Monday, September 7, 2015

End-of-Summer Daybook

Outside my window
Sean and our oldest two boys were able to go and watch David (my youngest brother and Godson) compete in the Men's Semifinals (top 4!) at the 86th Annual Southern Oregon Golf Championships this weekend! One of my other brothers, Kevin, has played in the finals the past four years, but wasn't able to make it this year. Here is the link to an article in the local paper: OIT influence alive and well at SOGC

I am thankful... 
that Sean made it back home safely from his last fire assignment. Between the extra long night shifts, steep/hazardous terrain, and cougars, it was one of the more dangerous assignments he has had over the years. Thank you for the extra prayers!


Learning all the time
I happened to spot our oldest son listening to an audio book while coloring in one of his old World War II coloring books the other day while I was washing dishes. He sure loves the headphones he won during the National Pro-Life T-Shirt Week Contest this year!

Celebrating the liturgical year...
Birthdays are always joyous occasions in families. On September 8th, the Church, the Family of God celebrates the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We will be celebrating with another cake!

From the kitchen... 
lots of bananas, rice, applesauce and toast for the little ones and I've been drinking lots of broth. I especially like Pacific Natural Foods little individual servings for convenience when I haven't had time or energy to make more of my own. The Chicken with Ginger is my favorite followed by the Chicken with Lemongrass.

I am working... 
While my husband was off fighting wildfires, I was also working overtime here at home... I was even able to sell our motorhome and purchase a new vehicle - the first car we have purchased since buying our Toyota Sienna over 10 years ago when our fourth baby was on the way!

My Dad helped us wash and detail the motorhome before selling it and I started to have second thoughts! Even though it was small for our family we made so many wonderful memories in it this past year and a half... I miss it already!

We do think it was the right decision though and our hope is that we will eventually be able to purchase a trailer for traveling and camping trips. In the meantime it is soooo nice to have a vehicle that fits our whole family again!

This picture was taken just before Sean left on his last fire assignment. We had met in town (it was taking two cars to get us all anywhere) and the kids and I had a little time to kill while he picked up some of his fire gear, so we went to the car lot across the street to look at and test drive the vehicle we had been looking at online. I had to snap a picture of all the children waiting patiently while I talked to one of the salesmen.  A couple weeks later, I was back at the same car lot (I was there a lot this past month trying to get them to come down on the price!), without any of the children, and one of the other employees came up to me and said "You were here a couple weeks ago, with a whole bunch of kids, right?" I replied "yes..." while bracing myself for whatever comment might follow next out here in our ultra-liberal anti-life state... He went on to say "I just want to tell you I have never seen such well behaved kids in my WHOLE LIFE! Good job, Mom!"

I am creating...
the updated and revised Little Flowers Girls' Club Crafting Pages are all completed. You can now download them directly from Behold Publications!

I am going...
I took my boys to watch their good friend's very first high school football game last week. (His team won 0 to 48!!!) It's starting to sink in that I actually have teens starting high school this year...

I am hoping...
that we are finally starting to recover from the stomach bug that is making it's way through our home. It hit me and the three youngest really bad and my husband is wondering if it was perhaps food poisoning of some sort. After many sleepless nights, and way too many loads of laundry, we are looking forward to everyone being healthy again.

I am praying...
for the Snodgrass family. Here is an update from Renee about their precious new little saint in heaven:

"Many of you already know, but I just wanted to personally make sure you all knew that our precious 25-day old miracle made it to Heaven. Patrick Gabriel Snodgrass took his last breath Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 at about 6:25am safe and comfortable at home in the arms of his daddy, with mommy and Nana Anna holding onto a hand. We are so blessed and grateful to have had him with us, even if it was for a short time. As you all know, he wasn't even expected to survive in utero, let alone go term and survive labor, delivery and almost 3 weeks at home!!!!! He was a fighter and he put up a good fight, so we could be touched and moved by such a precious gift from God. Thank you all for your support and prayers and best wishes. We certainly have felt them all and are so grateful."

August 16, 2015: Our children got to meet beautiful little Patrick Gabriel after Mass this morning! He is still here and was anointed with chrism oil during Mass. (He was baptized by his dad immediately after birth due to his health issues/trisomy 13.) I loved kissing his sweet head and smelling the chrism. My eight year old thought his extra digit was especially cool! Please keep the prayers coming for the Snodgrass family!

I am reading…
Teachers Manuals, Table of Contents lists, and Lesson Plans. Our new school year is about to begin!

Pondering these words…
about "Gratitude for the Grace of God" from Imitation of Christ. My husband sent me pictures of Chapter 10, which he had opened up his book to, shortly after hanging up the phone one day during his fire assignment while struggling to fall asleep. We had just been talking about needing to work on our patience and gratitude, after over a year of unsuccessfully trying to move. God seems to want to keep us here for now.

“Why seeest thou rest, since thou art born to labor? Dispose thyself to patience rather than consolation, and to bear the cross rather than to rejoice. For who is there among worldly people that would not willingly receive comfort and spiritual joy, if he could always have it? For spiritual consolation exceeds all the delights of the world and the pleasures of the flesh....” 

 “Be grateful then for the least and thou shalt be worthy to receive greater things. Let the least be to thee as something great, and the most contemptible as a special favor...” 

“Yea, though He give punishment and stripes, it ought to be acceptable; for whatever He suffers to befall us, He always does it for our salvation...”

I am listening…
I walked into the living room and my heart melted... Our eight year old was reading The Princess and the Pea aloud to his little sister while she rests her head on his shoulder and his little brother plays with his hair.

Around the house...
While I was busy creating the final sample pages for the Little Flowers Crafting Pages, the children were also squeezing in all sorts of last minute summer fun (despite the smoke filled skies outside, which have thankfully cleared for now after some much needed rain!) building bridges, painting pictures,  assembling puzzles, and dressing up.


"Good Mornin' Mama!" 

One of my favorite things...  
listening to my dad play his guitar. Definitely one of the reasons I'm glad we are staying where we are for now. I would sure miss living near my parents.

This week's plans
  • Monday: Labor Day Observed, Back-to-School Preparations 
  • Tuesday: Back-to-School Celebration and Photos, First Official Day of Our New School Year, High School Robotics (two oldest)
  • Wednesday: Math Tutor (for our two oldest)
  • Thursday: Tutor at our home (7am-1pm), High School Physical Science Lab (two oldest)
  • Friday: Rosary Vigil Service celebrating the life of Patrick Gabriel Snodgrass
  • Saturday: Catholic Funeral Mass for Patrick Gabriel Snodgrass+ 
  • Sunday: Latin Mass (once every two months), older boys serve, Sean leads choir

A little peek at my day...
from over at Instagram.

I'm sorting through school books, typing new checklists, and trying not to let myself get too overwhelmed at the thought of home educating six children from kindergarten through high school this year... technically seven if you count pre-school too! I had to stop and reread one of my of my favorite quotes from St. Josemaria Escrivá: 

"Don't drag the Cross...Carry it squarely on your shoulder, because your Cross, if you carry it so, will not be just any Cross: it will be... the Holy Cross. Don't bear your Cross with resignation: resignation is not a generous word. Love the Cross. When you really love it, your Cross will be... a Cross, without a Cross. And surely you, like Him, will find Mary on the way." 

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