Saturday, May 31, 2008
There were acrobat's, jugglers, contortionists, tight rope walker and clowns. They had llama's, camels, cows, geese, a dog and doves as well. Christopher was very excited about going and enjoyed the show thoroughly. He held on to me very tightly though when the tight rope walker walked across the rope on stilts.
If you live in Australia and hear about Circus Royale coming to your town, go and see it. It was such a wonderful treat for our whole family.
Circus Royale Website
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
One I came across was a novena to St. Therese.
A Jesuit priest, Father Putigan started this novena.
Father Putigan, a Jesuit, began the Novena to Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus on December 3, 1925, asking the glorious Saint for one great favor. For nine days he recited the "Glory be to the Father" twenty-four times thanking the Holy Trinity for the favors and Graces showered on Saint Theresa during the twenty-four years of her life on earth. The priest asked Saint Theresa, that as a sign that his novena was heard he would receive from someone a freshly plucked rose. On the third day of the novena, an unknown person sought out Father Putigan and presented him with a beautiful rose.
Father Putigan began the second novena on December 24 of the same year, and as a sign, asked for a white rose. On the fourth day of this novena one of the Sister-nurses brought him a white rose saying:
"Saint Theresa sent you this."
Amazed, the priest asked: "Where did you get this?"
"I was in the chapel," said the Sister, "and as I was leaving I passed the altar above which hangs the beautiful picture of Saint Theresa. This rose fell at my feet. I wanted to put it back into the bouquet, but a thought came to me that I should bring it to you."
Father Putigan received the favors he had petitioned of the Little Flower of Jesus, and promised to spread the novena to increase devotion to, and bring her more honor.
In this fashion, from the ninth to the seventeenth of each month, those who want to participate in the Twenty-four "Glory be to the Father's" novena, should add to those of their own, the intentions of all who are at that time making the novena, thus forming one great prayer in common.
I thought it would be good for those in the Catholic Blogging community to join together in prayer. We can pray for all our needs together. If you want to join in or have a special intention that you want everyone to pray for, leave it in the comment box.
I think it would be good to get lots of people involved in this so put it on your blogs too. Lets spread the word and join in prayer together.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I give thanks to God for all the other home schooling mothers that left advise and helped me last week when I felt like giving up home schooling.
I give thanks to God for all the good food we have to eat and that we have never known hunger.
I give thanks to God that I am able to home school Tom and Amelia and that I am able to spend so much time with them.
I give thanks for all medication and devices we have to look after Tom's diabetes and that his blood sugars are so well controlled.
Monday, May 26, 2008
I couldn't think of anything really exciting to write tonight and I started looking through you tube video's from the past.
One of my favourite programs to watch was hey hey it's Saturday.
Every Saturday night it was on in many of my friends homes. It had many different segments and was pretty funny and entertaining.
I looked through lots of different segments. There was the good old Red faces which was anyones chance to come on and do a skit of some kind and where some people were lucky enough to get noticed and become quite popular. There was also pluka duck, funny foto's and lots of jokes.
Enjoy these two segments.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
We got a note from one of our children's teachers telling us that they were going to be watching some movie's over the next few weeks and one of the movies on the list was the Golden Compass. I felt sick when I read the note. We know that the movie is anti Christian and presents the church in a bad light. Why the heck would anyone want to show this movie to a group of children?
We have given permission for our child to watch all the movies except The Golden Compass and written a letter explaining what is wrong with the movie to the teacher and why we won't let our child watch it.
I find it a bit frightening that secularism is so ingrained into our society that someone doesn't think it is wrong to show a movie like this in a Catholic School.
If anyone is interested in reading a bit more about the movie and why it shouldn't be promoted and watched by young children Catholic Answer's has a great article on it.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Happy Birthday Brigette. We are glad you are a part of our family. Your dad and I both hope you have a good day today and a good year.
Friday, May 23, 2008
has a thread asking for prayers for those unemployed.
Please pray for the unemployed
Please go to her blog and join us all in praying the prayer to St. Joseph for all those that are without work and means to support their families.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Do you ever feel like you want to give up?
Louise from Purcell's Chicken Voluntary made an excellent comment that made me think quite a bit today. I have realized many things from Louise's post so just wanted to comment on it and respond to it a bit here.
Louise's comments are in bold italics.
Maybe organising some time with their friends after school and on weekends might help on that score.
this would be good and I have approached a couple of mothers. Life just seems to get in the way of this. Hopefully it will happen sometime.
I opt for a very relaxed way of homeschooling myself and I know for a fact that a more rigidly structured style really burns me out - I have tries it.
You are probably like me (if you're a SHE!) and you may personally prefer flexibility over routine.
Yes. I am definitely a she. I do tend towards too much flexibility though.
Perhaps you could (just a suggestion here) spend a week or two doing just your Flylady morning and evening routines and perhaps the 15 minute declutter/ or Kelly Mission. Oh, and there is the laundry I suppose! But you could do that in 15 minute lots if you wanted and the kids could help (if they don't already).
You could, after your morning routine, gather the kids for a bit of prayer time (not too much - whatever you're comfortable with - baby steps!) and then set the timer for 15 mins maths, 15 mins English, either all the kids or just one at a time and alternate with some activities that *you* really enjoy! Why not set the timer for 15 minutes and say, "okay kids, have fun for 15 minutes and keep an eye on Christopher, while I do X."
You are obviously a beautiful, creative soul (and a SHE!) so work *with* that, not against it.
These are some great suggestions Louise. Thanks. I realized today that I do tend to work against being a she in several ways.
I don't know about you, Therese, but having a whole day of routine, day after day, makes me want to jump off a bridge. Really.
I think with me, this happens if we are doing the same thing every day. So when I plan routines, I plan a week ahead and try to vary the days.
Last term I had my morning routine, my home school timetable and an evening routine. Most days between 3 and 5.30 were unstructured except for running children to after school activities. It is definitely something I need. A time that I can sit and do nothing if I choose too.
Unfortunately, when it comes to homeschooling, we often expect ourselves (and others expect us) to be "structured" because we think this equals "organised." But it is possible to be organised, yet not very structured. Getting the balance right between all strucute, and no structure is probably a life-long journey for homeschooling SHEs! I often "tweak" what we do and how we're doing it.
I think what I worry about is the children will not be getting educated if we don't do abc in a certain order everyday. I think I worry about them falling behind other children their age and not really learning academically.
I am really aware that last term because I set a routine for the mornings that was the same day in day out they learnt really quickly that this was the way it was going to be and just got on and did it without arguing with me about it (after the first two to three weeks). I am finding myself fighting them more this term and they are doing less. I know I need to be firmer and deal out consequences for bad behaviour. I think it isn't the fact that we are home schooling that makes me want to give up, it is the fact that I haven't been firm enough with the children in setting the expectation.
Sorry this has been a long comment and feel free to ignore everything I've written, as it is mostly just my own experience coming through.
Thank you for your comment. It really made me think through what the real issue was.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
A: Amelia's mum
B: Brigette's mum
C: Christopher's mum
D: Daniel's mum
E: Eggs for breakfast
F: Fly baby.
K: Kinky hair
M: Madeline's mum
N: Nurture my children.
S: Sam's mum
T: Thomas' mum
V: Violet is one of my favourite colours.
W: Warm weather is the best.
X: Xylophone is something I would like to learn to play.
Y: Yachting is something I would like to do too.
Z: Zoo. Sometimes it feels like our house is one of these.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Stewardesses' is the longest word
typed with only the left hand.
And 'lollipop' is the longest word typed
with your right hand.
(Bet you tried this out mentally, didn't you?)
No word in the English language rhymes with
month , orange, silver, or purple.
' Dreamt' is the only English word that ends in the letters 'mt'.
(Are you doubting this?)
our eyes are always the same size from birth,
but our nose and ears
never stop growing.
The sentence: 'The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog'
uses every letter of the alphabet.
(Now, you KNOW you're going to try this out for accuracy, right?)
The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right
or right to left (palindromes).
(Yep, I knew you were going to 'do' this one.)
There are only four words in the English language which end in 'dous': tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
(You're not possibly doubting this, are you ?)
There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: 'abstemious' and 'facetious.'
(Yes, admit it, you are going to say, a e i o u)
TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
(All you typists are going to test this out)
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds .
(Some days that's about what my memory span is.)
A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
A snail can sleep for three years.
(I know some people that could do this too.!)
Almonds are a member of the peach family.
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
(I know some people like that also . Actually I know A LOT of people like this!)
Babies are born without kneecaps.
They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
If the population of China walked past you, 8 abreast,
the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite!
Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
The cruise liner, QE 2,
moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
(Good thing he did that.)
The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls
froze completely solid .
There are more chickens than people in the world.
was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
Now you know more than you did before!!
The Rain-Thomas Kinkade
This is a Thomas Kinkade painting It's rumored to carry a miracle!
They say if you pass this on, you will receive a miracle.
I am passing this on because I thought it was really pretty,
and besides, who couldn't use a miracle?
Thanks to Jean from Catholic Fire for emailing me this.
Your Blogging Type is Kind and Harmonious
You're an approachable blogger who tends to have many online friends.
People new to your blogging circle know they can count on you for support.
You tend to mediate fighting and drama. You set a cooperative tone.
You have a great eye for design - and your blog tends to be the best looking on the block!
Wow. It is nice to know that my blog is one of the nice looking ones. Of course, nice looking is so subjective. Some people may think my blog looks awful.
H/T to Rachel from Chasing Butterflies.
Monday, May 19, 2008
For the first three weeks we did an adequate amount of work on Monday, a little less on Tuesday and as the week wore on I just didn't make the children do anything except their reading, writing and maths. As well as the home schooling, I am not motivated at all to do any house work.I am only doing what has to be done.
Today is Monday again. We did all the lessons that I had prepared. I think every weekend, you just have to get up and do it this week. No more procrastinating and I plan my week.
Tomorrow we have
Religion, Maths, literacy, Reading, Spelling and cooking in our lesson plans. Last Tuesday we didn't do the cooking lesson and the children's literacy was pretty minimal. They ran outside and played while I did some reading and sewing in the afternoon.
I am finding that the enjoyment that I had before is not there. I don't really want to teach the children as much as I did last term. I know that home schooling is better for them but I just don't have the motivation for it as much.
So I want to know what other home school families do when they are not motivated? How do you get over these humps and get enthusiastic again? How do you stay motivated when you don't want to do anything?
One of my big concerns is the children are picking up my lack of enthusiasm and they have said a couple of times, why can't we go back to our old school? I really don't know what to say to them when they say this so I just say well it is good for us to learn all together and spend time together.
Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
What time is your alarm clock set to? either 5.30 or 6.00. I often cannot get up at that time though.
What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex? their looks.
Do you think people talk about you behind your back? Yes.
What movie do you know every line to? Probably Shrek and The sound of music.
What is your favorite movie? A wonderful life.
Is anyone in love with you? Yes.
Do you eat breakfast daily? Yes.
Do you sleep on your side, stomach or back? usually on the side and my back.
Who was the last person to make you mad? a person that made an ignorant comment on a blog I was reading.
Are you a lover or a fighter? Lover I suppose. I hate confrontation.
Are you a morning or evening person? Evening.
Are you a cuddler? Yes
Are you a perfectionist? Yes.
Have you ever wrote a poem? No.
Do you have more guy or girl friends? Girls
Piercings? 1 in my ear but I rarely wear earing's.
Do you have a tattoo? No
Are you patient? No.
Do you miss anyone right now? My family.
Tea or coffee? coffee.
Regularly burn incense? no.
Ever been in love? Yes and will be for a long time.
Best room for a fireplace? lounge room
What do you do when you're sad or upset? sulk.
Afraid of heights? Not really.
Can you change the oil in your car? No.
Favorite flower? Sturt Desert Pea's and Frangipani
Favorite hangout? The arid lands coffee lounge.
Middle name? Angela
Most romantic sounding language? I think french.
Ever been overseas? Not yet but I hope too.
I want to see what others would answer so I am tagging some for this quiz.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
I like the prayer though.
BY A 15 yr. old SCHOOL KID IN GEELONG VIC:
New Pledge of Allegiance (TOTALLY AWESOME) !!!
Since the Pledge of Allegiance & The Lord's Prayer are not allowed in most public schools anymore, because the word "God" is mentioned....
A kid in Geelong Vic wrote the attached:-
NEW School prayer :
Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.
If Scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.
Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That's no offense - it's a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.
For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate,
God's name is prohibited by the state.
We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.
We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.
It's "inappropriate" to teach right from wrong,
We're taught that such "judgments" do not belong.
We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.
It's scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school's a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take !!!
If you aren't ashamed to do this,
please pass this on.
"If you are ashamed of me,
I will be ashamed of you before my Father."
Not ashamed. Pass this on..
Friday, May 16, 2008
Annelisa from My Motherhood sent me this quiz in an email. I thought it would be fun to post on here. If you want to put it on your blog, go ahead and leave a comment here so that I can get to know you a bit better.
1. What time did you get up this morning? 7.30
2. Diamonds or pearls? Pearls
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? I cannot remember but you can be assured it was some children's movie that I took the children to see.
4. What is your favorite TV show? I don't generally watch TV.
5. What do you usually have for breakfast? Eggs on toast with grated cheese
6. What is your middle name? Angela
7. What food do you dislike? Brussels sprouts and asparagus.
8. What is your favorite CD at moment? Hooked on Classics.
9. What kind of car do you drive? We have two. A Volkswagon 2003 Kombi and a 1995 Toyota Carolla.
10. Favorite sandwich? Chicken, avocado and mayo but I don't have it much because avocado's are so expensive.
11. What characteristic do you despise? boastfulness
12. Favorite item of clothing? My black skirt that I wear to church in winter.
13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? I would love to go on a cruise. I would also love to go to Europe and The States and meet all my online friends.
14. Favorite brand of clothing? The one's I make.
16. What was your most recent memorable birthday? My last one was fantastic. Steve took me out for breakfast and the children under Daniel's supervision cleaned up the house while we were gone. The only thing that hadn't been done when we got home was the folding hadn't been put away. I guess we didn't take long enough for breakfast.
15. Where would you retire to? Probably stay here or maybe move into our unit in Adelaide.
17. Favorite sport to watch? Ice skating
18. Furthest place you are sending this? NA
19. Person you expect to send it back first? NA
21. When is your birthday? 1st October
22. Are you a morning person or a night person? night but I know that when I get up early I tend to get more done.
23. What is your shoe size? 7.
24. Pets? lots of chooks, a cocker spaniel called Pepper, a cat called CC, a turtle called crush and lots of little gold fish.
25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with us? I cannot think of anything at the moment.
26. What did you want to be when you were little? I remember in year 5 we had to draw a picture of what we wanted to be. I drew a picture of a police women. I suppose I do police my children lol.
27. How are you today? Happy and relaxed.
29. What is your favorite flower? Sturt Desert Pea's and frangipani
30. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? the next school holidays.
32. What is your full name? Therese Angela _________________
33. What are you listening to right now? Tom and Amelia are watching The Magic School bus and the computer is humming.
34. What was the last thing you ate? a finger bun.
35. Do you wish on stars? no
36. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Red
37. How is the weather right now? Warmer than it should be. The sun is glorious.
38. Last person you spoke to on the phone? my mother.
39. Favorite soft drink? Coke Zero
40. Favorite restaurant? Our local Chinese one.
41. Hair color? mid brown with grey in parts.
42. What was your favorite toy as a child? dolls. I loved any doll.
43. Summer or winter? definitely summer
44. Hugs or kisses? depends who from. From Steve, a kiss, from everyone else a hug.
45. Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
46. Coffee or tea? Very sweet coffee.
47. Do you want your friends to email you back? NA but I would like to read this on other people's blogs.
48. When was the last time you cried? I cannot remember but I do cry a lot.
49. What is under your bed? lots of dust.
50. What did you do last night?treated myself for head lice and played the Wii.
51. What are you afraid of? Offending God or not being obedient to his call.
52. Salty or sweet? Sweet
53. How many keys on your key ring? 4
54. How many years at your current job? 16
55. Favorite day of the week? Friday. Today hooray.
56. How many towns have you lived in? 3
57. Do you make friends easily? I am shy to begin with but find it easy after a while.
58. How many people will you send this too? NA
59. How many will respond? NA
60.Do you like finding out all this stuff about your friends? Yes
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Alas, I have the lice treatment in my hair and still need to wash it out and it is now 9.44 in the evening so my special post will have to wait till tomorrow.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I am not sure how many people know the Duggar family.
The Duggar Family website
This week Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar announced they are having their 18th child.
It is wonderful to read about a family that is so devoted to God and willing to go against the usual anti life culture that our society has.
I go on a couple of message boards. One is for parents of diabetic children and the other one is a Catholic one. I suppose I expected to read some criticisms on the diabetes board since it isn't a religious site but I certainly didn't expect to read it on a Catholic board from people that profess to be Catholic.
Many false arguments have been put forward against the Duggar family. First they are selfish. I really don't know how any mother and father sharing life with so many children could be called selfish. They would have to work mighty hard to have that many children and look after them all. So then others say well no they don't look after their children. A baby is assigned a buddy and the bigger child raises the baby. The parents don't parent the children at all. When told that the children are not in fact raising the babies, but helping out, many will still insist that they are and that the parents are guilty of neglecting these children in some way or giving the older children too much responsibility.
I think that this is all very untrue.
As the mother of a large family my children all have regular chores. They all have to chip in and help. A family with 17 children would have to do it more so.
My children's chores are:
Madeline has to maintain our living room. She is responsible for cleaning the computer table, the TV buffet and lounge chairs every evening. She is responsible for sweeping and mopping the floor as needed and she is responsible for putting everything that doesn't belong in the lounge room away.
Brigette is responsible for hanging the washing and keeping the laundry tidy.
Tom and Amelia are responsible for taking all dirty clothes from the bathroom's and bedrooms to the laundry. They are responsible for clearing the table after each meal.
Christopher helps either Madeline or Tom and Amelia during the family work time.
Our older two boys, Daniel and Sam, both work part time as well as attend school. Because they work part time I probably don't expect them to do as much as the other children. They have a roster where they do the kitchen three nights a week each. I am responsible for this on the night that they are not rostered.
Other chores that they do. I fold all the washing but they all need to put it away including Christopher. Christopher carries it to his bedroom and I help him sought it into the different boxes. They are responsible for making their beds. Brigette tends to help Amelia who still has a little trouble with this and Tom helps Christopher. They are all responsible for putting away anything they get out. If Christopher unpacks a bag of blocks, I will ask him to pick them up when he has finished. If any child watches a video they are suppose to put it away.
All these things are teaching my children how to serve. I believe when children are taught to serve they are happier. They don't look for fulfillment in materialistic things. I know that when I stop serving the family in the way I should, I become unhappy and feel guilty. I also know that it has an affect on the rest of the family and the children are harder to motivate to do their chores. When everyone works together we all feel a bond and the joy that comes from having everything together.
Anyway I digress. The Duggar family would have to manage every detail and expect all their children to do their part in helping the family run smoothly. In giving out these chores and expecting their children to help no matter how much, is not neglectful. It is making them responsible and giving them a sense of self worth that no amount of saying positive things could.
This is what being pro life is. It is bring children into the world and teaching them how to live life. Children need responsibility and a good loving home. To have children and not place responsibility on their shoulders really is what is neglectful. The child that has no responsibility really has no purpose. A child with no purpose has no self esteem. That is most definitely neglecting a child.
I thank God everyday for my 7 children. I am very very conscious that God has greatly blessed me in giving Steve and I all these children.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I have loved reading her blog ever since I first came across it last year.
So go check out her blog and wish her all the best. But most importantly, buy her book and support Mother of Peace.The book is on my wish list and hopefully I will be able to buy it soon.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Around this time, Shirley from seeking Jesus posted a post on her sister's blog about essential oils. She said, if you have any questions, email me so I did.
Shirley sent me a list of oil's and I went and got them. I mixed a couple of different ones in the shampoo and conditioner and put some eucalyptus oil with olive oil onto the girls scalp. After just three days the lice were noticeably less. After a week, I couldn't see any but still kept putting the oil on their heads every other night for another two weeks just to make sure. We were cured and I was very thankful to Shirley. I let her know.
So today I was doing Amelia's hair, just before we left for school I noticed the lice and eggs.
So I am starting the process again. I did Amelia's hair with the oil today when we got home, She has obviously had these for a while because there were lots of adult size ones coming out with the comb. I will do the other girls tomorrow because they both have after school activities today. Tom and Christopher both have pretty short hair and I don't think they have any. I will just put the oil in, comb through and make sure they are not there.
So, if you have had a problem, feel free to email me and I am will tell you any other info you need.
The list of oils that I remember are:
Eucalyptus, Peppermint, lavender, geranium. I am going from memory but I think we put a mixture of olive oil and eucalyptus oil (equal amounts) and rubbed this on the scalp. I put the lavender and geranium oil in the shampoo and the peppermint oil in with the conditioner.
Shirley, if you are reading this, I think there was one other oil and I cannot remember what it was. Can you let us know in the comments section? Thanks
Sunday, May 11, 2008
We went to Mass and spent the afternoon just hanging around doing nothin :::grin:::
I wanted to share a piece with you all that Abbey emailed to me.
When I am old.
When I'm an old lady, I'll live with each kid,
And bring so much happiness...just as they did.
I want to pay back all the joy they've provided.
Returning each deed! Oh, they'll be so excited!
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids)
I'll write on the wall with reds, whites and blues,
And I'll bounce on the furniture...wearing my shoe s.
I'll drink from the carton and then leave it out.
I'll stuff all the toilets and oh, how they'll shout!
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids)
When they're on the phone and just out of reach,
I'll get into things like sugar and bleach.
Oh, they'll snap their fingers and then shake their head,
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids)
When they cook dinner and call me to eat,
I'll not eat my green beans or salad or meat,
I'll gag on my okra, spill milk on the table,
And when they get angry...I'll run...if I'm able!
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids)
I'll sit close to the TV, through the channels I'll click,
I'll cross both eyes just to see if they stick.
I'll take off my socks and throw one away,
And play in the mud 'til the end of the day!
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids)
And later in bed, I'll lay back and sigh,
I'll thank God in prayer and then close my eyes.
My kids will look down with a smile slowly creeping,
And say with a groan, "She's so sweet when she's sleeping!"
God Bless All Moms and Grandmas everywhere!
Saturday, May 10, 2008
I did hear the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra play when Steve and I went to the Festival theatre (nearly 14 years ago) to see Jesus Christ Super Star. I haven't ever been to a concert with just the orchestra like this.
The last number they did was Tchaikovsky’s immortal 1812 overture, with fireworks in the background. I have never experienced anything like this. It was a wonderful night and will be one that I can imagine myself telling our Grandchildren about.
Friday, May 09, 2008
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Intelligent and insightful, you are a gifted individual, who although may sometimes be buried in academic affairs, is friendly and welcoming.
Madeline would be happy with me being Hermione Granger since she is her favourite character in the books.
H/T to Within Me Without Me for this quiz.
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
It is tasty Tuesday and I could post a recipe but I wanted to link to Kalona again and tell you all go and make her King Ranch Chicken. We had it last night and it was a huge hit.
Monday, May 05, 2008
This is such a beautiful story and teaches children the need to pray the rosary and use it to fight spiritual fights. It talks about the evil of abortion and about being a knight for God.
After the story Tom and Amelia wrote out the prayer Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue. We don't have any colour ink in our printer at the moment but when we do I am going to print of this prayer card and Tom and Amelia can glue it and laminate their own prayer card. Maybe we will make one for everyone in our family.
Sunday, May 04, 2008
how many of me
luckily you people don't have to put up with another Therese.
How many of you are there in the USA?
Saturday, May 03, 2008
The food bill is much cheaper. We don't need to dash out and get some take away because I am just too tired to cook or cannot be bothered.
Steve spent a good part of the day working in the backyard. We are still having some warm weather so it is nice to spend time outside working on the yard. Our next big project for our home improvements will be putting in a pergola and landscape around it. We have to save a bit of money before we can afford to do it so we are working on smaller projects at the moment. Tom and Amelia are going to do a vegetable garden as a part of their home school curriculum. They are going to grow zucchini, pumpkin and broad beans. We also want them to look after a couple of pots of herbs. We planted some basil today and hopefully we will get some parsley as well.
Friday, May 02, 2008
Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to
Thanks to Jean for this.