Saturday, January 27, 2007

For my homeschooling friends

Anne and Mary (neither of whom reads this blog. Oh well. I'll have to print this out for them...). by way of julie d., The Happy Catholic.

From Darwin Catholic.

How Does A Catholic Homeschooler Change A Lightbulb?
First, mom checks three books on electricity out of the library then the kids make models of light bulbs, read a biography of Thomas Edison, and write a brief narration. Second, the Big Book of Saints is consulted to see whom are the patron saints of light and/or electricity and the kids argue over pronounciation of the saints' names.

Next, everyone studies the history of lighting methods, wrapping up with dipping their own candles which brings to mind the Feast of St. Blaise and the blessing of the neck with twin candles held by the local parish priest which is coming up on Feb 3rd. This reminds everyone that Saint
Valentine's Day is less than two weeks after that!

Everyone takes a trip to the store where they compare types of light bulbs as well as prices and figure out how much change they'll get if they buy two bulbs for $1.99 and pay with a five dollar bill.

On the way home, a discussion develops over the history of money and also Abraham Lincoln, as his picture is on the five dollar bill. This brings to mind President's Day in which brings up the discussion of holidays in which the older children tell the younger that is is really a Catholic word,

Finally, after building a homemade ladder out of branches dragged from the woods, a quick prayer is said, and the light bulb is installed.

And there is light...! Mom thanks their Guardian Angels that no one got electrocuted and St. Scholastica for her daily intercession and very appreciated patronage of which should could not do without. (St. Scholastica's Feast Day is Feb 10th.)

Tag! I'm it!

Barb got me. Here goes...

Who are the five Catholic (or Christian) bloggers whom you would most like to meet in person, but have not (yet)

In no particular order, they include but are not limited to...

1. Fra. Lawrence Lew, op, of Contemplata Aliis Tradere

2.Mark Mossa, sj, of ...And I let myself be duped, formerly "You duped me Lord"

3. Der Tommissar of The Donegal Express

4. Arthur (and Andrew, who is now in the monastery) the Angry Twins.

5. Rachel Swenson Balducci of Testosterhome.

And here are the bloggers I've already met! (Do spouses & relatives count?)
1. Aimee of The Mother Load. She's my best girlfriend. I've known her for 14 years. Is that cheating?

2. Barb, the SFO Mom.

3. Penni, of Martha, Martha.

4. Frank, of the Girls. But he's my brother. does that count?

If you're named above, consider yourself "tagged!"

Thursday, January 18, 2007

That Son o'Mine

Today is Primo's Birthday. He is six. He is a very smart, sweet, loving boy who says God is his best friend and that when I sing I sound like I'm on stage.

He is is my first child. He was a surprise, a "honeymoon" baby. He is living proof that God's plan is so much better than the plan you have worked out for yourself sometimes.

He is alternately so much me and so much his father. The things he does that sometimes frustrate me are things that I did that frustrated my mother. We fight passionately sometimes (I'm afraid he inherited my temper), but we love each other as much as we fight. He looks so much like my father and grandfather that is scares me.

I thank the Lord for him every day. He is a blessing to all who meet him and he is irreplaceable. He is my Primo.

The template, it is a changin'...

I'm in the new Blogger and I'm going to change around the template. I am going to dump haloscan so I can change the template more easily. I'm probably going to do it over the weekend, which means all of your great comments will be forever lost (unless someone can tell me how to save them). Please know that I appreciated every comment you left.

Monday, January 15, 2007

You know you are the mom of little ones when...

..You realize that the white stuff on the shoulder of your pajama top is not your husband's shaving cream, but it is in fact baby barf; and that green speck slightly below the barf is little person snot (no doubt deposited when your toddler was having his latest night terror); and you don't even bother to try to clean it up.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

E-A-G-L-E-S!!!!!! Iggles, Iggles, Iggles!!!!

That's how we say the name of our city's NFL team where I'm from. They are scheduled to face the Saints in NOLA in 10 minutes.

While it is my sincere hope that the Eagles can advance to the NFC Champoinship game, I would like to see the Saints win, too, for the sake of the Crescent City.

So hoping that the Iggles win, I pray that no one on the field gets hurt tonight.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Catholic ABCs

I owed Barb this for a while. The computer at work is up and running now so I can procrastinate update my blog with greater frequency. Here we go....

[A is for apparitions - your favorite]: Lourdes

[B is for Bible - the one you read most often]: Catholic Women's Devotional Bible, but I'm reading it less because it has adopted PC gender usage.

[C is for Charism - the one you would most like to have]: prophecy

[D is for Doctor of the Church - your favorite]: Hmmmm...Teresa of Avila

[E is for Essential Prayer - What's yours?]: "Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner!"

[F is for Favorite Hymn]: Faith of our Fathers; I also really dig Lift High the Cross and Amazing Grace

[G is for Gospel - your favorite author?]: John

[H is for Holy Communion - How would you describe it, using one word?]: Awesome (in the literal, not Valley-Girl, sense

[I is for Inspiration - When do you feel most inspired by God?]: When I'm at Mass

[J is for Jesus - When did you first meet Him?]: When I was Baptized.

[K is for Kindness - Which saint or person has most inspired you by their kindness?] The late Deacon George Ross. The most beautiful soul I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.

[L is for liturgical year - your favorite time in the liturgical cycle?]: Lent

[M is for Mary, the Mother of God - Your favorite term of endearment for her]: Mama; My Favorite Official Title is "Seat of Wisdom"

[N is for New Testament - Your favorite passage]: The Bread of Life Discourse (John 6:22-71)

[O is for Old Testament - Your favorite Book here]: Psalms

[P is for Psalms - your favorite] Psalm 8

[Q is for quote - saint quote]: "Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary." Francis of Assisi

[R is for rosary - your favorite mysteries] the Joyful mysteries

[S is for Saint - the one you turn to in time of need - not including the Blessed Virgin Mary]: St. Monica

[T is for Tradition - your favorite Catholic tradition]: Ashes on Ash Wednesday

[U is for university - Which Catholic University have you attended or are currently attending?] DeSales University, undergrad; one class at Franciscan University of Steubenville

[V is for Virtue - the one you wish you had]: self-control (really more of the Gift of the Holy Spirit)

[W is for Way of the Cross - Which station can you most relate to?]: Jesus meets His Mother

[X is for Xaverian Brothers - Do you know who they are?]: No, but I think I've heard of them.

[Y is for your favorite Catholic musician]: Pope St. Gregory the Great

[Z is for Zeal for the faith]: You definitely have a lot of zeal for the faith if you have made it this far.

Friday, January 05, 2007

How appropriate for me right now

I am feeling rather bewildered lately. Thanks to Aimee well, not bewildered THANKS to Aimee, know what I mean.

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Lady Madame Amy the Bewildered of Lower Beanthrop in the Hedge
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