Friday, October 31, 2008

Scary

Scary Chicken has evolved. Meet Scary Dinosaur.



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Thursday, October 30, 2008

To the Pumpkin Patch We Go

As is our family tradition, I took the kids to the pumpkin patch today to pick out large pumpkins to carve. We then spent a good part of the afternoon cleaning and carving works of art to display on our front porch. You may notice we have one extra in our group. She is the daughter of OJ's flute teacher. I help homeschool her two days a week. She is adorable, sweet, good natured, and a great fit in our family. I think we may just adopt her.
The girls love this little pumpkin cottage, but then don't we all dream of living in a pumpkin shell?
I've been planning this shot for months to use as the header for this blog, but I love the one of Special K's eyes too much to change it.  I still love the beautiful sunflowers in the background. The next time I take a shot like this, Stat Boy will need to trade places with Karate Kid.  He only has about 1/2 an inch more until he is taller than she is.
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Unbelievable


This post is for posterity's sake.  Our thirteen year old son does know how to clean his room.  He just needs the proper incentive.  In this case, the incentive was the return of his current favorite Wii game that he has been grounded from for a month.  He was due to get the game back on Saturday, but I guess every day counts.  I only wish I had a before picture to show the drastic improvement!  BTW, I did not check his closet, drawers, or under his bed; but don't tell him that! Print Friendly and PDF

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Going All Artsy on You

Can you tell Wingnut has been working a lot?  I've been messing around with my blog layout and came across "The Cutest Blog on the Block."  They have some incredibly artistic background layouts, etc.  I had a hard time choosing just one.  What do you think about the one I settled on for now?

The header photo is of Special K taken by Karate Kid for her home school photography class. Karate Kid has become quite the photographer. I might just have to send her Pioneer Woman's way to pick up a few tips. I really love that photo. Special Ks eyes are so pretty, clear and expressive.
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More Ballet and Comic Relief

Our last little ballerina is Special K.  While not as serious as her sisters, Special K loves ballet and looks forward with great anticipation to her classes each week.  This was her first year in ballet and her first recital.  She was extremely excited and could not wait to get on stage to strut her stuff.

Most of the recital is serious, straight ballet, but the littlest classes very often provide comic relief; all be it unintentional at times.  The ballerinas in the youngest group usually fall into four categories:  The very confident and serious student that everyone else watches and follows (that would have been OJ and Skoshi A); the not so confident, but still serious student who watches and follows; the deer caught in the headlights; and the free spirit who does her own thing.  The fourth category is where the comic relief usually comes into play.  This would be the category Special K falls into.  Her teachers described her as being in her own little world. Regardless, Special K was very proud of her performance and of the enjoyment she afforded everyone attending.

Penny Whistle Jig
 I'm not sure who thought it would be a good idea to give batons to a bunch of six year olds to swing around on stage, but thankfully no one was hurt.  I do need to point out the lovely First Position my daughter is standing in.  I'm so proud of her!

The Pink Panther
Special K watched a couple Pink Panther cartoons to get into character.  This dance was hysterical.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

More Ballet

I've been preoccupied with politics lately and have not had the time to post the beautiful photos that were taken at the girls' ballet recital in June.  This will take a couple posts, as blogger won't let me post all the photos in one entry.

Our three ballerina's take ballet at a wonderful studio just five minutes from our house.  They are well cared for and loved by the owners/teachers and the three adore their teachers and ballet in general.  While I would have preferred the girls to have learned a more strict Russian technique, this particular studio teaches Cecchetti.  As a result, my girls have much more technical knowledge of positions and skills than I ever did, which I find very impressive.

Because Cecchetti consists of a graded syllabus, our studio holds a recital every other year while focusing on the syllabus during the off year. During the syllabus year the children are able to test and advance to the next grade. This past school year was the year for their recital.  The girls love recital years. They love the preparation, the music, the costumes and the stage.  

The following are pictures of Skoshi A, who is in Grade I and will be taking her first syllabus test in December; and OJ, who is in Grade III and began taking Pointe last year.  They both take ballet very seriously.

Brahm's Waltz

Mazurka

Grade III Pointe Work
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Monday, October 27, 2008

The Punching Bag

This is what I came home to after a long afternoon at Nutcracker rehearsals. . .


Wingnut decided the kids needed a punching bag set up in the garage.  No wonder they love to be left with him, he's such a great dad! Print Friendly and PDF

Sunday, October 26, 2008

One United Voice for Life


I complained earlier this week about how bad the customer service is around here and how I am looking forward to leaving the DC area when Wingnut retires.  Besides the beautiful friendships we have made, there is one other thing I will absolutely miss if we move from here, our parish.  We belong to one of those knitch parishes where orthodoxy abounds.  The Mass is celebrated with extreme humility and reverence, by incredibly devout priests.  There are never any shenanigans or liturgical buffoonery and it doesn't matter which Mass we go to, each is equally reverent. It is one of the very few parishes that does not allow girls to serve on the altar. We don't need them, our group of altar boys consists of over 100 boys from 4th-12th grade incorporated into a simple hierarchy of seniority and they perform their duties at the altar with extraordinary care and competence.   As a result our parish boasts numerous vocations, including 8 permanent deacons, 3 priests, 3 current seminarians, and 2 religious sisters.

Today, I was once again reminded of why I love this fantastic parish and I why I so deeply respect our pastor. The following article for the bulletin was written by our amazing pastor, Monsignor Charles Parry.

It seems to me that every four years our nation goes through an internal upheaval by the trauma and actual fear over the election of a new president to provide leadership for our citizens.  By what is said and promised it amazes me and at the same time distresses me to realize the lengths that some people will go to 'get a vote'.  There are so many issues that affect us all--national security, the economy, gas and food prices, the cost of health care, and job security, just to name a few.  On these issues everyone has an opinion, and there are proposals to address these things on both sides of the aisle.

I find a tremendous disturbance within my soul, and yet it is not over these everyday issues, important as I know that they are to us--issues that cannot be ignored, issues that need to be addressed for the safety and well being of our citizens.  The conflict that rages within my inner being has everything to do with a basic imperative--the value, the concern, the care, the protection , the support, and the dignity of the human person from the moment of conception to natural death.  If I am not in touch with the beauty and wonder of the human person in and of him or herself, and my desire is anything other than doing what I can to promote the well being of my neighbor--from conception to natural death--then all of my efforts turn to selfish gain and the promotion of my own comfort.  Isn't this true for us all?  The value that a person places on human life directs literally everything else he or she does.  The value we place upon human life is at the heart and soul of our nation.  To strip this value from our national identity is to rip out our heart and soul--without the heart and soul, there is no life.

I cannot--In fact I WILL NOT cast my single vote for any individual, political party, or party representative who is blind to the beauty and dignity of the human person from conception to natural death.  Why?  Because this is the bedrock, the foundation upon which everything else is built--unless the foundation is sound, nothing built upon it has lasting value; it will collapse into selfishness and contribute to the furtherance of the culture of death and destruction.  What a difference the 67 million Catholics in this country could make by raising one united voice for life!

As the pastor of souls and minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I urge you to weigh carefully the vote you will cast in the days to come--pray fervently for wisdom and guidance, to consider wholeheartedly the things of God, and to support the culture of life as we beseech the mercy of Almighty God upon our country, upon its leaders and upon its citizens.
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Saturday, October 25, 2008

What's at Stake



Well, I've done my civic duty.  I spent several hours yesterday researching candidates and ballot measures for the State of Washington in order to fill out my absentee ballot.  All that is left now is to sign, seal and deliver.

Much has been made in the media over Proposition 8 in California, which if passed would protect the traditional definition of marriage, but I had not even heard word one about Initiative 1000 in Washington until I opened my ballot last week..  Proponents of initiative 1000 call it the "Death with Dignity" plan and it would closely mirror the same plan implemented in Oregon a decade ago. It's frustrating to be from a left leaning state. Many of my votes won't even make a dent in the landslide victories of the liberals. 

So much more is at stake this election than our next president. My hope and my prayer for Washington is pretty simple. I am praying this ballot measure pushing for the allowance of physician assisted suicide is defeated. This one small victory for life could mean so much to the pro-life movement in Washington State. Will you join me in prayer?


Remember, O most compassionate Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your assistance,
or sought your intercession was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
we fly unto you, O Virgin of Virgins, our Mother;
to you we come; before you we kneel sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not our petitions,
but in your clemency hear and answer them. Amen.
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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Does This Really Matter?


The newest media firestorm is over the amount of money Sarah Palin has spent on her wardrobe. Even our 15 year old gets it, commenting, "She needs to look professional, vice-presidential.  She makes dozens of appearances in a week and she needs to look the part."

This morning it comes out that Sarah Palin didn't even purchase the clothes herself, the RNC purchased them on her behalf for her use on the campaign trail.  This was a completely unfair attack and really pointless to boot (no pun intended).  Why should we care how much the RNC spends on wardrobes for candidates?  I think the only folks with a vested interest in how the RNC spends it's money are those folks that are giving financial donations to the campaign.  If $150,00 of designer duds don't bother the donors, why should it bother the rest of us?

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Am I Expecting Too Much?


Being a military family has afforded us the opportunity of living in several different cities in the U.S. as well as having been stationed overseas for one assignment.  We have lived places where customer service is an absolute given.  Businesses which pride themselves on being cordial, polite, and helpful.  The part I hate most about living in the DC area is the complete lack of good customer service.

To illustrate this, Baby Wingnut and I visited our local drugstore in order to get a roll of conventional film developed.  The huge sign outside the drugstore advertised one hour photo, which what I was looking for.  We entered the store and approached the photo counter.  There was only one employee working the check out and she was intently reading a magazine behind the counter.  I looked around for the typical photo developing envelopes to no avail.  After several minutes I finally asked the check out girl for some help. She hemmed and hawed and typed on the keyboard of two different registers before asking if I wanted to have the film sent out.  I asked her how long that might take, and she responded with a very indefinite couple of days. 

"Ok, then.  Don't you have one hour photo?" I asked.

"Well, yeah.  But she's not here yet.  She doesn't come in until later."  

"So what do people do when they want photo developing?  Come in hoping the lady is here?"

"Yeah."

"Alright, I guess I'll just take my business elsewhere." I finished in exasperation.

"Have a nice day." Which was clearly said sarcastically.  I suppose she was offended I actually expected her help in at least determining when I might hope for some service.

In what way does this drugstore believe it is running a successful business?  This is not the first problem I've had with the employees in this store.  They are consistently unhelpful and dull, but they are not alone.  This is the type of service I've come to expect everywhere I go in the DC area and it is one of the biggest reasons Wingnut and I do not plan on making this area our final home when he retires in a few years.  It's enough to make me miss flat, dry, tornado ridden Oklahoma!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Home School Progress Report

The last couple of weeks have gone fairly smoothly.  Special K is working hard and doing a terrific job.  Thankfully she has completely cut out the whining and bad attitude.  She's really quite smart and is catching onto math very quickly.  

Baby Wingnut asks to do school with us.  For a two year old he really is quite easy to entertain at the table while I work with Special K.  He stings cereal on shoelaces and then happily eats his handiwork.  He loves alphabet and number flash cards. He enjoys placing stickers in little notebooks or coloring books.  He'll stack Special K's unix cubes into tall towers and then will break them apart, one by one.  I'm finding I don't need to employ computer time or videos nearly as often to keep him busy and happy.

Wingnut took over chemistry with Karate Kid which has taken a huge burden from me.  She had her first exam last Friday and she and Wingnut went over it on Sunday.  Other than speeding through it, she did fairly well.  I'm hoping Wingnut will be able to persuade her to slow down and read the questions more carefully.

Speeding through work is a problem most of the children have, whether it be school work, practicing their instruments, or chores.  At times I'm at a loss for how to remedy this short coming.  I've begun making the culprits come back to a task and repeat it under my watchful eye and I'm hoping that having to take precious extra time to finish their work correctly will make an impact.

All in all this has been a good week for school.  I'm not feeling nearly as inadequate or crazy.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Puke-A-Rama


Does this ever happen to you:  You strip your bed and remake it with your fresh, warm, winter, flannel sheets and then in the middle of the night your two year old proceeds to throw-up all over the bed, blankets, sheets, and you?

Baby Wingnut had one of those nights.  Wingnut and I changed the sheets twice.  I changed Baby Wingnut twice and my pajamas three times.  Between bouts of puking, Wingnut and Baby Wingnut both slept soundly.  I just laid there, dreading the inevitable next round.

At 7:30 Baby Wingnut was ready to get up.  He's been absolutely fine ever since.  He's eaten and is currently singing and jumping around with his sisters.  The picture at the top of this post was taken this morning.  Does he look like a child who has spent the best part of the night vomiting? 

When I die and hopefully go to heaven, I'm going to ask God this burning question: "Why do kids only throw-up in the middle of the night?"
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Monday, October 20, 2008

More Qualified to Vote Than Many Adults


Special K and I were in the bookstore over the weekend.  While waiting in line to pay for her book she noticed some politically themed greeting cards.  She very astutely picked out Obama, McCain, and Hillary Clinton.  She then pointed to the card with Bill Clinton on it and said, "And there's Hillary's husband."  I see this as a positive sign that Bill's significance is in steep decline.

As an aside, take a listen to this clip from the Howard Stern radio program (I know, Howard Stern!  I got it from Newsbusters).  Our six year old could tell you who is running for president, who their running mate is, and give a list of where that candidate stands on a couple of the issues we discuss around here.  She is infinitely more qualified to vote than these bozos!
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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Run Down

Due to the incredibly busy week we have had, I am too beat to blog today.  I think these Nutcracker rehearsals are going to kill me, but it will all be worth it to see my Little Angel and Mounted Mouse on stage at last.  Have a blessed weekend!  I'll be back in the blogging saddle tomorrow. Print Friendly and PDF

Friday, October 17, 2008

Offended

This fall I took on the task of running our homeschool co-op.  A local parish has generously rented it's religious education building to us for the last 6 years. For the most part it has been a good relationship with the parish staff as long as we fly under the radar.

We had our first meeting last week and everything appeared to run pretty smoothly until I returned home and had the dreaded phone call from our co-op liaison with the parish. Apparently the parish is undergoing its annual audit and as part of the process all groups using parish buildings and property are being audited for STAND compliance.  STAND is the diocesan program implemented in response to the priestly abuse scandals of recent memory. Any adult or teen working or volunteering with children must undergo a criminal background check and watch a training video that is supposed to help them identify and prevent abuse of the children in their care.  The parish has now decided our co-op group must go through the certification process.  Never mind that we are all moms and we are there with our own children, because after all "it is for the children".

Quite frankly I am pretty torqued about the whole thing.  This is NOT about the children.  This is about the parish and the diocese protecting themselves from lawsuits.  This is about the parish being audited and it needing to meet the standards of the audit. We aren't stupid, call it like it is.  This is completely offensive to me and a complete waste of time and resources for the parish. Really, I am very sorry children have been abused by horrible, evil predators and I honestly pray it never happens to another child again, but to ask this of these moms is completely beyond the pale.  For goodness sake, we homeschool our children as a means of protecting them from the predators of this world.  But as Wingnut likes to say, using much less delicate vocabulary, "If one guy poops his pants, make everyone wear diapers."
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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Will Obama Experience the Bradley Effect?

Interesting article by Ann Coulter regarding the Bradley Effect(from Wikipedia, not my favorite source for accurate information)on polling data for this election. Print Friendly and PDF

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Ho, Ho, Ho?


My good friend over at Thy Will be Done asks if it is too early to begin preparing for Christmas. I say, absolutely yes, especially if I have to listen to our two year old singing "Jingle Fart" for the next three months!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Crack That Whip


Isn't there a law of physics called "from order to chaos?" That would about sum up house keeping and chores around here lately. I don't think there is a chore system on earth that works perfectly, every time, for every family or every family member. For that reason, we at times need to change up the rules and expectations around here for our little chore slackers.

Today was such a day. I am a firm believer in "if it isn't working, you need to change it." We have one child that knows what our expectations are and never has to be reminded to do her chores, brush her teeth, practice her intrument, etc. Then we have our other children. Today begins the new law of the house: Computer time is a privilege, not a basic right. To earn computer time, school work must be finished, chores, must be done and instruments must be practiced. The new law applies only to our children that have not shown enough responsibility in their daily tasks. Our dependable, sensible daughter has earned the privilege of unrestricted computer time. Hard work and diligence has it's rewards. That's our life lesson for today. Print Friendly and PDF

Monday, October 13, 2008

Party Girls and Mounted Mice

We have had two weeks of rehearsals for the Nutcracker and it has gone well so far.  OJ was invited to understudy the Party Scene, as well as learning her role as a Mounted Mouse.  The Party Scene comprises 45 minutes of the production and has fairly complex choreography. Olivia has had 4 rehearsals for that scene and had her first Mounted Mouse rehearsal on Sunday.

I was thrilled when she was invited to learn the Party Scene.  It is a very meaty part and the costumes and scenery are absolutely beautiful.  Children are funny though. You'd have thought the Mounted Mice were the star of the production, to hear OJ yesterday.  She is absolutely ecstatic to be a "bad guy", wear an ugly rat costume (in which we won't be able to recognize her), and gallop around the stage for a minute or so.  It didn't hurt that the Joffery Children's Ballet mistress is completely brilliant for talking up every part in the ballet as being the absolutely best one.  She also played on our dancers' little egos by declaring only the smartest dancers get to be Mounted Mice.  They have to be able to count endless bars of music, gallop in neat little circles, and not knock anyone else over with their enormous costumes.


Here is our beautiful dancer.  I cannot wait to see her dancing in a beautiful victorian costume for half the ballet.




And here is the quick sketch our lovely ballerina drew of the costume she cannot wait to wear.
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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Student Driver


Ok, this isn't a photo of our oldest who has recently had a couple of driving lessons from Wingnut.  I'm just not quite ready for the whole idea of my kids driving anything other than a Little Tykes car.  I have many long years of Hail Marys and invoking Saint Christopher ahead of me. Print Friendly and PDF

Friday, October 10, 2008

Homeschooling and Socialization are not Mutually Exclusive

I'm not sure who it was that thought proper socialization can only occur in a classroom surrounded by peers.  That aside, home schooled children do have ample opportunities provided for socialization.  Our kids participate in a variety of sports, religious education classes, etc. but our favorite "social" event is our homeschool co-op.  We have been involved with our co-op for 7 years and our children have developed friendships with their classmates that often run deeper and truer than ones they could have had in a "regular" school setting.

Socialization is one benefit of co-op, but they also get an opportunity to learn from other teachers and participate in group projects that just could not happen at home.  Our co-op meets once a week for three classes with a snack period between our second and third class.  We have classes divided by age or grade and parents take turns teaching the different classes. Over the years we have had some really terrific classes in co-op.

We have studied:

Zoology
Oceanography
Photography
Drawing
Creative Writing
Poetry
Elections
Spanish
Sign Language
Inventions
Saints
Other Cultures
Birds
Chess
Speech
Drama
Knitting
Basic Sewing
Simple Machines
Presentations
Art of every kind
Church History
Fun with Football
Music


My children look forward to co-op every fall.  They love the time spent with friends and the unique classes and projects they are able to participate in.  I am not concerned in the least that my children are not properly socialized.  I know I didn't need co-op to accomplish that, but at least I can mention our participation in social activities to allay the fear of others that have bought into the socialization idea.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

I'm a Centrist?!

To be honest, I'm a bit surprised.  I would have thought I would have been a bit further to the right and more of an ultra conservative, although, I would hope I am not a facist! Of  course, the survey avoided some of the more controversial social issues that would have driven my score to the right.  Still, it is an interesting quiz with interesting results.

You are a

Social Conservative
(38% permissive)

and an...

Economic Conservative
(60% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Centrist




Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also : The OkCupid Dating Persona Test
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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Birthday Tribute to my Little Sister


Happy birthday Little Sis!  

I am so blessed to have you, and I thank God he saw fit to add you to our family. You are always ray of sunshine and a joy to be around.  I remember flinging you around as we danced the Nutcracker ballet together; eating hot lemon bars in the middle of summer, because we just couldn't wait for them to cool down; playing practical jokes on our brother; making pacts with each other, promising not to tattle on one another; playing in the woods for hours on end; and Star Wars marathons on Thanksgiving.  

The best part is you are even more fun today than you were as a kid.  I am so lucky I can consider you my oldest and dearest girlfriend!  God bless you and your family today and always.  

Love, 
Your Big Sis.
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Chuck Norris Would be Ashamed


Karate Kid thought Big Ben would like having an Incredible Hulk tattoo.  She was wrong . . . very, very wrong. Print Friendly and PDF

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Apposition, What?

ap·po·si·tion (āp'ə-zĭsh'ən) 
n.
Grammar
A construction in which a noun or noun phrase is placed with another as an explanatory equivalent, both having the same syntactic relation to the other elements in the sentence; for example, Copley and the painter in The painter Copley was born in Boston.


Last week was one that left me feeling completely unqualified to teach my children.  I mean, who's idea was this anyway?  Thankfully I have now enlisted Wingnut to help me with some of the high school subjects (i.e. chemistry and advanced mathematics).  He's a terrific resource and a regular font of knowledge and boy am I glad I have him around.

High school chemistry is one thing, middle school grammar is another.  We have been using Seton English for the last several years with some satisfaction.  OJ and JP have hit on sections in their workbooks that have presented a challenge.  I remember the eight parts of speech, concrete nouns, abstract nouns, direct objects, indirect objects, etc.  I do not recall predicate nominatives, adverbial objectives, objective complements or appositives.  Seton must be truly old school grammar.  For the life of me, I can't imagine how any of this is helpful.  I'm thinking of skimming over these sections and moving on to more concrete grammar, usage and mechanics.  Unless there is anyone out there that can tell me how knowing this type of information is detrimental to my children's education, I'm going to save myself the agony of trying to coax my middle schoolers through this grammar confusion.

You see, even a veteran homeschool mom can feel inadequate at times.
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Monday, October 6, 2008

Unapologetic Single Issue Voter


We read and hear a lot of grumbling and complaining in the media and among "liberals" about single issue voters, and quite frankly, I'm sick and tired of it.  I have to answer to no one but my Creator, when it comes to who will earn my vote this election and I feel absolutely convinced I can vote for a candidate based on this single issue and face God with a completely clear conscience.  If a candidate truly wants my vote, he has to get one thing right.  He has to be pro-life and unapologetically so.   Everything else springs from the protection of life, from conception to natural death.  If one can't be trusted to place a protective hand over the innocent, one can't be trusted at all.

As I wrote in an earlier post, I am not a John McCain fan. He doesn't even remotely meet my expectations for president and I question his own fortitude on life issues.  I was deeply conflicted about whether I could vote for him or not.  There are at least two, "third" party candidates with strong pro-life stances and records that I was leaning toward voting for.  When McCain chose Sarah Palin for his running mate, he made it that much easier to vote for him. His choice reflected his understanding of voters like me.  We were undecided and conflicted, we are now decided and sure.  We cannot afford Obama in the White House.

The pro-life movement has made progress in the last eight years.  Not as much progress as I would have hoped, but progress, nonetheless.  If Obama wins his bid for the presidency, the forward movement we have made protecting the innocent and helpless will take a decided step back, if not become completely decimated.  He has openly promised his pro-abortion constituents he will repeal all pro-life legislation once in the White House. With McCain and Palin, I at least have hope that we will be able to hold on to battlefields already won. And so, I will be voting for Sarah Palin and the white haired guy she is running with.
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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Surviving Mass with an Imp


Wingnut is traveling this weekend and with all the rehearsals for the Nutcracker, I had only two options for Mass.  I could have waited until the last Mass of the weekend, the boisterous Life Teen Mass across town, or I could get us all up bright and early for the very peaceful 8 am Mass at our home parish.  I opted for the quiet Mass, but I think folks at that Mass wished I had chosen differently.

Baby Wingnut did not even try to be good.  He did let us know he had no intention of behaving before we even left for church this morning, but I risked it anyway.  We were standing in a corner outside the church before Mass even began.  I knew it was going to be long and painful. Mercifully there isn't any music at this particular Mass, and it never lasts longer than 45 minutes.  I ended up standing in the vestibule of the church where I could see and hear the Mass and Baby Wingnut was muffled to the rest of the parish.

After Mass, Baby Wingnut announced he had been a good boy, to which the rest of us all admonished him and let him know that indeed he had not been good at all.  I took the rest of the children to get donuts and Baby Wingnut tried his best to appear completely disinterested. I really don't think he feels any remorse for disappointing me today.  What an imp he can be.
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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Acts of Love and Devotion


I was greeted this morning with a new toothbrush head.  My old one was looking a bit ragged and I think it is so sweet that he noticed I needed a new one. Wingnut is passionate about dental care and he has taken it on himself to make sure we all have new heads to our toothbrushes every four months.

Heck, when we were kids I don't think we ever had new toothbrushes unless we left our old one at camp or something.  I mean, we didn't really need new toothbrushes because we hardly ever brushed our teeth and  you can just forget about flossing!

One way Wingnut shows his love for us is his faithful attention to our dental health.  He flosses the little kids' teeth for them and makes sure they know how to brush properly.  I love that he cares for us this way.  It's just one little way in which he endears himself to us.  
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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Angel of God


There are so many great feast days this time of year.  This is another favorite one of ours. 


OCTOBER 2
GUARDIAN ANGELS

Today we celebrate God's messengers who protect us human beings. We see them throughout the Bible. Angels delivered messages from God, protected people from dangers and rescued them. The New Testament Acts of the Apostles tells in chapter 12 how St. Peter was led out of prison by an angel. The belief that we each have a guardian angel has been common to Christians for many centuries.
The picture of a guardian angel that we often see is an angel protecting a little child as he or she walks over a small bridge. In 1608, Pope Paul V added today's feast to the calendar of saints and celebrations. It is very encouraging to know and believe that we each have an angel guarding and protecting us. Our guardian angel is a gift from our loving God.

"And so the angels are here; they are at your side; they are with you, present on your behalf. They are here to protect you and to serve you. But even if it is God who has given them this charge, we must nonetheless be grateful to them for the great love with which they obey and come to help us in our great need." -St. Bernard


 Guardian Angel Prayer

Angel of God, My Guardian Dear
to whom God's love commits me here.

Ever this day be at my side
to light, to guard, to rule and to guide.

Amen.


And here's a link to a  sweet Guardian Angel coloring page for your little ones. Happy Feast Day!
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Desecration Videos Removed

The people have spoken.  Read the story here.  Thanks be to God! Print Friendly and PDF

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Feast of the Little Flower


Happy Feast of Saint Therese of Lisieux!  What young Catholic girl doesn't identify with the Little Flower?  To celebrate, we revisted Leonardo Defillipis movie Therese; what a beautiful work of cinema and what a wonderful example is Saint Therese's simple Catholic faith.

Special K is a little daddy's girl and wept while watching Therese choose to leave her dear father and enter the convent at 15 years old.  Special K is such a little dear heart and tender soul.  She was completely fine with Therese dying at the very young age of 24 of Consumption.  Dying is one thing, but don't be asking her to leave her daddy!
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Stop Promotion of Eucharist Desecration on YouTube

From America Needs Fatima:

An individual put 40 videos on YouTube showing Consecrated Hosts being stepped on, burned, stapled, smoked and nailed to a stick. He even fed the Holy Eucharist to ducks and flushed It down the toilet. Horrific!

On his site, the blasphemer says:
"From now on, one Eucharist desecration a day, and each day a different
method. If they want blasphem[y], we'll give 'em blasphem[y]."
Since I know you would like to stop these desecrations, I urge you to send your Stop Host Desecration e-petition to YouTube.

Or you can send a hard copy letter to YouTube asking them to pull this atrocity from their site at:

YouTube, LLC
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA USA

I don't know what his motivation is in desecrating the Blessed Sacrament, but we should pray for the conversion of said blasphemer as well as for an end to the atrocity he is perpetuating.

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