Ruthie and Lydia working on their nature sketches at the Nature Center
Dom and Lou, my main source of social interaction these days ... you may pity me be jealous...
Near the army base where Kevin J. is stationed, there is a local baker who will bake and deliver a treat for a soldier's birthday, and send the customer a picture. Here is our very tired soldier with his 25th birthday treat!
As if our own family wedding to plan was not exciting enough, there has been an abundance of our friend's children's weddings to enjoy this summer! Here are a few pictures from Dominic and Emma's. It was a beautiful day!
As much as I miss babies, it is so relaxing to take the kids to the lake now. I still watch them, I'm not even close to reading a book while they play in the water, but they have a great time together and need very little from me. I just watch and enjoy them. And relax. I even get in and swim sometimes. :)
Our parish does a wonderful Corpus Christi procession. This year we were blessed to share it with our two new priests; our pastor Fr. Tom, and a visiting priest, Fr. Joseph. All our men were on canopy, Dominic served, Blaise sang, and Lydia strewed flowers with the other First Communicants. (We are an organizer's dream: one phone call and you get all four canopy bearers, roughly the same height. LOL)
The Divine Praises Blessed be God. Blessed be His Holy Name. Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man. Blessed be the Name of Jesus. Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart. Blessed be His Most Precious Blood. Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete. Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy. Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception. Blessed be her Glorious Assumption. Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother. Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse. Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints. Amen.
It is still hot but football practices have begun for Dominic, volleyball practices for Regina, and we've gotten a jump on our homeschool school work. St. Augustine's classes begin in early September. So summer is over. But the pool is still up. And did I mention that it's still hot? Ugh. Actually the forecast predicts cooling to begin tomorrow. Yay! Out in Wyoming, the temps have already dropped to become quite fallish. Monica is still out in the Wind River Range on the last day of week two of her freshmen COR Expedition with Wyoming Catholic College. We got a letter from her. They can get mail in and out once a week when the horse people bring up the re-rations to the mountains. We have never been so happy to get a letter. We gathered around to hear it read like a family in the old days. As in before the internet. of course, she sent a sketch.
Regina and Lydia
How mom spends her summers
pile of kittens on the tractor seat (the coveted spot for all our cats)
Dad, KJ, and Aunt Kari took a crowd to the water park while Mom was in Wyoming
Regina (not looking at the camera LOL) and friends at the Miles Christi girls camp
the Vacation Bible School helpers on the last day, Regina is on far right. After the kids age out of VBS, they love to come back as helpers.
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