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Fri Aug 16

– happy little lightning bug holding a diaper

– beauty in the sky, God in the clouds overhead
– little lightning bug trapped in a car
-feather!
– the power of sock monster
– singing cat chat songs softly to stop baby from crying till we were at the rest stop

– finally being able to delete photos to fix my phone

– rosary on the grass by Timmy’s, and two feathers!
– baby drinking from the empty beer can

– cozy evening by the fire
– one last visit w friends

Sat aug 17

– Blandford’s newest campground
– tiny feather on the picnic table
– baby playing w 4 different balls
– feather 🙂
– seeing the visitors off

– time to REST, while baby napped beside me, I caught up: type a day of gifts, read a day of Word Among Us..
– one on one time to hear from God

-butter pecan ice cream sweet like pineapple
– the coolest toy cell phone
– putting back the periwinkles
– stinky skuuunnnnk !!
– golden hills and wide open sky

Sun Aug 18

– a visit tot he neighbor’s yard
– heart happy-church w my whole family 🙂
– kids being little angels there
– all of us talking w other parishioners, part of the community

– feather!
– a teeny tiny white feather in the grass
-time alone to put together the cloud album
-clean counters

– a feather w blue tip
– baby hugging and kissing the Jesus statue, they’re the same height!!

– laundry and prophecy- cloud is moving
– a window visit to Derek’s apt and w his parents
– baby making the glory oh Lord cross on his lips before the gospel

Mon Aug 19

– God sent a kitty to delight all of us this morning 🙂
– 3 boys w books/materials around the school table
– I’m iron man, cause that’s how I am so irony!
– that Spyro came for a visit (t and j)
– and that I’m in my iron man shirt
– him w his little eyes closed in prayer for the psalm
– baby sound asleep clutching Mary

– God blessing me with a house full of sleeping children so that I had time to
pray along w my fasting
– a delicious meal
– out alone w God
– feathers!
– 4 special keys by the side of the road
– one last candy left, sweet like a vanilla cupcake
– Smurfs on Derek’s big tv

Tues Aug 20

– BBQ doodles
– tomato cucumber sandwich, mmmm
– being well on schedule for lunch etc, despite starting the day an hour late!
– now I’m making home cooked meals every night: the fun of getting to cook and try new delicious recipes

– kids declaring an apple party
-at last, a playroom layout that works!
-and a space for the play kitchen next to the real one
-at last, the red and blue matching school desks we were promised, delivered and in our house!

-baby with his own feather
-apple soccer
-the feather game, not 3 but FOUR – and how he would bat the light one with the big one and watch it float down
– the cutest little wooden aderondak chair by the side of the road
-An airplane grocery cart with FLAMES on it!

Wed Aug 21

– an encounter and an awesome opportunity
-little brothers holding hands walking up to the church
– being overcome before Jesus on the altar
– baby kneeling before the blessed sacrament
– a plethora of unopened toys to trade for smurfs
– smurfs!
-tiny ice cream cones w our happy meals!

– more treasures by the side of the road, knex, a nice blanket, a photo board and a kiddie pool!
– “hey party planner, plan my birthday!”

– sweetly broken at the foot of the cross, what He did for me
– a jet trail spanning the length of the open sky- My love for you, no beginning and no end

– my oldest took it upon himself and changed the toilet paper roll, and he put it the right way 😀
– 3 boys w a few centimetres of water
– someone took a drive all the way over to Jesus 🙂

– words of great wisdom as God continues to lead me through more of the Old Testament
– the best made up bedtime bible story ( condensed)

Thurs Aug 22

wisdom and realization regarding the negative impact of entitlement
– Dinos at the ready in my school cupboard

– baby w the flag for O Canada
– Dino activity pad w puzzles to solve
– the set of Dino books I bought last spring at the bookstore, I’m so glad I went ahead and picked them up 🙂
– Dino tail to guide my little reader through the words
– 3 boys all standing on the couch in anticipation of their Dino show

-thanks to letting go of expectations; though I am really tired, we are having a great day!
-scribbles all over my beautiful dining room cabinet: THANKFUL, that it’s pencil.
– easy leftovers and power for lunchtime
– chalk drawings of the trees

– cheese, a knife, construction paper strips and a straw: Making Babybel poke balls for movie night 🙂

– news on fb, PRAISE God! A Protestant speaker who has an amazing story and who has become very interested in Catholicism, is going to convert, AND become a PRIEST!! What a redemption!!
– diaper Cheerios

– prayer walk, my favourite time of the day, this time walking up the hill w You just makes me giddy w happiness!
– a feather dove!
– the clouds, Lord, you make me weak in the knees
– Pokemon movie night 🙂
– critters on a plate

– HARD grace. Hard to be grateful, but, every crucifixion means a resurrection.

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I Woke up early, but I’m a little later than usual getting these up!

Fri Feb 1

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Spring scene out the window
Sharing the wonder of the Mass, The Greatest Miracle, with the kids
The baby’s fascination with the egg carton toy
my boys with the complete alphabet train all set up
a disco lamp
when I got lost driving, God leading me back to the way I know
Driving home, into the sun
streetlights against a sunset sky

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A night out at the bowling alley
A run in with an old friend
A Speed bowling match with DH

Watching our 3 year old clean up through his sobs whatever he could find in the clean living room
How a little toy and a 2 minute you tube video made it all better

Sat Feb 2
Grace even in the storm (Grace in the storm – in that moment, there at the fridge etc – I still could trust, I still knew you had a plan and part of me could still trust, and I wasn’t alone. I didn’t reach for your hand, I couldn’t, but still you held me. )
mutual humility and partnership
Seeing real changes in my husband, fruits of my prayers
Permission to try homeschooling for a year

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A night of women and fellowship
Being right there, part of the story – the moment when someone asked God into her life for the first time
Finding my new faith plaque hung up by the kids bed
Opening my mass readings booklet to discover the feast that falls on this special day – God showing off

Sun Feb 3
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An awakening deep in my heart; Realizing deep down after all these years I still want and need a Daddy
-Awe at DH’s words – ‘the long arm of the Lord’ -God who is this man and what have you done with my husband!!?

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-my little look alike angel wearing my mom’s glasses
-an indian feast for brunch
Fluffy flakes falling soft into mom’s back yard
One boy holding the other’s hand, to help him feel better while his foot hurts
snow covered trees at the entrance to our park
A glimpse of the astonishing: magestic beauty – a great owl sitting in the tree just up from our house

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The imprint from the outdoor plug in the snow
Snow peaks lit by the colored railing lights
Finally seeing our house all lit with Christmas lights and candles in the windows
my new faith plaque hung up on the nail over the kids bed

Mon Feb 4
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Snow spattered on the fence
-your grace, providence – continuing to bring order out of our clutter
Little boys watching over their brother’s shoulder as he practiced writing
Your grace to call me to rest; to go have fun with my family in the snow
the baby with sock mitts
shovel sled
Fortified dome of snow (fort)
My oldest helping his baby brother make the sign of the cross

Tues Feb 5

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Possibly finding a way to finally motivate the boys to clean up quickly in the morning
A window of white
Cut and paste with the kids
2 dinosaurs on boats

our snow fort (J)
My star wars shirt (T)
My best friend encouraging me and holding me accountable

-the God-given ability to multitask – with DH’s help cooking, prepping dinner, movie night and confession, and truly being able to give sufficient attention to each

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A table fit for medieval heroes
Shiny metal cups
Homemade quesedillas -Delicious and easy
Tortillas with chicken and cheese on a plate speared with a sword
The taste of brass and rich creamy chocolate milk
a hearty ‘CHEERS’

-that my drive to church is uneventful
Sudden warmth in my cold hands during group rosary before the tabernacle
Single tear – at your passion – because there was no other way (for us to be with Him) ( ‘ someone has to die, you or me’) and He loved us that much, so as to go that far to be with us! Accept His love.

-the availability of weeknight confession
–that through God’s providence in timing, I went past the accident before the officers arrived – and thus was not caught in the line of traffic and made late
– an inspiration of the Holy Spirit, a simple way to pray daily for my kids: 3 hail mary’s for faith hope and love, one for each child.
puss in boots dancing to the end credits
shadows silhouette on top of the cabinet door
the red angel lit by the archway lights
a frost flower on my kitchen window

Wed Feb 6
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Frost flower by day
a pattern of tiny droplets of water frozen on the front door glass
Love gifts – Marriage wisdom from Ann
Watching my oldest create the car of his dreams on the doodle card, complete with fast wheels and flames out the back

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God’s orchestration – plans – joing CCO for mass and the Q and A with the theologian
A parking space close by
49 min on the meter
Promise of a powerful weekend with God – an upcoming retreat entirely on evangelization!
Theological discussion
Catching up with an old school friend and her family after about 13 years (over a decade later)
Theological thoughts continuing to churn around in my brain
Watching the world go by with a theological mindset – seeing every person in a new light
People watching through God’s eyes – seeing each one and their relationship to God, seeing them as God sees them – a soul/person with hopes and dreams and wonderful talents to make the world a better place.
The surprise arrival of a friend at the food court

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baby sitting and bouncing on the step
her little baby gumming the pop bottle lid
a home win and a shootout
A whole world of fluffy flakes falling quiet outside the parkade

Thurs Feb 7
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Finding everything I was looking for for valentine’s day
– finding baby’s socks put away in his drawer (wrong drawer but still so cute)

Finally sharing my wonderful news
Your faithfulness

TY God for making farmers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMpZ0TGjbWE

Being part of a real-world example of the power of the HS in our lives
everything falling into place, a simple formula for holiness and walking in the spirit: Choose and ask.
delicious muffins

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Since everything is so behind, and I never seem to get the chance to write out much these days, I think I may just post little spirit inspirations, passages, quotes etc that speak to me the day they happen. Hopefully look for a few recent ones to crop up sometime soon 🙂

I’ve been behind on a lot of things, including posts at SUM so on Monday I found out they were doing a community fast this week, and I jumped in as soon as I could. As much as I long to do a proper food fast, I am still nursing, so with a new start the second day I signed off from the internet, with the exception of a few last things that had to be taken care of over that line of communication. It was a bit of a struggle as it should be but I know the self discipline was good for me, and I would look to do it again sometime. The only problem is when I sign off like that, I feel a more pressing need when I break the fast to catch up some of what I missed. Sigh, progress not perfection.

Fri Jan 4
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Ice crystal spikes in sun on the window
Frost thick like glass
Love’s patience – Jesus carrying the cross
My shadow with a book in my hand

Sat Jan 5
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My oldest snuggled between Mummy and Daddy
3 Tiggers bouncing on the bed
“I’m looking at you through the glass, can you put the song on?” – Tyler with the glass dh had lastnight
Winter sun, round glow through clouds and fluffy snowflakes
An icicle dangling from a single thread
A constant stream of falling snow, God’s grace falling endless from heaven
The sun orb glowing, alive, light, life to the world

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A call to a new habit, memorizing God’s word
Discovering a treasure of the word on you tube – visual accounts of the Gospels
Finally sharing with my best friend about what God did in my heart over Rise Up
A challenge my friend felt compelled to give me (15 minute walk in the woods with God, holding hands)
A walk through the snowy woods with my Love
Holding hands with the lover of my soul
Coming home from a date with God, giggly, foolish, happy

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his chubby little legs in just a navy onsie and socks
nativity triangle
New understanding about how to walk WITH God. (heart lifting)
Thank You for the grace to say nothing, rather than start yet further arguments
finding my missing pink paper in the kids room

Sun Jan 6
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The church decorated for Christmas with gold beads strung and tiny white lights
The way the baby jumped suddenly when I said his full name because I discovered he’d taken one of my Christmas cards from the table
A beautiful keepsake Christmas book from one of my son’s godmother
My oldest proudly writing his name in a card with his brand new pencils and minimal help
Dinosaurs in the snow village

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Him opening that special book every chance he got, turning the pages to hear the words over and over
Two little boys kneeling at their bed
Colored glow of Christmas bulbs under the snow
Singing of God’s kingdom at the end of the day (go tell it)

Mon Jan 7
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Successful Name writing lesson – letter y
Sharing my favorite childhood book with my kids for the first time
A call to greater self-denial and holiness (fasting)
A friend to help keep me accountable
My oldest freely choosing to join me in kneeling and praying the litany of praise
3 boys playing with trains
Sparkling droplets and ice blue shadow as the winter sun shines through
Stacking cup monster

Tues Jan 8
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Little Baby standing up on the footstool
Letter e
A surprise – a special unopened envelope from California
Commiting the first 2 verses of the scripture project to memory
All three of us singing, Go Tell it on the Mountain 🙂
Wisdom from the Christmas eve book – 3 worldly philosophies vs the attitude of Love
A beautiful prayertime at the end of the day

Wed Jan 9
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Communion, when I didn’t think I’d be able to receive
The promise of participating in the next cco faith study in the spring
A fun alternative playdate when playgroup was cancelled
The gift we were to each other
Pot luck lunch
Flying down the hills over the snow with the kids
Baby waving his arms when the sled stopped after his first trip down the hill
Play and chat time with another neighbor and her little one
Wisdom from a meditation in the Word Among Us (jan 7)
Trains chugging through bethlehem
Little one climbing all the way up into his high chair, right out of the blue
Throwing together a complete dinner for the family in about 15 minutes

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Thurs Jan 10
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A word of Hope in a dream
Grace to remember I’m to choose how to respond and not just react
Patience to persevere everyone through the rosary – w Jesus by my side
a cozy time spent in God’s word
Jesus, arms peeling off the cross – hands reaching out toward us
one last surprise Christmas gift for each one of us
time spent putting together a puzzle with my older children
Dh lovingly going back to the store for the third time to bring home just the right item for the meal I had planned
A sea scape come to life on my dining room table
Another kid/award–worthy movie themed meal complete with blue ocean water/punch, multicolored fishies and star fish on colorful coral beds.
A Disney chick flick and the way it brought me closer to hubby; my own tall, dark and handsome

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1. The routine has continued to be largely a success- when I stick to it. If I get drawn into the computer when I’m checking something quick, or if I’m tired and the house is a mess, these things can get me off track, but we’ve usually done alright to get caught up again.

My mom also gave me an excellent book for my birthday. She had it set aside for herself but decided I could probably benefit from it more than she could, so she passed it on to me. It’s a book about organization, but it’s not just schedules, it aims to help you organize your entire life, especially around what is truly important. It is such a treasure, and what a Godsend! It covers WAY more than just organization, and addresses just about everything I’ve been struggling with or working on for the past 6 months or more!
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It is helping me to see everything in a new light – and to prioritize rightly – I made it easier to discern whether I really need time alone for x or whether I just want it – but am being called to do something else that would use my time better.

2. I have to remember to KNEEL for my times of THANKS!!! I don’t even know Why I stopped doing that. When I kneel I make the moment a hard stop, and it becomes a ceremony, a celebration of thanks.

Humility – Jesus = the way to God — why is He the only way? BECAUSE God is pure and holy, He is the purest love. And most all of us can admit that we are not.


God’s mercies are new every morning — not as an obligation to you, but as an affirmation of you. It right there in there in the sky every morning: Every sunrise proves the burn of His passionate heart.

The car can fail today and the kids and the dog and the fire detector and the dishwasher and the doctor and the whole free democratic world and it’s entire economic system but the mercies of God cannot and will not fail and His faithfulness is not merely great– it is unwavering.

Nothing is too much to handle when I think about the so much from His hand.

And the way out of the pressing “too-much” — is to whisper thank you for the providential “so-much”.

Levi breathes. He breathes pneumonia hard. And this world is hard as nails and Christ knew it and that’s why He came.
http://www.aholyexperience.com/2012/09/when-its-all-pressing-too-much-youd-like-answers/

3. I did it! I took all 3 kids to mass on Wednesday, by myself. And actually, it wasn’t quite as bad as I’d thought. Phew!

Here’s what it looked like…

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4. I had my first really frustrating time with trying to teach my kids this week. It was only the second day we worked on writing skills, and I was trying to help my oldest draw squares. Somehow I ended up wrestling with him for 2 hours. He’d do a pretty good one so I’d ask him to do jsut one more, to show me that he was really getting the concept, and he always stalled and complained at having to do jsut one more that by the time he went and tried again he’d forgotten and I had to teach him all over again. This went on for a while. I didn’t want to force him, but I didn’t want to let him off the hook either, so I jsut kept asking him again and again. He knew he was being really stubborn and difficult, and I couldn’t let that slide. So in the end, the time hopefully strengthened his will to obey; it certainly strengthened my patience!

5. Since DH transfered downtown he has been telling me of all the neat things he sees from his 6th floor waterfront office and snapping pictures of ships and such with his iPhone. Last week we finally got to have a quick tour of Daddy’s work – just before his team all got moved down to the ground floor in the middle of the building.

This is what they had to give up:
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The kids and I sure enjoyed ourselves.

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6. On Saturday we went to get professional pictures taken. One of DH’s coworkers had had us in for a session free of charge and I really liked some of the poses and things, but was really not happy with the end result, so I was still looking to get a proper family photo to put up over the couch etc (except that above the couch is a window). As someone so in love with photography, it kind of bothers me that we don’t have very many nice photos up, especially when I go to non-photography enthusiasts homes and see the put-together professional photos of their whole family. A month or so back someone came to our door offering a discount on a photo-shoot and an 11×14 photo and I snapped it up. Then I had to figure out what clothes I wanted us to wear, but in the end I settled on bright colors, a different one for each of us. I love fun colors and bright photos.

I don’t think I will be disappointed this time. This guy is a professional with a fabulous studio and fabulous portfolio. I get to see the raw takes on Saturday. He is letting me look at all of them, rather than narrowing them down by making his own decision as to what I would like. I really appreciate this, and respect him for operating this way; since they are to be my photos, I would like to be the one to choose the best.

I also stumbled on an article to make your own macro lens for your iPhone. I think it’s pretty neat. Check out these macros, they’re way better than my camera lens could take!
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7. We finally had another movie night. DH and I saw this one way back in theatres, before I think any of the kids were even though of. The kids had picked it out at the library, and both DH and I were interested in watching it again, so I googled around a bit and put together a simple dinner to go along with it. (simple in theory, DH had to step in to help because things weren’t going well in the kitchen!)
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May 18

-1- Routine: Rest.

The kids have been going through a particularly mischievous/drive-mummy-and-daddy-crazy phase the last week or so. Since having one bad sleep a few nights ago I’ve been feeling tired and run down and haven’t been able to get back to feeling in control. Rest is something I have been craving.

I came across this post by Kathi Lipp, on creating routine when your life is anything but. Since I’ve been big on the routine thing, and my life is just a little crazy on a daily basis, I was totally drawn to it. It stressed the importance of making time for prayer, exercise and love, all of which I had heard expressed before. But there was one more: Quiet time.

I’ve known probably ever since I’ve had kids just how much I need quiet space in my head just to think etc, time free from crying and whining and interruptions, but of course when I’m home with 3 little boys, my life is anything but. As long as they’re around I usually can’t have more than 2 or 3 minutes uninterrupted, and it’s hard enough to find time to pray etc as it is. So the thought of additional time where I could be left alone, maybe even take a nap; I don’t even try unless I really need it.

Then I read this:

‘Quiet Time: Whether I’m crazed at home or on the road, I need to have a little quite time. Research shows that if you can take a nap, even for 20 minutes, it’s the best thing you can do for your health, productivity, and energy. Even if you don’t sleep, just resting will help your day.’

On my tired days I tend to sit at the computer and try to be productive there, with varying degrees of success. The thought that even laying down for 20 or 30 minutes on the couch make a difference convinced me to give it a try. I was having a particularly tired day so I unplugged from the computer and the world as much as possible, and just lay on the couch and rested. I was actually there about an hour but when I got up I did feel less tired; basically, it was just enough to help me make it through to the end of the day. I think I tired it yesterday too, but the kids were still interrupting and it wasn’t so effective, but I’m still going to keep this one in mind.

-2- Faith notes..

‘Lord, I see with new insight Your mighty love for this man.’ —- If he was the only person on earth Jesus still would have come and died for him.

‘Lord, You are not only the redeemer of our lives, but also the redeemer of our circumstances.’ – Redeemer! When I said yes to God, I had no idea all that He had for me, I was just happy that death would not be the end!

From Impact’s First Cornerstone

Our Priest spoke about God and his relationship to us etc, highlighting a passage from the Lord of the Rings:

“What wonderous days are these when myth and legend spring forth fromt he turf before our very eyes?”

The people knew all the stories, they just never expected it them to turn out to be true!

In the same way, mankind knew the story of the promised Messiah, they just never thought they’d see it happen! The same is true today. We need to get people to rediscover the message. ‘Things have been forgotten that should not have been forgotten.’ This is not a judgement, it’s the truth.

Everyone knows the story, but mankind just doesn’t stop to consider the fact that it might really be true! It seems a legend to us, we say it’s just a story. But, what if it isn’t? What if God really is REAL?”

-On Sunday we ended up at St Benedict’s for another of their stewardship commitment campaigns: This time, a Stewardship of Treasure. ‘In stewardship we see the abundance of gifts instead of the scarcity. God will not be outdone in generosity!’ ‘We’re asking you to increase your weekly gift by just 1%. Then, if God doesn’t give you more blessings, more love, more joy, more peace, more graces, I’ll personally give you your money back,’ the speaker boldly proclaimed.

I felt challenged, so we talked it over and decided we could make the increase. I’ve been a little ashamed of how little we as a household were giving and I am so glad we made the decision to give more. It’s far from a tithe, but in a spiritually divided home it is a huge blessing.

-(This is family but still)

Fighting the Homework Battle – From Focus on the Family Minute
Try setting a regular learning time for youre whole family.
Find out how much time your oldest shoud be spending on homework then set aside that amount of time for the entire family to use for quiet study. No tv, loud music or video games etc, just concentrated learning time. Mom and dad can work on bills, read or do other admin tasks, preschoolers can look at books, or color and do crafts etc. The point is, everyone’s involved every night.

-3- I’ve been editing wedding photos and learning a lot in the process!

The wedding was lovely. We had great weather, it was a beautiful ceremony and everyone had a nice time. Although they had one other person taking photos, I too took a lot of pictures. And I understand if the bride favors the other ones, but I still wanted to take phtoos myself: for practice and for my own memories. On Monday I spent a good chunck of time sorting through them and editing the good ones. Although the big windows were beautiful, they made for a real issue with backlighting. It was a little frustrating trying to take nice shots and a lot of them seemed like they weren’t coming out at all.

However, as I worked to make every good shot as nice and professional looking as possible I discovered something: I’m amazed at what a difference making a photo much brighter does… I used to add some highlight till the photo looked nice, and then I was scared to brighten it any more as I thought it would make the light spots wash out. I know highlight adds depth but I never knew how much! I can make the photo so much better than I used to, when I’m brave enough to highlight more… I’m really pleased with this one 🙂

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One other thing I learned only after the fact reflecting back on what the other photographer said – if your shots to light raise the f number – that doesn’t mean lower it!!!! It DOES make a difference. I found this out when I tried the auto settings at the farm on mothers day to see how it handled bright sunlight! She told me the right hing to do and I was just stupid and applied it backwards!!! So yes, if your photos are too bright, raise the aperture!

-4- !!!

On Wednesday I watched the baby as he purposefully moved for toys. He wasn’t just rolling around, but moving… purposefully…FORWARDS! Aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

It all started when I noticed him push a toy further away, almost on purpose. Then I watched as he purposefully got into the crawl position and carefully made himself fall forward – thus reaching it. He did this several times… Boy does he have my stubborn streak! The focus and determination is so cute but agh! He’s going to be crawling before he can even sit up!!!!!

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Here he is pictured just days before, still rather mobile and actively exploring his world

-5- Photo – aday! – Tuesday May 15. (www.aday.org)

The big world-wide capture the world in a day project was tuesday. Check out some of these first submissions: http://www.aday.org/news/2012-05-16/first-pictures.
It’s pretty cool, the last one especially made me smile 🙂

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In Sweden, Valter Turesson was caught by his dad Roger Turesson wolfing a snack while installing Diablo 3 just after its eagerly awaited release at midnight.

It was interesting how shooting for the project affected me. First it gave me the added impetus to wash the dishes as I was taking pictures of my kitchen sink and shelf. And secondly, it helped make sure I stayed focused on the Lord – and His plans for my day, as I do the project. I wanted to be sure I captured what HE wanted me to submit. Shooting for the project also upped the importance of making time for God, for example – praying for my husband. This is a crucial thing to my day and something I feel deep in my heart, so I knew I wanted to include it, but in order to take a photo of it, I had to be sure to actually take the time and say the prayers – in capturing my life I want honesty not a lie – so if I was going to photograph it, then I had to live it! It was interesting the project helped me to stay focused on what’s really important, amid the daily ups and downs.

-6- Last week I took the kids and I took our lenten money to Birthright on our way to the March for Life. At the march we ran into some friends which turned out to be an even bigger blessing as they stayed with me while I was without my keys. Also, a janitor looking man came back out of the building holding them, saying the nun at the desk told him a young lady had left them upstairs and had been looking for them. There’s no nuns in that building. He may have come from the Catholic center next door (though I never saw him go by) but my friend thought it may have been my guardian angel 🙂

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One of the first things the kids did when they came into the office was picked up the little model baby.
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My oldest is tucking the baby back into it’s case for a nap.
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The obligatory handing over the check shot 🙂
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-7- This week we had a teddy bear picnic for movie night. I made teddy bear pancakes like these for the kids, and I had some leftover chicken and sausage rolls. I also had fresh strawberries in the fridge, so I brought those out too. Yum! Then we watched the Yogi Bear movie.
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-1- Ooof, I feel so behind and then some. This week has flown by! I did finish putting the pictures into last week’s post, but I think there’s still a little more content I want to add..

-2- Oh boy, here we go! This is a busy weekend with Mother’s Day etc, but the biggest thing will be tomorrow. I’ve known it was coming for a while, but it’s hard to believe that it’s actually here! My little brother is getting married tomorrow. I have mixed feelings about it, namely because my brother, a solid Catholic since grade 4 and long before I joined the faith, is not getting married in the church.

That said, I like his fiance very much and I am hopeful that they will have a lifetime of memories together.
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-3- Recent experience has prompted me to delve a bit more into spiritual warfare. One of the things that I found particularly helpful:

After you have made a decision that is pleasing to God, the devil may try to make you have second thoughts. Intensify your prayer time, meditation, and good deeds. For if satan’s temptations merely cause you to increase your efforts to grow in holiness, he’ll have an incentive to leave you alone. – St. Ignatius of Loyola

As a result I’ve decided to pray a daily rosary with my cd as well as everything else I’m already doing. I’ve put it right into my routine so it won’t get missed! 🙂 I am praying it WHILE tidying the kitchen and making breakfast, but I’m sure that that is better than not praying it at all.

Saying Grace– Lord thank you for all the blessings, You give us far too much! But, abundance is Your character, so we’ll gladly accept!

FOF – Improving your life through small changes – The Power of 1 thing – by Randy Carlson

Boy could I relate to this one. If you want to change your life, the basic idea is to do one right thing every day, until it becomes a habit:

“Every day we either face a problem, or have an opportunity to reach a goal. If you start there, you can start the process.

Think of the trinity: God the father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit. Isn’t it intriguing that God the Father speaks to our heart. The beginning of Wisdom is the fear of God. The Holy Spirit was sent as our comforter. Jesus came to show us how to live our lives. What I have experienced, when the fall occurred, when sin occurred, all that was shattered and this perfect balance of being able to think, feel and do got shattered. When you think a head person a heart person or a hand person, which are you? 85% I’m a head person. Do you miss the heart of your wife? YES!
God wired us to be a heart, as well as a head. We need to understand that we connect with people around who THEY are. The reason a husband and wife will miss each other, many times, you have a man who’s a planner, a strategist, married to a woman who’s sensitive and caring and has a heart, and the man may value thinking more than the emotions, and in the process completely miss the heart of his wife.

If you’re a thinking person as you described, how do you stop and hear your heart?
You have to think your feelings. We as men often lump everything into anger and frustration and control etc… For a thinker, the one thing we can do is stop and think, what am I REALLY feeling right now.

My ADD thinking is going to freeze me up, every procrastinator listening knows what that experience is like, we talk ourselves into a corner, and then we don’t act. If we can start, if we can break that inertia by doing the next one thing, that is the beginning of that intentional life.

I’m a head person, a thinker a planner, but head people sometimes don’t execute, we get so many good ideas, our minds run in so many directions that we freeze. So, I think, what one thing will I do today, that will bring pleasure to Christ? This allows me to get focused! Then, if I do that one thing today, my day has been successful.

Why is it so hard to change? We get into old patterns. we have patterns that develop over a lifetime we have certain ways of thinking.. and those thinking patterns affect how we respond emotionally. Then along with the patterns we have habits and they’re usually not so good habits. We are prone to falling into those old unhealthy patterns and Satan loves that. So, I pick one thing to do one thing spiritually every day. If I do that for a month, it becomes a habit. Now, I miss it if I don’t do it.

I think all of us have one area in all of our lives that if we were to say I can focus on that one thing it would make the biggest difference in my life. If we make just bump along in this life it’s very unintentional.

Procrastinators relate to this, people who have cluttered desks and minds and hearts understand they feel overwhelmed.. Practical example, cluttered desk, cluttered room, people freeze. Go in and clean one drawer. Feel encouraged that you cleaned that one drawer! – That one act allows youto feel more in control.

The power of one thing really comes down to people who are overwhelmed. People hear this topic and think this is really simplistic. But we’ve got a lot of people today who are actually stuck. They have procrastinated, they have problems that have not been resolved, they have goals that have not been reached for, they have emotions that are run away in their life. They’ve got a mess around them, and they need encouragement. And the power of one thing is really written as a book of encouragement, that you can intentionally do one thing today, no matter how small it may seem, that will get you tarted in the right direction. Does it solve all your problems? no. But if we begin the process, then we can eventually get to the goal.

And so the power of one thing is really not trying to say, ‘just do one thing’ our life is full of a lot of things, it’s not going to stop doing other things I need to do, but there may be one thing that’s got such a high payoff, such a big problem, that I’ve been putting off for so long, I better start doing that one thing: if I don’t start walking to take care of my health, if I don’t get out of debt, stop using my credit cards, if I don’t start speaking into the life of my teenager some words of encouragement, if I don’t step up and start being the parent and discipline my kids and hold them accountable, then down the road I’m going to have a nightmare on my hands, so the idea is let’s do ONE thing for the next 30 days to begin that process.”

2 inspiring truths: ‘Our past may be broken, but our future is His!’ ‘Grace runs downhill. It seems our lives are almost tilted towards failure so we can find God.’ – Focus on the Family Broadacast : God’s Loving Care for Single Moms

-4- The baby is rolling all over and even grabbing things now. He’s gotten VERY mobile despite not being able to crawl – yet. I live in fear of this child developing that skill. However, he’s not quite 5 months and already he can get into the crawl position and even the plank position for a push up! I expect he’s going to learn to sit up just by wiggling around on his tummy! One day he will get into a sitting position, and he’ll just be able to stay there!

He’s not even 5 months old!
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-5- I remembered an important thing with nursing, that when I remember has helped baby to be more full. I knew it was important to keep my fluids up (which I’m bad at when I’m not nursing) but I forgot that you’re supposed to have a drink EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU NURSE. When I did this I found had a lot more milk. Now to work on the habit! 🙂

-6- This week we had a sort of princess party with our movie night. We’ll call it a prince party.
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We watched Tangled and I made spaghetti for supper. I also set up a tower scene with a prince and princess and made crowns for us.
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I think this is a rather princely expression 🙂 :
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I also made cinnamon braids for dessert, yum!
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The whole family watching the movie on the couch:
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While googling food ideas I clicked on a picture of a cake and discovered this site with food and craft ideas for several kids movies: http://family.go.com/disney/disney-tangled-crafts-recipes-photo-gallery-pg/view-all/

-7- Tuesday is the big photo project to capture the world in a day. Once the weekend is over I’ll think more about it. If you want to learn more visit, http://www.aday.org/

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From the website: Why Participate?
“Because you love photography. Because you have something to say. Because your life matters. Because the idea of doing something together worldwide is thrilling. Because you like the thought of saving a little something of yourself for generations to come. Because your take on daily life is part of a much bigger picture.”

Here’s another article: http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/327424/20120413/adayorg-day-world-photo-expressions-humankind.htm

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1. I feel so behind on everything… I did get caught up on a few posts this week, but I still have to put together my Easter one, and the house not so much! It’s been rather busy, and I’m later getting these up because I had a funeral yesterday and I’m having to write them this morning, you know instead of emptying the dishwasher. As ususal, I will be back with photos and some more info on some of the posts, but it probably won’t be today!

2. This past week has really been a time of reflection for me. Please bear with me while I try to express just some of it.

-An insight -This sounds straightforward right now, but this really struck me at the time: the human condition – our concern for others well being, our crusades for human rights, our pain when someone hurts us, our need to feel loved – it is precisely because we are made in God’s image! We as humans are made to give and receive love. It’s what we were created for!

-Reflecting on the moment: I have all these blessings in my life (how did I get so blessed? I have a cute caring husband, I have not one but 3 beautiful boys!), but more than that, I have a life through which to enjoy them! God Himself gave LIFE to me. God gave me a body. He gave me eyes to see the beauty of His creation all around me, ears to hear beauty in music and in nature, and a soul to feel, to love and to be loved! Wow.

-God works all things for my good. Just as I was about to finally read the breakthrough living post I’d been saving for a quiet moment, I was reminded of my own little breakthrough recently, through the spiritual warfare actually, just how much I put my trust in God and how it eclipses any doubts even further. Spiritual warfare, just the idea of encountering evil spirits, is something I find pretty scary, and having had a few clear brushes with it in the last few weeks, I’ve found myself feeling rather nervous about it all. And yet, this means I need to trust God and seek his protection and remember He’s already won the war. After all, I’ve said to my best friend a few times since the faith study, ‘if you believe in evil, why don’t you believe in the cure?’ and those words came back to me that I need to apply them myself. Now is the time when I believe in evil in a new way – The fear is there in the pit of my soul every evening since the warfare started to manifest a few nights ago. Now is the time I need to believe and put all my trust in the cure! – This evil is real, but God is real too, and he’s already won! This led to the added breakthrough when I realized how God is using the spiritual warfare I’m experiencing, the opposition, to strengthen my faith and my dependence on Him ! Wow, that is powerful!

-I looked up the meaning of a couple passages from my recent bible reading and discovered something really interesting. Luke 23: 29 “For behold, the days are coming when they will say, `Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never gave suck!” This passage has puzzled me, why would that be a good thing, unless maybe the ones without children would have it easier at the end of the world/escaping persecution etc. I discovered it actually prophecies abortion. I had never thought of it this way before, but it’s so obvious. I had wondered why would it be good to have never conceived? It is not the church that is the ‘they’ but the culture! This seems to be the only interpretation that makes sense.

-The funeral service yesterday was really beautiful. Even though I loved Nancy, I didn’t feel sad. The service was so celebratory, celebrating her love of life, that it was actually uplifting. That and I felt that though she never spoke about it that I recall, that she knew and walked with the Lord.

The minister’s reflection was excellent. I summarize:

“When one more person dies too young to this terrible disease – cancer, we have to remember that the first heart to break, is God’s. There are only two ways to live this life: to see nothing as a miracle, or to see everything is a miracle. So even though it’s hard sometimes, we still have to live with our hearts open. How do you live with an open heart? You shout out your anger to God, that it might come back to you as love. When your heart is open, you are open to that grief being replaced by new life, being replaced with hope.”

“Lord, take Nancy. Take her to places only You can imagine.”

I felt that all who were involved with the service really captured her spirit, even the minister. Backstage before every show, led by Nancy we would recite the Storyteller’s Creed. The minister picked up on this, and added a few of his own ‘I Believe’ statements:

I believe that she shone for 53 years of mischief and playing and drama. I believe that her divine light now shines though each one of you who loved her. I believe it will shine in you when you’re 75.

Lord, have mercy on her beautiful soul and welcome her into your heavenly kingdom. Be with her family, her friends that were with her up to when she died, comfort them and let them know your presence during this difficult time.

-Then on my way home I picked up my first ever hitchhiker! I saw him there and as I read his sign ‘please’ my heart stirred. God put it on my heart to pick him up. Picking up a hitchiker was something I’d never done, but I didn’t have an ‘uh oh this is a bad idea’ feeling, just basic human nervousness and fear of the unknown, so I prayed for the HS to make it clear and for the courage to do what I was SURE he was asking me to do. I passed the closest exit aswhile I was still processing everything, so I had to turn around and come back to get him, but I did. And he was still there. And then his reaction when he saw the car visibly stopping was worth it all, it was like he’d just scored the winning touchdown, he was so happy. He’d been standing out there for almost 2 hours. I beleive he wasther jsut for me to pick him up.

I am in awe of how much God can do with a willing heart in a span of about 2 hours!

– Lastly, there was my trip to the throneroom, to pray for my husband.

3. In my searching I discovered an excellent article that spells out a lot of my problems with abortion. If you don’t share this point of view, you probably won’t like it, but I share it anyway: http://www.catholicbible101.com/abortion.htm

If you do share this point of view, consider signing this petition: http://www.lifecanada.org/services/petitions/petition-in-support-of-motion-312

There is another particularly compelling read on this site, a memo from the Devil. It dictates numerous tactics of the devil to capture human souls. Some of my readers will find this kind of talk rather crazy, but I’ve had brushes with the spirits myself and I believe it’s very real. You don’t have to look far to see the existence of evil in our world. After reading a number of the entries in the memo, I’m convinced that human beings really do sell their souls to the devil – only they don’t realize it because they’re only investing in some particular earthly good. It’s scary. So much of the things in the somewhat fictional memo are bang on. I share this with you my diverse readers simply because I care about you.

4. Check out this story about the dangerous abortion agenda:

A young lady was at the UN as part of a special program. At a special pro-life gathering, “the ambassador of Iran came by with his wife and he began to reveal to us how he was feeling the pressure from other ambassadors, especially the US to carry the abortion agenda in his nation. He did not believe in abortion, he did not want that in his nation. But what happens is other ambassadors or even the UN will threaten to withhold funding unless they incorporate, enlist, instate pro-abortion laws into their country.”

The UN is bullying other nations into becoming pro-abortion!

You can hear a lot more of her story here:

5. I’m pretty sure I have invented the best breakfast ever. (I make this claim based on overall success in multiple categories including: taste, nutrition and easy of preparation). It’s very quick to make, balanced, filling, fairly healthy and tastes sinfully delicious. It’s a yogurt sundae. This idea itself is not new, but the ones I make exceed the basic. To make this breakfast: Put yogurt in bowl. Top with fresh fruit (might have to chop it). Stir the fruit in. Top with the cereal and I use the thick greek yogurt (more fattening I suppose but it makes a much better sundae), fresh fruit and a basic crunchy flake cereal with nuts.

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I’ve come up with 3 delicious variations so far: Lemon Blueberry: lemon yogurt with blueberries, Tropical: coconut yogurt with a basic fruit cup (peaches, pears and pineapple) and some toasted coconut, and Chocolate Strawberry: Mocha yogurt with fresh strawberries. All 3 taste incredible, cover all 4 food groups and take no time at all to make! Between that and bread pudding, breakfasts have finally gotten a lot easier.

I also made a chocolate bread pudding this week. It’s really more of a dessert, but I had it for breakfast anyway 😉
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6. This week I learned there was a built-in light meter on my camera! (Thanks to a dear friend!) I thought it was unnecessarily tricky trying to get the exposure right on manual, who knew there was a built in light-measuring tool!

Also, the Social Parents have started a special photography meetup where we get together with our kids, take pictures of them and discuss tips and techniques etc. We had our first one on Tuesday, but I hope this is just the beginning!

“I was thinking it would be great to plan meetups with other Mom’s maybe an hour on a bi-weekly basis to take photos and learn a little more about the art. We can take photos of our babies while they play, we can take them for a stroller ride on one of Dartmouth’s great trails and practice our landscape photography skills, we can also get together for playdates to talk technique and review our shots from a previous date, … the options are endless.”

This was the plan:

“As a first meetup I thought we could go to a park with a soft surface tennis court, bring some balls of all sizes and let the kids play while we try to get some fun shots. I’m suggesting a tennis court because it is an enclosed outdoor space with a soft surface; good light, soft for crawling or getting down to capture a different angle, and none of our little subjects can wander off on us.”

Instead, the tennis court was taken, so we just sat around the playground instead.

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7. This week we had a last-minute movie night. It got moved around a bit and on wed when DH said he actually wasn’t going biking that night, we decided to make that night movie night. We discussed and chose a movie in the afternoon.

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Then I put this creation together to fit the theme, out of what we had on hand and what I felt like eating. This was the result:

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Not a bad resemblance… especially for last minute!
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I usually spend a couple days brainstorming ideas for the menu, so it was pretty fun to throw this one together so well on short notice!
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Also, 2 links

How to be a Good Mom on a Bad Day: http://inspiredtoaction.com/2012/04/how-to-be-a-good-mom-on-a-bad-day/

The Creed:

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