Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
1. Were you married at the time?
2. What were your reactions when you found out you were pregnant/approved?
very excited and over joyed.
3. How old were you?
4. How did you find out you were pregnant/on the waiting list?
doctor's office rang with the results from my blood test.
5. Who did you tell first?
Steve. Then my parents and Steve's parents.
6. Did you want to find out the sex?
Yes but we didn't.
7. Due date/Expected arrival date:
20 December 1991
8. Did you deliver/meet your child early or late?
Late. He was born on the 1st of January.
9. Did you have morning sickness/anxiety?
10. What did you crave?
I cannot remember.
11. Who irritated you the most?
Anyone that rang after my due date.
12. What was your first child's sex?
13. How many pounds did you gain throughout the pregnancy/while munching Fritos as you waited for The Call?
I don't remember.
14. Did you have any complications during your pregnancy/complications with Red Tape?
15. Where did you give birth/meet your child?
Queen Victoria Hospital
16. How many hours were you in labor/between The Call and holding your new child?
Over 24 hours of contractions and about 6 hours of very active labor.
17. Who drove you to the hospital/airport/office?
18. Who watched/went with you?
19. Was it vaginal or c-section (no adoption alternative here. Sorry)
20. Did you take medicine to ease the pain/self medicate to calm your nerves?
Yes. I had an epidural.
21. How much did your child weigh?
7#10oz. (3.4 Kg)
22. What did you name him/her?
23. How old is your first child today?
16. 17 in January.
Great meme. Thanks Esther.
Considered yourself tagged if you are a mum/mom and you read my blog regularly. Let me know in the comment box.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
He woke up with high sugars and stayed high all day. He also got ketones in the afternoon. After speaking with a doctor in Adelaide, I took him to the hospital because that was what the doctor asked me to do. While we were at the hospital, Tom became very upset and started crying hysterically. When the nurses and I asked him what was wrong he just kept saying, I don't know, I don't know and when we offered him a drink or to go to another room to watch TV he said no, no, no over and over. I have never seen Tom like this. I think he was overcome with sorrow about having diabetes. It is only just 3 weeks ago that he got seriously ill with it and I think being at the hospital so soon again after this has brought the memory back of being so sick and in so much pain.
I remember when Tom was first diagnosed, I said to Steve, one day this will be a big cross for Tom to bear. I didn't really expect that it would be so obvious so soon and I thought with me helping him it wouldn't be something he had to deal with at this young age.
I know all the ins and outs of checking his blood, making sure I count his carbs and looking after him, but I don't know what it is like to live with it day in and day out or what the pain is like when he gets sick or has too many ketones. I know what he has to deal with and how to look after it, but I will never know what it feels like. I think that even with so many siblings, Tom feels very lonely at times because of his diabetes. He is the only one that lives with this.
So if you could please all offer a little prayer for Tom and me too. Pray for Tom to just accept this. Pray for me in helping him deal with it and knowing what to do when things are not right.
More information available here
H/T Are We There Yet? and The Daily Grotto
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
This is the poem we use to sing when I was in primary school on the last day of school. I don't know if my children know it or not. Maybe one day I will say it to them and see what they say. Only difference between then and now is, I don't get teacher's dirty looks, I get children's dirty looks when I say do your spelling.
The weather is warming up so hopefully we will go out for a couple of family walks. I love walking in spring. We will try and get to weekday mass as a family too.
Message for all Australians:
Please read Louise's post with information on Senator Barnett's disallowance motion.
Thank you so much to Kimberly for passing on the I love your blog award to me too.
Kimberly says on her blog:
although she is in another country, I feel as if she lived right next door to me. What a wonderful and beautiful person she is.
Thank you Kimberly for giving me this award and for saying these wonderful things about me. I also love knowing you through blogging and can completely relate to the blessing it brings to many of us in the Catholic blogging community.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
We are all looking forward to the holidays. My mother is coming for a visit. I am taking the girls to Adelaide for a girls day out and my girlfriend Di is coming to stay for a while too.
We also have plans to do some summer sewing and clean out more excess stuff. I will do some more planning for our 4th term of home school and I am hoping to get our end room set up for home schooling. At the moment we are doing our home school work on our dining room table and I am finding it hard to keep the room clean enough for visitors. If I can get something set up in the end room we should be able to keep the lounge/dining room much cleaner.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Beauty of Mathematics
1 x 8 + 1 = 9
12 x 8 + 2 = 98
123 x 8 + 3 = 987
1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876
12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765
123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654
1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543
12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432
123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321
1 x 9 + 2 = 11
12 x 9 + 3 = 111
123 x 9 + 4 = 1111
1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111
12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111
123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111
1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111
12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111
123456789 x 9 +10= 1111111111
9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888
Brilliant, isn't it?
And look at this symmetry:
1 x 1 = 1
11 x 11 = 121
111 x 111 = 12321
1111 x 1111 = 1234321
11111 x 11111 = 123454321
111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
111111111 x 111111111 = 12345678987654321
Now, take a look at this...
From a strictly mathematical viewpoint:
What Equals 100%?
What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?
Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%?
We have all been in situations where someone wants you to
GIVE OVER 100%.
How about ACHIEVING 101%?
What equals 100% in life?
Here's a little mathematical formula that might help
answer these questions:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Is represented as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.
H-A-R-D-W-O- R- K
8+1+18+4+23+ 15+18+11 = 98%
11+14+15+23+ 12+5+4+7+ 5 = 96%
A-T-T- I-T-U- D-E
1+20+20+9+20+ 21+4+5 = 100%
THEN, look how far the love of God will take you:
12+15+22+5+15+ 6+7+15+4 = 101%
Therefore, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that:
While Hard Work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will
get you there, It's the Love of God that will put you over the top!
Pls share this with your friends & loved ones just the way I did.
I thought this was really cool.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
What Therese Means
You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless - and you have a lot of questions about life.
You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You're most comfortable when you're far away from home.
You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.
You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.
Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.
Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.
You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.
You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.
You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.
You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.
You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.
You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.
You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.
It isn't very accurate. This quiz doesn't sum me up at all. Especially the part that says you definitely are a handful and likely to get into trouble.
I do agree though that I am suave, sexy, smart and strong. :::grin:::
Monday, September 22, 2008
Thank you to Angie from GarzaClan of Colorado for passing on I love your blog award to me. I love your blog too.
As a recipient of this award, there are rules to follow. I have to answer the following questions with one word answers and one word only! Then I must pass it on to seven others!
The questions are as follows:
1. Where is your cell phone? table
2. Where is your significant other? computer
3. Your hair color? Brown
4. Your mother? Adelaide
5. Your father? Sick
6. Your favorite thing? cheesecake
7. Your dream last night? dunno
8. Your dream/goal? renovations
9. The room you're in? loungeroom
10. Your hobby? sewing
11. Your fear? Hell
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Here.
13. Where were you last night? home
14. What you're not? outgoing
15. One of your wish-list items? gate
16. Where you grew up? Rostrevor
17. The last thing you did? shopping
18. What are you wearing? trackpants
19. Your TV? on
20. Your pet? Pepper
21. Your computer? on
22. Your mood? happy
23. Missing someone? yes
24. Your car? blue
25. Something you're not wearing? socks
26. Favorite store? Spotlight
27. Your summer? fantastic
28. Love someone? Steve
29. Your favorite color? Red
30. When is the last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? forgotten
I nominate the following bloggers:
1: Fr. John Speekman
2: The Daily Grotto
3: View from the pews
4: Mommy Monsters
5: Sailing by Starlight
6: A traditional Catholic
7: He Knows my name
I probably could have chosen another 10 easily. I love so many blogs.
Here are the rules for you people:
Now, for you recipients of this award, here's the deal:
* Display your award.
* Link back to the person who gave you the award.
* Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
* Put links to those blogs on yours.
* Leave a message on the blogs of the people you've nominated.
* Enjoy your award!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
It was a great post. I felt inspired by it and thought I need to pray more. I know when I pray regularly, my life just seems easier to handle. Any emergency is not as stressful and getting all I need to do done seems to happen more easily.
I was speaking with Steve about prayer today and said it is easy for me to spend over two hours a day on computer. I have cut it back a lot and I have put it lower in priority than it was before but it still is a pretty big priority for me. I know that if something were to happen that I had to go without one thing in my day, computer would not be the one to go.
I also spoke with Steve about the idea that God has given us 24 hours in one day. Maybe we could start to give 10% of our day back to God. This doesn't necessarily have to be in pray, but I think prayer should be a big chunk of it. There are several different ways to pray. We pray each night as a family, Steve and I pray together often and I pray through the day. My prayer most days is a morning offering when I get out of bed and praying the rosary at morning tea time. I really should read the bible more and try to get to weekday mass more.
So today I have been thinking most of the day about how can I pray more. How can I set my day up so that I can spend more time with God? I thought at first I would have to cut something out and then I came across This post by Susan from Kerugma.
Instantly it spoke to me and I realized God was showing me how to spend more time in prayer. I need to make prayer a big rock and then work my day around it. I need to make my prayer time the focus of my day, rather than an extra to be put in at the end. I know that my big rocks are prayer, time with Steve, homeschooling and time with the children. The gravel is my household duties and the sand is spending time on computer. I can do them all as long as the big rocks go in first, followed by the gravel and finally the sand. I don't need to have an extra 6 hours in a day, I just need to put the big rocks in first.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Tom and Amelia lined them all up on the bed and I took a photo but someone decided to delete the photo because they didn't like it on a bed. That person is now lining them up to take another photo for me to upload later.
The prayer cards are great. They come from Catholic Prayer Cards.
So anyone want to start swapping Holy Cards?
Thanks CC for your generosity in getting them sent out and sending the two sets onto us.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
There are several reasons I am against ESCR.
The first is because I am Catholic and the church teaches that an embryo is human and it is wrong and immoral to take human life. The church is our mother. She tells us these things because she cares about us and wants to guide us in making decisions.
The second reason I am against ESCR is because we cannot choose who to give basic human rights to and who not too.
As soon as we start choosing a group and saying they shouldn't have the same basic rights that I have, we start going down a slippery slope.
Stage one is the embryo is just a cluster of cells. Lets use this embryo to look for a cure for a diabetic.
Stage two says this person that has just been in a car accident and is now brain damaged wouldn't want to live like this. Lets give this person a lethal injection so that they die. Or else, lets starve/dehydrate this person to death. Never mind that it is cruel and unusual punnishment. They are less human than others that don't have brain damage.
I pray every day that scientists would stop using embryo's for research. We are already on the slippery slope that takes away basic rights of the human in his/her mother's womb. I ask all to recognise that human life in all stages deserve the same rights and to be treated with dignity.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Your result for The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test...
You scored 16% Cardinal, 51% Monk, 68% Lady, and 41% Knight!
You scored high as both the Lady and the Monk. You can try again to get a more precise description of either the Monk or the lady, or you can be happy that you're an individual.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Is this really true?
From their blog:
John McCain now troubles us that he is not committed to the protection of children from such abuse. Senator Obama has said that all school age children need to be given age appropriate education to guard against sexual abuse and molestation. McCain is attacking Senator Obama for this statement. McCain is saying kindergarten children should not be taught that is wrong for strangers to touch them inappropriately.
I asked the poster where John McCain said that children shouldn't be taught this and I haven't had an answer yet but the post does have this included:
In charity, I assume McCain is not affirmatively for child molestation but has a misguided prudity that believes in saying nothing and hoping for the best. We, as Catholics, know where this leads and the results are tragic. We now have programs -- needed programs -- for the protection of children in our Catholic schools. Should John McCain be allowed to block programs with the same goals from our public schools?
I have watched a couple of video's today trying to find what it is that Barack Obama does support. Does he support programs that guard against sexual abuse or does he support Sex education? Here is a link to one tape:
Barack Obama says:
"I remember Alan Keyes . . . I remember him using this in his campaign against me," Obama said in reference to the conservative firebrand who ran against him for the U.S. Senate in 2004. Sex education for kindergarteners had become an issue in his race against Keyes because of Obama’s work on the issue as chairman of the health committee in the Illinois state Senate.
"'Barack Obama supports teaching sex education to kindergarteners,'" said Obama mimicking Keyes' distinctive style of speech. "Which -- I didn’t know what to tell him (laughter)."
"But it’s the right thing to do," Obama continued, "to provide age-appropriate sex education, science-based sex education in schools."
This is not saying I want to protect children from sexual abuse. This is supporting sex education to young children.
What exactly would age appropriate science based sex education involve? What does Barack Obama want to teach children?
I have looked for the bill that Obama voted in favour of.
It is bill SB0099.
It can be read Here
from the comment box at Political Punch:
Obama is relying on everyone being so repulsed by the Sex Ed charges against him that no reasonable person could possibly believe it to be true.
Fact: The legislation Obama supported was not for the purpose of teaching young children about inappropriate touching and predators. That purpose already existed in the Illinois School Code in Section 27-13.2 many years before SB0099 was introduced.
Fact: The language in the bill changed the specific mandate for STD transmission and prevention education from grades 6 through 12 to grades K through 12.
If there was no intention of providing STD education in kindergarten, it would not be necessary to deliberately change the language in the bill to include kindergarten in the STD education mandate.
The bill leaves intact language which mandates that alcohol and drug use and abuse education be included in grades 5 through 12, but deliberately changes the language that mandates STD education in grades 6 through 12 to grades K through 12. The intent is clear. There would be no reason to change the grade level requirements unless kindergarten were to be included in the mandate for STD education.
Fact: There was so much objection to mandating STD education, among other Sex Ed topics, for kindergarteners and early elementary students - even among Democrat legislators - that an amendment had to be added to the bill changing the bill's originally proposed language of 'grades K through 12' in the STD education mandate passage back to the Illinois School Code's existing language of 'grades 6 through 12' (line 3 of the amendment - the amendment then goes on to change the bill's proposed requirements of 'grades K through 12' in several passages back to the School Code's existing 'grades 6 through 12').
Fact: Obama voted for the originally presented bill, before the amendment.
Fact: McCain's ad is true.
Finding this information wasn't that hard and didn't take me too long. I suppose Obama supporters think it is okay to misrepresent John McCain and pretend Obama wasn't supporting something that many people wouldn't want for their children. Fact is, When you look for the facts, McCains add is not an unfair attack against Obama. It is the truth.
Monday, September 15, 2008
I think I know the answer. Since we came back from Adelaide, I have been running around like a headless chook trying to get my house tidy and washing all done. Every night we have the kitchen done and the lounge room in a presentable state but the bedrooms are not getting done and the washing is still behind.
It is because I am not planning my days and following my routine. I also have neglected my prayer time. I keep on telling myself that I will pray when I am back in routine and everything is done. If I keep on neglecting my prayer, I will never get back into routine. I know this from the past.
So, tomorrow morning I will get out my control journal and start with my morning routine and follow through with my daily chores. I will cross off my list as I do different things and hopefully get back on track.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
How disappointing that ABC would misrepresent Sarah Palin like that.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Roses and Jessamine kindly put her hand up to adopt Aussie Coffee Shop.
Thank you for adopting my blog and praying for me.
Athanasius contra mundum from 50 days after is the person that started this.
I am adopting Australia Incognita for my blog.
Today the cinema is putting on a special screening of the movie Napoleon. Children get in for $5.00 and get a tub of popcorn. Adults are free.
Tonight Steve will be playing at mass so tomorrow we will have a day at home. I think we all need it after the last two weeks.
I thought we only had a week of school left but it is actually two weeks. The last day of school will be the 26th. I am really looking forward to the holidays. My mother will come down for a visit and my girlfriend Di and her family will too. I am also planning a girls trip to Adelaide.
Friday, September 12, 2008
that greater public awareness of women making choices like Palin to complete a pregnancy and give birth to their genetically-abnormal baby could be detrimental and confusing to the women and their families.
“The worry is that this will have an implication for abortion issues in Canada.”
When someone starts saying this kind of life is unlivable and should be murdered, we are heading down a slippery slope. The next thing will be children with terminal illness can and should be killed by their parents. Even children from families that cannot cope with their children's special needs.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Steve and the other children got home before Tom and I and managed to make the house look like it hadn't been cleaned for a month. The lounge/dining room and kitchen are looking good now but all the bedrooms still need more organizing. It is surprising how an interruption to our routine can make the house seem so messy. Hopefully by the end of the weekend I will have most rooms back in order and will be able to start my daily routines again on Monday.
We only have one week left of school for the third term. We will have two weeks holiday and then have the last term for the year. I am starting to prepare for Christmas. I usually sew an outfit for each of the children so need to start early. This year is the first year having some at home so they may not be as surprised this year.
The weather has started to warm up and we are getting summer clothes out. I love this time of year. The days are sunny and warm and the nights are not too hot to sleep. I also like the longer days and sitting outside in the evenings.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Saturday, September 06, 2008
He has been sick for most of the day and became pretty terrible in the evening. I spoke with his doctor in Adelaide and then took him to ER. He has Ketoacidosis..
Please keep him in prayer. Steve is flying down to Adelaide with him and I will drive the rest of the family down in the morning.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
It's a "what were you doing, and where" meme..
Here they are:
1. President Kennedy's Assassination - 22 November 1963.
I wasn't born yet for this one.
2. England's World Cup Semi Final v Germany - 4 July 1990
I was just engaged to Steve and didn't even know this was on.
3. Margaret Thatcher's resignation - 22 November 1990
I remember hearing it but it really didn't impact on my all that much. I didn't really get interested in politics.
4. Princess Diana's death - 31 August 1997
I remember this like it was yesterday. I was shocked beyond belief. I remember being glued to the TV that night and feeling very very sad for this women. My sister was living in London at the time and I remember speaking with her about it. Steve and I had 4 young children ranging in age from 5 to 3 months.
5. Attack on the twin towers - 11 September 2001
2001 was a year to remember in our house. It was the year Tom was diagnosed with diabetes and Amelia was born. We had moved to a new town. The morning it happened, Steve and I woke to a clock radio. with the news on. I said to Steve, did they just say that two planes have hit the WTC? He said, I think that is what they said. We didn't really think much more about it but that afternoon when I went to a prayer group they were praying specifically for the people that had been killed.
6. The election of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger to the papacy - 19 April 2005
It was school holidays and we had the computer on EWTN constantly. The day it was announced was great. I remember waiting and watching Raymond Arroyo and wondering if I would even know who the person was that the Cardinals had chosen. I was pretty ecstatic when it was announced.
Tagging all those that are over 10 and read my blog regularly. Let me know in the comment box if you are posting this.
Can't eat chicken,
Can't eat eggs,
Can't eat pork,
fears of trichinosis...
Can't eat fish,
heavy metals in the waters has poisoned their meat
Can't eat fruits and veggies,
insect icides and herbicides
I believe that leaves Chocolate!!!!!!!!
Remember - - -
'STRESSED' spelled backwards is 'DESSERTS'
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
I wasn't too interested before Sarah Palin was chosen as VP for McCain but I did feel pretty certain that Barack Obama as President of The USA would be a bad bad thing for the world. I was so shocked at many of his comments in support of abortion and in support of gay rights.
Since Sarah Palin has been chosen I have read many posts. Some have been in support of McCain/Palin, others have been against them.
I have read many people state that Barack Obama will be a better Leader for Americans. I don't know if he will be or not. I have also read that John McCain is supportive of Embryonic Stem Cell research. This is not a good thing
I still think though that even with John McCain supporting Embryonic Stem Cell research and even if Americans have a better leader with Barack Obama I still hope that John McCain will be the next President of the USA.
The reality is Barack Obama is so pro abortion and anti life that even if Americans were better off with him, it would be at a price. The price is many more aborted babies.
John McCain has chosen Sarah Palin as his running mate. It really has made me hope that he will be the next President. I am full of hope for the future of a country that has a women like Sarah Palin involved in politics.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Everyone adopts a blog and prays for the writer often. Here are the rules that Ahanasius posted:
Here's the basic ground rules:
1) You pick a blog and leave a comment under this post marking which blog you adopted. I am not going to assign the blogs out. I am deploying soon and I don't think I'll have time for that.
2) If someone has already taken that blog please move on and find another one there are plenty out there. I know everyone wants to adopt the Curt Jester, but lesser known bloggers need your prayers too. That's not to say that that you can't still pray for Jeff at the Curt Jester on top of your adopted blogger.
3) Tell other bloggers in St Blog's Parish. I have a lesser known blog and I don't have the visibility of the Curt Jester or American Papist. Besides, I am leaving soon and I don't know how much time I will have for blogging.
I am still thinking about who to adopt. It will need to be someone new that isn't on my side bar yet I think. Lets get the word out and spread it around all the Catholic Blogs.