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.
Monica and Regina were classroom helpers, and Blaise helped with outdoor games. Dominic attended a few days then went to scout camp.
(Monica took pictures for me on the last day. So, no pics of her or Dom.)
Maria and friends
Lydia playing duck,duck, goose in with her class and helper, Regina
intense little girl crafting
The only picture of the concert before the camera battery died. Lydia is in front and you can kinda, sorta see Maria a little behind her to the left. The girls nailed the songs and movements, they enjoyed every minute of it. So did their Mom.
My husband created a computer just for me out of old components we had in storage. The screen looks like it's from a geek museum but it does what I hoped it would do. I needed to be able to use the internet, check email, and use iPhoto. I also wanted a desktop for the kids to do math and writing for school. With a desktop, they cannot head off somewhere to work then get distracted by the internet and forgotten by mom. They have to work here in my room, which is quiet, but still a public space during the day so I can easily check on their progress.
Finally was able to download the pictures from the camera. Happy day.
turns out we did take some pictures on Alex's 19th birthday!
D.C. is clearly unimpressed by a visiting stray who made himself quite at home.
Blaise and Monica... who knows why...
The only picture from Rebecca's visit due to our camera/computer issues. I had to keep reminding myself that having pictures does not make or break an event. It's still was a grand time, even if there are no pictures to show for it. :)
We had a great time at the Potter park Zoo on her visit.
dad and his baby girls
I assume this is Regina's photography skill, she is our naturalist.
Small town parades are fun. Traffic and parking is easy, people are relaxed and friendly, and there are lots of tractors, horses, fire trucks, vets, and politicians worthy of rousing cheers. (Even got a military flyover. I'm too ignorant to say which branch of the military, and one does not want to be mistaken on that one.) This year some of our kids walked with our friend and mayor, Phillip Campbell who is running for state representative. They handed out campaign material and chatted up the candidate's qualities.
the Campbell Family and Blaise
Maggie P., Lydia, Maria, Regina
this vintage police car played the theme music from the old Andy Griffith show
Unfortunately, Granddad was in the hospital over Alex's birthday. We did celebrate but it was quick and there are no pictures. During that time we also celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi with our parish procession, always a beautiful event. This year Kevin and Alex were honored to be canopy bearers.
That week our nephew Matt stayed with us while his mother, my sister, stayed with Grandma and Granddad to help with his medical needs. The day after Granddad came home from the hospital we took this picture with 5 of his grandsons. You can see the strong Dutch blood from Grandma in their heights, but some of them are nearly clones of Granddad in temperament. :)
I think this is one of my all time favorite pictures.