Just Remember

If your daughter says that she wants to go to Mass because she wants to receive Communion again, and your heart swells up with gladness, take her to Mass.  When you take her to Mass but the other kids have an extremely hard time behaving well, remember that Jesus said to let the children come to Him and that it is to such as these that the Kingdom of Heaven belongs.

If you hear a voice in your head saying,  “Your kids can’t behave in Church so you shouldn’t have come” or “You knew the kids were tired. This was not a good idea today” … that is not Jesus. Jesus doesn’t say things like that. Jesus says “Come.”

The enemy wants nothing more than to keep you from Jesus. He is the one that whispers lies that make you doubt yourself and the goodness of God. Do not listen to him. Do not despair. Jesus wants you to be with Him, crying babies and all.

 

 

Think about These Things

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Phillipians 4:8 NRSV)

It has been an emotional roller coaster this week so I really want to focus on some moments that made me happy… Life is so much better when I think about these things.

1. We went to the Newman Center Spring Formal! The evening began with Mass followed by dinner and dancing. The dance took place outside in the courtyard under the stars and twinkle lights. It was a lovely night that reminded me just how fun it can be to twirl.

2. The kiddos are each keeping track of a baseball team this year. They really enjoy this simple activity plus it is great for handwriting and math. #easyhomeschoolingforthewin

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3. The kids and I tried out a local chicken and waffles restaurant. We loved it! The kiddos ate every last maple syrup covered bite. It also turned out that it was “Kids Eat Free After 4” day and they generously gave me the deal even though it was lunch time. Of course, they won my heart and my business forever. Well played, waffle place.

4. That reminds me! People have been so generous to us. One day last week, I was desperate for a coffee while taking Allie to ballet. The car in front of us paid for my drink! Then, a friend came to visit and gifted us with Chick-fil-A. I feel a little spoiled.

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5. The Read Aloud Revival hosted a live stream event with beloved author/illustrator Tomie dePaola! We were thrilled to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I have always loved Tomie’s books and Allie is so inspired by his artwork. It was delightful to watch her “meet” him onscreen and learn more about his work.

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6.  I absolutely adore watching these two together. Allie is the best big sister ever and I don’t think a day goes by where she doesn’t let us all know how much she loves our baby. I hope they always have a special bond. Speaking of adorable babies…

7. It has been 7 months with sweetness and we are all in love. She is starting to crawl and get into things (i.e. markers someone didn’t think she could reach) so things are about to get even more crazy around here. Wish us luck! :)

 

Thanks to Kelly for the 7 Quick Takes link up. Head there for more fun!

Last Day

It’s Easter and spring time- our favorite time of year! We have been loving life over here… 

Except for one thing.

Some of our best friends are moving.

I have been in denial about it up until now. But, today, the moving van is being loaded and the kids are here for one last playdate. I can’t deny it anymore. They are really moving and that has me feeling pretty sad in the midst of the Easter joy.

Will you say some prayers for us and our sweet kids? They have such dear friendships with each other and we are really going to miss them.

Poems and Tea

wp-1491541501647.jpg1. We had our first Poetry Teatime! It was just as delightful as Julie said it would be.

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2. My little bakers made these chocolate chip cookies. They were delicious, but then again, I have never met a homemade chocolate chip cookie that wasn’t good.

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3. Allie asked me what we could do to make the table beautiful. When I said that I wasn’t sure, her eyes lit up and she assured me that she had an idea. She made these paper flowers while the cookies were in the oven. I can’t even tell you how happy I am that she delights in such little things.

4. We read from A.A. Milne’s Now We are Six. One poem that we read, entitled “Binker” is about an imaginary friend. I didn’t think that my children quite understood it at the time but suddenly there have been several invisible playmates in our house this week.

5. Another poem that we read I selected because it reminds me of our 4 year old. It sums him up pretty well.

 

Busy

I think I am a Muffin Man. I haven’t got a bell,
I haven’t got the muffin things that muffin people sell.

Perhaps I am a Postman. No, I think I am a Tram.
I’m feeling rather funny and I don’t know what I am —

BUT

Round about
And round about
And round about I go —
All round the table,
The table in the nursery —

Round about
And round about
And round about I go

I think I am a Traveller escaping from a Bear;

I think I am an Elephant,
Behind another Elephant,
Behind another Elephant who isn’t really there. . . .

SO

Round about
And round about
And round about and round about
And round about
And round about

I go.

I think I am a Ticket Man who’s selling tickets-please,

I think I am a Doctor who is visiting a Sneeze;

Perhaps I’m just a Nanny who is walking with a pram

I’m feeling rather funny and I don’t know what I am —

BUT

Round about
And round about
And round about I go —
All round the table,
The table in the nursery —
And round about
And round about I go.

I think I am a Puppy, so I’m hanging out my tongue;

I think I am a Camel who
Is looking for a Camel who
Is looking for a Camel who is looking for its Young. . . .

SO

Round about
And round about
And round about and round about
And round about
And round about

I go.

6. Funny enough, my child thought it was silly that the boy in the poem did not know what he was.  (My son is usually a lion. Unless he is a cheetah. Or a firefighter or a football player or…)

7.  I am linking up today with the Poetry Friday Round Up and Seven Quick Takes. Head over to check out more!

Updated 4/8 to Add: I can’t seem to add my post to the blog link-ups! I will try to get it working soon but head over there to check out other people’s posts anyway! :)

Updated 4/9 to Add: I got the link up fixed!

Late Night Baking

We are heading to the park tomorrow to picnic and play with friends after our morning lessons. I don’t actually have enough bread in the house to make sandwiches, the kids are in bed and Alex isn’t here, so I decided to bake something. This recipe is what I came up with and I sure hope it tastes as good as it smells baking.

I should probably wait until I have pictures and results to post this but then I will probably forget and never post. So here goes! Try this and we can decide together what needs to be changed. :)

Maple Banana Almond Bread

3 very ripe bananas

1/2 cup of applesauce

2 eggs, beaten

3/4 cup of sugar

1/4 cup of 100% maple syrup

vanilla (to be honest, I didn’t measure it. I just splashed some in)

2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour, spooned into the measuring cup

1/2 cup almond meal/flour

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp (plus a pinch) of salt

 Yields 2 loaves 

I just did this all in one bowl because I hate dishes. Combine bananas, eggs, sugar, maple syrup, applesauce, and vanilla first. I just used a fork but, of course, a mixer would be handy here. Then sprinkle the dry ingredients over the top and mix just enough to be sure all the of the ingredients are combined well. I baked in 2 loaf pans at 350 for about 40 minutes. I can’t wait to see how this turns out!

 NB: The bread was really good but a little sweet for my taste. I would definitely reduce the sugar by 1/4 cup  next time.

Well… Hello there!

Here I am, again. I have wanted to write more for such a long time but never really know how to get started. So I think I will just say hi and then carry on. Okay?

Okay.

Oh wait. First, I meant to say that I saw something on a blog recently and I totally want to steal it as a disclaimer on all of my posts too. It’s just this:

“I’m glad you’re here. This post probably contains run-on sentences, sentence fragments, affiliate links, and unnecessary ellipses.  If none of that bothers you, let’s be friends.” 

(That is from Dwija at House Unseen.)

I thought that was pretty perfect for this space too. (Except I don’t currently have any affiliate links.) There are many times when I want to write but don’t because I’m afraid that I will write the way I talk… and, well, that would make my freshman English teacher very sad.(I’m so sorry, Ms. Adkins!)

But, I want to write and I am not going to improve by just not writing, am I? Plus, I’m a girl with things to say and a desire to share with others. Sometimes deep thoughts, oftentimes not. I like to talk about food, books, my family, my Catholic faith, homeschooling, and pretty much any PG topics. Would you like to stick around for that? I hope so.

Let’s do this.

Winter Happiness

It is February! I know it is common for folks to be done with winter by now and, for the last couple of years, I would have been one of them. But this winter has been different for me in many ways and I am counting up every little thing as a consolation.

We had two birthdays in our family last week (including mine!) which we celebrate as holidays. We have very simple celebrations but the day is full of special time together as a family – no work, no school, just enjoying each other and honoring the birthday girl/boy. So, I always look forward to the last week of January and this year was one of my best birthdays in many years. I was treated to breakfast in bed and a massage in the afternoon. We enjoyed a trip to the local botanic gardens and went out for a birthday dinner. Alex and the kids baked me a cake and it was delicious. I took a walk with a couple of the kids and enjoyed the lovely sunny day.

I spent Saturday visiting friends who live a few hours away. We had such a wonderful time talking over morning coffee that we ended up also having lunch together. It was a total luxury for me to have so much time together and I enjoyed every minute.

Sunday was such a glorious day. We spent most of the afternoon soaking up sunshine and fresh air. The kids rode their trikes and scooters all over the driveway while I played with the baby and kept him from running out to the street.

And this morning? I woke up early for prayer and enjoyed the stillness of the house. My children stayed up too late last night and are – amazingly- sleeping in this morning. I drank my coffee while it was hot. I listened to the winter birds singing outside. It was just a lovely time.

It is supposed to snow some more tomorrow but I don’t even mind. I feel filled up with goodness and perfectly ready to embrace some more winter weather.

I count this all as grace.