Monday, July 30, 2007

Nail clippers gone AWOL

Oh where oh where have you gone... does anyone else have problems with missing nail clippers? I swear my house has a black hole in it. Along with the nail clippers, I'm missing countless combs, hair brushes, and scissors. I had a friend once say, "What you need to do is to put these items in the same place each time and then you will not lose them."

Really? I should have thought of that.

I had to laugh. She does not have children. Enough said. Don't I wish that I could put my comb in the drawer in my bathroom, and come back the next day and find it.

Of course other things go missing too... like remote controls. Now who takes a remote to their bedroom, puts it under their bed, and swears they have no idea how it got there. Who looks under a bed to find one? Well, I do. One day the lunch meat was missing from the fridge. I knew it was impossible for someone to eat that much meat in one day. I found it later in the cupboard where we keep the dishes.

I often call upon St. Anthony to help me find things, he is quite good, but I also rely on St. Jude ... in fact I now have a St. Jude key chain. It helps.

Well I'd better go... I need to find the phone charger. No clue WHY anyone would need to move that.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Happy Meals...

I wanted to share this with you moms out there familiar with happy meals or as I secretly call them expensive crappy meals...

We have started making our own "happy meals." First I make a lunch, sometimes PB & J, with carrots, chips and a cookie, or the other day I made frozen chicken nuggets, fries and apples. The girls decorate brown lunch bags with crayons and markers. Then they select a previous happy meal toy or a small toy and put it in the bottom of the bag. Then we put in the food. They have really loved doing this. They even made up a lunch for their 12 year old brother... he received a broken yo-yo but was grateful for the decorated bag. He then took it a step further the next time and made french fry containers from construction paper.

Of course Mary Catherine sez after a day or two of this, "When can we get the REAL happy meals with NEW toys?"
Sheesh ... she has an answer for everything.

Let me know if you give it a try.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Happy Friday the 13th

Hello everyone. We are packing for our vacation today. We will be heading to the mountains. We live near the beach so when we vacation we love have a change of pace.

Let me give a shout-out to Harrison Ford, "Happy Birthday! Hurry up and finish the 4th installment of Indiana Jones!"

I'm about as far away from superstitious as one can get. So I thought that I'd ask those who have a story to share about the good things that have happened on Friday the 13th (any month ... any year)... please share.

Well I'll start, here is a previous post from May 13, 2005! Enjoy!

I found a great site that really teaches both Catholics/non-Catholics about the Saints: Praying to the Saints Explained

Saints and Angels Feast Day: July 13

St. Henry
St. Silas
St. Francis Solano
St. Teresa de los Andes
Bl. Thomas Tunstal
St. Turiaf
St. Serapion
St. Dogfan
St. Henry II
St. Myrope

Check out Today in History:

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

My least-Favorite Things Lyrics

Ever just had one of those days....

Sung to the tune of My Favorite Things

Lyrics: Judy, ME
Song: My least-Favorite Things Lyrics

Peanut butter on couches and jelly on walls
mildewed sipper cups and warm dirty diapers
Brown unknown markings on the bathroom walls
These are a few of my least-favorite things

Drawn colored walls and sassy teen mouths
unsolicited phone calls and large cell phone bills
Wild messy bedrooms with clothes strung all about
These are a few of my least-favorite things

Girls in short dresses with dark black eyelashes
Drippings that stay on little noses all icky
Silver white hair that won't take to color
These are a few of my least-favorite things

When the kids yell
When the phone rings
When I'm paying bills
I simply remember my least-favorite things

And then I don't feel so bad

[Repeat all verses]

BTW, if you actually want to sing along, as I did, here's a midi to play on your computer, just scroll down to "My Favorite things":

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Julia, Julia, Julia

M: dumped bag of straws on game room floor (I am a big straw girl, and I had Shiela pick up a bag to replace on the way home)

Tu: dumped new bag of straws on game room floor (this time I made the kids pick them up and keep them ... gross but I don't care)

W: Julia colored herself with green permanent marker (Eliz: Mom don't punish her she was just not being watched good enough ... never found the markers)

Th: peanut butter mishap <-- says it all F: Julia got into Shiela's makeup ... left out by Elizabeth who gave the girls makeovers ... and she covered her lily white body from head to toe using a DARK waterproof bronzer as a body lotion. I was headed out the door all packed up for the pool. I had to use ponds cold cream to get it off. (I was going to leave her at home while we went to the pool but Elizabeth said that it was not Julia's fault because she left it out and Julia was too tempted) Oh and you should have seen the mess in the family room!!!!!!

Sat: Shiela made a big salad for all of us for lunch, then left for work. Mary came running "mom mom Julia is making a recipe!" ... she had dumped the entire bottle of apple juice, ketchup in the salad bowel. WHAT A MESS. (I made Elizabeth clean it up, because she had lunch dishes and left it out. This time Elizabeth is fed up. I hear this: "Julia go sit on the stairs for a time out and you are going to eat every bit of this salad until it is gone. You are going to have it for lunch, for dinner, for your bedtime snack and you are going to have it for breakfast." haha... I'm loving this. I should have left her at home and went to the pool as planned! I'm sure she would have remembered it.

Sun: I will attempt to have her exercised by a priest, or at least dunk her in the holy water font!!!!!!

Friday, July 6, 2007

Pray for us sinners...

I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine who does not believe in the Saints or Our Blessed Mother. She knows Mary is the mother of Christ, but frankly she is not important to my friend, as is the case with most religions. This is very sad to me, because frankly it is like saying that Mothers are not important, but the Mother of God should strike fear and love in everyone. I can't imagine meeting Christ, and saying I love You, but not your Mother. I would not say that to any of my friends, so why would I say it to Jesus?

Nonetheless I did my best to explain to her the importance of the Saints and Our Blessed Mother. The conversation went something like this:

Friend: Please pray for my son to make the right decision about his future. (Note: pretty serious steps he is taking)

ME: "I certainly will, and why not ask St. Jude to pray for your special intentions? He is the patron of desperate cases and will not cease praying for your intentions."

Friend: "Oh Judy you know me I'll go straight to Jesus." (smiles)

Me: "OK then why ask me to pray for you?" (grins)

Not convinced but I could see I got my point across. I adore this friend and I have actually had conversations like this with others. I usually will end the conversation with, "why not ask those closest to Our Lord, those in heaven with Him as we speak, to pray for us. I mean I am a lowly sinner and you ask me, but asking his dear friends, the saints, and His Mother to pray for you honors Him all the more."

Later I had the opportunity to convince my friend even more about the Saints. I happened to call her one afternoon and she was in a state of panic. She had lost her keys and her husband was out of town. She was supposed to take one of the kids to a soccer game and had a whole list of errands to do but had given up finally as it was already 2 in the afternoon. I said calmly, "Well if you would just ask St. Jude to help you, he would." Reluctant, but desperate, she said "OK." Before we even finished praying over the phone, her son who was sitting behind her jumped up and said, "MOM MOM, THE KEYS, THEY FELL OUT OF THE RECLINER JUST NOW!"

"OK Judy you win, I'm going to have to tell my husband about this!"

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Clever You Tube...

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I don't know if you have ever played the Sims video game, I have. I've no clue why I'd want to clean house in a video game ... but it is slightly addictive. Well my neice, Clare, sent me this video and I thought it was quite clever so I thought I'd share. Enjoy!

Sunday, July 1, 2007

From a Message Board I replied to about divorce, or seperation

You may need an intervention by a priest or a catholic counselor or a couples retreat. Also, it would be beneficial to all if you started a Novena for your Marriage, together if he will cooperate but alone otherwise. Ask with tenderness. Read about St. Thomas More, he died defending marriage. (Happens to be the patron of my anniversary date.)

I would go to ebay or amazon and buy this book: How To Change Your Husband Awesome book.

I would also like to add that this may be a time of spiritual warfare. The devil will work on breaking up the family above all things. It is the earthly bond that most represents The Holy Family. Be on guard. Continue your daily prayers, Rosary, Divine Chaplet, etc. Then add to that the St. Michaels Prayer, every time you get a bad thought about your husband.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in the hour of battle, be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil, may God restrain him we humbly pray, and do thou oh Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into hell satan and all the evil spirits that roam through the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

We are not in paradise now, but our actions on this short life will totally affect out eternity. Do not run away from your husband but towards him with humility, and patience.

Read this humbling short story: The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

He will change, if you are patient and pray without ceasing. God is good and I have seen miracles, HE will respond. Be vigilant, never cease praying. Pray for an increase in faith. Keep in mind that God is all good and all knowing. HE does not want to see you suffer. Come to Him for everything.

Mark 11:24-24
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
At night put your hand on your husbands back and say this,
"ComeHoly Spirit Fill the Hearts of Thy Faithful and Enkindle in them the Fire of Your Love."
Then envision the fire of the Holy Spirit filling both your hearts, as one.
Here is a verse to meditate on:
Gen 2:21-24
21So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. 22The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. 23The man said,"This is now bone of my bones,And flesh of my flesh;She shall be called Woman,Because she was taken out of Man." 24For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.
God bless you and think about this:

Proverbs 14
1The wise woman builds her house,But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.