Monday, March 9, 2009

A wonderful kitchen helper tool

I got a standing dustpan, and it's wonderful! Lucy loves sweeping and does a decent job with this helper. Four stars!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas

All is calm, all is bright!

Wishing you a Merry "Christh-muth",

And a happy new year!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

costume party at school

Can you guess who this maniacal angel might be?!

The costume parade through the school

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Frances X. Cabrini

Her feastday is not until November 13, but I must take this time to testify to the special affection I feel for Mother Cabrini. Please take a few minutes to read about her remarkable life--there are many short bios about her on the internet.
My first connection with Mother Cabrini occurred when we were living in Denver during the 1980's and visited her shrine west of Denver. I remember climbing the hillside of her outdoor shrine, and seeing the white rocks she herself had arranged into the shape of a heart in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (these rocks are now under plexiglass for protection). Many years passed before I thought of Mother Cabrini again. It was January of 2002, and I had just discovered I was expecting a baby at the age of 45. My next youngest child was 10, and I was excited and more than a little shocked and worried. A couple days later, I decided to clean out some boxes of old correspondence and found a letter dated 1993 from a priest friend of mine who had died several years earlier. I had forgotten that Fr. Griese had ever written me and opened his note with curiosity. It read: Dear Betty, I am sorry to hear of your recent miscarriage. If and when you get pregnant again, entrust the pregnancy to St. Frances X. Cabrini. I enclose 2 holy cards, one for you and Bill. I have great confidence in her intercession, and I will join you in your prayers.
I felt a chill when I realized that this was my first pregnancy since that miscarriage, and that somehow the note came into my hands within days of finding out. Needless to say, my husband and I prayed to her earnestly through the pregnancy and beyond. I know in my heart that I owe so much to this dear saint. Get to know her, you'll love her too!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

latest from school

Today I received this email from Lucy's teacher:
Hi there,

I just needed to tell you a funny story about Lucy today. She was helping me run some errands and we stopped to talk to Ms. Peters. She told Ms. Peters that she was not a good girl last week and that she was not a good friend to Mrs. Turner and I. She then went on to tell her that because she was a bad girl you made her clean the ROOF! We said, "Your room?" And she said, "NO! The roof!" - while she was waving her hand above her head. We both agreed that you must have some tough discipline at your house! :o)

My response:
That is so funny! I wish I had an explanation, but this beats all! (although there have been times when I wish I could have sent various children to the roof, or at least gone up there by myself for some peace and quiet!)
Bill will be home tomorrow and was hoping to visit the classroom sometime between 1 and 2 if possible. He could hide in one of the closets, but after what happened with Sutter's parents it might be better if he just visited rather than observed. Please let us know if that will work via email as we will be running errands in the morning.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

thought for the day

I saw this on a plaque yesterday:

Give thanks for unknown blessings, already on their way.

This is a good thought for those expectant parents who find their baby has special needs--because there are blessings to come!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Lucy's first Catholic craft

My friend Sally has started a little religious ed class for Lucy and her daughter, and this was their first craft!