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's been many years since I have had a leisurely Mother's Day with lovely brunches and lunches. Our Shakespeare play is always that weekend. The weeks leading up to it are intense. Yet I think it is one of the highlights of my year and I wouldn't give it up. The Campion Players work hard and perform Shakespeare on stage as well and faithfully as anyone can. This year they presented Twelfth Night. Blaise brilliantly played the good-natured, brash, mostly drunk Sir Toby Belch and Regina sang beautifully in the chorus. There are battles, misconceptions, and mistaken identities... Shakespeare's usual plot twists and comedic tools. Loads of fun. The cast was so good. More pictures to come!
The sad and absurd Lady Olivia's house in mourning (Regina on the far right)
the fool, Lady Olivia, and Malvolio
Creating havoc with drunken revelry in Lady Olivia's house
Malvolio tricked into wearing yellow stockings and crossgarters
Way out in the hills of Kentucky, one cold November night, a sweet farm dog gave birth. The puppies grew, and four of them traveled to homes in Michigan. Our home was their first stop and the last for our new puppy, Beowulf. (One can usually tell what the children have been reading lately by the pet names they chose.)
My sweet friend, Jennifer and her son, William, made the trip out on a very cold Valentine's weekend.
Dutch was his first name.
We are all excited to have this puppy, but the best part for me was meeting up with these special ladies, many of whom I have known online for years but never met in person till this weekend.