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.
We had to celebrate the night before Monica's birthday since Dad couldn't be home on her actual birthday. Monica loves Italian food so we enjoyed Italian sausage stuffed ravioli and Tiramisu for dessert. Heavenly.
This is the last of our 2014 birthdays. When you have a lot of fall birthdays in a large family, you pretty much celebrate from the beginning of the school year till Epiphany. I am lucky that our birthdays end just before Thanksgiving. We can begin the holiday partying now.
Eighteen years ago I went into labor in the wee hours of the morning. I labored quietly for a while wanting to let Kevin sleep as long as possible. His sister, Kari, lived with us at the time. Alex's birth seventeen months previous, had been very fast, so Kari was a little nervous that I would deliver at home. We teased that she would have to catch the baby. Now Kari was a heavy sleeper. She could nap on the couch while the boys built Duplo buildings right on her and ran their matchbox vehicles over her. Their play did not wake her up.
When it was clear that contractions were picking up, I went to wake her to let her know she was on babysitting duty. I bent over and whispered to the woman who could sleep through a helicopter landing, "Kari... time to catch the baby." That poor thing sat straight up in a panic, I'm pretty sure her heart stopped for a second there.
Well, she didn't have to catch, we made it to the hospital and the delivery was perfect. After two boys, we were surprised and delighted to have a baby girl placed in our arms. So girly. So sweet.
We did try to make up for teasing Kari by asking her to be Monica's Godmother. I guess she's done a good job praying because Monica has turned out to be beautiful inside and out. She is finishing her senior year with diligence, she works, she bakes, she crafts and draws, she sings, she laughs with us, and cares deeply about the happiness of family and friends. We love her and are grateful beyond words for her.
Happy 18th Birthday Dear Monica Rose Maria Soledad Torres Acosta!
FOR THE SOULS IN PURGATORY My Jesus, by the sorrows Thou didst suffer in Thine agony in the Garden, in Thy scourging and crowning with thorns, in the way to Calvary, in Thy crucifixion and death, have mercy on the souls in purgatory, and especially on those that are most forsaken; do Thou deliver them from the dire torments they endure; call them and admit them to Thy most sweet embrace in paradise. Our Father, Hail Mary, Eternal rest, etc.
FOR ALL THE DECEASED By Thy resurrection from the dead, O Christ, death no longer hath dominion over those who die in holiness. So, we beseech Thee, give rest to Thy servants in Thy sanctuary and in Abraham's bosom. Grant it to those, who from Adam until now have adored Thee with purity, to our fathers and brothers, to our kinsmen and friends, to all men who have lived by faith and passed on their road to Thee, by a thousand ways, and in all conditions, and make them worthy of the heavenly kingdom.
We celebrated the Feast of All Saints with a party at St. Augustine's, but never remembered to take out the camera. So no saints pictures this year. Rats. Did take Halloween pictures. The youngers trick-or-treated and the bigs attended a party.
It was a dark and stormy night....
The first snow of the season began to fall, actually swirl and blow, just as trick-or-treating started.
Regina was an ancient Roman, Dominic was a chef, and Maria and Lydia were princesses. Admittedly the costumes do lose some effect with all the layers underneath but it was coooooold.
Blaise at the party wearing his 'costume.' Rachel was dressed as 'stolen identity'. Clever kids.
We have to say 'no' to so many things, it's a joy to be able to say 'yes'. And saying 'yes' to a kitten makes you a popular mom! The kids and the kitten are having a grand time together. He is completely endearing.
This photo looks a bit Rockwellian, no? So I played with it a little.