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Piano Recital!

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Abby,  Mary and their friend Ginny participated in the OMTA Music Festival last weekend.  All three girls did a wonderful job.  They have an awesome piano teacher.  Abby has been taking lessons for nine years,  Mary for four years.    Ginny has been playing for two years now.  It was my privilege to  take all three girls to the festival.

Before the recital:  L to R:  Ginny, Mary, Abby












Celebrating after the Recital.   (Can you tell the nerves have calmed?!)


What She Said

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Kim, so eloquently, has moved me to tears. I too have received many of The Big Questions. I pray I can recall these sentiments next time.

A Simple Woman’s Daybook

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From Ruth

Outside my Window… barefoot little boys splashing in rain puddles.

I am thinking…about getting dinner started

I am thankful for…my husband’s love for me.

From the kitchen…a steamy mug of coffee.

I am creating…our summer schedule and menu.

I am going…to put the diapers in the wash and start dinner. 😉

I am wearing…A charcoal colored hoodie dress, a blue/gray vintage apron, and black flip-flops.

I am reading… The Catholic Family in the Modern World by Fr. John Hardon

I am hoping…to buy the land to build our house soon!

I am hearing…Mark Benedict nursing with a stuffy nose. 😦

Around the house…floors need swept and mopped.

One of my favorite things…chubby baby feet.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…laundry. renew drivers license. visit the botanical gardens. get the rest of my flowers, tomatoes, and herbs in the ground.

A Picture worth sharing…
This was Mark back in January when we went hiking. He was bundled up on my back, the only thing peeking out were his baby blue eyes! 🙂

Making Laundry Lovely

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  Is it possible?  Can laundry really be lovely?  Colleen definitely makes it seem possible.   The Simply Lovely Laundry Fair is truly inspiring.  My laundry is so utilitarian.  Laundry is done,  we have a great system,  but it’s not lovely,  not one bit.  This is just what I needed to encourage me to make it so.   

Called to Serve

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  My second son served at the altar last night.  He was beaming.  He was reverent.  He was so happy.    I am so proud of him.  My oldest son served also.  They were together,  aiding Christ’s priest.  I teared up many times.  Two of my sons.    I realized that by the time Markie is old enough to serve,  Nicholas will be twenty two years old.  I made him promise to serve then too,  so all of my sons can serve together.  I will be a blubbering mess when that day comes. 

Morning Randomness

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  I thought I would tie my Randomness Photo Journal in with the “A Typical Day” discussion at Michele’s lovely new board.  I carried my camera around in my apron pocket this morning and snapped photos of the chaos around me!


Littles playing a game.


Boring bookwork.


Pure Sweetness!


WHA HUH???!!!!


Leaving for the office.


Oldest and Youngest! 🙂


Baby Nursing – Mom Blogging 😉


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  Randomness is what I will call my photo journal  for Jennifer’s April’s Shower of Photos.    Here is my first installment,  at random!

Past Randomness:


A handsome confirmond!


An Irish Soda Bread contestant.


A little champion.


A girls work is never done!


 A creation.


Doing chores.


Chores to be done.