Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Sunny loves singing too!
1. Love 'em, hate 'em, tolerate 'em, or...?
2. Policy: none before Christmas, none before Thanksgiving, or...?
Well, usually it's hard to keep off playing them, especially since we have to practice them for Christmas Mass, a recital, or some other time in December.
3. Favorite? Favorites, if you've got more than one?
The First Nowell, Gesu Bambino, O Holy Night, O Come O Come, Lo How a Rose, Angels We Have Heard on High...I'd probably fill up the whole post!!! :-D
4. Least favorite? Drives you batty/hate it/turn it off if it comes on the radio?
We Wish You a Merry Christmas. (sorry to anyone who likes it)
5. Caroling door to door in neighborhood? Ever done it/would do it? Wouldn't even consider it?
Oh!! Take me along!!!
6. Funniest kids' rendition, if any?
Don't know any
7. Most inappropriate carol ever heard in a church setting (Catholic or otherwise)?
8. The one foreign language carol I know (or know best) is...?
It's probably the only one I know
9. Carol that perplexes you the most?
Not the song itself, but the title...why is it sometimes "Noel" or "Nowell"?
10. Carol your whole family will sing?
Ask us to sing any we know :-D
I tag anyone who likes music!!
The Prince of Peace Award
For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be on His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
In a world that seems to thrive on war and violence, it is indeed a blessing to have bloggers who share their faith and love of God with others.
These blogs are passionate about their faith, are a voice for the voiceless, are sources of inspiration, hope and true kindness, they are an oasis where a weary spirit can stop for a while and rest and be refreshed.
Every act of love no matter how small is a work of peace and these bloggers go above and beyond the call to reach out to others. They bring The Prince of Peace to us; we enter as visitors and fellow bloggers and leave as friends.
At this time when we celebrate the birth of our Savior, we thank you, our friends, for all you do to make the spirit of the The Prince of Peace ever more present in our lives, not only at this time but everyday.
Please accept and share this Award with Christian bloggers who bring The Prince of Peace to others.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Happy Feast to my friend, Saint Saturninus!!
Acctually, I'm not sure if he is my patron saint for '08 or another Saint Saturninus
...but a happy feast to both of them
"...indeed, we are called to join them."
The saints are holy men and women who have attained their glorious reward in heaven...
...and ultimately, isn't that our goal as well?
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thank you, Aunty Esther!!
Pass this on to 5 blogging friends. Open the closest book to you, not your favorite or most intellectual book, but the book closest to you at the moment, to page 56. Write the 5th sentence, as well as two to five sentences following that.
"Ah, music! Music! Send them back without me, Thomas; I will live here in Chelsea and make music."
- A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt
(A play about Saint Thomas More, and yes, that was really the closest book!)
K, now tagging:
...and thanks to Joey and Mrs. Cathy for this one!
All bloggers on the sidebar are awarded!! :-D
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Mommy, I am only 8 inches long, but I have all my organs. I love the sound of your voice. Every time I hear it, I wave my arms and legs. The sound of your heart beat is my favorite lullaby.
Mommy, today I learned how to suck my thumb. If you could see me, you could definitely tell that I am a baby. I’m not big enough to survive outside my home though. It is so nice and warm in here.
You know what Mommy, I’m a girl!! I hope that makes you happy. I always want you to be happy. I don’t like it when you cry. You sound so sad. It makes me sad too, and I cry with you even though you can’t hear me.
Mommy, my hair is starting to grow. It is very short and fine, but I will have a lot of it. I spend a lot of my time exercising. I can turn my head and curl my fingers and toes, and stretch my arms and legs. I am becoming quite good at it too.
You went to the doctor today. Mommy, he lied to you. He said that I’m not a baby. I am a baby Mommy, your baby. I think and feel. I can hear you and I know I love you. Mommy, what’s an abortion?
I can hear that doctor again. I don’t like him. He seems cold and heartless. Something is intruding my home. The doctor called it a needle. Mommy what is it? It burns! Please make him stop! I can’t get away from it! Mommy!! HELP me!! Mommy, please make it stop Mommy!! I’m sorry Mommy! Make it stop! Please make it stop!!!…
Mommy, I am okay. I am in Jesus’s arms. He is holding me. He told me about abortion. Why didn’t you want me Mommy?
Every Abortion Is Just . . .
One more heart that was stopped. Two more eyes that will never see. Two more hands that will never touch. Two more legs that will never run. One more mouth that will never speak.
Repost this if you have a heart and are aganist
Monday, November 17, 2008
Well, I'm not posting the next song just cause it's one of my favorites (or..maybe that's one of the reasons), but because today's reading and one a few days ago reminded me of it. It was the reading about a man who kept calling for Jesus to heal him, and though Jesus did not answer his pleas immediately while others around the man were constantly attempting to muffle him, he kept persisting. That's probably just one viewpoint of the song...
Not to mention, I promised to post it. Sorry, couldn't find one that wasn't so dizzying.
Oh, and it happens to be one of my dad's favorites too.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Grey's my favorite color
Black and white has never been my thing
I'll take my drink lukewarm now
Hot and cold is not the thing for me
Absolutes are hidden
I've buried my convictions
I cannot be blind no more
Numb to what I'm living for
Help me stop this compromise
That justifies these lies
I need Your passion
In this life
I don't want to impose
Who really needs to know what I believe?
Cause no one likes rocking boats
Who really cares to see the way I see?
Absolutes are hidden
I've buried my convictions
So give me the fire
God, give me the fire
And raise this life higher
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Thank you, Ms. Marie and Mom!
This award acknowledges the values that every blogger shows in his/her effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary and personal values every day.
The rules to follow are :
1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person that has granted the award and his or her blog link.
2) Pass the award to other 15 blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgment. Remember to contact each of them to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
(um, I guess it counts if you know the blogger lives the values and you can see it...so)
No Questions Left Behind bloggers
Hurray for you guys!!!!
sorry, I don't really visit many blogs...probably little more than 15 and mostly everyone's been nominated already. If you did your bit fighting for life in the past few days and haven't received this award, consider yourself nominated!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Could you help me out? 'Cause I've been hearing about things going on in America these days everywhere; the TV, radio, internet, and anywhere in between. I can't understand much of what's happening, so if you please?
Well, first, could you define the word 'change'? I know the one in the dictionary says 'the process of becoming different', but could you explain it further? Isn't change supposed to bring you closer to God and your Faith? Isn't change supposed to help you grow in holiness? Isn't change supposed to benefit one's ability to help others? Basically, isn't change supposed to make life better?
Like Pope Benedict and the Traditional Latin Mass some months back. Was that change good? Well, are our lives more centered on God? Are we closer to Him than before? Did that change reduce the list of wrongs before the change? That's what I mean.
Hey, how about abortion since it's one of the topics most heard about? Will this change benefit the good in America? Will our lives become more centered on God because of it? Will we become closer to Him due to it? Will it reduce the number of wrongs? Can abortion truly draw one closer to God and increase holiness?
Now could you define 'country first'? Does it have to do anything with 'Do nothing from selfishness or conceit' or 'Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others'? Just wondering 'cause I heard it at Mass today.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Te Deum laudamus: te Dominum confitemur.
Te aeternum Patrem omnis terra veneratur.
Tibi omnes Angeli; tibi caeli et universae Potestates;
Tibi Cherubim et Seraphim incessabili voce proclamant:
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt caeli et terra maiestatis gloriae tuae.
Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus,
Te Prophetarum laudabilis numerus,
Te Martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus.
Te per orbem terrarum sancta confitetur Ecclesia,
Patrem immensae maiestatis:
Venerandum tuum verum et unicum Filium;
Sanctum quoque Paraclitum Spiritum.
Tu Rex gloriae, Christe.
Tu Patris sempiternus es Filius.
Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem, non horruisti Virginis uterum.
Tu, devicto mortis aculeo, aperuisti credentibus regna caelorum.
Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes, in gloria Patris.
Iudex crederis esse venturus.
Te ergo quaesumus, tuis famulis subveni: quos pretioso sanguine redemisti.
Aeterna fac cum sanctis tuis in gloria numerari.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Whenever Father Gordon gets a chance to give a homily on that reading, he always says those words with such force that you can't help but wake up!
Please wake up and realize what's becoming of the country we love so much!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Here's the deal - go to your pictures, go to the 6th file, go to the 6th picture and then post it. For bonus points [yeah, sure, there's points] see if you can remember even taking the picture.
I hope I'm not really breaking the rules...the sixth folder in our computer was one with holy cards. The sixth folder in our pictures' folder didn't have us in it and wasn't a nice scenic picture by CT either...
So here's the sixth one from the birds' folder:
Baby bird Merri! The latter part of March 2007 some weeks after hatching day.
She and Pippin were so sweet that morning, curiously poking their beaks out wondering what was taking breakfast so long. What they did not expect was a huge unknown dark object unscrupulously trying to see through the bars!
K, now I tag...
Monday, October 6, 2008
If you can, read Anne W. Carroll's Christ the King Lord of History or Christ and the Americas. Yup, the ones from Seton Home Study...but for record, these books are the best history books I've ever read. If you've grown up with the not-too-Catholic history texts, they could really change your view of America because the author not only presents history from a Catholic's pointview, but takes into account the shift in moral values.
(wow, just realized it's been a while since the last book reviews..)
Posting in between days...
Yesterday was Saint Faustina's feast day!
We attended a Divine Mercy conference during the past weekend and a pro-life youth rally. Interesting way for kids to spend an entire weekend :-) but yes, we had tons and tons of fun!!
Click here for a Divine Mercy Site
Tomorrow is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary♪
Click here for another site
...and another one with a million versions of Ave Maria♫
(alright, not a million, but a whole lot!)
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
It's one poem about the same saint even thought it looks like six. I couldn't get the punctuation...
There she sat a young lass
Hopeful cadence from prayer fast
Hope to save the renegade
Fervent soliloquy desperately prayed
Enamored by the great solitude
All hate did desert oasis elude
Betrothed she was though edict firm
Sincere the love, so tables turn
Stricture expected, contempt and snub
Did not succeed to erase her love
Insensate to all else but Christ
Seeking good in others, little price
Though all usurp oasis around
Nothing malicious could muffle her sound
Ever faithful to above triumvirate
Vestment confirmed vocation sought
Votary peaceful, vocation love
Canon approved from the above
Free of blasphemy, pure and true
Denouement now saved for few
Steadfast faith through suffering
In heaven now with angels sing
Spending heaven for all
Showers of roses ever fall
Oh, and Happy Feast of Saint Therese!! :-D
Picture from Patron Saint's Index
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Hers is much better though :-D
"Now I place the same challange on you, write a six-sentence, coherent paragraph with no repeating words and see what you come up with!"
The little birds cocked an eye.
Scrutinizing looks asked just why
Their stomach growled and food bowl lay empty.
Squawking loud so friend could see,
Ignore her book, hear high plea.
They flapped, screeched, for all friendship’s worth
To draw that girl out of Middle Earth.
Startled from peaceful reverie
Disappeared were tales with hobbits in Bree.
Moving toward those DLFs three
She simply said “Yes, your majesties!”
Any repeated words?
Well, I tag CT :-)
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
One good thing in a list of a gazillion good things about homeschooling, is that your own siblings are your classmates and you get to review what you learned in the previous grades while you help them. (and if you happen to have more than one younger sibling... )
My youngest brother was learning the reasons why we pray. (He was trying very hard to memorize and it didn't help that I was eating lunch in front of him...)
It reminded me about something Mom taught my friends and I:
Steps of prayer
-Come to God with expectations
-Ask the Holy Spirit to come
-Ask for forgiveness
-Praise and thank Him
-Listen to God
-Supplications (ask for help)
For someone whose mind doesn't stay still for a minute, I've found it pretty helpful. :-)
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Fill up gazillions of boxes
Read lots'n'lots of books
Get dizzy from rides on the swirly chair
Attend a couple of retreats (Cy and CT)
Go camping...the tent is much bigger than it looks!
Watch plants grow
...Oh, and eat cookies!!!!
We thank God for a fantastical summer!!!
Hope you had a great summer!
Well, back to school! Another year of learning fun. Yup, fun!! Who says reenacting the Civil War complete with swords, costumes, and music was boring? :-D
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Here's what is says on the brochure:
The Pauline Cooperators
St. Paul and
Where: Pauline Books & Media
(downtown near the Cathedral)
When: Thursday Evening:
September 25, 2008
October 16, 2008
November 20, 2008
January 15, 2009
February 19, 2009
March 19, 2009
April 16, 2009
May 21, 2009
June 18, 2009
Registration fee: $20.00
Registration: September 25, 5:30-6:00 p.m.
or by mail, email, or phone.
Please see registration form.
-Paul's conversion experience
-Who is Jesus for Paul? Who is Jesus for me?
-The mystery of sin, death, and resurrection
-The Mystical Body and living in charity
The St. Paul and His Spirituality for Today course combines:
-Reflection of aspects of St. Paul's life and thought as found in Scripture.
-Applications for contemporary spirituality and life as found in the Pauline thought and spirituality of Blessed James Alberione.
The participant is enabled to know Saint Paul better as a person, apostle, and lover of Jesus Christ and to become more like him by living the Pauline spirituality.
The methods used in this course facilitate adult learning and integration the content into personal life. These include PowerPoint presentations, prayer, activities, discussions, study and personal sharing.
And I am sure that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." (Phil 1:2-5)
For registration forms, please contact my Mom.
Hope to see you there!! :-D
Picture from Patron Saints Index
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Sorry for taking so long...
What picture would I use for my holy card, should I make it to sainthood, and of what cause(s) would I want to be patron(ess) of?
I was trying to hide from the camera, and the only way to do it was to play the piano! (I couldn't hide behind Sunny) So while the little ones were playing Mass - in which TJ presided over- Sunny and I banged away at the piano.
It was agreed before this blog started up that no pictures of us would be posted, but Mom said this one's ok.
In any case, all my homeschooling buddies are tagged!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Yes, he gives good homilies, and his homily today was on the rich young man who kept the commandments but couldn't go farther than that. What he needed to do was well within his reach, but instead he settled for second best.
When one becomes the best he can be, it is not out of pride for what his accomplishments can reach, but for the greater glory of God.
As the saying goes:
"Who I am is God's gift to me.
Who I become is my gift to God."
Friday, August 15, 2008
Magnificat anima mea Dominum,
et exultavit spiritus meus in Deo salvatore meo,
quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae.
Ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent omnes generationes,
quia fecit mihi magna, qui potens est,
et sanctum nomen eius,
et misericordia eius in progenies et progenies
Fecit potentiam in brachio suo,
dispersit superbos mente cordi sui;
deposuit potentes de sede
et exaltavit humiles;
esurientes implevit bonis
et divites dimisit inanes.
Suscepit Israel puerum suum,
sicut locutus est ad patres nostros,
Abraham et semini eius in saecula.
Picture from Patron Saints Index
Here's a link for the translation: Click here!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
(found the video on GodTube)
Someone told me that your heart is like a cake for your wedding. If you give a slice to another, what would you have left to present to your true spouse?
Oops, sorry, for posting too many videos.
I think I ate too many oreoes...
I hope every one's summer has been great so far!
It's probably too late to post anything about WYD anymore :-P
So one last post: Don't be ordinary!!! :-D
Get off the safe haven boat of ordinariness...
Haha, that reminds me, who's been watching the olympics?
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I waited for you today
But you didn't show
I needed you today
So where did you go?
You told me to call
You said you'd be there
And though I haven't seen you
Are you still there?
I cried out with no reply and
I can't feel you by my side so
I hold tight to what I know
And I'm never alone
I know I can not see you
And I can't explain why
Such a deep, deep reassurance
You've placed in my life.
We cannot separate
You're part of me
And though you're invisible
I trust the unseen
On my bed at night I sought him
whom my heart loves-
I sought him but I did not find him.
I will rise then and go about the city;
in the streets and crossings I will seek
Him whom my heart loves.
I sought him but I did not find him.
The watchmen came upon me
as they made their rounds of the city:
Have you seen him whom my heart loves?
I had hardly left them
when I found him whom my heart loves.
Today's first reading from the Song of Songs.
I wonder why they have a different one on EWTN...?
The Song of Songs, by the way, was one of Saint Therese's favorites! :-)
Monday, July 21, 2008
Ok, Mr. Jack, I'll post more on what we learned at the retreat! :-)
(Click here for video if you'd like)
Sorry, it didn't have an embed code...
Love isn't a mawkish thing, it is something deeper that takes hardships as they come. It works both ways and cannot be held back from anyone because it is unselfish. Love is a difficult virtue, but it is the greatest.
"Love is sacrifice"
Sunday, July 20, 2008
(whoops, dinner time...)
My favorite part of the activities shown on EWTN was the Stations of the Cross.
Click here to watch it!
...and I hope the link works.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Therese’s Roses was a group for young girls based on Saint Therese’s little way. That was a couple years back now, and the title doesn’t seem to fit. Nothing much will change with the title except perhaps more refined goals for the posts.
Any comments? Your opinion is greatly valued! :-)
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
A) Four places that I go to over and over:
3. Back home
4. Middle Earth
B) Four people who e-mail me regularly:
(or, well, not so regularly)
2. My Aunt
3. other than that...
4. no one really :-)
C) My favorite 4 places to eat:
2. Wah Kung
4. After a recital outside for cookies
D) Four places I would rather be right now:
E) Four people I think will respond:
(tag, you're it!)☺
F) Four TV shows I watch all the time:
(when they're on or when available?)
3. ...well, I watch lots of videos on Love to Be Catholic
4. and music ones on GodTube
G) Four words that best describe you:
1. introvert (or maybe a bit ambivert)
H) Four favorite "old school" Hollywood Actors/Actresses:
I) Four favorite "old school" television game shows:
J) Four favorite "old school" television shows:
4. ...what's old school?
K) List four things you liked best about Christmas when you were a
(as far as I know, I still am!! :-D )
1. The music
2. The warmth of family
3. The excitement and cheerier disposition of nearly everyone
4. Presents!!! and giving them! :-)
L) List four things you liked best about Halloween when you were a
1. Trying to get a costume together one week before
3. Cake from someone's birthday before
4. The next day (All Saint's Day!)
M) List four things you did not like about growing up:
(...it's still happening)
1. Having other people your age stare at you
2. You can't play Red Rover without seriously injuring someone
3. All the good books are in the YA section (and I thought it was creepy there)
N) List four events that impacted your life :
1. Starting to go to daily Mass
2. Actually playing well in one recital
3. Reading a book one day
4. Another day
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
One of my favorite songs by Casting Crowns (and not just because of the piano or violin :-D )
It seems to go well with today’s reading (so that’s my excuse for posting it!)
There’s no avoiding storms in open sea. Saint Therese went through many storms. So did Saint Paul (he was stoned, shipwrecked, and imprisoned!) So what do we do when a storm arrives? Father Jerry gave a great homily today. Keep Jesus as the foundation and center of your life. For any state in life, God must be the in the center. The world has changed over the centuries and has turned a few cartwheels, but God is still here…and that will never change.