Wednesday, May 30, 2018

10th Anniversary of Ordination & First Mass

Happy 10th Anniversary to Father Dennis Gordon, FSSP! 

It's hard to believe it has been ten years today since we made that last long road trip to attend his ordination on May 30, 2008.


Tomorrow it will have been ten years since our oldest son received his First Holy Communion from his Uncle/Godfather at his Godfather's very first Mass and Sean and I were *Almost* Excommunicated... Time sure is passing quickly!

We had hoped to travel up to Father's parish (St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church!) up in Idaho this week but it didn't work out. Instead we are praying extra for him today and one of the girls baked another French Vanilla Fleur De Lis Cake for dessert.

Would you please take a moment to offer a prayer for Father Gordon and for all priests? The following prayer for priests was written by St. Therese:

O Jesus, eternal Priest, keep your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart, where none may touch them. Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch Your Sacred Body. Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled with your Precious Blood. Keep pure and unearthly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood. Let Your holy love surround them and shield them from the world's contagion. Bless their labors with abundant fruit and may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here and in heaven their beautiful and everlasting crown. Amen.

Paper Dolls on the Feast of Saint Joan of Arc

(Our 8 year old received these in her Easter Basket last month
They are also available from Sacred Heart Books and Gifts

Another Quick and Easy Golf Cake

We invited the golf team, coaches, and their families over for a post-season BBQ this past weekend so naturally we had to make another golf cake and cupcakes and served them with mint chocolate chip ice cream. ⛳️ 

This cake was so easy to make with just some chocolate frosting, green frosting, a Wilton grass tip for the rough, and some white sixlets for golf balls. We joked about labeling the flag (made with a bamboo skewer and card stock) for the infamous hole #13 but went with the team initials instead.

More from the archives: 

2018 State High School Golf Championships

I finally had a chance to share pictures from both the girls' regional championship and the boys' regional championship where they qualified for state. For Mother's Day our family ended up getting to go on a last minute road trip to watch the boys complete in the State Championship for the first time! The last (and only times) our local high school made it to state was back when my youngest brothers were on the team. I actually took the boys to watch their uncles last high school state championship in 2013.

How was our boys' experience competing in the State Championship on May 14-15th? Well, it was crazy, definitely memorable, and made national news... You can read all about it over at Golf Digest.

Golf Digest ended up interviewing a couple of the boys including our oldest son and published a follow up to their first article after hearing the rest of the story. Here's the link (and the Facebook link) if you'd like to read all about what happened at this year's State Championship: 

Sean and I were standing right there, along with our boys' coach, and overheard the marshall tell the boys to move to the red tees from where they were setting up at the blue. I still can't believe he flat out lied about it when asked... 

Since you couldn't see the tee box from the previous green, this wasn't a case of each group of boys just following what the group in front of them did. They were all confused and made the decision to hit from where they did for various reasons. The course admitted that they had forgotten to move the blue tees to where they were suppose to be for this tournament which is what caused some of the confusion, combined with the 172 yardage being listed on the (specially printed for this specific tournament) State Championship score cards.  The marshall telling them to all hit from the red didn't help either. 

These first four groups, who all started at hole 10 (so this was actually only their 4th hole of the day), didn't have the unfair advantage of the rest of the groups who were then specifically told to ignore the yardage on the score cards for that day and hit from the blue tees, otherwise I'm pretty sure they would have disqualified a lot more than "just" 20% of the boys out there playing... 

Their coach (who is also the wrestling coach) said he had to keep reminding himself, while debating the issue with the rules official,  that he was the only one who could drive the activity bus back home!

When there was nothing else they could do or say, the boys decided to head to "DQ" for ice cream! 

After getting some rest back at their hotel, I picked up the boys and brought them out to the our friend's home (where the rest of us were staying!) for an evening of basketball and s'mores. 

The boys all worked so hard to get to state this year. Even after their scores from day one had been disqualified, all three teams decided to continue and play on day two for the experience and to see where they would have placed. We reminded the boys that they are all still state qualifiers, even if their scores at state didn't officially count this year!

The girls took turns babysitting so Sean and I could watch both days of the tournament! The first day our 13 year old came along to watch the tournament and on day two our 14 year old came out along with one of our friends. Unlike the first day which was sunny and hot, day two was cold and rainy, but thankfully there wasn't much wind. 

When they got back to hole 13 on the second day the boys all shook their heads to see the blue tees moved and placed where they were suppose to be the first day/where they had originally teed off from on Day 1. Our 15 year old said it was time to get his revenge on that hole and then birdied the Par 3.

I was proud of them for how they all acted and responded to the situation.  The boys are glad that they still have one more year of high school and hope to continue improving, make it back to state next year, and then bring home a trophy.

"The real test in golf and in life is not in keeping out of the rough, but in getting out after you are in."

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

2018 State Qualifiers

Earlier this month, when we had to decide between traveling to the boys’ or girls' regional tournament which were both taking place May 7th and 8th over 200 miles apart from each other, we decide to go to the girls' since it was our freshman daughter's first year playing.

I joked with the boys that they would just have to make it to state so I could see them play this year! I hadn’t been able to watch them play in over a year and apparently they have improved so much. I missed last year’s regional tournament since it was at the end of my pregnancy and I couldn’t travel or barely even walk. This year the baby hasn't exactly been the easiest or quiet enough to take out on the course. I was so grateful for the pictures and updates from one of their coaches. Well...




Our 15 year old shot a two-day total of 85-92--177 to finish 8th place overall and lead the Chieftains in the Regional Championship! He was once again named Athlete of the Week in the local paper.

The school's activity bus wasn't available and so they rented a Suburban. I'm still amazed that they were able to fit all six boys, two coaches, the boys' luggage and food, PLUS EIGHT SETS OF GOLF CLUBS into that SUV!

The last time Rogue River made it to state was 2010-2013 when my youngest two brothers were playing for our local high school! I actually took the boys to watch that 2013 state championship. They were so little!!! 

We spent Mother's Day driving up to this year’s OSAA Golf State Championship! 
I'm hoping to get a chance to tell you all about that trip soon... ⛳️