all know, and work until He stops me. And when He returns for His own, He will have no difficulty recognizing me. My banner is clear: I am a part of the Fellowship of the Unashamed.

Adapted from the original (author unknown) by Patrick Madrid.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Delete Facebook?

To delete facebook or not? That is the question. 

Why would I delete facebook?

Well, bottom line...it's very counter-productive, for me.  Don't get me wrong, I have very much enjoyed it.  Probably too much and at the cost of my children, my husband, my new puppy, my house and myself. 

Here's what happens.  Now that I have a smartphone (to do dumb things) I check facebook when at the park playing with, half watching my kids, I check facebook first thing in the morning and then wonder why I'm running late getting the kids to school and I missed a morning offering prayer.  I check facebook before I go to bed at night with my husband next to me (he's not on facebook and doesn't think highly)  and I miss a night offering prayer.  Because after I read facebook, I'm too tired. 

In addition, now that facebook has made changes I feel I will be sucked in even more.  Here's the thing, I really don't need to know what 274 people are doing at any given time or what they think about what all their friends are doing.  I really don't.  Even if I think it might be interesting.  What is more interesting is what the four other people in my own house are doing, at the present moment. 

When I've left facebook by the wayside in the past, I've completed more projects in my home, read more books to my children, read more myself, and have been more plugged into my family. 

Complete honesty, I waste too much time on facebook.

I also don't think 274 people really care if I'm on there or not, but I know four who do.

Badlands ~ South Dakota Summer 2011
I guess that answers my question.  Delete facebook.

I anticipate that I will blog more and right now I am okay with that.  I have always wanted to preserve our memories in a book via this blog.  Hopefully this will be one of those projects I complete.

God Bless!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Karley's First Day of Pre-School

Karley's been waiting for a year now, ever since her brother first went to school.  On that day, we said that Karley was more ready than Henry was.  She proved true to that today. 

She woke up at 6:15 AM wondering if it was time to go yet.  I think she must have asked five times if it was time over the next hour and a half, mixing in with, "I can't wait", just as many.

I asked them both what they would like to eat for breakfast on their first day of school and our little Muffin picked, what else but, muffins.

Her she is all ready to go:

at school

shool is hard work

Needless to say, she absolutley loved her first day, new friends, and teacher.  Personally, I missed her but am very happy of her growth, will and eargerness to learn.  We all love you Karley!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

You Are Sent

"I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God,
because for this purpose I have been sent"

Very often I feel like a pencil in God's hand.  He does the writing; he does the thinking;
he does the movement - I have only to be a pencil and nothing else.

  • You are being sent; you have not chosen for yourself where you want to go; and you are sent just as Jesus was sent to us.....
  • You are sent to serve and not to be served:  Go serve with a humble heart.  Never escape the hard work.  Be always the first one to do it.
  • Go to be a cause of joy to your communities.
  • Go with zeal and love for the poor.
  • Go in haste, like Our Lady, to serve...
  • Share what you have received, with a humble heart.
  • Go to the poor with great tenderness.  Serve the poor with tender, compassionate love.
  • Say yes to peace with your tongue.  Close your mouth rather than speaking a word which will hurt anyone.
  • Go to give yourselves without any reservation.  Give yourselves wholeheartedly, unreservedly.
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Total Surrender

Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910 -1997) founded the Missionaries of Charity in the Archdiocese of Calcutta in 1950.  She devoted her life to working with the poor and destitute and was an untiring witness to the dignity of ever human person.

A beautiful woman, Helen, read this to our CCW group.  Words to live by.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Nun, Nun What?

I have had the luxury of attending morning Mass twice this week.  My Littles have been enjoying one last Summer hurrah at my sister's, three hours away, playing with cousins, Auntie, Grandmas & Grandpas. 

I have had three days of eerie silence and mad cleaning, organizing and purging.  Still, it's not completed, but at least a dent has been made.  Adam and I have had the blessing of two date nights in three days. 

Back to yesterday at mass....just prior to Mass starting a nun sat amongst us in the pew up and across from me.  {This, no doubt, was the same nun I saw one day walking down the street in the little town Henry goes to school in.  I wanted to stop her last Spring but had to get Henry to school and then she was gone.  I am sure she was on her way to morning Mass.}  Yesterday, she sat with her sister {who I sort of know from VBS} and her Mom.  She is simply beautiful.  I just had to meet her.

Meet her I did.  I asked her about her vocation, how she came to be a Sister.  Found out she is actually, Mother Mary Clare, not Sister, and is 32.  I believe there are seven in her community all of whom have professed vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.  Besides living a very structured life, they live off Divine Providence.  Meaning, they trust God will provide for what they need. 

The sisters visit the sick, teach CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) classes, are planning a family camp this summer, sing for Masses, wash and iron linens for Mass, and are willing to serve wherever they are needed.
There is also time during the day to do things the sisters enjoy like riding bikes, playing Ultimate Frisbee, and going on picnics. No matter what the activity, all of the sisters remain in their habits until 10 p.m. when the lights go out.

In the last couple of weeks Henry has asked what a nun is.  We went round and round nun, nun what?, {nun = nothing}.  He didn't get it so I asked her to take a picture with me so he could see what a nun dressed in full habit looks like.  I also asked Mother if we could come and visit her at the convent once they were all settled into their new residence.  So, God willing we will take a field trip later this Fall or Winter.

What a great morning I had yesterday!

God Bless!

I referenced a local newspaper article for portions of this, strictly for more information on Mother Mary Clare's order.  I am not linking do to privacy reasons.
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