(this lovely old print with an ornate plaster frame is on the floor because the glare from the glass was making it difficult to get a good shot) Since he is our patron saint, St. Patrick's day is a solemnity for our parish. We know how to celebrate it! After Mass there is good food, good beer (I mean very good beer, crafted by a parishioner), this year we had a speaker, and the best part... the music!!
I think I wrote this simple poem in ninth grade. Zachary was a little fellow I babysat for all through junior high and high school. He was a good-natured, sports loving, special needs guy. The poem isn't so great, but I loved him (and his family) a great deal.
A Poem for Zachary
You are so young
You don't know
That you are different.
It is doubtful you will talk
Even more so
That you will walk.
Yet your smile
Brings a light
That lends itself to thought.
And I know
There are thoughts
Inside your mind.
For you see me,
You know me,
And the light
Baby Nate (my Godson), myself at maybe 15 or 16, and my happy guy Zack
Monica is my oldest daughter, and one of my best friends. I cherish every chance I get to talk to her. I am so happy that she has the opportunity to attend Wyoming Catholic College. It's quite a trek across the country, and she has only been home for Christmas break. She may not be home for summer! Students cannot have cell phones on campus so a phone call is rare (though she messages me most days) consequently phone calls are especially precious.
She continues to bake and sent this photo of a baptism cake she made for a professor's new baby. A friend who shared their ski cabin with us one year, recently sent us this poem after reminiscing over their cabin guest book. (can't get the pic to turn)
On spring break the Wyoming students headed out to the mountains for a week of caving and canyoning. are they not adorable?!
At the end of January Kevin suffered another heart attack (his first was in 2003) and underwent quadruple bypass surgery. His recovery is going well. He has not gone back to work or been cleared to drive yet, but those steps will happen in the next couple of weeks.
We must make lasting dietary changes here, so that dictates our Lenten sacrifices for us. Our goal is to eat low carb, eliminate processed foods, and incorporate the good fats in small amounts and more vegetables in larger amounts. The hardest of all will be the process of eliminating sugar. I expect we will allow modest exceptions for birthdays and holidays, but we must plan them out and not celebrate with the excessive amounts of treats and splurges we have in the past. The Trim Healthy Mama way of eating seems to make the most sense for us. I also plan to use many Whole 30 recipes, although I don't think I can manage a whole house Whole 30 program. It would be a great thing to incorporate such a healthy plan for Lent as it is quite limiting, and spartan. However it has been such a difficult and stressful time here, that I think we need some of the fun and 'treatish' types of foods in THM. Still thinking about how to balance all this out. I just know it has to be a whole house effort, though my super active and slimmer kids will need more carbs somewhere in the plan.
I would be so grateful for anyone's prayers in this endeavor, and for Kevin's health.
Well, almost 8. Her birthday falls on Ash Wednesday this year so we celebrated the day before. Lydia's last few months have been busy! :) at the Haye's traditional Valentine's party, sipping punch far left
learning to ride a bike
a fresh, clean soul after her First Confession at Old St. Pat's
Regina baked an amazing strawberry (pink lady) cake
Old St. Pat's youth group chartered a bus to Washington, taking their place in the battle to save our nation's unborn. Blaise and Regina were our marchers this year. I have not seen an official count, but observers believe the number of participants broke all records. The pro-lifers are a joyful lot in spite of their grim task. The youth group always has a marvelous time!
Youth Mass at the Verizon Center. Youth, priests and religious make a mighty army.
Blaise demonstrating the incorrect way to wear the official OSP shamrock scarf.
It is common in Catholic circles to pick a saint one studies for the year. I believe Maria Von Trapp wrote about drawing saints names written on a slip of paper, and the modern version is the Saint's Name Generator. I decided not to take my chances with a random selection this year and go right for the top. The big guns. Mary and Joseph. I have certainly begged Blessed Mother and her dear husband for numerous favors, and have been a fairly faithful rosary pray-er for many, many years. However I have never read or studied much on either of them. Here is my beginning, courtesy of our wonderful parish library.
I've had my share of party catastrophes, especially weather related. And I've never hosted a New Year's Eve party. Truthfully, I'm kind of scared of hosting parties. So when plans fell into place for Monica's boyfriend to visit over the New Year, and her local friends wanted to meet him, I nervously agreed to a party. Just a little get-together with close friends and family who would want to meet Inshal.
It turned out great!!
Everyone brought loads of good food and desserts
notice the gummie worms... this was a family party LOL (It looks like most of the children escaped pictures, I heard rumors of flashlight tag and a midnight football game)
we set up a bar with wine and 3 or 4 recipes and ingredients for mixed drinks
There were games, fireworks, a midnight toast with balloons and confetti, party blowers, and singing. Oh the singing! Show tunes, Irish drinking songs, praise songs, folk songs... the best part of the night.