Wednesday, April 30, 2014

That one day when it was warm

Mom, these floral patterns really don't match.

New bulldozer for Easter from Grandma and Grandpa

Grandpa made this sandbox last year. The umbrella is a new addition this year.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Peter Says

P, rebuking his sister: Anne Virginia Arkansas California Nothing!
(That's what we get for giving her a state for a middle name.)

P, whose birthday is in July: I see you brought in the mail, because there are papers here.
me: Yes, Anne and I just brought it in.
P: Was there anything for me? Maybe a birthday card?

me: I love you so much, sweet boy.
P: I love you so-er much!

me: We can do that tomorrow.
P: Tomorrow I'm going to be too sick. But not so sick that I can't shovel!

me, to Jeremy: Peter needs a bath in the immediate future.
P: Yes, I'm very stinky for my size.

me: No, Anne, you can't have them back because you just dumped them all on the floor.
P: Actually, she just dropped them one by one.

P: Mommy, how did the soldiers nail Jesus to the cross?
me: Well, they used a hammer and put nails through his hands and feet.
P: But where did they get the nails? Were there stores there?
me: Um, probably. Not the same kind of stores we have now, but yes, someone would have sold nails.
P: Or maybe Jesus just gave them some.

P: Where did Adam come from?
me: God just made him.
P, giggling: But God isn't womans! Where would Adam even have come out of?!

P: I bet the soldiers were mad when they saw Jesus was alive again. "Hey, you were dead!" "Yes, but now I am alive because I am God so I can do anything!"

Peter's reaction upon learning that Gnarls Barkley's DJ is Danger Mouse: Is that because he's dangerous, but mouse? Ha! But how does a mouse reach the turntable? Mouses are only this little! (holds up 2 fingers close together)

She's sad because Peter found her with his grape juice and took it back.
There wasn't a lot left to drink.

Friday, April 25, 2014

7QT (Vol. 77): Don't eat meat. Or anything else.

He is risen! I'm overjoyed that Easter is here. As I heard recently, "This was the longest Lent in a long time." The very late arrival of spring definitely kept us in the proper Lenten mood; the recent increase in temperatures has brought us dancing into the glory of Easter. Alleluia!

In less joyful news, my husband went into urgent care last night because he thought he might have food poisoning. Turns out he had appendicitis. I spent this afternoon at the hospital with him. Thanks be to God and modern medicine, he had an uncomplicated appendectomy and is now home, sleeping peacefully.

He was able to eat a sandwich and some grapes for dinner, which was very much appreciated after his "clear liquids" lunch at the hospital and dry toast for dinner last night.

Like how he updated our menu for this week?

Anyway, back to my original plan for this post, before the sleep deprivation and stress of the past 24 hours. Now that Lent is over, we don't have to abstain from meat. So, we're free to do whatever, right? Wrong. I didn't know until after college that the rules about year-round abstinence were changed, not removed. The USCCB still calls Catholics to acts of penance every Friday.

In fact, the council still suggests that Catholics abstain from "flesh meat" on Fridays throughout the year. This is no longer an obligation, but has value as "an outward sign of inward spiritual values that we cherish." If Catholics choose not to abstain from meat, they must to perform a different act of self-denial and penance so to remember Christ's sacrificial death for us on a Friday.

The USCCB further encourages Catholics in addition to penance to perform acts of charity and mercy, particularly on Fridays.
It would bring great glory to God and good to souls if Fridays found our people doing volunteer work in hospitals, visiting the sick, serving the needs of the aged and the lonely, instructing the young in the Faith, participating as Christians in community affairs, and meeting our obligations to our families, our friends,our neighbors, and our community, including our parishes, with a special zeal born of the desire to add the merit of penance to the other virtues exercised in good works born of living faith.
My husband is surely continuing his journey toward holiness. He not only abstained from meat, but from just about everything else, too. What a saint. :-)

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easter Morning

Thank you, Grandma and Grandpa!

"Ooooo!" Green sucker for the win

Monday, April 21, 2014

33 Days to Morning Glory

He is risen! Alleluia!

Yesterday's celebration of the Resurrection was made even sweeter by making my consecration. Together with a handful of other Catholic moms and my husband, I have been on "retreat" most of Lent. After 33 days of preparation, we consecrated ourselves to Jesus through Mary.

Why through Mary? Because Jesus gave her to us as our mother. Because God entrusted Himself to her when He chose to become man. Because it is her mission to turn us into saints and lead us ever-closer to Christ.

Even in the past 24 hours since my consecration, I can see the graces Mary is bringing to us from God. I have received such a gift of peace and spiritual encouragement. I have a better understanding of Jesus' desire for us to come to Him. I have seen the Spirit directing my paths.

If you're a Christian whose church does not venerate Mary, you may well read this and squirm a bit uncomfortably, faint alarm bells of idolatry ringing. If that's you, I'd encourage you to read Hail, Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God by Scott Hahn, a convert to Catholicism with a gift for explaining the Scripture behind Catholic teachings.

If you're Catholic, you might read this and think, "That's nice for her. I don't have time / think that's going a bit far / would be bored..." If that's you, you're wrong. ;-) In all seriousness, consider reading 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley. It's engaging and an easy read.

Maybe you read this and a little flame of interest was kindled. In that case, definitely read 33 Days to Morning Glory! Learn from some spiritual giants (Louis deMonfort, Maximilian Kolbe, Mother Teresa, and Pope John Paul II) in an accessible fashion. If you're local and want to borrow my copy, let me know. Fr. Gaitley recommends starting the retreat so your consecration day falls on a Marian feast. If you want to do that, the next start date would be April 28.

Anne with a baptismal gift from her godmother