Sunday, November 12, 2017

Much better...

We've had some busy weekends for the last few months. How grateful I was for the slower pace of the last three days.


We all went to the local elementary school to watch the Veterans' Day program. It was touching to see the little ones sing for the men who fought for our country. The Young Marines did a White Table Ceremony for the POW/MIAs (yes, I did cry). To end the program our #1 son played beautifully. What a good way to use a musical gift. We were blessed to take part.

We drove south a bit to attend the second of four talks on The Mass, this covering the Liturgy of the Eucharist. So many good things to hear and think about! So blessed to attend Mass as a family (minus dh) before heading out on the road.

Our destination was Latrobe and another good day at St. Vincent. I was even lucky enough to sneak to the library to work for an hour or so before picking up the little people. I was rewarded with a beautiful view as I made my way to their building.

Dh and I stayed up too late watching Celebrity Bowling (thanks Amazon for bringing back '70s game shows!) so it was a late morning. It didn't matter all that much since we had almost NOTHING to do! We ended up heading to the gym to spend some time running around and playing basketball. A whole Saturday unscheduled! What a gift!


It is my favorite day! Today was amazing. Leisurely, cooked, family breakfast before heading out to Mass. Today was even more special than usual - dh made his first appearance as master of ceremony and #2 was the thurifer (who, it seems, is the person who carries the're welcome)...which is his favorite position. How blessed we are to be able to participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Helping a server after Mass :0)

After helping clean up hospitality, we headed back to Pitt for the Polish Festival! It was fun to dance last week but it's also fun to hang out, watch the other kids dance, and eat some pierogi!
Cute Polish kids

My new favorite shirt!
What a wonderful weekend. Faith, family and fun. We are blessed!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Photo dump-October

I have a few achievements to count at the moment...

The costumes are clean
The paska is baked
and other than missing half an oboe lesson yesterday, we've been managing our schedule fairly well. Managing being the correct word because we're just on the edge of it managing us (see previous note about oboe). So, you'll have to suffice with a photo dump from the month of October (since we're now 4 days into November...yikes). Tomorrow is the LAST dance for months...YIPPEEEEEE! Perhaps then things will slow down a bit. We shall see.
We were blessed to begin the month with a beautiful outdoor rosary

Speech every Monday downtown

Beautiful days to dry the summer linens

and hang with friends at the park

more summer...more parks!

God rays...lovely :0)

We're on day 66 so I guess we did some schoolwork too!

We wondered at how quickly time passes

Crazy, really

We learned that even the Great Doctors sometimes disagreed

We went to Holy Hour and Confession and were blessed by clean souls AND cookies

And a statue of the Saint on his Feast Day

Went to outer space

and built bridges

lots of bridges

threw lots of stuff away (but took a picture first!)

had our yearly yogurt trip

made butternut squash pierogi (which no one liked but me)

Made toothpaste which no one liked

Got dressed up

went to dinner

Learned about people in Peru and about alms-giving

We prayed at home, online, and in the car

processed and prayed

and witnessed an incredible gathering of those dedicated to Our Lady and her Son on the 100th(!) anniversary of the last apparition at Fatima

We spent time with friends and played some soccer

Installed an altar rail at St. Gianni parish

and prayed for the babies and moms

We rented a baritone

finally welcomed fall weather (hot water heat)

We changed the world (or at least our socks)

learned about the work of a grist mill

and how to braid hair (sort of)

we dressed them up

and they danced

and danced

and danced

and sang

and played

and danced

 new day, new performance...Sisters of the Divine Redeemer

We met a sweet young sister from Slovakia!

Lol - G

Even little guy danced "for the Sisters"

We were so grateful we could dance for the nuns!

Then the nuns sang for us! In Slovak!!!

We trick or treated three different times
Marveled again about passing youth (and photo-bombers)

Got flu shots and a Mexican reward

Slept whenever we could

and got up early to watch our much younger kids on Dr. Ray

we explored nature


Saw a block house and garden from the French and Indian War

Thought about winter

Spent our Fridays at St. Vincent

and with some other saints

Chatted about saints

Shared our favorites

and had a wonderful time with saintly friends

We laughed


made memories

spent time

We started our baritone lessons

and learned particulars of how to serve

one last dinner (mom didn't cook much this month!)

and enjoyed family and friends to celebrate a long-living parish.

There is more but that's was a long, full month. I am grateful that some far-away things are ending and some nearer, new things, are beginning. November promises more fun, faith and family. We are so very blessed.