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I spent some time the other night going through old blog post.   Laughing at the good times and crying at how fast time flies.   Aunt Jenny has asked me to blog again,  she misses us.   We miss her.   This is a great way for her to keep up with her mess of nieces and nephews.  This is a great way for me to remember the joy in this chaos.     For some reason I’ve had a very severe case of  ‘writers block’  starting when I was pregnant with Mary Rose.  I am hoping that getting back to this blog will get my creative juices flowing again,  and encourage me to see all of the beauty and joy that surrounds me.    This is my plan.   (Jen,  hold me to it!)


Monday:   A Joyfully Chaotic Daybook

Thursday:  Thoughts From Joyful Mama – this will be a weekly post from whatever may happen to be floating round my head…

Friday:  {this moment} Inspired by SouleMama

And maybe more!  Stay tuned!


{this moment}

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{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, visit SouleMama,  leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

A Simple Woman’s Daybook

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August 26, 2010

I am really hoping to get back to this blog.    It has been nearly a year since I have posted anything.    So much has happened in that time,  little of it seemed proper to share in such a public forum.  I have ‘kept all these things in memory’.   I do miss the creative outlet that blogging brings.  I thought I’d ease back in with a new Daybook entry.

Outside My WindowIt is a cool morning.   We kept the windows open during the night and I had to rummage through the closet for a sweater this morning.   It is still very dark and the stirring of traffic is just beginning.

I am thinking… I am going to have to do a big closet purge before long and pull out the jeans and sweatshirts for the children.

I am thankful… I have so much to be thankful for,  though I oftentimes let that get muddled by my selfishness.  Today I am very thankful for my husband’s job.  A recent change of employer has given him the opportunity to work from home most of the time.  While we are adjusting,  it is very nice to have him here.

From the kitchen… Oh my.  My kitchen.  I have been ‘in transition’ for nearly a year,  and now I am beginning to nest a bit.  I am so frustrated with my kitchen.  But,  we must eat.  So the pantry and fridge are full,  as is the deep freezer in the basement, and the menu is posted on the fridge.   Today we will enjoy some creamy oatmeal for breakfast and whatever is on the menu for lunch and dinner.

I am wearing…Pink and white jammie bottoms,  white top that looks like a tent covering my belly,  and a cozy brown sweater.

I am creating… A baby!  I have been blessed to say that many times over the years.  We are excited and blessed to be preparing for our eleventh precious little one,  due to arrive in November.    We have no plans on finding out the gender.  Mama and baby are healthy and growing nicely.  Deo Gratias!

I am reading… I am not doing much reading right now.  I am in planning mode for the beginning of our upcoming school year.    We have made a few changes to our typical plan.  The three oldest children are enrolled in a great homeschool enrichment program in Ann Arbor.  Two days a week my 10th grader, 8th grader, and 6th grader will be attending St. Augustine’s.   It is the perfect hybrid of homeschooling and school – school in a solidly Catholic, academically challenging,  Christ centered environment.  What a blessing to be a part of this program.  At home,  I will have a 5th grader, 3rd grader, 2nd grader, K’er,  and three little ones,  plus a newborn in November.    We be loosely following lessons plans from Catholic Heritage Curricula.  CHC was the first Catholic homeschooling resource I was introduced to many years ago and it has been my ‘go to’ resource since.  I have never been disappointed.

I am hearing… The buzz of the refrigerator,   traffic just outside the open window,  and the jingle of the dogs tags on her collar coming from the backyard.  I am the only one up and the house is dark and quiet.

One of my favorite things…The challenge and blessing of having babies, teenagers, and every age in between in our family.  I do stress that it is a challenge,  and I do find myself complaining about that challenge.   It is a blessing though,  and I am treasuring it all that I can.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… Hard to believe that the week is winding down again already.  Today we are celebrating Mark Benedict’s third birthday.    The girls have piano lessons this afternoon and everyone from the 7 year old on up have Cross Country practice tonight.  Tony is looking at a house tonight that we both have some hope for.    The local schools are back in session as of today – we will celebrate homeschooling tomorrow by meeting a few families for mass and then a picnic at the park.

Here is picture thought I am sharing…

Mama and Markie on a walk during a recent camping trip.  I can’t believe this little guy is three years old already.   He is a pure joy!

May God Bless the rest of your week!!

We Miss You Mary Rose

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My Lord, the baby is dead!

Why, my Lord—dare I ask why? It will not hear the whisper of the wind or see the beauty of its parents’ face—it will not see the beauty of Your creation or the flame of a sunrise. Why, my Lord?

“Why, My child—do you ask ‘why’? Well, I will tell you why.

You see, the child lives. Instead of the wind he hears the sound of angels singing before My throne. Instead of the beauty that passes he sees everlasting Beauty—he sees My face. He was created and lived a short time so the image of his parents imprinted on his face may stand before Me as their personal intercessor. He knows secrets of heaven unknown to men on earth. He laughs with a special joy that only the innocent possess. My ways are not the ways of man. I create for My Kingdom and each creature fills a place in that Kingdom that could not be filled by another. He was created for My joy and his parents’ merits. He has never seen pain or sin. He has never felt hunger or pain. I breathed a soul into a seed, made it grow and called it forth.”

I am humbled before you, my Lord, for questioning Your wisdom, goodness, and love. I speak as a fool—forgive me. I acknowledge Your sovereign rights over life and death. I thank You for the life that began for so short a time to enjoy so long an Eternity.                                                                                              —  Mother M. Angelica

A Simple Woman’s Daybook

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For Today,  Tuesday November 17, 2009

Outside My WindowWinter is coming,  the trees are bare and the sky is gray.

I am thinking… That I am completely clueless when it comes to packing up our household for the upcoming move.

I am thankful… That we are all up early enough this morning to eat, get dressed, complete our morning chores,  and blog before we leave for mass in twenty minutes!

From the kitchen… Cold cereal for breakfast.  (I had yogurt with honey, Chi protein drink, and attempted a banana.)  Today is market day so we will pick up something quick to prepare for lunch,  dinner will most likely be some kind of soup with homemade pumpkin dinner rolls.

I am wearing… Brown tights, brown skirt,  pink, green, and white striped blouse with a pink sweater over it.

I am creating… A BABY!!! Did I announce that here yet?  Yes,  we are having another baby,  due to arrive on the 4th of July.    I am just over 7 weeks along and feeling every bit of it!   Praise God!

I am reading… Home Comforts:  The Art and Science of Keeping House This is a very informative book,  covering things I rarely think about and now realize I have been neglecting.   I am gleaning many great ideas for organizing my home management binder for our new farmhouse.

I am hearing… Seven children speaking at the same time – I think they are having a conversation, but it is beyond me how they can hear one another!

One of my favorite things…Greek yogurt – YUM!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… Piano lessons, Fencing practice, a peek at our baby via ultrasound,  Henry Joe’s  5th birthday, mass,  and the usual math, reading, catechism and spelling lessons.  Oh, and, yes,  I suppose I should pack something…

Here is picture thought I am sharing…

Like mother like daughter!  Abby tied Greta to her back and she was asleep in an instant!

~~May God Bless Your Week~~


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Dinner in “the little house”.