Archive for December, 2006

Dh loves to go late night shopping…no lines…no hassles…quick in and out!

I was making a list for him to take to the grocery store when dd#1(12) looks longingly at her Dad and says:
"Dad?  I know this is probably a lost cause, but can I go with you?"

While Dad is trying to figure out whether or not it would be too late to take her, dd(6yo) tapping the list with her finger chimes in:
"Dad?  Can I go with you for this lost cause?"

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Sonya Romens of RC History passed this article to me:

World’s oldest known person dies at 116 – Yahoo! News

Tue Dec 12, 11:47 AM ET

CHICAGO (Reuters) –

"Elizabeth Bolden, believed to have been the oldest
person in the world, has died at 116, local media in Tennessee
reported on Tuesday.

Bolden, daughter of freed slaves, died Monday in a nursing home where
she had been living since suffering a stroke two years ago, the
Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper and broadcast outlets in that city

Bolden was born August 15, 1890, as Elizabeth Jones and married Lewis
Bolden in the early 1900s.

She had seven children,

40 grandchildren,

75 great-grandchildren,

150 great-great-grandchildren,

220 great-great-great grandchildren and

75 great-great-great-great grandchildren,.

Guinness World Records earlier this year had listed Bolden as the
oldest known person alive."

Just think of it!  You can change the world one diaper at a time! 

Gee, I better make sure we LIVE our faith…I have lots o’ descendants counting on it!…no pressure ;o)

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The Power of Suggestion….

...the power of suggestion….

!!  Last night I had one of those finals dreams. 

I was in High School and College at the same time.  I was wearing mis-matched sandals and pushing my 23mo dd in a stroller and I came into the building on finals day and I wasn’t sure if I even attended my classes and I was looking at the finals schedual trying to figure out which classes I was supposed to have had so I could try and talk to the professors in giving me an extension….

I went into one class as the professor was dictating bible passages for the exam…I thought "oh no!  I have to take this one by tomorrow…How, oh how am I going to memorize the whole Bible by TOMORROW??!  She gave me run-off pages to study and then the books…they were a huge stack of …picture books!  I thought…"Oh!  I love picture books…I can do this!" 

There was a binder and a large vinyl covered book in my arms too and I could not carry the whole thing…it kept exploding out of my hands onto the floor…and I was wondering how I was going to get them all on the school bus to get home…so I started filing them in a box that turned into a locker and then turned into a metal shed!  There was a shelf in there with toddler toys to keep my dd busy as I studied…but then …where did she go off too??…(I thought…she is a very independent capable child with a strong free will, after all!)  Then I was wondering how i was going to drag the shed down the hall without ruining the floor…much less get it through the door of that yellow bus that must be almost ready to leave me behind!  The last book to go in there was  LARGE vinyl book and I looked at the title…it was about… organization!!..and I thought…WOW!  I can do this!…I have the book!

I think I have been reading the 4Real Forums too long…LOL!!  aand I think that I am trying to use too many books at the same time for "school"…at least from the diagnosis of this Dr. Mom…;o)

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Otherwise known as: The best laid plans of mice and men and women named Donna Marie….

I make cookies with the little ones frequently.  How is it that I can never remember how hard it is to keep all the dough in the bowl and off of the ceiling and/or floor?  I think I have mommy induced Alzheimer’s.  I certainly remember the contented smiles full of gingerbread crumbs and half-filled cups of mushy crumby milk that will stick to any surface with more power than it takes to hold ten full grown men?!  I can’t seem to ever recall the effort of getting the cookies actually made….

Why is it that I can’t remember that I have a heavy kettle and to LOOK inside of it when I want a cup of tea?  I have it engraved upon my DNA to just pick it up and swirl it around and feeling the appropriate heaviness THINK that all the water I need is actually IN there?!  Well, all I can say is Lemonade would have been a better choice of drink…that is what I ended up with after all…

After I realized that it wasn’t just a bit of something on the element making the smoke alarm go off…
After I realized that the kettle had fused itself to the element and would not come off…
After I realized that it would not explode if I maneuvered it off the stove…element still attached….
After I realized that the perfect place to put it would be…
…outside on the grill …quickly closing the cover so my neighbors would not stare too long…

It was then that I realized that I did not burn my precious few cookies…the ones that survived the 23mo dd’s hands! 
God is Good!
Please pass the lemonade!

My dh loves me…I called him at work…

"Honey, I need a new whistling kettle."
"Oh, yeah,,,a new element for the stove…the large one?…"
"and a new smoke alarm" "….why dear?"
"…  Well… it is because I couldn’t really reach the alarm to turn it off and the broom handle accidentally knocked it into a few measly extra pieces…I don’t know how important they are…"
"oooh…ooh I almost forgot!  We need a new Brita pitcher…."

"Of course you shouldn’t be afraid to ask, dear…you KNOW you can ask me anything…"

Well, you see?   It was when I came into the kitchen to save the stove that I slipped on the water that dd spilled out of the sink while helping me wash the bowl.  I took the pitcher down with me onto the floor and it cracked and all that water is now under the fridge. I am trying to get it out, but the fridge is so heavy that the water is probably already in the basement."

"Really that is all..excepting of course the important bills that were stacked neatly on the edge of the counter….they are hanging up in the bathroom drying…but at least they didn’t break!"

"I know you love me, honey…that is one of the many things I treasure about you!!"

Oh, when are the older kids coming home??!  I think that I forget things because it is my brains way of protecting me from mental-overload.  If I did not blog this event, I would forget it in a matter of hours. As  a matter of fact I should start denying it now.  Hmmm what else could possibly happen today?  I think I will start dinner…..
Does this kind of thing EVER happen to you?

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Gingerbread  While the older children are out Christmas shopping, I am making a large plate of Orange Spiced Gingerbread  with the younger ones….We love to roll it thick.  I think I am going to have some raw honey and milk with this comforting Honey Vanilla Chammomile tea:Honeyvanillachamomilemed

Please pull up a chair and make  your self at home.  I would love to enjoy your delightful company… Btw..no shoes required ;o)

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What a day for a Birthday!!

The feast of the Immaculate Conception is my former Marine’s birthday!!

  Please offer up a special prayer  as a gift for my hard-working loving dh Jeffrey today!  I would love to shower him with a bouquet of prayers and well wishes!

If you would leave a birthday greeting, I am sure it would make his day!

Happy Birthday, Honey!  I love you!!

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"I Am the Immaculate Conception."
Happy Feast Day Holy Mother!

Our Lady of Lourdes  ~Hector Garrido

At the National Shrine Mary’s Garden’s dedication on June 10, 2000,  Msgr. Bransfield stated
in his remarks at the dedication:

"The Song of Songs speaks of ‘An Enclosed Garden’, ‘A Fountain Sealed’ – imagery referring to Mary’s fidelity, her immaculate conception, her perpetual virginity.


"May Mary’s Garden, designed with these words in mind, be a constant source of inspiration and renewal
to all who venture there to pray and rest."
Info from mgrdens.org

It would be a good tradition to begin thinking of the plan of your Mary Garden during this great feast.  As the Chrismas holidays draw to a close, contemplate during the dark winter months how you would best like to honor Our Holy Mother in your own Mary Garden next spring!  Contemplate how you would like to create your own space to pray and rest in the arms of so loving a Mother!

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