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.
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.
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