Tuesday, October 30, 2012

All Good Things Come to an End

I've been thinking of closing this blog for awhile now and the time has finally come.  There reasons are many, things are broken, some things should be changed, sometimes I feel narrowed in by the name, even though my Fishers are Priceless, I've grown and need a new space to share that which encompassed all I feel moved by.  This will include my Priceless but won't be limited to as I've sometimes felt. 
I don't know the reasons people read here.  Although I do know one, that of my little girl and her hair condition.  Those posts have been popular and helpful (maybe?), but they are going to close.  Whatever your reason, I hope you'll like the new place, even though it won't be what some are interested in.  That's okay, I'm moving in a direction I feel I'm called to capture, for me, and you are welcomed to come.  (It's a lot more fun if you do!)
Some thing will look different and some things are just me and what I like. 
Thank you for your support over the last three years here.  I've enjoyed reading your comments, sharing my family with you and reading your blogs too!
I'm not sure exactly when this blog will officially close, only soon.  I might have a few things left to wrap up.

My new blog is www.gaudeteindomino.com

In Our Lord & Lady,


A New Start

Words and photos were added to my space of old over the course of three years.  There were many things that weren't shared, joys that I only put to words with a few friends.  These friends showed me a clear path to Light.  My hope for this new blog will be to capture the joy and delight in all that our good Lord has given to me.

Do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.
                                                                                               ~ 2 Timothy 1:8 NAB

Welcome!  I hope you enjoy your stay at my new place. 
Gaudete in Domino ~ Rejoice in the Lord!

Friday, October 19, 2012

more testing

I'm trying to figure out why I don't have thumbnails in dashboard reader......

anybody know??

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sophie's First Dentist Appointment

Over the years I've heard little kids cry, thrash and scream just prior to getting their teeth cleaned.  I can even remember my own sister doing this for her first teeth cleaning.  This has made me always a little nervous when bringing one of my children to the dentist.  The last of the firsts for this happened a little over a week ago. 

We don't go to a children's dental place but we have this wonderful woman who is so sweet it and gentle there hasn't ever been a need to go anywhere else.  I schedule myself in the mix of appointments so the children can watch me get my teeth cleaned.  By the way, I love getting my teeth cleaned.

Every single one has been on my lap for the cleaning and they have all done very very well.  No tears, no crying, no refusal of any kind.  I think the prizes, toothbrushes (have I ever mentioned how much my kids love toothbrushes and toothpaste?) and toothpaste are the ticket to a successful visit for my kids.

Here's my little Sophie after her first cleaning.  She really is much happier about this than would appear.

These are her teeth.  Do you see them?
Oh, here they are.
And finally, here's how it's done with Mom on board.

Joining Emily.

Make it a great day!

Daybook 10.15.12

Around the Avenue things are starting to look brown.  We have moved past pretty colors of fall and are mostly seeing crispy and crunchy.  The light leaves us somewhere between 6:30 and 7:00 pm. since the light is fading time for projects after work is as well.  Another sad fact is that it's getting colder, as in colder where I've had to scrape the frost on my car windows in the morning.  My dear husband has been working for a long time on our roof.  It seems endless and when a person uncovers new project, one after another, within the first project, then it actually is a long time.
As I type this everybody is in bed, including the dog.  I listen to only the hum of the computer fan and an occasional train and the heat.  The heat that I finally turned on only days into October, as I could bare the 66 degree or less, high temperatures inside the house.  Such peace that calls for slumber.
The books I grab for these days are Walking Toward Eternity Making Choices for Today by Jeff & Emily Cavins which a companion to The Bible.  I'm on day four of 365 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Building Better Families by Matthew Kelly is about half way marked and I'm super excited to start another journey with The Catholic Child's Teaching Bible by Jenny H at Suscipio.
The menu has been non existent for the last two weeks and I can't see that it will get any better the rest of this week. 
It's a crazy busy week of non routine learning.  We're in the middle of entertaining grandparents for grandparents day at school.  Today Karley brought Grandpa John & Grandma Sally to school for a mini marathon and root beer floats.  The came yesterday and I can tell you that my they were all very excited to see them.  My four year old was over the moon to have such a special day.  Without a doubt when asked at supper tonight her favorite part of the day Grandparent's Day and all it contained were the best part of the day.  Tomorrow Gram will come to escort our almost six year old to his first Grandparent's Day.  And Karley will have yet another fun day going to the pumpkin patch with her class and me as a chaperon.  More fun is in store for Henry on his Marathon Day later in the week followed by two days off from school.  Like I said, it's a fun, non-traditional school week! 
The only projects around here are that of the housing kind.  As in da roof.  It's about half way shingled, which is over half way done considering all the add on projects my McGyver husband found.  Knowledge of how to do something the way it's supposed to be done and how it is done, can be a good or bad thing.  I guess it just depends on how you look at things, how long the project becomes and whether or not the outcome is going to have awesome results.  Oh, and the cost, ya the cost, the cost of extra projects. 

All in all we are most grateful to be able to do the projects.  It would cost way too much to have to hire it out.  We'd never get near as much done as we would like.  Also, McGyver really does like being handy and I am glad he is as well.  A few other items of gratitude.....
::Being able to go to my cousins going away party before he left for the Air Force
::Finding new resources to help my family learn His words
::Having a nice visit with my Dad & Sally
::The upcoming weekend
::Talking to my Goddaughter on her birthday
::Our Blessed Mother
::Her Son
The week ahead is busy and fun.  MyGyver and I are looking forward to some time together towards the end of the week. 
God Bless you and your week.
Joining Suscipio.

Friday, October 12, 2012

USCCB Speaks Out Against VP Biden

From the USCCB's page with regard to Vice President Biden's statement during the Vice Presidential Debate on October 11, 2012:

USCCB Responds To Inaccurate Statement Of Fact On HHS Mandate Made During Vice Presidential Debate

October 12, 2012
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued the following statement, October 12. Full text follows:
Last night, the following statement was made during the Vice Presidential debate regarding the decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to force virtually all employers to include sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion, in the health insurance coverage they provide their employees:
"With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institution—Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital—none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact. That is a fact."
This is not a fact. The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain "religious employers." That exemption was made final in February and does not extend to "Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital," or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.
HHS has proposed an additional "accommodation" for religious organizations like these, which HHS itself describes as "non-exempt." That proposal does not even potentially relieve these organizations from the obligation "to pay for contraception" and "to be a vehicle to get contraception." They will have to serve as a vehicle, because they will still be forced to provide their employees with health coverage, and that coverage will still have to include sterilization, contraception, and abortifacients. They will have to pay for these things, because the premiums that the organizations (and their employees) are required to pay will still be applied, along with other funds, to cover the cost of these drugs and surgeries.
USCCB continues to urge HHS, in the strongest possible terms, actually to eliminate the various infringements on religious freedom imposed by the mandate.
For more details, please see USCCB's regulatory comments filed on May 15 regarding the proposed "accommodation": www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/rulemaking/upload/comments-on-advance-notice-of-proposed-rulemaking-on-preventive-services-12-05-15.pdf
Keywords: vice presidential debate, HHS mandate, U.S. bishops, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, insurance plans, Catholic hospitals, charities, social services, sterilization, contraception, religious liberty, USCCB
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Don Clemmer
O: 202-541-3206

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Monday and the Roof

We are knee deep in the next project of the re-model, the roof.  Landscaping is done even though grass didn't come up as we would have hoped, but with the dry weather and the cost of water in our city, that's what we'll get until muddy Spring.
Monday I spent the day driving kids to school, loading up the dump trailer, picking up kids from school, loading up the dump trailer, oh and then...
From the roof Adam told me to get the dog and the kids in the house.  Huh?  "There's a raccoon next to that tree".  Huh?  And then he said he thought it wasn't right, it fell from a tree twice and of course the fact that it was the middle of the day, in town.  Kids in the house and the neighbor came over and took care of it.  Animal lover I am, and it looked so cute.....

....but a loco raccoon in our yard, we think not.
Back to the roof, or rather the dump trailer and this fun tool our other neighbor brought over.  Slickest thing ever if you roof and don't like buying or repairing tires.

Adam always says you'd be surprised at what's going on under the eves or behind the siding...this was only from one part of the house.  Granted, it's an old house.

The day was done.

My hard working husband.

God Bless!
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