Ron

Ron making Annie laugh:  (How do you like Ron’s long hair?) Ron telling “Luke-a-Duke” stories to the kids before bedtime:

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fish fry

     Ron and I hosted our first Lenten fish fry yesterday.  We invited 5 other families.  That means that our house held: 6 adults, 30 kids.  While that was not the first time we have hosted multiple families, the parents kept thanking us for our bravery in having all these people over.     …

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Shakespeare

     In an effort at erudition, I selected a Shakespearean sonnet for Jacob and Mary’s next memorization assignment.  Sonnet 18: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?  Thou art more lovely and more temperate. . . ”      Mary keeps calling it “Sonic.”      Would you like that poem with fries…

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. . . prophet 2

     . . . And then, one day about a month ago it just hit me like a brick: “This is now the time for God to bring you into the prophetic part of your baptismal vocation.”  The prophets speak, and they speak in the Spirit of God–in love, admonition, and hope.  The prophet…

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. . .prophet. . .

     About the prophetic role that Christians are called to: the first great insight I was exposed to was last Sept.  We were at the Homeschool Mass for the beginning of the school year.  The priest gave a WONDERFUl homily on the role of mothers.  He said we are all exercising our prophetic call,…

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my brother

     I saw my brother, Hunter, perform tonight.  He is the ONLY black metal star who sells a BOOK at the CD table.  He wrote a book on his music.  He sells it with the t-shirts and albums.  The guy next to me, buying a t-shirt, said, “Oh my G–!  This guy sells an…

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being heroic

     One of Ron’s best lines of all time is: “Sometimes in life, you have to be heroic just to avoid being a bad guy.”  That is, there are times that to be just but not heroic leaves you being petty, small-hearted, or small minded.  The irony is that it is just: you are…

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Lent

     Lent could not have come at a better time for me this year.  I had had a rough month before Lent, and then had taken some time for self reflection–what was so rough?  Was it external circumstances, or was it something I was contributing?  The month was hard: my frustration levels were rising…

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jake’s first fire

     All educated on fire-building from a week in the wilderness with Ron, Jake started his first fire this weekend.  Ron had taken the girls out for Mary’s birthday dinner (Mary, 2 friends and 2 sisters).  Jake, Annie and I stayed home.  I made burgers and Jake offered to build a fire outside.  It…

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