Sunday, September 30, 2007

Why am I Catholic?

"Anyone who has discovered Christ
Must lead others to Him.
A great joy cannot be kept to oneself.
It has to be passed on."
Pope Benedict XVI
(2005 World Youth Day)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Mother of the year, or

... more like crazy mother of the year.
I took Warren and a friend of his to Game stop at Midnight to get their copies of Halo 3. I was so tired from getting little to no sleep the night before that I think they had me before I could think straight. WHAT WAS I THINKING?

I have to admit as a fellow gamer, (see this entry for full details: My Mother is a Gamer) it was pretty cool, translates: VERY NERDY, being apart of the excitement.

Sleep Schedule:

1:30AM Drop into Bed
2:00AM awoken by well-meaning-husband, needed the flight number of dd#1
2:30AM Back to sleep
4:00AM awoken by Mary, nightmare
4:30AM Back to sleep
5:30AM awoken by husband, going to work
pretty much everything after that is a blurrrrrrrr until 7ish

Sadly I have not gotten a chance to sample the game, as they have rewired the xbox to work on a computer, not sure which drive is connected to the shin bone, etc, you get the idea...

I'm very tired.

After a good nights rest, I'll be back to my normal self again...

Monday, September 24, 2007

Prayers please...

Please pray for my sanity ... both my college girls will be gone by tomorrow. Shiela is leaving for a college in Europe tomorrow to take a semester there. Elizabeth was home for the weekend to give Shiela a proper send off but back to college she went. We will miss them both. The house won't be the same. The whole atmosphere changes when even one leaves.

One of my favorite books growing up was "Little Women." I remember I was already thinking about how my family would change at the age of 12. I had already started worrying about my older sister, then 14, going away to college.

At the dinner table this afternoon, I joked and told the girls to over compliment my spaghetti today because the boys never say "hmmm, this is delicious" ... that alone is worth keeping them around for. It will be our last dinner together for a while. Here is a blog entry from 2005 that describes a bit about why I will miss my girls: God's Grace

Sunday, September 23, 2007

A few good movies to rent or own...

This is a list of movies that are sometimes overlooked. I think they are worth watching:
The Way Home AWESOME! Great for the family, good for the children to learn about life around the world, loads of compassion in this one! Captions to read, however, I think you could explain some of it if the children did not catch on. Young children are clever and I think they would 'get it.'
PBS version of Pride and Prejudice, You must get this version, with Colin Firth. I believe if you are getting it via mail, it is 2 separate disc's so make sure you reserve both. AWESOME! The girls and I have seen this many times.
It Happened One Night EXCELLENT!! Family movie. Mary who is 3 enjoyed this along with the rest of the family.
Hotel Rwanda OH MY, I can't say enough. I learned a lot from this film ... a TRUE story. Please go watch this, not for the little ones. Then run out and buy the book (helps to support orphans of genocide) Left to Tell. A wonderful book full of inspiration!
Osama Grab some Kleenex this one is hard to watch, but worth it. It was well made.
Kitchen Stories, LOVED THIS ONE! Very sweet, whole family could see this one ... if they can read. :)
The Terminal [WS] The Terminal, Light, nice, funny. Well acted. I saw this pre-DuhVinci, so I don't know if it would be as appealing to me. Tom Hanks doesn't sit well with me these days.
Bride & Prejudice, I finally learned a bit about what Bollywood is. Oh my this is truly chewing gum for the eyeballs, I know I've mentioned it before, but it was a fun one to watch.
The Castle, This is hilarious. It is rated R but it is for some choice words only. Otherwise it would not be rated R. I really enjoyed this one.
My Left Foot, I recently watched this with Shiela and Elizabeth, it was great, such inspiration. The DVD has some news reels of the Real mother who raised this man.
The Quiet Man One of my all time favorites, the kids and I have watched this many times.

I know these were hasty reviews, but please share with me one or more of your favorites, thanks.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Russia's dwindling population

I'm sure you've heard the news about Russia's dwindling population and the government offering incentives for their citizens to have more babies. As I watched the report I was struck at how sad it is that one of the greatest gifts God has given us, LIFE, needs incentives for us to want to receive that gift. I watched as one family shared with the world their brand new .... mini-van, and then the baby that secured that deal. What next, incentives for raising the child? I can't imagine a child brought into a family that wanted him/her for the sole purpose of getting a new car.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

School Days...

Kindergarten gets harder and harder. I think now that I am an older mom, I know too much. I remember sending my oldest to kindergarten and not having the same fears or reservations.

All this summer I have agonized over the fact that I was sending my little girl on a bus, to school with strangers. I had spent the first five years of her life protecting her from strangers and here I was just going to let her hop on a bus at 8 in the morning and not see her until 3 in the afternoon. The thought of this was very unnerving.

Then to have to send my 18 year old off to college for the first time didn't help either. And now my oldest will be traveling to England. She will turn 21 while she is with strangers in another country. Not that I imagined we'd be having a fancy celebration, we are pretty low key and mainly have 'family' celebrations, of course with a big family there would be a minimum of 20 on any given day. But she will be with strangers instead. And I imagied going bar hopping with her! kidding. Happy to report that Shiela has never tasted liquor, nor beer for that matter. She informs me that she may 'touch' it before she is 21. A glass of wine in the blue skies while traveling might hit the spot she sez.

Yes this has been a tough September. My waistline shows that I have been feeding my anxieties. I suppose I need to get on the treadmill and start working it off. And start practicing what I preach, by turning this over to God. I have on many occasions just let go.... like when an entire day goes by and I don't hear from the 18 year old... imagine that A WHOLE DAY!!

I wish I could stop time and keep them little and in my eyesight. It seems Mary has adjusted to kindergarten just fine. The other day she came home sans a happy sticker. She apparently had hidden in some playground equipment and the teacher had to climb to find her. She was warned and given a sticker the first time it happened but the second time she was put on 'yellow' status and given no sticker. The next day she apparently talked another little girl into hiding with her from another class. My fears for her safety are waning ... now my prayers are centered around "Lord please help Mary behave" ... something I never worried about with my older kids. They were so afraid of me and the principals that they didn't dare misbehave. Mary has grown up with eye-rolling teens who don't come with they are called, or whose ears are stuffed with head phones. Yes we are working on our 'listening' skills as the teacher says for some reasons Mary does not come when she is called. "Is that right?" I say pretending to have learned this for the first time. I want to ask the teacher to whistle at top volume and blink the lights... usually works every time for me, but I decided to save that for a later date.

Well I've got a closet to go clean... typing makes me think I might actually do it today. You know one of those projects you plan to do once the kids go back to school. Then when they are in school you are so thrilled to be able to check email that you say you'll do the closet tomorrow.

I digress...

BTW, pray for my cousin Wayne today. He is a having heart surgery. Keep praying for my Uncle Curly and my Auntie Lenora... thanks.

Remembering 9/11

My brother made this video several years ago, I thought I'd share: Requiem for 9/11

I have a tip to add more prayer to your daily life. If you happen to see the time on the clock read 9:11 either a.m. or p.m, take a moment to pray for an ending to terrorism, for the soldiers in Iraq and their families, along with the victims and their families of the 9/11 tragedy.