Virtue Flowers

     The girls and I spent the afternoon updating their virtue flowers.  Each petal glued to the center has a virtue written on it that that child has acquired.  I LOVED hearing each child affirm what her sisters have already attained in virtue!  So supportive of each other!    Then, feeling good about themselves,…

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Perfect Circumstances

God’s purpose is not to perfect our circumstances. His purpose is to perfect our souls.  Sometimes our imperfect circumstances–ones that weigh heavily, ones that sting, ones that dig deep–are loving given by God to make us saints.  We are perfected only through lots and lots of grace, and it is never our own merit.  But…

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So funny

     I laughed all afternoon!  I was in church and this very old lady who had lost most of her mind was talking at passersby as she was able.  Much of what she said made no sense.  She was so adorable and I felt great affection for her.    Well, she plopped down on…

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John Paul II

   Today is the first feast day ever of our new saint, St. Joh Paul II.     I was just watching a show on the Catholic TV station, EWTN, with these two adorable, humble, rotund little British ladies presenting the life of this man.    What is so beautiful to me is not only…

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Being at Peace

     When the baby is up all night, we can be at peace that at least we have this precious baby in the first place.     When the kids do something wrong, we can be at peace that at least we have them in our lives at all.      When the house falls…

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praying

     For family prayers last night, several kids asked if we could do a guided meditation.  So I prayed aloud, asking each of us to envision ourselves in the lap of “Abba,” Father.  Then I reflected on the universe He created, enumerating many aspects of it.  Finally I said, “And the same God that…

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Our Dumb Dog

Our dumb dog got out of our fence and was running through the nearby construction site.  It was sad but hilarious watching construction workers sprinting around with our girls, trying to catch her!  This is kids in the car post-chase.

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