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 love Holy Week. It's not like the end of Advent when mom's are crazily trying to finish creating all that Christmas magic and Christmas food and trying to be spiritually prepared. We keep the Easter baskets and food pretty simple here. In fact I am truly an Easter bunny scrooge. The focus is strongly on the Triduum and walking through it quietly with our Lord.
Palm Sunday was the schola concert. The middle and high school kids still have finals on Wednesday. Monica works. I have a funeral to attend this week. Kevin has to make the trek to VA to get the college boys. (They could hang out on campus but we want to see them for Easter.) Never in my childhood did Good Friday arrive with our house not thoroughly cleaned. So sometime this week, We. Are. Going. To. Clean. House.
In the meantime, the scola concert was balm for the soul. Truly beautiful.
Dad the fearless den leader took his cubs to visit Sacred Heart seminary
See that St. Joseph statue back there? For years I have been praying for one. Recently a parishioner who was moving dropped off garden statues at our parish. So I was gifted with this big St. Joseph! He really belongs outside but I'm keeping him in.
This is one of Rebecca's pictures. Greece. Is this not completely charming??!!
Maria (8) finished the entire Narnia series. She is one of us now. :)
Regina sewed up this angelic looking nightgown for Lydia out of one of her flannel baby blankets
The foster father of Jesus, patron of the Church, patron of laborers and many more. The quiet, hard working provider, protector and example for us all. We love Saint Joseph. Truly love. Thoughts from Father Hardon here.
My Kevin Josephs who try to follow the good saint's example.
Bad colds, bad weather, bad computers. I didn't mean not to blog for Lent, we have Internet Free Fridays during Lent, but it seems I needed even less screen time. :) So this is a little catch up post.
We've been de-cluttering and re-organizing. It's a wonderful feeling to let go of things and have a few more clean, open spaces. I don't know about the rest of the family, but I can think better in an orderly environment.
Dads and Sons have been working on set building for The Tempest. (Blaise is in the brown jacket.)
Dominic (blue shirt in back) has begun his training to serve on the altar. Happy mother heart. :)
Dad got to try out google glass (glasses...whatever) I'm taking his credit card away.
College men were home for a week. We love having them home. They went back today. :(
Kevin's girlfriend is in Rome. This is one of her pictures. Orvieto. I love this shot. We miss you Rebecca!