Monday, December 21, 2009

1 Corinthians 13, a Christmas version

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another cook.
If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend myriad holiday parties, and sing in the choir's cantata, but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.
Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who can't.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. Video games will break; pearl necklaces will be lost; golf clubs will rust; but giving the gift of love will endure.

Have a very blessed Advent.
Come, Lord Jesus!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Extended recess...

Unfortunatelly I am taking an extended recess from this blog. It seems that gearing up for "school" is taking all of my spare time (whatever that is :) and my camera's refusal to work has dampened my exitement for recording the goings on here. I do hope that I can start up again when the school year gets rolling and a working Cannon Power Shot falls out of the sky on to my lap. LOL. For now though, this will have to be one of the more quiet corners of Bloggerville. I'll try for a Monday post every week, but no promises. Time for bed.... God Bless

Monday, July 27, 2009


#1 Obamacare: Fast track to Economic SuicideBy Dennis M. Howard © Copyright, 2009
Economic conservatives are worried about the runaway tax and spend potential of President Obama’s health care initiative. They are worried that “before this thing is through, it could cost us $1.6 trillion and still not solve the health care problem.”

But that’s not half the real story

What they’re overlooking is the hidden cost of federal funding of abortion as part of an “essential benefits package” that will be imposed on everyone unless it is explicitly excluded from the legislation. Right now, the Democrats are opposed to such an exclusion.

If the health care bill passes without this exclusion, taxpayers will be forced to pay for other people’s abortions whether they like it or not. And the $1.6 trillion the eco-conservatives are worried about will only be the tip of a very large iceberg.

That’s because abortion has a huge hidden economic cost. It’s the loss in GDP represented by all those babies who never had a chance to grow up to become the future workers, consumers, taxpayers, and parents the nation needs to sustain future economic growth.

This is something the younger generation better start worrying about. People under 40 will still be paying taxes 30 to 50 years from now, so they will take the biggest hit from this phenomenon. And because their numbers have already been depleted by abortion, that means even fewer shoulders on which to rest a much bigger burden.

We’ve already had more than 51.7 million abortions since 1970. That’s a whopping 30.6% of our current under-40 population. If we had a war that took that kind of toll, we would have run up the white flag decades ago. The pro-aborts just don’t give up that easily.

What they don’t want to admit is that people are our country’s most important renewable resource. Ever since Roe v. Wade, we’ve been depleting that resource with abandon.

The hidden cost of those 51.5 million abortions has already reached an estimated $35 trillion in lost GDP. Assuming a 33% tax rate, that’s enough to pay off our entire current national debt with enough left over to fund a vibrant economy.

If all those kids had lived, we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in.

Looking forward, the picture isn’t any brighter . . . especially if we keep subsidizing abortion. That’s exactly what the Democrats propose to do by sending you the bill for other people’s abortions.

GDP per capita is now about $45,000 a year, and until the current slumpp it was compounding at a rate of 4% a year. It is a measure that includes everyone from the cradle to the grave. But every baby we abort is one less contributor to GDP not just for today, but for a lifetime.Every child we abort today will cost us about $23 million in future GDP over a lifetime.

And the bonus is that babies don’t compete for jobs with the rest of us for their first 20 years. But they create jobs for everybody else – doctors, nurses, teachers, homebuilders, toymakers, retailers, you name it.

If there ever was a major job killer, it is the baby-killing industry.

Yet all those nuts we send to Congress continue to subsidize Planned Parenthood to the tune of $326 million a year. That’s about $1,000 for every abortion Planned Parenthood performs. Now Congress want to compound that by making you pay again . . . and again . . . and again.

So, unless abortion is explicitly excluded from Obama’s health care plan, get ready for even higher taxes. Whether its your abortion or someone else’s, you’re going to get the bill.

Planned Parenthood estimates that the number of abortions will rise by 20% to 35% if the Obama health care bill passes. That will take abortions back to levels not seen since the mid-1980’s. And that means even bigger losses in future GDP.

Thanks to the magic of compounding, by 2040 to 2050, we’re already looking at cumulative GDP losses of $335 to $500 trillion dollars just from abortion. Add another 20% to 35% to that, and we’re talking about really big money.

That’s why I call Obamacare a “fast track to national suicide.” It is far more significant than anything else that threatens us this side of eternal damnation.

In his book, “Obamanomics,” John Talbott lists “25 Greatest Threats to our Prosperity.” (Abortion oddly is not one of them!) High on his list are World Poverty ($100 trillion), Global Warming ($60 trillion), Globalization’s Nasty Side Effects ($60 trillion) . . . all the way down to Terrorism ($5 trillion).

His terrorism tab is laughable. We’ve already exceeded it. And nearly all of the others are based on numbers conjured up in someone’s imagination.

My estimates, on the other hand, are based on hard-rock numbers. GDP per capita is a measure that is used universally throughout the world. Indeed, my estimates are more conservative than those employed by government agencies in the cost/benefit analyses they use to plan their spending.

But try telling that to some politician who firmly believes that abortion is some kind of free lunch. Sure, it looks “free” to a guy who wants to avoid the responsibility of paying 21 years of child support, but the baby’s only crime is wanting to call him “Daddy” for the rest of his life.

For the rest of us, it adds up to more of what we have been experiencing for the last 35 years declining personal incomes, a shrinking economy, lost jobss, rising taxes, and less freedom as the Nanny State takes over more and more of our personal lives.

In short, abortion is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on the American people.

But you have a choice. If you want bigger tax bills, a grimmer future for your children and grandchildren, and more government encroachment on your right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, just go back to sleep and forget you ever read this.

But if you are ready to fight this, come join us at We the People Speak, our new non-partisan educational campaign to restore common sense to American politics. Check it out at: http://www.movement forabetterameric espeak.htmlOr join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook .com/WethePeople Speak?hiq= dennis,howard

Friday, July 17, 2009

Been a long time...

I know that it's been a while since I 've posted, but I have been busy with an ill household :(. It's so hard to see the children sick. And then there's the extra chores ....Still catching up. But I think that soon I'll be back at it. The children are better . Now I just need a new camera to replace the one that will no longer take pics for me.....:(

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

15 years ago...

Ciera Giard, It has been 15 years since I last saw you. Your round cheeks, fine hair, and rosebud lips are etched in my memory. I didn't know what sweetness I had been given, but God has other plans for you. I hope you are happy on your jurney and may Our Lady watch over and guide you as you jurney through this vale of tears. Sending prayers of love across the plains from a mothers heart.
Love, Gloria

Thursday, June 11, 2009

My poor 'puter

Well, it's toast :( And I never backed it up so all of the pics I've taken over the last year or so are gone......along with lesson plans......and e-books.....
Oh well, c'est la vie!
I am sooo glad I have saved some of the pics to this blog. And I still have the older computer. It is just so slooooooow.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Good news, Bad news....

The good news is...
I have been able to sleep through the night most nights for the last two weeks :)
The bad news is...
this is why.
I'm going to have a thumbsucking habit to break in little James.
But I guess it's worth the extra ZZZZs.

Mother's Day

I was going to do a daybook, but I don't have the time.

So I'll use this entry to honor Our Heavenly Mother, the most pure mother of Our Lord, who's month it is.

Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful: O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

Happy Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The door frames

Dad thought it would be cool to make a rounded door, so after some internet research, he came up with a plan. First we needed something to form the board to in order to make it bend the right shape. This old tire bolted to this board, and straps ready to hold it in place untill it cools, will work just fine... Now, in order for the board to bend, it must be made pliable. Steam is the fastest way to do that. So, Dad made a steambox out of 1x12 cedar (the same stuff we used for the floor) .

He inserted supports along the length of the box to keep the board from sagging inside the box. And a hole drilled in the top let us insert a meat thermometer to make sure that it reached a sufficient board bending temp. We found some usefull instructions here .

We took the side burner off of the gas grill to heat the water with. These pics are from our second attempt. The first was successful. The second try failed because the board (pictured) had a grain pattern that caused it to split instead of bend :( But the first one turned out well and here it is installed. I'll post more pics when we do the upper story door frame.
Isn't it cute!

And here's what Daniel likes to do in his spare time, build his own cars out of leftover lumber.

Who needs a Suburban!?!

To love a child

If I live in a house of spotless beauty
with everything in its place,
but have not love,
I am a housekeeper--not a homemaker.

If I have time for waxing,
polishing, and decorative achievements,
but have not love,
my children learn cleanliness--not godliness.

Love leaves the dust
in search of a child's laugh.
Love smiles at the tiny fingerprints
on a newly cleaned window.
Love wipes away the tears
before it wipes up the spilled milk.
Love picks up the child
before it picks up the toys.

Love is present through the trials.
Love reprimands, reproves, and is responsive.
Love crawls with the baby,
walks with the toddler, runs with the child,
then stands aside to let the youth walk into adulthood.
Love is the key that opens
salvation's message to a child's heart.

Before I became a mother
I took glory in my house of perfection.
Now I glory in God's perfection of my child.
As a mother, there is much I must teach my child,
but the greatest of all is Love.

-- Author Unknown

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Fort catch-up

With the floor in place, it is time to put up the pre-built wall frame. And when moving something heavy, always use something with wheels :)The boys helped to move the wall frames...and to hold them straight while Dad lag bolted (pre drilled of course) them to the floor. If you didn't notice, the frames are also painted (or going top be), to keep down the weather damage that they may encounter I took alot of muscle to keep it straight sometimes. And many power tools to fasten it together :DAnd here's the paint crew.Daniel's finally able to swing a hammer. He's our natural builder. He is walling the inside of the fort with plywood so that we can paint it. So now the fort has a foundation, floor,frame, and walls. The boys are having a-lot of fun building it, not to mention the learning that is going on :)

Friday, May 1, 2009


I've finally gotten around to posting some baby pics!

Not much to say but that he is so cute...

And funny...
and his sister loves him....
So does his other one... And Thomas likes to pretend to be him too.... I'm in love!
Now if only I could DO something :)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Benjamin has been making up his own jokes for a long time. But lately they have been actually funny more often than not. So I thought I'd start recording them here. I'll write down the ones from the past as I remember them and new ones as they come up.

What did the judge eat for lunch?...........................Trial Mix!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Last Fall

Now that it's spring, I think I'll post pics from last fall Ha Ha.

A fun day playing in the few leaves provided by our crepe myrtle. And some of Holly's math :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Babymoon blogging

Boy this baby sure takes up alot of time! I forgot how demanding they can be. James is even more so though. He is a little more fussy that any of the others have been, so mom doesn;t get to blog as much :( Lately though, he has been sleeping in longer stretches and I may take one of those times to do some catch-up posts from the winter. for now, here is a picture that I took of an odd cloud formation last fall. Of course the photo doesn't do it justice, but it looked amazing in real life.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


FOR TODAY April 1,2009...
Outside my is just getting light out and the cars are covered with pollen.
I am thinking...i don't think my brain is quite awake yet.
I am thankful for...Allen fixing the wheel barrow instead of buying a new one. He's so handy!
From the learning rooms...the boys are getting a lesson in attentiveness. And, they are starting daily journal writing.
From the kitchen...maybe peach crepes for lunch.
I am nightgown and James on my shoulder.
I am creating...a family constitution per Benjamin's request. He's pretty visual, likes things written down.
I am be here all week, drop me a line :)
I am reading...labels and trashing the artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners. Oh, and anything made in China!
I am hoping...I can finish some things that need finishing without getting so distracted that they don't get done at all.
I am hearing...birds chirping outside and the train going by. I have lived near the train since I was 9 and I think that if I ever didn't live near one I would miss it.
Around the house...I've been able to keep my flat surfaces in the kitchen mainly clutter free since Allen bought this nice, big desk to keep my clutter somewhat organized.One of my favorite things...I noticed that the kitchen is getting a little sunlight now in the afternoon. Sunny kitchens are so cheery! I just wish my kitchen window faced south instead of north so that I could harvest that cheer in the drearier seasons.
A few plans for the rest of the week:WASH THE DOG!, practice some music for Easter, put together some meaningful Holy Week activities.
Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Amber climbed into James's crib (it was hers not too long ago :) and was playing in it for quite a while pretending she was the baby. I laid her favorite brother down so that "jay ta-ku me?" (translation, can I take care of james?)
Love, Gloria

Thursday, March 26, 2009

FOR TODAY March 26, 2009...
Outside my is sunny and windy; so it looks nice out, but feels cold.
I am thinking...that I need to get back into a routine and also that I will start posting on the fort again soon. Also, I think it is time to take my baby ticker down ...
I am thankful for...the little things that make a difference in life.
From the learning rooms...the kids made this swallow mobile, that Anne had blogged about, to hang from the cieling fan for "Swallow Day" and will be planting a garden this week.
From the kitchen...we made the sugar cookies from
Catholic Cuisine, with blue sugar sprinkles,for the feast of the Annunciation.
I am denim tennies, denim skirt, and a red t-shirt that I will change as soon as I'm done with this because I has been spit upon by my cute little baby James.
I am many things all at once that none of them are getting done :(This is a lenten tree that I made from seeing this one at Shower of Roses, but I am using Dom Guarrenger's Liturgical Year books and making symbols to match it day by day.Needless to say I am a little behind with the symbols, but it's coming along.
I am get more wood for the boys' fort with the money dad made fixing up an old bug and selling it for 3 times what he paid for it. (he's so smart :)
I am reading...not much right now, no time.But I am learning more about HTML :)
I am hoping...our garden works this year.
I am hearing...Peter helping Thomas put on his shoes and Amber play out back.Everyone else is quietly doing math.
A picture thought I am sharing... The circus car (there's 7 clowns in there :)

We were Bug owners for a week! The kids almost voted to keep the VW to play in and forgo the fort...almost.

Love, Gloria

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Shamrock says...

Your Shamrock Says You Are Loving

You are balanced, nurturing, and sympathetic. You understand people and love to help them.

At times, you get too involved with what's going on in other people's lives. It's hard to remove yourself.

You consider yourself a lucky person. Luck always seems to be on your side.

You are stylish, in a classic sort of way. You are particular about how you like things.

Monday, March 16, 2009


FOR TODAY... March 16, 2009
Outside my is a beautiful, puffy clouded, sunshiny, rainy, Irish day. I think St. Patrick visited us a little early.
I am thinking...that if I don't change, nothing else will.
I am thankful for...the desk that allen bought for our computer. It is big enough for me to actually do paperwork on and still have room for office supplies and bills and some school supplies too (yes it's big). And I am finally able to keep that dreaded pile of papers off of the kitchen counter :)
From the learning rooms...Benjamin is studying the elements and everyone else is focusing on the basics.
From the kitchen...I am trying something new, individual meat loafs like burgers with pork & beans, peas and buiscuts from scratch.
(update...the meatloaf burgers needed onions! Otherwise, dinner turned out fine, I guess, because it's GONE!)
I am wearing...a cotton floral sweater, a blue broom skirt with white flowers, and my favorite old, beat-up Ariat boots that are made from sherling suede and leather. I wish they still made them. *sigh*
I am creating...diapers and covers from fabric that I bought Friday, and a mei tai baby pack.I hope they turn out OK.
I am get my taxes sent out this week :
I am reading...the life of The Blessed Virgin by Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich to the children; interesting.
I am hoping...That Allen feels better after taking care of his sore tooth.
I am hearing...Amber sing "DO DO DO" while softly playing the piano; too cute!
Around the house...our garden needs to get started or we won't have one, and we're goin to need one!
One of my favorite things...trying new things.
A few plans for the rest of the week: get taxes done, school, and finish mei tai.
Here is picture thought I am sharing...
James's first photo with his eyes open :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Little saints

Our home is populated by 8 little saints now! James Joseph was baptized today and it was so good to see Father Alphonsus again too. The twins also made their first confessions.

Holly got to be the proxy godmother for Anne who had to drive the girls to class. She was so proud!
Poor James cried the entire time:( But Holly was such a trooper:)
Sorry this post is so short and disjointed, but life postpardum still needs adjusting and time for much is wanting. As it is, I finished this post 2 weeks late.
Blessings from our family to yours!

St. Antholy, Pray for us.


O glorious Saint! God has given thee the power of working miracles continually, and the favor of answering the prayers of those who invoke thy assistance in misfortune, anxiety, and distress; we beseech thee, obtain for us from Jesus, through Mary, His Blessed Mother, what we beg of thee so fervently and hopefully, if it be for the glory of God and the good of our souls.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

By St. Bonaventure
1. If then you ask for miracles, Death, error, all calamities, The leprosy and demons fly, And health succeeds infirmities.
The sea obeys, and fetters break, And lifeless limbs thou dost restore, Whilst treasures lost are found again, When young and old thine aid implore.
2. All dangers vanish at thy prayer, And direst need doth quickly flee; Let those who know thy power proclaim, Let Paduans say: "These are of thee."
The sea obeys, and fetters break, And lifeless limbs thou dost restore, Whilst treasures lost are found again, When young and old thine aid implore.
3. To Father, Son, may glory be, And Holy Spirit eternally.
The sea obeys, and fetters break, And lifeless limbs thou dost restore, Whilst treasures lost are found again, When young and old thine aid implore.
Pray for us, St. Anthony,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray.
O God! May the votive commemoration of St. Anthony, Thy Confessor and Doctor, be a source of joy to Thy Church, that she may always be fortified with spiritual assistance and may deserve to possess eternal joy. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Monday, February 9, 2009

FOR TODAY ...February 9, 2009

Outside my window...It is a beautiful, frosty, sunny, morning. I think it will be cold. I miss how I never got cold when I was pregnant.

I am thinking...that I really need to get my act together school-wise, I've been slacking :(

I am thankful for... all of the loving kids in this house always begging to hold the baby:)

From the learning rooms...brush-up on catechism because we get to go to mass tomorrow.

From the easy biscotti recipe for the baptism tomorrow, and pancakes for breakfast today.

I am brown corderoy skirt, long socks, an off-white shirt with fall flowers on it and blue fuzzy slippers.

I am time for that right now:(

I am mass tomorrow for the first time in forever it seems.

I am reading...the life of The Blessed Virgin from the visions of sister Ann Catherine to the boys at night.

I am hoping...I can keep it all together tomorrow as the children haven't been to mass in a long time.

I am hearing...a little baby starting to cry. I may have to cut this short.

Around the MIL has been helping me keep up with the laundry:)

One of my favorite empty laundry basket!

A few plans for the rest of the week:Mass and baptism of James and Julianna (who was born on my birthday!:) tuesday, and James' circumcision on Wednesday.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...
James at only a couple hours old;)