Happy birthday, sweet boy! We love you so, so much and cannot imagine
life without our "Butch".:) You are one fun boy. Mommy and Daddy love to
talk to you and hear your funny phrases, like the one you say now for
everything, "I djoo it!" and "Ouwn-know" with a high-pitched voice when
you aren't sure about something (as you can see in the picture above
when Daddy asked you at 6am this morning where the "dah-dahs" (doggies) are on
your birthday sign... you put out your hands and said your famous line:
You sure do make us, Smile (your song.)
"I just want the night to pass!" said Madge last night--the eve of her sixth birthday-- as we put her to bed. She was so excited about celebrating her 6th birthday!
As we walked into a bathroom today as we were out and about for Mass and lunch with Dad, Madge, said, "Mom, this is the first time for me to go into this bathroom with this dress (a birthday present from Mimi and Papa)." :) The simplicities of life!
You have grown, Madge, but you still are our little girl, the little girl with whom we share so many, memories, from Honolulu, to Beijing, back to Honolulu (with much travel around the States pre-post delivery of you!), to Virginia, overseas, and now life in Brazil. You are a sweet soul, a real lover of Jesus and Mary and Joseph. You recently told Mommy that the more you learn of God the more you share Him with other people. We are so proud of you. It is hard to ever keep God quiet, when there is so much to say about Him! You are our little Everything, your song. Continue to be a gem for God, a strong and pure example for your siblings, who love you so much, and boy, how much you love them.
Pita loved her birthday. It was cute how she had few to no birthday gift desires. She was very excited about her cake, however, requested to be a princess cake. Mom obliged her and the cake was magnificent.
Birthday dinner for Pita at Applebee's in Sao Paulo. The girls especially enjoyed the night out. Six Brazilian waiters at the restaurant belted out Happy Birthday in English to a half-startled/half-frightened new 4-year old, whose fear was quickly overcome by the sight of chocolate cake.
Maddy gave Pita a Beauty and the Beast sticker book for her birthday. The sisters spent a good 2-3 hours together putting all the stickers in the book.
What's a birthday without roasting marshmallows, at least according to the Book of Guadalupe? She loves marshmallows over the campfire in the backyard!
Birthday dinner at home pics.
The incredible cake! Pita loved it. I think we've almost eaten it all by now. I guess it's true when they say you are what you eat, right my Princess Guadalupe!
We love you, Pita. Happy Birthday. Mom and Dad hope and pray that your fourth year of life is one filled with blessings, happiness, peace, love, learning, fun, and plenty of new things!
Seven years and four little ones later: life just
continues to bloom. Thank you for helping me plant this garden in life
that grows daily, has weathered the rains and snows and enjoyed some
pretty amazing sunshine. God's blessings are so good and abundant. It isall about Him.
Each day gets better, and the wonders of married love continue to
reveal God's divine hand and creation of it all. Thank you for your
love, desire to always grow and strive for more and challenging me to go
higher. I love you. Thank you for our dear little treasures, whose
faces were beautiful to look at today as they looked on, with popcorn in
their laps, for movie time: the viewing of our wedding (one of their
favorite videos!)...mine too!
Cheers to many more
happy days of God's grace protecting and uplifting us as we lean on Him
with Our Lady and St. Joseph beside us.
�Each day does seem as though we've only just begun, and I am grateful for much laughter in the rain. I love you.
Our Nuptial Blessing: May
God bless you, hold and keep you. May God's mercy shine on you. Guide
your work and guard your resting. Make your love forever new. May God
join your hopeful spirits. Fill your hearts with truth and courage.
Trust to share both joy and tears. Teach love to your children's
children. Make your household learn to witness living faith through all
your years.May God bless
you, hold and keep you. May God's mercy shine on you. Guide your work
and guard your resting. Make your love forever new. May God make your
home a refuge where you warmly welcome strangers, and the lowly find a
place. Make your caring kind and patient, help you meet the needs of
neighbors. Finding Christ in every face.May
God bless you, hold and keep you. May God's mercy shine on you. Guide
your work and guard your resting. Make your love forever new.
� Our Wedding Song: Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor by Juanes�
Translated in English: I Am Nothing Without Your Love
English Translation (below): As we weather while the time passes us by, it begins to appear that in the end our hurt outweighs the years. And so I desire to spend my years together with you, my eternal love, together with my family, together with my friends...
I am worth nothing, I have nothing, if I don't have the best: your love and companionship in my heart. Better a year late than a decade without you. It's worth it to finally have my heart replete. Hence I always want to be conscious of your steadfast love, be we near or far from the end.I am worth nothing, I have nothing, if I don't have the best: your love and companionship in my heart.
Come, my love... I
feel weak when I am without you, and I become strong when you are here.
Without you I don't know what it's like to live. My life is a tunnel
without light. I want to spend more time with you, take back the moments
I have lost, and conquer the immense fear of death so as to experience
eternity with you.I am worth nothing, I have nothing, if I don't have the best: your love and companionship in my heart.Hence I always want to be conscious of your steadfast love, be we near or far from the end.I am worth nothing, I have nothing, if I don't have the best: your love and companionship in my heart. ~Poetic translation by CO
You are our little sweetie. What would we do without you? The list would
be endless, because you have filled our lives and hearts with a lot of
love, toothy grins, silly phrases, deep conversations, joy, care,
sibling love, and warm affection. To this day, we remember your sweet
birth and entrance into this world. As Madge says, "Pita, I've been
loving you even before you were born," Yep, we loved you long in advance
as we waited and hoped for God to send you. Here you are, fours years
old. Sunshine. Happiness. Love. Joy. That is you, Peach. Tonight you
went around the table and just told us thank you after you ate your
princess birthday cake. You showed us your gratitude with a big hug and,
"Thanks," in words.
Here's to you, Peachy! Your song. Mommy remembers waiting to get her hair cut and you were still inside mom. I heard this song, and thought right away: This is the song for you, little one! This is so you, Pita. You danced around to your song today. We love you!
1. Only for today, I will seek to live the livelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once. 2. Only for today, I will take the greatest care of my appearance: I will dress modestly; I will not raise my voice; I will be courteous in my behavior; I will not criticize anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself. 3. Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world but also in this one. 4. Only for today, I will adapt to circumstances, without requiring all circumstances to be adapted to my own wishes. 5. Only for today, I will devote ten minutes of my time to some good reading, remembering that just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul. 6. Only for today, I will do one good deed and not tell anyone about it. 7. Only for today, I will do at least one thing I do not like doing; and it my feelings are hurt, I will make sure no one notices. 8. Only for today, I will make a plan for myself: I may not follow it to the letter, but I will make it. And I will be on guard against two evils: hastiness and indecision. 9. Only for today, I will firmly believe, despite appearances, that the good Providence of God cares for me as no one else who exists in this world. 10. Only for today, I will have no fears. In particular, I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe in goodness. Indeed, for twelve hours I can certainly do what might cause me consternation were I to believe I had to do it all my life. Bl. Pope John XXIII
"It is a poverty that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."~Mother Teresa
Mend a quarrel. Search out a forgotten friend. Dismiss a suspicion with trust. Write a letter to someone who misses you. Encourage a youth who has lost faith. Keep a promise. Forget an old grudge. Examine your demands on others and vow to reduce them. Fight for a principle. Express your gratitude. Overcome an old fear. Take two minutes to appreciate the beauty of nature. Tell someone who love him. Tell him again. And again. And again.
Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family - a domestic church. ~Pope John Paul II
Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Mt.18:3
God waits for us every day in all the immense panorama of work. Understand this well: there is something holy, something divine, hidden in the most ordinary situations, it is up to each one of you to discover it... Either we learn to find our Lord in ordinary everyday life, or else we shall never find him. (Conversations with Msgr. Escriva de Balaguer, No. 114)
Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. C.S. Lewis
Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. Ovid
We Pray For
an increase in respect for the dignity of every human person
all that we have received
an increase in faith, humility, and love
the souls of all the departed, those in our families, among our friends
fathers throughout the world
Gram Dolan's soul, especially on her death anniversary: May 15
Gram Mahler's soul on her death anniversary: June 26
the unemployed and homeless
an openness to life and its protection at every moment of its existence
dating, engaged, married couples
mothers and fathers around the world
those suffering physical, spiritual, and emotional anguish
women enduring difficult pregnancies
women and men lured by the lies of abortion
all adoptive and foster parents and children
abandonment to Divine Providence
for increased compassion and mercy on others and that they in turn would have compassion for and mercy on us
for the conversion of all of us most in need of God's mercy and love
"Love expands and breathes in an atmosphere of free giving. We must be able to waste time for another person. We will gain great benefits from that 'waste': it is one of the realities signified by the Gospel words 'He who loses his life for my sake will find it.' " (Mt. 10:39) (Taken from Time for God, p.30)
The Monk Who Grew in Prayer
A Song of Francis (De Paola) My Mother is So Smart (De Paola) Strega Nona Takes a Vacation (De Paola) Strega Nona Meets her Match (De Paola) The Art Lesson (De Paola) The Night of Las Posadas (De Paola) Marianna May and Nursery (De Paola) The Legend of the Poinsettia (DePaola) One Morning in Maine (McCloskey) Make Way for Ducklings (McCloskey) Lentil (McCloskey) Blueberries for Sal (McCloskey) Time of Wonder (McCloskey)
Maddy's Favorite Books
One Morning in Maine The Night of Las Posadas BlueBerries for Sal The Legend of the Poinsettia (DePaola)
Pita's Favorite Books
How Does a Dinosaur Say Goodnight? The Night of Las Posadas The Legend of the Pointsettia Good Night, Moon
ABeCedarios Alphabet Mystery (*A Madgey Favorite*) A Was Once an Apple Pie Curious George Learns the Alphabet Alphabet Under Construction Do Your ABCs Little Brown Bear Elfabet A is for Annabelle Puddle's ABC John Burmingham's ABC Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z Alphabet Adventure (*A Madgey Favorite*) D is for Drums A Apple Pie ABC: A Child's Alphabet Book Discovering Nature's Alphabet P is for Princess Alphabet Rescue So Many Bunnies
Music Book Basket
Lentil The Song of Francis
Going to School Book Basket
Camping/Outdoors Book Basket
Sally Goes to the Mountain Lucille Camps In Kipper's Monster Mr. Bear's Picnic Blueberries for Sal Maisy Goes Camping Sleep Out In the Small, Small Pond