Thursday, August 26, 2010
Madge Pie: Mom, how old will you be next year? (She listens to me tell her my age now and how old I will be next year.) Mom, can you touch the sky?! (I told her I couldn't even though I am getting very big in my age, and Madge told me that Daddy could help lift me to the sky. Keep building those biceps, Caleb!)
I love you, Madge. I remember when Pa-Pa used to carry me and I felt like I was on top of the world and just so big. I love your innocence and the logical deductions you make.
Mother Teresa's United Nations Prayer
(Mother Teresa composed this prayer for the United Nations International Year of the Family)
Heavenly Father, you have given us a model of life in the Holy Family of Nazareth. Help us, O loving Father to make our family another Nazareth where love, peace and joy reign. May it be deeply contemplative, intensely Eucharistic and vibrant with joy. Help us to stay together in joy and sorrow through family prayer. Teach us to see Jesus in the members of our family especially in their distressing disguise. May the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus make our hearts meek and humble like His and help us to carry out our family duties in a holy way. May we love one another as God loves each one of us more and more each day, and forgive each other's faults as You forgive our sins. Help us, O loving Father to take whatever You give and to give whatever You take with a big smile. Immaculate Heart of Mary, cause of our joy, pray for us. St. Joseph, pray for us. Holy Guardian Angels be always with us, guide and protect us. Amen.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Some people in my family (wink, wink, Dad: do the librarians still know you on a first name basis? :) ) are known for returning books to the library late. Unfortunately, I am a repeat offender myself. I guess that's why today's strip speaks words of truth.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
I want to be a part of learning with him. I want to have the time and space in our days together to figure out how to connect with my growing boy. I want the temporal freedom to follow his amazing, mischievous, imaginative, whip-smart little mind around and see where the heck it takes us.In a word, I believe that our children are our greatest assets and greatest joys. We continually work to treasure them as such! (Nota Bene: I recognize that, due to a variety of factors, homeschooling may not be for everyone.)
I have no rosy illusions. I am sure there will be still be elements of the cattle prod. I imagine we will be amazed at how fast time gets away from us in a day of discovery. I have no doubt that we will all get on each other’s nerves a little with this new “togetherness.”
But I am just as sure this will be miles better than the way things are now. Because I don’t want to go another day in which I realize, after his eyes have closed in sleep, all day long I haven’t actually looked, really looked, into my son’s eyes.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Tonight was a double date as Maddy and Daddy went out to see Mary Poppins at the Kennedy Center this evening, and Pita, Baby Cal and I were the trio that hung together. I remember thinking while I was pregnant about this evening and how far off it seemed, and that by the time it comes I will have a new baby in my arms while Pita and I have our time together. That time is now. Seeing how quickly time passes makes me think of this song. We had a very nice evening together. I took Pita out to Chick Fil-A and dinner was nice as Little Cal ate while snuggled in the Moby and Pita took in the surroundings and people-watching. She loved playing afterward in the play area, and wow, she was really climbing and getting around while 5 year-olds and 9 year-olds bustled around her. Afterward we headed to
Cheers to our sweet boy Caleb! He is now 4 weeks old and growing like a champ. He is a wonderful eater and sleeper, an all around easy baby-- oh so similar to his big sisters. Thank you, Lord! Caleb, you are loved beyond words and your sisters just cannot hold and kiss you enough (neither can Dad nor I!). This evening, Pita sat on our bed, put a "choo-choo" burp rag over her shoulder and in her tones and words, she asked if she could hold him. So beautiful to see how much love is all around... a real resemblance to God's love that knows no bounds. We love you, Little Cal! Here's to four more healthy weeks and so much more time and happy days ahead.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Mawhhl = Mall (well, we might have been there before...once or twice this week)
Moo'ie = Movie (at least she's not saying Netflix or Hulu yet)
Anduhl = Angel (this is how she asks for us to sing her the Angel of God prayer, typically before bed)
Chu-chu = Choo Choo Train
Oh Yeah = Oh Yeah (I ask her, "Are you ready, Little Petey?" She replies, "oh, yeah".)
Keep the vocab coming, Little Guadalupe. We're understanding more and more as you use more and more real words. (Though, we like your words, too.) We love you!
Ahhh: the little victories of parenting.
Anyhow, fast forward 3 days. We're doing our typical after-dinner routine: we put on kids' praise and worship songs on the stereo so the girls can play their musical instruments and dance around while I am washing the dishes. At one point, she comes careening around the corner of the kitchen in one of her small cars and sings (in a deep, gruff voice) "different strokes...for different folks."
It gave us a laugh. Madge, we love you. Thanks for being our girlie!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
A large part of human milk cannot be digested by babies and seems to have a purpose quite different from infant nutrition — that of influencing the composition of the bacteria in the infant’s gut.I always marvel at breastfeeding--its dual function of nutrition and bonding is remarkable. (Now, one can argue that it has a triple function!) I feel like Mary's breastfeeding experience has been different for each of our kids since the circumstances have been different. Each time, however, I marvel. I admire her so much for doing it--her devotion, consistency, patience and love.