It’s about time

I finally updated my sidebar photos.  They were a bit…old.  Or young, I guess.  The kids have changed a bit.

The older ones haven’t changed too too much.

FRITZ (not much change)


BILLY (who won’t cut his mop head)


KATIE (the shorter hair makes her look older)


JENNY (who FINALLY has some teeth growing up front)


PETER (an older, wiser imp)


MARY (not even the same girl any more)


Thinking Ahead to Advent

“Are you going to blog today?” he asked me.

“I hope so,” I said.

“You know…it’s been a week.”

(sigh)  Yes.  I know.


Last Wednesday, I took Sarah Reinhard’s booklet, Welcome Baby Jesus, to church to show the DRE.  It’s not too early to be thinking about Advent, and I recommend her Advent and Christmas Reflections for Families.  My family used it last year, in text form only, and I think Ligori did a great job with the artwork to make it as visually appealing as it is spiritually appealing.

I go to church on Wednesdays because Fritz has CCD on Wednesday evenings.  Fritz asked about the booklet, and I explained that Mrs. Reinhard, whom he has met more than once, wrote it.  She even signed my copy.  I feel very special.

“Wow.  I know someone who has written a book,” he said.  He’s even breathed the same air.

“I know several people who have written books,” I told him.  I’m not going to even start dropping names now for fear that I will leave somebody out.

Fritz seemed even more impressed.  That’s right, kid, I know people.

“In fact, I would like to write a book.  I have several ideas, but I don’t have any time.  I think I’ll put you all in school so I have all day long to sit and write.  Is that ok with you?”


“What?  Why not?  Shouldn’t I have personal fulfillment?  Shouldn’t I be allowed to pursue my dreams?”

“That’s what Saturdays and Sundays are for.”

(sigh)  Thwarted.  Stymied.  If only I didn’t need sleep.

Just stuff

My once a week posting is rather pathetic.

These are busy times.  I know so many of you have only really just begun schooling, but here we’re around week 8 or 9.  Got a bit behind last week, since our Oktoberfest was on Saturday, and I had tons to do.  My sister was here all week, and she was a tremendous help in baking, cooking, cleaning, and decorating.  I would have done no school at all if she hadn’t been here making me feel guilty for neglecting my children and doing more than half the work to get ready for the party.

I’ve sold 4 ACU stockings already.  That’s quite an early start to the Christmas season, even for overseas shipping. 

Last night was the LAST practice for flag football and the last game is Saturday.  Woohoo.  It’s sad that I am so happy when the seasons are over.  I won’t have my Monday evenings completely back, but now I only have one child doing an activity that night instead of 4.

Fritz and I did the Life Chain on Sunday.  There were one or two rude people, some supporters, but the vast majority were apathetic.  Apathy is much harder to fight than hatred, because at least people who hate have passion that can be turned to the good.  People who don’t care at all are much harder to get fired up.  If you haven’t yet seen this movie, it’s worth the half hour.  Unfortunately, talking to every single individual for a half hour in order to change his or her mind is a tedious job, especially when their lack of interest just has them walking away. 

I took pictures a week or more ago of all the kids to update the sidebar.  Mary does not at all look like that any more.  Most of the kids look older.  Go figure.  Someday I’ll get around to updating them.  Jenny had her 8th birthday a few weeks ago.  Mary’s 4th birthday is Saturday.  How does this happen? 

And speaking of feeling old, Bill and I celebrated our 16th anniversary on Friday.  We met and started dating 22 years ago.  That’s a long time.

Must kiss hubby goodbye for work.  Perhaps I’ll post again before next week.