Our magnum opus, or 'our great work', is raising and educating our eight children in the beautiful, Catholic faith. This huge undertaking involves daily joy, laughter and challenges. We hope to share some of those here.
It is still hot but football practices have begun for Dominic, volleyball practices for Regina, and we've gotten a jump on our homeschool school work. St. Augustine's classes begin in early September. So summer is over. But the pool is still up. And did I mention that it's still hot? Ugh. Actually the forecast predicts cooling to begin tomorrow. Yay! Out in Wyoming, the temps have already dropped to become quite fallish. Monica is still out in the Wind River Range on the last day of week two of her freshmen COR Expedition with Wyoming Catholic College. We got a letter from her. They can get mail in and out once a week when the horse people bring up the re-rations to the mountains. We have never been so happy to get a letter. We gathered around to hear it read like a family in the old days. As in before the internet. of course, she sent a sketch.
Regina and Lydia
How mom spends her summers
pile of kittens on the tractor seat (the coveted spot for all our cats)
Dad, KJ, and Aunt Kari took a crowd to the water park while Mom was in Wyoming
Regina (not looking at the camera LOL) and friends at the Miles Christi girls camp
the Vacation Bible School helpers on the last day, Regina is on far right. After the kids age out of VBS, they love to come back as helpers.
Kevin, Blaise, and Regina went for a long weekend visit to Rosemary's family. They had a great time and didn't break anything. :)
Kevin, Rosemary, Blaise, and Rosemary's brother, Joseph
cute picture, I can't get it to turn upright
This was supposed to be a lovely end to the end of summer post. Whatever....
Last year Monica was accepted to two excellent Catholic colleges, but neither one struck her as just the right place for her and she was having some health problems. So she wisely took a gap year. At Thanksgiving she had an opportunity to visit Wyoming Catholic College. That was it. She applied, was accepted, got a job to help with tuition, and trained hard for the freshmen outdoor leadership expedition.
Our little family tradition, the day before someone leaves for college, is a visit to Dairy Queen. (I probably had a coupon or something the first time and it became tradition.) We aren't all together that much, so it's a fun goodbye ritual and we make sure it happens.
Our local DQ has this brick wall my kids always climb. I'm sure they love us there. Could these two be future Wyoming Catholic College students?
Monica has never been that outdoorsy. She wanted a larger school. She wanted to be closer to home. No one, including her mother, would have picked WCC for her. She and I traveled to campus for the freshmen orientation and move in. It's a young college, the campus is a bit... rustic. The strength of the college is in it's people, their faith life, it's natural, rugged, breathtaking surroundings, and it's curriculum. We feel very confident that she made the right choice. It will be challenging, both the academics and the outdoor program. But if her first few days on campus in the outdoor training is any indication, she will thrive.
In the kitchen of the apartment she shares with three other girls. Her wonderful roommate
M n M studying their wilderness first aid training
Ha ha ha. Like mother like daughter....
our last evening with our girls
the beautiful rainbow God shared with M's mother and I on our drive home after saying goodbye to our girls
As I type, the freshmen class is out on day one hiking up the mountains of the Wind River Range: about 50 students, a dozen leaders, and half dozen priests. For 21 days. What an incredible adventure.
I wonder when moms stop seeing their kid's birthdays as big, blog worthy milestones... or maybe they don't stop. :)
Rosemary came for Kevin's birthday weekend. He didn't know she was coming. When he arrived home from work we were gathered in the living room and began to sing 'happy birthday'. Rosemary was hiding in the school room and joined in on the violin. It took him two verses to realize what was going on. Super fun, sweet surprise!
She gave him an axe. (Ax? Axe? I looked it up, axe is a more British spelling.) I think he liked it.
It isn't actually summer yet but the weather has been uncharacteristically (for Michigan) glorious! Sunny, warm , breezy ... we've been reveling in it! I told the kids "you've done all the summer things: slept out in the tent, played in the sprinkler and the pool, lit sparklers, planted a garden, had ice cream treats, skinned knees..." We could start up our schoolwork and call it good!
when Rosemary comes over, you get violin accompaniment with your outdoor fun
We love Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Our parish does a lovely Corpus Christi procession. Looking back over the years, the pictures look almost the same. Many of my young men have the same roles from year to year. :) But each year is filled with it's own special graces on this feast.