Day 36–Holy Thursday

    It was a poignant Holy Thursday, watching the pope celebrate the beginning of the Triduum from an almost-empty St. Peter’s Basilica. His voice shook, he seemed frail and aged, almost like he has had a stroke. His message was powerful to me. After speaking about priests nobly serving the sick and dying during…

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Day 35–YouTube Video

Here is the second video in my series for Mighty is Her Call, support for mothers in quarantine. It’s called #Apocalypse. It took SO LONG to make! And then, I completely redid the last part of the family after we did our Bible study, which took so much longer! It is a very steep learning…

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Day 33–Rombses Losing their English

Leigh: “I’m suppose-ed to do a video chat now.” Me: “Supposed to.” Leigh: “Oh yeah.” Annie: “You got pastickios! Oh, what are they called?” Me: “Pistachios.” Jacob: “It was broughten there.” Me: “Do you mean ‘brought’?” Jacob: “Oh man, what’s wrong with me?” Sebastian: “My soldier muscles are getting bigger” (as he places his fingers…

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Day 32–Peaceful Weekend

Day 32–Peaceful Weekend

   Saturday night, the kids threw a house party on the second floor, blasting music and dancing, and even Annie was included. Ron and I took a stroll through the vineyard and noticed the stars and sky. We stood at the street and stared at the empty street–I counted to 122 between the passing of…

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Day 31–Food Restictions

    Freaking me out–one of the first times in a long time that I have lost my balance in this pandemic. The government here in our region has established designated times that were are allowed to go to the grocery store. They do it by the first letter of you last name. The first…

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Day 30–Friday is Crazy

Friday is so crazy. The kids are frazzled and ready for a weekend. I discovered I had 177 messages on a What’s App thread for Annie’s class and I had missed her whole school being transferred to a different online learning platform! But what I really missed was a bunch of Italians shouting their preferences…

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Day 28–Annoying Italians

As much as I love being here, there are some REALLY ANNOYING THINGS about the Italians. I love them as people but they have some frustrating ways. For example: 1. They don’t know how to stand in line. They create clusters and mobs, but never lines. Well now, with the COVID-19-grocery store restrictions, we are…

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Day 27–Mystery of Life

   Today was one of those days I got to begin with lots of prayer time. I had several hours to read the Scripture and have silence. It was really consoling. I actually prayed about how I do not want the quarantine to end: all the driving other people around, having meetings, doing s-t-u-f-f; the…

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Super Sunday

What a blessing it was to watch and participate virtually in a Mass offered and live-streamed by the Dominicans in California–my professor at the Angelicum recommended it and our family tuned in. The priest gave an outstanding homily.     I also spent 11 hours refilming and editing yet another version of the video podcast…

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Day 24–Fun Fun Fun

Day 24–Fun Fun Fun

   Such a fun Saturday! Lovely day. New groceries make for a happy party: s’mores, alcohol-free sparkling wine for kids, grilling outside. We are enjoying a clean house and happy times around the table together. #Ilovequarantine

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