Thursday, April 23, 2015

Couch Based Philosophy

What I read from the couch today (because that is about all I can manage to accomplish right now):

The most dangerous thing you can do is to take any one impulse of your own nature and set it up as the thing you ought to follow at all costs. There is not one of them which will not make us into devils if we set it up as an absolute guide. You might think love of humanity in general was safe, but it is not. If you leave out justice you will find yourself breaking agreements and faking evidence in trials 'for the sake of humanity', and become in the end a cruel and treacherous man.
-C.S. Lewis "Mere Christianity"

Sort of makes you think about the problems facing our society today, huh?

At least in the midst of morning sickness I can be challenged by great minds like C.S. Lewis. How I love books.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Wee Update

The past few weeks have been a little rough.  Between my husband's back issues, various sicknesses cropping up, a road trip, and trying to get settled back into a rhythm so we can (at some point!) finish school this year...well, we're all busy, aren't we?

This fall looks to be a busy one as well.  School is mostly planned out (and ordered, yay!) and I tried to make things simple.  My husband will be taking another (long) trip for work and will be gone for several+ weeks.  Also....Baby #5 will be (God willing) joining us in November.

Yep.  Things are busy around here, but we are so blessed.  Every time I contemplate the fact that I am going to be a mother to five children (plus two in heaven) I start to panic a little.  And then I smile and remember those sweet first few weeks with a newborn.  And I wonder who this little person growing inside me is.  What will he or she look like?  And are we going to have more boys or more girls?  And then I see the joy and excitement on my older children's faces.  And I remember that the greatest gift I can give to those I love the most is another person to love and who will love them.  Another friend for life.

So yes, I've not been feeling well (although this is probably the best first trimester I've ever had, mostly due to the fact that I figured out my queasiness triggers: sweets and low blood sugar).  I'm tired.  I'm cranky and emotional.  But I'm also filled with wonder at the good gifts of our Father.  And I'm in awe.  Complete awe.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Froggy's First Haircut

Maybe when you saw the last couple of posts, you wondered when I was going to cut my little boy's hair.  You see, he is my first baby with curls.  Not just curls, but ringlets.  And they are (or were) beautiful and I just couldn't bring myself to get it cut.

But it was getting ridiculous.  If I didn't manage to wet down his hair and brush it, it would turn into one big dreadlock in back.  Ridiculous.

So this morning I got up the gumption and did it.

My beautiful boy before:




During:

You can bet I insisted on saving those locks.

 And after:
He wasn't too sure about the whole experience, but he did sit patiently.

Doesn't he look just like a little man now?  Just.can't.stand.the.cuteness.

Happy Easter

We drove out to Louisiana for Easter this year and had a great time with my brother-in-law and his family.  The drive back was an extreme act of penance for all of us though.  Ladybug and Froggy both came down with a stomach bug before we left, and lets just say the van did not smell pretty by the time we were home.  We made it, we're safe and now we are recovering.

How about some pictures?



 
And more random pictures from our visit:
 
Froggy at a Louisiana lake/beach.

Cousins at the zoo.

Big Boys.

The girls.


Easter egg hunt.


Big cousin helping little cousin.






Going through the loot.

Happy Birthday Sunflower

My Sunflower is full of spunk, always has a smile on her face, and has inherited her fair share of her mother's stubbornness (ahem).

When the birthday girl asks for an ABC Monkey Cake, she gets an ABC Monkey Cake.

The kids made paper bag puppets at her birthday party and then put on a puppet show for our pleasure.

Happy Birthday Sunflower!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Suffering and Hope

Some quotes and a song that have touched my heart recently:

To believe in suffering is pride: but to suffer, believing in God, is humility.  For pride may tell us that we are strong enough to suffer, that suffering is good for us because we are good.  Humility tells us that suffering is an evil which we must always expect to find in our lives because of the evil that is in ourselves.  But faith also knows that the mercy of God is given to those who seek him in suffering, and that by his grace we can overcome evil with good.  ~ Thomas Merton "No Man is an Island"

Be at Peace
Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life;
rather look to them with full hope as they arise.
God, whose very own you are, will deliver you from out of them.
He has kept you hitherto, and He will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it, God will bury you in his arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same everlasting Father who cares for you today
will take care of you then and every day.
He will either shield you from suffering, or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imagination.
~ St. Francis de Sales

When I see that the burden is beyond my strength, I do not consider or analyze it or probe into it, but I run like a child to the Heart of Jesus and say only one word to Him: "You can do all things." And then I keep silent, because I know that Jesus Himself will intervene in the matter, and as for me, instead of tormenting myself, I use that time to love Him.  ~Diary of St. Faustina


And now for a song that I am singing today in all my everyday trials...


Thursday, March 19, 2015

{phfr} - Random AND a First Reconciliation

So while it seems I never blog anymore, I do periodically blog in my head, if that makes any sense.  It sort of works like this: I'm doing something fascinating (loading the dishwasher) and I think of something deep and philosophical (how the dirty dishes are sort of a reflection of our souls when they are stained with sin, and how after the dishwasher runs, they are nice and clean again, ie. confession).  I think to myself, I really should blog about that.  Then I think, well I don't really have very much to say on the subject, and besides I'm sure someone else has said as much and much more eloquently.  Also, It's just a very little blog and in the grand scheme of things is kind of pointless.  And besides, I haven't blogged in so long that I really should just post an update about all the goings on around here (Fritter received First Reconciliation!).  I can't randomly post deep thoughts after such a long (unintentional) blogging break.  But I really don't have the time to do a lengthy update right now, including uploading pictures.  And then someone spills milk and I have to go clean that up.

So...poor neglected blog.

I should just post whatever comes to mind on here and let it be all random-y.  We'll see how that works out.

{pretty}

For Lent I purchased the Passion Play over at Illuminated Ink, so we have been enjoying putting that together.  So far we have the top piece (The Last Supper) and one of three bottom pieces (The Agony in the Garden).  I've done the cutting because it's pretty precise, and the older two have done the coloring and putting together.  We listen to one of our  Music Masters CD (affiliate link) while doing it.  I call this a homeschool win.  I've got to call them when I see them, if you know what I mean.




{happy}
 

We took a two week break from school this month, which was sorely needed.  I did a little planning for next year, organized boxes of kids' clothes, and we went to the zoo three times.  Best spring break ever.  We are back at the books now but are taking three weeks off again, for Holy Week and Easter, while we go on a little road trip to Louisiana.

Sunflower and monkey's.  A perfect match.

Looking at lions.

Big lion.

Here kitty...

Nothing better than happy kids at the zoo.

{funny}

My little Froggy loves to curl up on my lap and look at The Truck Book.  He'll sit still for 10 minutes or so just flipping to random pages while saying "Oooh!  Aaaah!"




 {more pretty}

We've been taking lots of walks lately, because as everyone in Arizona knows, this is the best time of the year to live here.  Our neighborhood smells like heaven because the orange blossoms are in bloom and there are flowers everywhere.  Proof?  A picture from a random neighbors front yard on one of our walks:
 

Flowers everywhere.


I don't know what these things are but they remind of flies for fishing.

I love the vines on the wall of this yard.

{real}
 

And like I mentioned above, my oldest child, my first born son, received First Reconciliation this month.  When we came home, he went right to his calendar and wrote down the next time he wants to go for the rest of the calendar, this way he doesn't forget and neither do we.  He is looking forward to First Communion AND Confirmation next year. 


Keeping the light of Christ burning brightly.

 
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