Sunday, March 30, 2008

Contemplating Couplehood

BEATITUDES OF MARRIED COUPLESBLESSED ARE MARRIED COUPLES WHO COMFORT EACH OTHER -- who provide a refuge and sanctuary from the chill winds of the world; whose marriage is a hearth from which comes peace, harmony, and warmth of soul and spirit.

BLESSED ARE MARRIED COUPLES WHO LISTEN TO EACH OTHER -- who listen to not only words, but non-verbal language of tone and expression; who listen to understand rather than to argue.

BLESSED ARE MARRIED COUPLES WHO SHOW AFFECTION -- who warm each other with their soothing touch; who remember that just as babies can die from lack of affection, so can marriages wither from a lack of closeness.

BLESSED ARE MARRIED COUPLES WHO RESPECT EACH OTHER -- who remember that the most important quality in marriage is to HONOR each other.

BLESSED ARE MARRIED COUPLES WHO CAN BE FRIENDS AND PARTNERS -- who remember that friendship can be a peaceful island, in a world of turmoil and strife; who can reflect upon the tranquility of future years shared with a true friend; who are not battling enemies under the same roof.

BLESSED ARE MARRIED COUPLES WHO ALLOW EACH OTHER TO BE UNIQUE -- who do not seek to force each other into a new mold that can only fit with much pain and discomfort; who accept the other as God made us.

BLESSED ARE MARRIED COUPLES WHO ARE OPEN WITH EACH OTHER -- who avoid secretness that causes suspicion and doubt; who trust and reveal themselves to each other even as a budding rose opens to reveal its beauty and fragrance.

BLESSED ARE MARRIED COUPLES WHO CHERISH THEIR UNION -- who let no one separate their togetherness, not another person, nor friend, nor worldly possessions.

BLESSED ARE MARRIED COUPLES WHO GIVE EACH OTHER APPROVAL -- who see that compliments encourage confidence in the other, while criticism divides; who do not point out the other's mistakes, for all too soon each will discover their own faults.

BLESSED ARE MARRIED COUPLES WHO LOVE ONE ANOTHER -- love is the river of life -- an eternal source of recreating one's self and each other. Above all else -- LOVE ONE ANOTHER, AS CHRIST HAS LOVED US.

Cherry Blossom Festival in DC

Preempting the flood of out-of-towners (aren't we smart!), we visited the cherry blossoms on Friday, the day before the annual Cherry Blossom Festival began. We had a lovely time walking the perimeter of the tidal basin. Maddy seemed to enjoy the flowers. These days, however, she seems thrilled mostly by the possibility of walking outside. A wintry breeze still nipped the air. The boughs of the cherry blossoms swayed endlessly. The Monument and the Jefferson Memorial stood firm amidst the surrounding gaiety. Here are a few pics from our evening together.

Saturday, March 29, 2008


This past week I was tagged by Sharon.
So, here goes the game...
The rules are:

1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
2. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
3. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

What I was doing 10 years ago: I was 17 and was about to head to Australia for our big move. We had just about one more month before we went to Sydney, and there were so many tearful good-byes we began saying at this time, ten years ago.

Five things on my To Do List today:
1. Go to SAM's as a family
2. Go to the library as a family
3. Play at the park
4. Prayer time
5. Movie together

Snacks I enjoy: Fruits; nuts; water; and I just picked up some raisins; which are a nice, sweet mix with the nuts; bowl of cereal (berries are nice on top too!)

Things I would do if I were a billionaire: (no particular order here)
Remodel relatives' homes.
Buy a home of our own.
Pay off student loans.
Pay for airline tickets so that we and other family members could come and go as we wished to see one another.
Buy a second car.
Save money.
Take care of the needs of family and friends.

Three of my bad habits:
1. Project procrastination (instead of staying on top of scrapbooks, I let the memorabilia add up) .
2. Starting too many books without finishing them.
3. Being a perfectionist.

Five places I have lived:
1. St. Louis
2. Washington, DC
3. Beijing
4. Sydney
5. Honolulu

Five jobs I’ve had:
1. Bus-Girl/Restaurant Staff
2. Waitress
3. Barista
4. Preschool Teacher
5. Art Teacher

People I want to know more about (a nice way of saying TAG!):
1. Erin
2. Jenny
3. Liv
4. Nicky
5. Annelisa

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Maddy is Practicing to be a Big Sister

Yesterday Maddy had one of my old dolls, and I was about to change Maddy when she got a diaper for her baby doll. Here is how she "changed" the baby's diaper.

It's kind of like self-service. After putting the baby in the diaper, she put a wipe on top of the baby. I'm sure she will help her sibling become independent in no time.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A Wonderful Easter

Happy Easter Season to everyone. There are so many super things to enjoy about Easter and the Octave; one of these things being the Divine Mercy Novena. The candy is always nice to enjoy too, but at a minimum. I had a few too many Starburst Jelly Beans last night. I think I will hold off on those until next Easter, or the Easter after.
We've had a super Easter with Caleb's family, and time with family always goes way to fast, but it reminds me to just enjoy the moment and not worry about what is to come. Every moment is fleeting, and all we have is the present. Needless to say, we had a ball with all of the activities that went on as a family. From cooking with Miriam and Mary Theresa, sitting around the breakfast table in the early morning when Beeba got home from work, sledding down the awesome hill at Ford Field, singing and as a family while Beeba, Miriam and Mary Theresa played guitar and while the little ones danced around, watching Enchanted together and listening to Miriam squeal as the rats and roaches poured forth from the drains in the movie, praying together as a family, celebrating Meema's birthday on Easter Sunday, or being able to converse one-on-one with family members, we loved every moment. Family time helps renew our faith in so many ways, because we're constantly learning from one another's imperfections and growths, and amid them all, we are learning to grow more together. After being away from family for a while and never really foreseeing a time when we will ever be in one place with both sides of our families, it makes me give thanks for the times that we do have together, and to encourage others to make stronger bonds with the family members that are near them rather than take them for granted or be too busy to interact with them. It's human nature though to want what we do not have and to become complacent with the staus quo, but every now and then, it helps to be uprooted and planted elsewhere in our own little worlds so as to enjoy and experience the riches God has planted in the hearts of those closest too us--our family.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Our Little Bo-Peep

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Where is the freedom of choice?

After reading this article, you have to wonder where the freedom of choice is for parents, who, are supposedly the primary educators and protectors of their children until they hold a stance that differs from the government's demands.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Happy Birthday, Caleb!

Finally we have internet back and a post to you can finally be posted. Happy birthday (actual date: March 2nd), Bud. I am truly thankful for your life and all that you have brought to fruition through the development of your many talents and your hard work and daily perseverance. We would not have crossed so many bridges had it not been for your foresight and skills. We love you. Maddy and OLFrie are especially grateful to have such a good Papa who thoroughly loves being a Dad and who takes his vocation as Dad seriously. Thank you for all of your time, devotion, and constant communication with us, Dad. We love you very much. May God bless you every step of the way on this journey in life, and may you always know the love of God, the love of your family--little and big-- and the love of your friends. It is our delight that you are here.