Favorite Moments

1) Clare offering to sleep with Leigh in the guest room, since Leigh had thrown up.  Clare offered to stay with her through the night, in case she needed help. 2) Annie singing, “When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad,” and the rest of the son, in perfect rhythm and…

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Our Puppy

    Wow, it has been something else getting a puppy!!  Franny is a real handful.  We sent her to a dog trainer for ten days, and she came back with some new skills, which was great.  But she also came back with more energy and a more robust, “teenage” attitude!  And she is still…

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Ju-Jitzu

    Suddenly, Mary wanted to take Tae Quon Do classes.  Several years ago, she had achieved her third degree green belt.  But we stopped–she could not see why she was doing it.  In recent months, she has been timid, not being able to recite lines well, not being confident with strangers.  So when she…

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Latin

   Jake and I have taken on Latin in a serious way.  It is SO MUCH FUN.  I was excellent at Latin a long time ago, but had forgotten it all.  It is SO FUN to relearn it!    Jake is very quick at it.  We are having a ball.    He and I are…

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Outward Bound!

    We had a beautiful time camping in Oklahoma this past weekend. . .   We rented a tiny, one room cabin with a fireplace and one set of bunk beds inside.  Most of us slept on the floor in sleeping bags.  At least we had walls, which is a step up from a…

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Competing for Acidophilus

   We had a math drill today–Leigh and Clare were seeing who would be the first to shout out the right answer to “rounding to the nearest thousand” questions.  We had just eaten lunch, and they were all at the kitchen counter.  I was passing out vitamins.  I think the chewable acidophilus ones taste good….

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Powerful Prayers

     Annie has some sort of stomach bug–and it is time for stool samples for the doctor!  This is my very, very, very least favorite part of motherhood!  Stool samples from a child who has intestinal sickness is about the very worst.  I’ve done it before.  As Ray Charles says, “Here we go again….

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Its All About Love

     Trying to diminish levels of stress can be so hard.  I have become more aware of the stress I carry.      In sitting before God in prayer, I have been seeking to unload it.  That has been hard and unsuccessful.      The I realized, by the grace of God, that it…

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Break Through!

     The kids had a melt down while I was putting Annie down for bed.  Ron was working late.  I went downstairs and found Leigh crying uncontrollably, and three other kids not knowing what to do.     It was all about the fact that Jake had found Leigh lying on the couch, and he…

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Totus Tuus: “All Yours”

    Today our family began setting up a fund through which to give donations to non-profits.  We decided to call it the “Totus Tuus Fund”–Totus Tuus was John Paul II’s motto, meaning “All Yours.”  He meant that he was giving himself over entirely to Mary, whom he trusted would bring her perfectly and unwaiveringly to…

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